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  1. The majority see the obstacles; the few see the objectives; history records the successes of the latter, while oblivion is the reward of the former.
  2. Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world.
  3. Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.
  4. Man is raw and wild, that is one of the reasons why he needs the Christian teaching.
  5. Live constructively and live optimistically.
  6. In life, the first thing you must do is decide what you really want. Weigh the costs and the results. Are the results worthy of the costs? Then make up your mind completely and go after your goal with all your might.
  7. If you don’t have solid beliefs you cannot build a stable life. Beliefs are like the foundation of a building, and they are the foundation to build your life upon.
  8. Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God’s eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.
  9. Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.
  10. Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.
  11. Every person has free choice. Free to obey or disobey the Natural Laws. Your choice determines the consequences.
  12. Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.
  13. All lasting business is built on friendship.
  14. We must never neglect the patient’s own use of his symptoms.
  15. We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
  16. We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
  17. War is organized murder and torture against our brothers.
  18. War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man.
  19. To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
  20. To all those who walk the path of human cooperation war must appear loathsome and inhuman.
  21. There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.
  22. There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish.
  23. The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
  24. The test of one’s behavior pattern is their relationship to society, relationship to work and relationship to sex.
  25. The science of the mind can only have for its proper goal the understanding of human nature by every human being, and through its use, brings peace to every human soul.
  26. The only normal people are the ones you don’t know very well.
  27. The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction.
  28. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
  29. The educator must believe in the potential power of his pupil, and he must employ all his art in seeking to bring his pupil to experience this power.
  30. The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
  31. Our modern states are preparing for war without even knowing the future enemy.
  32. No experience is a cause of success or failure. We do not suffer from the shock of our experiences, so-called trauma – but we make out of them just what suits our purposes.
  33. My difficulties belong to me!
  34. Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations.
  35. Man knows much more than he understands.
  36. It is the patriotic duty of every man to lie for his country.
  37. It is one of the most effective attitudes of the neurotic to measure thumbs down, so to speak, a real person by an ideal, since in doing so he can depreciate him as much as he wishes.
  38. It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.
  39. It is always easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.
  40. In the investigation of a neurotic style of life, we must always suspect an opponent, and note who suffers most because of the patient’s condition. Usually this is a member of the family.
  41. God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection.
  42. Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.
  43. Every therapeutic cure, and still more, any awkward attempt to show the patient the truth, tears him from the cradle of his freedom from responsibility and must therefore reckon with the most vehement resistance.
  44. Every individual acts and suffers in accordance with his peculiar teleology, which has all the inevitability of fate, so long as he does not understand it.
  45. Death is really a great blessing for humanity, without it there could be no real progress. People who lived for ever would not only hamper and discourage the young, but they would themselves lack sufficient stimulus to be creative.
  46. A simple rule in dealing with those who are hard to get along with is to remember that this person is striving to assert his superiority; and you must deal with him from that point of view.
  47. A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt dangerous.
  48. When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’
  49. What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.
  50. We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.
  51. This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.
  52. This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
  53. These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
  54. There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
  55. There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
  56. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
  57. The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.
  58. The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
  59. The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
  60. The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
  61. Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.
  62. Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
  63. Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
  64. Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.
  65. Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.
  66. Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.
  67. Self-plagiarism is style.
  68. Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
  69. Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
  70. Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.
  71. In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
  72. In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
  73. If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
  74. I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.
  75. I’m full of fears and I do my best to avoid difficulties and any kind of complications. I like everything around me to be clear as crystal and completely calm.
  76. I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
  77. I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.
  78. I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.
  79. I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline – production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.
  80. I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
  81. Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
  82. For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
  83. Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
  84. Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.
  85. Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
  86. Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
  87. Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
  88. A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
  89. A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
  90. Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within.
  91. Who is wise in love, love most, say least.
  92. What rights are those that dare not resist for them?
  93. We cannot be kind to each other here for even an hour. We whisper, and hint, and chuckle and grin at our brother’s shame; however you take it we men are a little breed.
  94. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
  95. Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
  96. There’s no glory like those who save their country.
  97. There lives more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
  98. Theirs is not to make reply: Theirs is not to reason why: Theirs is but to do and die.
  99. The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.
  100. The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
  101. The Gods themselves cannot recall their gifts.
  102. Such a one do I remember, whom to look at was love.
  103. So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
  104. Sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.
  105. Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.
  106. Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
  107. Ring out the false, ring in the true.
  108. Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.
  109. O earth, what changes hast thou seen!
  110. No man ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.
  111. My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.
  112. Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.
  113. Love is the only gold.
  114. Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
  115. Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
  116. In the long years liker they must grow; The man be more of woman, she of man.
  117. I the heir of all the ages, in the foremost files of time.
  118. I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
  119. I am a part of all that I have met.
  120. Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.’
  121. He makes no friends who never made a foe.
  122. Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts.
  123. God’s finger touched him, and he slept.
  124. Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?
  125. By blood a king, in heart a clown.
  126. Better not be at all than not be noble.
  127. Believe me, than in half the creeds.
  128. Authority forgets a dying king.
  129. And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.
  130. All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move.
  131. A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.
  132. A smile abroad is often a scowl at home.
  133. A lie which is half a truth is ever the blackest of lies.
  134. A day may sink or save a realm.
  135. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  136. Worry is the stomach’s worst poison.
  137. The truthful man is usually a liar.
  138. The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.
  139. Second to agriculture, humbug is the biggest industry of our age.
  140. One can state, without exaggeration, that the observation of and the search for similarities and differences are the basis of all human knowledge.
  141. On the day when two army corps may mutually annihilate each other in a second, probably all civilized nations will recoil with horror and disband their troops.
  142. Lying is the greatest of all sins.
  143. Lawyers have to make a living, and can only do so by inducing people to believe that a straight line is crooked.
  144. Kant’s style is so heavy that after his pure reason, the reader longs for unreasonableness.
  145. Justice is to be found only in imagination.
  146. It is my express wish that in awarding the prizes no consideration be given to the nationality of the candidates, but that the most worthy shall receive the prize, whether he be Scandinavian or not.
  147. If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
  148. I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results.
  149. I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.
  150. I am a misanthrope and yet utterly benevolent, have more than one screw loose yet am a super-idealist who digests philosophy more efficiently than food.
  151. Hope is nature’s veil for hiding truth’s nakedness.
  152. Home is where I work, and I work everywhere.
  153. Good wishes alone will not ensure peace.
  154. For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent.
  155. Contentment is the only real wealth.
  156. A recluse without books and ink is already in life a dead man.
  157. A heart can no more be forced to love than a stomach can be forced to digest food by persuasion.
  158. Without adventure civilization is in full decay.
  159. Wisdom alone is true ambition’s aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
  160. When you’re average, you’re just as close to the bottom as you are the top.
  161. What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
  162. We think in generalities, but we live in detail.
  163. True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
  164. There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil.
  165. The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won’t keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
  166. The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.
  167. The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.
  168. The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.
  169. The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
  170. The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it.
  171. The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
  172. The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
  173. The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
  174. Speech is human nature itself, with none of the artificiality of written language.
  175. Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
  176. Simple solutions seldom are. It takes a very unusual mind to undertake analysis of the obvious.
  177. Seek simplicity but distrust it.
  178. Religion is the last refuge of human savagery.
  179. Philosophy is the product of wonder.
  180. Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.
  181. Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
  182. Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.
  183. Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge.
  184. No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
  185. No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
  186. Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
  187. Life is an offensive, directed against the repetitious mechanism of the Universe.
  188. Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows.
  189. It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
  190. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
  191. It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.
  192. It is in literature that the concrete outlook of humanity receives its expression.
  193. Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
  194. In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.
  195. If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
  196. Ideas won’t keep; something must be done about them.
  197. I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That’s not me.
  198. I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether.
  199. I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren’t.
  200. Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
  201. Fundamental progress has to do with the reinterpretation of basic ideas.
  202. Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
  203. Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
  204. Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
  205. Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
  206. Common sense is genius in homespun.
  207. Civilizations can only be understood by those who are civilized.
  208. Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
  209. But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
  210. Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
  211. Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
  212. Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.
  213. An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words.
  214. Almost all new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
  215. You just have to ensure that you make good films because audiences today have become picky and smart, and rightfully so.
  216. Why should I crowd the world with my opinions? Live and let live. That’s it. Let people have their own opinions, and you just keep yours to yourself. There are too many opinions – some unnecessary, some great, some ridiculously stupid – so I think I rather not say anything and keep my opinions to myself.
  217. Whenever you do a film for the wrong reasons, it may or it may not pan out. Sometimes people do it because it is a good move or the right move. I don’t know; maybe one day I will do a film for the wrong reasons, and it will work for me.
  218. Whenever I see a mirror, I just look at myself, or when I see my own reflection, I quickly take a look; I won’t lie about that. But when I am in front of the camera, it’s just the character, not me.
  219. Whenever I like a new song, I play it on loop and dance to it. That’s my therapy.
  220. When life partner happens, I hope he is not a youth icon then because I doubt even I would be youthful then. Whether life partner is hot or not, that doesn’t matter. He has to be a nice man. He should be funny, responsible, and he should be sweet, and he should love me a lot.
  221. Whatever you do, do with determination. You have one life to live; do your work with passion and give your best. Whether you want to be a chef, doctor, actor, or a mother, be passionate to get the best result.
  222. We are not a typical family that goes for a movie on Sunday or has dinner together every night. But we are strong as the Great Wall of China. Nothing can stop us from supporting one another and enduring each other’s pain as well.
  223. There should be an app or service that comes and packs your bag for you so you don’t have to do it. A real-life Siri.
  224. There are times I try to look older. And then there are times I look too young.
  225. There are many people who probably don’t agree with my acting, and it should be that way: they don’t have to agree with me in general. I’m not here to be loved by everybody. I want to be. But I don’t think it’s humanly possible to be unanimously loved. But I think I’ve voiced it clearly that I’m not here to be a baby doll.
  226. The photographers are always around. Wherever I go, they start clicking incessantly. I am always like, ‘At least give me a heads-up, as, many times, I look so disheveled. What will people think?’
  227. Smell is something that attracts me instantly. So if the guy smells nice, there is an instant attraction.
  228. Our films are changing so people across the world can see them – when ‘Highway’ premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, a Polish lady said to me, ‘It has a strong message for women.’ So it’s good to know our films are connecting universally.
  229. One day, I would like to be a part of a stage production, preferably a musical.
  230. My whole being and approach to work is shaped by Karan Johar. From him, I have learned that people should love to work with you, and you should give out warmth and energy to them.
  231. My parents keep telling me to be thick-skinned in the industry. They tell me how people will put you up on a high platform and then bring you down. They also tell me to not believe in the image created by the hype.
  232. My favourite movie of all-time is ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.’ I love Kate Winslet.
  233. My dad is too cute. Every morning, he sends me one motivational quote. I have a folder full of all his quotes.
  234. It’s not that we go around the set thinking, ‘Oh, today we are going to kiss, so let’s enjoy’. It’s not that. It’s acting. If it’s important for the script, so be it.
  235. It’s important that the director and actor have good chemistry, and not just the actors.
  236. It took me a while to get over ‘Highway’. I started living the character of ‘Veera’ very closely. I don’t think I would be able to give so much to a character the way I did with her.
