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"The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases."
"He was a gentleman who was generally spoken of as having nothing-a-year, paid quarterly."
R. S. Surtees
"I liked the bit about quarter to eleven."
, on Debussy's "Dawn to Noon on the Sea"
"If a fly gets into the throat of one who is fasting, it is not necessary to pull it out."
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Irani religious leader
"Cheetah bit me whenever he could. The [Tarzan] apes were all homosexuals, eager to wrap their paws around Johnny Weismuller's thighs. They were jealous of me, and I loathed them."
(was married to John Farrow; mother of Mia Farrow)
"A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep, and there comes a time when it is wrong, as well as useless, to resist."
(brother of Joseph Alsop, Jr.)
"There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the television set."
Harriet van Horne
"I did not fully understand the dread term 'terminal illness' until I saw Heathrow Airport for myself."
"You want to hear about insanity? I was found running naked through the jungles in Mexico. At the Mexico City airport, I decided I was in the middle of a movie and walked out on the wing on takeoff. My body . . . my liver . . . okay, my brain . . . went."
"I consider myself blessed. I consider you blessed. We've all been blessed with God-given talents. Mine just happens to be beating people up."
Sugar Ray Leonard
"I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it."
English aviator, racer
"When an instrument fails on stage it mocks you and must be destroyed."
US musician (Nine Inch Nails)
"It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches."
Robert M. Hutchins
"This is the best biography by me I have ever read."
US (yep, South Dakota!) bandleader, TV host
"Comedy's a serious business. You've got to be true and funny, and not look as though you're trying."