From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2008-05-03:
"I will boldly announce that it is my considered opinion that the human race is cruel, idiotic, sentimental, predatory, ungrateful, ugly, conceited and egocentric to the last ditch and that the occasional discovery of an isolated exception is as deliciously surprising as finding a sudden brazil nut in what you know to be five pounds of vanilla creams. These glorious moments, although not making life actually worth living, perhaps, at least make it pleasanter." -- Noel Coward, in a 1936 letter. Quoted in The Letters of Noel Coward, edited by Barry Day.
(submitted to the mailing list by Mike Krawchuk)