"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)
"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."
"It may be observed, in a general way,
that life would be better, distinctly
If more of the people with nothing to say
were able to say it succinctly."
"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."
("Supers and Supermen: Studies in Politics, History and Letters")
"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?"
"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