"Miserable creatures, thrown for a moment on the surface of this little pile of mud, is it decreed that one half of the flock should be the persecutor of the other? Is it for you, mankind, to pronounce on what is good and what is evil?"
Marquis de Sade
"Painting is the art of hollowing a surface."
"Actresses will happen in the best regulated families."
British-born US writer, artist
"He said I was the most sensitive person he had ever seenthat I belonged to the hyper-hyper type and we rarely survive! They found that the eclair contains everything my system lacks. So I take three a day and I feel like a new woman."
"Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it."
J. Russell Lynes
"I never should have done "My Favorite Martian" (1963). I didn't work in TV or film for three years after. Everyone thought of me as a Martian. Do you know what it's like to go to Madrid, Spain, on vacation and have a guy yell out, 'Hey, Martin!' and put antennas behind his head? When that happens, you know your career is dead."
"When my enemies stop hissing, I shall know I'm slipping."
US diva (in the original sense of the word)
"It's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude."
US secretary of state
"One thing I am determined on is that by the time I die my brain shall weigh as much as a man's if study and learning can make it so."
Martha Carey Thomas
"Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend."
"If your friend says of some picture, 'Yes, but what does it mean?' ask him what his carpet means or the circular patterns on his shoes."
"I get to go to a lot of overseas places, like Canada."
, on the perks of fame
"Far too many [of the books entered for the 1977 Booker Prize] relied on the classic formula of a beginning, a muddle, and an end."
"So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning."
"The people who fear humorand there are manyare suspicious of its power to present things in unexpected lights to question received opinions and to suggest unforeseen possibilities."
"The difference between playing the stock market and the horses is that one of the horses must win."
US comic, actor
"I try to play the best I can every time I play. But there's just some folks that seem to draw a little bit of that extra special out of you."