"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..."
"What I am after is the first impressionI want to show all one sees on first entering the roomwhat my eye takes in at first glance."
"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")
"We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later."
"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."
"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)
"Farrah is uniquely suited to play a woman of limited intelligence."
"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)
"Getting married in four days was the biggest... mistake I've ever made. I have two beautiful kids, but... how can you know somebody in four days? Bonehead."
Greece-born drummer (Mötley Crue)
(also see Nikki Sixx;
was married to Heather Locklear and
"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do." *
"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."
"It's a prizefight. Get off the stool, take your beating, go back to your corner, rest, and take a beating again. Believe in your own talent. Marry well."
(was married to Blythe Danner;
father of Gwyneth Paltrow)
"'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")
(mother of Jamie Lee Curtis;
with Tony 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!"