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Full of travel, nonsense, and musings.
- “It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But...it is better to be good than to be ugly.“ --Oscar Wilde
"I mean, what the hell! I'm not gonna worry about if people accept me or not. I'm gonna make Hollywood wherever I'm at." --Noxeema Jackson
"Père-Lachaise if you please! to be buried in Père-Lachaise is equivalent to having furniture of mahogany. It is recognized as elegant." --from 'Les Miserables'
"No one is satisfied with his fortune, and everyone is satisfied with his wit." -- From 'Anna Karenina'
"I always help old ladies over crossings, and pick up parcels for old gentlemen, in case they should turn out to be eccentric millionaires. But not one of them has ever asked me my name--and quite a lot never said 'Thank you.'" -- from 'Secret Adversary'
"It seemed to her that certain places on earth must bring happiness, as a plant peculiar to the soil, and that cannot thrive elsewhere." --from 'Madame Bovary'
"I never make serious conversation. It bores me to death. I hate that. I love knowledge for myself, but I don’t care what other people think." --Karl Lagerfeld
“The only rule is don't be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” --Paris Hilton
"Writers are nothing more than experts at the craft of telling lies using credible English." --James Martin
"Strictly speaking, his life was his work." --Violet Venable
"He knew that in the soul of one who is ignorant there is always room for a great idea. But he could not stand stupid people, especially those who are made stupid by education: people who are full of opinions not one of which they even understand." --Oscar Wilde
"A singer can shatter a glass with the proper high note, but the simplest way for anyone to break a glass is simply to drop it on the floor." --Anne Rice
«Si j'ai appris une chose des films de Walt Disney, c'est que les animaux veulent aider les humains!» --Criquette Rockwell
"I wanted to be Somebody, and I thought I was Somebody, but I didn't want to be the only one who knew it." --Bette Davis
"Happiness should never be postponed. Life is the past, the present, and the perhaps..." --Bette Davis
"Send me flowers while I'm alive. They won't do me a damn bit of good after I'm dead." --Joan Crawford
"Of course the direction won't come to me all at once. There has to be a period of traveling, of learning, of evaluation, before I make a decision as to direction." --Anne Rice
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." --Margaret Mead
"Don't you think the world an intensely amusing place? I do!" --Oscar Wilde
"When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction." --Mark Twain
"I think that life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about it." --Oscar Wilde
“The universe is France, outside it, there is nothing.” --Madame de Staël
"Logic is elusive, especially to one who so rarely uses it.” --Tallulah Bankhead
"If you don't do it, you won't have done it." --Patsy Stone
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are some one else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." --Oscar Wilde
"All I do is lie, and that has made me immune to compliments." --David Sedaris
"Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear. Just as vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people. And falsehoods the truths of other people." --Oscar Wilde
"You don't have to be traditional--as long as it's delicious." --Julia Child
"I'm the most important person in the lives of almost everyone I know and a good number of the people I've never even met." --David Sedaris
"I think people need pats on backs sometimes. It's a very dingy world, otherwise." --Queen Elizabeth II
"We live on lies by day and dreams at night. From the standpoint of the higher mathematics, morality may be an illusion. But it is very sustaining. Formerly it was also inspirational. In post-pagan days it created a new conception of beauty. Apart from that, it has nothing whatever to do with the arts, except the art of never displeasing, which, in itself, is the whole secret of mediocrity." --Edgar Saltus
"I� the ones with less "God-given talent" who became legendary with audacity + creativity + cleverness. Anyone can do it...that's what's cool." --Dita Von Teese
"What, no wine?" said Dantes, turning pale." --From "The Count of Monte Cristo"
"Laugh heartily, if you'd like to, my dear. I'm not at all concerned when others find me ridiculous." --Mrs. Breedlove from "The Bad Seed"
"King Lear is just English words put in order." --That Mitchell And Webb Look
"Pay attention to what you feel like paying attention to, and you'll be fine." --Kathy Griffin
"If you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me." --Alice Roosevelt Longworth
"Be the best, but get prepared to be attacked. Only mediocrity is safe." --Paulo Coelho
"Never ever give up your dream, even when they're doused in sorrow, because even though they seem far away, they could come true tomorrow." --Rose Nylund
"Rachel asked if I ever imagined I would get to where I am today? I explained that it isn't about trying to get anywhere, but how to turn my ideas into reality." --Martha Stewart
"You're happy here with your silly trees and mountains and your stupid nights with stars and wet grass and sardines, but that's because you've never tasted vintage wine and danced to a wonderful orchestra with a handsome gentleman who kissed your hand goodnight." --Joan Crawford as Anni in 'The Bride Wore Red'
"Fame is preparing to descend upon me!" Marcello from 'A Mystery of the Campagna'
"What's talent? Being able to get away with something, that's all." --from the 'Eternal Spring of Mrs. Stone'
"Truth isn't beauty. It isn't even always true. Truth is nothing more than consistency of message." --Josh Kilmer-Purcell
"My behavior has always been ultra-conservative, but my imagination--is just rampant with mavericks." --Anne Rice
"The beautiful is as useful as the useful. More so, perhaps." --from 'Les Miserables'
"I’m a great believer in vulgarity--if it’s got vitality. A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste--it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.” --Diana Vreeland
"His hands were not made for work or his body for anything but broadcloth and fine linen. God intended him to sit in a great house, talking with pleasant people, playing the piano and writing things which sounded beautiful and made no sense whatsoever." --from 'Gone With the Wind'
"And what of that? Is not a day divided into twenty-four hours, each hour into sixty minutes, and every minute sub-divided into sixty seconds? Now in 86,400 seconds very many things can be done." --from 'The Count of Monte Cristo'
"It doesn't say boy. It doesn't say girl. It just says lovely." --A man in a London boutique
"I want to eat till I am full, I want to drink my fill! to gormandize! to sleep! to do nothing! I want to have my turn, so I do, come now! before I die! I want to be a bit of a millionnaire!" --from 'Les Miserables'
"Paris for me is happiness; it is everything I prefer, from the point of view of culture and the art of living." --Pierre Hermé
"Because here’s the thing: No matter where you go, there you are." --Barbra Austin
"They were students; and when one says student, one says Parisian: to study in Paris is to be born in Paris." --from 'Les Miserables'
"Never pass up new experiences, Scarlett. They enrich the mind." --Rhett Butler in 'Gone With the Wind'
"Where do you want to get? I've often wondered. You see, I never wanted to get anywhere at all. I've only wanted to be myself." --Ashley Wilkes from 'Gone With the Wind.'
"Spend it. Always be broke." --David O. Selznick
"I believe in God, but I don't think He cares a hell of a lot whether a person is Catholic, Protestant, Jew, or Muslim, as long as that person has a record rolled up that includes more good marks than bad ones...I think faith is wonderful, but when you try and impose it on others, it's irritating and boring. Have faith, but don't become a hooker about it is all I can say." --Joan Crawford
"Just about everything bores me--except for me." --Karl Lagerfeld
"There isn't one casserole in a hundred that is fit to eat." --Avis DeVeto"
"Paris is heavenly. Such fun to wander about in it...I think, more than ever, that I shall never get over Paris, and never find anyplace more to my tastes. Every thing about it satisfies everything in me." --Julia Child
"When I speak English I am one person, when I speak German I’m another, when I speak French I’m another." --Karl Lagerfeld
“My only ambition in life is to wear size 28 jeans.” --Karl Lagerfeld
"Only the shallow know themselves." --Oscar Wilde
"I know of a cure for everything: salt water--sweat, or tears, or the salt sea." --Isak Dinesen
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” -- Mark Twain
"One is only poor, only if they choose to be." --Dolly Parton
“It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.” --Alexander McQueen
"To lead a life of any interest, one must first spend time in Paris." --Gertrude Stein
"As an expat, you are never completely chez vous anywhere, again. However long you remain in your adopted country, you are always at least a little étranger. Returning home, you no longer quite belong, either." --Brigid Dorsey
"I’m very active. I’m restless. I can’t stand feelin’ bored. I got more guts than I got talent, but I got enough talent to back it up." --Dolly Parton
