Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.
Men think about women. Women think about what men think about them.
A diplomat these days is nothing, but a head waiter who is allowed to sit down occasionally.
To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.
People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom
There is no question but that if Jesus Christ, or a great prophet from another religion, were to come back today, he would find it virtually impossible to convince anyone of his credentials despite the fact that the vast evangelical machine on American television is predicated on His imminent return among us sinners.
The point of living and of being an optimist is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.
Did you know that the worldwide food shortage that threatens up to five hundred million children could be alleviated at the cost of only one day, only one day, of modern warfare.
Flogging. The only solution to every problem. I warrant even the culprit himself doesn't know! It was just - his turn!
Sex is a conversation carried out by other means. If you get on well out of bed, half the problems of bed are solved.
Monica Seles: I'd hate to be next door to her on her wedding night.
I hate being moved. I hate that man who came in. So self-righteous, so cruel. He made fun of me, that's why I cried. You never did that. You led me into temptation by your - politeness.
Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them.
I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer
In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
If you're going to be a prisoner of your own mind, the least you can do is make sure it's well furnished.
Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.
Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
To be gentle, tolerant, wise and reasonable requires a goodly portion of toughness.
If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.
Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
At my age, I'm often asked if I'm frightened of death and my reply is always, I can't remember being frightened of birth.
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humour and English wine.
To live like a poor man is only fun when you are rich.
The young need old men. They need men who are not ashamed of age, not pathetic imitations of themselves. ... Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
Toronto is a kind of New York operated by the Swiss.
All the hideously calculated hypocrisy of men when they commit a murder in the name of justice. Then it's the time of death on a grander scale, the hour of the great offenses - fix your bayonets boys - gentlemen, synchronize your watches - in ten seconds time the barrage starts, ... a thousand men are destined to die in order to capture a farmhouse no one has lived in for years.
Basically I'm a very serious person, but I think the form it takes with me is comedy. I see the amusing side of all potentially pompous situations.
I have Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Ethiopian blood in my veins.
And here is the lesson I learned in the army. If you want to do a thing badly, you have to work at it as though you want to do it well.
That weakness in human nature which goes by the name of strength.
People are annoyed with the Chinese for not respecting more human rights. But with a population that size it's very difficult to have the same attitude to human rights.
Life is unfair but remember sometimes it is unfair in your favour.
As I grow older I find that though I think I'm saying the same things as I always did, people listen to me more.
Life was cheap in the Middle Ages. It has become cheaper since. It is only in specific battles for specific lives that our culture is put to the test, and with it our humanity.
Robert Vavra is one of these artists, part magician, part alchemist, who is able to create a series of photographs in unforgettable compositions. Only visible are the dunes, the blinding fields of flowers and the vast sky, the epic intimacy of Robert Vavra's vision.