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  1. I read round the subject, I make a skeleton outline, and then I start work in the relevant archives. During the marshaling of the material, I copy the material from each archive file across to the relevant chapter in the skeleton outline.
  2. I love ‘Blackadder,’ but history it certainly ain’t.
  3. I just write the sort of book that I would enjoy reading myself, a book that is both scholarly and recreates the experience of people at that time.
  4. I just love the days when you come out of the archives with half a dozen excellent descriptions or poignant accounts of personal experiences.
  5. I joined the Army in 1965 and served with the 11th Hussars, which I loved. The regiment was so relaxed – a salute was more like a friendly wave.
  6. I have come across both inspiring teachers of history and deplorable ones over the years, so one cannot generalise, except perhaps to observe that the profession seems to encourage anti-militarist sentiments.
  7. I get slightly obsessive about working in archives because you don’t know what you’re going to find. In fact, you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it.
  8. I feel slightly uneasy at the way historians are consulted as if history is going to repeat itself. It never does.
  9. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
  10. I can’t envisage stopping writing.
  11. I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
  12. I am not someone who believes I am going to find a historical scoop.
  13. Historical truth and the marketing needs of the movie and television industry remain fundamentally incompatible.
  14. Every country has its own perspective on the Second World War. This is not surprising when experiences and memories are so different.
  15. Entertainment history is now the main source of supposedly historical knowledge for more and more people, but ‘histo-tainment’ is superficial and lacks all context.
  16. Counter-knowledge covers the propagation of false legends and conspiracy theories often used for political purposes or fundamentalist religious propaganda.
  17. At the beginning of June 1944, the war was reaching a climax. German troops had been brutalised by the savagery of the ongoing fighting in Russia, where the Red Army was secretly preparing its vast encirclement of the Germans’ Army Group Centre.
  18. At a purely practical level, history is important because it provides the basic skills needed for students to go further in sociology, politics, international relations and economics. History is also an ideal discipline for almost all careers in the law, the civil service and the private sector.
  19. Alpacas are very endearing, and they all have very different personalities.
  20. A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems.
  21. You need not wonder at my knowing all human languages; for, to tell you the truth, I also understand all the secrets of human silence.
  22. When I review Xerxes’ achievements, I praise him, not for having yoked the Hellespont, but for having crossed it. But I can see that Nero will neither sail through the Isthmus nor complete his digging.
  23. Virtue comes by nature, learning, and practice, and thanks to virtue, all of the aforesaid may deserve approval.
  24. The gods, as they are beneficent, if they find anyone who is healthy and whole and unscarred by vice, will send him away, surely, after crowning him, not with golden crowns, but with all sorts of blessings.
  25. The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one’s power to those humans who deserve it.
  26. Pythagoras said that medicine is the most godlike of arts. But if the most godlike, it should tend to the soul as well as the body, or else a living thing must be unhealthy, being diseased in its higher part.
  27. Plato said that virtue has no master. If a person does not honor this principle and rejoice in it, but is purchasable for money, he creates many masters for himself.
  28. O ye gods, grant unto me to have little and to want nothing.
  29. O thou Sun, send me as far over the earth as is my pleasure and thine, and may I make the acquaintance of good men, but never hear anything of bad ones, nor they of me.
  30. Never may a man prone to believe scandal be a despot or a popular leader! Under his guidance, democracy itself will be despotism.
  31. Nero may have understood how to tune his cithern, but he disgraced his imperial office both by slackening and by tightening the strings.
  32. My ideal is for each to do what he knows and what he can.
  33. Multicolored stones and paintings, walkways, and theaters are useless in a city unless it also contains wisdom and law. Such things are the subject of wisdom and law, not equivalent to them.
  34. Just as an individual of pre-eminent worth transforms democracy into a monarchy of the best man, even so the rule of one man, if in all things it has an eye to the common welfare, is democracy.
  35. It is the duty of the law-giver to deliver to the many the instructions of whose truth he has persuaded himself.
  36. It is at the time of dawn that we must commune with the gods.
  37. It is a true man’s part not to err, but it is also noble of a man to perceive his error.
  38. In my travels, which have been wider than ever man yet accomplished, I have seen many, many wild beasts of Arabia and India; but this beast, that is commonly called a Tyrant, I know not how many heads it has, nor if it be crooked of claw, and armed with horrible fangs.
  39. In my judgment, excellence and wealth are direct opposites, since when the one shrinks, the other grows, and when one grows, the other shrinks.
  40. If you have problems of conduct that are difficult and hard to settle, I will furnish you with solutions, for I not only know matters of practice and duty, but I even know them beforehand.
  41. If any man has left us for fear of Nero, I shall not account him a coward; but I shall hail as a philosopher any man who has been superior to this fear, and I shall teach him all I know.
  42. I pray as follows: May justice reign, may the laws not be broken, may the wise men be poor, and the poor men rich, without sin.
  43. I have not yet learned to keep still.
  44. I feel friendship towards philosophers, but towards sophists, teachers of literature, or any other such kind of godforsaken people, I neither feel friendship now, nor may I ever do so in the future.
  45. I delight to lodge in such temples as are not regularly kept closed. None of the gods reject me; they make me partner of their roof.
  46. I asked questions when I was a stripling, and it is not my business to ask questions now, but to teach people what I have discovered.
  47. I asked certain rich men if they felt embittered. ‘How could we not?’ they said. So I asked them what caused this anguish. They blamed their wealth.
  48. Festivals cause diseases, since they lighten cares but increase gluttony.
  49. Every argument is incapable of helping unless it is singular and addressed to a single person. Therefore, one who discourses in any other way presumably does so from love of reputation.
