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"And perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown it that the ancients did not know everything."
Pierre de Fermat
, notes in the margin of his copy of Diophantus' Arithmetica
"It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare."
"A critic is a reader who ruminates. Thus, he should have more than one stomach."
Friedrich von Schlegel
German writer, critic
"A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth."
John Singer Sargent
Italian-born US artist
"All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark."
Indian spiritual leader
"You can't wait for inspirationyou have to go after it with a club."
"I don't think the federation has a head; its neck has just grown up and haired over."
John L. Lewis
US labor leader
"I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I lost two weeks."
Joe E. Lewis
"My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle."
"The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything."
(was married to Clifford Odets)
"Kill the body and the head will die."
"If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation."
rotund right-wing US talk-show host
"Writing a book just might be the hardest thing I've ever done, besides trying to get laid in college."
US radio personality
"I don't think that [children are] any more resilient than anyone else. They're just people with little bodies."
"I like Paris. My problem is I don't like Parisians."
"I have always admired the Esquimaux (Eskimos). One fine day a delicious meal is cooked for dear old mother, and then she goes walking away over the ice, and doesn't come back."
"People accuse us of being nothing more than a disco band now, but they don't know what they're talking about. If you listen to our records, you'll find that there's dance music. But there are also ballads like 'More Than A Woman.' And there are some very beautiful, undanceable songs, too."
English singer (Bee Gees)
(brother of Barry, Robin, and Andy Gibb)