Cliche Quotes

  • I went with agnosticism for a long, long time because I just hated to say I was an atheist - being an atheist seemed so rigid. But the more I became comfortable with the word, and the more I read, it started to stick.
  • At a certain point in your career - I mean, part of the answer is a personal answer, which is that at a certain point in your career, it becomes more satisfying to help entrepreneurs than to be one.
  • I guess the biggest surprise I got going to Iran was that the Iranians really liked me as an American.
  • I always tried to be Mark McGwire and hit homers like he did. I was kind of following his race, too, when he was trying to break the record.
  • Well, it really describes what it feels like to be a normal person whose boss and friend suddenly runs for the president, and then becomes the president.
  • In my next lifetime, I want to come back as a composer.
  • Life's a balancing act. You have multiple roles and goals, and you can do it all - just not all at once.
  • I guess I've always lived upside down when I want things I can't have.
  • I don't want a few extra weeks of life at enormous cost, for example, when it comes to the end.
  • I was watching Orson Welles and Jean Vigo films at a ridiculously young age.
  • I deliberately wrote a poem in my last book where I was suggesting that there are other passions as great as or more important than the passion of sex.
  • Military police is very timely for our army.
  • I won a dancing contest to get into wrestling. That involved fans voting.
  • I remember seeing the first episode of '24' when I was 13, and to be that face for a 13-year-old and open up that possibility, it shows you the world isn't on fire. There's possibility there.
  • I found enormous opposition to my religion. It's like if you want to strengthen your biceps, you lift heavy weight, as heavy as you can handle, and work your muscles against resistance until it grows strong. I had to do that with my religion.
  • I once came back from a book tour where sleek black cars driven by nice men in black suits waited for me at every hotel, took me to every signing, brought me back, opened car doors for me. They were great. I was great. It was a wonderful tour.
  • The United States needs an energy policy that ensures America's tax, trade, regulatory and access policies are transparent and predictable.
  • In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.
  • I think the whole aspect of social networking is vulgar and repulsive in a lot of ways. But I also see why it's appealing - I've had that little high you get from posting stuff online. But then you think, 'Did I need to say that?' I've explored that enough to know to stay kind of quiet these days.
  • Saddam Hussein has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do.
  • What people pray for will tell you more than anything else whether they are locked into the vision and priorities of the church.
  • I would say that Pixar is doing for animation what Chaplin did for film, infusing it with heart and characters that you care about and stories that you lose yourself in. They are similar revolutionaries and changing a medium.
  • I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to running for governor will remind others that with the right leadership in government, where you start has nothing to do with how far you go.
  • I just... my childhood seems, when I look back, to be largely composed of reading, lying on the bed. I mean, my mother was always shouting, 'Go outside!' But she shouted it at all of us. I think I was just kind of... rather an introverted child, probably.
  • A rich man's joke is always funny.
  • To be shapely when you're in the seventh grade is not exactly what everyone's looking for, or they weren't then, as someone was telling me the other day. now, that's like a really great thing to do, to be, but then it wasn't.
  • If you want to know about a man you can find out an awful lot by looking at who he married.
  • There are no ordinary moments.
  • September is my favourite month, particularly in Cornwall. I felt, even as a child, that if you get a wonderful day in September, you think: 'This could be one of the last, the summer is nearly over.' If you get a wonderful day in May, you think: 'So what, there's more coming.'
  • 'We really shouldn't look like a church.' I've heard that so much I want to vomit. 'Why?' I ask. 'Do you want your bank to look like a bank? Do you want your doctor's office to look like a doctor's office, or would you prefer your doctor to dress like a clown?'
  • See into life, don't just look at it.
  • Once we got the scene down, we were told to improv.
  • September 11th has produced only miniature heroes because our culture has freed itself from many of the old, dangerous, elitist fantasies of heroism... But in so doing, we have not only tamed and diminished heroes. We have risked taming and diminishing ourselves.
  • Kids get a lot of lip service in disaster planning, but they tend to get far fewer resources than they need. The mantra of 'children are our most valuable resource' is almost never matched by actual funding.