"...and I should desire that the last word which I pronounce in this Academy, and from this place, might be the name of Michael Angelo."
Sir Joshua Reynolds
"I would no more quarrel with a man because of his religion than I would because of his art."
Mary Baker Eddy
US evangelist, founder of Christian Science
"My only problem is finding a way to play my fortieth fallen female in a different way from my thirty-ninth."
(was married to Robert Taylor)
"My mother told me I was dancing before I was born. She could feel my toes tapping wildly inside her for months."
US actor, dancer
"A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar."
"She took one of her poodle's charcoal biscuits out of the packet and ate it herself. 'Either these are quite delicious or quite disgusting. Like many things in life, it's rather hard to tell which,' she said."
Lady Caroline Blackwood
(was married to Robert Lowell)
"When I am dead, I hope it may be said:
'His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.'"
"I feel really strongly that if people spend a lot of money on something, they shouldn't see it on 400 other people."
(married to Kevin Kline)
"If I'm on the phone with you a year from now talking about how I'm now a substitute school teacher, then it didn't work out... I'll miss just about every part of it (life in New York), good or bad. I'll miss getting picked up by the police, urinating on cars in public, things like that."
US actor (SNL)
"Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people."
US singer, songwriter
"I dislike a picture that is too suave or too skilfully done. But, contrariwise, I also dislike a picture that looks too inept or blundering."
"The streets are safe in Philadelphia; it's only the people that make them unsafe."
US mayor (Philadelphia)
"The minute one utters a certainty, the opposite comes to mind."
(portrait by Polly Thayer Starr)
"When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little."
Sir Stephen Spender
"My music being blacker than any other white musician's and more technical than black musicians. I try to compromise between the primitive and the technical."
, on possible reasons for his early success