"Do not arouse disdainful mind when you prepare a broth of wild grasses; do not arouse joyful mind when you prepare a fine cream soup."
Japanese Buddhist priest
"I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves."
"Why, sir, there is every possibility that you will soon be able to tax it!"
, to PM William Gladstone, on the usefulness of electricity
"I won't go up in a plane, but if a play crashes, I'll jump into the next one that comes along and take it up for a spin."
"Men are irrelevant."
"I want to write songs that are so sad, the kind of sad where you take someone's little finger and break it in three places."
Australian musician (Bad Seeds)
(relationship with P. J. Harvey)
"During the 'whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa's' in 'Combination Of the Two,' I couldn't help but go to the mirror and pretend I was a wild woman like Janis, in a rock band."
"Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble and that was the end of that."
(LTR with William Randolph Hearst)
"The world would not be in such a snarl,
had Marx been Groucho instead of Karl."
, telegram to Groucho on his 71st birthday
(shown with Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters)
"Glamour is just sex that got civilized."
, just glamour without the 'g'
"He taught me to teach myself, which is the greatest thing a teacher can do."
, on his music teacher, Naoum Blinder
"Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?"
"I really didn't say everything I said."
US baseball great