"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact."
(LTR with George Henry Lewes)
"How can one conceive of a one-party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheese?"
Charles de Gaulle
"It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom."
"I take showers, I don't like baths. The last time I took a bath, I lost three of my ships."
"The critical element in selling a service comes in providing support after the sale, because, unlike other types of marketing, the customer can't really try the product until he's already bought it."
Kay Knight Clarke
US? marketing expert?
"There's a side of me that always fell for manic things, frenzied, cartoony performances. I always liked sideshows, freakshows. Jerry Lewis was a freakshow... Absolutely grotesque, awful, tasteless. I like things to be tasteless."
US animator, actor, director (Monty Python's Flying Circus)
"No one changes the world who isn't obsessed."
Billie Jean King
US tennis player
"Human life is proverbially uncertain; few things are more certain than the solvency of a life-insurance company."
Sir Arthur Eddington
"Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world."
US bassist (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
"I enjoy making things that are different. It makes for a better career. I don't want to do the same thing twice. I love the different roles I've played. I don't ever want to be pigeonholed! That's the great thing about actingall these different people I can play, as long as audiences are willing to see them. The more different roles I do, the more different roles I will get."
(granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway;
sister of Margaux Hemingway)
Hedda Hopper: "How do you know so much about men?"
: "Baby, I went to night school."
"Beauty is the oracle that speaks to us all."
"A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one."
Mary Kay Ash