Favorite Quotes

My Family and Friends Quotes

Family

Shaw at 2

    •  "It was just the other side of Monday." Age 2
    • "Sometimes I have trouble with momma." Age 2 3/4, first big self reflection we heard.
    • "If you get in a taxi, you'll need a tax," Age 2 3/4.
    Shaw at 3 (chronologically as he heads to 4)
    • "No, it's called a biplane because the pilot says, 'bye, bye'."
    • "Mama, did Ivy poop?" Yes. "Where?"Where? What do you mean?  "Well, did she poop, on her face!?"
    • "Maybe today, if I don't hurt your feelings when you come home, we can go together, just us, to the gas station and get ice cream?"
    • While Bubbe is icing her leg after being hit hard with a bat during his hitting phase, "No, no, but, but, I hit your leg with the bat because your pants are white and so I thought you were the ball."
    • "My new name is Mr. Propwash Junction"
    • While quarantined in the bathroom with poopy underwear, "There is nothing I love more in the world than the poop that is in my underwear right now."
    • Silly Poppa: "You can take drum lessons soon Shaw!"
      Shaw: "I already have drum lessons because I have a drum set in the basement."
      Silly Poppa: "But who's your teacher?"
      Shaw: "I teach myself."
      Silly Poppa: "How do you learn?"
      Shaw, incredulous: "I learn from my drum set."
     Adults
    • “Just be happy! (long pause), with yourself.” – Aunt Cathy.
    • "Get up in the morning and make a list about what you’ve got to do that day. Do the hardest thing first. John Alexander Clark (Caleb's great grandfather),
    • “Know Thyself, and lots of other people.” – Caleb
    • “When in doubt, go to school.” – Caleb
    • ‘I understand’ is the single best universal response to any statement your are confronted with. – "J-Gor"
    • “Be happy,  and never smoke a cigarette.” - Grandma Rhoda in her late 90s. 
    • "Invest in education, the tools of your trade and real estate." - Grandma Rhoda 
    • "If a stock doubles, sell half." - Grandma Rhoda
    • "San Francisco is the western terminus of the schizophrenic escape route." Unknown, but my mother passed it on to me from hearing it in the late 1960s in the Bay Area. 

    Let me know if I got any of the below wrong.  

    Favorite Quotes By Others
     

    Optimism is the faith that leads us to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence - Helen Keller

    Happiness is good health and a bad memory. - Ingrid Bergman

    If you realize what the real problem is - losing yourself - you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. - Joseph Campbell

    Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. - Attributed to both T.H. Thompson and John Watson
     

    What is human life all about? We hear this question again and again in our psychotherapy sessions. Who can tell? We can only study the lives of people who seem to have found their answers as against those who have not. And invariably the ones who have found the answers are the ones who unswervingly pursued one or both of these ultimate human goals: the give and take of love and dedicated creative accomplishment. From Introduction to Humanistic Psychology C. Buhler and M. Allen, 1972.

    The scandal of education is that every time you teach something, you deprive a child of the pleasure and benefit of discovery. -Seymour Papert

    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

    You do not really understand something until you can explain it to your grandmother. Albert Einstein

    The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. - Martin E. P. Seligman from Authentic Happiness

    Excess Ain't Rebellion. You're Drinking What They're Selling.  - Lyrics for "Rock'n'Roll Lifestyle" By Cake, Motorcade of Generosity (1994).


    You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. -Colonial American proverb

    In response to a question "Any advice to a young person who wants to get into this field?"
    "Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you'd be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don't let life randomly kick you into the adult you don't want to become." - Canadian Astronaut  Col. Chris Hadfield on a IAmA in February 2013.

    When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it - don't back down and don't give up - then you're going to mystify a lot of folks. - Bob Dylan

    What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. - Bob Dylan

    Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now. - Goethe

    Passions unguided are for the most part mere madness. - Thomas Hobbes

    Nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so. - Shakespeare

    Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams. - Paulo Coelho.

    When I was 16 I thought my old man was the dumbest guy around. By the time I turned 21, I was surprised at how much he had learned in 5 years. - Mark Twain

    Tell me who loves and admires you and I'll tell you who you are. -Charles Augustin Saint-Beuve

    It is good to love as many things as one can, for therein lies true strength, and those who love much, do much and accomplish much, and whatever is done with love is done well. - Vincent van Gogh

    Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

    The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. - Charles Du Bos

    There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life - reciprocity.  - Confucius

    Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation. - Aristotle

    I must create a system, or be enslav'd by another man's. - William Blake

    The art of life, of a poet's life, is, not having anything to do, to do something. - Henry David Thoreau

    Be patient toward all this is unresolved in your heart and try and love the questions themselves. Rainer Maria Rilke

    You can't depend on your judgement when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain. 

