"The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell."
Algerian religious person
"The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man almost nothing."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating."
"A Frenchwoman, when double-crossed, will kill her rival; the Italian woman would rather kill her deceitful lover; the Englishwoman simply breaks off relationsbut they all will console themselves with another man."
(died near his birthday)
"We sat in the car park till twenty to one
and now I'm engaged to Miss Joan Hunter Dunn."
Sir John Betjeman
"Perfectionists are their own devils."
"When you've made six pictures and the mule still gets more fan mail than you do..."
, on leaving the "Francis the Talking Mule" franchise
"The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting." *
"I don't know if prison is good for everybody, but it did me a lot of good."
English guitarist (Stranglers)
"Invent a past for the present."
"I don't want my body to be a distraction from my talent or my brain."
"You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow."
US singer, actor
"I have to forgive because I'm going to be a bitter bitch if I don't."
, on her lawsuit against her father
"Never give up. And never, under any circumstances, face the facts."
"Critics have never been able to discover a unifying theme in my films. For that matter, neither have I."
US movie director/producer
(was married to Evelyn Keyes;
father of Anjelica,
son of Walter Huston)
"The plain truth is that the reporter's trade is for young men. Your feet, which do the legwork, are nine times more important than your head, which fits the facts into a coherent pattern."
Joseph Alsop, Jr.
(brother of Stewart Alsop)