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"Have no friends not equal to yourself."
(09/28/0555 ?/?/0479 BC)
"It does make a difference what you call things."
Kate Douglas Wiggin
US writer (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), educator
"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
"Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism."
"If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers."
US TV host
"If I cannot overwhelm with my quality, I will overwhelm with my quantity."
"Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed if necessary."
US cartoonist (Li'l Abner)
"People sometimes divide others into those you laugh at and those you laugh with. The young Auden was someone you could laugh-at-with."
Sir Stephen H. Spender
"They come for you in the morning in a limousine; they take you to the studio; they stick a pretty girl in your arms... They call that a profession? Come on!"
"I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half-empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth."
US comic, actor
"...As I walked, a long-forgotten voice came out of my past. Miss Flatto. Miss Flatto, wiggling her finger at my nose and saying, ‘Some day you’ll realize, young man! Some day you’ll realize!’..."
US comic actor
(Marx Brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, Gummo)
"The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down into the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd."
French surrealist writer
"When you stop learning, stop listening, stop looking and asking questions, always new questions, then it is time to die."
"There's a side of my personality that goes completely against the East Coast educated person and wants to be a pin-up girl in garages across America... there's a side that wants to wear the pink angora bikini!"
"There's a lot of skeletons in my closet, but I know what they're wearing. I'm not gonna act all ashamed of it."
"Marxism has not only failed to promote human freedom, it has failed to produce food."
John Dos Passos
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."
Peter de Vries
"Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain."
Canadian Prime Minister (15)
(was married to Margaret)
"No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you."
US tennis player
"There's a normal sadness about hurting people, but I'd rather hurt them a little than hurt myself a lot."
, on naming names in HUAC hearings