"Angling may be said to be so like mathematics that it can never be fully learned."
English writer (Compleat Angler)
"Sexual intercourse began
in nineteen sixty-three
(Which was rather late for me)
between the end of the Chatterley ban
and the Beatles' first LP."
"No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it's doing; but most of the time, we aren't either."
US computer scientist
"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud."
"I almost wish I could be more exciting, that I could match what is happening out there to me."
"Are you joining the Army? Good, it'll make a woman of you."
"People generally treat me like I'm very intelligent and really, I'm much less intelligent than she is. Scully is insanely intelligent."
, on her "X Files" character
"My muse is a tiny, fairy-like creature from Gnardgnanesh: a country that only exists if you wish it to. He's about 4 inches tall, greenish, and resembles a little twig."
"I wouldn't mind being in an American film for a laugh, but I certainly don't want to be in Thingy Blah Blah 3, if you know what I mean."
"A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset."
James Gould Cozzens
"I felt that I didn't want to be in show business anymore. I felt that I wanted to be a farmer. I was milking cows and shoveling terrible stuff and working all day. By the end of the day, all I wanted was my tap shoesI thought, 'What am I doing? I better get back where I belong on the stage where we work at night and can sleep late!"
US dancer, actor
"Writers are the lunatic fringe of publishing."
"You've got guys in charge of shows who probably went to school for chemistry, and now they're executive producers."
US comic, actor
"Some men are so macho they'll get you pregnant just to kill a rabbit."
US representative (IL)
"I'll have pie a la mode with ice cream."
US baseball (Braves) shortstop
, ordering dessert