"They never taste who always drink;
They always talk, who never think."
("Alma; or, The Progress of the Mind")
"A college is a place where pebbles are polished and diamonds dimmed."
Robert G. Ingersoll
("Some Mistakes of Moses")
"The good lawyer is the great salesman."
US Secretary of State
"The phone rings and I curse.
("Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis")
"I heard you call me immature earlier. Well, you're just a big poop-head."
US comic actor (SNL)
"If one could make alive again for other people some cobwebbed skein of old dead intrigues and breathe breath and character into dead names and stiff portraits. That is history to me!"
G. M. Trevelyan
("A Shortened History of England")
"Never write an advertisement which you wouldn't want your family to read. You wouldn't tell lies to your own wife. Don't tell them to mine."
English chef, salesman, research poll assistant, secret service agent, gentleman farmer, and advertising guru
("Confessions of an Advertising Man")
"Are you more likely to tolerate drivel than you were four years ago? I think the answer is yes. Four years of Reagan has deadened the senses against a barrage of uninterrupted nonsense."
("The Golden Age Is in Us: Journeys and Encounters")
"Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."
E. L. Doctorow