Another in our series of quotes which have amused or interested me recently ...
There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
[William Ralph Inge]
The trouble with normal is it always gets worse.
Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings.
No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
[I]f everyone could just increase the openness and truthfulness of their sexual communication, or their communication about sex and sexuality even a little bit, it would create a great big change: a big change in each person's own life, a big change in our world as a whole.
[Heather Corinna in It's My Birthday: What I Want Is For You To Tell the Truth at Scarleteen]
At last, I'm not the only one saying it!
Our freedoms and privileges in a liberal democracy are ultimately guaranteed by the willingness of the state to use violence to protect them.
[Stephen Batchelor, quoted in More Thoughts on the Boston Bombings at Hardcore Zen]
Just think about that for a minute!
[C]ome either with arguments and demonstrations and bring us no more Texts and authorities, for our disputes are about the Sensible World, and not one of Paper.
[Galileo Galilei, Dialogue On Two World Systems]
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
[Leonardo da Vinci]
While a seaman might survive the suction and swallow, his arrival in a sperm whale's stomach would seem to present a new set of problems. (I challenge you to find a more innocuous sentence containing the words sperm, suction, swallow and any homophone of seaman.)
[Mary Roach; Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal in a section on, inter alia, Jonah and the whale]