"Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example."
Duc Francois de la Rochefoucald
Friend: "That drink is slow poison."
Robert Benchley: "So who's in a hurry?"
"I don't think necessity is the mother of invention. Invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from lazinessto save oneself trouble."
("And Then There Were None")
"Don't be a blueprint. Be an original."
"I would stand on the floor, and they would bring this arm down and cinch it around my waist, then pull me up in the air. Every time I moved, one of the fingers would loosen, so it would look like I was trying to get away. Actually, I was trying not to slip through his hand."
("The Most Dangerous Game")
, on acting in 'King Kong'
"I'm proud and grateful I was Blondie, She was dumb and shrewish sometimes, but she was real and sympathetic and warm, a real woman, a human being. And that's how I tried to play her."
"We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past."
"My thanks to the Academy for the very finest, greatest award that any actor can ever receive. The only thing a man can say at a time like this isI am not really bald."
Tommy Lee Jones
"They say I'm unsubtle. But we need above all, a theatre that wakes us up: nerves and heart."
"You've got to take chances in life." *
US friend and schoolmate
(his son is named Chance)
"When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed."
"I think the greatest curse of American society has been the idea of an easy millennialismthat some new drug, or the next election, or the latest in social engineering will solve everything."
Robert Penn Warren
("All the King's Men")