"I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses."
"Chance favors only the prepared mind."
"I have seen purer liquors, better segars, finer tobacco, truer guns and pistols, larger dirks and bowie knives, and prettier courtesans here in San Francisco than in any other place I have ever visited; and it is my unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are available in America."
("The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It")
, on late 19th-century San Francisco
"The lens is the actor's best critic, showing his mind more clearly than on the stage. You can get wonderful cooperation out of the lens if you are true, but God help you if you are not."
Peter Marshall: "If you're going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?"
Charlie Weaver: "Three days of steady drinking should do it."
US comedian, actor, pianist, composer
(grandfather of Rosanna,
"Never answer a hypothetical question."
"If the French were really intelligent, they'd speak English."
("A Middle Class Education")
"The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies."
Lester Bowles Pearson
Canadian Prime Minister (14)
"One face to the world, another at home makes for misery."
US etiquette maven
("Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette")
"If it were better, it wouldn't be as good."
"I consider Peter Finch and James Mason the two best English actors of the 1960s. But I never understood Finch. How could he do something as beautiful as "Sunday, Bloody Sunday," but also make all that other sh*t? I mean he could read, couldn't he?"
Sir Alan Bates