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  1. We all have challenges. You can let them be obstacles or roadblocks, or you can use them.
  2. To be able to walk down the street and have people stop you, not just because they recognize you, but because you somehow personally touched them, it’s amazing.
  3. There are plenty of people who have legs who are way more disabled than me.
  4. There are no rules in snowboarding.
  5. The way I look at it is, we all have disabilities.
  6. The thing with prosthetic feet is you can’t have all this crazy motion, or you’d be all over the place – because it’s mechanical, and it’s outside your body.
  7. The human foot has bones and muscles and can balance back and forth. If you step and you maybe make a little mistake, your foot can compensate. But if I step in the wrong spot, my foot isn’t going to compensate because it’s just one piece of carbon fiber.
  8. That’s the problem with bacterial meningitis: it progresses really fast. You think you have the flu, and they say within 15 hours it’s severely deadly – for sure within the first 24 hours – but even the first 15 hours.
  9. That’s really what the Paralympics is about: these amazing athletes and this technology that’s allowing them to reach their full potential.
  10. Taking off your clothes is one thing. Taking off your clothes and your legs is an entirely different matter.
  11. Since losing my legs, I’ve found out that I am able to help other people by sharing how I’ve overcome my obstacles.
  12. Road trips to me are just such an escape. You listen to your music, and you roll the windows down. You’re usually going to somewhere fun.
  13. Pfizer’s actually teamed up with my nonprofit organization, which is called Adaptive Action Sports. I cofounded this organization in 2005 to help people with physical disabilities get involved in action sports, go snowboarding, skateboarding.
  14. Oprah has been a true inspiration to me, so I’m truly grateful both to her for taking the time to speak with me, and to the folks at ‘DWTS’ who set it all up.
  15. Of course, there are benefits to having prosthetics. I can make myself as tall as I want. I can wear flip-flops in the snow if I wanted to. There’s benefits.
  16. Of course, I was 19 years old, and I suddenly lost my legs. It was extremely traumatic at the time, but I’m so beyond that. I’ve done so much with my life.
  17. My spleen burst. I remember feeling my heart beating really fast. Beating right out of my chest.
  18. My motivation is not to try to inspire, but rather to do things that inspire me and hopefully that will spread to others.
  19. My legs haven’t disabled me. If anything, they’ve enabled me.
  20. My dad had given my sister and I our starter car, a red, old 1985 Chevy Blazer. It was so beat up, the taillights would fall off, and we would use red duct tape.
  21. My dad gave me one of his kidneys.
  22. My dad gave me life twice. I thank him by using the strong body I now have.
  23. Just the thought of being on Oprah’s radar at all is humbling, but to actually have her take time get on the phone with me kind of blows my mind.
  24. Just because I’ve got two prosthetic legs, yeah, I had to adapt in ways, but I’ve also become a lot stronger. It doesn’t mean I’m at any disadvantage, really.
  25. It’s when I compare myself to what other people are able to do that I run into trouble. It is a bummer. I just constantly try to put things into perspective.
  26. It was challenging. It was never easy for me. My life changed suddenly, and I lost my health. I lost the body that I knew.
  27. In snowboarding, I’ve always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do.
  28. In my dreams, whatever I am doing, I look down to see if I have prosthetics. It sets my time frame in my dream, I think. I’d have these dreams that I am running and launching myself, and I look down and see that I have prosthetics. I have a lot of those, where I do great, amazing things with my prosthetics.
  29. If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.
  30. If you want something bad enough and you work hard enough, anything’s possible.
  31. If you believe that you can’t do something, then you’re not going to do it. If you believe you can, and you’re willing to put in the effort and figure out a way to do it, then the majority of the time, you can.
  32. If we can see past preconceived limitations, then the possibilities are endless.
  33. If somebody would’ve told me that I was going to lose my legs at the age of 19, I would’ve thought there’s absolutely no way I’d be able to handle that. But then it happened, and I realized that there’s so much more to live for, that my life isn’t about my legs.
  34. I’ve never wanted sympathy votes in anything I do in my life.
  35. I’ve learned that borders are where the actual ends, but also where the imagination and the story begins.
  36. I’ve always made the choice to do everything to my fullest potential.
  37. I’ve always been driven, and I like the creative aspect of figuring things out.
  38. I’m very grateful that I’ve had the opportunities I’ve had.
  39. I’m so comfortable on my snowboard that I don’t have to think about it very much; it’s somewhat second nature.
  40. I’m really motivated by music, and I love dancing, even if it’s just by myself in my room or if it’s going out with my friends.
  41. I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to miss out on anything.
  42. I’m not trying to be an inspiration, but I’m flattered to be considered one.
  43. I’m learning how strong I am, how resilient I am. I’m learning my weaknesses.
  44. I’m an athlete, yes, but I’m also a woman. I’m someone who kind of, in a way, lost touch with that part of myself after I lost my legs, because there are certain feminine traits you lose when you have prosthetic legs.
  45. I’m a big oatmeal fan. For my every-morning breakfast, I will do oatmeal with cinnamon, goat’s milk or even butter, with apples and raisins, and then I’ll maybe do some eggs, say two poached eggs with that.
  46. I was on my death bed, and I remember hanging on to these words, ‘Don’t be scared. You are going to live an amazing life,’ and I have.
  47. I was in kidney failure. I ended up having a kidney transplant on my 21st birthday.
  48. I was 19 years old, and I felt like I had the flu one day. Within 24 hours, I was in the hospital on life support, and I was given less than a 2 percent chance of living. It took five days for the doctors to find out that I had contracted bacterial meningitis.
  49. I want to live a fulfilling life.
  50. I want to go to dinner with Oprah! Who doesn’t?
  51. I tried snowboarding at 14, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I snowboarded every day off I had, every weekend I had off of school, every holiday we had off from school, and it became a huge part of my life, not just what I love to do, but really just kind of who I was.
  52. I think the designs and creativity are limitless with 3-D-printed clothing.
  53. I simply do the things that inspire me, be that snowboarding, designing clothing, or dancing.
  54. I made a choice before I lost my legs that I was going to live the best life possible and that I wasn’t going to let this slow me down – and that choice has kept me moving forward.
  55. I love the smell of rain, and I love the sound of the ocean waves.
  56. I lost the life that I knew, and I really had to rethink my future and think about my core values and the things that I love, and my passion, and that’s really what helped me move forward. Also, for me just being grateful for what I had in my life versus on focusing on what I was losing, that really helped as well.
  57. I lost my spleen, I lost the hearing in my left ear, so I had a lot of internal organ damage.
  58. I like moving, challenging myself.
  59. I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I didn’t want people to see me as disabled. I wanted to live a life of adventure and stories.
  60. I knew I loved music, and I knew that I could feel music. So, I knew I had rhythm.
  61. I knew I loved dancing with my friends.
  62. I kind of had to figure stuff out on my own and get myself snowboarding competitively again. I went through all types of different legs to try to learn which were going to work for me. Luckily, I was able to figure it out.
  63. I have two prosthetic legs. This is my life; what am I going to do with it? And it’s put me on this amazing journey. I can look back and be completely grateful and say I would never want to change anything.
  64. I have a very good sense of my body and where it’s at. Although I don’t feel the ground in the same way that somebody else would, I’m very aware… I can feel pressure, and I know exactly where my toes are and exactly where my heel is.
  65. I guess I’m always up for a challenge.
  66. I grew up born and raised in Las Vegas and actually grew up skiing. You know, we’ve got some ski resorts close to Las Vegas, up in Mount Charleston or Brian Head, so I grew up skiing and snowboarding.
  67. I got this second chance at life, and I live it.
  68. I feel that losing both my legs was a blessing. It was meant to happen to me: I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to touch so many lives in such a positive way.
  69. I don’t want to see myself as this sad, disabled girl. I know that. I don’t want other people to see me as that, either.
  70. I didn’t think about money or cars or anything like that.
  71. I can’t really say I miss my toes.
  72. I believe inspiration is contagious.
  73. I am not an over-the-top kind of person.
  74. I always say snowboarding saved my life. It gave me a reason to focus on the future; it gave me something to be passionate about.
  75. I always felt really lucky that I only lost my legs, because it could’ve been so much worse.
  76. Growing up in the hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about traveling the world, living in a place where it snowed, and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.
  77. For me, a bad day is when I have nothing going on.
  78. For me, I just began, eventually, to embrace what I had. This is what I have to deal with and, not just deal with, but this is what I have to share, and how can I do that the best way.
  79. Every day that I am healthy, I want to use that day to its fullest now.
  80. Dancing is about expressing yourself, and the more walls you let down, the better.
  81. Dancers know how to move their arms and their hands. But I don’t know the first thing about how to move my arms and hands gracefully.
  82. At the age of 19, the day after I graduated high school, I moved to a place where it snowed, and I became a massage therapist. With this job, all I needed were my hands and my massage table by my side and I could go anywhere. For the first time in my life, I felt free, independent, and completely in control of my life.
  83. As humans, we need to reach out for support.
  84. As for how do I respond to those who want to throw stones, well, I don’t.
  85. All through high school, I was incredibly healthy. I loved the outdoors, and I loved snowboarding because of the freedom.
  86. After I lost my legs, all I wanted to do was snowboard again. I remember spending an entire year on the computer, looking for ‘adaptive snowboarders’ or ‘snowboard legs’ or ‘adaptive snowboard schools’ or just something that I could connect to. I already knew how to snowboard – I just needed to find the right legs.
  87. After I lost my legs, I got invited to my old high school, and I shared my stories with all the classes. I remember I was so nervous and didn’t know where to start, but I knew I had information they could take away.
  88. A lot of times, people think ‘para’ as far as ‘paralyzed.’ ‘Para’ means ‘alongside,’ so the Paralympics are alongside the Olympics on the same courses, the same hills.
  89. You think in a different way when you don’t have any money. The joy of poverty is that you use your imagination to come up with stuff.
  90. You know when you watch old movies, it’s always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air.
  91. Whenever I do your show, sometimes I get a little check in the mail and then I take that check and buy a new pair of shoes, and then I wear those shoes the next time I do your show.
  92. When people tell me they are going to go scrapbooking, I say, ‘Why don’t you make it yourself.’ It’s like chocolate-chip cookies. People buy the cookie-dough roll and slice it, and then they lay it on a cookie sheet. That’s not making chocolate-chip cookies.
  93. When I’m by myself, I never play music. I have a lot of it, for a girl, but I don’t listen to it a lot. I hate picking music out; I’m not good at it.
  94. Well I went to New Orleans to cover the jazz festival for Trio, it’s this new arts channel, it’s really great.
  95. We’re all used to seeing pretty people. I want to see real people.
  96. Usually I’m the one asking somebody to do something because I don’t know how to finish it. I’m like, ‘Do this for me’ because I’m just resistant to learning.
  97. They just expected it to you know… Paul, Steve and I could have hired our own publicist, if we wanted to, but I kind of liked the way it was more of a cult thing and those that liked it, liked it, you know what I mean?
  98. There’s humor in everything. There’s gotta be humor in everything.
  99. Sometimes, to keep things exciting, I decorate my house as if I owned a child. I’ll toss a tiny pair of shoes in the hallway or lean small wooden crutches in what I refer to as ‘the baby’s room,’ which is actually a tiny space where I make things. I continue to call it the baby’s room because it confuses people and it’s creepy.
  100. People who shop in health food stores never look healthy.
  101. People that know me know that I cook. I cook every night.
  102. People always think I’m Amy Poehler, which never bothers me. I mean, Amy Poehler is great.
  103. My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because then you get stuff cheaper.
  104. My kitchen’s pink, like skin-tone pink, and I lowered my spice rack so it’s eye level – it’s true! – and my phone, so I can reach it when I fall, it’s right there.
  105. My favorite things often have a story behind them and are usually handmade or discovered at a flea market.
  106. My father and I have a very good relationship. We always got along. But I always scold him.
  107. My characters always like themselves.
  108. More men than women like ‘Strangers With Candy’. Pretty girls don’t like the show. They don’t like to see an ugly lady.
  109. It was more of their quirky show. It was more like a cult show. The ratings weren’t really that high.
  110. If I’m creating something for myself, then I want to have fun.
  111. If I put my mind to something, it happens. I do know that’s not necessarily psychic. But I always feel like there’s something around me protecting me.
  112. If I know I have to memorize lines, I’m really gonna try to memorize lines. It’s hard for me sometimes, because somebody wrote these words and you’re trying really hard to get them the way they said it.
  113. I’m very domestic; I love cleaning. I love cooking. I like waiting on people. I just like to make things. I don’t break that down to be weakness, or the only things women can do, or putting me back 20 years.
  114. I’m not ambitious.
  115. I’m not a good storyteller. I always think I’m going to get interrupted, or something’s going to get edited. I think that comes from being in a large family, so you have to get your story in really quick or someone cuts you off.
  116. I’m not a first-place person.
  117. I’m gonna do the whole bedroom in camel color – it’s an old lady color.
  118. I’m drawn to people who look different. I’m not exploiting. I’m not making fun of them. I’m drawn to them.
  119. I’m always more attracted to the unattractive.
  120. I’d rather have a part where you walk into a room and you leave. That’s perfect for me.
  121. I’d just much rather see an ugly person take the trash out than see somebody really pretty taking the trash out.
  122. I wouldn’t call myself a shut-in. I have the ability to leave my home; I just choose not to. But because I’m such a homebody, it’s important to be surrounded by things I love.
