"Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.
(A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.)"
"A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe, 'That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'"
("The Red Badge of Courage")
"It has been said that writing comes more easily if you have something to say."
("Got fun Nekomeh (God of Vengeance)")
"All wars are planned by old men, in council rooms apart."
"We shall not have succeeded in demolishing everything unless we demolish the ruins as well. But the only way I can see of doing that is to use them to put up a lot of fine, well-designed buildings."
French "pataphysical" writer
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."
"I even went so far as to become a Southern Baptist for a while, until I realized that they didn't hold 'em under long enough."
US singer, songwriter
("Arsehole From El Paso")
"You can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but these things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."
"I write so the endangered thoughts roaming naked and vulnerable through the misty jungles of my mind aren't slain by the guns of practical living."
US writer, actor
"I inherited my father's insatiable desire to meet all the beautiful girls in the world."
US singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
(also see Flea)
"Serve the dinner backward, do anything but for goodness' sake, do something weird."
US writer, hostess
("How to Do It, or the Lively Art of Entertaining")
"Every man of genius is considerably helped by being dead."
Robert Staughton Lynd
("Middletown: A Study in Contemporary American Culture")
"If you want to win anythinga race, yourself, your lifeyou have to go a little berserk."
Dr. George Sheehan
US physician, running enthusiast
("Running & Being: The Total Experience")
(died near his birthday)
"I don't have to jump up and smile just because TV wants me to."
US football player
"I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destiny of man."
Sir Steven Runciman
("A History of the Crusades")
"After two years in Washington, I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood."
US actor, Senator (TN)
"When they drowned that place, they drowned my whole guts. And I will never forgive the bastards. May they rot in hell."
US singer, environmentalist
("Stay as Sick as You Are")
, on the men who dammed the Glen Canyon