"The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me."
US humanitarian, Red Cross founder
("The Story of My Childhood")
"All the American women had purple noses and gray lips and their faces were chalk white from terrible powder. I recognized that the United States could be my life's work."
"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
(great-grandfather of Paris Hilton;
was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor)
"Twelve? Who needs twelve? Couldn't we make do with six?"
, on filming apostles
"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?'"
"One of the Stately Old Homos of England"
("The Naked Civil Servant")
"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
("Requiem for a Heavyweight")
"[My daughter loves playing] cowpersons and Indians."
US feminist, writer
"Ideas are to literature what light is to painting."
("A Cruel Enigma")
"Writing good editorials is chiefly telling people what they think, not what you think."
US editor, writer
"As people do better, they start voting like Republicansunless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing."
US political manipulator and general all-around slimeball
"Bush doesnít know the names of countries, he doesnít know the names of foreign leaders, he canít even find the Earth on a globe."
("Dating After Divorce")
"In modelling, there is no point in trying to prove you have a brain, so why even bother? I'd sooner save the energy for something more meaningful."
"Because it's 2015."
Canadian PM (23)
, on why his cabinet was 50% female
(son of Margaret
and Pierre Trudeau)
"Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I'm saying? You hear all the rappers, 90 percent of their music is me."
US Godfather of Soul
("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag")
"I've achieved what every artist wants, which is that some of their work will outlive them."
English singer (Wham!)