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"'Tis not where we lie, but whence we fell;
The loss of heaven's the greatest pain in hell."
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword."
"Kill no more pigeons than you can eat."
US writer, Founding Father
"Do you recall the Alington poodleexactly like a typhoid germ magnified."
"I would not send a poor girl into the world... ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself."
(sister of Charlotte and Emily Brontë)
"I don't understand anything about ballet; all I know is that during the intervals the ballerinas stink like horses."
"I am the law!"
US mayor (Jersey city, NJ)
"We never make sport of religion, politics, race, or mothers. A mother never gets hit with a custard pie. Mothers-in-lawyes. But mothersnever."
"Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whisky makes it go round twice as fast."
Sir Compton Mackenzie
"In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person."
US historian, statesman
"In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments."
Rutherford B. Hayes
US President (19)
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"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listensand then everybody disagrees."
"I don't even know what street Canada is on."
"This is a do-it-yourself test for paranoia: you know you've got it when you can't think of anything that's your fault."
Robert M. Hutchins
"The cat is the only non-gregarious domestic animal. It is retained by its extraordinary adhesion to the comforts of the house in which it is reared."
Sir Francis Galton
"I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork."
"All creatures must learn to coexist. That’s why the brown bear and the field mouse can share their lives in harmony. Or course, they can’t mate or the mice would explode."
"I think the world has a lot more important things to know about than Vidal Sassoon."
"My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective."
James Earl Jones
"The first black president will be a politician who is black."
Lawrence Douglas Wilder
US governor (VA)
"It just as easily could have gone the other way."
US baseball player
, on the Cubs' 4-4 record
"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I just beat people up."
"I didn't think it was going anywhere, which just shows you how wrong you can be ... At the time, it seemed like the thing to do."
, on quitting the Rolling Stones in 1974
"Townes van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that."
US singer, songwriter
"But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."
US comic, actor
"Liberty is being free from the things we don't like in order to be slaves of the things we do like."
"Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass."
Canadian comic, actor
"You think education is something to be done when all else fails?"
T. H. White
"I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor, who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was 'wonderful.'"
"It's an addiction. I love clothes. I like to go down Melrose and look in all the windows and I go to different flea markets. I have lots of costumes. You never know when you're going to have to dress up like a milkmaid from the 1600s."
"I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.'"
US Senator and Representative (TX)
"Should I get married? Should I be good?
Astound the girl next door with my velvet suit and faustus hood?"
"I really wanted to be a dancer, but I ended up as an actress and I got to perform next to some of the greatest actors of our time."
"I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves."
US-Icelandic chess grand master
"They glanced at one another like tigers taking measure of a menacing new rival."