"Oh, there are a lot of lousy people in the world. Also, a lot of terrific people. You've gotta remember that, and you've got to move in the right circles. I have days where I just want everyone to go fuck themselves or walk off a cliff, but I only say that to myself, and I smile and I walk home and I have some tea, I talk to Garson [Kanin, her husband], I might take a nap. Then I wake up and I write, and in writing, I wipe away all the unpleasantness of the day, of the people, of the city, whatever. We have it in our power to overcome assholes, and I think we have them thrown into our path to see if we have the chops to handle them. Handle them."
--- That is Ruth Gordon saying that, and since my birthday is in a couple of weeks I now expect one of you fine people to cross-stitch this quote onto a pillow or something similar for me, thank you very much. I can't remember who forwarded me this link but it's via the writer James Grissom, who interviewed Ruth in 1984 - you can see lots of great quotes that he's gotten from celebrities in similar chats right here. Ruth in particular is always worth listening to, though - if you've never read any of her books... do.