  237. In reality, I’m very restless, and I get bored very easily. It’s the same with my career: I need to outperform myself with every film.
  238. I’m here to be an actor who wants to be remembered for her roles and her films rather than her looks.
  239. I’m almost a feminist and believe if a girl wants to do something, she should be able to do it in the same way that a man is able to, which is sometimes a problem in our country.
  240. I work out with Pilates – it’s a great workout for body alignment. I work out every day with once a week break. I mix it with weight training and cardio.
  241. I will tell my best friends who I’m attracted to, but I’m not going to talk about it in a newspaper… It has nothing to do with my work.
  242. I will never wear something I’m not comfortable in, and if I do, you’ll see it in my face, and it’ll be a complete faux pas.
  243. I use only men’s perfumes. I change my perfumes every month.
  244. I totally have the ability to laugh at myself. I don’t think one should take oneself seriously, ever. As long as you are not hurting my sentiments by revealing personal details or talking badly about my family, I’m absolutely fine.
  245. I think your first gut feeling is the correct feeling.
  246. I think the success that I have is due to hard work and destiny. It is important to stay grounded and not take things for granted.
  247. I think my confidence stems from my honesty. I’m brutally honest – about everything and even myself. I tell it as I think it. I’m not politically correct. I’m definitely not diplomatic. I get bashed up for what I say, but I don’t know any other way.
  248. I think each character is different for me, but I am a director’s actor. So if I get the right vision and right guidance from my director, I think sky is the limit for me.
  249. I prefer ‘cooling foods’ for the summer – lots of fruits like watermelons, a few strands of kesar with raisins that have been soaked overnight, and lots of coconut water. Dinner is usually dahi chawal. I am a big foodie, so depending on my cravings, I indulge – maybe pasta or risotto.
  250. I only think about the choices I want to make and act responsibly – not say or do stupid things, like break the law or get caught doing stupid things.
  251. I need to be bad. I don’t want to burn out. I also don’t want to be a person who is always performance-oriented. I also want to have some fun.
  252. I may get married later or may never get married. But I want babies, so I’ll have to get married. I want fat, cute babies. Every girl has to think about it at some point. For me, marriage is about family, and that’s why I find it necessary. Till then, it’s normal to have a partner and do your own thing.
  253. I have my way of dealing with lows in my career: I just go on a holiday. Coping with a failure of a film is like coping with a break-up. It’s sad and heart-breaking, and it’s not like I got over it right after my holiday; it took me some time.
  254. I grew up thinking that it’s okay to be sad, angry, and express your emotions. I have also banged doors and fought, as I have seen my mom do that when she would fight with my dad. Everything that I’ve learnt is from them, so I’ve never struggled to express myself.
  255. I get a lot of advice from my dad about how I should be as a human being, but as an actor, I think he’ll give me advice once I’m doing a film for him.
  256. I don’t mind sitting at home for six months if there’s no film that I want to do.
  257. I don’t know how to measure success. I have been fortunate that I got exciting films to do and work with talented directors who brought out the best in me.
  258. I don’t find these technical things like flowers and chocolates romantic at all. I think Valentine’s Day makes no sense.
  259. I do weight training and follow strict diet. It is very important to look a certain way. I don’t think being extra skinny and thin is desirable, but you have to be fit.
  260. I didn’t have any fixed goals when I joined the film industry. I don’t particularly feel ‘successful,’ but I am grateful that my career is going well.
  261. I cry when I don’t get food on time. I am not cranky but have the heart of a child. I cry and laugh at most times. I have the sensitivity of a child.
  262. I come from a protected environment of a Juhu house, and I wasn’t exposed to life as shown in ‘Highway’. It’s not that I’m a snob, but I was cocooned from the reality of life. The film made me aware of life and myself.
  263. I believe when things are going well, there’s pressure, and when things are going bad, there’s pressure. The pressure is more on the outside than inside.
  264. I am very happy to be working with so many talented directors and writers, who are penning scripts that are interesting for me.
  265. I am so stressed that my dentist told me I am grinding my teeth due to stress. So, every evening, I get shooting pain from my jaw to my head.
  266. I am expressive but secretive about my emotions.
  267. I am excited to work with Vikas. Whenever I tell people that I am doing a film with director of ‘Queen,’ they are like, ‘Wow, good for you.’ That makes me feel really good, and I feel fortunate to be the chosen one.
  268. I am a very private person. I don’t like to talk about things till someone asks about them.
  269. I always wanted to act, but it was not because of the influence of my family. I just wanted to act since I was four! I used to watch a lot of movies. One of the things that attracted me were the songs picturised on ‘Govinda’ and Karisma Kapoor, who would dance in the middle of the street!
  270. For me, changing my physical appearance for a character is never a problem. If I have to look a certain way for a role, I just do it.
  271. Failure worries me; nobody wants to fail. There is a fear that one day, films will not come my way, or if someone doesn’t watch your film, that is a worrying point. It is unpredictable in the industry.
  272. Everyone’s films have done well of late. So when your film doesn’t do well, you ask yourself, ‘Oh, did I make a wrong choice?’ And I strongly feel that it’s your choices that make a good career. The track record has to be good.
  273. Every month, every week, something new excites me. I’m finding my niche as to what suits me the best. I am a young girl, and if I am just running around in a jeans and a T-shirt, that’s a lot of life lost.
  274. Even though I try not to overthink and dress the way I want to, I admit that there’s way too much pressure on female actors to look good. I’m well aware that I don’t have the perfect body type. I’m constantly struggling with myself to achieve the perfect body.
  275. Even at 30 or 40, if something doesn’t do well, it still hurts. If I pinch someone, the pain is going to be the same whether the person is young or old.
  276. Competitive feeling means you want do do good work. You can’t lie about wanting to be on top. There is no reason for me to be insecure at this time. I would be insecure if I was sitting at home doing nothing, but I am in films now, and that’s where I always wanted to be.
  277. As actors, we are always playing other characters. It’s so exhausting and time consuming to figure them out, so when you get the time to be yourself, you should take it.
  278. After ‘Student Of The Year,’ when I played that baby-doll, diva character, I knew I would be stereotyped, and I wanted to break that image of me. I loved that role, but I don’t want to be attached to one particular genre, so ‘Highway’ was a blessing in disguise.
  279. A romantic date for me is sitting in pajamas and being with a guy with whom I can be myself.
  280. A role needs a certain tone, so your own tone also changes. It’s not like I lock myself up in a room to get into the zone. It is based on what I am feeling, because the minute you try too much, weird things happen. Of course, for an intense role you need some silence, and you need to do a lot of thinking.
  281. You just let your lower self go, and then it takes on all these aspects of the society – the city with horns blowing, the people yelling things at each other, and the all-in-all violence and chaos of the city. Put that on stage with music, and that’s what this is.
  282. You can’t get the visual thing on the record as much as you’d like to. We produced this album, and we’d never done that before, except when we produced singles for ourselves.
  283. Yet I was Marilyn Manson – times 10.
  284. Why be boring? Have some fun. Rock shows should be like movies: I don’t go to a movie hoping it’ll change my life.
  285. When you believe in God, you’ve got to believe in the all-powerful God. He’s not just God, He’s the all-powerful God and He has total control over everyone’s life. The Devil, on the other hand, is a real character that’s trying his hardest to tear your life apart.
  286. When we get together and rehearse, which is always living with each other, we always talk about what would make it better, what would mean more, what would say more. So we’re always improving and growing.
  287. What most people don’t understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route. That’s why they’re always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there’s possibly some connection between aliens and golf.
  288. Well, we were all in high school and we got together, and in college – we were in art college together.
  289. We wanted it more live and raw. We didn’t want a studio sound.
  290. We try to be as much involved in our product as possible, because then it’s us.
  291. We started combining the use of light and the use of theatrics and the use of as many art forms as possible, and it’s still growing – that’s the whole idea of it.
  292. We play it differently now. If we did the album now it would be different.
  293. We like reactions – a reaction is walking out on us, a reaction is throwing tomatoes at the stage, that’s a healthy psychological reaction.
  294. We just set it up and recorded it the way we played it. But that was the way we played it then.
  295. We got on his label, and the Bizarre organization is just going up and up. So we have faith.
  296. We can only take it so far, because man can only take it so far, lower self can only take it so far, and you have to realize that the public is only at a certain place.
  297. Throughout my life, there are four people I’ve met who were truly original people. The other three were Groucho Marx, Jim Morrison, and Pablo Picasso.
  298. They’re reacting and that’s wonderful. It’s better than them sitting there doing nothing. I say make them react – do whatever’s in your power to move the audience, and if that’s where it is, and there where it is with America, sex and violence, then I say project it.
  299. They should invent some way to tape-record your dreams. I’ve written songs in my dreams that were Beatles songs. Then I’d wake up and they’d be gone.
  300. They pick all of us out, and then they decide, they computerize, decide if they like it or don’t like it, and then they go home, and then they come back again because they’re not sure what they saw.
  301. There was a period of time when I thought I had to be Alice Cooper all the time.
  302. The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.
  303. The minute you step onstage, you get eight feet taller.
  304. The late sixties and early seventies were kind of a breeding ground for exciting new sounds because easy listening and folk were kind of taking over the airwaves. I think it was a natural next step to take that blissful, easy-going sound and strangle the life out of it.
  305. The hippies wanted peace and love. We wanted Ferraris, blondes and switchblades.
  306. That’s like making fun of a maniac because his brain isn’t completely right, because he isn’t in the norm.
  307. So what this is is us, our personalities refined down on to a stage performance. In other words, the way we play is the end product of the way we live – we live in the cities, you see.
  308. People that haven’t seen us yet are shocked because they think that Alice Cooper must be a female folksinger. They don’t expect the whole thing.
  309. On stage, I’m this figure, this actor, who does things that people aren’t used to seeing and I relish in that reaction. In real life, though, I play golf, I shop and I walk around with no makeup on and my hair in a ponytail. I may not be the typical middle-aged Joe, but I’m closer to normal than you think.
  310. Oh, I love to lie. That’s one of my favorite things in the world, coming up to somebody, especially press people, and telling them some enormous lie that couldn’t possibly be true.
  311. My granddad was an evangelist, and my grandma, she was as tough as nails. She watched ‘American Bandstand’ every day when she was in her 80s, 90s. She loved rock music. I never had anyone in my family that was anti-rock n’ roll.
  312. My fastest time in high school was a 4:29 mile. I think cross-country has something to do with my longevity in my business. When you’re in an eight-mile race, you never give up.
  313. Mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.
  314. It’s not an anti-sex trip. Like, we’re taking sex, which is probably another half of American entertainment, sex and violence, and we’re projecting it, and we’re saying this is the way everything is right now.
  315. It’s like this – these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that’s where this generation’s groups came from – an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that.
  316. It’s a big flash of all these things and whatever you take out of that statement’s one statement, one mind, one statement, one act, one show, and all the songs are one.
  317. It’s Frank’s painting on the cover. We were originally going to use a Salvador Dali painting that we got permission from Salvador Dali to use, and Frank found this one, and it really did fit the music much more.
