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"It seldom happens, I think, that a man has the civility to die when all the world wishes it."
Marie de Sevigne
"Here comes the orator with his flood of words and his drop of reason."
US writer, inventor, diplomat
"The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air."
William Gilmore Simms
"A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing. One that sounds good, and a real one."
J. Pierpont Morgan
"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes ah, that is where the art resides."
Austrian pianist, composer
"What is man, when you come to think upon him, but a minutely set, ingenious machine for turning, with infinite artfulness, the red wine of Shiraz into urine?"
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river."
"Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion."
"Madonna is the speedboat, and the rest of us are just the Go-Gos on water skis."
US singer, songwriter
"My Spanish is improving and I can now ask, 'Dónde Gucci?' ('Where is Gucci?'). I also can say, 'Tienes un Bentley?' ('Do you have a Bentley?')."
"To appreciate present conditions, collate them with those of antiquity."
"I have made my world and it is a much better world than I ever saw outside."
"I'm sick and tired of black and white people of good intent giving aspirin to a society that is dying of a cancerous disease."
US clergyman, activist
"If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian."
Linda Eastman McCartney
"Most people say, 'Well, Earl, you sing the blues,' or however they want to categorize it. I just sing songs. I'm a writer, so whatever gymnastics jump through my head, I write about it."
US singer, songwriter (Come On)
"The weakness of most men
they do not know how to become a stone or tree."