"Think and let think."
English religious leader
"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."
US President (4)
(was married to Dolley Madison)
"Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy."
"Comforts and syphilis are the greatest enemies of mankind."
"We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing."
"Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason."
"If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets."
US actor, director
(was married to Anne Bancroft)
"I can always be distracted by love, but eventually I get horny for my creativity."
US comic actor
was married to Gene Wilder)
"Celebrity is death... celebritythat's the worst thing that can happen to an actor."
(brother of Joan Cusack)
"The scene changes but the aspirations of men of good will persist."
"The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices... And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone."
"They're gonna get me sooner or later, let's just hope it's later."
"Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of men."
US educator, philosopher
"The ability to assimilate immigrants quickly may be our greatest competitive advantage in the twenty-first century."
US columnist, commentator
"The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer."