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"The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it is intolerable."
English architect, writer
"I like your opera. I think I will set it to music."
Ludwig van Beethoven
, to a fellow composer
"My inclination to go by Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will make them more careful in the immediate future."
A. E. Housman
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes."
"How can I possibly dislike a sex to which Your Majesty belongs?"
, on Queen Victoria's suggestion that he disliked women
"Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy."
"What is to give light must endure burning."
"Why are numbers beautiful? It's like asking why is Beethoven's Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don't see why, someone can't tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren't beautiful, nothing is."
"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
"They, that unnamed 'they,' they've knocked me down but I got up. I always get upand I swear when I went down quite often I took the fall; nothing moves a mountain but itself. They, I've long ago named them me."
"I've never really verbalized this before, and that's the honest truth, but I've always seen Spock as a spiritual figure. He's a searcher for values, for ethics, for insight."
"He laughs best who laughs last,
the wiseacres vow;
but I am impatient,
I want to laugh now."
"Hair has always been important."
"A fully-equipped duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts; and dukes are just as great a terror and they last longer."
David Lloyd George
British P.M. (36)
(see other British PMs)
"I would think nothing of tipping over a table with a whole long spread on it just because there was turkey roll on the table and I had explicitly said, 'No turkey roll.'"
US singer (Aerosmith)
(father of Liv Tyler; also see Joe Perry)
"Sometimes between takes, I'll spin to disorient myself."
Canadian comic, actor
"It was a blonde, a blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window."
"One day I wish that all the people of the world, all the males, females, blacks, whites, purples, whatever, and all of the adults and children would all come together and get it on."
US guitarist, singer (Smashing Pumpkins, Perfect Circle)
; also see Billy Corgan, D'Arcy Wretzky, Jimmy Chamberlain, Melissa auf der Maur, and Courtney Love
"I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise."
(same dates as Beethoven)
"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."
"A small silence came between us, as precise as a picture hanging on the wall."
(was married to A. J. Liebling)
"Citizen participation is a device whereby public officials induce nonpublic individuals to act in a way the officials desire."
"I adored Hollywood because I'd always wanted to be a movie star. Maybe in some funny Freudian way, it was my way of getting more attention than my baby sister, who was pretty with curly hair. We all have drives we don't completely understand."