"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."
"Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is its soliloquy."
(was married to Alma Schindler)
"I believe that truth has only one face: that of a violent contradiction."
"He could not blow his nose without moralising on the state of the handkerchief industry."
, on George Orwell
"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!)
"In the U.S., with very few exceptions, actresses older than 35 are simply discarded."
(was married to Steven Spielberg)
"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."
(LTR and child with Meg Tilly)
"We are not that flash, me or the missus. In fact, we are quite low-maintenance."
English film director
(was married to Madonna)
"Music is my greatest love. If I could play an instrument I would be a musician."
(was married to Reese Witherspoon)
"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."
"No baritone player should be afraid of the noise it makes. Harry Carney isn't!"
"For 10 years I was the wisecracking lady reporter who stormed the city desk snapping, `Stop the presses! I've got a story that will break this town wide open!'"
(was married to Ronald Reagan;
mother with him of Maureen Reagan and
"If you do things well, do them better. Be daring, be first, be different, be just."
English businesswoman (The Body Shop)
"The year you win an Oscar is the fastest year in a Hollywood actor's life. Twelve months later they ask, 'Who won the Oscar last year?"
(died near his birthday)
"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