"Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good."
Dr. Samuel Johnson
English writer, lexicographer
"Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician."
"Mathematicians have tried in vain to this day to discover some order in the sequence of prime numbers, and we have reason to believe that it is a mystery into which the human mind will never penetrate."
"Anyone who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape."
"When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over."
Scottish writer, minister
"...then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down... and kissed him. And the world cracked open."
Agnes de Mille
US dancer, choreographer
(niece of Cecil B. de Mille)
"Is there anything better than to be longing for something, when you know it is within reach?"
"The propriety of some persons seems to consist in having improper thoughts about their neighbors."
Francis H. Bradley
"A great director is someone who makes you feel like you're moving forward."
US comic actor
"You gotta live somewhere."
US comic, actor
, suggested motto for Cleveland
"To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life."
"I'd like to congratulate myself, and thank myself, and give myself a big pat on the back. Thank you, Dee Dee, you're very wonderful."
Dee Dee Ramone
US bassist (Ramones)
, on induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame
"The myths have always condemned those who 'looked back.' Condemned them, whatever the paradise may have been which they were leaving. Hence this shadow over each departure from your decision."
"When one has reached 81... one likes to sit back and let the world turn by itself, without trying to push it."
"I rate censors, particularly those of church and state, as low as I rate character assassins; they often run together."
J. Frank Dobie
"I think it's a cheap way to gain publicity to try to do it on the strength of a friendship with someone who happens to have a big name."
(was married to Joan Crawford)
, on tabloid reporting of his relationship with Crawford
"Most people won't realize that writing is a craft. You have to take your apprenticeship in it like anything else."
Katherine Anne Porter
"The girls kick the hell out of the guys. I've always played well at the Ivy League...Cornell, Dartmouth. I have never encountered a berating woman."
, on the success of his movies with women
"The Open Road goes to the used-car lot."