When I was young, I never bought records because my brother Joseph played saxophone and had a record player. I loved listening to his records: The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, all the big American jazz bands, and vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Ernestine Anderson, and Kitty White, a singer from the US who was a friend of Nina Simone. Nobody in America seems to know about her, but she was quite popular in South Africa.
I love to read the dedications of old books written in monarchies for they invariably honor some (usually insignificant) knight or Duke with fulsome words of sycophantic insincerity, praising him as the light of the universe (in hopes, no doubt, for a few ducats to support future work); this old practice makes me feel like such an honest and upright man, by comparison, when I put a positive spin, perhaps ever so slightly exaggerated, on a grant proposal.stephen jay gould
I keep reverting (to Duke Ellington), he to me is the greatest ever and my favorite jazz philosopher, as such.cannonball adderley
Men look after they wot not what, but men buy harness fast; the King's menial men and the Duke of Clarence's are many in this town.
The Duke takes a town in the same light-hearted way as he seduces a woman.john pomfret
I trust that the Duke of Edinburgh will not disagree that this ancient capital whose name he bears, with its legal and ecclesiastical headquarters and its worldwide reputation for quality education and financial management has nonetheless until now seemed like a body with its heart missing.Steel, David Martin Scott Steel, Baron
He could very well be the Duke Ellington of Rock 'n' Roll.miles davis
My dear Duke, I know nothing of the joys of homo-sexuality. You must speak to my friend Oscar about that. And yet, if Shakespeare had asked me, I would have had to submit.frank harris
On Newsweek's coverage of the Duke rape case :evan thomas
'Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant,But over its terrible edge there had slippedA Duke and full many a peasant,So the people said something would have to be done,But their projects did not at all tally.Some said: "Put a fence round the edge of the cliff."Some: "An ambulance down in the valley."
The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame; a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.benjamin disraeli
A fully equipped Duke costs as much to keep up as two Dreadnoughts, and Dukes are just as great a terror, and they last longer.david lloyd george
“The trouble with you,” the Ugly Girl said, “is that you think you know just what everyone should do, don’t you?” The Mad Duke smiled at her. His face was bright and sharp, smooth and glittering. “Yes,” he said, “I do.” “And what,” she said, “if you’re wrong?” “And what,” he said, “if I’m not?”
I’m the Duke of Riverside. I build things here and pretty much keep the peace, and discourage certain behaviors. If you think all that has been achieved through entirely civil and lawful means, you’ve had your head in a bucket.
King James' favorite male lovers were the Earl of Somerset and the Duke of Buckingham.
Even the children of Carmona were divided into two camps, and below the ramparts, among the brushwood and rocks, we battled with stones shouting "Long live the Duke!" and others, "Down with the tyrant!" We fought viciously, but I was never satisfied with this game the fallen enemy rose again, the dead came back to life. The day after a battle, victors and vanquished both found themselves unharmed.Simone de Beauvoir
“In real life, my sweet poet,” the Duke said as the swordsmen circled, “words can never be undone.”ellen kushner
But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so, He being pure and tried gold; and any stamp Of grace, to make him current to the world, The Duke is pleased to give him, will add honour To the great bestower; for he, though allow'd Companion to his master, still preserves His majesty in full lustre.Philip Massinger
A prince can mak a belted knight, A marquis, Duke, and a' that; But an honest man's aboon his might: Guid faith, he maunna fa' that.Robert Burns
“You founded the place. Why don’t you want to go?” “I don’t like children,” the Duke replied. “Then why put out all that money to preserve them?” “Because it is wrong to let them die.”
“In real life, my sweet poet,” the Duke said as the swordsmen circled, “words can never be undone.”