"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there."
Jalal ud-Din Rumi
Ghurid (now Afghanistan) region mystic and poet
"The finest collection of frames I ever saw."
Sir Humphry Davy
English chemist (discovered laughing gas, bless him)
("Consolations in Travel or The Last Days of a Philosopher")
, on the museums of France
"Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive."
Thomas C. Haliburton
("The Attaché; or Sam Slick in England")
"Ladies, just a little more virginity, if you don't mind."
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
English actor, writer
, to actresses brought to play ladies-in-waiting
"I may really say that for a quarter of a century I have kept before me one unflinching aimto register my own times in terms of my own time, and still more to urge those who are better poets and better prose-writers than myself to have the same aim."
Ford Madox Ford
("The Good Soldier: A Tale of Passion")
"In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting."
("Shakespeare and Bacon on Vivisection")
"My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety."
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
English physician, mayor
, on becoming a physician
"It's not hard to tell we was poorwhen you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline."
US comic, actor
"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."
US writer, grammarian
"As I grow older and older
and totter towards the tomb
I find that I care less and less
who goes to bed with whom."
Dorothy L. Sayers
("The Nine Tailors")
"The last time I saw anything like this I was playing for Tastee Freeze in the Little League." *
US pitcher (Astros)
, on being behind by 14 runs in the first inning