"Man learns more readily and remembers more willingly what excites his ridicule than what deserves esteem and respect."
"I could follow him around the world in my shift."
Mary, Queen of Scots
, on James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell
"Art for art's sake, with no purpose, for any purpose perverts art. But art achieves a purpose which is not its own."
"If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination."
Thomas de Quincey
("Confessions of an English Opium Eater")
"Pay no attention to what the critics say. Remember, a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic."
"I did not know it then, but Frida had already become the most important fact in my life. And would continue to be, up to the moment she died, 27 years later."
("Man at the Crossroads")
, on meeting Frida Kahlo
"It was remarked to me by the late Mr. Charles Roupell, that to play billiards well was a sign of an ill-spent youth."
"When the facilities of the government of the United States are drawn on an individual, it can be terrifying."
Lee J. Cobb
("On the Waterfront")
, on naming names to the HUAC
"Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn."
("In Dreams Begin Responsibilities")
"Reggae is a message of consolation; a message of salvation."
Jamaican singer, songwriter (the Maytals)
"I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning."
US singer (the Doors)
("People Are Strange")
"Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves."
("The Art of Thinking")
"Let me just say that every cover of every magazine I've done has been airbrushed to death. No woman should walk around thinking that's what they should be. You shouldn't be beating yourself up."
"What pisses me off is when I've got seven or eight record company fat pig men sitting there telling me what to wear."
"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it."
Russian Israeli leader
"I have so much fun on stage that I should have to pay to get in."
US singer, songwriter
"And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring."
("Naming of Parts")
"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows."
Sydney J. Harris
("Would You Believe?")
"There is still no cure for the common birthday."
US astronaut, senator (OH)
"If you don't have some bad loans, you are not in business."