All right. If you insist. I do not sleep with girls. No, no, no, let me be absolutely accurate. I've gone through the motions of sleeping with girls exactly three times, all of them disastrous. The word for my sex life now is nil. Or as you Americans would say, "plenty of nuttin'."
(Jay Presson Allen (b. 1922), U.S. screenwriter. Brian (Michael York), Cabaret (1972).
Responding to Sally's inquiries.)
You know, you two girls have everything. You're tall and short, slim and stout, and blonde and brunette, and that's just the kind of girl I crave.
(Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Heerman. Captain Jeffery T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx), Animal Crackers, attempting to seduce both Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) and Mrs. Whitehead (Margaret Irving) (1929).
Ryskind adapted this from original Broadway play by George Kaufman, Ryskind, Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby.)
The society girl meets more dangers than the girl on the stage. There is more danger at a tango tea than in the theatre. The actor is less dangerous than the dancing master.
(Lillian Russell (1861-1922), U.S. actor. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage, vol. 2, by William C. Young (1975).
From an article entitled, "Is the Stage a Perilous Place for a Young Girl?," first published in Theatre magazine in January 1916. Russell, a renowned beauty and very popular musical comedy star, was reacting to the "bad name" that the stage had at the time. She herself had been married four times and observed: "If a girl is pretty she will be tempted.")
Ever since I was a little girl, I've, I've dreamed of havin' my own things about me. My spinet over there and a table here. My own chairs to rest upon and a dresser over there in that corner, and my own china and pewter shinin' about me.
(Frank S. Nugent (1908-1965), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O'Hara), The Quiet Man, musing, on her wedding night, about the dowry her brother refused to let her take with her (1952).
Based on the story by Maurice Walsh.)
From this moment, then, my dear girlbut why, permit me to ask, must a female be made Nobody? Ah! my dear, what were this world good for, were Nobody a female?
(Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. The Early Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney, vol. 1, p. 2, journal entry, March 27, 1768, ed. Lars E. Troide, Oxford University Press (1988).
Burney addresses her secret journal to Miss "Nobody.")
I have the same goal I've had ever since I was a girl. I want to rule the world.
(Madonna [Madonna Louise Ciccione] (b. 1958), U.S. singer and actor. As quoted in People magazine (July 27, 1992).
An extremely flamboyant, independent, controversial, and financially successful public figure.)