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"Often it is fatal to live too long."
"When a thought takes one's breath away, a grammar lesson seems an impertinence."
Thomas W. Higginson
US writer, military, political activist
"You can't win them all."
US baseball manager
"I wish her characters would talk a little less like the heroes and heroines of police reports."
, on Charlotte Bronte
"Everybody is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes."
French modern-day composer
"I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man."
Dwight L. Moody
"Being a Negro writer these days is a racket and I'm going to make the most of it while it lasts. About twice a year I sell a story. It is acclaimed. I am a genius in the making. Thank God for this Negro literary renaissance. Long may it flourish!"
Wallace Henry Thurman
"White folks hear the blues come out, but they don't know how it got there."
"All outward forms of religion are almost useless, and are the causes of endless strife. . . . Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest."
"I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention."
"People accuse us of being nothing more than a disco band now, but they don't know what they're talking about. If you listen to our records, you'll find that there's dance music. But there are also ballads like 'More Than A Woman.' And there are some very beautiful, undanceable songs, too."
English singer (Bee Gees)
(brother of Barry, Robin, and Andy Gibb)
"All quitters are good losers."
German-US football coach
"I veer away from trying to understand why I act. I just know I need to do it."
"Imagine the ball has little legs, and chop them off."
Sir Henry Cotton
"If I had the use of my body, I would throw it out the window."
"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion."
"The quality of debate [in the House of Lords] is pretty highand it is, I think, good evidence of life after death."
Rev. Donald Soper
"I don't like saying, 'You're a punk and you're not.' There was a record out there called 'Ca Plane pour Moi' by Plastic Bertrand, right? And I guarantee you if I had to play it for you right now you'd go, 'Right! That is rockin!' Now, if you were to say to any sort of purist punk, 'This is a good punk record,' they'd get completely enraged. But Plastic Bertrand, whoever he was, compressed into that three minutes a bloody good record that will get any comatose person toe-tapping, you know what I mean? By purist rules, it's not allowed to even mention Plastic Bertrand. Yet, this record was probably a lot better than a lot of so-called punk records. "
English singer, songwriter (101ers, Clash, Mescaleros)