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When love is gone, there's always justice. And when justice is gone, there's always force. And when ...
LAURIE ANDERSON
Literature is the safe and traditional vehicle through which we learn about the world and pass on va...
LAURIE ANDERSON
Performance art is about joy, about making something that's so full of kind of a wild joy that y...
LAURIE ANDERSON
People only stutter at the beginning of the word. They're not afraid when they get to the end of...
LAURIE ANDERSON
Both parties have had a chance to sit down and think about the situation and we believe that this is...
BENGT HALSE
Blessed are those to whom Easter is not a hunt...but a find; not a greeting...but a proclamation; no...
ANDERSON
Driving a motorcycle is like flying. All your senses are alive. When I ride through Beverly Hills in...
HUGH LAURIE
Personally, my interest in social history ends around 1959, by which time I was an adolescent. I'...
LAURIE GRAHAM
In the Seventies, my children played in the street, read politically incorrect stories, ate home-coo...
LAURIE GRAHAM
My idea of a good time abroad is to visit someone's house and hang out, poking into their cupboa...
LAURIE COLWIN
Unlike some people who love to go out, I love to stay home.
LAURIE COLWIN
Somehow or other, I always end up in a kitchen feeding a crowd.
LAURIE COLWIN
The fact is that modern life has deprived us of life's one great luxury: time.
LAURIE COLWIN
No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by gen...
LAURIE COLWIN
We know that without food we would die. Without fellowship, life is not worth living.
LAURIE COLWIN
Once, every woman owned a small mirrored compact, and it was considered normal - sophisticated even ...
LAURIE GRAHAM
None of us wants to be reminded that dementia is random, relentless, and frighteningly common.
LAURIE GRAHAM
The terror dementia sufferers must feel is unimaginable, but the techniques they use to hide their d...
LAURIE GRAHAM
With Alzheimer's, recent memory is affected first. At the start, you count the memory loss in da...
LAURIE GRAHAM
I've been lucky enough to travel widely. When you're based in Europe, it's very easy to ...
LAURIE GRAHAM
I have but one rule at my table. You may leave your cabbage, but you'll sit still and behave unt...
LAURIE GRAHAM
Ideas are 10 a penny. It's the execution that's the hard thing to do. House is standing up a...
HUGH LAURIE
People assume that I'm very highly trained, that I studied and did years and years of Shakespeare. I...
HUGH LAURIE
I am terribly conscious of the fact that the world doesn't need any more actors. There are so many b...
HUGH LAURIE
I was so flattered to be asked to be in the movies - the idea of being paid to act was heady stuff.
PIPER LAURIE
"Cutting bangs are like thong underwear....an "adjustment" period of about two weeks is required bef...
LAURIE OSBURN
Everyone else can just lump it.
HUGH LAURIE
He worked as a doctor for 30 years and as far as I know, never stood up in front of millions of peop...
HUGH LAURIE
Really? I suppose reading the confidential psychiatric file of his ex-girlfriend.
HUGH LAURIE
Nursery rhymes are cheap. They don't cost like CDs and movies. You can get them second-hand, you can...
LAURIE LAPAN
'Contagion' should serve as a wake-up call not only about the germs, but perhaps more import...
LAURIE GARRETT
I'm just attracted to good material and great characters and that can come in any form, whether ...
LAURIE HOLDEN
I was horribly shy all through grade school and high school. But somehow I got up the nerve to audit...
LAURIE METCALF
Instead of changing my name, I would change Piper Laurie. That was the beginning.
PIPER LAURIE
But then I became so disillusioned.... I had very little life experience and certainly no technique ...
PIPER LAURIE
In some ways, over the last 20 or 30 years, we've avoided nursery rhymes because … they're not pol...
LAURIE LAPAN
Owning the Blues has taken its toll on my family. Seeing all of the fans leaving in tears after anot...
BILL LAURIE
This whole situation was very complicated ... It takes time. Quite honestly, in my mind, everybody w...
BILL LAURIE
Rodney King was about police abuse, O.J. was about police incompetence, and Rampart is about police ...
LAURIE LEVENSON
Rodney King was about police abuse, O.J. was about police incompetence, and Rampart is about police ...
LAURIE LEVENSON
Introverts like being introverts. We are drawn to ideas, we are passionate observers, and for us, so...
LAURIE HELGOE
Muddy Waters, I suppose, was my first great hero. You know, every boy wants to be a guitar player, a...
HUGH LAURIE
Bees blew like cake-crumbs through the golden air, white butterflies like sugared wafers, and when i...
LAURIE LEE
Being eye candy always was a short-term career, and here's the reason. The world finds young wom...
LAURIE GRAHAM
I'm not a bigot. I'm not a homophobe. I'm a conscientious parent.
LAURIE TAYLOR
Celebrity is absolutely preposterous. Entertainment seems to be inflating. It used to be the punctua...
HUGH LAURIE
I feel like I'm working on an oil rig right now. I'm away from home a lot.
HUGH LAURIE
I chose to live in the Ether, to be starlight and legend....
LAURIE PEREZ
Bringing a novel to light - revealing the form and cadence, shadows and demeanor of a protagonist co...
LAURIE PEREZ
One of the best places for a shy person to meet people is in a coffee shop. If you are a reader, bri...
LAURIE HELGOE