"Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground."
"I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long."
Austria-born French royalty
"A man without a tattoo is just a hairless ape."
Irish writer and wit
"Thought is a strenuous artfew practice it, and then only at rare times."
Israeli Prime Minister
"Critics? I love every bone in their heads."
"Charm is the ability to make someone else think that both of you are pretty wonderful."
(was married to Artie Shaw)
"Average voters don't have access to the knowledge needed for informed judgments."
US senator, governor (WA)
"The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."
"I actually have never been to a gym. I haven't had time. I have been working for the last 25 years. I just don't have time to put on a little outfit and go to the gym and work out and clean up and come home."
"What I like best about music is when time goes away."
US singer, guitarist (Grateful Dead)
"Paul, George, and Ringo are recording a song using the last of John's unreleased tapes. It goes 'Hello, this is the Lennon residence, I can't come to the phone right now...'"
US Congressman (CA)
"In a free society the biggest danger is that you're afraid to the point where you censor yourself."
(partner of Susan Sarandon)
"The words of the world want to make sentences."
French philosopher, writer
"I realized long ago that I could not depend on luck to bring me success. I worked hard, extra hard to improve my chance by increasing my abilities and my experience. It was my goal to accomplish, in my life, something of value and to do it with self-respect and integrity."
(died near his birthday)
"Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seem to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold?"
"I think it's remarkable that a man could write the kind of thing I dolengthy, intricate, not dependent on sex or violenceand acquire the readership I have."
James A. Michener
"Personally, I think if a woman hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky."
Scots-born US actor