Surprise Quotes

  • I think speculative fiction has fewer unspoken prerequisites than literary fiction for writers of color.
  • I have been offered the highest paid contracts in the world. I refused them all. It's not my thing. I don't want to cheat people.
  • A cabaret song has got to be written - for the middle voice, ideally - because you've got to hear the wit of the words. And a cabaret song gives the singer room to act, more even than an opera singer.
  • One quality that a director needs to acquire in Hollywood is to understand the system and figure out how to work within the system to express one's own ideas.
  • Surrender the vert platonic bond tying your soul to mine craft, the sky fades a pink shadow cast.
  • In the future I think the labels on most pop music are going to go. Everyone keeps jumping into everyone else's space.
  • We love, you know, children love the ingredients of poetry. And then they go into this tunnel that we call adolescence, and when they come out of it, they hate poetry.
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  • I had to embrace just basically writing and recording on my laptop. On long drives through the Rockies, I would take my laptop and mess around with ideas and make rough sketches of songs.
  • Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
  • I do see myself as someone who has a lot of story ideas.
  • I don't necessarily call myself a psychic, but since I was a little girl, I would dream about things, and then I would tell my dad, and it would happen the next day.
  • The fate of animals is of greater importance to me than the fear of appearing ridiculous; it is indissolubly connected with the fate of men.
  • I go stay a week in these little towns that don't have an art outlet and... go to the schools and play some of the old Texas music, sort of 'go through the Texas country roots' is what they call it.
  • It's an honor for me to have the opportunity to work with Emilio Estefan.
  • I think you write the film that you want to see, and you try and do it honestly, and you can't control people's responses, really.
  • I sometimes feel like it's difficult for people to relate to me, until they spend, like, a day with me, and until they walk around with me in public.
  • Playing nuts is a game like any other, neither better than tops, nor worse than cards. The game is played in various ways. There are 'holes' and 'bank' and 'caps.' But every game finishes up in the same way. One boy loses, another wins. And, as always, he who wins is a clever fellow, a smart fellow, a good fellow.
  • I have a weird life because I live on songwriting royalties, which are a strange income. Sometimes it rains, sometimes it doesn't.
  • Proverbs are all very fine when there's nothing to worry you, but when you're in real trouble, they're not a bit of help.
  • Nudity isn't something people should take offense to.
  • To paint is the most terrific thing that there is, but to do it well is very difficult.
  • I think gene therapy and nanotechnology go hand in hand.
  • Well rounded forms gives smooth sounds; sharper or angular forms give harder and harsher sounds.
  • Afflictions are but the shadows of God's wings.
  • The United Nations is an indispensable but deeply flawed organization. It is valuable to the United States, and the United States is invaluable to it. We need to reform it.
  • You surprise yourself on some balls off the bat. You don't think you have a chance to catch it. And then your natural ability just takes over.
  • Over the years, I've had to learn to play. For example, when 'Lennon' was on Broadway, I learned my way around the guitar chords because originally we were all going to play the instruments without a band.
  • Do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.
  • If there is an abiding theme in 'The Pursuit of Happiness,' it is the idea that you come into the world already shaped by other people's past histories.
  • I owe the best of myself to geology, but everything it has taught me tends to turn me away from dead things.
  • Deep down, the US, with its space, its technological refinement, its bluff good conscience, even in those spaces which it opens up for simulation, is the only remaining primitive society.
  • Whoever can surprise well must conquer.
  • To expose the hardships experienced by children who are deprived of the right to attend school, Camfed has produced a series of films about educational exclusion. 'Every Child Belongs in School' provides a glimpse into the lives of children who have been forced by poverty to leave school at a very young age and take a difficult life path.
  • The modern form of things had begun to appeal to me, also (as material for satire) politics, and the lives of the great and little, high up in the social scale.
  • I never felt so close to a guitar as that silver one with mirrors that I used on stage all the time.
  • One thing any DJ needs in his crate, especially at a barbecue, is a selection of 15-minute-plus jams.
  • I get the feeling that people from outside the world of contemporary art see it as deserving of mockery, in an emperor's-new-clothes sort of way. I think that's not right and that it's just because they don't understand the discourse.
  • The media here is the opposition party. They don't understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.
  • So if you want great sports, Michigan's the place to be.
  • Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
  • Red hair stigmatizes you.
  • The fact is that America relies on Amtrak to move people.
  • It always feels good to come back here. I love New York... it's just nice to see a lot of familiar faces.
  • For me, the Beatles are proof of the existence of God.
  • Even top caliber hospitals cannot escape medical mistakes that sometimes result in irreparable damage to patients.
  • The moral landscape is the framework I use for thinking about questions of morality and human values in universal terms.
  • And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery of this great British company, Cable and Wireless, and I'm delighted to become part of the new and very talented management that have been brought in to that company as well.