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"A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was."
"Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting."
G. Wilhelm Liebniz
"What they call 'heart' lies much lower than the fourth waistcoat button."
Georg C. Lichtenberg
"The trade of authorship is a violent and indestructible obsession."
"The passion for destruction is also a creative passion."
"I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation."
Harriet Beecher Stowe
, on Uncle Tom's Cabin
"It's got so that every time I walk into a restaurant I get not only soup but an impersonation of Captain Bligh."
(was married to Elsa Lanchester)
"The Negro and all things negroid had become a fad, and Harlem had become a shrine to which feverish pilgrimages were in order... Seventh Avenue was the gorge into which Harlem cliff dwellers crowded to promenade."
Wallace Henry Thurman
"I truly feel that there are as many ways of loving as there are people in the world and as there are days in the lives of those people."
Mary Steichen Calderone
US physician, writer
"Look for a sweet person. Forget rich."
"When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder."
"The blues are the roots, and everything else are the fruits."
"People should not be surprised by screen chemistry because, after all, life is chemistry."
Olivia de Havilland
Japan-born US actor
(sister of Joan Fontaine)
"When I was young, I was told: 'You'll see, when you're fifty.' I am fifty and I haven't seen a thing."
"I'm not a ballerina. I'm a hoofer."
French hoofer, actor
"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
US dancer, choreographer
"I once served a steak to Janis Joplin at Max's Kansas City. She was quiet and very polite. She didn't eat her steak but left a five dollar tip."
US singer (Blondie)
"We must come to the point where we realize the concept of race is a false one. There is only one race, the human race."
"With the birth of a child you lose two novels."
"To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose."
"I created an image, I created a brand, I think, out of myself. It is a business and it's fun. It really is who I am. I am not acting any different than I normally would."
(was married to Tommy Lee)
"Those smells that remind me of home. I can smell my dad from a mile away. I can smell it whenever he's worn my clothes. He has this ambery smell that just melts into him."
"Civilization is hideously fragile; there's not much between us and the horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish."
C. P. Snow
(was married to Pamela Hansford Johnson)
"Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment."
R. Buckminster Fuller
US engineer, architect
(great-nephew of Margaret)
"...turn the impossible into the possible, the difficult into the easy, and the easy into the pleasant."
Russian founder, Feldenkrais Method
"I started out to be a sex fiend, but I couldn't pass the physical."
"The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money."