"I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar." *
"It is not miserable to be blind; it is miserable to be incapable of enduring blindness."
, totally blind by 1652
"The law is an adroit mixture of customs that are beneficial to society, and could be followed even if no law existed, and others that are of advantage to a ruling minority, but harmful to the masses of men, and can be enforced on them only by terror."
("The Conquest of Bread")
"I am a poor man, but I would gladly give ten shillings to find out who sent me the insulting Christmas card I received this morning."
English comic actor
("The Diary of a Nobody")
"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees."
Spanish communist leader
("They Shall Not Pass: The Autobiography of La Pasionaria")
"Anything that's white is sweet.
Anything that's brown is meat.
Anything that's grey don't eat."
, on airline food
"By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life."
"In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves."
"It is easier to get forgiveness than permission."
Grace Murray Hopper
US Navy rear admiral, computer scientist
(credited with partial invention of the "COBOL" programming language)
"My trademarks are a hoarse, grating voice and the face of a retired pugilist: small narrowed eyes set in puffy features which look as though they might, years ago, have lost on points."
("All the King's Men")
"There are instances where it is in the best interests of the nation not to vote the will of the people."
US house speaker
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."
US comic, actor
("Sanford and Son")
"We need a president who's fluent in at least one language."
US actor, writer (SNL)
"Ladies and gentlemen, I've suffered for my music... now it's your turn."
English actor, musician (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Rutles, Monty Python's Flying Circus)
("I'm the Urban Spaceman")
"In America, you watch TV and think that's totally unreal, then you step outside and it's just the same."
Saint Kitts singer
("Down to Zero")
"I don't want my album coming out with a 'G' rating. Nobody would buy it."
(brother of Marie Osmond)
"I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are."
(married to William H. Macy)
"If you want to get across an idea, wrap it up in a person."
Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche
US diplomat, Nobelist
("A World View of Race")
"What I remember most about him was the little boy quality shining forth at you from behind those thick glasses of his, tearing at your heart. He had that extreme and touching idealism of youth which made you wish that he would never have to be disillusioned. Now he won’t be."
("The Gay Illiterate")
, on James Dean
"One becomes more interested in a job of work after the first impulse to drop it has been overcome."
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
US religious guy
"Baseball is a fun game. It beats working for a living."
US baseball infielder