  318. If you’re listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you’re a bigger moron than they are.
  319. If you confine it, you’re confining a whole thing. If you make it spontaneous, so that anything can happen, like we don’t want to confine or restrict anything. What we can do, whatever we can let happen, you just let it happen.
  320. If it’s total freedom, I guess the ultimate thing you can go into is total silence between the audience and performer, with the performer projecting something he doesn’t even have to play.
  321. I’m very romantic, I’m extremely romantic. I date my wife.
  322. I’m not crazy about country-western music. But the lyrics are good.
  323. I’m 18 and I like it!
  324. I have never made fun of religion. Religion is something I don’t even want to mess with, because I am really afraid of the clouds opening up and my being struck by lightning.
  325. I appreciate an audience that reacts to the music, even if they jump on stage and try to beat us up, I think that’s a fantastic reaction. I think that they’re really hearing something then.
  326. I always think that you should be striving to write your best song.
  327. Hard rock will always be hard rock, but you don’t really know what is rock – and what isn’t – anymore. I don’t consider a lot of the pop things I hear on the radio to be rock n’ roll. It’s just kind of fragmented.
  328. From the moment I leave my house or my hotel room, the public owns me. The public made Alice Cooper and I can’t imagine ever turning my back on my fans.
  329. Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s rebellion.
  330. City people live the city. We live in L.A., New York, we live in places where it’s chaotic and you never know what’s gonna happen. And that’s the music – you never know what’s gonna happen.
  331. All I really wanted to do was make an album that was going to be just back to what I like to do… And it was a coincidence that these new bands, this new wave of bands, were doing Alice and Iggy rock.
  332. Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child.
  333. We produce destructive people by the way we are treating them in childhood.
  334. Today I should not be identified with any kind of regressive therapy.
  335. Those children who are beaten will in turn give beatings, those who are intimidated will be intimidating, those who are humiliated will impose humiliation, and those whose souls are murdered will murder.
  336. There are people who have benefited from therapy without being confronted with the past at all.
  337. The results of any traumatic experience, such as abuse, can only be resolved by experiencing, articulating, and judging every facet of the original experience within a process of careful therapeutic disclosure.
  338. The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves.
  339. Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.
  340. Regression to the stage of early infancy is not a suitable method in and of itself. Such a regression can only be effective if it happens in the natural course of therapy and if the client is able to maintain adult consciousness at the same time.
  341. Nobody is born evil.
  342. Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
  343. It is very difficult for people to believe the simple fact that every persecutor was once a victim. Yet it should be very obvious that someone who was allowed to feel free and strong from childhood does not have the need to humiliate another person.
  344. It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion – something that has always been disputed by the most respected schools of thought.
  345. If it’s very painful for you to criticize your friends – you’re safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that’s the time to hold your tongue.
  346. Genuine forgiveness does not deny anger but faces it head-on.
  347. Don’t ever dare to take your college as a matter of course – because, like democracy and freedom, many people you’ll never know have broken their hearts to get it for you.
  348. Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one’s own despised and unwanted feelings.
  349. A child too, can never grasp the fact that the same mother who cooks so well, is so concerned about his cough, and helps so kindly with his homework, in some circumstance has no more feeling than a wall of his hidden inner world.
  350. When you’re young, when you’ve never done anything very much on your own, you imagine that it won’t be so hard.
  351. When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row.
  352. We women of America tell you that America is not a democracy. Twenty million women are denied the right to vote.
  353. Too many terms corrupts politicians so they only want to be reelected.
  354. To me, it was shocking that a government of men could look with such extreme contempt on a movement that was asking nothing except such a simple little thing as the right to vote.
  355. This world crisis came about without women having anything to do with it. If the women of the world had not been excluded from world affairs, things today might have been different.
  356. There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.
  357. The building up of a new, far-reaching system of inspection on the question of equal pay, with power to investigate every business in the United States, administered by a colossal new government agency with vast enforcement powers, would not be helpful to women, as far as I can see.
  358. The Woman’s Party is made up of women of all races, creeds and nationalities who are united on the one program of working to raise the status of women.
  359. The President can pardon us again… and again and again, but… picketing will continue, and sooner or later, he will have to do something about it.
  360. Mr. President how long must women wait to get their liberty? Let us have the rights we deserve.
  361. It was a feeling of loyalty to our own sex and an enthusiasm to have every degradation that was put upon our sex removed.
  362. It occurred to me that I just didn’t see how I could go ahead and continue to eat meat. It just seemed so… cannibalistic to me. And so, I’m a vegetarian, and I have been ever since.
  363. It may be an instinct, it is with me anyway, when you’re presenting something to the world, to make it as beautiful as you can.
  364. It is better, as far as getting the vote is concerned, I believe, to have a small, united group than an immense debating society.
  365. It has become impossible to forget ‘votes for women,’ just as it was impossible to forget the reformation of Luther.
  366. I will settle down & teach for the rest of my days.
  367. I think that American women are further along than any other women in the world. But you can’t have peace in a world in which some women or some men or some nations are at different stages of development. There is so much work to be done.
  368. I think if we get freedom for women, then they are probably going to do a lot of things that I wish they wouldn’t do. But it seems to me that isn’t our business to say what they should do with it. It is our business to see that they get it.
  369. I read just endlessly, ceaselessly, almost every book, it seems!
  370. I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.
  371. I know my father believed and my mother believed in and supported the suffrage movement, and I remember my mother taking me to suffrage meetings held in the home of a Quaker family that lived not far from us.
  372. I have joined the ‘suffragettes’ – the militant party on the woman suffrage question.
  373. I always feel the movement is a sort of mosaic.
  374. Food simply isn’t important to me.
  375. You know, one race will not be a survivor if the other one dies, and that’s something that we should think about.
  376. You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.
  377. You have to give others the opportunity to love who you love. If they don’t accept it, it’s their loss.
  378. You don’t always have to be doing something. You can just be, and that’s plenty.
  379. You cannot see the changes that you’re dreaming about, because they’re internal.
  380. You bring children into the world. You love them with heart and soul.
  381. Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
  382. Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
  383. Women have to summon up courage to fulfill dormant dreams.
  384. Women have to be extremely careful about choosing something that they consider an act of defiance that can really be used to further their enslavement.
  385. Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.
  386. When I was 18, I went to the Soviet Union. I kept hearing that America was planning to bomb them – lots of bombs were going to come down on these people. I went there not knowing anything, except that I thought the whole thing was stupid and that I wanted to see who these people were that we were going to bomb.
  387. When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they’d always known – the plantations – because they attempted to exercise their ‘democratic’ right to vote.
  388. What’s really hard is that you could care a lot for someone and not want to live with him anymore.
  389. What the mind doesn’t understand, it worships or fears.
  390. Well, capitalism is a big problem, because with capitalism you’re just going to keep buying and selling things until there’s nothing else to buy and sell, which means gobbling up the planet.
  391. Well, I think indigenous peoples have ways of living on the Earth that they’ve had forever. And they’ve been overrun by organized religion, which has had a lot of money and power.
  392. We should not look down on our first ancestors.
  393. We should learn to accept that change is truly the only thing that’s going on always, and learn to ride with it and enjoy it.
  394. We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise.
  395. We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier.
  396. We must do everything in our power to cease the behaviour that makes children everywhere feel afraid.
  397. We must begin seeing other creatures as equal. Existence makes us all equal.
  398. We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.
  399. War contributes greatly to global warming, which shouldn’t surprise us. All those bombs going off, all those rockets, all those planes and helicopters. All that fuel of various kinds being used. It pollutes the air and water of this very fragile and interconnected planet.
  400. Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?
  401. To me, the black black woman is our essential mother, the blacker she is the more us she is and to see the hatred that is turned on her is enough to make me despair, almost entirely, of our future as a people.
  402. This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy.
  403. There’s an ecstatic side to writing. It’s like jazz. It just has a life.
  404. There are thousands of Palestinians in prison virtually for no reason.
  405. There are those who believe Black people possess the secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.
  406. The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn’t want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give em something. Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.
  407. The quietly pacifist peaceful always die to make room for men who shout.
  408. The most important question in the world is, ‘Why is the child crying?’
  409. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
  410. The infinite faith I have in people’s ability to understand anything that makes sense has always been justified, finally, by their behavior.
  411. The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one’s people that has not previously been taken into account.
  412. The fact is that when you do something from your heart, you leave a heart print.
  413. The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.
  414. The dropping of bombs on people – isn’t that terrorism?
  415. The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
  416. Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.
  417. Sucking up to the biggies won’t get us anywhere.
  418. Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence.
  419. Some writers sit down without a thought of what they are going to say, and they go through draft after draft.
  420. Some people are painters, and some are ballet dancers, and I’m a writer.
  421. So many killings of black men in my lifetime. The physical shock is astounding.
  422. Since the time of the witch burnings, the grandmothers and the healers and the midwives have been systematically targeted. And burned at the stake for hundreds of years, decimating whole communities.
  423. Sexuality is one of the ways that we become enlightened, actually, because it leads us to self-knowledge.
  424. Propaganda is amazing. People can be led to believe anything.
  425. Politically, the world is so confused right now – there’s so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government.
  426. Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.
  427. People tend to think that life really does progress for everyone eventually, that people progress, but actually only some people progress. The rest of the people don’t.
  428. People really had a problem with my disinterest in submission. They had a problem with my intellect, and they had a problem with my choice of lovers. They had a problem with my choice of everything.
  429. People have so many hang-ups about how other people live their lives. People always want to keep you in a little box, or they need to label you and fix you in time and location.
  430. People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, they are willing to remain actually fools.
  431. Part of what confuses people in times of upheaval is that you’re getting so many different points of view and directions and so and so, how to do this and do that. And a lot of it is written in a language that honestly most people cannot understand.
  432. Part of our tradition as black women is that we are universalists. Black children, yellow children, red children, brown children, that is the black woman’s normal, day-to-day relationship. In my family alone, we are about four different colors.
  433. Part of my ancestry is Cherokee. And in that tradition, you become an adult when you’re 52.
  434. One of the triumphs of the Civil Rights Movement is that when you travel through the South today, you do not feel overwhelmed by a residue of grievance and hate.
  435. One child must never be set above another, even in casual conversation, not to mention in speeches that circle the globe.
  436. Once you feel loved by the universe, you’re already accepted, and you’re not really concerned about offending people.
  437. On a spiritual level, it’s as though with my sighted eye I see what’s before me, and with my unsighted eye I see what’s hidden. It’s illuminated life more than darkened it.
  438. Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
  439. Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real.
  440. No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
  441. Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home.
  442. My work is about my life, and what I want to do with it.
  443. My parents were both storytellers. They always spoke with metaphorical richness.
  444. My parents taught me service – not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family.
  445. My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father’s head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap.
  446. My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig.
  447. My mother had bought a sewing machine for me. When I went away to college, she gave me a sewing machine, a typewriter and a suitcase, and my mother made $17 a week working as a maid 12 hours a day, and she did that for me.
  448. My life is not to be somebody else’s impact – you know what I mean?
  449. My interest in creating anything is that it be useful.
  450. My family was a poor farming family, and we lived under absolute segregation.
  451. Most damage that others do us is out of fear, humiliation and pain. Those feelings occur in all of us, not just in those of us who profess a certain religious or racial devotion.
