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"Acquired concussion won't open the doors of country houses. The better classes are born concussed."
Oliver St. John Gogarty
, to a social climber notorious for falling off his horse
"Liberate the minds of men and ultimately you will liberate the bodies of men."
"Let's forget the six feet and talk about the seven inches."
"To be fair is not enough any more. We must be ferociously fair."
John Hay Whitney
"It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money."
"It took the whole of Creation to produce my foot, my each feather: Now I hold Creation in my foot."
(was married to Sylvia Plath)
"Ignorant people in preppy clothes are more dangerous to America than oil embargoes."
V. S. Naipaul
"There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work."
Robert de Niro
"You tolerate me, you really tolerate me."
(was married to Madonna), parodying Sally Field while accepting "Independent Spirit" Award
"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."
"A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous."
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
"When I die, there will be people who send flowers to Ethel Mertz."
, on her "I Love Lucy" character
"A song without music is a lot like H2 without the O."
(brother of George)
"What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork."
US singer, actor