"The man that has no friend at court,
Must make the laws confine his sport,
But he that has, by dint of flaws,
may make his sport confine the laws."
("Poems Supposed to Have Been Written at Bristol by Thomas Rowley and Others in the Fifteenth Century")
"To give an accurate and exhaustive account of the period would need a far less brilliant pen than mine."
Sir Max Beerbohm
English writer and artist
"Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."
("Wide Sargasso Sea")
"They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they don't tell you is that you won't miss it much."
"Choose your friends carefully. Your enemies will choose you."
"Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses."
French philosopher, mystic, activist
("The Need for Roots")
(sister of Andre Weil)
"I like the rapid punch of solid-state for the bottom, and the rodent-gnawing distortion of the tubes on top." *
US guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service et al)
("Who Do You Love")
, on his guitar rig
"It is stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil, when he is the only explanation of it."
English writer, theologian
"When you've seen a nude infant doing a backward somersault, you know why clothing exists."
English writer, actor
("A Bit of Fry & Laurie")
"You can't sit on the lid of progress. If you do, you will be blown to pieces."
Henry J. Kaiser
"Somebody broke into my house once; this is a good time to call the police, but mm mm, nope. The house was too nice. It was a real nice house, but they'd never believe I lived in it. They'd be like 'He's still here!'"
"I don't meet competition. I crush it."
Canadian executive, Revlon founder
"To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true."
US civil rights leader
("I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin's Life in Letters")
"It is a paradox that as we reach our prime, we also see there is a place where it finishes."
"I've never filled the stereotype of the rock star. Back in the '70s, Bill Wyman and I decided to grow beards, and the effort left us exhausted."
English drummer (Rolling Stones)