"A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe, 'That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'"
"It has been said that writing comes more easily if you have something to say."
"All wars are planned by old men, in council rooms apart."
"The world has always gone through periods of madness so as to advance a bit on the road to reason."
"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
"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it."
Gordon R. Dickson
"The harder you work, the luckier you get."
"Sometimes the best songs almost write themselves."
US singer, songwriter
"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
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complainand most fools do."
"He who levitates is loft."
US self, artist, writer, editor, musician, photographer, and collector of quotes
"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)
"Serve the dinner backward, do anything but for goodness' sake, do something weird."
US writer, hostess
"Sometimes life hits you on the head with a saucepan. But I'm not here to talk about saucepans."
"For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word."
Catherine Drinker Bowen
"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
"The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis."
"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
, on the men who dammed the Glen Canyon