"Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe."
Alfonso X the Wise
"In a body [like Congress] where there are more than one hundred talking lawyers, you can make no calculation upon the termination of any debate."
US President (14)
"When I was nine I played the demon king in Cinderella and it launched me on a long and happy life of being a monster."
(married seven times)
"Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weigh him down."
Sathya Sai Baba
"In curved Einsteinian space we are at all times, technically, looking at the back of our own head."
US writer, educator
"Getting ideas is like shaving; if you don't do it every day, you're a bum."
US pro football player, ad executive
"All art is a revolt against man's fate."
"Some children are spoiled and it is not their fault, it is their parents'."
Welsh writer (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
(was married to Patricia Neal)
"The greatest thing the Democrats have ever done for me was to defeat me for the governor of Tennessee."
"It is only when memory is filtered through imagination that the films we make will have real depth."
French film director
"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."
Marion Barry, Jr.
US mayor (Washington, DC)
"Youth is so exciting. It'll take over. I don't want to be swept away. I want to be with the taking-over people, right to the end."
"The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are."
US mayor (NYC)