"An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow."
"A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you."
Bert Leston Taylor
("The East Window")
"Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare
And left the flushed print in a poppy there."
"I've been around so long that all the statues in Symphony Hall were little boys when I started."
Harry Ellis Dickson
"The Romans' contribution to science was mostly limited to butchering antiquity's greatest mathematician, burning the Library of Alexandria, and slowly stifling the sciences that flourished in the colonies of their Empire."
("A History of Π")
"I never knew until I came here that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here."
("À Bout de Souffle (Breathless)")
, on Hollywood
"She had rouged her cheeks to a color otherwise seen only on specially ordered Pontiac Firebirds, and in her ears she wore two feathered appliances resembling surfcasting jigs especially appetizing to striped bass."
George V. Higgins
(died near his birthday)
"Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where a backbone ought to be."
("How America Eats")
"My sister gave me a big bucket of Cool Whip. Isn't that awesome? For two weeks I basically watched Emergency! and ate cool whip with a spoon."
"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."
"When a man retires and time is no longer a matter of urgent importance, his colleagues generally present him with a clock."
R. C. Sherriff
"Apparently I was a Billboard top touring act of 1973, but nobody told me."
US singer, songwriter, pianist
("A Song for You")