"It is the unbroken testimony of all history that alcoholic liquors have been used by the strongest, wisest, handsomest, and in every way best races of all times."
("A Primer of French Literature")
"Gentlemen, it is better to have died as a small boy than to fumble this football."
US football coach
"They’ve come to see me bat, not you umpire. Play on!"
Dr. W. G. Grace
English cricket legend
, refusing to leave the field when ousted by an umpire
"Rivers are the lifeblood of our planet and they need to flow. They don't need to be dammed every 15 feet."
US singer, environmentalist
"A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before."
US mayor (Philadelphia)
"Humor is the ability to see three sides to one coin."
"I said to this priest: 'Am I expected to believe that if I went out and had an affair that God was really going to be upset? Okay, thou shalt not kill... steal... but thou shalt not commit adultery? If no one is any the wiser, what the hell difference does it make?' He was lovely. He told me the Commandments were laid down for a lot of guys living in the desert."
"I never exaggerate; I just remember big."
Chi Chi Rodriguez
Puerto Rican golfer
"I'm interested in stories about people as we knew them in the near-recent future."
US film director
"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string."
"If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito."
English businesswoman (The Body Shop)
"It's not easy to cut through a human head with a hacksaw."
"After I die, I'll be forgotten."
"Making a martial arts film in English to me is the same as John Wayne speaking Chinese in a western."
"I was in Dallas with my backup band and a beautician, and a white woman done fainted! She looked at me and said 'Lawdy', and down she went. I asked 'How come she fainted? I don't look that bad, do I?' and they said 'Esquerita, it's the first time they've seen anything like you.'" *
"I wanted to be that cranky old guy that stands on his porch and yells at the neighborhood kids."
"The idea of travelling all over the world singing the same songs sounds like hell. How people like Tina Turner still do it with enthusiasm is beyond me."
"The only way to know how much is enough is to do too much and then back up."
Jerry Jeff Walker
US singer songwriter