"Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world."
English-US Quaker leader, colonist
"When a new book is published, read an old one."
"Alas! regardless of their doom,
The little victims play!
No sense have they of ills to come
Nor care beyond today."
"The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him, they crush those beneath them."
(sister of Charlotte
and Anne Brontė)
"Any colourso long as it's black."
US inventor, industrialist
, on Model T paint options
"The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided."
US baseball player, manager
"Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made."
Otto von Bismarck
"There is a right physical size for every idea."
"The man who is denied the opportunity of taking decisions of importance begins to regard as important the decisions he is allowed to take."
C. Northcote Parkinson
"As she lay there dozing next to me, one voice inside my head kept saying, 'Relax... you are not the first doctor to sleep with one of his patients,' but another kept reminding me, 'Howard, you are a veterinarian.'"
(Probably not this) Dick Wilson
"For nothing keeps a poet
In his high singing mood
Like unappeasable hunger
For unattainable food."
"Nobody ever says to men, 'how can you be a Congressman and a father.'"
US congressperson (CO)
"My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't think about it, I just have it."
Austrian body builder, actor, groper, governor (CA)
(was married to Maria Shriver)
"This big rat just happened to scuttle along at the very moment I was telling them I had scabies."
English drummer (the Damned)
, on how he got his name
"If you want to say it with flowers, remember that a single rose screams in your face, 'I'm cheap!'"
"After I've done the salesman bit, I like to be quiet and retreat, because that's where I write from. I'm a sort of quiet little person."
English singer, songwriter, dancer, musician
"I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went 'Oooh.'"
"In college I castrated 21 rats, and I got pretty good at it."
US actor (Friends)
"I don't need bodyguards."
US union leader
"Composers shouldn't think too muchit interferes with their plagiarism."
"I lied to everybody. I lie very well, being an actress, naturally."
, on her age
"I hope I never get so old I get religious."
Swedish film director
"My characters are ambiguous. Call them that. I don't mind. I am ambiguous myself. Who isn't?"
Italian film director