"Human language is like a cracked kettledrum on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, when what we long to do is make music that will move the stars to pity."
in Madame Bovary
(This has to be the lament of every writer, no matter how famous)
"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
"A gentleman is simply a patient wolf."
(I guess this is a somewhat understandable sentiment from a woman who was married seven times)
"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings."
(In Elvis movies, he would sing, play guitar and ride a motorcycle as well)
"Very nice, though there are dull stretches."
--Antoine de Rivarol
(His classic, snarky review of another writer's two-line poem)
"English was good enough for Jesus Christ and it's good enough for the children of Texas."
--Miriam "Ma" Ferguson
Texas governor, 1925-27 and 1933-35
(Hey Dixie Chicks, I'm proud of our governors here in Texas, even the dumb ones)
And, today's favorite...
"If it hadn't been for books we would have been entirely at the mercy of sex."