    The Hero makes the decision; the Magician develops a plan; the Warrior's job is to carry it out. King Arthur makes a decision, gains magical help from Merlin , and sends his knights out to do his bidding. Laurence Boldt

    It doesn't get really interesting until you know what you want. The first step to knowing what you want is to choose the questions you want to explore and to determine, like a good novelist, to work them through. Laurence Boldt

    Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded by it. Then the effort I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought. Alexander Hamilton
     
    Know Thyself. Thales.

    For the secret of man's being is not only to live, but to have something to live for. Dostoyevsky.

    Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. Buddha.

    Take an idea that will grab hold of you and not let go until it has squeezed the very best from you. That idea is your life's mission. Your mission is your special gift to mankind. It is the most appropriate vehicle through which to express your unique talents, interests, and abilities.
    Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few people engage in it. Henry Ford

    The superior man loves his soul, the inferior man loves his property. Confucious

    We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. Woodrow Wilson
     
    If you realize what the real problem is - losing yourself - you realize that this itself is the ultimate trial. Joseph Campbell

    Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart. And try and love the questions themselves. Rainer Maria Rilke

    Happiness is a journey, not a destination.... For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Souza

    There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world - its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles. The more you understand, the more you look, the greater is your enjoyment of life and your sense of peace. That's all there is to it. If an activity is not grounded in 'to love' or 'to learn,' it does not have value. Anne Rice

    Jane Austen's books, too, are absent form this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.Mark Twain (regarding the ship's library in Following the Equator 1897)

    When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain 

    You can't depend on your judgement when you imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain

    A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann

    A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought; there is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. Victor Hugo 

    I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand. Chinese proverb 

    A writer lives, at best, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. William Sansom 

    If you have come here to help me, You are wasting your time... But if you have come because Your liberation is bound up with mine, Then let us work together. Aboriginal Woman

    All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. Jean-Luc Godard 

    Television medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. Fred Allen 

    You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. Fred Allen 

    A writer is always admired most, not by those who have read him, but by those who have merely heard of him. H.L. Mencken 

    Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes books. P.G. Wodehouse 

    When I leave home and walk to school, Dad always says to me, Marco, keep your eyelids up and see what you can see. Dr. Seuss

    We are advertis'd by our loving friends. Shakespeare

    It [drink] provokes the desire, but it takes away from the performance. Shakespeare

    Sunshine and rain at once; her smiles and tears. Shakespeare

    Which can say more then this rich praise, that you alone are you? Shakespeare

    Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn. George Bernard Shaw

    The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians. George Bernard Shaw

    We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. Benjamin Franklin

    It is a mere and miserable solitude to want friends, for without which the world is but a wilderness. Francis Bacon

    The first draft of everything is shit. Ernest Hemingway

    When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it. Winnie-the-Pooh

    You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. Colonial American proverb

    Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams. Paulo Coelho

    Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

    To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. Thomas Edison

    Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. Vincent van Gogh

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius

    "To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."E. E. Cummings

    General S Patton

    Not the most PC guy, and a bit of a one trick pone (war general). But amid his insanity and devotion to war, he had some really profound thoughts on people and leadership.

    • "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
    • "If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results"
    • "If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened."
    • "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
    • “I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits bottom”

    Career and Job Related Quotes

    Mahatma Gandhi.
    "The hallmark of leisure is the loss of awareness of the passage of time."
    "It is a great evil, perhaps the greatest evil, of modern industrial society that, through its immensely involved nature, it imposes an undue nervous strain and absorbs an undue proportion of a man's attention." E.F. Schummacher.

    "These are my three treasures, Compassion, frugality, and humility. Being compassionate one has courage, Being frugal one has abundance, Being humble on becomes the chief of all vessels." Lao Tzu.

    "The test of a desire is: Does is serve to make you feel more isolated or more connected with all of life?" "The things that are really for thee, gravitate to thee." Emerson. I'd add 'when you are healthy.' Caleb

    "The wise and moral man shines like a fire on the a hilltop, making money like the bee, who does not hurt the flower." – The Pali Canon (500-250 b.c.e.)

    "In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don't wobble." Yun-Men.

    "A reporter once asked Albert Einstein, 'Is a there single crucial question which mankind must answer?' Einstein replied, "Yes, it is this: Is the universe friendly?"

    Genius is nothing more or less than childhood recovered...a childhood now equipped for self-expression with an adult's capacities." Charles Baudelaire.

