"Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement."
US historian, statesman
("History of the United States of America, from the Discovery of the American Continent")
"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive..."
"If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
("News from Nowhere")
"Where they got you stationed now, Luke?"
"At the p-p-p-present time in Norfolk at the Navy base, m-m-making the world safe for hypocrisy."
("Look Homeward, Angel")
"A dead atheist is someone who's all dressed up with no place to go." *
Australian evangelist of typically limited vision
"A boy doesn't have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn't like pie when he sees there isn't enough to go around."
Edgar Watson Howe
("Her Fifth Marriage and Other Stories")
"I want my flowers while I'm alive. I can't smell them when I'm dead. I will not have the music business ignore my position in the industry."
, demanding a statue at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame (2001)
"These days baseball is different. You come to spring training, you get your legs ready, your arms loose, your agents ready, your lawyer lined up."
US baseball player
"The issue of government is not to determine who may sleep together in the bedroom, it's to help those that might not be eating in the kitchen."
Reverend Al Sharpton
US religious/political leader
"The way I like to look at it is... if that's the last time I ever got to play, I'd better give it everything I've got."
Stevie Ray Vaughan
(brother of Jimmie)
"As through this world I've wandered I've seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with a six-gun, And some with a fountain pen."
US singer, songwriter
("This Land Is Your Land")
(father of Arlo)
"Being in a band you can wear whatever you wantit's like an excuse for halloween every day."
US singer (No Doubt)
"I figure when I'm 50 and broke, I'll want to do another one. Maybe my character, Sidney, has been in an insane asylum for all these years. She breaks out and becomes a killer herself."
, on the prospect of making another sequel after "Scream 3"
"Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God."
"'Psycho' scared the hell out of me when I saw it finished. Making it and seeing it are two different things. That staccato music and the knife flashing. You'd swear it's going into the body. I still don't take showers, and that's the truth."
("The Naked Spur")
(was married to Tony Curtis;
mother with him of Jamie Lee Curtis)
"In a packed programme tonight we will be talking to an out-of-work contortionist who says he can no longer make ends meet."
"First law on holeswhen you're in one, stop digging!"
("When Shrimps Learn to Whistle")