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"There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it."
(01/03/0106 BC 12/07/0043 BC)
"The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source."
Lucretia Coffin Mott
US social reformer
"If I were a grave-digger, or even a hangman, there are some people I could work for with a great deal of enjoyment."
"Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking."
British PM (42)
(see other British PMs)
"Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits."
"I am told that I talk in shorthand and then smudge it."
J. R. R. Tolkien
"I was what they called a feature player, never a star. They say I was in 500 films, everything but the newsreels."
"The quality of debate [in the House of Lords] is pretty highand it is, I think, good evidence of life after death."
Rev. Donald Soper
"The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer."
"What would ye, ladies? It was ever thus.
Men are unwise and curiously planned."
James Elroy Flecker
"Certain phrases stick in the throat, even if they offer nothing that is analytically improbable. 'A dashing Swiss officer' is one such. Another is 'the beautiful Law Courts.'"
"The receivers are an integral part of the passing game."
US football coach
"That's all very well, but two blacks don't make a white."
English television presenter
"Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions."
"Women who buy perfume and flowers for themselves because their men won't do it are called 'self basting.'"
"I mean, it's a great story. It's got some great things in it. I mean there's something like eight violent deaths."
, on reasons to like "Hamlet"
"As the funds you will expend have come from many places in the world, so let there be no territorial, religious, or color restrictions on your benefactions, but beware of organized, professional charities with high-salaried executives and a heavy ratio of expense."
(great-grandfather of Paris Hilton)
"It did not take a great genius to recognize that the discipline of comics with its intelligent arrangement of images and text was a language awaiting wider use."
US sequential artist