"All men are evil and will declare themselves to be so when occasion is offered."
Sir Walter Raleigh
("The Historie of the World, In Five Bookes")
"Was she so loved because her eyes were so beautiful, or were her eyes so beautiful because she was so loved?"
"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, publisher
, on assuming proprietorship of the New York World
"I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages."
William H. Mauldin
"Common sense is perhaps the most equally divided, but surely the most underemployed, talent in the world."
("Madame et le Management")
"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."
("The Front Page")