"Nature uses as little as possible of anything."
"Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sensecan he talk nonsense?"
William Pitt the elder
"This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time."
, on Winston Churchill's England
"A car crash harnesses elements of eroticism, aggression, desire, speed, drama, kinesthetic factors, the stylizing of motion, consumer goods, statusall these in one event. I myself see the car crash as a tremendous sexual event really: a liberation of human and machine libido (if there is such a thing)."
J. G. Ballard
China-born English writer
"This is the age of insincerity. The movies had the misfortune to come along in the twentieth century, and because they appeal to the masses there can be no sincerity in them. Hollywood is tied hand and foot to the demands for artificiality of the masses all over the world."
("A Free Soul")
(brother of Ethel
uncle of John Drew,
great-uncle of Drew)
"Life in the twentieth century is like a parachute jump: you have to get it right the first time."
"I just need enough to tide me over until I need more."
US cartoonist (The Lockhorns)
"I'm a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I've come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful."