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"They that govern the most, make least noise."
"Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on his backside."
Ludwig van Beethoven
"Elinor agreed with it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition."
"It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true."
Spanish philosopher, writer
"I see her as one great stampede of lips directed at the nearest derriere."
Sir Noel Coward
(same dates as Beethoven)
, on a sycophantic columnist
"The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great best-sellers."
V. S. Pritchett
"Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible."
"If no thought your mind does visit
make your speech not too explicit."
"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."
Arthur C. Clarke
English scientist, writer
"It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane."
Phillip K. Dick
"Hollywood is loneliness beside the swimming pool."
"Any stigma, as the old saying is, will serve to beat a dogma."
"Black women as a group have never been fools. We couldn't afford to be."
"Can't do it, simply cause underneath 'em is too ugly."
US musician (ZZ Top)
, on why he and Dusty Hill refused a hefty sum from Gillette to shave their beards
"Ever notice that people who believe in Creationism look really unevolved?"
"Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it."
W. Somerset Maugham
"Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me."
Lee Van Cleef