No doubt you were extremely beautiful as a young girl, but your youth could never compete with your age now.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to Marie Grosnay (Isobel Elsom) as he tries to seduce her (1947).)
The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Originally published in The Home Monthly (December 1897). review of Eugene Sue, The Wandering Jew, repr. In The World and the Parish: Willa Cather's Articles and Reviews, 1893-1902, vol. 1, ed. William M. Curtin, University of Nebraska Press (1970).)
We took some pictures of the native girls, but they weren't developed ... but we're going back again in a couple of weeks.
(Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, detailing the highlights of his African exploration (1929).
Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.)
If, after I depart this vale, you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. First printed in the Smart Set, December 1921. "Epitaph," from A Mencken Chrestomathy, p. 627, Knopf (1949).
He wrote this in the prime of life; I don't think it is his actual epitaph, just another sample of his wit.)