You're an actor, are you?
Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and
incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first
reducing it to something personal, material, sensational -- and probably
- George Herman, A Company of Wayward Saints
I do not take drugs. I am drugs.
- Salvador Dali
When I was a child, my mother said to me, "If you become a soldier you'll be a general. If you become a
monk you'll end up as the pope." Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell
I am not young enough to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
- Niccolo Machiavelli
There is one thing in the
world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
- Oscar Wilde
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de St. Exupery
I don't want life to imitate
art. I want life to be art.
- Carrie Fisher
What is an artist? For every
thousand people there's nine hundred doing the work, ninety doing well, nine
doing good, and one lucky bastard who's the artist.
- Tom Stoppard
True ornament is not a matter
of prettifying externals. It is organic with the structure it adorns, whether a
person, a building, or a park. At its best, it is an emphasis of structure, a
realization in graceful terms of the nature of that which is ornamented.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
- P.J. O'Rourke
You can't get good chinese takeout in China and cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That's all you need to know about communism.
How did an allegedly free people spawn a vast, rampant cuttlefish of dominion with its tentacles in every orifice of the body politic?
A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Listen, strange women, lyin' in ponds, distributin' swords, is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony! You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ‘cause some watery tart threw a sword at you. Why, if I went around saying I was an emperor just because some moistened bink had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away!
- “Dennis,” Monty Python And The Holy Grail
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a
hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.
To make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.
If you took away everything in the world that had to be invented, there'd be nothing left except a lot of people getting rained on.
Who was the first guy that looked at a cow and said, "I think that I'll drink whatever comes out of those
things when I squeeze them?
-Bill Watterson (from "Calvin And Hobbes")
To love is
to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not
loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is
to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but
suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to
suffer or suffer from too much happiness.
- Woody Allen
There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
- George Bernard Shaw
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.
- Sir Winston Churchill
The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.
- Master Gichin Funakoshi
When two tigers fight, one is certain to be maimed, and one to die.
- Master Funakoshi
Unarmed hand-to-hand fighting does not change through the ages; only the name changes, and it has only one rule: do it first, do it fast, do it dirtiest.
- Robert A. Heinlein
If you don't realize you can kill someone with a bokken, I don't want you using one in MY dojo...
- Frederick Lovret
- Fredrick Lovret
Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.
- Paul Rodriguez
Do not get into a fight if you can possibly avoid it, but never hit soft. Don't ever hit a man unless you must, but if you hit him, put him to sleep.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
Anger clouds the mind, Raphael.
Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.
-Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower
In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo daVinci, and the renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
-“Harry Lime” (Orson Welles), The Third Man.
A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- Galileo Galilei
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
I would have made a good Pope.
- Richard M. Nixon
I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand
why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
Hell is other people.
The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they are OK, then it's you.
-Rita Mae Brown
In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
Insanity is the exception in individuals. In groups, parties, people, and times, it is the rule.
Sanity is a cozy lie.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
- P. J. O'Rourke
know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do
- Bart Simpson
with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're
going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
- Elizabeth Taylor
way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.
- Oscar Wilde
absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or
- Oscar Wilde
the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in
- Oscar Wilde
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
-- Douglas Adams
An editor can be fired…not so a writer. He cannot be fired. He might be rejected, he might fail, he might starve, he might be forced to keep body and soul together by taking some menial (i.e., non-writing) employment, he might be ignored by the critics and denounced by the public—but he was a writer, a failed writer, an unsuccessful writer, a starving writer, a writer. No editor could change that fact.
- Isaac Asimov, Murder at the ABA
original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be
imitated by none.
- Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand
poets imitate; mature poets steal.
- T. S. Eliot
- Nora Joyce to her husband James
You have to have something vicious in you
to be a creative writer...God save me from being 'nice'.
- D.H. Lawrence
I can write
better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody
who can write better.
- A. J. Liebling
be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.
A poem is
never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery
There is no
such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly
written. That is all.
- Oscar Wilde
Teaching is the process by which the notes of the professor become the notes of the student without
passing through the mind of either.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
- William Jennings Bryan
You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.
Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe. Sometimes I think we're not. In both cases the thought is
-Arthur C. Clarke
Like the Germans, the Dutch fall into two
quite distinct physical types: the small, corpulent, red-faced Edams, and the
thinner, paler, larger Goudas.
He would make a lovely corpse.
- Charles Dickens
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-Philip K. Dick
I don't know why it is we are in such a hurry to get up when we fall down. You might think we would lie there and rest for a while.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
in a way that only truly awful, stupefyingly unhealthy food can be. Delicious
in a way that vegetables can only dream of being.
salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well-done.
A cynic is a man
who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.
I can do
you blood and love without the rhetoric, and I can do you blood and rhetoric
without the love and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive but I
can't do you love and rhetoric without blood. Blood is compulsory -- they're
all blood you see.
- Tom Stoppard, Ros and Guil are Dead
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
- Igor Stravinsky
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Though LSD and some kindred alkaloids have had an amazingly bad press, there seems to be no doubt of their immense and growing value.
- William G. Wilson, founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
Give me the
luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
In any man
who dies, there dies with him
his first snow and kiss and fight...
No people die but worlds die in them.
-- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Social tact is making your company feel at home, even though you wish they were.
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in
your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
The fastest draw is when the sword never leaves the scabbard,
The strongest way to block, is never to provoke a blow,
And the cleanest cut is the one withheld.
Deja Fu: The feeling that somehow, somewhere, you've been kicked in the head like this before.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.