Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
Ouida [pen name of Marie Louise de la Ramee], novelist (1839-1908 )
Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.
Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910 )
Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.
H.L. Mencken, writer, editor, and critic (1880-1956 )
We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
Stewart I. Udall, politician (1920-2010)
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pat?.
Margaret Atwood, novelist and poet (b. 1939 )
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Harper Lee, writer (b. 1926)
Death tugs at my ear and says, "Live, I am coming."
Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, novelist, essayist, and physician (1809-1894 )
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
Colette, author (1873-1954 )
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.