"I would rather be a beggar and single than a queen and married."
Queen Elizabeth I
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."
"If I didn't start painting, I would have raised chickens."
"When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less."
US football coach
"I think the world is run by C students."
US basketball coach
"I like the English. They have the most rigid code of immorality in the world."
Sir Malcolm Bradbury
"If anyone asks you what kind of music you play, tell him 'pop.' Don't tell him 'rock'n'roll' or they won't even let you in the hotel."
US singer, songwriter (Crickets)
"When I wake up in the middle of the night, I don't worry about cancer. I worry about Harper's Bazaar."
US editor (Harper's Bazaar)
"I first saw [President Reagan] as a foot, a highly polished brown cordovan wagging merrily on a hassock. I spied it through the door.It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines! But not a big foot, not formidable, maybe a little... frail.I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads."
"There is no more vulnerable human combination than an undergraduate."
"The thing about Janis is that she just looked so unique, an ugly duckling dressed as a princess, fearlessly so. Seeing her live was like watching a boxing match. Her performance was so in your face and electrifying that it really put you right there in the moment. There you were living your nice little life in the suburbs and suddenly there was this train wreck, and it was Janis."
US singer, songwriter (Pretenders)
(LTR with Ray Davies)
"Man and woman are two locked caskets, of which each contains the key to the other."
"You know what turns a girl on more than anything? Take out the trash sometimes."
US comic actor (SNL)
"A billion here, a billion therepretty soon it adds up to real money."
US senator (IL)
"And crazy, by the way, is the highest compliment I pay. [Boyfriend Marilyn Manson] is definitely crazy. Hopefully I am, too."
Evan Rachel Wood
"Like most of those who study history, he [Napoleon III] learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones."
A. J. P. Taylor
"All in all, it's just another flick to appall."
, on Pink Floyd's "The Wall"
"I got to be the most f890ed up rock star on the block, at least on my block, and then I got to be a sober dad for 18 years. I've had two very full lives."
US singer, songwriter