"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."
"There are no warlike peoplesjust warlike leaders."
Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche
US diplomat, Nobelist
("A World View of Race")
"In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born."
Russian actor, director, method
("My Life in Art")
"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."
US radio show host and writer
("Lake Wobegon Days")
"A big cat detained briefly in a poodle parlour, sharpening her claws on the velvet."
Africa-born English writer
("Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History")
, on Margaret Thatcher in the House of Lords
"Sometimes when I'm swimming, I think that maybe someday I'll put my red Speedo up for auction. Or maybe I'll donate it to the Smithsonian. They can stuff it with two plums and a gherkin and put it on display."
(was married to Téa Leoni)
"In court, she was kind of like a blow fish. She blew herself up in order to survive."
S. African actor
, on Aileen Wuornos, whom she portrayed in "Monster"
"Whenever people say 'we mustn't be sentimental,' you can take it they are about to do something cruel. And if they add, 'we must be realistic,' they mean they are going to make money out of it."
("The Snow Ball")
"On the whole, I am against mass murder. I rarely commit it myself, and often find myself quite out of sympathy with those who make a habit of it."
("That Was the Week That Was")
"Some people continue to pretend that anchor people are reporters."
"More bomb than bombshell."
("The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl")
, on Carroll Baker