"I have always been a quarter of an hour before my time, and it has made a man of me."
English naval commander
"I'll not listen to reason. Reason always means what someone else has got to say."
"Every peasant has a lawyer inside him, just as every lawyer, no matter how urbane he may be, carries a peasant within
Miguel de Unamuno Y Jugo
"Every man has three charactersthat which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has."
"If I could remember the names of all these particles, I'd be a botanist."
"If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity."
"Actors like him are good but on the whole I do not enjoy actors who seek to commune with their armpits, so to speak."
, on Marlon Brando
"These great turning-days of life cast no shadow before, slip by unconsciously. Only a trifle, a little turn of the rudder, and the ship goes to heaven or hell."
Rebecca Harding Davis
(mother of Richard Harding Davis)
"Hollywood is like being nowhere and talking to nobody about nothing."
Italian film director
"You don't know a ladder has splinters until you slide down it."
US football coach
"She lies! No girl could get that much dirt on her knees in only eighteen years."
(mother of Constance)
, doubting the age, among other things, of a chorus girl
"If I'm going to hell, I'm going there playing the piano."
Jerry Lee Lewis
US singer, pianist, Killer
"I must tell you that the supply of words on the world market is plentiful, but the demand is falling."
"In the early days all I hoped was to make a living out of what I did best. But since there's no real market for masturbation, I had to fall back on my bass-playing abilities."
US bassist (Primus)
"I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen."
"It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful."
W. H. Auden
"A lot of people my age are dead at the present time."
US baseball player, manager
"Atheists have an excellent longevity record because we have no place to go after we die, so we take good care of ourselves and our world while we are here."
Dr. Madalyn Murray O'Hair
"In the '50s, a lot of girls never saw beyond the wedding day."
"Folks say I'm egotistical. Hell, I don't even know what it means."
US singer, songwriter, actor