Public Quotes

  • I'm a big baby. I'm not tough at all.
  • Failure is inevitable; it happens all the time in a complex economy.
  • To send our troops, our ships, our planes to this war is ridiculous.
  • Computers and the Internet have made it really easy to rant. It's made everyone overly opinionated.
  • The challenges surrounding HIV and AIDS are getting more complex and mature, and we just can't stick our heads in the sand and say 'it can't happen to me.'
  • There were plenty of reasons to suspect Obamacare might have been a colossal failure - although none of them had to do with death panels, huge lines for treatment, a government takeover of health care, etc.
  • I felt like an apostle of the obvious and people imagined that I was doing something daring.
  • A thick skin is a gift from God.
  • A week is a long time in politics.
  • Girls need to see somebody that looks like them talking about science and technology.
  • A song just doesn't have verse-chorus-verse. It could just be one line. There are Chinese love songs that you have to learn one melody for a three-minute thing, and nothing ever repeats. I like that.
  • The audience wants to be attracted not by the critics, but by a great story. You must deliver to the audience emotion - and when I say emotion, I mean suspense, drama, love.
  • Science is magic that works.
  • I thought any chance I had of space travel would be military or government-controlled.
  • Admitting hundreds of thousands of infiltrators is an existential threat to the State of Israel.
  • I enjoy now doing what I do... playing golf, relaxing a little, enjoying life.
  • Food still isn't my thing, but I've learned to respect its power and significance.
  • Sometimes in the heart of the summer, I look at people with their faces shaved and think it'd be nice, but once you get used to it, it's not as hot. Most guys say it gets itchy, but once you grow it out into a big man beard, the itching is gone.
  • These days it seems that every big, new, heavily promoted children's book is rather like the ghost of poor old Jacob Marley. Each one comes trailing a long, clanking chain of references - in the form of overexcited press releases and slightly hysterical jacket blurbs - to bestsellers of a supposedly similar nature.
  • Without public pressure from caring people, our lawsuits will not be enough to stop this widespread abuse.
  • The challenges I face in the studio pale in comparison to when I'm out in nature.
  • Skiffle was a name that was attached to what was, in essence, American folk music with a beat.
  • That's the main reason I gave up my career after John was born and I was pregnant with Andrew. I could not handle going away day after day. The thought of going away before they got up and coming back after they were in bed was intolerable.
  • Oh, my family lived in 21 places before I was 17.
  • At first I was always cast as the girlfriend. It was a long time before I got to play characters who were people.
  • Oh, isn't it cool? It's so cool being an actor! It's so cool having my face on a bus.
  • The chances of a person breaking through their own habits and sloth and limited mind to actually write something that gets out there and matters to people are slim.
  • Surely every band wants to be a pivotal point in history.
  • I'd really love to play a real-life country and western singer.
  • So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter.
  • The notion that aid can alleviate systemic poverty, and has done so, is a myth. Millions in Africa are poorer today because of aid; misery and poverty have not ended but increased. Aid has been, and continues to be, an unmitigated political, economic, and humanitarian disaster for most parts of the developing world.
  • There are so many things in my life that would be completely not on within the conservative church. And yet I think of myself as a reasonably decent human being. With all sorts of flaws, you know, but still reasonably decent. If I did believe in Heaven and Hell, I would really, honestly, believe I was going to go to Heaven.
  • Good luck has its storms.
  • There are so many traps, so many ways of getting screwed in this business.
  • Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.
  • The decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is a devastating blow in efforts to rein in out-of-control costs of campaigns.
  • The trumpet is forceful.
  • If you love the rule of law, you must love it in all of its applications. You cannot only love it when it provides the verdict you seek; you must love it when the verdict goes against you as well.
  • There's a big difference between doing the odd gig and actually having a record out and your name being on the ticket.
  • The Chanel woman is slender, sophisticated and chic.
  • Most people who are selling their mineral rights, this is a once-in-a-lifetime transaction. The people who are buying, the landmen who are coming in, do it every day. So there's a little inequity there about knowledge.
  • I'm not afraid of turning 80 and I have lots of things to do. I don't have time for dying.
  • Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore.
  • Widespread public access to knowledge, like public education, is one of the pillars of our democracy, a guarantee that we can maintain a well-informed citizenry.
  • Oh, stuff the critics. I don't care. Too many people are snooty about classical. Look, I wasn't brought up in a home where we listened to classical music. It was a singing teacher that thought it would be best for my voice. Then I moved into crossover. And if that makes the music accessible to more people, then great.
  • To argue against the global economy is like stating opposition to the weather - it continues whether you like it or not.
  • Oh, I was completely hooked on movies and plays and theater from the time I was a day old - I was very, very early on in love with movies and I loved plays.
  • Now, unfortunately, some prissy card-carrying members of the U.S. Constitution have made us all look bad by pointing out that many of the Gitmo detainees weren't guilty of anything. Whoops!