"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
Acquaintance, describing an unpopular man: "He's his own worst enemy."
Franklin P. Adams: "Not while I'm around."
"Readin' all those books makes me wonder whether anyone ever dies natural."
"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
"Too cheerful a morality is a loose morality; it is appropriate only to decadent peoples and is found only among them."
"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
"Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or which we do not wish to happen."
Charles W. Chesnutt
"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."
(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)
"The first need of a free people is to define their own terms."
Trinidadian civil-rights activist