"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
"I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor."
"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."
"It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life."
"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
"That was a great game of golf, fellers."
US singer, actor
, alleged last words
"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