  452. Meditation has been a loyal friend to me. It has helped me write my books.
  453. Many readers fail to realize this, but ‘The Color Purple’ is a theological text. It is about the reclamation of one’s original God: the earth and nature.
  454. Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.
  455. Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.
  456. Language is an intrinsic part of who we are and what has, for good or evil, happened to us.
  457. June Jordan, who died of cancer in 2002, was a brilliant, fierce, radical, and frequently furious poet. We were friends for thirty years. Not once in that time did she step back from what was transpiring politically and morally in the world. She spoke up, and led her students, whom she adored, to do the same.
  458. It’s very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can’t imagine.
  459. It’s so clear that you have to cherish everyone. I think that’s what I get from these older black women, that every soul is to be cherished, that every flower Is to bloom.
  460. It’s not possible to stop love.
  461. It’s an awful feeling to write something that you feel is really important… and to feel that you’re being published by people who really don’t get it and/or don’t really care.
  462. It’s a tragedy, in a way, that Americans are brought up to think that they cannot feel for other people and other beings just because they are different. They think they’re different. It’s very limiting.
  463. It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
  464. It is natural to want to have a future.
  465. It is justice and respect that I want the world to dust off and put – without delay, and with tenderness – back on the head of the Palestinian child. It will be imperfect justice and respect because the injustice and disrespect have been so severe. But I believe we are right to try.
  466. It is important to remember yourself.
  467. It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one’s children will become than for the children one’s ‘mature’ critics often are.
  468. It is crucial that young people are taught sustainable child production and rearing.
  469. It is because I recognize the brutality with which my own multi-branched ancestors have been treated that I can identify the despicable, lawless, cruel, and sadistic behavior that has characterized Israel’s attempts to erase a people, the Palestinians, from their own land.
  470. Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.
  471. Is solace anywhere more comforting than that in the arms of a sister.
  472. In the summer of 1966, I went to Mississippi to be in the heart of the civil-rights movement, helping people who had been thrown off the farms or taken off the welfare roles for registering to vote. While working there, I met the civil-rights lawyer I later married – we became an interracial couple.
  473. In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.
  474. In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.
  475. In my work and in myself I reflect black people, women and men, as I reflect others. One day even the most self-protective ones will look into the mirror I provide and not be afraid.
  476. In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you’ve become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that’s the height of intelligence.
  477. If you want to have a life that is worth living, a life that expresses your deepest feelings and emotions and cares and dreams, you have to fight for it.
  478. If you deny people their own voice, you’ll have no idea of who they were.
  479. If we want to fight people in the world, we should fight them with pillows – pillows stuffed with food, medicine, music… That would be so much cheaper than bombs.
  480. I’ve always felt quite singular, even as a child. That I must stay on track to keep my purpose.
  481. I’m very disappointed in Obama. I was very much in support of him in the beginning, but I cannot support war. I cannot support droning. I cannot support capitulating to the banks.
  482. I’m tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro – that’s the Scotch-Irish part.
  483. I’m the most stubborn person I know.
  484. I’m sure we, the American people, are the butt of jokes by those in power.
  485. I’m still living at least five parallel lives, honestly! I wonder about it. I have no idea how that happens.
  486. I’m not lesbian; I’m not bisexual; I’m not straight. I’m just curious.
  487. I’m not convinced that women have the education or the sense of their own history enough or that they understand the cruelty of which men are capable and the delight that many men will take in seeing you choose to chain yourself – then they get to say ‘See, you did it yourself.’
  488. I’m for women choosing whatever they want to do but they have to really know what they are doing.
  489. I’m entirely interested in people, and also other creatures and beings, but especially in people, and I tend to read them by emotional field more than anything. So I have a special interest in what they’re thinking and who they are and who’s hiding behind those eyes and how did he get there, and what’s the story, really?
  490. I was distressed that after 9/11, when the United States was attacked by terrorists, the United States’ response was to attack Afghanistan, where some of the terrorists had been.
  491. I was brought up to try to see what was wrong and right it. Since I am a writer, writing is how I right it.
  492. I wanted in my lifetime to vote for a radical Native American woman, since my vision of any future that we might have is that it will be led by women and older women.
  493. I want the Israeli government to be made accountable for its behaviour to the Palestinians, and I want the people of the U.S. to cease acting as if they don’t understand what is going on.
  494. I used to meditate all the time in bed. That was when I was raising my daughter, and I’d get her up and off to school, and then I would go back to bed and meditate. And then I would do the same in the evening, and that was very good for that period because I had so many things to juggle as a single mother.
  495. I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.
  496. I try to teach my heart not to want things it can’t have.
  497. I think writing really helps you heal yourself. I think if you write long enough, you will be a healthy person. That is, if you write what you need to write, as opposed to what will make money, or what will make fame.
  498. I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
  499. I think war is so incredibly backward, and I don’t think it’s intelligent, and it’s not sane. So why would you want to support it?
  500. I think there is a sense of being forced at this time to look at America’s really large shadow and that’s not all that bad.
  501. I think the foundation of everything in my life is wonder.
  502. I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism.
  503. I think that wealthy white people would like to have a country that resembles the Fifties, when all the minorities were tucked away in ghettos and paid in very low wages but on the surface it was very bright and shiny and free and the rest of the world would look on it longingly.
  504. I think that all people who feel that there is injustice in the world anywhere should learn as much of it as they can bear. That is our duty.
  505. I think that I do feel that my nature is to express what this self, this particular self at this time, experiences in the world. And that is so organic – I use this metaphor a lot but I’ll use it again – it’s like a pine tree producing pine cones, or a blackberry bush producing blackberries – it’s just what happens with this being, now.
  506. I think many people in my community had very different kinds of mothers: they had mothers who acquiesced in the system of male and white-supremacist domination, and my mother never did. She just could not do it. It just wasn’t in her.
  507. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
  508. I think all documentaries leave out areas of people’s lives. Which is good. There are areas that need not be explored.
  509. I think Americans generally are not used to working very hard, in terms of working for the collective. I think in our country we have taken individualism to its farthest reaches, possibly.
  510. I think America has always been polarized.
  511. I think ‘The Color Purple’ is so bursting with love, the need for connection, the showing of the need for connection around the globe.
  512. I started writing as a child. But I didn’t think of myself actually writing until I was in college. And I had gone to Africa as a sophomore or something – no, maybe junior – and wrote a book of poems. And that was my beginning. I published that book.
  513. I started out as a poet. I’ve always been a poet since I was 7 or 8. And so I feel myself to be fundamentally a poet who got into writing novels.
  514. I start each book when it’s ready and never before.
  515. I see myself in all the people in the world who are suffering and who are very badly treated and who are often made to feel that they have no place on this Earth.
  516. I see children, all children, as humanity’s most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left.
  517. I realized I was a country person – I’m just not used to small spaces.
  518. I prefer to praise people and the world rather than criticize them and it.
  519. I never talk about my next project.
  520. I never have an intended audience. I just write, you know.
  521. I met Howard Zinn in 1961, my first year at Spelman College in Atlanta. He was the tall, rangy, good-looking professor that many of the girls at Spelman swooned over.
  522. I made my first white women friends in college; they loved me and were loyal to our friendship, but I understood, as they did, that they were white women and that whiteness mattered.
  523. I love us so incredibly, insanely deeply; it’s almost unbearable to see what we do to ourselves.
  524. I love the women’s movement, and I never thought of it as belonging to any particular segment of the population.
  525. I love the natural world – it comes from my culture, which grew out of a people enslaved.
  526. I live on the West Coast of the United States, and yet the air that I breathe is sometimes the same air that was being breathed in China the day before.
  527. I live a very secluded life, a very contemplative life and a very meditative one. That is my ideal life.
  528. I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you.
  529. I know black people love the idea that we finally have a beautiful, good-looking black president. But if he is doing awful things to us, we should wake up.
  530. I just think cities are unnatural, basically. I know there are people who live happily in them, and I have cities that I love, too. But it’s a disaster that we have moved so far from nature.
  531. I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, ‘black feminist’ does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it’s just… womanish.
  532. I just feel that ‘The Color Purple,’ which was my 10th book, was a true gift from my ancestors.
  533. I have such respect for ‘Democracy Now!’
  534. I have never felt that the one thing that I am ‘known for’ is what I am.
  535. I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
  536. I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything.
  537. I have a collective sense of suffering.
  538. I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like – when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn’t look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that’s terrorism, too.
  539. I gave my archive to Emory University because there’s a really dear friend who teaches there, Rudolph Byrd, and he’s the editor.
  540. I feel very happy to be living in Berkeley because there are a lot of people who are politically active here.
  541. I don’t know if I’ve ever cared much what others think.
  542. I don’t have this feeling that 70 is really old.
  543. I don’t generally read reviews.
  544. I don’t feel I’ve had a decent critic ever on the East coast.
  545. I don’t call myself a Buddhist. I’m a free spirit. I believe I’m here on earth to admire and enjoy it; that’s my religion.
  546. I deeply regret any harm, or any perceived harm, that I may have done to anyone by any behaviour of mine.
  547. I cry so much less than I used to. I used to be one of the most teary people.
  548. I continue to care for President Obama and for his family. I think that in many ways they are very courageous people, and I honor that, because I know what it means to live as a black person in a racist America.
  549. I consider the fact that thousands of children die each day from starvation and a lack of medicine a crisis for humanity and a problem we must collectively attempt to solve.
  550. I cannot claim to have had a hard time publishing.
  551. I can imagine in years to come that my papers and memorabilia, my journals and letters, will find themselves always in the company of people who care about many of the things I do.
  552. I can easily imagine Obama sitting down and talking to any leader – or any person – in the world, with no baggage of past servitude or race supremacy to mar their talks.
  553. I can be almost terminally grief-stricken because things are so dire, but at the same time, there’s a real lightheartedness about just the recoverability of life, of how things change, how they’re not the same, ever again.
  554. I believe you mother everybody, not in a cloying, hovering way, but taking care of what is around you.
  555. I advocate that every woman be a part of a circle, and a circle that meets at least once a month, or if you can’t do that, once every two months or every four months.
  556. Human beings may well be unable to break free of the dictatorship of greed that spreads like a miasma over the world, but no longer will we be an inarticulate and ignorant humanity, confused by our enslavement to superior cruelty and weaponry.
  557. Howard Zinn was magical as a teacher. Witty, irreverent, and wise, he loved what he was teaching and clearly wanted his students to love it, also.
  558. How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
  559. How long will it take the citizens of the United States, one wonders, to recognize that the house their country bombed in Iraq is the same one they were living in until it was foreclosed?
  560. Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
  561. Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception and realize a partnership in the creation of the Universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
  562. From infancy, I have relied on the fiercely sweet spirits of black men; and this is abundantly clear in my work.
  563. For me, writing has always come out of living a fairly to-the-bone kind of life, just really being present to a lot of life. The writing has been really a byproduct of that.
  564. For me, I used to be shy towards journalism because it wasn’t poetry. And then I realized that the events that I covered in essays that became journalism were actually great because they inspired me, and they became my muse.
  565. For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.
  566. For a long time, I thought I was ugly and disfigured. This made me shy and timid, and I often reacted to insults that were not intended.
