Taken from The Bedside Book of Bigheads by William Cole (1995)
I think I ought to have the O.M….They gave Hardy the O.M. and I think I am the greatest living writer in English, and they ought to give it to me.
I know everything. One has to, to write decently.
Roots is obviously great, ranking with the Bible and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey
I want to be remembered as the greatest writer of this century. I’ve been compared to Plato.
I‘m perhaps the most gifted actor of my generation.
Yes, the Jews have produced only three original geniuses: Christ, Spinoza and myself
I’ve given up reading books. I find it takes my mind off myself.
With the single exception of Homer, there is no eminent writer, not even Sir Walter Scott, whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare when I measure my mind against his….
I have astounded the whole world…I triumph not only over the moderns, but over the old masters as well
FRIEND: There are only two great painters; you and Velazquez.
WHISTLER: Why drag in Velazquez?