  123. I wasn’t a cliquey person, and I think that’s because I came from a large family. I got along with everybody, and I usually got along with the people that people didn’t like.
  124. I want witchcraft so bad that I can’t stand it. I have wands in my apartment. And I use them sometimes. I walk into the kitchen with my wand, and I come out with something on a platter and I say, ‘See, magic happens.’ Works every time.
  125. I think it’s still kind of weird to memorize a line, because you’re supposed to ‘be’ this person, you know? So then its like, if I’m really this person, how can I be in the moment if I know there’s just one line I’m supposed to say? It doesn’t feel natural. I always just kind of want to say whatever comes up.
  126. I swear I want to be a food model.
  127. I stayed in New York City for the first time, I’d always wanted to do that.
  128. I really don’t like going out. I don’t like restaurants because I don’t like the idea of someone, a waitress, being responsible for my evening. I like seconds, and more, and lots of conversation, and I’ve always hated the idea that in a restaurant an evening just ends. I find that incredibly depressing.
  129. I never really take shortcuts. I was always one of those people who, instead of cutting across someone’s yard on the way home from school, I would go to the end of the block and turn.
  130. I love theatrical props: a cup filled with solid fake tea, say, or a collection of fake food, including a rubber turkey, which, during the holidays, I wrap in tinfoil so it appears to have just come out of the oven.
  131. I love costumes. My dream growing up was always to have my own costume and prop shop.
  132. I love cop shows and crime books and thrillers, and before I die I’m gonna play a cop.
  133. I live in the moment.
  134. I like working with the public, and I like that it’s really hard work.
  135. I like working with the public, I like working with food, and I like making cash.
  136. I like to play unattractive people who think they’re pretty. You can do what you want, but I prefer to look interesting.
  137. I like to make things, but I looked at old craft books on weaving or mosaics or whatever, I’m like, ‘I don’t really know anything about that stuff.’
  138. I like to just make things… If I have the TV on, I’m not just going to sit there. I want to do something with my hands; I’ve always got a project. Or I get a small group of people over, and I say, ‘Let’s make these things today.’
  139. I like to entertain in all aspects. When you’re with somebody and you’re out, you want to be entertained. I like to be around entertaining people. Even if they’re bored, and you’re in a convalescent home, there’s something entertaining about that, in a way.
  140. I like to decide the night before Thanksgiving that I’m gonna do it, and I’ll see what riff raff is around. Then I get that last-minute surge of energy. But if I had two weeks to plan, sometimes I wish I wasn’t doing it. But very seldom does that happen.
  141. I like people who would rather something be discovered than shoved in your face.
  142. I like crafts that come out of poverty or necessity. There used to be hobby shops where you’d get your supplies, and then you’d use your imagination.
  143. I just like to have the ideas. Other people can help see them through.
  144. I have no desire to carry a movie.
  145. I have always wanted a bunny and I’ll always have a rabbit the rest of my life.
  146. I have a very muscular face.
  147. I have a lot of fake food in my apartment, but I’m picky about it. Old plaster food, like from the ’50s is really nice, hollowed out paper-mache food from old plays – the new stuff just looks too good.
  148. I have a couple freeloader friends, but it’s okay. I know they’re gonna come in with their arms flying in the air empty-handed.
  149. I hate playing pretty or sane people. Most people are not attractive or all there.
  150. I feel so free and open to ideas, and I get inspired by everything.
  151. I feel confident writing on my feet with improv, but it’s different when you’re sitting down and writing it out.
  152. I failed first grade, which is my biggest problem. You always feel like a failure, like you’re stupid.
  153. I choose to do unattractive people, because then I can pretend they think they’re attractive.
  154. I can’t imagine going to an all-girls school. I went to a public school.
  155. I am an aging Girl Scout.
  156. I always liked my teachers, and I was in a lot of after-school projects. I was a Girl Scout until my senior year, when I couldn’t be a Girl Scout anymore. I was in clubs like Junior Achievement, and I ran track and field. My grades were good, but then toward 11th grade they were nothing. I always went to summer school.
  157. I always knew I didn’t want kids, and I didn’t want to get married.
  158. I always find something to keep me busy.
  159. Gay guys know how to craft, and they craft really well. Straight guys, forget it.
  160. Don’t make anybody a homemade gift. Unless you’re really good, or it’s going to be really practical. If it’s a little thing you think is cute ’cause you made it, just forget it.
  161. David and Dad didn’t get along too well growing up. I mean we all got along, but it was harder on David, because David wasn’t going to be the son that Dad wanted. But now they’re like best friends.
  162. But I love how people who are musical, they know how to dress.
  163. But I always like to play ugly people who think they’re pretty.
  164. Books are challenging and inspirational to me.
  165. A lot of times girls think they’re funny, but they want to pretty at the same time, and if you want to be funny, you have to be willing to get ugly.
  166. A lot of crafters, they’re shut-ins.
  167. I like crafts that are made out of necessity because they’re a little naive – you made it because you needed it.
  168. There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months, then turning around and playing someone sweet. Films give you this opportunity.
  169. My philosophy has always been, ‘do what you love and the money will follow.’
  170. My biggest accomplishment was playing ‘Lark’ on the daytime drama Port Charles because it was the most regular acting job I have had, and I had to step in and fill someone else’s shoes.
  171. I want people to say, ‘She is really sweet and kind.’ Anyone can work hard enough and be ‘pretty.’ Not many people are nice nowadays.
  172. I see myself starring in and producing major feature films.
  173. I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I also have what I call an X-factor.
  174. I prefer working on films. I like the variety. There is nothing better than playing a bad girl for two months, then playing someone sweet for the next two. Films give you this opportunity.
  175. I love to cook and really enjoy cleaning my house. People always tease me about getting a maid. My girlfriend tells me that they are only $40 and will do everything. But that is my time to unwind, put my hair in a ponytail, throw on sweats, and be myself.
  176. I lost twins at 14 weeks, and I had to have an D and C on my birthday.
  177. I have cervical cancer. I’m what they call a DES baby… I have been cancer free for 7 years now… I had it the first time when I was 19 and then it came back a few years later after I went through treatment.
  178. I have always brought home stray animals – everything from squirrels to wild rabbits to foxes and turtles.
  179. I enjoyed entertaining people since I was a little girl. There was nothing better than making people laugh. That, and the need to express myself in a safe environment.
  180. I don’t have any regrets. When I quit college and moved to Los Angeles to become an actress, it was so that I would not look back and have any regrets.
  181. I am a very private person. I still get shy at times.
  182. Everything officers go through in any chase anywhere in the country, but amped up 100 times! I’m right in the thick of things in a car going like 80 miles an hour, and doing 360s in the middle of the road. It was a wild ride.
  183. Dustin Hoffman was the greatest. He had so much information to give and he mesmerized me. He really feels for actors who are just starting out and remembers his early days like they were yesterday.
  184. The seed of everything is in everything else.
  185. The descent to Hades is the same from every place.
  186. Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine, were taken away.
  187. It is not I who have lost the Athenians, but the Athenians who have lost me.
  188. Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.
  189. Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.
  190. You’ve got to look at the promises I kept. It’s not just talking about doing things: it’s doing them.
  191. When you put all your eggs in one basket, you’ve got a problem.
  192. We simply can’t spend our way out of a recession.
  193. Time is money in the shipping business.
  194. There’s no federal government agency that ought to be immune from having to explain the potential financial impact of an action they’ve taken or intend to take. We deserve the specifics.
  195. The exploration for oil and gas off our shores can play a role in making energy more affordable and accessible… However, effective safety measures must be in place, and exploration must be done in an environmentally sensitive manner that in no way interferes with our military.
  196. The bottom line, addressing defense spending cuts with a meat ax like sequestration will damage defense readiness for decades to come.
  197. The Jones Act is an important tool to maintain Northeast Florida’s domestic ship repair industry, which is so vital to our Navy and national security.
  198. The IRS should and must focus on the most important and most egregious and the most in need.
  199. Once our carrier fleet went all nuclear in 2005, we went from having two aircraft carrier homeports on the East Coast to one.
  200. On the First Coast, there’s a team of individuals working extremely hard for the future of JAXPORT. On the road ahead, I look forward to working with them to see that the Port is afforded every opportunity to grow and expand. The challenge is large, but we are all up for it.
  201. Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville are the East Coast home for the MH-60Rs, and the nation’s P-8A fleet and Triton operations facility are based at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
  202. My favorite place is where I live in Jacksonville.
  203. Larger Post Panamax ships are critical to securing America’s position in a global market, and all our ports, including Jaxport, must be deep enough to handle them.
  204. It is clear that United States immigration policy is badly in need of reform.
  205. If we do not act quickly, Jaxport will fall behind competitors on the East Coast – and the economic engine that has driven this community for the past decade will be put in danger.
  206. I’m usually torn by, ‘What’s the role of government to cure injustice?’ Families, churches, and schools can be more of an instrument of change.
  207. I work hard, and I’m thankful people recognize that.
  208. I think leadership is something you earn, more through actions than words.
  209. I think anybody who looks at my record will say I’ve been trying to cut government spending and make government live more like families do.
  210. I showed people Republicans in Florida can do more than talk.
  211. I never thought that one day that this NAS Jax would be the center of aviation excellence in the Southeast and from pole to pole.
  212. I have had no concerns in the past and have none moving forward regarding the Navy’s ability to effectively address any potential natural or man-made threat to Naval Station Mayport and any military asset located there, including any future nuclear aircraft carrier.
  213. I don’t really worry what outside groups who score votes think. My job is to represent the people.
  214. I don’t have any intention to be anti-gay or to persecute the gay community.
  215. I can’t think of a greater privilege than to speak out with legislation for people that can’t often speak for themselves. And I know the ABLE Act will bring justice and peace of mind to millions of American families who deal with disabilities every day.
  216. I am proud of the work we have accomplished for the citizens of Northeast Florida and our nation during my time in Congress.
  217. Every American has the freedom to choose a particular lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean every American has to embrace a particular lifestyle as equally worthy.
  218. Ensuring ports are dredged is essential to securing America’s place in global trade.
  219. Energy cogeneration on Capitol Hill makes economic and environmental sense and should be pursued for those reasons.
  220. Each year, we learn that customer service diminishes. You may argue it’s because the IRS budget has been cut, but I’m going to argue that it’s because the IRS chooses to spend its funds in other areas like the Affordable Care Act, bonuses, and conferences.
  221. Claude Kirk was probably the most charismatic person I ever met.
  222. Claude Kirk could be hysterically funny and fearlessly bold, and he championed the environment, education, and diversity long before those issues were fashionable.
  223. A great deal of the work I do involves the military.
  224. You might try the gym from time to time. It really is something you can incorporate into your life pretty seamlessly.
  225. Who’s, like, inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in our lives?
  226. When you lose a parent at ten years old, the world seems like a much scarier place. It makes complete sense to me that I took survival courses when I was a teenager and started going to war zones as a reporter. I didn’t ever want to be taken advantage of, and I wanted to be able to take care of those around me.
  227. When my mom turned 91, I wanted to use the time that we have left in our lives to get to know each other as adults.
  228. When a big event happens, people turn on to CNN, not only because they know there will be people there covering an event on the ground, but because they know we’re going to cover it in a way that’s non-partisan, that’s not left or right.
  229. When I was younger, I talked to the adults around me that I respected most about how they got where they were, and none of them plotted a course they could have predicted, so it seemed a waste of time to plan too long-term. Since then, I’ve always gone on my instincts.
  230. To realize that your mother’s love life has been far more interesting than one’s own is a weird thing to discover.
  231. There’s just a proliferation of blogs and the chattering classes and people talking. More avenues for people to make their feelings known, which is good.
  232. There’s a number of places I’ve wanted to go but it’s been determined too risky or that I’m relatively well-known, and therefore it might not be wise for me to pop up in this place.
  233. There was a time when I first started when I made a fake press pass and borrowed a camera and headed into wars, and for three years, that was the only kind of story I was interested in doing.
  234. There are some things which are so horrific that some people feel they can’t do anything about it: that the natural, understandable response is to tune it out.
  235. There are some people who are Burger King people, and there are some people who are McDonald’s people.
  236. The world reacts very strangely to people they see on TV, and I can begin to understand how anchor monsters are made. If you’re not careful, you can become used to being treated as though you’re special and begin to expect it. For a reporter, that’s the kiss of death.
  237. The whole celebrity culture thing – I’m fascinated by, and repelled by, and yet I end up knowing about it.
  238. The war in Afghanistan is underreported.
  239. The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.
  240. That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.
  241. Our skin is very thin. It doesn’t take much for us to jump off a ledge or to kill one another. It can happen very, very quickly.
  242. Obviously I was well aware that I had what people consider a privileged upbringing. My mom was never a bake-cookies sort of mom. I really had no reins whatsoever.
  243. Not to sound too Dr. Phil all of a sudden, but I think the key to survival is to embrace one’s past and to not run away from it. And to come to some sort of relationship with it or understanding of it.
  244. No one else will really care, but I missed the wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Also the war in Chechnya.
  245. Never too late to change your relationship with somebody in your life.
  246. My mother has been famous for longer than anyone else alive.
  247. My mom’s made it clear to me that, like, there’s no trust fund.
  248. My dad grew up really poor in Mississippi. I paid attention to that because I thought that’s a healthier thing to pay attention to than, like, some statue of a great-great-great grandfather who has no connection to my life.
