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"Extreme justice is often injustice."
"Feeling without judgement is a washy draught indeed; but judgement untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition."
, sister of Anne and Emily Brontë
"There is only one good substitute for the endearments of a sister, and that is the endearments of some other fellow's sister."
"There are four varieties in society; the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest."
"And surely all God's people, however serious and savage, great or small, like to play. Whales and elephants, dancing, humming gnats, and invisibly small mischievous microbes, all are warm with divine radium and must have lots of fun in them."
"If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also, you will have betrayed your community in failing to make your contribution."
"Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough."
"The officers of the branch of the Force (the Obscene Publications Squad) have a discouraging club tie, on which a book is depicted being cut in half by a larger pair of scissors."
Sir John Mortimer
English barrister, writer
"When we grow old, there can only be one regretnot to have given enough of ourselves."
"I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon, and a cat that comes home late at night."
"Olivier's idea of introspection was to hood his eyes, dentalize his consonants and let the camera circle his blondined head like a sparrow looking for a place to deposit its droppings."
US educator, critic
"For beauty being the best of all we know
Sums up the unsearchable and secret aims
"Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent."
John Maynard Keynes
English mathematician, economist
"Onstage I've been hit by a grapefruit, beercans, eggs, spit, money, cigarette butts, Mandies, Quaaludes, joints, bras, panties, and a fist."
"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."
"The drivers have one foot on the brake, one on the clutch, and one on the throttle."
US sports commentator
, on Formula One racers
"In my next life, I'd like to come back five foot, two inches, with the best ass and tits you've ever seen."
"I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand."
Sir Edward Appleton
"My childhood was held together with Araldite."
English Weatherpixie-maker and friend of the quotekeeper
"Once you've had chemotherapy, there's no such thing as a bad-hair day."
US editor (Harper's Bazaar)
"Music is a gift and a burden I've had since I can remember who I was."
"He looks like a boy who has had a letter sent home from school about him and come back with his elders to get things straightened out."
, on Joseph McCarthy's HUAC assistant Roy Cohn