Artist Quotes

  • I came from a house full of books, so I took reading for granted. I was an outdoorsy little kid, too, so I got the best of both worlds by taking books up trees and reading there.
  • Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.
  • I don't think it's the writer's job to give answers or to give opinions. In fact, when a writer has answers, I think the work ends up being corrupted. It becomes didactic. What a book does is share a consciousness and invite people to explore the questions as best as you can.
  • Consumers are empowered by Yelp and tools like it: before, when they had a bad experience, they didn't have much recourse. They could fume, but often nothing else other than tell their friends.
  • We all mythologize to some degree ourselves and probably embellish. I think some of that is the desire to tell stories.
  • Programmers have been wandering out and shooting a shotgun into the night sky and hoping they hit something, and I end up paying $150 for channels full of nothing I want to watch.
  • Most achievements in science are to a certain degree group efforts.
  • If I don't feel like I'm doing the job well, and I don't know how to get there, or I'm too scared, or whatever, I'm not a happy guy and I'm not pleasant. I'm not pleasant to be around.
  • By using novels, I show ordinary kids confronting and overcoming great odds.
  • I hope to continue working in film, television and theatre.
  • To play in the men's tournaments I have to keep getting stronger and get more distance.
  • Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.
  • When I won the world championship, in 1972, the United States had an image of, you know, a football country, a baseball country, but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country.
  • The condition of the wounded touched my heart deeply.
  • Typically, the theme of my albums, if there is a theme, is, 'How does it feel?' And that always leads to love songs. It just does.
  • Philanthropy is my job.
  • Even when the attention focused on me is positive, I am uncomfortable being looked at by a lot of people - it's just not my natural state of being.
  • No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama's story. But since the Inauguration, we've seen only the president's present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never see him sweat. And we forget that he ever had to struggle.
  • Intensity is so much more becoming in the young.
  • The foundations and the intent of the Affordable Care Act are laudable. The way it's being implemented is a disaster.
  • Another misconception is that an order is canceled when you hit 'cancel' on your computer. But, the fact is it's canceled only when the market gets the cancellation.
  • I was raised to be an independent woman, not the victim of anything.
  • I'm watching the Weather Channel more than I've ever watched it. I'm scared to death it's going to rain.
  • Trust your instincts: If your instincts have always served you well, trust them and follow them.
  • This country is in a crisis. And if you're fighting to save this country, if you're fighting to take this country back, it's not going to be sunshine and patriots. It's going to be people who want to fight. I mean, Andrew Breitbart was all about the fight.
  • I used to listen to 'Perfect Day' by Hoku every single day in high school! 'On this perfect day, nothin' standin' in my way... Don't you try to rain on my perfect day.' It pumped me up when I was feeling down or defeated, whether it was from the cool kids making me feel left out or feeling overwhelmed with homework and mean teachers.
  • In my mind, depression is, like all non-communicable diseases, a physiologically expressed condition which is profoundly influenced by our social and cultural environments. Depression is a global crisis not only because it is common and universal, but because the vast majority of affected people suffer in silence or receive inappropriate care.
  • Michael is the kind of guy who has rhythm; he has rock'n'roll in his soul, whether he really plays it or not.
  • As an actor, I don't really think you find yourself. I mean, once you find yourself, I think it becomes boring and you become set in your ways. I think, as an actor I think it's not a bad thing but more of a gift. It's something you're always doing as an actor. You're adjusting constantly.
  • Leave the table while you still feel you could eat a little more.
  • I've heard The Demolitionist described, premise-wise, as 'RoboCop' meets 'The Crow' by way of 'La Femme Nikita'. That, as I see it, could not be more accurate.
  • Americans who have parents raised during the Great Depression or World War II understand how drastically things have changed on the home front. My father did not care a whit whether I liked him, and it would have been unthinkable for him to pick up my stuff. There were rules in the house, and they were enforced.
  • I ended the war a horse ahead.
  • Silence is refreshment for the soul.
  • I am the conductor for life of the Staatskapelle in Berlin, which fills me with tremendous joy because I feel absolutely at one with them. When we play, I have a feeling that together we manage to create one collective lung for the whole orchestra so that everybody in the stage breathes the music in the same way.
  • Sometimes we do things that are really awful.
  • That war has brought with it a truly incredible development of means of destruction and a terrifying prospect of rapid and almost limitless development in that direction.
  • The public thinks that homelessness is about not having any accommodation to go to.
  • I was in the Marine Corps in 1971. The idea 'Where does authority come from?' is fascinating to me. And also, the idea of a chaplain is fascinating to me because it's a man of the cloth in uniform, and it's the uniform of a killing machine. Back when I was in the Corps, when I saw that, I was amazed by it.
  • An activist is one who is actively involved in creating community, whether that is locally in their neighborhood or internationally. It is an admirable quality.
  • I was writing blogs before work, then I was writing at work, and then I started writing books on the weekend because you just have that sort of energy in your 20s; it's wonderful.
  • No one can be right all of the time, but it helps to be right most of the time.
  • We, too, must change as circumstances evolve.
  • Behaviors are a choice. Feelings are sometimes out of our control. Behavior has to do with choices.
  • We've got to use every piece of data and piece of information, and hopefully that will help us be accurate with our player evaluation. For us, that's our life blood.
  • Follow the yellow brick road.
  • Watch out when you're getting all you want. Fattening hogs ain't in luck.
  • I think everything you do in life is a learning experience.