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Reporter: "What do you think of Western Civilization?"
Mahatma Gandhi: "I think it would be a good idea."
Indian political, religious leader
"They will get it straight one day at the Sorbonne.
We shall return at twilight from the lecture
pleased that the irrational is rational."
"She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon."
US comic, actor
(Marx Brothers: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, Gummo)
"O Lord, if there is a Lord, save my soul, if I have a soul."
French philosopher, historian
"His hilarity was like a scream from a crevasse."
"I sometimes think that Thomas Cook should be numbered among the secular saints. He took travel from the privileged and gave it to the people."
"(Travel seems) not just a way of having a good time, but something that every self-respecting citizen ought to undertake, like a high-fiber diet, say, or a deodorant."
"If you are going to America, bring food."
"Rock'n'roll is trying to convince girls to pay money to be near you."
US singer, bassist (Television, Voidoids)
"When you're as rich as I am, you don't have to be political."
English bassist, singer (Police)
"The 49ers were so badly flattened that they didn't fly back to San Francisco, they were faxed."
, on a 1993 football playoff loss
"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste."
"It's definitely going to change my image. Rock stations are calling me now because I'm naked."
, on posing nude for Playboy
"I have always respected everyone's religion. As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people."
Trinidadi-US pianist, singer
"I had to overcome the name Rock. If I'd been as hip then as I am now, I would have never consented to be named Rock."
"I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not."
Sir Peter B. Medawar
Brazil-born British zoologist
(same birth and death dates as Ernest Renan)
"I found out life's hard but it ain't impossible."