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"Her feet beneath her petticoat
Like little mice stole in and out,
As if they feared the light;
But oh, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day
Is half so fine a sight."
Sir John Suckling
"Don't call the world dirty because you forgot to clean your glasses."
"There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided."
Baron de Montesquieu
"Brandy and water spoils two good things."
"Very sorry can't come. Lie follows by post."
Lord Charles Beresford
, refusing a dinner invitation
"Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible."
Frank Moore Colby
US encyclopedia editor and essayist
"My advice to the women's clubs of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias."
William Allen White
"That's metaphysics, my dear fellow. It's forbidden me by my doctor, my stomach won't take it."
Russian writer (Doctor Zhivago)
"Politics is developing more comedians than radio ever did."
US pianist, singer, actor
"Perhaps we could have a translation, I could not quite follow."
British Prime Minister (44)
(see other British PMs)
, when Krushchev began banging his shoe on the desk at the UN
"Don't tell me peace has broken out, when I've just bought some new supplies."
"Progress everywhere today does seem to come so very heavily disguised as Chaos."
English comic, actor
"We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition."
Dr. Alex Comfort
US pop psychologist, writer
("The Joy of Sex")
"I totally and completely admit, with no qualms at all, my egomania, my selfishness, coupled with a really magnificent voice."
"Often the search proves more profitable than the goal."
E. L. Konigsburg
US children's writer
"Dolly Parton reminds me of two big ice cream cones and a whole lot of cotton candy. I'll bet most of her fans are either hillbillies or diabetics."
(was married to Liza Minnelli)
"If enough people think of a thing and work hard enough at it, I guess it's pretty nearly bound to happen, wind and weather permitting."
Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Little House on the Prairie)
"I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I strongly object when they start shaking them to make certain they are still going."
William Norman Birkett
"It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow."
US composer, producer, entrepreneur
"I thank you for this award, though I think there may be a problem with a world in which making small, human and humorous films is 'an achievement.' It should be the norm."
(was married to Sandra Oh)
, on accepting Director of the Year award for "Sideways" at the Palm Springs film fest
"It's really fun to act like a bimbo. But it's fun to act like a bimbo only when people know that you really aren't one."
(daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd)
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
US writer (Roots)
"Life's just a bus stop to somewhere infinitely better."
"You can't teach without learning. The first thing you have to do when you start teaching is to organize what you know. In the course of organizing what you know into a coherent body, you discover that you know a lot more than you thought you thought you did."
Dave van Ronk
US singer, songwriter