"It is stern work, it is perilous work to thrust your hand in the sun
And pull out a spark of immortal flame to warm the hearts of men."
"We can be bought, but we can't be bored."
"Poetry is like fish: if it's fresh, it's good; if it's stale, it's bad; and if you're not certain, try it on the cat."
Sir Osbert Sitwell
("Before the Bombardment")
(brother of Dame Edith)
"One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them."
(brother of George)
"I don't like to work with assistants. I'm already one too many; the camera alone would be enough."
"A topologist is one who doesn't know the difference between a doughnut and a coffee cup." *
John L. Kelley
"I'm beginning to understand myself. But it would have been great to be able to understand myself when I was 20 rather than when I was 82."
US composer, musician
(died near his birthday)
"I'm a writer, a poet, which is to say I always did that. My life was totally in my head, and I wrote about it."
US writer, comic, actor (Firesign Theatre)
"The blues is like this. You lay down some night and you turn from one side of the bed to the other: all night long. It's not too cold in that bed, and it ain't too hot. But what's the matter? The blues has got you."
"For God's sake! What is that?"
US writer, "New Yorker" founder
, on seeing Truman Capote for the first time
"I almost got a girl pregnant in high school. It's costing me a fortune to keep the rabbit on a life-support system."
"There ainít much to being a ballplayer, if youíre a ballplayer."
US baseball player
"Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish."
"It's not normal for drummers to sing. I tried it, it's awful."
English drummer (the Jam)
(also see Paul Weller)
"You wiggle to the left, you wiggle to the right,
you do the Ooby Dooby with all your might."
US singer, songwriter
("Oh, Pretty Woman")
"As society advances, the standard of poverty rises."
"To err is human; to purr feline."
US billiards maven, quote collector
(His "The 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said" is mainly what got me started on this web site)