"I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out."
French philosopher, encyclopedist
"Well, there doesn't seem anything else for an ex-President to do but to go into the country and raise big pumpkins."
Chester Alan Arthur
US President (21),
"There's a difference between beauty and charm. A beautiful woman is one I notice. A charming woman is one who notices me."
US educator, writer, musician
"It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement."
US restaurant magnate (McDonald's)
, on meeting his wife
"Not since Atilla the Hun swept across Europe leaving 500 years of total blackness has there been a man like Lee Marvin."
"People who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycles as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles."
"Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."
"Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple."
US football coach
"Music can't change the world."
Sir Bob Geldof
English singer (Boomtown Rats)
"Everybody is a book of blood. Wherever we're opened, we're red."
"But television handcuffs you, man. Now everyone telling me what I CAN'T do, what I CAN say, what I SHOULD do, and asking, `Are blacks gonna be mad at you? Are whites gonna accept you?'"
"If you don't learn history accurately, how can you learn?"
US architect, sculptor (designed US Vietnam vet and civil rights memorials)
"As far as his love numbers go, I'm afraid someone who sings like he's got a throat infection is not going to get me smooching."
Laura Lee Davies
English music writer
, on Bryan Adams
"Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."
Harry Emerson Fosdick
US Baptist clergy
"There's more to life than cheek bones."
(was married to Sam Mendes)
"There's always a race against time. I don't think for one moment that life gets better. How can it? One's body starts to fall apart."
"We used it, I think, as a testing grounds of sorts. We paid a terrible price in dead. We wasted our treasure, at least $130 billion. We destroyed towns and cities to save them. We decimated populations and lands through defoliation. We have no one to blame but ourselves."
US senator (MT)
, on Vietnam
"If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all."
"Your time is limited. Don't live somebody else's life."