  249. Most gyms now have TVs. You can prop up reading material on the cardio equipment.
  250. Misquoting drives me bananas.
  251. It’s nice on the daytime format to focus on things that connect us.
  252. It was important to me and, I think, important to my parents that I be on my own and figure things out on my own and kind of forge my own path, and I’m really grateful for that.
  253. In my real life, I wear a T-shirt, gray or white, and the same pair of jeans. Literally, the same pair of jeans every day.
  254. If you learn the language of loss early, I think you seek out others who have experienced the same thing, who speak that same language of loss.
  255. If you feel like an outsider, you tend to observe things a lot more.
  256. If someone knows me and likes me or my work, they’re more likely to allow me to tell their story. But it also cuts the other way.
  257. If I’m hip, we’ve got a problem in this country. I really shouldn’t be held up as any model of hipness. If anything, I think I’m sort of old school in my approach to objective reporting and not wearing my opinion on my sleeve. There’s a lot of that in American TV news these days. Too much, in fact.
  258. If I end up hosting ‘Joker’s Wild,’ please shoot me.
  259. I’ve never been a Burger King person. I’m a total McDonald’s person.
  260. I’ve been addicted to TV since I emerged from the womb.
  261. I’ve always loved reporting from the field most of all. There’s something about doing live TV and being there as it happens that’s always appealed to me. I think there’s great value to bearing witness to these events as they’re actually happening.
  262. I’ve always giggled like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber meet and greet. There’s nothing I can do about it but I’ve never not been able to stop.
  263. I’m concerned about heart disease. I’ve raised money to fight heart disease; my dad died of it.
  264. I’d like to have kids at some point. I think I’ll have a family someday.
  265. I wanted to be Amish when I was a kid. You just wear black and white – what could be better? One less thing to worry about.
  266. I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life. It’s a decision I made a long time ago, before I ever even knew anyone would be interested in my personal life.
  267. I think you have to be yourself, and you have to be real and you have to admit what you don’t know, and talk about what you do know, and talk about what you don’t know as long as you say you don’t know it.
  268. I think viewers realize that people are a lot more three-dimensional than TV has traditionally portrayed them, particularly in news.
  269. I think the notion of traditional anchor is fading away – the all-knowing, all-seeing person who speaks from on high. I don’t think the audience really buys that anymore. As a viewer, I know I don’t buy it.
  270. I think my mom and dad both wanted to get across to me that… I obviously grew up with great privilege and was very lucky and was able to afford college and not have student loans, and they would pay for college, but beyond that, it would be up to me to make a living.
  271. I think it’s a good thing that there are bloggers out there watching very closely and holding people accountable. Everyone in the news should be able to hold up to that kind of scrutiny. I’m for as much transparency in the newsgathering process as possible.
  272. I tend to relate more to people on television who are just themselves, for good or for bad, than I do to someone who I believe is putting on some sort of persona. The anchorman on ‘The Simpsons’ is a reasonable facsimile of some anchors who have that problem.
  273. I suppose if you’ve never bitten your nails, there isn’t any way to explain the habit. It’s not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction – pride in a job well done.
  274. I still feel like I’m learning a lot and have a lot to learn and improve on.
  275. I really like involvement with an audience.
  276. I realized I didn’t want there to be anything left unsaid with my mom. I didn’t want there to be questions that I still had about who she was and what her life was like. And I didn’t want her to have questions about me as an adult.
  277. I rarely asks people for advice or permission when I’m planning on doing something I feel strongly about. That only opens the plan up to be crapped on.
  278. I personally tend to be drawn to stories that aren’t paid much attention to, or stories that aren’t on people’s radar.
  279. I lose my wallet all the time, and I break my phone all the time.
  280. I like new technology.
  281. I have no interest in jumping out of an airplane or any of the things people do for thrills, to push their limits and all that. To me, that seems foolish, and there’s no point.
  282. I have a friend – I send her one text and I get 20 texts back. Guys don’t want a million texts. It’s exhausting.
  283. I don’t want to do anything that puts my team members, my camera people or producers, in danger, so it’s an ongoing dialogue on all the stories that we do.
  284. I don’t think I’m fearless at all. I think anybody who says they’re fearless doesn’t last very long. I think I’m pretty cautious, actually.
  285. I don’t have much experience, but the few times when I would go on a date with a girl – like when I was 12 – there was a lot of sharing, and a lot of talking, and a lot of asking how I am. They thought we were dating, and I was sort of hoping to meet their brothers.
  286. I don’t believe in letting fear dictate what you do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t feel afraid or frightened. I think it’s normal and healthy to be afraid in situations.
  287. I can begin to understand how anchor monsters are made. If you’re not careful, you can become used to being treated as though you’re special and begin to expect it.
  288. I am sort of drawn toward places in the world where there is struggle and conflict.
  289. I am boring. I’m fine with boring.
  290. I always thought, ‘I’m on my own, and that’s the way it should be.’
  291. From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some, like, pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would have been so motivated.
  292. Anyone who says they’re not afraid at the time of a hurricane is either a fool or a liar, or a little bit of both.
  293. Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.
  294. A lot of people know the name Gloria Vanderbilt, but they don’t really know the whole story behind her, the real person that she is.
  295. A lot of compelling stories in the world aren’t being told, and the fact that people don’t know about them compounds the suffering.
  296. Whichever chord progressions move me, whether it’s rock, jazz, doo-wop or soul, I’m going to put it together and not be worried about whether people can put it in a lane or not.
  297. When you walk in the front of the White House, the pictures on the walls, they change out pretty frequently. They’re all very cool and historical, with pictures from the current term and past terms.
  298. When I’m not working, I still love bright colors and patterns, but I choose pieces that are much more casual – I call it my lazy pinup look.
  299. When I was 20, I wanted to be famous and win a Grammy and have people respect and love me.
  300. When I heard Billie Holiday’s voice, Nina Simone’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s – there was something about their voices to me that was such a different texture than what I was used to listening to at the time. Hearing those jazz voices were so different, and I think I just gravitated toward it.
  301. When I graduated, everyone was like, ‘You got to do pop and R&B to make it,’ like very contemporary pop and R&B. I tried for a little while, but I just realized my voice wasn’t quite fitting some of the records that I was doing.
  302. What I wear onstage is so stylized and bold.
  303. Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend.
  304. Throughout my life, I’ve had consistent DNA.
  305. The visuals are equally as important as the music. It’s all a complete experience.
  306. The reach of Coke and McDonald’s is undeniable, and I’m thrilled these iconic brands are joining forces to inspire local communities through messages of peace and motivation in unique ways. It’s an added bonus that they are using the lyrics to ‘Rise Up’ as a part of those messages.
  307. The most amazing thing is being onstage and watching the audience sing every song lyric for lyric.
  308. The elementary school I went to, Valencia Park, was focused on the arts.
  309. The album ‘Cheers to the Fall’ is really kind of me breaking out and being like, ‘Listen, I don’t care about criticism, and I don’t care about possibility of failure. I’m going to do it. And if I do fail, well then, here’s to it.’
  310. That’s why I loved Dinah Washington. She sung jazz, but they called her the Queen of the Blues. She had the control and sophistication of jazz in her note selection and how to attack a song or certain lines, but then attacked it with a painful force of blues behind it. That’s why I admired her so much, because of that versatility.
  311. Soul music is true to its name. It’s music that connects to your soul, your spirit. When music resonates with people’s spirit like that, when people can emotionally connect with something or it helps to heal them, transform them, that never goes out of style. People will always need something to relate to.
  312. Performing at the TMCF Awards Gala is so exciting.
  313. Once you see how powerful music is and how it can affect people, then you want to use it to impact the world.
  314. No matter how dark or precarious it may seem, continue to pursue your truth.
  315. My style was established in the Forties and Fifties, then got dragged through the decades and picked up a couple more things on the way.
  316. My style icons are Lucille Ball for her bouffant hair and all the updos, James Dean for his rockabilly style – the denim and rolled-up T-shirt thing. And I am also inspired by Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Their style is retro, but it’s still very feminine at the same time.
  317. My sister and I – she’s a musician – we jam all the time. We always play around for giggles with stuff that seem unconventional or stuff that seems funny. A lot of the stuff sometimes is just a response from jam sessions in her room, so she’ll be on the guitar or the keyboard, and we’ll just start singing and doing stuff.
  318. My prayers are being answered for my career. These are prayers I’ve been praying for as a kid.
  319. My idols are singers like Billie Holiday and Erykah Badu because there’s no gloss on what they do.
  320. My father loved music. He loved Motown and R&B, and my mother loved Journey and Fleetwood Mac, so they were always listening to it and playing it.
  321. My family wasn’t in the music business, but they loved music.
  322. My faith was eventually what helped me face myself, tell the truth about everything I had done, face criticism, cope with guilt, pain, and grow from all of it.
  323. My band and I are even closer. They’ve grown with me over four years, so we’re closer and closer and closer.
  324. Musically, I try not to box things in. I try to just play around this spectrum of influences: soul, jazz, and hip-hop.
  325. Listening to the stories told in jazz music and how those artists expressed their truths about the times and what they were dealing with is what struck me the most.
  326. It’s hard to remember my childhood without remembering music.
  327. It would have been so awesome to be born in the Thirties and be in your prime in the Fifties. Except for the whole being black thing, obviously!
  328. It was so surreal, having my parents hear the President and First Lady saying to me, ‘Good to see you again! We’re so proud of you. We watched you on the Grammys and were like, ‘That’s our girl!’
  329. If it looks like your grandma’s bedsheets, I’ll put it on my body.
  330. I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities and so many amazing things throughout this process. But all the while, I remember that the reason that I’m here and the reason that I do music and tell these stories is that people come to know the love, the God that I know.
  331. I’ve always wanted to be a woman who isn’t afraid to tell her story.
  332. I’m very particular but very thrifty at the same time.
  333. I’m very obsessed with pop culture of the mid-century and it goes hand-in-hand with the music that I studied in school.
  334. I’m not going to put myself in a box.
  335. I’m inherently a chameleon… to not evolve is to not live.
  336. I’m grateful for the fans who’ve been there from the beginning and am excited about how we’ve grown and how we’ve evolved now.
  337. I’m grateful and enjoying the ride.
  338. I’m excited for the audiences to hear the title track, ‘Cheers to the Fall,’ plus ‘Red Flags’ and ‘Rearview.’
  339. I’m a huge Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu fan, so working with those two in any capacity would be a dream.
  340. I’m a hip-hop fan, and I’m a Southern Cali girl.
  341. I went to a performing arts school, and we studied musical theater, jazz vocal performance, and they kind of start you out on those things because they feel like it is a good foundation, and it was.
  342. I was living with my mom in a tiny apartment in Chula Vista, near Third and H Street behind the 7-Eleven. It was crazy to be on the phone with Stevie Wonder. I felt like a meteor hit our apartment!
  343. I was heavily influenced by big voices when I was younger. People like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle really spoke to me. When I got older, I was into Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill, but it wasn’t until I started working with a voice coach that I really dove into jazz music.
  344. I was always inundated with music, whether it be my mother’s favorites like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King and the Carpenters, or my dad’s jazz music.
  345. I was actually discovered by Kai Millard and Stevie Wonder.
  346. I was a dancer for long time. And you always hear that ballet is the core of dance, and that – once you have that down – you can do everything else. For me, jazz is like that for music.
  347. I was a dancer for about 20 years. It didn’t really help me transition into music.
  348. I want people to… not be afraid of their truth.
  349. I want people to know my truth. Unconditional love of God and each other.
  350. I use this GPB glycogen protein balancing conditioner by Aubrey Organics that I love.
  351. I try to not go, ‘I’m writing a pop song.’ Music is inherently genre-bending.
  352. I try to avoid hairspray, gel, and heat as much as I can – I will use a pomade or a very heavy conditioner to style it the way that I want it.
  353. I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.
  354. I think fashion and artistry go hand in hand.
  355. I tell people all the time – I’m a very spiritual person, so I pray over everything that I do including creating music, a new song.
  356. I style my hair so frequently that I need a really good conditioner to keep it moisturized.
  357. I struggled academically in high school because it was hard to focus. It was hard to focus on those things that were other than artistic stuff.
  358. I search for items that have history, like vintage finds – I love fur kitten-heel house slippers from the 1950s – and pieces from fashion houses that have been around for a long time, like Chanel and Dior.
  359. I really like jazz and soul, but I also love so many other types of music, and I didn’t want to be afraid to blend and experiment.
  360. I pray, read the word, and then creative stuff happens here. Problem-solving and all of that comes into that space. So ‘Da Box’ actually represents my sanctuary and that time. I might look trapped in a box, but I’m actually more free in that box than anyone on the outside looking in or in any other space in my life.
  361. I play with doing a forehead bun a lot, just a bantu knot right in front of the forehead and keep it in with a clip. And I like doing real pinup styles but based on my natural hair.
  362. I loved Lauryn Hill; I loved the Fugees.
  363. I love the Black Keys because I love that guy’s voice.
  364. I love hip-hop, and everybody knows that.
  365. I love different eclectic bands. I love Phoenix and Kimber.
  366. I like very, very dramatic eyeliner: I take it all the way out to my eyebrows.
  367. I like things that are over the top and subtle at the same time.
  368. I like the Victory rolls, beehive, pompadour – all of that stuff. It’s just cool. And actually, with ethnic hair, oddly enough, it works so well because I don’t have to tease my hair to get body.
