"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."
"Every now and then we discover in the seething mass of humanity round us a person who does not seem to need anybody else, and the contrast with ourselves is stinging."
"Fear grows in darkness; if you think there's a bogeyman around, turn on the light."
"After forty a woman has to choose between losing her figure or her face. My advice is to keep your face, and stay sitting down."
Dame Barbara Cartland
"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."
US executive, politico
"In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways."
"If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed."
"Fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a permanent loser."
O. J. Simpson
US football player, actor, murderer
"If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s."
(married to Rita Wilson;
father of Colin Hanks)
"Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit; to become delightful, happiness must be tainted with poison."
"Everybody hates you when you're the best, and everybody hates you when you're the worst."
"We weren't afraid of success, we were afraid of being punished for it."
US musician (White Stripes)
(married to Karen Elson)
"If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water."
"When you put your hand to the plow, you can't put it down until you get to the end of the row."
US lawyer, suffragist
"One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions."
Cornelia Otis Skinner
US actor, writer
"The chief cause of problems is solutions."
"There is never a deed so foul that something couldn't be said for the guy; that's why there are lawyers."
"When you lose your curiosity, you're dead. I don't care if you live to be 117. You're dead."
"If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes."
H. Ross Perot
US gazillionaire, presidential contender
"I honor religion except when it gets into shedding blood."