Cleveland Amory

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Born Sunday 2 September 1917, died Wednesday 14 October 1998

Professions: Author, Historian

Nationality: American

I can't take a well-tanned person seriously.

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The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge.

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The New England conscience does not stop you from doing what you shouldn't-it just stops you from enjoying it.

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A "good" family, it seems, is one that used to be better.

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The facts of life are very stubborn things.

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There are three terrible ages of childhood - 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30.

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As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.

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