  369. I knew that I could sing when I was young. I would listen to a lot of jazz; I’m a big jazz fan. When I first got to high school and studied musical theater, I could sing. But I added certain things to my voice, and I realized after graduating high school that this is the kind of voice I had. It’s not very nimble, but it’s heavy.
  370. I gleaned different style ideas over the years. In Southern California, there is a big rockabilly sub-culture. So when I would go to car shows, I would see women dressed like this. I had a teacher in high school that always had her Bette Paige bangs.
  371. I give credit to my team. I have dedicated people from my label, my fans, and people at these companies that believe in me.
  372. I get people today who say, ‘I first heard about you through the Stevie Wonder commercial.’ The power of advertising in that way is incredible.
  373. I feel like fear is a very real thing, a very ubiquitous thing, and it can be very subtle.
  374. I established early what I was and wasn’t willing to accept. People tried to say what I had to do, whether it be pop or R&B, to be successful. Even when I was in the girl group, they would try to make our voices sound very radio-friendly and fit that mold. But even before I got signed, I knew who I was and who I wanted to be.
  375. I do devotion in the morning. I pray and I read the word.
  376. I didn’t want to box it in or say this show caters to this type of person… I think the tide of music is changing. We don’t have to worry about rules. We should just do what feels good.
  377. I decided to see how my voice sounds on different type of records. So I did Eminem and the Biggie, Florence and the Machine, and Muse covers. A couple of them just came from some jam sessions between me and my sister in her bedroom at my father’s house in San Diego.
  378. I danced for a while, and I knew I could sing, so I just began singing in a praise band at church and doing musical theater and jazz vocal performance in school. One didn’t really lead to another; I was just always interested in the performance arts.
  379. I consider each performance to be an intimate conversation between me and the audience members.
  380. I am happy that I can challenge myself in various fields.
  381. I always loved music and was drawn to it and affected by it. But it wasn’t until I got to San Diego that I started exploring music more.
  382. I always knew I wanted to be a performance artist.
  383. I always felt more comfortable with a full face of makeup.
  384. I actually like the sort of industrial, working-class woman like Rosie the Riveter, so I’m kind of like the sort of street style of the ’50s.
  385. Foreknowledge is a wonderful thing.
  386. For the record, I am not Stevie Wonder’s wife, and no, I am not his child.
  387. At my shows, I like everyone to have a good time… but, I like for us to be real because there’s freedom in that.
  388. At a young age, I wanted to be a prima ballerina and had these grand ideas that I would go study at Juilliard. It’s something I laugh about now.
  389. As my face got cleaner, my relationships got cleaner.
  390. As a singer, if I’m in a room that is too cold, I kind of freak out, so I actually like the humidity, and I love the heat.
  391. Actors and singers share common ground in that they both express something.
  392. A pompadour is actually pretty easy for me; it takes me about five minutes.
  393. ‘Rise Up’ is definitely my baby. I think it was a gift because, you know, it’s like God just spoke to me and wrote that song. It’s very powerful.
  394. When I finish a song, I thank God for bringing me through. You have to press on and know your calling. That’s what I’ve been doing for all my life. I just went forward.
  395. There have been times when we’ve been playing, and people who were sick were totally healed.
  396. The message is that I was reminding myself and informing others of the fact that God has always been good to me. No matter what you’re going through, God is always with us. Life is a journey.
  397. The Winans have been some of my favorite people, and Marvin certainly has a real anointing when he preaches and sings; he’s a great interpreter of my music.
  398. That’s all I want in life is to be remembered as a guy that really loved God.
  399. Sometimes when God brings things into an individual’s life, it makes them totally depend on Him.
  400. Some things that I write, you’ll see a page with cartoon pictures or a drawing of a car – like a Ford – or a flag. I still do it on an occasion when a word is strange to me.
  401. People think that because people do religious stuff, that’s all we’re supposed to do. But with God’s help, everything that He wants me to accomplish, I’m going to do it. It’s all about pacing.
  402. My mother’s father was Jewish, so she was very conservative. She liked little, pretty music-orchestral-type things.
  403. Just the way my voice sounds now, it’s always had this little hoarse thing to it. And I’d have to do vocal exercises to make my voice clear.
  404. If you can’t prove it in words, it ain’t gospel. Soul music is just an expression of the mind, but your spirit has to be made alive – that’s the real part, the part that God speaks to.
  405. If I was sharp in every area, I might be too big-headed or something.
  406. I’ve always wanted something that the message is meaningful to me. I think about all these diversified personalities, people, and countries that I play. I’m simple, and I want to be able to sing my songs to anybody.
  407. I’m a pastor. I say, ‘Let the church say amen,’ and that settles it. Everything has been said, you know; it’s like we have to agree with God.
  408. I’d never written a song before ‘The Blood’; I didn’t know it was going to be a song.
  409. I write just knowing that I enjoy writing. But if I have to write, it seems like nothing comes. But when I go there for my own pleasure, the Lord might just give me loads of stuff all at once.
  410. I would imagine that most of my writing is done spontaneously. I had no intention of writing, and then I’ll just walk through the house, and I’ll hear this melody, and I’ll turn on the tape players and go back to it later on. Some days I’ll get 3-5 songs a day.
  411. I was not influenced by any artists.
  412. I was at a picnic, and there were a lot of songwriters. I remember praying, ‘God I wish you would give me a song.’ About five minutes later, my ears popped, and I saw everybody in slow motion. Nobody knew what I was experiencing.
  413. I think that some people still think that the formula other than gospel still is not strong enough to get that crossover appeal to people enough that they would play it all the time, or nonchurch people would accept it, but I disagree.
  414. I think that if something’s really good, and it touches that part of their heart that has been untouched, or maybe it has been touched but they never wanted to admit it, I think that when they get back to that, I think that we are still in a place that people enjoy it the way it’s supposed to be enjoyed.
  415. I started singing by default, I think. Because there was a guy in the group that thought the group wasn’t going to ever be anything. And I was getting ready to record, and I’d never recorded my voice. It was always other people that I featured because I thought they did a much better job.
  416. I love doing music, and I plan to do it until I die or as long as I can walk to the piano.
  417. I love a song that will usher in the very presence of God. Then there’s no Andrae; there’s no fabulous band, there’s no greatness of ours. I’ve had hundreds of concerts like that, and that’s what I try to achieve.
  418. I look at all my projects as a stair step to the next. My goal is to always get better and better.
  419. I have dyslexia, and I never did learn to read music, and I even had a problem in reading because everything was turned upside down, so I just had to draw from the lyrics and the voice that I would hear in my mind.
  420. I do go back and listen to my songs. I’m biting my fingernails the whole way through, but I do listen. I have a lot of songs I’ve wanted to re-record just because of how advanced technology is and the different instrument sounds that I’m more experienced with.
  421. God can take anything we have, as long as we give Him the glory for it. He can develop it and make it acceptable in music for the people.
  422. Faith came by just believing God’s word and taking Him up on His word.
  423. Every single morning, I have a person sitting right there next to me in prayer with a tape recorder – and a song comes up every day.
  424. Every day, we hear that somebody got saved to our music from all over the world. The music reaches people. It can encourage them. I feel like I have to do it because there’s somebody out there who needs to hear the gospel.
  425. As long as God gives me the strength to still minister and create, I’ll do it.
  426. You look in the mirror everyday and you see the same thing. As an entertainer, you wanna see something new.
  427. When the OutKast sound changed and I started producing my own records, I would mirror what I thought that character doing that music would look like. As the sound got a little wilder, freakier and funkier, so did the clothes. Then when the sound got more sophisticated, the clothes changed again.
  428. When I’m shooting a film, I don’t look at playback. I don’t go and do a scene and then hurry up and watch what I just did. I never look at it so I haven’t seen any of it.
  429. The world doesn’t need another clothing company. But it does need a certain funk.
  430. Look at Scottish guys wearing kilts – you could look at them and laugh, but the way they carry themselves, how can you? You can wear some of the weirdest things and be cool. If you believe in it, that’s what makes it cool.
  431. It’s harder to be a success, globally, and be artistic. Harder to have that balance than just to be artistic when nobody understands you.
  432. If you look at old football pictures, the jerseys were hanging, the sleeves were dangling, but now everything is tucked and tailored.
  433. I’ve learned that I’m most powerful when I’m doing my art.
  434. I’m a fan of making things that I’ve seen but couldn’t purchase, or things I bought that didn’t fit the way I like.
  435. I think it’s real important to show style now. The majority of style right now is to act like you don’t have style at all, so most companies are getting rich off clothes that look torn, clothes that look worn.
  436. I think a lot of African-American kids don’t have fathers to teach them how to dress, so you end up being taught by pictures in magazine and movies. You see cowboys, Indians, old Hollywood films, Cary Grant. It has an effect on you.
  437. I rarely drink, I don’t smoke, so my vice is probably creating. I’m addicted to creating. And women.
  438. I had six silly tattoos done when I was young and I bitterly regret them. I’ve thought about laser surgery, but that leaves a scar, so I’m just leaving them.
  439. Hip-hop don’t have no fresh energy, none at all. It’s money driven, everybody tryin’ to make that cheque, nobody putting art in their albums any more.
  440. But I am a lover of all kinds of art. And I just can’t stick to one thing. I guess I could if I made myself, but I’d always be looking the other way, for other things.
  441. Australia is about as far away as you can get. I like that.
  442. Words make love with one another.
  443. What one hides is worth neither more nor less than what one finds. And what one hides from oneself is worth neither more nor less than what one allows others to find.
  444. There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself.
  445. Perhaps I am doomed to retrace my steps under the illusion that I am exploring, doomed to try and learn what I should simply recognize, learning a mere fraction of what I have forgotten.
  446. Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.
  447. Nothing retains less of desire in art, in science, than this will to industry, booty, possession.
  448. No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
  449. No one who has lived even for a fleeting moment for something other than life in its conventional sense and has experienced the exaltation that this feeling produces can then renounce his new freedom so easily.
  450. Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
  451. It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.
  452. If I place love above everything, it is because for me it is the most desperate, the most despairing state of affairs imaginable.
  453. I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams… Man… is above all the plaything of his memory.
  454. Everything tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived as contradictions.
  455. Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
  456. Beauty will be convulsive or will not be at all.
  457. All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
  458. Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere.
  459. Writers have to be careful not to confuse personal attention with the attention that’s going towards the book.
  460. There are some beautiful books out there. But the ones that leave me cold are the ones where I feel – it’s that postmodern thing – it’s more experimentation with language than it is a deep compassionate falling into another human being’s experience.
  461. Somewhere, sometime I’d stopped expecting my father to father.
  462. Shyness has a strange element of narcissism, a belief that how we look, how we perform, is truly important to other people.
  463. One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I’ve had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I’ve brought readers to my dad’s work. I can’t tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father’s work was masterful.
  464. My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner.
  465. My dad and mom divorced when I was around ten, and I didn’t live with him after that, though he was close by and we saw each other weekly. I wasn’t really aware that he was a writer; I didn’t start reading his writing until I was about fifteen. It occurred to me then that my dad was kind of special; he’s still one of my favorite writers.
  466. Most of the time I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable – like I’m about to cry any second – and wrong. I’ve found that when that happens, it usually means I’m writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly.
  467. If you don’t put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no publishing career. There’s the writer and there’s the author. The author – you don’t ever think about the author. Just think about the writer. So my advice would be, find a way to not care – easier said than done.
  468. I’ve had a lot of glamour come my way in the last 10 years – you know, movie stars and mansions and red carpets and trips to Europe and crazy stuff I never would have imagined – and I look at them as if I’m the bartender in the corner of the room. They’ve never gone into my psyche. I look at them with distance, and wonder.
  469. I’m one of those writers who can’t talk about what they’re working on. The entire four years I was writing ‘House of Sand and Fog,’ my wife never saw a word of it. I just have to keep it in the womb, and then everyone can have a crack at it.
  470. I work out four days a week in the off-season, and in the warm, running weather months, I do five days. A push/pull regime of weightlifting, cycling, and the occasional Saturday or Sunday run with my oldest son, even if it’s cold out.
  471. I was really surprised at the success of ‘House of Sand and Fog,’ because it is so awfully dark. Believe it or not, when writing it, I never had the word ‘tragedy’ in my head – I wasn’t trying to write a dark book at all.
  472. I was always a sensitive, sweet kid, but I got brutalized and I became brutal. And frankly, I don’t think it was my natural makeup. I don’t think its anyone’s natural makeup to be a violent brawler.
  473. I truly believe the art’s larger than the artist. Who cares about John Steinbeck? I care about the Joad family.
  474. I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.
  475. I really think that if there’s any one enemy to human creativity, especially creative writing, its self-consciousness. And if you have one eye on the mirror to see how you’re doing, you’re not doing it as well as you can. Don’t think about publishing, don’t think about editors, don’t think about marketplace.
  476. I got a degree in sociology, didn’t read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it.
  477. I feel that writers think with their noses to the ground, and the dark stuff kind of comes to me more, even though I really am sort of an upbeat guy. It’s an honest descent into darkness. And you can’t have the joy without the grief – it’s why we listen to Mozart’s ‘Requiem.’
  478. As a matter of writing philosophy, if there is one, I try not to ever plot a story. I try to write it from the character’s point of view and see where it goes.
  479. War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
  480. To the humblest among them, who may be listening to me now, I want to say that the masterpiece to which you are paying historic homage this evening is a painting which he has saved.
