"Silence is a true friend who never betrays."
"It does make a difference what you call things."
Kate Douglas Wiggin
US writer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), educator
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
"Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism."
"If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers."
US TV host
"Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary."
US cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
"Hollywood must have been terrific once."
"They come for you in the morning in a limousine; they take you to the studio; they stick a pretty girl in your arms... They call that a profession? Come on!"
"...As I walked, a long-forgotten voice came out of my past. Miss Flatto. Miss Flatto, wiggling her finger at my nose and saying, ‘Some day you’ll realize, young man! Some day you’ll realize!’..."
US comic actor (Marx Brothers)
"I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth."
US comic, actor (SNL)
"The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down into the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd."
French surrealist writer
"When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die."
"There's a side of my personality that goes completely against the East Coast educated person and wants to be a pin-up girl in garages across America... there's a side that wants to wear the pink angora bikini!"
"Don't save your good lingerie for dates, wear it for you."
Dita Von Teese
US vedette, model, dancer
(was married to Marilyn Manson)
"To begin with, homosexuality has nothing to do with pedophilia; one is sexual orientation and the other is sexual perversion."
Pope John Paul I
"I don't despair about the cultural scene in Australia because there isn't one to despair about."
Sir Robert Helpmann
Australian dancer and actor
("The Red Shoes")
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."
Peter de Vries
("Consenting Adults; or, The Duchess Will Be Furious")
"Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain."
Canadian Prime Minister (15)
(was married to Margaret;
father, with her, of Justin Trudeau)
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
US tennis player
"There's a normal sadness about hurting people, but I'd rather hurt them a little than hurt myself a lot."
, on naming names in HUAC hearings
"Spoiled. That's all it's aboutcan't live without this, can't live without that. You can live without anything you weren't born with, and you can make it through on even half of that."
("The Women of Brewster Place")
"You know when civilization began? With the invention of the mirror."
Polish Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Laureate