"Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."
English-US Quaker leader, colonist
"Flattery is like kolone water, tew be smelt of, but not swallowed."
"How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle?"
New Zealander writer
("The Garden Party")
"Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go."
e. e. cummings
u. s. poet
"Learning is not compulsory, but neither is survival."
W. Edwards Deming
"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution."
German-US political scientist
(LTR with Martin Heidegger)
"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
US basketball hall-of-famer
"You really have to experience the feeling of being with the president in the oval office... It's a disease I came to call Ovalitis."
US lawyer (for Nixon's White House)
"If I'm in the middle of hitting a most fantastic cross court back hand top spin and someone says 'Can you stop now and have sex' I'll say: 'No thanks!'"
Sir Cliff Richard
"They've great respect for the dead in Hollywood, but none for the living."
"I know that if I’d had to go and take an exam for acting, I wouldn’t have got anywhere. You don’t take exams for acting, you take your courage."
Dame Edith Evans
"He was too generous. He was just like his father and that I respect."
, on John Wayne
"I do not consider myself a star. I'm a craftsman and I know my craft."
(son of Ed Wynn)
"I can't take a well-tanned person seriously."
US writer ("The Cat Who...")
"I take it that a successful therapy is an oxymoron."
US literary critic
"I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed."
S. African journalist, lyricist
, on Greta Garbo