Topics Quotes

  • I'm a hoarder. For me, documentation has always been key, and I've kept everything from my past.
  • Certainly, I read a lot and follow the news. But as a writer, I am not interested in a political story. I am searching for the humanity of the characters. I never set out to write a book about an 'issue.'
  • I've been dancing for 10 years.
  • When I was a girl, my grandmother would take me during the holidays to see the windows at Saks and Rockefeller Center.
  • There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
  • I have sinned against you, my Lord.
  • Even when Darwin's teaching first made its appearance, it became clear at once that its scientific, materialist core, its teaching concerning the evolution of living nature, was antagonistic to the idealism that reigned in biology.
  • We want to change the way we help unemployed people find jobs. We want to be faster and more goal oriented.
  • The laughter of man is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal.
  • The program should know if someone is at the keyboard or joystick or if it is just sitting there idle. It should know if someone is proficient in its use or a novice.
  • I wasn't hugely popular at school. In fact, I was bullied at school.
  • It's hard to know which made me more aware of the impossibility of protecting children - having a child die or having had two live.
  • If the limit of age 80 is at the summit of Mt Everest, the highest place on Earth, one can never be happier.
  • In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.
  • The legwork is always hard. Really finding people that you think are good enough. Just the definition of what we have to do is finding good enough people that you really think are special.
  • I tell writers to keep reading, reading, reading. Read widely and deeply. And I tell them not to give up even after getting rejection letters. And only write what you love.
  • I don't talk about consciousness. I talk about interiority.
  • The key to digital effects is to do things that are visually accurate but done cheaply and approximated.
  • Humans are nervous, touchy creatures and can be easily offended. Many are deeply insecure. They become focused and energized by taking offence; it makes them feel meaningful and alive.
  • When topics are complex and meaty, don't create a never-ending email thread. It's amazing how much time people waste composing and reading carefully-worded essays, when a 5 minute in-person chat would resolve the whole thing.
  • There are many ways to lead a life. It would always be ideal to have a paycheck coming in. But I really love this fly-by-the-seat-of-the-pants approach. It's scary and wonderful at the same time. I feel very open to many possibilities.
  • If you grow up playing in church, it removes a lot of the boundaries that other musicians might have, growing up with sheet music or whatever.
  • The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
  • I remember looking at the sky and thinking that the universe is so big and it's all chaos. I call it 'the dark fear.' At any moment, the dark fear could come in.
  • I know what my talents are, and at the end of the day I'm an actor who can dance.
  • Out of the 1.2 billion people in India, one-third of them are between the age of 1-14 and by 2030, India will have a dynamic and youthful workforce of about 700 million with an average age of 35. This is expected to constitute a substantial proportion of world's workforce.
  • In the Middle Ages, I think the French kings murdered slightly fewer of their family members than the English kings, though I haven't actually counted the heads.
  • We've restored life where life was extinct. It's no longer sufficient to bring the dead back to life. We must create from the beginning, we must build up our own creature, build it up from nothing.
  • Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to buy things he's too busy to enjoy.