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"A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."
US founding father
"Men first feel necessity, then look for utility, next attend to comfort, still later amuse themselves with pleasure, thence grow dissolute in luxury, and finally go mad and waste their substance."
"Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion."
"I won't change a thing in his portrait. Is it my fault if Moore looks like a squashed egg yolk and if his face is all lopsided? Anyway, the same applies to everybody's face ... There's no symmetry in nature. One eye is never exactly the same as the other, there's always a difference. We all have a more or less crooked nose and an irregular mouth."
(Monet is here)
, on his portrait of George Moore
"The mountain sheep are sweeter,
but the valley sheep are fatter;
we therefore deem it meeter
to carry off the latter."
Thomas Love Peacock
"Young blood must have its course, lad, and every dog its day."
"Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise."
"There is currently a formula for success in the entertainment medium, that is: beat it to death if it succeeds."
US TV pioneer
"[Burt Lancaster] couldn't pick up an ashtray before discussing his motivation for an hour or so."
"Get my Swan costume ready."
, last words
"Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly."
"This is a thousand times more frightening than 'The Exorcist.' I intend to cover it with mayonnaise."
, on being presented with an inflatable statue of Bugs Bunny
"Between religion's 'this is' and poetry's 'but suppose this is,' there must always be some kind of tension, until the possible and the actual meet at infinity."
"Rich means you have to stay there to maintain it."
"I was impressed with the potential positive relationship between grandparents and grandchildren, so I chose an elderly character."
"Today I have a strong desire to photograph women clothed from head to foot with hardly an inch of flesh. It will be a challenge to work under such restraints."
"To provoke dreams of terror in the slumber of prosperity has become the moral duty of literature."
German chemist, educator
"I can't die. It would ruin my image."
US exercise maven