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"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there."
Jalal ud-Din Rumi
Ghurid (now Afghanistan) region mystic and poet
"The finest collection of frames I ever saw."
Sir Humphrey Davy
English chemist (discovered laughing gas, bless him)
, on the museums of France
"Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive."
Thomas C. Haliburton
"Therefore keep in the midst of life. Do not isolate yourself. Be among men and things, and among troubles, and difficulties, and obstacles."
Scottish evangelist, writer
"Ladies, just a little more virginity, if you don't mind."
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
English actor, writer
, to actresses brought to play ladies-in-waiting
"I may really say that for a quarter of a century I have kept before me one unflinching aimto register my own times in terms of my own time, and still more to urge those who are better poets and better prose-writers than myself to have the same aim."
Ford Madox Ford
"In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting."
"My mother speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety."
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
English physician, mayor
, on becoming a physician
"It's not hard to tell we was poorwhen you saw the toilet paper dryin' on the clothesline."
US comic, actor
"Is sloppiness in speech caused by ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care."
US writer, grammarian
"If I were asked for a one-line answer to the question 'What makes a woman good in bed?' I would say, 'A man who is good in bed.'"
US magazine editor
"As I grow older and older
and totter towards the tomb
I find that I care less and less
who goes to bed with whom."
Dorothy L. Sayers
"If it's a man's world, then I'm glad I'm a girl."
US singer, songwriter
Jay Leno: "How did you like the birds?"
Milla Jovovich: "Very nice, I felt like wringing their necks."
Russian model, actor
"Leaving behind books is even more beautifulthere are far too many children."