  481. To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
  482. There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
  483. There are not fifty ways of fighting, there’s only one, and that’s to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
  484. Then I despair… I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it always.
  485. The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without ‘playing up’ to anyone – even to himself.
  486. The crucial discovery was made that, in order to become painting, the universe seen by the artist had to become a private one created by himself.
  487. The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves is what I call hell.
  488. Opium teaches only one thing, which is that aside from physical suffering, there is nothing real.
  489. Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.
  490. Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
  491. Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
  492. Genius is not perfected, it is deepened. It does not so much interpret the world as fertilize itself with it.
  493. Communism destroys democracy. Democracy can also destroy Communism.
  494. Art is a revolt against fate. All art is a revolt against man’s fate.
  495. And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
  496. An art book is a museum without walls.
  497. Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
  498. Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
  499. We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.
  500. We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.
  501. To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.
  502. There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.
  503. The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author’s life.
  504. The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
  505. The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
  506. The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions.
  507. The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one’s opinion but rather to know it.
  508. Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.
  509. Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.
  510. Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
  511. People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
  512. Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.
  513. No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.
  514. Modesty and unselfishness – these are the virtues which men praise – and pass by.
  515. Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.
  516. Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.
  517. Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
  518. In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
  519. If you value a man’s regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper – and despise it.
  520. If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
  521. If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.
  522. Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
  523. Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
  524. Business is a combination of war and sport.
  525. An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
  526. A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
  527. A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.
  528. A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
  529. You’re going to face adversity. It’s not if – it’s when.
  530. You have to change on the fly. You have to adapt. It’s what I do. It’s what wins for me.
  531. You have to be able to adjust on the fly, and that is what the great ones do.
  532. You don’t stay undefeated without being a little stubborn.
  533. You don’t get points for leaving the chin open.
  534. Whether it’s Alexander Brand or Sergey Kovalev, I approach every situation the same way.
  535. When you make a stance, sometimes there are consequences.
  536. When people ask me, ‘What do you do for fun?’ – it’s my family. That’s it.
  537. This is called prizefighting for a reason.
  538. This has nothing to do with ego. It is solely about my religion and me being a devout Christian. I chose my ring name because I regard myself as A Son Of God.
  539. There’s always great things that champions do. It can be inside fighting, this person uses his range well, this person has a great right hand – anytime you fight a champion, there’s multiple things that they do well, and you have to try to take those strengths away.
  540. There’s a lot of ways to win a belt, but taking it from a champion is very important to me.
  541. There are times and places for tune-ups and stay-busy fights.
  542. The guys that I beat in the ‘Super Six,’ every one of those fights was tough, even if I did dominate some.
  543. The game plan might be different based on the opponent, but the approach is the same.
  544. The British fans, they are very festive; they support their people.
  545. That’s why I train the way I train. I don’t like to lose.
  546. Sounding bitter is not a good look. Less so if you’re retired.
  547. Sometimes you’re going to win close fights, and that’s the way it is.
  548. Sometimes the biggest statements you can make are by living something out.
  549. Pilates is phenomenal.
  550. People who know me know that I’m not going to open my mouth and say something if I don’t mean it. I’m very short and sweet. I’m old-school when it comes to it: I say what I mean and mean what I say, and then get off of it. It’s simple as that.
  551. People don’t realize I tore my rotator cuff when I was 12 or 13. At that time, being so young, we decided just to not have surgery.
  552. People are entitled to their opinion. I respect them, but it doesn’t mean they’re right.
  553. One of the reasons why I signed up with Roc Nation was because of their ability to not just have a vision of doing things but the actual ability and resources to carry that vision out.
  554. Once you go up in weight, I will never go down; you just don’t do it.
  555. Once a fighter becomes enamoured with another, to the point where they can’t perform and compete, you have got problems.
  556. Not fighting, avoiding talking to fans… that’s when the thoughts creep in about retiring and moving on to something else.
  557. No disrespect, but I don’t make decisions based on opinions.
  558. My thing is that if you love the sport, appreciate the sport as a whole. If you love the sport, you love the slick boxer; you love the guy who can box and punch. You love the brawler.
  559. My question is why does every African American fighter have to be the villain?
  560. My personal goals are to fight and beat the best opponent possible.
  561. My mom had struggles. My dad had struggles. He raised me as a single parent. I rebelled and almost quit amateur boxing, but my faith in God had a lot to do with me slowly getting my life together.
  562. My mind-set is my major attribute.
  563. My legacy is so, so important to me.
  564. My legacy is almost like a personal challenge to go as far as I can go.
  565. My fans are truly my friends.
  566. More time than not, athletes, specifically fighters, have a 15 or 20-year career, and unfortunately, we end up right where we started when it’s over. All we have is maybe a round of applause when we walk in a room – Hey, there’s the champ! That’s great; I want that, but I’ve got to have something tangible to show for it, too.
  567. Monsters have always been built in this sport. I just don’t believe the hype. You’ve got to show me.
  568. Manny Pacquiao has a whole country behind him. His journey and his rise, from a career standpoint, he was fortunate to have a lot of great opponents and rivalries for years. People forget about Barrera and Morales and those guys. That’s how he built his legacy. Plus he had a country behind him.
  569. It’s not just fleet of foot or speed. It’s about who gets caught and gets knocked out.
  570. It’s not all the time, but you get a sense when you’re reading something that it’s no longer about boxing or the performance. It’s personal.
  571. It’s a beautiful thing when you come to fight week and you know that you haven’t cut any corners.
  572. It takes time for people to respect you.
  573. In terms of PPV, you’ve got to have the right dancing partner.
  574. If something happens and you’re behind, and you get hit in the mouth early like that, you have two options: You can either pack it in mentally and internally and go into survival mode and quit, or you’re going to get up and go to work.
  575. If people are honest, they’ll admit that I do have a fan base.
  576. I’m not going to throw chairs; I’m not going to cuss. I’m not going to do that kind of stuff, because you don’t have to do that. You don’t have to act like that, and you don’t have to live like that in order to be successful.
  577. I’m not a dirty fighter. Everybody knows that.
  578. I’m just trying to get those marquee victories and continue to get those accomplishments so when the time comes and the vote is cast, hopefully my spot is secured in the Boxing Hall of Fame.
  579. I’m just being me. If I’m not enough, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not going to apologize about it.
  580. I’m hungry. Always have been, my whole career.
  581. I’m a very respectful fighter, I don’t get out of character and start talking crazy, but if you don’t want to fight a fighter, or you don’t think it’s a good style, or it’s just not time, then say that.
  582. I’m a five-time world champion in two different weight classes. Man, it’s amazing.
  583. I’m a big person when it comes to doing what you believe in.
  584. I’m a Christian who happens to be an athlete, not the other way around.
  585. I wouldn’t call myself a brawler.
  586. I went to a nutritionist; my diet is pretty clean, but I wanted to get some more knowledge and understanding in some areas. My two favorite things, Clif Bars and lattes, she just destroyed in our first meeting. Coffee is fine, but soy is the most genetically modified food that we eat.
  587. I was surprised at how slow Froch was. We were able to beat him to the punch.
  588. I was not intimidated by Kessler’s record.
  589. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world.
  590. I want to be able to look back and say that I stood where I was supposed to stand. I fought where I was supposed to fight, in the ring and out of the ring.
  591. I want to be a champion for a long time, and I want to take the least amount of punishment possible doing so.
  592. I typically do the opposite of what people think I am going to do.
  593. I talk to amateurs, up-and-coming guys, fighters older than me, and we compare notes to teach each other how to leave this game on top from a legacy and financial standpoint.
  594. I still don’t think the world has seen the best Andre Ward. Initially, I just wanted to get in there and win.
  595. I spar with Nick and Nate Diaz… those boys know what they’re doing; they can throw their hands.
  596. I spar in the gym, and I take pride in my sparring. But I’m a better fighter when the lights come on because it’s right now – there is no tomorrow.
  597. I see sometimes how guys may make a buffoon of themselves to sell a few more tickets. They create this image, and when it’s all said and done, it’s like everything falls out from under them. They have no stability. I never wanted to be one of those guys.
  598. I only ever give praise to elite fighters.
  599. I know I’m a good fighter, probably a great fighter. I’ve fought the best in the world since I was a kid, and I’ve been fortunate to come out on top.
  600. I just want my career to be ran a certain way. When you get the sense it’s not, that your voice is not being heard, then, unfortunately, you have to do certain things to make a stand to fight what you believe in, even if you do have to sacrifice time.
  601. I have showed things in sparring and camp that I don’t show in fights.
  602. I have never won big fights just doing one thing, being one-dimensional.
  603. I got an old school coach who’s more of a teacher than a coach.
  604. I get the headlines for being slick and different things like that – which is part of my game – but it’s just amazing to me that a lot of times, the people don’t see the other things that go on in that ring. But a lot of times, when my opponents figure it out, the fight is over. It’s too late.
  605. I don’t think anyone in that Roc Nation office gets eight hours of sleep; I highly doubt it. They’re constantly working, and they’re on top of everything, and they have a department for everything.
  606. I don’t owe any explanations for anybody I’m fighting.
  607. I don’t necessarily think fighters should fight killers every time, but at some point in time, fighters should be fighting the best in their division, period.
  608. I don’t like to lay down on my food – it’s not good for you. I like to take a walk, then meditate and read the Bible.I don’t like to lay down on my food – it’s not good for you. I like to take a walk, then meditate and read the Bible.
  609. I don’t have one polarizing message. It is just about being consistent over the years.
  610. I don’t come from a position that I am better than everybody; I come from a position that I had a tough upbringing. And I don’t always highlight it, because I just never wanted to be that person with another rags to riches story.
  611. I do feel at times like I’m always proving myself. But I also feel that I’m proven. I’ve proven I can get to the mountaintop.
  612. I didn’t need to get knocked down to know the fortitude that I have in me.
  613. He was competitive in every fight and brought his best every time out, so I have nothing personal against Froch. I actually like him a lot because he reminds me a lot of myself with his competitiveness.
  614. Going through a long legal battle is not what you sign up for as a fighter.
  615. Getting hit is not cool.
  616. From my position, obviously I want to maximise my potential and go as far as I can go and as high as I can go, but I’m not chasing fame. I get enough of that.
  617. For me, it’s about trying to be the best in a sport where there’s little room for error.
  618. Did I have rough days? Days I didn’t want to train? Days I thought my career would never get back off the ground and possibly be over? Absolutely.
  619. Dad couldn’t train me. He was too high-strung, like, ‘Throw your jab!’ and I’d start crying.
  620. Chasing greatness – it’s what I’m about.
  621. Boxing is not that complicated. If two guys want to fight, it’s not hard to make a fight. If the fight’s not made, it’s because one party doesn’t want that fight, or maybe both parties don’t want it.
  622. Boxing is a lonely sport.
  623. Being a champion is not just being a frontrunner and being ahead, but it’s facing adversity.
  624. At the end of the day, the great ones – well, they rise, and that’s what I want to do.
  625. Anytime you fight a champion, you got to watch the tape closely and study him closely.
  626. Anyone can be a Son Of God if they wish to be and have the faith. I need to articulate this so everyone understands.
  627. A lot of times in America, we work on bully muscles. We want the big muscles and the stuff that looks good. But we don’t focus on the little things. But that’s the stuff that sustains you and keeps you strong.
  628. A lot of boxers have too much on their plate.
  629. Whenever possible, I operate outside the system.
  630. Unfortunately, the Church’s position on most contemporary issues makes it hard to take them seriously.
  631. Some people have compared the Klan images to ecclesiastical figures.
  632. People have to find ways of explaining the work.
  633. One of the things that I am happy about in my life as an artist is that I am not considered a Hispanic artist.
  634. Oftentimes we love the thing we hate and vice versa.
  635. My work is intensely personal.
  636. My work has social implications, it functions in a social arena.
  637. My use of the medium – photography – is in some ways traditional.
  638. In my work, I explore my own Catholic obsessions.
  639. I usually refer to myself as Hispanic.
  640. I think if the Vatican is smart, someday they’ll collect my work.
  641. I like to believe that rather than destroy icons, I make new ones.
  642. I like the aesthetics of the Church.
  643. I like going to Church for aesthetic reasons, rather than spiritual ones.
  644. I like Church furniture.
  645. I have never voted in my life.
  646. I have never been able to see myself as fitting into one category, and I have never been able to limit my contact with people to one group of people.
  647. I have always felt that my work is religious, not sacrilegious.
  648. I have always felt that I am the sum total of my parts.
  649. I don’t think that because I am Hispanic I should therefore do Hispanic work.
  650. I am just an artist.
  651. I am drawn to Christ but I have real problems with the Catholic Church.
  652. I am an artist first and a photographer second.
  653. Being born, especially being born a person of color, is a political act in itself.
  654. As a former Catholic, and as someone who even today is not opposed to being called a Christian, I felt I had every right to use the symbols of the Church and resented being told not to.
  655. An artist is nothing without his or her obsessions, and I have mine.
  656. You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen. It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I’m going, or when I’ve lived in a place so long that there’s no chance I could possibly get lost.
  657. What’s cool about indie rock is that one band can do effectively the same thing as another band, and one band nails it, and the other one doesn’t. I like that elusiveness.
  658. What you see with your eyes when you’re making music is going to have a profound effect on what you hear.
  659. Well, my main instrument is violin, but I think of myself as a songwriter who happens to play violin.
  660. Usually bands with violins – it’s this little, poorly amplified looking kind of futile on stage, and that’s not the way that my music is put together.
