"Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
Before we too into the Dust descend."
Persian writer, mathematician
"War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men."
French minister, clergy
"Leisure is the mother of Philosophy."
English philosopher, scholar
"Lest men suspect your tale untrue,
Keep probability in view."
"It is a mathematical fact that the casting of this pebble from my hand alters the centre of gravity of the universe."
"It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs Carlyle marry one another and so make only two people miserable instead of four."
"Almost everything serious is difficult, and everything is serious."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"The politician is an acrobat; he keeps his balance by doing the opposite of what he says."
French writer, politician
"A cement mixer collided with a prison van on the Kingston bypass. Motorists are asked to be on the lookout for 16 hardened criminals."
Scottish comic actor
"I was about as much in demand as cancer."
Max Baer, Jr.
, on his post-"Beverly Hillbillies" career
"I don't think I ever went down that movie star path. I always enjoy taking a 90-degree turn from the last thing I did."
(son of Lloyd Bridges,
brother of Beau Bridges)
"I really don't like when things are all polished and perfectthe perfect love story and the hair is perfect."
"Sometimes I think I'm a really interesting guy."
US comic actor (SNL)
"You can pay for school, but you can't buy class."
US rapper, songwriter, producer
(married to Beyoncé Knowles)
"A smart model is a good model."
"Music does not exist until it is performed."
"The DNA molecule
is The Nude Descending a Staircase
a circular one.
See the undersurfaces of the spiral treads
and the spaces in between.
She is descending and at the same
time ascending and she moves around herself."
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream."
US musician, composer
(was married to Gail)
"It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just."
Chief Justice (CA)