I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
— Arthur Conan Doyle

In other countries, art and literature are left to a lot of shabby bums living in attics and feeding on booze and spaghetti, but in America the successful writer or picture-painter is indistinguishable from any other decent businessman.
Sinclair Lewis attic quote

Don't worry about your physical shortcomings. I am no Greek god. Don't get too much sleep and don 't tell anybody your troubles. Appearances count: Get a sun lamp to keep you looking as though you have just come back from somewhere expensive: maintain an elegant address even if you have to live in the attic. Never nickel when short of cash. Borrow big, but always repay promptly.
— Aristotle Onassis

Being contented ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position.
— G. K. Chesterton

I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.
— attic quotation by Peter Ustinov