"People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever."
"There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink."
"Ours is a world where people don't know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it."
US writer, cartoonist
"The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people."
"One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way."
Vincent van Gogh
"If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party."
"I'm not an ambulance chaser. I'm usually there before the ambulance."
"In bygone days, commanders were taught that when in doubt, they should march their troops towards the sound of gunfire. I intend to march my troops towards the sound of gunfire."
Baron Jo Grimond
"I've always been very zealous about not invading other people's private spaces."
"Frank Lloyd Wright's inverted oatmeal dish and silo with their awkward cantilevering, their jaundiced skin and the ingenious spiral ramp leading down past the abstractions which mirror the tortured maladjustments of our time."
US administrator (NYC)
, on the Guggenheim museum?
"Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I'd love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers."
"I have a face that is a cross between two pounds of halibut and an explosion in an old clothes cupboard."
English actor, writer
"It begins when you sink in his arms; it ends with your arms in his sink."
"Fire up a colortini, sit back, relax, and watch the pictures, now, as they fly through the air."
US TV talk show host