"'By God,' quod he, 'for pleynly, at a word,
thy drasty rymyng is nat worth a toord!'"
Father of English literature
"I am sick to death of all this foolish stuff, and wish with all my heart that the Devil may take all your bishops, and the Devil take your ministers, and the Devil take your Parliament, and the Devil take the whole island, provided I can get out of it and go to Hanover."
King George II
German king of England
"Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j'ai vecu pres d'elle.
(I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose.)"
"No art that is not in the end understood by the People can live or ever did live a single generation."
"The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion."
Henry Steele Commager
("The American Mind: An Interpretation of American Thought and Character Since the 1880s")
"The doctor must have put my pacemaker in wrong. Every time my husband kisses me, the garage door goes up."
"Try being my size and going into a public restroom."
"I told him to take a picture of his testicles so he'd have something to remember them by if he ever took another shot like the last one."
US basketball coach
, on a sideline conversation with a player
"Please don't ask me any questions about the politics of 30 years ago."
"If I had my life to live over, I wouldn't have time."
US singer, songwriter
"If I am to be a chauvinist pig, I want to be the number one pig."
US tennis freak
"I'm not interested in reputation or immortality or things like that... I don't care what I'm remembered for. I don't care if I'm remembered. I don't care if I'm not remembered. I don't care why I'm remembered. I genuinely don't care."
"The intellectuals' chief cause of anguish are one another's works."
"I wanted to write great tunes, play the bass, be a band leader, and smoke a big funny pipe like Charlie Mingus. So I went out and bought the pipe when I was around 18 or 19 years old."
Scottish bass player (Cream)
"More or Less Love Poems #11:
Swing together but
would be something wild."
Diane di Prima
("This Kind of Bird Flies Backward")
(child with Imamu Amiri Baraka)