"The fence around a cemetery is foolish, for those inside can't get out and those outside don't want to get in."
US editor, writer
"I have not collected art. Art collected me. I never found paintings. They found me. I have never even owned a work of art. They owned me."
Edward G. Robinson
"Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience, and has little to do with school or college."
"I get tired of hearing my ballplayers bellyache all the time. They should sit in the press box sometime and watch themselves play."
US baseball manager
"People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness."
"Life is indeed precious, and I believe the death penalty helps to affirm this fact."
US mayor (NYC), People's Court judge
"Asking a working writer what he feels about critics is like asking a lamppost what he feels about dogs."
(was married to Jill Bennett and died on her birthday,
was also married to Penelope Gilliatt)
"I didn't know anything about speed or diet pills, but they gave me these little red pills, like Benzadrine, that you can only buy in Mexico now."
"I'm not trying to sell sex. I just don't like wearing a lot of clothes onstage."
"After all the nice things I've said about that hag! When I get hold of her I'll tear out every hair of her moustache!"
, on Bette Davis
"You don't want to get rid of your experiences, because they're your experiencesgood or badand you need them, but it would be great if they weren't on the video shelf!"
"Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding over man's capacity for evil."
"I don't remember ever having finished a book."
"Leadership appears to be the art of getting others to want to do something you are convinced should be done."
("The Naked Society")
"I have learned the difference between a cactus and a caucus. On a cactus, the pricks are on the outside."
US Congressman (AZ), presidential contender
"'Do you ever notice,' asked Luisa, 'how easy it is to forgive a person any number of faults for one endearing characteristic... while someone with many good qualities is insupportable for a single defect if it happens to be a boring one?'"
("The Bay of Noon")
"People are lost today, and they always tell me we need another Billy Jack, who stood for moral and spiritual values and psychic truths." *
"Look, people have an image of Italians. When I go somewhere in the world, I don't care where it is, when they look at me it's not about my intelligence. It's who can I beat up."
("Do the Right Thing")