"Oh, look at that wagon. That wagon just traveled over your expanded horizon!" --Unknown Drag Queen
"People are always asking me if there's anything I regret, or would change. The answer is no! Not a thing. If I hadn't had the pain I wouldn't be me. And I like being me. Everyone should." --Joan Crawford
"Those whom I can't quote by there name are still in present in my text. You for instance. Because of the ideas you gave me. And because of your courage to wear that T-Shirt in the middle of that crowd." --Dorothea Hahn
"People are so busy today tryin' to be just like all the others. I like people who has peculiarities." --Widow Fortune from 'Harvest Home'
"No matter how noisy the pessimists may be, we know that the world is getting better steadily and rapidly, and that is a good thing to remember in our moments of depression or humiliation." --John D. Rockefeller
"Love is like a tree; it sprouts forth of itself, sends its roots out deeply through our whole being, and often continues to flourish greenly over a heart in ruins." --from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'
"I have the happiness of passing all my days with a man of genius, who is myself, which is very agreeable." --from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'
"'Doing' is fun; 'Having done' is a bore, no?" --Karl Lagerfeld
"I knew that I was the most important person on earth, and yet it seemed that I was now alone in that knowledge. Was it possible that everyone around me failed to see the superhuman being who walked in their midst?" --Roseanne Barr
"I fell asleep watching 'The Help.' How does it end? Does the house get clean or not?" --Joan Rivers
"No, I wouldn't mind being a public servant: well paid, well housed, beautifully treated. No, not at all. Suits me down to the ground." --Diana Vreeland
"There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman." --Margaret Fuller
"It's like a painting. You buy it with your heart, not your head. You don't ask, 'How much was the paint? The canvas?' You look at it. And you say, 'It's beautiful. I want it.' And if it costs a few more pennies, you pay it and gladly. Because you love it. And you can't measure the things you love in dollars and cents. Well, anyway, that's the way I feel about it." --from 'Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House'
"Does it make any difference, having an aim in life?" --from 'Island in the Sun'
"It is a mistake to suppose that a person can stroll alone...in the uninhabited regions of Paris without meeting with some adventure." --from 'Les Miserables'
"Nothing is more seductive than the illusion of exclusivity." --from 'Hot in Cleveland'
"I don't mind being alone, but I don't like feeling lonely." --Kate Bosworth from 'A Stolen Life'
"You don't, after all, have to accomplish anything to enjoy a vacation." --from 'EW'
"'I like simple things,' means usually, 'I can't afford what I want.'" --from 'The Honey Pot'
"But it is not in the nature of the human mind to be contented we must always either hope or fear and things at a distance appear much more beautiful than they do when we approach them that we always fancy what we have not infinitely superior to any thing we have and neglect enjoyments within our reach to pursue others which like ignes fatui elude our grasp at the very moment when we hope we have attained them." --from 'The Mummy!: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century'
"I have quite forgotten my school days. I have the vague impression they were detestable." --from 'An Ideal Husband'
"Why does there come an hour when one emerges from this azure, and why does life go on afterwards?" --from 'Les Miserables'
"I don't like people, but sometimes I like one person." --from 'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.'
"My life would be changed because I would be adored and loved and famous and it would just be perfect." --Joan Rivers on her desire for fame
"It hadn't crossed my mind to work, cause I'm really basically quite lazy, you see?" --Diana Vreeland, one of my role models.
“Do you ever daydream? I do. It’s the only time I’m happy.” --from 'The Great Dictator'
"I do not like to write – I like to have written." --Gloria Steinem
"As soon as I get enough money together I'm gonna knock off for a while -- quit. I want to save part of my life for myself. There's a catch to it, though: It's got to be part of the young part. You know: retire young, work old -- come back and work when I know what I'm working for." --from 'Holiday'
"I keep wishing I were somewhere else, walking down a strange new street, hearing words that I have never heard from a man I’ve yet to meet." --from "State Fair"
"Things are fine, and life is fine. And life is so much fun. It’s one big movie." --Joan Rivers