"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
"Everyone has heard of Canterbury if only because they murder archbishops there."
"Honest businessmen should be protected from the unscrupulous consumer."
US governor (GA)
Nurse, before surgery: "Is there anything you can't take?"
Buddy Rich: "Yeah, country music."
"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."
(rhymes with star)
Scots-born US actor
"Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act."
"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
"There is nothing about my career that is an accident."
Marc "T Rex" Bolan
"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."
"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
"Sting! I mean, come onwho doesn't love Sting? Even if you love Megadeth, you have respect for Sting. If you love Pokemon, you'll find out who Sting is someday."
(niece-in-law of Danny Elfman)
"No matter what the professional talkers tell you, I never met a black boy who wanted to fail."
"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
(was married to Yves Montand)
"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."
"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."
"But bombs are unbelievable until they actually fall."
"When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think."
"I've had it. I did 4,700 episodes. Isn't that enough?"
Canadian TV game show host