  567. Fiction is such a world of freedom, it’s wonderful. If you want someone to fly, they can fly.
  568. Fear is real, but so is love.
  569. Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.
  570. Even with all of the things that are so awful, if you walk into your yard and stay there looking at almost anything for five minutes, you will be stunned by how marvelous life is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it.
  571. Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.
  572. Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn’t make us better, then what on earth is it for.
  573. David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X.
  574. Creation is a sustained period of bliss, even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it. You didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it.
  575. Clearly older women and especially older women who have led an active life or elder women who successfully maneuver through their own family life have so much to teach us about sharing, patience, and wisdom.
  576. Can people who hunger so desperately for what other people have ever have enough?
  577. At one point I learned transcendental meditation. This was 30-something years ago. It took me back to the way that I naturally was as a child growing up way in the country, rarely seeing people. I was in that state of oneness with creation and it was as if I didn’t exist except as a part of everything.
  578. At Sarah Lawrence, I realized that everybody was already what they were going to be. The painters were painting, the writers writing, the dancers dancing. And nobody wore any makeup. The art was uppermost.
  579. As you know from school, it’s when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you’ve done your best.
  580. As long as the people don’t fear the truth, there is hope. For once they fear it, the one who tells it doesn’t stand a chance. And today, truth is still beautiful… but so frightening.
  581. As far as a glass ceiling, I feel that all you can do is give it your absolute best with whatever gifts the universe has given you. And if you make it in some way that other people can recognize, that’s fine. But even if you don’t quote-unquote make it, you’re fine if you’ve given it your whole heart and soul.
  582. As an elder of the Americas and of the rest of the planet, it is my responsibility to care for and protect, to the best of my ability, the young.
  583. Artists have a responsibility to speak and to act when governments fail, and if we don’t do that, we really deserve the world we get.
  584. Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
  585. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me.
  586. And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see – or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.
  587. America is not nearly done. We’re only in the beginning. Who knows who we will be? Who knows… what color we will be? It is all something that, maybe, our descendants – if they survive that long – will see.
  588. All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.
  589. All History is current; all injustice continues on some level, somewhere in the world.
  590. A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone.
  591. A good model of how to ‘work with the enemy’ internally is presented by the Dalai Lama, in his endless caretaking of his soul as he confronts the Chinese government that invaded Tibet.
  592. ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.
  593. ‘Fame’ exhausts me.
  594. You have to take it upon yourself and preserve and can foods that you’ll want for the winter.
  595. You do need some dispensation for local farmers, because the fast food industry will promote the unsanitary conditions of farming. With vegetables, you have to be careful where they come from; you have to know the farmers and trust them. If you buy from the farmers’ market, it’s already been investigated.
  596. Whenever I want to know how to cook something, I can’t ask one chef – I have to ask six.
  597. When you have good ingredients, cooking doesn’t require a lot of instruction because you can never go very wrong.
  598. When you don’t have much money, cooking can be incredibly reassuring. You feel like you’re doing meaningful work.
  599. When I first went to Paris in 1965, I fell in love with the small, family-owned restaurants that existed everywhere then, as well as the markets and the French obsession with buying fresh food, often twice a day.
  600. We’ve been so disconnected agriculturally and culturally from food. We spend more time on dieting than on cooking.
  601. We need to have a course in school that teaches about ecology and gastronomy. I could imagine that all children could eat at school for free and that the cafeteria would become part of the school’s curriculum.
  602. We make decisions every day about what we’re going to eat. And some people want to buy Nike shoes – two pairs, and other people want to eat Bronx grapes and nourish themselves. I pay a little extra, but this is what I want to do.
  603. We have to understand that we want to pay the farmers the real price for the food that they produce. It won’t ever be cheap to buy real food. But it can be affordable. It’s really something that we need to understand. It’s the kind of work that it takes to grow food. We don’t understand that piece of it.
  604. We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.
  605. We eat every day, and if we do it in a way that doesn’t recognize value, it’s contributing to the destruction of our culture and of agriculture. But if it’s done with a focus and care, it can be a wonderful thing. It changes the quality of your life.
  606. We all need to know how to cook. I can buy a chicken and have many meals come from it. Is it affordable? Yes. Cheap? No. I want to pay the farmers the right price for food. They deserve it. They are the most important people in the country besides our teachers.
  607. Usually, cheap food is not nutritious. You’re feeding people, but you’re not really feeding people something that is good for them.
  608. To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.
  609. This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.
  610. The way we subsidize food makes it cheaper to go to McDonald’s and get a hamburger than a salad, and that’s insane. It’s pure government policy.
  611. The problem with living in a fast-food nation is that we expect food to be cheap.
  612. The fact that most kids aren’t eating at home with their families any more really means they are eating elsewhere. They are eating out there in fast food nation.
  613. The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way.
  614. The biggest thing you can do is understand that every time you’re going to the grocery store, you’re voting with your dollars. Support your farmers’ market. Support local food. Really learn to cook.
  615. The act of eating is very political. You buy from the right people, you support the right network of farmers and suppliers who care about the land and what they put in the food.
  616. People have become aware that way that we’ve been eating is making us sick.
  617. Organize yourself so you aren’t struggling to shop at the last minute. When you have real food, it’s very easy to cook.
  618. My real emphasis is on the farmers who are taking care of the land, the farmers who are really thinking about our nourishment.
  619. My mother made a lot of things because she thought they’d be healthy for us. There were some very unfortunate experiences with whole wheat bread and bananas. I always tried to get rid of that sandwich and eat one of my friends’ lunches.
  620. My kitchen has a wood-burning oven, a large worktable, and windows all around, including one above the sink. I think whoever is washing the dishes needs to have a lot of beauty around.
  621. It’s so important to that we go into the public schools and we feed all of the kids something that is really good for them.
  622. It’s hard to come into a new relationship with food unless you’re engaged in an interactive way at an early age; it’s hard to change your values.
  623. It’s around the table and in the preparation of food that we learn about ourselves and about the world.
  624. In countries around the world, people spend more money on food because they know how precious it is.
  625. In Berkeley, we built the garden and a kitchen classroom. We’ve been working on it for 12 years. We’ve learned a lot from it. If kids grow it and cook it, they eat it.
  626. If we want children to learn to tend the land and nourish themselves and have conversations at the table, we need to communicate with them in ways that are positive.
  627. If we don’t preserve the natural resources, you aren’t going to have a sustainable society. This is not something for Chez Panisse and the elite of San Francisco. It’s for everyone.
  628. If I’ve gone to the market on Saturday, and I go another time on Tuesday, then I’m really prepared. I can cook a little piece of fish; I can wilt some greens with garlic; I can slice tomatoes and put a little olive oil on. It’s effortless.
  629. If I weren’t involved with food, I’d be working in architecture. Design is that critical to me.
  630. I’m unwilling to eat food that has been adulterated.
  631. I’m focused on the next generation, because I think it’s very hard to break the habit of adults who’ve got salt and sugar addictions and just ways of being in this world. It’s very hard even for the most enlightened people at famous universities that are very wealthy to spend the money that it takes to feed the students something delicious.
  632. I’m an optimist. I’m hopeful.
  633. I’m always changing my work, as there are endless ways to think about food.
  634. I was a very picky eater.
  635. I wanted people to come to the restaurant and feel at home, so I put it in a house.
  636. I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced school lunch for free.
  637. I used to think that I wanted to be a hat maker, but I don’t think that would have worked out.
  638. I used to do calligraphy, and I’m afraid that has lapsed, but I’ve always been interested in book printing.
  639. I try not to do anything that’s immoral.
  640. I think you have to plan ahead. When I go to the market on a Saturday, and I’m buying for family and friends, I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat on the weekend but also about what I’m going to make for the following week.
  641. I think if you buy from people who are taking care of the land, you’re supporting the future of this country.
  642. I think health is the outcome of finding a balance and some satisfaction at the table.
  643. I think health is the outcome of eating well.
  644. I think America’s food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it’s very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.
  645. I really like having someone who knows about food and what goes well together make a meal for me.
  646. I really appreciate the many neighbourhoods of Berkeley. There is still the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And it has the University of California, which is the greatest gift, to my mind, to be close to it. It keeps the place alive.
  647. I really am at a place where I think we need to feed every child at school for free and feed them a real school lunch that’s sustainable and nutritious and delicious. It needs to be part of the curriculum of the school in the same way that physical education was part of the curriculum, and all children participated.
  648. I once had an Early Girl tomato at my friend Jay’s house, and I thought that was the best thing I’d ever had. But then I visited friends in Senegal, and I ate sea urchin pulled fresh out of the sea. It tasted like the ocean.
  649. I love those tiny little onions in the spring that are so small they’re almost like a little chive.
  650. I know once people get connected to real food, they never change back.
  651. I just hope Americans come to understand that food isn’t something to be manipulated by our teeth and shoved down our gullet, that it’s our spiritual and physical nourishment and important to our well-being as a nation.
  652. I have been talking nonstop about the symbolism of an edible landscape at the White House. I think it says everything about stewardship of the land and about the nourishment of a nation.
  653. I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary.
  654. I have a fireplace in my kitchen that I light every night, no matter what.
  655. I guess I don’t really believe in retirement. I believe in shorter days and maybe in weekends!
  656. I feel that good food should be a right and not a privilege, and it needs to be without pesticides and herbicides. And everybody deserves this food. And that’s not elitist.
  657. I feel like old age in America is a very sad thing. I have been many different places around the world where getting older is something you look forward to.
  658. I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture.
  659. I eat meat, but no meat that isn’t pastured is acceptable, and we probably need to eat a whole lot less.
  660. I don’t want food that comes from animals that are caged up and fed antibiotics. I am really suspicious of that kind of production of meat and poultry.
  661. I don’t think it ever works to tell people what they can’t eat. They can do it for so long, and then they fall off. You have to bring them into a new relationship with food.
  662. I do feel like food should cost more, because we aren’t paying farmers a living wage. It has to cost more.
  663. I can’t imagine leaving the restaurant. It’s hard for me to separate my life from my work; I’m really thinking about what we’re doing every day.
  664. I can remember the three restaurant experiences of my childhood. All I wanted to do on my birthday was to go to the Automat in New York… but I don’t know if you consider that a real restaurant.
  665. I came to all the realizations about sustainability and biodiversity because I fell in love with the way food tastes. That was it. And because I was looking for that taste I feel at the doorsteps of the organic, local, sustainable farmers, dairy people and fisherman.
  666. I believe there should be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all for free and for every child that goes to school. And all food that is good, clean and fair.
  667. I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They’re talking about the diets of children, but they’re talking about Band-Aids. We’re not seeing a vision.
  668. I am an optimist of the first order.
  669. Hard-boiled eggs are wonderful when they’re really done right. I bring the water to a boil, and then I put in the eggs. And then I boil them for – well, it depends on the size of the egg – maybe eight minutes.
  670. Grass-fed cattle are leaner. But it’s not true that they are less flavorful.
  671. Food should be cheap, and labor should be cheap, and everything should be the same no matter where you go; whether it’s a McDonald’s in Germany or one in California, it should be the same. And this message is destroying cultures around the world. Needless to say, agriculture goes with it.