    To recognize what is beyond you ability to change, and to be content with this as your destiny – that is truly a sign of virtue." Chuang Tzu

    "Sensible people get paid for playing – that is the art of life." Alan Watts.

    A man there was, and they called him mad; the more he gave, the more he had." John Bunyan.

    Quotes from "The Tao of Abundance" By Laurence G. Boldt

     "Trying to figure things out by mere intellect alone always leaves us in doubt. We can only know by intuition – by listening to the innate intelligence within."

    "If there is one essential principle of the Tao of Abundance, it is this: Follow your nature. Your nature is your strength."
     
    "To follow your nature in a society in which respect for nature itself and respect for individual human dignity are subordinated to the artificial 'laws of the market' is indeed a formidable task. Yet the consequences of not doing so are profound."

    "The motivation for art is, as Thomas Mann wrote, 'the natural instinct toward humanization, that is toward the spiritualization of life...'"

    "Production process 1. Identify a genuine need or human motivation to serve. 2. Create good and services to address that need or motive. 3. Deliver goods and services in such a way as to provide maximum benefit. 4. Receive adequate payment for goods or services delivered.
    Speculation 1. Choose an existing value in which to trade (real-estate, stock, etc.) 2. Achieve control of that value for trading purposes, at the lowest possible cost in terms of dollars or hours. 3. Gain advantage by: Selling for profit, maximizing leverage, controlling the market. 4. Reduce the negative consequences of winning, i.e. taxes and inflation 5. Conserve some gains; invest the rest."

    "The purpose of art is to provide not an escape from the world, but an intensification and illumination of our experience of it."

    "The doubt and confusing of the mental chatterbox give rise to the twin emotions that open a Pandora's Box on all that is ugly. These twins are named 'Envy' and 'Self-pity."

    "If you don't bring yourself down, you don't have to rise yourself up."

    "Denying your nature deadens and dulls the senses and switches off your innate intuitive intelligence. It makes you feel heavy and doubt yourself."

    "Trying to win approval from anther person is the surest way of avoiding real contact with them."
    "Choose work for the sake of the work itself."

    "There is hope for the violent man to someday be nonviolent, but there is none for the coward."
    "You don't have to struggle to figure things out. You can respond spontaneously to the impulses of inspiration."

    "Boredom is a symptom of an inability to concentrate. When we are bored it is always first and foremost with ourselves."

    "If we believe that it is a sign of weakness to show vulnerability, we limit our capacity to be loved as we are."

    "From the Taoist perspective, the universe is for us. We needn't beat it or ourselves into submission. The Taoists offer us a way of seeing the universe as a friendly place."
    "Like those lost in the wilderness, our inner shame and self-loathing prevent us from trusting our basic instincts."

    "The approval-seeking mindset is the psychological baggage we carry from our extended period of dependency. This baggage must be thrown off if we are to experience the innate dignity of our being and realize the full power of Te in our lives."
    "You cannot receive from others anything you are unwilling to give yourself."
    "As a child, you were stuck with what your parents did. Yet ultimately the problem was not what they were or were not doing, but the fact that you were helpless to do anything about it- including leave. And that is not your fault, or their fault. It is simply biology."
    "The strongest families are those in which the adult partners are loving and devoted friends."
    "In the best of all worlds, the way you love to express yourself the most is the basis of your career."

    Quotes on Writing, TV,  Film, Movie Making, and Hollywood

    (Copied from the Writer's Guild of America West Site in the late 1990s)

    As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It's a matter of doing everything you can to avoid writing, until it is about four in the morning and you reach the point where you have to write. Having anybody watching that or attempting to share it with me would be grisly. Paul Rudnick 

    Make visible what, without you, might never have been seen. Robert Bresson 

    Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead. Gene Fowler 

    I loved Feydeau's one rule of playwriting: Character A: My life is perfect as long as I don't see Character B. Knock Knock. Enter Character B. P. Guare 

    When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain 

    Art is a moral passion married to entertainment. Moral passion without entertainment is propaganda, and entertainment without moral passion is television. Rita Mae Brown 

    In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock. Graham Greene 

    A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit. Everything else-- just tear that motherfucker apart. Richard Price 

    Hollywood is the only town where you cannot fail. You can only quit trying. Dennis Foley 

    They have followed their usual procedure and handed my treatment over to several other people to make a screenplay out of it. By the time they are ready to shoot it may have been through 20 pairs of hands. What will be left? One shudders to think. Meanwhile, they have paid me a lot of money. Aldous Huxley 

