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"If I had been present at creation, I would have given some useful hints."
Alfonso X the Wise
"He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously."
"A politician thinks of the next electiona statesman, of the next generation."
James Freeman Clarke
"Oh, never mind the fashion. When one has a style of one's own, it is always twenty times better."
Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
"Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never."
"Of all the sexual aberrations, perhaps the most peculiar is chastity."
Remy de Gourmont
"It is disappointing to report that George Bernard Shaw appearing as George Bernard Shaw is sadly miscast in the part. Satirists should be heard and not seen."
Robert E. Sherwood
"Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while."
"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I am with you kid. Let's go!'"
"A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are."
US Senator (NY)
"I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life."
"It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table."
A. Bartlett Giamatti
US educator, baseball commissioner
"The golf links lie so near the mill
that almost every day
the laboring children can look out
and watch the men at play."
Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn
"I have great respect for someone from a strict Catholic upbringing who can climax without reservation. "
Robert Downey, Jr.
"Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone."
Hodding Carter II
"This is the most dangerous thing I will probably ever do in my life, except for having a kid."
, on sitting in a glass box 44 days above the Thames
"I never studied acting in Australia. I never had an empty stage and black pajamas to run around and express myself."
"Pakistan was once called the most allied ally of the United States. We are now the most nonallied."
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
"I've given my memoirs far more thought than any of my marriages. You can't divorce a book."
"The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language."
Swiss writer, architect
"I used to get fan letters from guys who requested a 'daring picture' of Brenda [Starr]. Well, you know what they wantedI had made Brenda very sexy. I'd send them a little sketch of Brenda Starr going over Niagara falls in a barrel and say, 'I hope this is daring enough.'"
(died near her birthday)