"When I am dead and opened, you shall find Calais lying in my head."
(same dates as Audre Lourde)
, during her final illness, referring to England's loss of Calais to France.
"A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache."
Catherine the Great
"Our own theological Church, as we know, has scorned and vilified the body till it has seemed almost a reproach and a shame to have one, yet at the same time has credited it with power to drag the soul to perdition."
Eliza Wood Burhans Farnham
US social reformer
"It is nice to know that the computer understands the problem. But I would like to understand it too."
"Why don't you put that in the headline: 'He Only Did Three With Doris!' Set a lot of people straight."
"If you ever want to hear a boring conversation, why, pop down the mine. There it'll be!"
English comic, actor (Beyond the Fringe)
"Science is analytical, descriptive, informative. Man does not live by bread alone, but by science he attempts to do so. Hence the deadliness of all that is purely scientific."
"I bit a lot more bugs than bit me."
US model, actor
, on eating termites with her pygmy friends in Africa
"I donít tweet for a very simple reason, which is that I drink."
Canadian TV producer (SNL, Kids in the Hall)
"If you have to talk about fashion, then you are not in it." *
"I hate being a blonde."
"I wanted to be a secretary, I love paper clips and staplers."
"A dead atheist is someone who's all dressed up with no place to go." *
Australian evangelist of typically limited vision
"If I waited to be right before I spoke, I would be sending little cryptic messages on the Ouija board, complaints from the other side."
(same dates as Queen Mary)
"A statesman who keeps his ear permanently glued to the ground will have neither elegance of posture nor flexibility of movement."
S. Africa-born Israeli diplomat
"I consider myself a songwriter who sings rather than a singer who writes songs."
US songwriter ("Oh Lonesome Me")
"But of course it's different now, the blues is no longer blues, it's green now."
"You're like a beautiful chandelier. I'd like to be around when you get lit up."
("The Wicked Wit of the West: The last great Golden-Age screenwriter shares the hilarity and heartaches of working with Groucho, Garland, Gleason, Burns, Berle, Benny & many more")
"Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself."
Persia-born English writer