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"Believe, if thou wilt, that mountains change their place, but believe not that man changes his nature."
Arabian religious leader
"Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst."
Francis H. Bradley
"Ah, yes, I wrote the "Purple Cow"
I'm sorry, now, I wrote it!
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'll kill you if you quote it."
"You will recognize, my boy, the first sign of old age: it is when you go out into the streets of London and realize for the first time how young the policemen look."
Sir Seymour Hicks
"Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport."
US political activist
I belong to Bridegrooms Anonymous. Whenever I feel like getting married, they send over a lady in a housecoat and hair curlers to burn my toast for me.
"At what point did Rhythm and Blues start becoming rock'n'roll? When the white kids started to dance to it."
"Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors."
"Perhaps if we lived with less physical beauty we would develop our true natures more."
"I always wanted to write a book that ended with the word mayonnaise."
"There are certain elements of the Bond lifestyle I have yet to experience, Jay, but I'm hopeful."
US vp (46), war criminal and profiteer, and sharpshooter
, to Jay Leno on his reported "James Bond-like aura"
(see other US VPs)
"They say that after a brush with death the world looks different and that was true for me, but by the time I caught my breath, I realized that it was because I had lost my glasses."
Michael Anthony Dorris
(was married to Louise Erdrich)
"Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been preserved for so many years just so we could discover them!"
(brother of Wilbur)
"It's actually come as quite a shock to learn just how many people don't like me."
"I've done moves that would make Iggy Pop blush. Iggy is a walking, talking explosion. I was kind of a balloon deflating."
US singer (American Music Club)
"The instinct to worship is hardly less strong than the instinct to eat."
"I feel despair twenty-four hours a day at the way we are treatingthe world and what we are piling up for ourselves. But you have to keep fighting, or what are we on earth for? I believe so much in what I am doing that I cannot let up."
India-born English writer
"For the last few days I've been wondering why I had been chosen to receive this honour... And now I believe I know the answer: it's to reward me for my longevity!"
(was married to Maria Montez; father with her of Tina Aumont)
, on receiving an honorary Cesar award, 1991
"Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, andhere's the big curvefor your parents."
"Man is the only creature that seems to have the time and energy to pump all his sewage out to sea, and then go swimming in it."