"They that govern the most, make least noise."
"Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition."
"All things by immortal power,
Near and Far
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star."
"It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true."
Spanish philosopher, writer
"An empty canvas, apparently really empty, that says nothing and is without significance. Almost dull, in fact. In reality, however, [it's] crammed with thousands of undertone tensions and [is] full of expectancy. Slightly apprehensive lest it should be outraged... It can contain anything but cannot sustain everything... An empty canvas is a living wonderfar lovelier than certain pictures."
(died near his birthday)
"I see her as one great stampede of lips directed at the nearest derriere."
Sir Noel Coward
(same dates as Beethoven)
, on a sycophantic columnist
"The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great best-sellers."
V. S. Pritchett
"Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible."
"If no thought your mind does visit
make your speech not too explicit."
"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
English scientist, writer
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."
Philip K. Dick
"Hollywood is loneliness beside the swimming pool."
"Any stigma, as the old saying is, will serve to beat a dogma."
"Black women as a group have never been fools. We couldn't afford to be."
"Can't do it, simply cause underneath 'em is too ugly."
US musician (ZZ Top)
, on why he and Dusty Hill refused a hefty sum from Gillette to shave their beards
"Ever notice that people who believe in Creationism look really unevolved?"
"Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it."
W. Somerset Maugham
"I'll never kick dogs, I'll never hurt a child, I'll never slap a womanthree things I won't do on film."
Lee Van Cleef