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"Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres.
(In this country [England], it is thought well to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.)"
Jean Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire
"Considering that his hair is like that of a gollywog and his clothes noticeable the other end of Trafalgar Square, this is an odd assertion."
Iran-born English writer
(husband of Vita Sackville-West, father of Nigel Nicolson)
, on his son's professed horror of being conspicuous
"Friends are God's apology for relations."
"Between ourselves it's terrible what one lays one self open to when drawing an innocent picture."
"A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender."
"Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor."
US basketball coach
"To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons."
"I thought they was paddin' the payrolls or something. I didn't realize they were using five piano players and six guitar guys cause it was something they dug."
US pianist, "night tripper"
"Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it."
US writer, actor, producer
"There are only three ages for women in HollywoodBabe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy."
(partner of Kurt Russell, mother of Kate Hudson)
"A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away."
"All we had ever heard about record company people was that they were vampires and criminals and they killed Elvis Presley."
Icelandic singer, songwriter
"I don't worry about the past. The homers will take care of the future. And that will make the present okay."
Ken Griffey Jr.
US baseball player
"The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it's egotism."
Harold S. Geneen
US businessman (ITT)
"Toward the end of her life she looked like a hungry insect magnified a million times."
One of the Stately Old Homos of England
, on Joan Crawford