"Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward."
"The biggest danger for a politician is to shake hands with a man who is physically stronger, has been drinking and is voting for the other guy."
US Senator (WI)
"Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
(same dates as Jonathan Winters)
"Now the freaks are on television, the freaks are in the movies. And it's no longer the sideshow, it's the whole show. The colorful circus and the clowns and the elephants, for all intents and purposes, are gone, and we're dealing only with the freaks."
US comic actor
(same dates as Kurt Vonnegut)
"Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again."
Then-Rep. Barbara Boxer
US Senator (CA)
"We're horribly mundane, aggressively mundane individuals. We're the ninjas of the mundane, you might say."
English singer, songwriter, guitarist (XTC)
"I would like to take this opportunity just to tell the press to KISS MY SKINNY WHITE ASS"
, on the Letterman show
"The concept of two people living together for 25 years without a serious dispute suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep."
Sir Alan P. Herbert
"Everywhere I go, somebody is staring at me, I don't know if people are staring because they recognize me or because they think I'm a weirdo."
"A gossip is someone who talks to you about others, a bore is someone who talks to you about himself, and a brilliant conversationalist is one who talks to you about yourself." *
"Whoever stands by a just cause cannot possibly be called a terrorist."
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all."
Peter F. Drucker
Austrian educator, writer, management consultant
"We go home safe in the knowledge that we've deafened a few." *
English drummer (Motörhead 1977-84)