Humour can get under the door while seriousness is still scrabbling at the lock.

GK Chesterton (1874 – 1936), English writer

I’m afraid of depleting my energy… I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone, they’re going to take my creativity from me through my vagina.

Lady Gaga (1986 – ), recently explaining her fears that sex diminishes her creative powers.

People think if you have pink hair you know everything.

Zandra Rhodes (1940 – ), pink-haired British fashion designer

[Mark] Twain fiddled and despaired and revised and gave up on Huckleberry Finn so many times that the book took him nearly a decade to complete.

Malcolm Gladwell, in an essay on Late Bloomers: Why Do We Equate Genius With Precocity?, first published in The New Yorker in October, 2008

Experience has taught me that there are two types of madmen: those who are simply mad and who, as a result, are dangerous; and those on whom madness confers creativity, strength, ingenuity and brio. Alastair was the latter.

Tony Blair on Alastair Campbell, his press chief, in ‘A Journey’, Blair’s memoirs, published this week