  661. There’s a lot of interesting words, nomenclatures, in science.
  662. There was a fascinating handmade poster scene in Chicago in the ’90s, and I became friends with many of the artists; the posters were often more impressive than the bands.
  663. There is something comforting about going into a practice room, putting your sheet music on a stand and playing Bach over and over again.
  664. The way I work, I’m not a confessional singer-songwriter.
  665. The problem is, when you’re working with orchestras, you only get the orchestra for about two hours before the performance to pull it all together, and that doesn’t sound like a real collaboration.
  666. The idea of writing songs because you’re depressed and you need to communicate it somehow, that isn’t really true for me.
  667. The first notes I still play when I start a sound check are classical. Those are my roots.
  668. The fact that I wasn’t expected to read music at all and was absorbing everything by ear… it had a huge affect on the kind of musician that I became.
  669. Since I first picked up the violin, I’ve been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin.
  670. Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound.
  671. No, it’s not dissatisfaction that inspires me to tinker with my songs, it’s just restlessness.
  672. My mom had this romantic notion of her children playing classical music. The idea is you learn it when you’re still learning language. It’s using the same part of the brain.
  673. My head is full of shifting patterns and polyrhythmic stuff; but I want to use all acoustic instruments and create this kind of tapestry of interlocking lulling parts.
  674. My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest.
  675. Music as a social conduit has always been important to me.
  676. Melodies are just honest. They can only be what they are. Words have the capacity for deception. They’re all full of subtext, and some of them are cliche and overused and vernacular. They’re tricky. All I can say is, words are tricky.
  677. Maybe it’s just, I’ve always been to the less traveled places, in any topic, whether it’s history, I always like to just choose the most obscure topic. And I don’t know why I have that impulse. I can’t really explain it but I’ve been doing that since I was a little kid.
  678. In school I was painfully shy. But as soon as I had to get up in front of the class and give a book report, it was alarming – I’d suddenly be very articulate.
  679. I’ve done my share of busking, and it’s fun until it isn’t. There are musicians in the subways that will make you cry, they’re so good.
  680. I’ve always found that whatever you say about indie rock, it is the most inclusive genre or title for anything. It doesn’t pin you down too much, like other labels would. It’s just newer, it has less baggage. I’m happy to be in that category.
  681. I’ve always been fascinated and stared at maps for hours as a kid. I’ve especially been most intrigued by the uninhabited or lonelier places on the planet. Like Greenland, for instance, or just recently flying over Alaska and a chain of icy, mountainous islands, uninhabited.
  682. I write a lot more when I’m happy, because you’re hopeful, you’re motivated.
  683. I think when I was pretty young I got really into the tone of my instrument and I remember just playing one note for an hour to just kind of feel the resonance of the violin.
  684. I think I’m still a little too intense for my own good sometimes.
  685. I still kind of believe this absurd line that if you have to write it down, it’s not worth remembering.
  686. I spend a lot of time working by myself developing songs, but I really need some other counterpart to help me pull it all together, because you go nuts working if I had to finish an entire project all within my own head.
  687. I mean, you still can’t jump offstage and go read a book. But I’m getting better at it. It is something you can manage. You can still give everything you have to the audience onstage, and have something for yourself.
  688. I guess I’m attracted to more archaic words because they can be imbued with more meaning, because their definition is elusive.
  689. I don’t write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords.
  690. I don’t want technology to take me so far that I don’t have to use my brain anymore. It’s like GPS taking over and losing your internal compass. It’s always got to be tactile, still organic.
  691. I create little challenges for myself, like, ‘Okay, whatever you do in this song, you’ve got to somehow work in Greek Cypriots,’ or something like that.
  692. I am, in some sense, a writer. Even though I kinda downplay the word thing, I do enjoy writing sometimes.
  693. Honestly, I didn’t have the patience for biology or history in an academic sense, but I always liked the kind of big questions.
  694. Guitars are kind of just, you know, sexy, especially old vintage ones.
  695. Every time I get up in the morning, melodies occur to me and I start trying to shape lyrics to melodies.
  696. All the folks I play with come from jazz backgrounds or at least appreciate spontaneity within the parameters of a pop song.
  697. A good espresso to me is a little bit salty; you just become used to a good taste. Anytime I go into a new place and they don’t clean their machine properly or the water temperature isn’t right, it tastes awful.
  698. A day off after a show with no agenda in a foreign city is about the most fertile creative situation I can imagine. Just walking with nothing to do, killing time and hearing the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar place.
  699. You know, you cut taxes for the rich sometimes and it sits in a bank account. You cut taxes for the middle class, they will spend the money.
  700. You don’t build walls; you build bridges between people.
  701. You can be a lender who wants to compete and have a better product, but you just can’t get to the students. The schools are controlling the access to the students.
  702. You add one million citizens to the voting rolls in this state, that’s a significant, significant difference. You do that nationwide, it’s a significant difference.
  703. Whether you voted for me or not, going through the Democratic process had made me a better candidate. I am a smarter, better candidate.
  704. When you try to communicate too many ideas, sometimes you wind up communicating nothing.
  705. When you become president, they don’t give you a magic wand that you wave. You have to get legislation passed. You have to get agencies to run programs.
  706. What made Manhattan Manhattan was the underground infrastructure, that engineering marvel.
  707. We have a system of jurisprudence. You are innocent until proven guilty. You have a right to counsel. And you have a right to hospitalization if you are ill. That is our system. And it’s what makes this country special and what makes this country great.
  708. We don’t hand anyone anything in the Democratic Party.
  709. Very few people go into politics to be reviled.
  710. Too often government responds to the whispers of lobbyists before the cries of the people.
  711. To be clear… no one is above the law.
  712. There’s no such thing as a 100-year flood.
  713. There’s a rhythm to the legislative session and there are rhythms to legislative sessions. So I think that’s very important to take into consideration when you are deciding what to do when.
  714. There was never a war on poverty. Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty.
  715. There is no dispute that Albany needs to be changed. There is no dispute that the current situation in Albany is untenable. Nobody knows that better than I do.
  716. There is energy and power in a crisis.
  717. There is also something called the Legislature. There is something called the press. There is something called people. These are all different players on the stage.
  718. There are 10,000 local governments in the state of New York. Ten thousand! Town, village, lighting district, water district, sewer district, a special district to count the other districts in case you missed a district.
  719. The time has come to return integrity, performance and dignity to New York and make it the Empire State once again.
  720. The other states look to New York for the progressive direction.
  721. The need to understand prescription information can literally be a matter of life and death.
  722. The essential job of government is to facilitate, not frustrate, job development.
  723. The Declaration of Independence says when government fails, the people have the right to replace it. Well, New York State government has failed and the people have the right, indeed the people have the the people have the obligation, to act.
  724. Some states are doing better than others. Some states naturally have stronger economies. So it’s not as simple as saying, ‘Let’s go to $15.’ If you do it wrong, you can hurt the very people you’re trying to help.
  725. Some people don’t support economic development. There are people in the Assembly who say there is no economic development possible; leave it to the private sector.
  726. Politicians are good listeners. Because if they’re not, they aren’t politicians for very long.
  727. People who assume I want to run for elected office may be dealing from a bad assumption.
  728. People go into politics because they want the affirmation, and they want the applause.
  729. People are rightfully upset about Wall Street abuses and excess.
  730. Once you start saying, ‘Let’s talk political, my own politics, my own aspirations,’ it can become not just distracting in that it takes time, but it can become confusing and frustrating, and is this now a political agenda or a governmental agenda.
  731. Ninety percent of the students take the ‘preferred lender.’ Why? Because that’s the nature of the relationship. You trust the school. The school is in a position of authority.
  732. New York State is upside down and backwards; high taxes and low performance. The New York State government was at one time a national model. Now, unfortunately, it’s a national disgrace. Sometimes, the corruption in Albany could even make Boss Tweed blush.
  733. My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.
  734. Marriage equality changed life for people.
  735. Lesson from Pataki’s success is: Use the political moment.
  736. Lesson 1 from Spitzer: Don’t alienate the legislature on Day 1.
  737. It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church.
  738. It’s time for the people of the Empire State to strike back.
  739. It’s a matter of opinion on many of these issues, and there’s no right or wrong. That’s why we have elections; that’s why we have debates. Donald Trump thinks one thing. Hillary Clinton thinks another thing.
  740. If you go from $7 to $15 in a very short period of time, potentially that could have a negative effect on some economies because that is a very big jump. And you’re saying to businesses that employ a large number of minimum wage workers, your payroll is basically going to double. That could have a negative impact. It would have to be studied.
  741. If there’s a silver bullet in the battle to recapture Albany, it is the re-engagement of our citizens. This capital has become a physical metaphor for the isolation and alienation of our people.
  742. If I’m breathing in 2016, I’ll be happy.
  743. If I weren’t doing the politics, I wouldn’t be doing my job.
  744. If I get sued for keeping people safe and getting people in from the cold because they were endangering themselves, then so be it.
  745. ISIL is saying to a disenfranchised population, ‘Come join us. Fight the good fight.’ I think we’re actually playing into it when they hear Trump’s rhetoric. And I think it’s dangerous and hurtful as a matter of national policy.
  746. I’ve been not only articulating the dissatisfaction with Albany, I’ve been acting on it. I’ve been very aggressive in bringing public integrity cases and public corruption cases and bringing cases against sitting legislators.
  747. I’m very big on focus.
  748. I’m sort of the Antichrist to the Conservative Party.
  749. I’m running for governor; I’m not running for a legislative office.
  750. I’m not going to raise taxes; I’m not going to have a wage increase for public employees.
  751. I’m not going to allow myself to be pushed politically.
  752. I’m in politics. I’m in government, so nothing surprises me.
  753. I’m governor of New York.
  754. I’m going to change everything you believe about HUD.
  755. I’m a harsh critic of the status quo.
  756. I’m a Queens boy at the end of the day.
  757. I worked in the Clinton administration.
  758. I was elected to come to an incredibly dysfunctional capital and make the government work better, and that’s what I’m doing.
  759. I want to be the candidate placed on the ballot by the people, not the party.
  760. I think there’s a lot to learn from Rockefeller on how to pass legislation.
  761. I think naturally my orientation is from my father.
  762. I think Hillary Clinton is going to do very well in New York, because there’s one basic advantage. New Yorkers know Hillary Clinton. She was here for senator. We’ve seen her work. We’ve seen her performance.
  763. I respect the state workers and I respect their unions, but we simply can’t afford to pay benefits and pensions that are out of line with economic reality.
  764. I never thought I would be divorced.
  765. I know how bad Albany is. I know it better than most. I understand why people are angry. I’m angry. The question is going to be, how do you change Albany, what is the plan for change, and then how do you actually get it done?
  766. I haven’t lost my head yet.
  767. I have a portrait of Saint Thomas More in my office.
  768. I don’t think bonuses are always bad.
  769. I don’t think anyone would argue with the notion that there have been serious abuses on Wall Street.
  770. I don’t know people who don’t say, boy the government is working better now.
  771. I believe women still face a glass ceiling that must be shattered.
  772. I believe we need to attract a new generation of the best and brightest to public service and I believe that government can be a source of inspiration, not degradation.
  773. I believe public education is the new civil rights battle and I support charter schools.
  774. I believe it is actually fomenting the growth of ISIL; Donald Trump could be a recruitment poster for ISIL because he is fanning the flames of hate.
  775. I believe in $15 as a minimum wage.
  776. I believe global warming and climate change are real threats to our planet.
  777. I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form.
  778. I believe Wall Street needs serious ongoing regulation.
  779. I am the government.
  780. I am fiscally prudent and socially progressive. I believe in protecting a woman’s right to choose. I believe in marriage equality.
  781. I am against the death penalty.
  782. Former President Shimon Peres was a leader and a statesman, and an especially wonderful friend to all of us. He will be missed dearly.
  783. Flooding damage is not customary for New York, especially downstate.
  784. Fight as hard as you can, and then understand there’s going to have to be some amount of reasonable compromise.
  785. Fear is a powerful weapon. It can excite and motivate, and it can get people to yell and to scream. But fear has never created a job.
  786. Fear has never educated a child. Fear has never built a home.
  787. Fear has never built a community. And fear will never build a nation.
  788. During Hurricane Sandy, we expended billions and billions of dollars, literally. In the handling of the emergency and the construction and the aftermath, trying to get people to come back to the affected communities. So I’m very proud of what the state did.
  789. Climate change is a controversial subject, right? People will debate whether there is climate change… that’s a whole political debate that I don’t want to get into. I want to talk about the frequency of extreme weather situations, which is not political.
  790. As my Sicilian grandfather used to say, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar, right?
  791. Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality.
  792. A governor can be a very good friend to people. A governor can be a formidable force.
  793. ‘Give me your poor.’ It didn’t say, ‘Give me your poor who can afford a $680 citizenship.’ If I had my way, it would be free. If I had my way, the state would subsidize every eligible application, period.
  794. You don’t try and put rockets under prime ministers.
  795. You cannot afford a world with slavery, which literally takes someone and turns them into a machine.
  796. Wherever we’ve gone around the world, we’ve found quite significant gaps: the holy texts, no matter which one you turn to, has ambiguity in it around slavery. That, we knew, was being used as justification by slavers all over the world.