  672. Food isn’t like anything else. It’s something precious. It’s not a commodity.
  673. Food culture is like listening to the Beatles – it’s international, it’s very positive, it’s inventive and creative.
  674. Food can be very transformational, and it can be more than just about a dish. That’s what happened to me when I first went to France. I fell in love. And if you fall in love, well, then everything is easy.
  675. First, kids should be involved in the production of their own food. They have to get their hands in the dirt, they have to grow things. They also have to become sensually stimulated, and the way to begin is with a bakery.
  676. Everything tastes better with butter. Meat that has fat in it is tender in a certain way, flavorful in a certain way. It’s hard to deny the flavor quotient there.
  677. English food writer Elizabeth David, cook and author Richard Olney and the owner of Domaine Tempier Lulu Peyraud have all really inspired the way I think about food.
  678. Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think it’s important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well – a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.
  679. Buy foods from nearby farms and have that food served in the cafeteria.
  680. Basically, the person in the White House should be principled, should have a philosophy about food that relates directly to organic agriculture. I will continue to push for that.
  681. Americans don’t have deep gastronomic roots. They wanted to get away from the cultures of Europe or wherever they came from. We stirred up that melting pot pretty quickly.
  682. A whole set of values comes with fast food: Everything should be fast, cheap and easy; there’s always more where that came from; there are no seasons; you shouldn’t be paid very much for preparing food. It’s uniformity and a lack of connection.
  683. A lot of equipment can get in the way of the connection with food, with touching and feeling.
  684. You’ve got to love what’s yours.
  685. When you’re talented, you’re talented.
  686. When I’m on stage, my interaction with the audience is something that really makes me come alive. It’s a feeling like no other. The energy of the crowd fuels something new inside.
  687. When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice – you have to put in six.
  688. When I was younger, my mother and I, we’d have these crazy, crazy fights. Everyone would storm out mad, and the only way that I’d be able to express myself was to write her. We would write letters back and forth for days. When I’m writing, I feel uninterrupted. I write what I’m going through and how I see it.
  689. When I was first learning songs, I’d have a favorite song, and I’d take the chords and twist them around. I’d learn the chords and then play them backward. That was my first experimenting with writing a song.
  690. When I was a kid, I’d practise Chopin on piano – and I love Chopin! He’s my dawg! Then I’d go out on the stoop and blast the radio. I’m from New York, the concrete jungle. Hip-hop influenced me from day one.
  691. When I had nothing else, I had my mother and the piano. And you know what? They were all I needed.
  692. When I first started getting into the business, a young woman in a music game that was mostly men, I did feel inadequate.
  693. What breaks my heart is suffering of any kind. Too often, our world is divisive and cruel where it needs to be uniting and loving.
  694. We’re all going to change. Otherwise, it’s boring.
  695. We have the potential to help people out of poverty, out of disease, out of slavery and out of conflict. Too often, we turn the other way because we think there’s nothing we can do.
  696. We are all one. We’re not as separate as we oftentimes think.
  697. To be able to help a 13-year-old kid from the Bronx follow her dreams just by letting her know she’s not forgotten in this crazy world – that’s why I got involved with Frum Tha Ground Up.
  698. Things can be really empty in this world, and I don’t just mean the music world. It can become a very meaningless place if you don’t really understand: ‘who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing?’ To feel fulfilment and have a deeper level of understanding, personally, that is the most important thing.
  699. There’s too much darkness in the world. Everywhere you turn, someone is tryin’ to tear someone down in some way; everywhere you go, there’s a feeling of inadequacy, or a feeling that you’re not good enough. I want to bring a certain light to the world.
  700. The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird.
  701. The element of fire to me is very powerful because of what it symbolizes, how it symbolizes a strength. It symbolizes something that’s unstoppable. You can’t get through it, you know.
  702. The desire to play has always been in me. I remember my first experience at about four or five of really dying to sing and dying to play that came from no one telling me to do so.
  703. Stevie Wonder’s records introduced me to ’70s soul when I was 12 or 13.
  704. Soul music is timeless.
  705. Sometimes I’ve gotten photographs back and people have literally shaven off pieces of me, and I tell them to put it back.
  706. Some of the greatest artists did their best work when they got political.
  707. Simplicity makes me happy.
  708. People don’t expect me to be as funny as I am.
  709. Once people see this ‘Unplugged,’ I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate… I want you to see another side of me, that’s free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired.
  710. Not because I’m trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades.
  711. My parents weren’t married. It wasn’t like my dad up and left. I maintained a steady relationship with my grandparents. My dad’s mother is my nana, and I’m closer to her than almost anybody in this world.
  712. My music comes from many, many, many places. My emotions, my feelings, my thoughts, and conversations I have with people I know who influence me.
  713. My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading.
  714. My mom is definitely my rock.
  715. My mom always said, ‘Don’t date a guy who thinks he’s prettier than you.’
  716. My mixed-race background made me a broad person, able to relate to different cultures. But any woman of colour, even a mixed colour, is seen as black in America. So that’s how I regard myself.
  717. Music is funny. I shouldn’t even ever talk about music, because you can have all the ideas in your head, and it never goes exactly the way that you think it’s gonna go.
  718. Mozart would play a counterpart with his left hand while using his right to mock it. It was blue, dark, shadowy – and it made me feel something. That’s when I realized music was inside me.
  719. Most times, your blessings are also your curses. And for me, I have this ability to express myself so clearly with pen and paper, but when it comes to expressing myself verbally, I put up a big wall.
  720. Maturity and experience are part of my liberation.
  721. It’s when we become afraid of everything and worried about everything that you are never going to reach your highest potential.
  722. It’s not until I hear songs that I’ve done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the ’60s and ’70s has been.
  723. If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want – I go to the bathroom.
  724. If I didn’t love it, I would not record it.
  725. I’ve stepped more into my womanhood, I’m a mother now, I’m having a beautiful relationship as a wife and as a friend.
  726. I’ve stepped more into my business and really… taken control for how I want that to be.
  727. I’ve learned that while I’d be a fool not to stay open to the advice and experiences of the smart, amazing people in my life, I also need to listen to what I have to say.
  728. I’ve always valued the input of the people I love. So in the past, whenever I’d make a decision – what to wear to an event, whether to pursue a job opportunity – I’d consult those closest to me, like my mother, husband, or manager.
  729. I’ve always been very private, maybe because I discovered my mother, who is a wonderful lady, is very emotional.
  730. I’ve always been strong-minded, but I wonder.
  731. I’m very happy with my body.
  732. I’m the cofounder of Keep a Child Alive. We provide medicine for families affected by HIV and AIDS in places like Africa and India.
  733. I’m not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I’m thick. I like my body.
  734. I’m inspired by artists and musicians. There are so many wonderful and talented people in the world. I love discovering new music, new writers, or new art.
  735. I’m a very positive person, but this whole concept of having to always be nice, always smiling, always happy, that’s not real. It was like I was wearing a mask. I was becoming this perfectly chiselled sculpture, and that was bad. That took a long time to understand.
  736. I’m a very caring person.
  737. I’d rather not have anything than be a liar.
  738. I’d rather believe in my own choice and see it all go wrong than do something I’m not fully convinced of and later feel guilty about it.
  739. I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn’t me.
  740. I was worried that one day, 40 years from now, I would look back and wouldn’t be able to remember the details of my life, so I’ve written them all down.
  741. I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.
  742. I want to continue to produce film, television, and theater, and to make the most amazing music that I’ve made in my life.
  743. I think you are who you are, and your kids will see who you are. So you’d better be a good person, because they are going to see it, and that’s going to shape them. They are going to become you.
  744. I think I grew up really fast; I grew up in this really fast-paced business, and I never understood what it meant to take a break or take time off or recover, and I paid for it.
  745. I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That’s just not what my life is.
  746. I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion.
  747. I really appreciate Frank Ocean’s lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it’s still lyrical. It’s almost poetic, in a way, but it’s very personal at the same time.
  748. I promised myself that I’d never actually admit to listening to ‘New Kids on the Block.’
  749. I love the written word so much, I know it’s gonna flow naturally.
  750. I love my own music.
  751. I love my legs.
  752. I love my heritage! I have my mother, who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
  753. I love my heritage!
  754. I love children and I love family and I love that interaction. Because I had a really close relationship with my mother, I understand that deep powerful love, and it’s so beautiful. To be a mother to a child is the most brilliant gift; it’s gorgeous.
  755. I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life.
  756. I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That’s why I still love to sleep on couches now.
  757. I know people who’ve gone to jail. It don’t mean you stop loving them! They deservin’ love just as much in there, and maybe they needin’ it more.
  758. I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up – I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.
  759. I have this vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket. When I put it on, it has this supercool feeling to it.
  760. I have solid decent people around me, and I believe that is all it is, because you will get destroyed if you have people bringing you down.
  761. I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.
  762. I have big everything on the bottom, but I love my legs. You’ve got to love what’s yours.
  763. I grew up in the middle of everything. I walked the streets alone, I rode the trains alone, I came home at three in the morning alone; that was what I did.
  764. I grew up in a pretty tough neighborhood.
  765. I grew up around the theatre. My mother is an actress. I would fall asleep on tons of theatre chairs. It’s in my blood; it’s in my spirit and my fabric of who I am.
  766. I find myself to be truly primal and passionate. Everything I do comes from a primal place.
  767. I fell in love with the piano. I knew it was me. I was dying to play.
  768. I feel the presence of a higher power. I believe that what you give is what you get. It’s universal law. I believe in the power of prayer and of words. I’ve learned that when you predict that negative things will happen, they do.
  769. I feel more like I’m a person who has so much to offer in different capacities that it would be a danger for me not to give myself a chance to spread my wings in all different directions.
  770. I feel like the majority of the fear that I had or that we have we hold from other people. They’re like people that we trust; they’re their fears. All of a sudden we think that they’re our fears.
  771. I feel like B sides are always better, no matter whose record it is.
  772. I don’t think even when you find a person, you can be completely honest, ever. There’s still pieces of you that you don’t give away. I do believe you always need that place where it’s just you, your thoughts, no one else’s judgment or anything.
  773. I don’t have a ton of friends, but the friends I have are great ones. I don’t have huge family, but the family I have is a great one.
  774. I don’t dream – only if I’m uncomfortable or I’m going through something.
  775. I definitely want to act, but I also want to score movies, and I have this idea to fuse classical music with other styles that would give it a different perception.
  776. I believe in the limitlessness of humans. We’re capable of incredible things. At times, that realization is frightening.
  777. I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.
  778. I am able to hang with the hardest, the baddest, the worst, and I’m able to hang with the most proper and be at ease. I’m able to hang with any skin colour, any belief. I just fit in everywhere.
  779. I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I’m discovering who I am.
  780. How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.
  781. From the beginning, I’ve had to juggle and weigh the silly things people say – and I’ve learnt that they’re meaningless, and they’re mostly inaccurate. So I don’t worry about it, because there’s nothin’ for me to deal with.
  782. For me, doing a show, the excitement of singing live, and the possibility that you’re not gonna be perfect – that’s the thrill of it.
  783. Failure isn’t an option. I’ve erased the word ‘fear’ from my vocabulary, and I think when you erase fear, you can’t fail.
  784. But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.
  785. As a lyricist, you love to hear other great lyrics or other great concepts.
  786. And I love kick boxing. It’s a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
  787. Adam Levine and I remade the Rolling Stones’ classic Wild Horses, and it is right up my alley, that whole style. It has a style of its own but still stays very true to the classic arrangement, and I love it.
  788. A lot of times I watch TV and I watch film and there’s so many things I’d love to talk about that I feel don’t get the opportunity to be shown. Sometimes things become very stereotypical and one-sided, and I feel like it’s such a colorful world.
  789. A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It’s a very moody key, and also ‘A’ is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.
  790. Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
  791. Ultimately Warhol’s private moral reference was to the supreme kitsch of the Catholic church.
  792. The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction.
  793. The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
  794. The fact to which we have got to cling, as to a lifebelt, is that it is possible to be a normal decent person and yet be fully alive.
  795. Poets are Damned… but See with the Eyes of Angels.
  796. Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.
  797. Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.
  798. My own experience is that a certain kind of genius among students is best brought out in bed.
  799. I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.
  800. I think it was when I ran into Kerouac and Burroughs – when I was 17 – that I realized I was talking through an empty skull… I wasn’t thinking my own thoughts or saying my own thoughts.
  801. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
  802. Fortunately art is a community effort – a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh.
  803. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.
  804. Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!
  805. America, how can I write a holy litany in your silly mood?
  806. America, I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
  807. America I’m putting my queer shoulder to the wheel.
  808. You used to think the suspect was the guy with the cornrows; now you see the police officers with the cornrows.
  809. You think I can be the MVP without practicing?
  810. You look at guys on the court, man. You got this guy with this brand of shoe, and this guy with this brand – they’re just wearing the shoe. But it’s a whole different feeling when you got a shoe on, and it’s yours.
  811. You hit road blocks in life, but I’m living proof that you can overcome those road blocks and become what you want to become.
  812. You gotta do what you gotta do. And I had to figure that out, and I used to – I couldn’t stand the media, but I realized they have a job. They gotta do what they have to do.
  813. You don’t want to hear about how much money I donate to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America or to AIDS awareness or to give out scholarships. You don’t want to hear about that.
  814. You can hide from the devil, but he’ll always find you.
  815. When you win, everything is everything. But when you lose, it’s all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise, but when we lose, it’s on me and Larry Brown. That’s something that I have to learn to accept and deal with.
  816. When you lose, there is a whole bunch of room for negativity and I don’t feed into this stuff and I do not do any talking. I don’t run my mouth.
  817. When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better.
  818. What makes me feel good is all of the people that rooted for A.I. get a chance to say, ‘He did what you never thought he could do. The critics. He did what you never thought he could accomplish.’ This is a moment that me and my fans and my family and friends can share together because we always believed in the dream.
  819. We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it.
  820. This is the thing you dream about when you’re a kid, even before getting into the league.
  821. This is like a tribute to them, the people who helped me to get here. The thing that makes me feel good about the whole thing is, the fans voted me here.
  822. There’s nothing that sells good about Allen Iverson if it’s something positive about Allen Iverson.
  823. That’s where I’ll get the love in my heart: from, the fact that little young guys can look at the obstacles that I had to go through to become a Hall of Famer and know it’s not so bad when it comes to them trying to accomplish the same goal.
  824. That’s the only thing that got me here is my teammates. My teammates and my coach. That’s the only reason I’m here.
  825. Tattoos, cornrows, headbands, hip-hop. I never meant to start any trends. I got my butt kicked, but if that meant that the guys who came after me could be themselves, then it was worth it.
  826. Sometimes it used to hurt so bad when people used to say stuff about me. It still does. But I’m at a level now that I’m like, ‘I ain’t surprised that they said this or that about me.’
  827. So many people supported me and believed in me. They made it so easy for me to believe in myself, because I didn’t want to let them down.
  828. Personally I just want to win a championship.
  829. People and what they say don’t bother me like they used to. When I was younger, I really couldn’t take it because I couldn’t understand where the criticism was coming from.
  830. Obviously, if I could go back and change anything, I would be a perfect man. And I know there’s no perfect man.
  831. My whole thing was being wanted and being accepted by a ball club. That was the most important thing to me.
  832. My mom always told me that I could be anything I wanted to be. And I truly, actually believed it. And I fought.
  833. My friend… used to tease me about a tattoo I had right here, but it was so big, and what he was teasing me about – he said it looked like a flying monkey. It’s supposed to have been a grim reaper holding a ball. But it did look like a monkey.
  834. My dream was bigger than anything else. My fight and me wanting to fulfill what I wanted to be in life. That was enough to keep me strong enough to endure anything.
  835. My actions, right or wrong, there were people who supported me through this long, hard journey.
  836. Me and my family are straight. I am blessed. I am alive, man, and I am healthy, and that is the only thing that matters. Me and my family, everybody else, it really doesn’t matter because why do you care about somebody talking negative about you if they don’t know you?
  837. Man, people have been waiting for me to fall off my whole career. From the first time I stepped on the court. It probably made people sick to their stomachs watching my whole career, watching the things that I’ve done in my career.
  838. Man, I’m 31 years old and a husband with four kids; I hope I’m no thug. I hear all those negative things and don’t hear anything positive. I think that’s all those people feel… that way that’s all they hear about when you hear Allen Iverson did something negative or something.
  839. LeBron ain’t got none of my game, but his heart is all mine.
  840. Larry Brown molded me into an MVP and a Hall of Fame player.
  841. Just understand that there’s going to be some ups, there’s going to be some downs.
  842. Just because you put a guy in a tuxedo doesn’t make him a good guy.
  843. It was just the greatest feeling to see a kid with your shoes on.
  844. It was a great experience for me – the ups and downs – because I became a man in Philadelphia.
  845. It was a blessing just to play one NBA basketball game.
  846. If you’re from Virginia, then you know some white people from Poquoson don’t like black people.
  847. If we lose games, and I don’t score a lot, they gonna say I’m not scoring enough.
  848. If that many people recognize how hard I go every night and what I put into my game, to make myself and my team better, it means a lot to me. I’m fortunate; I’m blessed to be in the situation that I’m in right now.
  849. If I’m not getting older and more mature at 31, then something’s wrong.
  850. If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart.
  851. If I could take back all the mistakes that I made throughout my career, I would have had a perfect career. I would have missed no shots. I would have made no turnovers. I would have went right instead of going left when I was supposed to, every game.
  852. I’ve accomplished so many things in basketball. I financially secured my kids’ life and their future. I’m just happy. I’m just blessed. So anything that I’m not awarded doesn’t matter because I’ve been rewarded enough in this lifetime.
  853. I’m the biggest Westbrook fan, I think, there is. You know what I mean? Because he reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out. Just a guy that’s going to bring it every single night.
  854. I’m not going to be the same as I was when I’ve made so many bad mistakes.
  855. I’m just overwhelmed with the fact that I had a signature shoe. It’s actually ‘my shoe.’
  856. I’m just a regular 24/7 dad now.
  857. I’m a father; I’m a friend. I think I’ve got the biggest heart in the world. A lot of times, that’s not a good thing. It’s a gift and a curse.
  858. I’m a Hall of Famer, and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or wherever, and somebody will come up to me and say, ‘Practice? We talkin’ ’bout practice?’ Man, I am a Hall of Famer, and that’s all you can think about?
  859. I wish there was a season where I was playing and didn’t have no aches, no pains, no bruises, no nothing.
  860. I wish the media and people that work in media would realize sometimes – and I know it doesn’t pay your bills – but sometimes just sit back and think, like, ‘Man, what if this was my child? And somebody was doing this to them? And they had to go through it? If somebody bashed them like this?’
  861. I went from the projects to a real house. It was a big difference.
  862. I wasn’t afraid to be who I am. I didn’t think anything was wrong with it.
  863. I wasn’t a point guard. I was a killer.
  864. I wasn’t a fan of the Sixers. My dad was a big Mo Cheeks fan, and he wanted me to be drafted by the Sixers. My thing was, if that could make my dad happy, then that would make me happy, you know what I mean?
  865. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school, and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore.
  866. I wanted my fans and my family and my friends to be proud of me.
  867. I want to thank coach Thompson… for saving my life. For giving me the opportunity.
  868. I want to play basketball so bad.
  869. I wanna thank Biggie Smalls, Redman, Jadakiss, Tupac and Michael Jackson for being my theme music throughout my career.
  870. I used to say my biggest accomplishment was just getting drafted, whether it was the first pick or the 100th or whatever.
  871. I think a lot of times, when people who get a chance to meet me and be around me, they understand that I’m not the person that the media make me out to be.
  872. I surround myself with people who make me laugh.
  873. I owe all of this to the guys I’ve played with and all the coaches that have helped me get to where I’m at right now. I’m honored to be here.
  874. I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look: being able to look into somebody’s eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight, or if they are not.
  875. I make all that money and it ain’t enough. I gotta make more to help all the people around me.
  876. I made a lot of mistakes. And obviously, it cost me.
  877. I love my fans in Philadelphia, but this is the hardest place in the world to play in. And I think it’s the hardest place to play in to be a superstar. Just to be the No. 1 guy. All eyes on you – because everybody wants you to be perfect, but not themselves.
  878. I knew I was gonna be the number one pick, but I didn’t know.
  879. I just want kids all over the world to know you have to practice to be any good in this game; it’s too hard.
  880. I just feel this is my planet.
  881. I have no regrets on anything. People ask me all the time, ‘Do I have any regrets?’ I don’t have any. If I could back and do it all over, would I change anything? No.
  882. I had to learn that some people are just not going to like you. I had to have thick skin when I would see what people would say or write about me.
  883. I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way.
  884. I gotta win games. Because if we lose games, and I score a lot, they going to say I’m scorin’ too much.
  885. I got a lot of love for NBC, Tom Brokaw. He did a lot for me, and I appreciate him, and I owe a lot to him for that.
  886. I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.
  887. I felt like I was better at football than I am in basketball.
  888. I failed, got back up. I failed, got back up.
  889. I dressed like the guys who I grew up with. I looked like the guys I grew up with.
  890. I don’t watch college basketball.
  891. I don’t want to just go to the playoffs, I don’t want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it’s bittersweet.
  892. I don’t really care too much about what people who don’t care about me say about me, but a lot of times, you know, I get tired of defending myself.
  893. I don’t have any problems with what these guys wear because they got their own style and their own originality. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, man.
  894. I don’t feel no type of way. I just understand that He helped me accomplish a lot of things in the NBA. I’ve done so many things that people thought that I couldn’t do.
  895. I don’t care. I feel like if we don’t make a trade, we have to get it done with what we’ve got.
  896. I didn’t take constructive criticism the way I should have. When I finally caught up to that, that’s when I went to being the MVP.
  897. I didn’t do this by myself, man. It was so many people, so many fans that came in there and cheered for me, night in and night out.
  898. I couldn’t have accomplished the things in my career if I didn’t practice, and the worst part about that whole thing is when a kid comes up to me and says ‘Allen, I don’t like practice, either.’ I’ve got to straighten that kid right then.
