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"To have a good enemy, choose a friend; he knows where to strike."
Diane de Poitiers
French mistress (of George II)
"A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not."
"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
"The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man."
Germaine de Stael
"To teach one's self is to be forced to learn twice."
"You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style."
"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."
US bassist, composer
, on being asked if he'd like to dance
"To this day I do not know whether the power which has inspired my works is something related to religion, or is indeed religion itself."
"I wish something on T.V. would trouble me. Then maybe I would watch it."
"There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer."
"The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name."
US Gray Panther
"When I was with David (Winters), I had an awesome time. I met a lot of people and had a lot of fun at that point. I went to see my first play. I saw Richard Chamberlain in 'Cyrano De Bergerac,' I saw 'Grease' in Manhattan. I saw the Alvin Ailey Dancers. I became cultured, I guess. I'd never been cultured."
US porn star ("Deep Throat") turned antiporn crusader
"My grandmother wanted to live long enough to vote for a woman president. I'll be satisfied if I live to see a woman go before the Supreme Court and hear the justices acknowledge, 'Gentlemen, she's human. She deserves the protection of our laws.'"
Martha Wright Griffiths
US congress (MI)