"The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any sane person."
US President (12)
"Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others."
("Vendredi Soir (Friday Evening)")
"Because it has such a ragged movement. It suggests something like that."
, on "Ragtime" music
"They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids. Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat? We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs and we're building for them yet."
Anna Louise Strong
("I Change Worlds: the Remaking of an American")
"It is rarely that you see an American writer who is not hopelessly sane."
Margaret Caroline Anderson
("My Thirty Years' War: An Autobiography")
"When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. We are dealing with creatures of emotion, creatures bustling with prejudices and motivated by pride and vanity."
("How to Win Friends and Influence People")
"So it can be seen that the trouble with the motion-picture art was (and is) that it is too much an industry; and the trouble with the motion picture industry is that it is too much an art. It is out of this basic contradiction that most of the ills of the form arise."
US writer, director, actor
(brother of Michael Kanin;
was married to Ruth Gordon)
"Education costs money, but then so does ignorance."
Sir Claus Moser
German-born English statistician
(Derek Bok agrees)
"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
US baseball coach
"America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization."
"Marriage is a wonderful invention; but then again, so is a bicycle repair kit."
(Sir) Billy Connolly
Scottish comic, actor
"I have always believed that socially unacceptable men make much better lovers because they are more sensitive."
("Women in Revolt")
"And if nothing else, I've learned that there are people in life who have a need to sort of bask and reflect in glory or to take credit."
US public servant
"I collect watches because I'm always late, and I need to know exactly how late I'm going to bein order to come up with a good excuse."
("Life in Pieces")
(son of Rita Wilson and
"And I'd love to one day be in a position where I could choose a role to showcase my creativity versus just my bra size."
("Private Screenings: Views of the Cinema of the Sixties")
, on Rex Reed
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing."