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"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
US etiquette maven
"In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing."
Owen D. Young
"Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it's the answer to everything. To 'Why am I here?' To uselessness. It's the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities..."
English writer (National Velvet)
"Fans are people who let an actor know he's not alone in the way he feels about himself."
"Classism and greed are making insignificant all the other kinds of isms."
US actor, activist
(was married to Ossie Davis)
"Once the toothpaste is out of the tube, it is awfully hard to get it back in."
H. R. Haldeman
US presidential staffer, Watergate co-conspirator
"Before we can leave our parents, they stuff our heads like the suitcases which they jam-pack with homemade underwear."
Maxine Hong Kingston
"I was never really a career woman, you see. My life always came first. When I got nominated for 'Diary of a Mad Housewife,' I didn't think, 'Aah, now I'll get more money.' My dream had always just been to do my works well, fall in love and build a life for myself."
(LTR and son Zeke with Neil Young)
"If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words."
"We want to be the band to dance to when the bomb drops."
English singer (Duran Duran)
"The most badass way to kill a person is with a rocket launcher."
US singer (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver)
"I still can't decide which is more funreading or writing."
English writer (created "Nero Wolfe")
"The only thing I really care about right now is boys. I go for the smelly ones. ... I don't like clean-cut, white picket-fence, khaki pants-wearing boys. All my boyfriends have been really ugly."
(of Ozzy Osbourne)