  797. When you’re asked/told to come to Canberra by your Prime Minister, in the country I grow up in, you obey that.
  798. What I would say is governments need assistance to run their organisations more efficiently just like businesses do.
  799. Wealthy people in Australia tend to give, and give very quietly.
  800. We really need to change taxation policy so that it is not skewed against owning more than one house.
  801. We do need an attitude of leadership in our government which demonstrates faith in major population centres outside of Perth.
  802. We are not about creating a Forrest dynasty, we’re about helping others.
  803. There’s so many politicians who have given politics a pretty poor name… their actions have been demonstrated to be part of their over-enthusiasm to get reelected.
  804. There are people all over Australia who use their homes as hubs that they travel from, and they encourage their indigenous people to continue to stay there.
  805. The teachings of the New Testament are the most valuable guide to the best way to a civil and sustainable society the world has seen.
  806. The most generous part of your philanthropy could be the time you put in to procure the same results and same outcomes and same returns you demand in business.
  807. Tax can be structured in a way that actually encourages investment in infrastructure and encourages investment in Australia from overseas.
  808. Statistically after six months, if an Indigenous or non-Indigenous person has come off welfare, even long-term welfare, and has stuck in that’s job for six months, then they’ve really broken in their own psychology the welfare reliance mentality. They’re up on their own two feet.
  809. My greatest love in life is to develop projects. I just get a huge kick out of that. I’ve been doing it since ever I could.
  810. Individuals and communities need to clearly tell government if they want parity for First Australians. Only this will overcome the vested interests of governments and administrators and see these practical, inexpensive solutions for what they are: a way to finally achieve results, with the strength of will from each of us.
  811. If you look hard at it, if you look hard at the bleeding heart attitude to always throw money at issues, throw money at problems, what you’re in fact probably saying is you’re exercising a prejudicism of low expectations.
  812. If you know that something is true and just, and you give up, that’s when you fail.
  813. If you haven’t had a few dents in your resume, you haven’t tried.
  814. I’m never looking at life in terms of legacy.
  815. I’d like to see the University of Western Australia and the other four or five universities in Western Australia really excel through having some of the greatest minds in the world attracted to it.
  816. I’d like to keep our kids in their schools. I’d like to keep our young men and women in jobs.
  817. I would say to young entrepreneurs and budding philanthropists – are you giving to feel good or do good?
  818. I will always put family first. Every time I haven’t, I have regretted it and apologised.
  819. I really do think I can make a contribution in helping eliminate the disparity here in Australia and doing my small bit to help eliminate slavery around the world. These are huge issues for our fellow countrymen and our fellows in the world, where slavery is growing at an alarming rate, and it needs to be arrested.
  820. I happen to be a big believer in home ownership. I’m also a big believer that if someone wants to have a crack at the mining industry in Port Hedland, then they should be able to collect their… benefits in Port Hedland even though they are from Alice Springs. It should be mobile.
  821. I don’t see why, if you look at how the Australian culture and psyche is, that we can’t be amongst the most generous, from the grassroots up, nations in the world.
  822. I don’t necessarily go to church every week, but I am a Christian, and I believe in God and Jesus Christ.
  823. Disparity is Australia’s worst social problem. Thousands of lives are slowly being crushed, while billions are wasted on thousands of little initiatives trying to ‘close the gap.’
  824. Australia has always encouraged the little bloke to have a go, the Aussie battler to get up.
  825. All industry, not just the mining industry, can get out and give Aboriginal companies a chance.
  826. You should be able to choose which hospital you go to.
  827. You don’t come into government thinking it is going to be easy.
  828. You can’t simply slash the sugar in food; otherwise, people simply won’t accept it.
  829. You all know my commitment to the National Health Service. While I am Secretary of State, the NHS will never be fragmented, privatised or undermined. I am personally committed to an NHS which gives equal access, and excellent care.
  830. When you have an election campaign,it has to be simple and something everybody can relate to.
  831. We will never privatise the National Health Service.
  832. We will empower patients as well as health professionals. We will disempower the hierarchy and bureaucracy.
  833. We should not make the mistake of equating the E.U. with Europe. Outside the E.U., we wouldn’t cease to be Europeans. But, an exit would definitely risk losing those opportunities for our children while growing no similar opportunities elsewhere.
  834. We must not constantly talk about tackling obesity and warning people about the negative consequences of obesity. Instead we must be positive – positive about the fun and benefits to be had from healthy living, trying to get rid of people’s excuses for being obese by tackling the issue in a positive way.
  835. We must aim for a zero-tolerance approach to hospital-acquired infections; we have to be clear about who’s in charge at ward level, so there’s proper accountability, and we need to reduce the reliance on agency nursing staff.
  836. We know, in Wales or in England – you simply can’t trust Labour on the NHS. In England, we are delivering for patients while Labour just use the NHS as a political football. We won’t let them; we’ll always fight for the NHS.
  837. We have to treat smoking as a major public health issue. We have to reduce the extent to which young people start smoking, and one of the issues is the extent to which display of cigarettes and brands does draw young people into smoking in the first place.
  838. We have had significant success in the reduction of salt in food, but it has to be understood that this can only be achieved working with the industry on a voluntary basis… and it can only be done on an incremental basis.
  839. Underperforming hospitals or units should accept that they have to improve the service they offer or that patients, quite properly, will go elsewhere.
  840. There’s a culture inside the NHS that is highly paternalistic. You know, ‘We give them the service and they are grateful.’ We have to move to shared decision-making.
  841. The vast majority of people who speak to me say they have had brilliant care. When they are critical, their concern tends not to be directed at the medical side but the ancillary things that surround it, such as helping patients to eat meals, cleanliness, and making sure that when patients have a problem, they are listened to.
  842. The job of the government – and my responsibility – is to help people live healthier lives. The framework is about giving local authorities the ability to focus on the most effective ways to improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities, long-term, from cradle to grave.
  843. The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn’t part of normal life: people don’t encounter it normally, they don’t see it in their big supermarkets, they don’t see people smoking in public places, they don’t see tobacco vending machines.
  844. The Transparency Bill is something we should all support – practical steps in promoting an open and accountable democracy.
  845. The NHS should be proactively using substantial resources across government to intervene and try to deliver positive improvements in people’s standards of living.
  846. The NHS is a national organisation, but it is best delivered locally.
  847. Tell people that biology and the environment cause obesity and they are offered the one thing we have to avoid: an excuse. As it is, people who see more fat people around them may themselves be more likely to gain weight.
  848. Tackling the environment should not be a licence to lecture people, because they have no excuse not to exercise, or eat their fruit and vegetables. Nannying – at least among adults – is likely to be counterproductive. Providing information is empowering; lecturing people is not. So, no excuses, no nannying.
  849. Safe care saves lives and saves money. Adverse events like high levels of infection, blood clots or falls in hospital, emergency readmissions and pressure sores cost the NHS billions of pounds every year. There is a serious human cost, too, with patients ending up injured, or even dead. Most are avoidable with the right care.
  850. Peer pressure and social norms are powerful influences on behaviour, and they are classic excuses.
  851. Our interaction as patients with the NHS should be on the basis that there’s a presumption that all information is shared with us.
  852. Not reforming the NHS would have been a much easier decision for me as secretary of state to have taken. We could have just protected the NHS from cuts, put in an extra £12.5bn and left it there. But sooner or later the cracks would have started to show. New treatments would have been held back.
  853. Jamie Oliver, quite rightly, was talking about trying to improve the diet of children in schools and improving school meals, but the net effect was the number of children eating school meals in many of these places didn’t go up, it went down.
  854. It is more important to engage the public positively with choice and competition to everyone than to be directed into a benefit for a minority.
  855. It is in my heart that I believe most strongly that our future is within a reformed E.U. – not least because we now live in a global marketplace.
  856. In the first speech I delivered as health secretary, I made one thing perfectly clear: we need a cultural shift in the NHS: from a culture responsive mainly to orders from the top down to one responsive to patients, in which patient safety is put first.
  857. If, over time, patients don’t go to some services, then progressively they become less viable, so you do arrive at a point where the conclusion is: ‘These are the right services for the future, and this is capacity we don’t need.’
  858. If, like me, nothing is more important to you than our children’s future, then their opportunities must be protected.
  859. If I’m serious about patients and their GPs being able to have more control of their health care, I can’t have a top-down system that imposes restrictions on the services they need.
  860. I’m not going to go mystery shopping in the NHS because we have a million people every day using it and rating its facilities.
  861. I was shadow health secretary for six years, and the beauty of being in opposition – if there is any beauty – is that you tend to get a pretty unvarnished view because no one bothers to paint the coal white before you turn up.
  862. I want to make it clear that the lobbying sector does an important job. It is very useful to the government to hear the views of a broad range of groups to make sure we get the best.
  863. I think we have to understand that sugar is an essential component of food; it’s just that sugar in excess is an inappropriate and unhelpful diet.
  864. I know that nurses are not only the largest healthcare profession but are responsible for the delivery of most healthcare, and are often in the best place to be able to see the whole pathway of care.
  865. I have spent too long with too many people who have lost loved ones to healthcare-associated infections not to be determined to act on this. There is no tolerable level of preventable infections. The only acceptable strategy is a zero-tolerance strategy.
  866. I didn’t go into politics because I wanted to win a popularity contest.
  867. I became a Conservative in the late 1980s because I could see that the Conservative party had transformed Britain’s economy and our standing in the world compared to Labour in the 1980s.
  868. I am not saying do not give people equal health services but do not pretend that giving more money for diabetes or chronic diseases means you are going to deal with the origins of health inequalities.
  869. Go to any hospital, you’ll find wards that are run by senior nurses with matrons. The point is do they have the power, do they have the responsibility inside the hospital?
  870. Experience in other countries shows how big money, rather than the best political candidate, can influence politics.
  871. Especially some of the poorest in our society need to have the greatest support because health inequalities are too wide.
  872. As part of the E.U., my children can have the freedom and the opportunity to work and live across Europe; to be ambitious in the world’s largest market; and to access so much of the history, the culture and the opportunity which is our common European heritage.
  873. As a Coalition Government, we inherited a legacy of lack of trust and confidence in political system.
  874. You’re the luckiest person in the entire world if you know what you really want to do, which I was lucky enough to know when I was very young. And you’re the luckiest person in the world if you can then make a living out of it.
  875. You never know what will happen. There is a thing called zeitgeist. You have to hit it.
  876. You cannot help but notice that schools that take music seriously tend to be more academically successful.
  877. You can’t just sort of come with, say, ‘Yesterday,’ or ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ and it be in the wrong place in the wrong show, and expect the song to work theatrically.
  878. Where I have come unstuck sometimes has mostly been to do with the stories not being quite right or not connecting with a contemporary audience.
  879. When we finally came to start work on this, the joy was it was only Joel and I, we didn’t have to answer to anybody, and we didn’t have to submit a screen play or anything like that. We just wrote it and then made it.
  880. What strikes me is that there’s a very fine line between success and failure. Just one ingredient can make the difference.
  881. What I can’t tell is, I don’t know if there’s a subliminal resistance to the idea of a sequel to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ anyway.
  882. Well we’d just seen Gerry. I think he wanted somebody who had that authority and was handsome. The thing is, he’s a big hunk isn’t he? All I can say, if you look at his chat line, or the Phantom website, it’s quite worrying. Because the girls really seem to love him.
  883. Well the least favourite question is the one that one’s asked particularly about in Japan is what’s the difference between theatre and cinema and I think, well, that’s about eighty bucks.
  884. We try to get the best performance out of the artists. There is no point in saying to them, ‘You’re useless.’
  885. We felt we had to know something of his back story. I don’t think people in the cinema would just accept that he’s there. I think we had to learn how he (got there).
  886. We don’t have butlers. Obviously we have people who look after the houses, but I try not to run things formally.
  887. Two years ago I hadn’t even thought of the Woman in White, and I was doing a television show and I said I hadn’t found a story and the next day somebody rang me and said have you ever thought of the Woman in White.
  888. Two pieces of advice for young composers: Go away during technical rehearsals. And do not have a back operation.
  889. Together, we can nurture the talent of the future and bring the empowering force of music and the arts to a new generation.
  890. They should go back to the medieval tradition, which is that the nave of the church is always used for local business.
  891. There’s no getting around it: Writing is hard, while working with young performers is nearly always a joy.
  892. The regrets in the theatre have always been the shows that you know ought to have worked but for one reason or another haven’t.
  893. The plot of my ‘Phantom’ is pretty much mine. It’s based on the Gaston Leroux book – I’ve taken a lot of liberties with it.
  894. The one thing I have always felt about musical theatre is that it is, to an extraordinary degree, about construction.
  895. The next few years are going to be horrendous in the UK. The last thing we need is a Somali pirate-style raid on the few wealth creators who still dare to navigate Britain’s gale-force waters.
  896. The moment the doctor said he wanted to do a biopsy, in my heart I thought I’d probably got it. But I also know a lot of people who have also had prostate cancer, so I had a reasonably good idea what to expect.
  897. The fact is that ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ has never really worked in the theatre. The film has one or two holes where, in the theatre, you need a song. For example, there’s nothing for either of the two witches to sing.
  898. The arts are the one thing that appeal right across all forms of politics, race, creed – everything.
  899. Surely, you go to the theater because you want to have a great evening in the theater.
  900. Superstar was made so early in my career I had nothing to do with it at all. The first time I saw it was the opening screening.
