"We need not be too strict in seeing
The failings of a fellow being."
(sister of Charles Lamb)
"E'en drunken Andrew felt the blow
That innocence can give,
When its resistless accents flow
To bid affection live. "
"He did not see any reason why the devil should have all the good tunes."
Sir Rowland Hill
English clergyman, writer, postmaster
"The Faculty [of Vassar] do not consider it a mere experiment any longer that girls can be educated as well as boys."
Ellen Swallow Richards
US chemist, first woman admitted to MIT
"Words, as is well known, are the great enemies of reality."
"Some people swallow the universe like a pill; they travel on through the world, like smiling images pushed from behind."
Robert Louis Stevenson
"Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training."
(daughter of Sigmund)
"Reason is the most active human faculty."
Mary Baker Eddy
US evangelist, founder of Christian Science
"They don't like thinking in medical school. They memorizethat's all they want you to do. You must not think."
John W. Backus
US computing pioneer
Georges Franju: "Movies should have a beginning, a middle, and an end."
Jean-Luc Godard: "Certainly, but not necessarily in that order."
"I bit the head off a live bat the other night. It was like eating a Crunchie wrapped in chamois leather."
(father of Kelly)
"That will only happen if I have a bout of amnesia or if I feel like mooning someone in the audience."
(LTR with Jackson Browne,
married to Neil Young)
, on getting naked onstage like Jerry Hall
"I'm looking for the truth. The audience doesn't come to see you, they come to see themselves."
"I always approach comedy roles pretending they aren't funny."
"You've got to take chances in life." *
US friend and schoolmate
(his son is named Chance)
"The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers."
US physician, writer
"We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
Strike straight. We
Sing sin. We
Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We
"Look at the film buyers and sellers in Cannes any year and you're basically looking at a lot of shoe-salesmen working out whether it should be sneakers or lace-ups next year."
"The thing is, unfortunately, I write the best songs when I'm miserable."
US singer (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)