"Do you not know, my son, with what little understanding the world is ruled?" *
Pope Julius III
"Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women."
"The road to success is always under construction."
"Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything."
"The time has come for all good men to rise above principle."
US Senator (LA)
"To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."
("Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver")
"You stick around long enough and you get noticed."
US guitarist (Aerosmith)
"Pithy is as pithy does."
US friend of quotekeeper (no hurry to choose a career!)
"The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than people think."
("The King's Speech")
(LTR and child with Meg Tilly)
"Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen."
("Johnny Got His Gun")
"If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just."
("The Body Shop")
"I am devastated at what has happened. I have completely disappeared. I am totally invisible. I never really liked my sexy label but on the other hand, to disappear so totally is quite startling."
Dame Diana Rigg
, on declining visibility in middle age