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"There is no sinner like a young saint."
"Writing well is at one and the same time good thinking, good feeling, and good expression; it is having wit, soul, and taste, all together."
George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
"The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread."
"'A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drownded,' he said, 'for he will be going out on a day he shouldn't. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.'"
John Millington Synge
"Nothing would more contribute to make a man wise than to have always an enemy in his view."
Edward F. Halifax
"I am one of those people who just can't help getting a kick out of lifeeven when it's a kick in the teeth."
"Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use."
US speech therapist
"Money couldn't buy friends, but you got a better class of enemy. "
"Two members of the acting profession who are not needed by that profession, Mr. Ronald Reagan and Mr. George Murphy, entered politics, and they've done extremely well. Since there has been no reciprocal tendency in the other direction, it suggests to me that an actor's job is still more difficult than their new ones."
Sir Peter Ustinov
"He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic."
"I wouldn't know how to handle serenity if somebody handed it to me on a plate."
"With a biography there is no straight line; all is muddled. You don't know what you know, you don't know what you don't know; if you find anything you make a note about it because some day it may find its partner. You have to have very good ways of keeping track of what you have found and where you have put it."
"It was nice to go through that and survive it. I think we were pretty levelheaded compared to some people."
"Lonesome" Dave Peverett
, on success with Foghat
"My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents [the adults had to pay]."
US basketball player
"Brilliance is typically the act of an individual, but incredible stupidity can usually be traced to an organization."
"I don't think there's anybody in this organization not focused on the 49ersI mean Chargers."
US football coach
(then with the Cleveland Browns)
"People tend to remember my performances, not me."
"The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead."
"We are the butchers of society. Everybody wants to eat meat, but nobody wants to know how it's made! Which is exactly the same thing in law enforcement. Everybody wants safe streets, but nobody wants to know how it'll be done!"
US police chief (Los Angeles)