"All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion is offered."
Sir Walter Raleigh
"[Edward] Gibbon is an ugly, affected, disgusting fellow and poisons our literary club for me. I class him among infidel wasps and venomous insects."
"Was she so loved because her eyes were so beautiful, or were her eyes so beautiful because she was so loved?"
"There is danger in reckless change, but greater danger in blind conservatism."
"If the day should ever come when we [the Nazis] must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction."
Paul Joseph Goebbels
"There is room in this great and growing city for a journal that is not only cheap but bright, not only bright but large, not only large but truly democratic... that will expose all fraud and sham; fight all public evils and abuses; that will serve and battle for the people with earnest sincerity."
Hungarian journalist and prize
, on assuming proprietorship of the New York World
"I practice when I'm loaded."
, when asked how he could play so well when he was loaded
"Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world."
"The bluesit's kind of like a religion, really."
English singer, songwriter, guitarist (Fleetwood Mac)
"People who commit adultery must die. Everyone knows that. Any movie tells you that!"
"You know how I'm smart? I got people around me who know more than I do."
Louis B. Mayer
Ukraine-born US producer
"It was my mustache that landed jobs for me. In those silent-film days it was the mark of a villain. When I realized they had me pegged as a foreign nobleman type I began to live the part too. I bought a pair of white spats, an ascot tie and a walking stick."
"Rock was born in the South, so saying 'Southern rock' is like saying 'rock rock.'"
(brother of Gregg Allman)
"I don't use the Internet, but apparently you can find out everything on it."
US actor (from Petaluma, CA)
(LTR with Johnny Depp)