"The birds are moulting. If only man could moult alsohis mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions."
James Lane Allen
("The Choir Invisible")
"The English may batter us to pieces, but they will never succeed in breaking our spirit."
Irish actor, patriot, feminist
("A Servant of the Queen")
(muse of William Butler Yeats)
"I never wanted to be a millionaire, I just wanted to live like one."
"I walked out in the night a while ago. The stars are bright, the night is silent, the country quietas quiet as peace itself. Millions of men are in camp and on warships. Will they all have to fight and many of them die, to untangle this network of treaties and alliances and to blow off huge debts with gunpowder so that the world may start again?"
Walter H. Page
("A Publisher's Confession")
, on WWI
"Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it."
US football coach
"I think pop music has done more for oral intercourse than anything else that ever happened, and vice versa."
US musician, composer
(was married to Gail)
"The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."
General George S. Patton
"People mistake me for Laurence Fishburne all the time. And he always gets mistaken for me. (And why not? We've both starred in Spike Lee movies, haven't we?) Even when we're standing together, people have called him by my name and me by his. A woman recently ran up to him and said, 'My daughter loved you in Pulp Fiction! Could she have your autograph?' So he signed it, 'Respectfully yours, Samuel Jackson."
Samuel L. Jackson
"There is one word in America that says it all, and that one word is 'you never know.'"
Dominican baseball player
"It's high time the press finally got one thing right about me."
US tennis player
, on the Daily Mirror proclaiming she "has the best boobs in the business"
(was engaged to Jimmy Connors)
"Student teaching is the hardest job there is. Secondary school kids didn't want to be there. I skipped out one afternoon and went to the mall, and there were some of my students there. But they couldn't report me, could they?"
("Malcolm in the Middle")
"It's a strange way to make a living, and my dentist has made me cut down on eating light bulbs, but I'm never bored."
US performance artist
"I feel like this is a dreamand I apologize for how I dressed some of you."
("Everybody Loves Raymond")
, accepting a Golden Globe award
"A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up."
"I have an Alka Seltzer bat. You know, plop plop fizz fizz. When the pitcher sees me walking up there they say, 'Oh what a relief it is.'"
Andy Van Slyke
US baseball player
"Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions."
Eric Temple Bell
Scottish-US mathematician, writer
("The Time Stream" as John Taine)
"You can't judge a band by their covers."
Teresa A. Schweitzer
US artist, writer, citizen scientist, permaculturist, web producer, Peace Corps volunteer, bird nerd extraordinaire
(friend of the quotekeeper)
"I don't like my body, it's oddly-proportioned. I'd like to be, like, dumpy."
"There are very few jobs which require a penis or a vagina."
US lawyer, activist
"He just can't believe what isn't happening to him."
English TV presenter