  901. Sometimes I get the story wrong, or it’s the wrong story, and then things don’t work.
  902. Since ‘School of Rock’ opened, for the first time in my career, ever, really, I’ve had a lot of projects offered to me. It’s extraordinary. Normally, I’ve initiated them all myself.
  903. People like to put you into a box. I’m afraid I don’t sit in a box.
  904. People in Britain always think of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ as a musical – it wasn’t.
  905. One would be lying if one didn’t say that one had melodies that I keep in my back pocket.
  906. Nothing will ever be as big as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ for me.
  907. Nobody ever thinks that the work they’re going to do could ever be bigger than the one they do before, especially if you’re lucky enough like I had to have such a huge thing as ‘Phantom’ was.
  908. Negative things, and they were all deliberate and I’m not going to say who they were but I know who they were and it was in the business, and that’s not a good sign.
  909. My wife says I can’t remember if she has milk in coffee.
  910. My love of musical theater was certainly not typical. I mean, it was considered to be very, very abnormal, in fact!
  911. Musicals are very collaborative. Unless you find somebody who wants to do something with you and has equal commitment, it’s not going to work.
  912. Musical theatre history is littered with bad reviews for now classic pieces.
  913. Music, architecture and pictures have always been my passions, and all that material wealth has meant for me, is being able to have some of the pictures I liked.
  914. Mobiles mean people know where you are.
  915. Making good television is what Simon Cowell does. That’s his business.
  916. It’s interesting that the wondrous ‘Hamilton,’ which I could not be more ecstatic about, has taken a long time to perfect to bring it to Broadway. And it wouldn’t have been possible if it was developed in the commercial theatre from the get-go.
  917. It never occurred to me that ‘Phantom of the Opera’ was the sort of subject that I’d want to do, because I just thought it was something that would be a bit jokey. ‘Til I read the book.
  918. It must have been an extraordinary time. I guess the worrying thing about musical theatre to me, is if you look at the London season this year, mine is actually the only one to have come in.
  919. It may sound amazing to people today, but Rodgers and Hammerstein were considered by – how can I put it? – the sort of opinion-making tastemakers and everything to be ‘off the scale as sentimental.’
  920. It doesn’t stand up to huge intellectual scrutiny.
  921. In Evita I wasn’t really hugely involved with it. I gave a little bit of help but they needed a bit of technical help on the movie and so some of my music people went in at the end of the movie and helped out with it.
  922. If you look at my career… I couldn’t possibly have chosen those subjects if I was thinking, ‘That’s a great commercial idea.’ I’m not aware of a great musical where someone has done that.
  923. If you know what you want to do, as I always loved musicals, and then to have been lucky enough to be successful with them, I think that’s all you can ask isn’t it? I think I don’t really think too much about it. I am a bit shy socially, yeah, I admit that.
  924. If you just want ten songs to fit somebody else’s script, then I’m not really the composer for that.
  925. I’ve often thought that we left the original ‘Phantom’ with a little bit of a cliff hanger, and I thought, ‘Well, why not to do a sequel to it’ at one point.
  926. I’ve got to find something and if I find something that I like, I’ll do it. If I don’t, I won’t.
  927. I’ve a rare Turkish swimming cat.
  928. I’m wondering whether to have someone go around with my mobile to completely throw everybody off the scent. I could appear in weird places.
  929. I’m not a critic, and I never talk about other people’s work.
  930. I’m going to take the kids away over Christmas but I don’t, I’ve written 14 musicals now, I don’t want to rush into doing something just for the sake of doing it. I want to do it when I find a story.
  931. I’m alive. I have my music; I have my children. I am the luckiest man.
  932. I’m a ladies’ man who can never make love. I’m resigned to that.
  933. I’m a composer, and therefore I know when I’ve written a good tune. When you’ve written a good song is when you know that the lyric is completely coalesced with the song.
  934. I would have gone right ahead but the only thing, the only phenomenon that’s going on now of course, which is different in my experiences, is that you are getting things planted in the Net by people about the Woman in White on the Net. That’s not a nice change.
  935. I wonder what would have happened if automation and computers had existed when ‘Oklahoma!’ was having its out-of-town try-out, and three days before closing in Boston, when it was still called ‘Away We Go,’ they added a new song called ‘Oklahoma!’ I don’t think that could happen today. It’s almost impossible to change musicals on the go now.
  936. I was about 10, and I was supposed to be playing the piano at the school concert, and I got up in front of the whole school and said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m changing the agenda. I want to play some songs I’ve written.’
  937. I want to get every church in the country on Wi-Fi.
  938. I think the thing’s that perhaps sad really is that younger people haven’t come in and I think it must have been absolutely fantastic to have worked in the 50’s when you had all of the great Broadway composers and when West Side Story didn’t win the Tony Award.
  939. I think that the wonderful advantage we have in the film of being able to cast a girl as young as Emmy and which we couldn’t do in the theatre of course because no girl of 16 or 17 could sing 8 shows a week, couldn’t sing two.
  940. I think back at the time, if it had been 1988, I would have thought Michael and Sarah probably would have been cast but I don’t think, I think it’s much better that the girl is younger and if Sarah would have been 26 or 27 then.
  941. I think Michael Crawford realised, I think we all realised, once we’d gone the route of casting a very young girl, you can’t really cast a 65 year old man opposite. Slightly different resonance I think. No, we weren’t going to go there. We’d have Jack Nicholson in the lead.
  942. I said, look, do you think you could bring Gerry through, and they said yeah, absolutely, they thought that. Joel was very keen to cast him. If all my music team were happy, I was happy.
  943. I remember, once I was going through Nice airport with Roger Moore, and these kids came up and asked for our autographs. Afterwards, Roger said, ‘It must be very strange for you. I’m an actor, and signing autographs is part of what I do. But you’re a public figure who people don’t really know.’ He was right.
  944. I put a hell of a lot of myself into ‘Love Never Dies,’ and I felt quite drained afterwards.
  945. I often think of random melodies. And I pretty much hear in my head what I want to do with the orchestra as I’m writing on the piano.
  946. I often think how lucky we were with ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’
  947. I never wanted to be a performer. I suppose I was precocious, really.
  948. I mean I don’t really think about it. You know, do you know what I often say to myself? I think you’re very lucky in life if you know what you want to do.
  949. I loved medieval architecture when I was very small; I don’t know why.
  950. I knew nothing about film at all. I suppose the biggest surprise is all these things. In the theatre we sort of do, I might do two or three key interviews and that would be it.
  951. I haven’t written a score that’s going to change the Western world or the musical as we presently know it.
  952. I have lived and worked in Britain all my life. Not even in the dark days of penal Labour taxation in the Seventies did I have any intention of leaving the country of my birth.
  953. I have always tried with my shows – win, lose, or draw – to take the boundaries of music as far as I can.
  954. I have a very strong will.
  955. I guess we’ve had a very close relationship because I don’t pretend to know about cinema and I think I do know a bit about theatre but he does, he respected that and so we really just had a collaboration which went completely like this.
  956. I guess the thing is that we remained huge friends after the original Phantom movie, when we decided it wouldn’t take place and we just saw each other socially over the years so we were friends.
  957. I got known as the school swot, which wasn’t me at all.
  958. I don’t think I am that materialistic, actually. Obviously at home in the country the art collection is important, but we have one big room in the middle of the house where we do everything – the television, the kitchen, everything.
  959. I don’t really care very much if I don’t think that the critics really understand music.
  960. I don’t know what really makes a great musical or not. In the end, you write it, and you write it because you want to write it.
  961. I do want to write again. I hope to. But it’s also important for me to realize, as I get older, that I don’t have to be doing everything all at once.
  962. I began to think, now is the time. I found quite a lot of opposition in Hollywood about the idea of doing a film musical and we ended up having to buy the rights back. I’m glad we did because it meant John and I were able to make exactly the movie we wanted.
  963. Here’s the truth. The proposed top rate of income tax is not 50 per cent. It is 50 per cent plus 1.5 per cent national insurance paid by employees plus 13.3 per cent paid by employers. That’s not 50 per cent. Two years from now, Britain will have the highest tax rate on earned income of any developed country.
  964. Glenn Slater is my lyricist who, of the new young lyricists coming along, is the most exciting, I think.
  965. Disgracefully, the arts have too often borne the brunt of short-sighted cuts to educational budgets.
  966. Corny answer is of course is that everyone who wants musicals are children in different ways, aren’t they? So you think of them in different ways. There are things of mine I’m sorry haven’t come here.
  967. Because her voice is, it’s like the muscles and it develops all the time. That was the fantastic thing for us.
  968. At one point I couldn’t move or get out of bed or anything. I developed blood clots because I’d been completely inactive. Then they thought – because the pain was so much – I had an infection in the bones, so they gave me pills, which gave me a tummy infection. It’s like a French farce.
  969. As a composer at a point where I can absolutely pick and choose what I want to do, I don’t want to write about anybody I don’t care about.
  970. And it sort of jogged a memory of something that I read at school and I read it, and I thought God this is it. So you never can tell. I could find something this afternoon.
  971. All I’ve ever tried to do is get the best out of people and to bring a bit of humour into it. Unlike, say, ‘The X-Factor,’ which may be great TV, but has no humour at all.
  972. After I had prostate cancer, I had something which was misdiagnosed which led to a load of back operations.
  973. A couple of back operations didn’t cure anything, but instead, things got worse and worse and worse.
  974. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is the biggest thing I’ve ever done, bigger even than ‘Cats’ which, in itself, I never thought we’d top.
  975. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is about love. It’s as simple as that.
  976. ‘School of Rock’ is fun. Hopefully, I’ve fleshed it out with a few catchy songs and kept the spirit of the original movie.
  977. ‘Phantom of the Opera’ started in my little 100-seater converted church in Britain with a stage where we did what we did. But it was the score itself was what made it.
  978. Whether I’m on or off the field, I know the importance of getting enough sleep and starting the day with a wholesome breakfast like oatmeal made with milk and fruit.
  979. When I’m in the gym, I always try and pair a push and a pull motion. I’ll then follow that with a lot of shoulder stability work.
  980. When I grew up, my father taught us the value of hard work. He wanted us to enjoy ourselves, but he also wanted to know what it took to be successful. He coached a lot of our sports teams growing up. We weren’t very good, but we learned about hard work and enjoying life and your teammates.
  981. Watching soccer is my main hobby, really. I’m no tactician or coach, but I enjoy watching the free flow of it, the different styles, and the histories behind clubs. Like Barcelona vs. Madrid – it’s not just a soccer game; it’s a geopolitical struggle. There are great storylines and no commercials.
  982. To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.
  983. There is a board game called Settlers of Catan. That is what I play. I am so embarrassed.
  984. The thing I like most about football is it’s a meritocracy.
  985. The sweetest thing we ever had was, like, animal crackers in the pantry. I think my parents sort of passively made sure that we didn’t have a lot of junk food at our disposal, and I think that helped me and all my siblings growing up with how to approach nutrition and eating right.
  986. The Nike Fuel Band is interesting – it measures your movements and how far you’ve walked and how hard you’ve worked that day. I prefer using when I travel. It’s a fun way to see how far I’ve walked – how many steps I’ve taken when I’m walking around different cities.
  987. My number one focus is and will always be football. I wanted to make sure that companies I partner with not only respect that, but also make sense and are quality products. I think Klipsch is synonymous with quality in the sound industry, so it was a natural partnership.
  988. My goal is to be the best quarterback I can be for the Colts, and hope that it’s good enough.
  989. My favorite memories were with my dad, throwing a football around when he came home from work. As long as kids are having fun, that’s the biggest deal at the end of the day.
  990. My acting chops are awful.
  991. Make working out the centre band of core and hips a priority during any training session. As a sportsman, it’s the key to any movement and the source of most of your power.
  992. LaRon Landry, a safety, is in incredible physical condition – really impressive. Also Anthony Castonzo, the left tackle – I’m very impressed with him. He really sets a great example for how to stay in shape – not only during the off-season but throughout the season, which can be a struggle because of the rhythm of the way things work.
  993. It’s usually my mom who gets on me about my facial hair. I can’t grow a good mustache, so I guess it’s just a neck beard. I just have trouble growing up there.
  994. It’s none of our business, the sexual preference of people. So, I hope if someone’s thinking about it, that if they do come out as gay and are a professional football player, and it makes them happy, and it makes their life easier, then I think they should do it.
  995. It’s hard not to follow other careers of NFL quarterbacks in the 24/7 news-at-your-fingertips society we live in.
  996. It was nice to finish up Stanford. I think I always felt that I would be there for four years and graduate, and definitely didn’t want to leave early. A degree was definitely a plus, and I was having a lot of fun in school. But after football, you know, I don’t know. I really did enjoy studying architecture; it was a blast.
  997. I’m teaming up with Quaker and PLAY 60 to encourage kids to eat right, stay active and do something outside for at least 60 minutes a day.
  998. I’m not afraid to say I’m competitive.
  999. I’m definitely a football fan, so I try to stay up with how teams are doing, and you end up getting a lot of buddies that play on certain teams. I wouldn’t say I watch too much of other quarterbacks.
  1000. I’m a big sleep guy. I think my schedule sorta starts with sleep and making sure I get enough of it. I’m an eight-plus hours guy. I would love to sleep more. I definitely try to create a routine and not stray from that routine at all, but I will take advantage of having an off-morning. And I really have become a fan of the 20-minute catnap.
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