  899. I can’t take it back. I can’t take anything back. So I don’t regret it.
  900. I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be all right. I’ve got to just play basketball.
  901. I am sick of defending myself, and I am not going to keep on doing it.
  902. I always wanted to be a Sixer… I always wanted to finish my career as a Sixer.
  903. He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson.
  904. Guys is supposed to be able to be original and dress like how they want to dress. The NBA can’t dress no grown man.
  905. God gave me all this; why waste the talent that he gave me? Why not go full throttle with it all and try to become in the class with the greatest players that ever played the game? That’s just a great feeling.
  906. Everybody talks about that one when they first meet me. ‘Man, I still remember the play you shook Jordan.’ Everybody gonna always remember it because it was Jordan.
  907. Everybody is their own person.
  908. Either you give in, or you fight. That’s all I know, being where I’m from. You fight for what you want. You go after what you want. The only thing I could do was give up or keep fighting for what I wanted in life.
  909. Don’t nobody wanna talk about or hear about somebody donating money to a charity. You wanna hear about what Bin Laden is doing and what you think is on his mind.
  910. Doing this for so long, I realize that the media – you have a boss. And your boss wants you to provide the best material that you can. And he might put pressure on you to do it a way that you feel is unconstitutional. You might not like it. But you still gotta feed your family.
  911. Detroit was a bad situation for me.
  912. Coming into the league, if I would’ve had money, then obviously I would’ve had more tattoos.
  913. Coach’s voice will never leave my head as long as I live.
  914. Being older, I can’t imagine a parent not wanting to be in their kid’s life. I will just never understand it. To me, it’s priceless.
  915. Being in a fishbowl, everybody looking at every move you make, talking about everything you do – it’s just a hard life to live.
  916. Being an All-Star is everything.
  917. At times, I might have been too young; I might have been too naive at times and didn’t understand who I really was to a whole culture.
  918. At some point, it comes to an end regardless, however it comes, whether it is retirement or injury; at some point, it comes to an end.
  919. As far as how I expressed ‘practice, practice, practice’ over and over again, I wouldn’t take that back because, obviously, that sound bite is great for the media and for the fans, because they love it.
  920. Any one of my shoes that I had, you knew that, night in, night out, I gave my teammates and my fans everything that I had.
  921. All my tattoos are tattoos that I wanted to get, but I couldn’t afford.
  922. All I ever wanted to do was wear Jordans. I think there was only one or two pair I never had.
  923. A negative Allen Iverson story is the greatest Allen Iverson story, for some reason.
  924. You know most of the food that Americans hold so dear – things like hamburgers and hot dogs – were road food, but even before they were road food, they were peasant food.
  925. You don’t want flame to hit your food. Flame is bad. Flame does nasty things to food. It makes soot and it makes deposits of various chemicals that are not too good for us. The last thing you really want to see licking at your food while it’s on a grill is an actual flame.
  926. Well, you know, when you go into a restaurant, one of the scariest things is the wine list, so whenever I’m really feeling intimidated, I’ll just pick a wine type, like a Chianti or Brunello or a Burgundy, and I’ll pick a year that’s missing and ask for that one.
  927. We’re getting dumbed down, taste-wise.
  928. Very good cooks who are employed as ‘chefs’ rarely refer to themselves as ‘chefs.’ They refer to themselves as ‘cooks.’
  929. Unless your kid is Pele Jr., they’re not going to be able to feed themselves from soccer. If your kid knows how to play soccer, but not make dinner, you have done them a disservice.
  930. The worst food you’ll ever eat will probably be prepared by a ‘cook’ who calls himself a ‘chef.’ Mark my words.
  931. The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.
  932. The stubby French painter Toulouse-Lautrec supposedly invented chocolate mousse – I find that rather hard to believe, but there you have it.
  933. The problem is I am both a procrastinator and a power junkie, so I am very frustrating to work with.
  934. The kitchen’s a laboratory, and everything that happens there has to do with science. It’s biology, chemistry, physics. Yes, there’s history. Yes, there’s artistry. Yes, to all of that. But what happened there, what actually happens to the food is all science.
  935. That’s the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No. We just have to focus on what the turkey is and what the turkey needs.
  936. Take ice. Ice is fascinating to me. Ice is the one thing in our world that went from an agricultural product to being manufactured.
  937. Stuffing is evil. Stuffing adds mass, so it slows the cooking. That’s evil because the longer the bird cooks, the drier it will be.
  938. So I quit my job and went to the New England Culinary Institute for the full two years and worked in the restaurant industry after that until finally I thought I had a grasp on what I needed to do what I do.
  939. Seriously. I’m not very bright, and it takes a lot for me to get a concept – to really get a concept. To get it enough that it becomes part of me. But when it happens I get real excited about it.
  940. Recipe writers hate to write about heat. They despise it. Because there aren’t proper words for communicating what should be done with it.
  941. My mantra was to educate people – to actually give them the know-how they could use – and to do it in a very subversive kind of way. I would entertain them, and I was going to teach them whether they knew it or not.
  942. My first book is really about heat. That book, for me, was an exploration of heat as ingredient. Why we don’t talk about heat as an ingredient, I don’t quite understand, because it is the common ingredient to all cooking processes.
  943. My feeling has always been that ‘Good Eats’ would have never happened had it been left to a committee.
  944. My college degree was in theater. But the real reason, if I have any success in that milieu, so to speak, is because I spent a lot of years directing, I spent a lot of years behind the camera.
  945. Molecular gastronomy is not bad… but without sound, basic culinary technique, it is useless.
  946. Laughing brains are more absorbent.
  947. Last year, I made a refrigerator in my basement. And I needed to because I needed to figure how – you know there is no such thing as ‘cold.’ There is only less heat.
  948. Jeff Smith was the Julia Child of my generation. When his television show, ‘The Frugal Gourmet,’ made its debut on PBS in the 1980s, it conveyed such genuine enthusiasm for cooking that I was moved for the first time to slap down cold cash for a collection of recipes.
  949. If you really love stuffing, wait until the turkey comes out of the oven, add some of the pan drippings to the stuffing, and bake it in a dish. That’s called dressing, and that’s not evil – stuffing is, though.
  950. I’m like a really goofy home ec teacher.
  951. I’m going from doing all of the work to having to delegate the work – which is almost harder for me than doing the work myself. I’m a lousy delegator, but I’m learning.
  952. I’m an absolute connoisseur of cheeseburgers and like to think that I can detect even mere percentages of shift in fat content in ground meat in a burger and can actually name the temperature to which it was actually cooked to the degree if I’m, you know, really on my game.
  953. I’m a filmmaker who decided to go to culinary school. All I picked up was the fact if I didn’t understand what was going on with every single ingredient, I could be qualifying for, like, the lunch food job at my daughter’s school.
  954. I think in the end there are only 20 or 30 tenets of basic cooking. It’s going at perhaps the same issue from different angles, from different points of view, from different presentation styles, that really makes things sink in and become embedded.
  955. I think a lot of food shows, especially when we started ‘Good Eats’ back in the late ’90s, they were still really about food. ‘Good Eats’ isn’t about food, it’s about entertainment. If, however, we can virally infect you with knowledge or interest, then all the better.
  956. I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy – and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time.
  957. I say grace. I’m a big believer in grace. I happen to believe in a God that made all the food and so I’m pretty grateful for that and I thank him for that. But I’m also thankful for the people that put the food on the table.
  958. I only really fake it anymore with sommeliers who are being really snotty to me and I don’t want to take their grief and so I try to do something to kind of throw them off or put them on the defensive, even if I don’t know what I’m talking about.
  959. I love to have battles of the wits with people that can dish fast and dirty – and it leads to problems occasionally, ’cause I can sound mean without attempting to be mean.
  960. I love poking fun at myself. I have a rather mean sense of humor.
  961. I looked for a very long time, knowing that it had to happen, but it took me a long time to find someone with the same background and whatnot and I finally found him.
  962. I like television. I still believe that television is the most powerful form of communication on Earth – I just hate what is being done with it.
  963. I know people that could serve me canned tuna and saltine crackers and have me feel more at home at their table than some people who can cook circles around me. The more you try to impress people, generally the less you do.
  964. I kept thinking, ‘Somebody has to make a food show that is actually educational and entertaining at the same time… a show that got down to the ‘why things happen.’ Plus, I hated my job – I didn’t think it was very worthwhile.
  965. I have nothing but sympathy for the people who are forced to work with me. I’m better now at picking out those that want to play that game with me, and those that don’t.
  966. I had kicked around the idea for Good Eats when I was directing commercials.
  967. I grill, therefore I am.
  968. I grill almost all of my fish with the skin on because that gives you real protection at least on one side. It’s a nice barrier against super high heat which tends to make a lot of fish to turn really flaky. It’s very easy to overcook fish on the grill. But I still brush it with oil before I start.
  969. I found that if I offered to cook for a girl, my odds improved radically over simply asking a girl out. Through my efforts to attract the opposite sex, I found that not only did cooking work, but that it was actually fun.
  970. I can’t talk about anything or write about anything if I don’t understand it. So a lot of the stuff that I go through and a lot of the time that I spend is understanding.
  971. I am a filmmaker. That is all I’ve ever been. You know, Martin Scorsese makes films about the mob. And I make movies about food.
  972. Gluttony is wrong. It’s wasteful.
  973. For me, it was kind of like going into the military or something. And anybody – any male – who has ever worked in a French kitchen knows what I am talking about when I say that.
  974. Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it.
  975. Enough people have now mentioned Bill Nye the Science Guy to me that I now desperately avoid it all costs.
  976. Do not allow watching food to replace making food.
  977. Culinary tradition is not always based on fact. Sometimes it’s based on history, on habits that come out of a time when kitchens were fueled by charcoal.
  978. Basting is evil. Basting does nothing for the meat. Why? Skin. Skin is designed to keep stuff out of the bird, so basting just lets heat out of the oven. That means the turkey will take longer to cook… so don’t touch that door!
  979. Although I don’t take myself very seriously, I do take my work extraordinarily seriously.
  980. A pie dough comes together exactly like a biscuit only there is very, very little liquid and no leavening involved. Other than that, the same rules apply. My best advice: handle the dough as little as possible.
  981. A meringue is really nothing but a foam. And what is a foam after all, but a big collection of bubbles? And what’s a bubble? It’s basically a very flimsy little latticework of proteins draped with water. We add sugar to this structure, which strengthens it. But things can, and do, go wrong.
  982. A lot of food shows need only to tempt. Some food shows only need to inspire, to empower. And there are a lot of shows that do that.
  983. A balanced diet may be the best medicine. I was eating too much good eats. But people consider that part of your job, you know? Eat. And I do!
  984. ‘Outlaw Cook’ was a revelation. Folks like Jeff Smith and Marcella Hazan got me interested in cooking, but John Thorne pushed me into the path that I follow to this day. This is the only cookbook I’ve ever read that understands how men really eat: over the sink, in the dark, greasy to the elbows.
  985. We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.
  986. We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.
  987. We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.
  988. The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.
  989. The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.
  990. The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.
  991. The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.
  992. The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.
  993. Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.
  994. Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
  995. Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.
  996. Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.
  997. I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.
  998. I do not write, I build.
  999. Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.
  1000. God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.
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