"When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting."
Italian religious person
"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment."
Jalal ud-Din Rumi
Ghurid (now Afghanistan) region mystic and poet
"Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer."
US governor (GA)
"I came over here (Hollywood) to act, but it turned out all I had to do was to be high-minded, long suffering, white-gloved, and decorative."
Scots-born US actor
("From Here to Eternity")
"I don't believe in accidents. There are only encounters in history. There are no accidents."
Roumanian-US Nobel writer
"There is more credit in being abused by fools than praised by rogues."
F. E. Smith
("My American Visit")
"There is nothing about my career that is an accident."
English singer (T. Rex)
("Get It On")
"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication. Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."
("Rebel Without a Cause")
"I'm interested in doing movies I wouldn't normally be interested in doing."
"I usually say that I don't eat anything with a face or arse (which is why I never get quoted anywhere)..."
Expat-US writer, comic, criminal-law specialist, and friend of the quotekeeper
"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years."
German-born French actor
("Room at the Top")
(was married to Yves Montand)
"Hope is a talent like any other."
("Women Against Men")
"This was a Golden Age, a time of high adventure, rich living, and hard dying... but nobody thought so. This was a future of fortune and theft, pillage and rapine, culture and vice... but nobody admitted it. This was an age of extremes, a fascinating century of freaks... but nobody loved it."
("The Demolished Man")
"Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not."
("I Do Not Know")