"If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeamsthe more they are condensed, the deeper they burn."
"You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough."
"A people's literature is the great textbook for real knowledge of them. The writings of the day show the quality of the people as no historical reconstruction can."
"What do you want me to do? Stop shooting now and release it as The Five Commandments?"
Cecil B. de Mille
(uncle of Agnes de Mille)
, running over budget on the filming of "The Ten Commandments"
"Oh, write of me, not 'Died in bitter pains,'
But 'Emigrated to another star!'"
Helen Hunt Jackson
"Men in earnest have no time to waste in patching fig leaves for the naked truth."
James Russell Lowell
"I am who I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't."
"I've got huge admiration for prose writers because I just know that I'd be no good at it. I don't think I'd try to write a novel or a screenplay or be a poet even. When you're peddling ditties, it's a different thing."
English guitarist (Dire Straits)
"A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own."
"If Governor Fields is right, I am going to stand by him because he is right. If he is wrong, I am going to stand by him because he is a Democrat." *
Augustus Owsley Stanley
US governor, senator (KY)
"A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle."
"If someone says 'can't,' that shows you what to do."
"If you want a place in the sun, you have to expect a few blisters."
"If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening."
US TV personality, gazillionaire
"It's not techniqueit's what you have to say."
US inventor, musician