    My chief memory of movieland is of asking in the producer's office why I must change the script, eviscerate it, cripple and hamstring it? Why must I strip the hero of his few semi-intelligent remarks and why must I tack on a corny ending that makes the stomach shudder? Half of all the movie writers argue in this fashion. The other half writhe in silence, and the psychoanalysts couch or the liquor bottle claim them both. Ben Hecht 

    Decision by democratic majority vote is a fine form of government, but it's a stinking way to create. Lillian Hellman 

    You gotta take the sour with the bitter. Sam Goldwyn giving Billy Wilder his philosophy of life 

    Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are. Rod Serling 

    Xerox machines would have been on the market sooner, but it took them this long to invent a reliable paper jamming process. Marty Rudoy, from the PAGE BBS 

    A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. Thomas Mann 

    Write without pay until someone offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this as a sign that sawing wood is what he was intended for. Mark Twain 

    Being a real writer means being able to do the work on a bad day. Norman Mailer 

    Writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon one can neither resist nor understand. George Orwell 

    To write simply is as difficult as to be good. Somerset Maugham 

    A man is not idle becaus he is absorbed in thought; there is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. Victor Hugo 

    Writers write about what obsesses them. You draw those cards. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I'm writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is. Anne Rice 

    Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. Gustave Flaubert

    If you're an artist, you've got to prove it. Laurence Olivier 

    To escape criticism - say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. Elbert Hubbard 

    Anybody can become a writer, but the trick is to STAY a writer. Harlan Ellison 

    Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. Arthur Miller 

    I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand. Chinese proverb 

    If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are gone, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing. Benjamin Franklin 

    The writer is by nature a dreamer-- a conscious dreamer. Carson McCullers 

    A writer lives, at best, in a state of astonishment. Beneath any feeling he has of the good or evil of the world lies a deeper one of wonder at it all. William Sansom 

    I shall live bad if I do not write and I shall write bad if I do not live. Francoise Sagan 
     
    All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun. Jean-Luc Godard 

    All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath. F. Scott Fitzgerald 

    No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. Robert Frost 

    A writer is always admired most, not by those who have read him, but by those who have merely heard of him. H.L. Mencken 

    Every author really wants to have letters printed in the papers. Unable to make the grade, he drops down a rung of the ladder and writes books. P.G. Wodehouse 

    I write because I hate. A lot. Hard. William Gass 

    The only reason for being a professional writer is that you just can't help it. Leo Rosten 

    The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say. Anais Nin 

    A writer is a controlled schizophrenic. Edward Albee

    Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard 

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx 

    My work is at a typewriter. It always will be. Garrison Keillor 

    In the afternoons, Gertrude Stein and I used to go antique hunting in the local shops, and I remember once asking her if she thought I should become a writer. In the typically cryptic way we were all so enchanted with, she said, ''No.'' I took that to mean yes and sailed for Italy the next day. Woody Allen 

    Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the yard and shot it. Truman Capote
    The first draft of everything is shit. Ernest Hemingway 

    Writing is the hardest work in the world not involving heavy lifting. Pete Hamill 

    The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Mark Twain 

    The words `Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,' which I saw on an Italian movie poster, are perhaps the briefest statement imaginable on the basic appeal of movies. Pauline Kael 

    Working in television is like making love to a gorilla. You don't stop when you want to stop; you stop when the gorilla wants to stop. David Janssen 

    Television--a medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done. Fred Allen

    You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. Fred Allen 

    Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll find the real tinsel underneath. Oscar Levant
    The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast. Oscar Wilde 

    The director is the most overrated artist in the world. He is the only artist who, with no talent whatsoever, can be a success for 50 years without his lack of talent ever being discovered. Orson Welles 

    Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good. P. G. Wodehouse 

    There are no dull subjects. There are only dull writers. H. L. Mencken 

    Fuck the writers. Frank Capra 

    Americans like fat books and thin women. W.H. Auden

    I'd like to have money. And I'd like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that is too adorable, I'd rather have the money. Dorothy Parker 

    If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers. Irvin S. Cobb 

    The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he's given the freedom to starve anywhere. S.J. Perelman 

    I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve it through not dying. Woody Allen 

    I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. Peter De Vries 

    ...write when there is something that you know; and not before; and not too damned much after. - Ernest Hemingway 

    Coughing in the theater is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism. - Alan Jay Lerner
    Imitation is the sincerest form of television. - Fred Allen 

    You have all the scenes. Just go home and word it in. - Samuel Goldwyn to Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond

    Everywhere I go, I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. - Flannery O'Connor 

    I don't know whether or not Bacon wrote Shakespeare's plays. But if he didn't, he missed the chance of a lifetime. - J. M. Barrie