Own Quotes

  • What is happening now to me in my career is amazing, so I dwell on the things that are happening rather than the things that aren't, because what's the point? It doesn't make them happen.
  • Any book is a self-help guide if you can take something from it.
  • I feel as if I'm clearly part of a trend among writers who take themselves seriously - and I confess to taking myself as seriously as the next writer.
  • We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.
  • A mass of dust, world's momentary slave, Is man, in state of our old Adam made, Soon born to die, soon flourishing to fade.
  • To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
  • I do find real life a bit overwhelming sometimes. I'm totally chaotic.
  • Bands don't last. Bands don't last forever - it's a rarity when they do.
  • After doing 'Life After Beth,' which I think had one line that wasn't scripted, everything was scripted so that it sounds natural, and I went to such great lengths to create dialogue and to come across the way that people wouldn't sound like they were on the nose.
  • Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.
  • An announcer is only as good as yesterday's performance.
  • I was never good at that Disney/Nickelodeon kind of acting. It's not really my cup of tea.
  • 'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and of obstinacy in a bad one.
  • There are certain mutations you can find across cancers in different organs.
  • My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.
  • The goal is to write a story that you're proud of and hope the fans like it as well.
  • Even before I came to Chicago, I had gotten interested in the existence of dispersion of prices under conditions which economic theory said would yield a single price.
  • The 'Station to Station' film has been fascinating to create. It feels as though it made itself in a way, and after awhile, the film told us what it needed and began to sculpt itself.
  • I have never taken more than two weeks to record an album throughout my career.
  • By irreducibly complex I mean a single system composed of several well-matched, interacting parts that contribute to the basic function, wherein the removal of any one of the parts causes the system to effectively cease functioning.
  • I think a good MP is someone who cares for their community and becomes their champion, which is why I will make my home in any seat I am lucky enough to be selected for. Looks play no part in the equation, what matters is your ideas and connecting them to the electorate.
  • I knew some people at my school who were squatters, and my younger brother was a squatter. I knew those guys: those were the people who said the Russians were the good guys and the Americans were bad. But I was the guy who went to the disco.
  • I think it's much more natural as a writer to want to tell one story rather than lots of small stories that are half an hour long.
  • I never take any notes or draw charts or make elaborate diagrams, but I hold an image of the shape of a book in my head and work from that mental hologram.
  • I hope my daughter knows that in our house we can make messes and have fun and we'll laugh through it. Granted I don't want her to trash the house, but we do make a lot of messes.
  • Human life is full of the play of samskaras - tendencies developed by repeated actions.
  • Law enforcement agents need to be vetted more thoroughly and psychologically and emotionally to see who they are, if they're really built for fairness in all communities.
  • I need my natural laziness to be counteracted by obsession in order to do anything.
  • Eventually, it is found out but it takes time especially in the conditions when communication is difficult, when the enemy is making it extremely awkward for information to come out, to go.
  • Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
  • Inside, I feel 30ish - I'm childish and optimistic.
  • Dad really had little to do with the songs, except to perform them.
  • What, nephew, said the king, is the wind in that door?
  • Eighty per cent of global warming comes from livestock and deforestation.
  • I've been extremely lucky having been in the army when I was a boy of fourteen.
  • There's a finite market for DVD-by-mail, and the growth over the next 10 years will be in streaming.
  • Get this, kids - how a man proposes isn't what makes him romantic. It's how a man purposes to lay down his life that makes him romantic.
  • Despite reforms in steroid control, serious problems still occur in and out of baseball.
  • My favorite healthy foods are Jamaican chicken soup, Jamaican chicken stew peas, Jamaican brown stew chicken, plantains and banana chips.
  • I may be a dumb blonde, but I'm not that blonde.
  • When I was six or seven, we went to the nearest English primary school, St Weonards, about seven miles away. The teaching was good, and this was the start of my beginning to shine as a student.
  • Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America?
  • Nothing is eternally stable, and even Kansas isn't really in Kansas anymore. The earth is in a constant state of flux.
  • My parents still treat Christmas like I'm thirteen years old.
  • I was born in Brooklyn, but I never lived there.
  • It is not a life at all. It is a reticence, in three volumes.
  • And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.
  • Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.