  50. Don’t keep your good manners to the end another time, but begin with them.
  51. Do not consider that to be wealth which is hoarded away, for how is it better than sand gathered from the nearest heap? Nor that which comes in from men who groan at their taxes: for the gold that is wrung from tears is of base alloy and black.
  52. As soldiers need not only courage but tactics also, so does a philosopher need not only courage and philosophy but discernment also, to tell what his right time of dying is – so that he neither seek it nor flee it.
  53. All the earth is mine, and I have a right to go all over it and through it.
  54. A man must fortify himself and understand that a wise man who yields to laziness or anger or passion or love of drink, or who commits any other action prompted by impulse and inopportune, will probably find his fault condoned; but if he stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all vices at once.
  55. You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.
  56. What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.
  57. What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.
  58. We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent.
  59. We are as great as our belief in human liberty – no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
  60. To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold – brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
  61. There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
  62. There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream.
  63. There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.
  64. The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  65. The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life – to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.
  66. Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.
  67. Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
  68. Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
  69. Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
  70. It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
  71. Freedom is the right to one’s dignity as a man.
  72. Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
  73. Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man’s life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
  74. A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
  75. You marry your friends when you stay with your friends. It’s hard enough to find a good roommate, let alone a good person you can live with and fall in love with at the same time. You might as well just take your roommate, if you can find one, and marry them.
  76. You have all these song titles and song time, and you put it in a certain order, and you slap a cover on it. That’s a record. That’s how I’ve seen all my records.
  77. When a song blows your mind the first time you hear it, you don’t know where it’s going. It’s blowing your mind as it’s unfolding. Then there’s that sensation that you’re actually going to remember the song.
  78. When I get to do whatever I want, I’m perfectly happy. I’ve found that the best scenario is that I just do what I do, and if somebody wants to be part of it, they should work as a conduit for what vision I have. They should help me complete the universe.
  79. We’re all making castles in the sand, wonderful tapestries, an exquisite corpse. But is it meaningful? No. It’s dogs barking. It doesn’t mean anything beyond our yelping, at the pain of being alive.
  80. There’s no relationship to the narrative anymore. People want their own interpretation of history. We’re compartmentalizing, forgetting what came directly before, like it’s not a big deal. That, to me, is a crime.
  81. The media lies to us all the time, and we always believe the media.
  82. The early pictures of me you see online, in just T-shirts and hoodies – I’m still that guy with the hoodie. But what you don’t get to see in most of those pics is that I had these red clogs on that had, like, eyeballs on the ends of them that I drew on. That speaks a little bit more to what I was going after, stylistically.
  83. That’s one thing I don’t think people consider nowadays. They want to believe in the importance of marriage, boil it down to just a signature on a legal document. But that’s exactly what it is. If not, why not just get married without one?
  84. That’s my talent, I make people feel uneasy.
  85. R Stevie Moore was obviously a huge influence and is still a very big influence in my life.
  86. People should be more passive with what they consider trustworthy.
  87. Oh, I had my gothy phase, but I was never a troublemaker or anything like that. I was a little bit introspective, a little bit morbid. I was small for my age, so I was bullied and that kind of stuff.
  88. My music has always been my solo project.
  89. My career is a burden, but I can’t just fade out like a pathetic sore loser. More often than not, I’m just making a fool of myself for the hundredth time, and that wasn’t part of the plan, initially. I’d be happier not having any kind of public presence whatsoever and just hiding behind the sleeves of the CD.
  90. Maybe by making people feel uncomfortable, I tap into that uncanny quality that is a part of the scariest, weirdest things that you remember happening to you when you were a kid.
  91. In the years between 2000 and 2004, I always got the feeling that people were just starting to hear about me, and they were all late to the game. I’d be out playing shows for records that I recorded back in 1999 that were just coming out.
  92. If you spend the first 30 years of your life only trying to look good, you’re not going to know yourself very well. If you got it, flaunt it.
  93. If you don’t appeal to kids, to the zeitgeist, you get thrown on the scrapheap.
  94. If you are going to go to Heaven, I’m going to Heaven. But I don’t believe in Heaven.
  95. If somebody ever says something is a mature theme, it’s bound to not be. I mean, you shouldn’t fall for that. You can make it sound mature, but anything that’s about being mature is pretty immature.
  96. If I got the option of going into outer space and hanging out there for a day and then coming back home and dying the next day, or just waiting around to see if there’s any opportunity for the technology to develop so that I might experience outer space sometime in the future, I would probably take the ride today and die tomorrow.
  97. I’m so unmaterialistic in every way. If you saw my apartment, it would explain a lot, I think. It’s not so much a mess, but it just needs to have some feng shui or a real ‘Queer Eye’ makeover or whatever.
  98. I’m not just going to go back to my bedroom, get a job and ‘get real with myself’ – come on. I’m already too old, and I’m lucky to have a job at all.
  99. I’m not interested in nostalgia; I’m interested in who I am.
  100. I’m in love with Ariana Grande – she’s got a very curious personality; I hear she loves Freddy Krueger, and I love Freddy Krueger, which makes me feel like we’d be perfect for each other.
  101. I’m in Hollywood – I have no business not being in the movie industry.
  102. I’d like to be seen as a normal, attractive person with good values.
  103. I was definitely a thespian of sorts in elementary school. I went to a real small private school, and every year, I participated in the talent shows and the school plays – all of ’em.
  104. I was actually under a lot of heaviness when I was younger. I thought of myself as an old soul. I was very obsessed with death. Basically, I didn’t really have a youth – I sublimated all that into my identity and my music.
  105. I want to stay in some era and remain there like a stupid idiot and see what happens when you try to pause time and not affect it. Not succeed. Not try to think ahead or think behind.
  106. I think I’ve been lucky enough to have had an extended adolescence. I’m a lot like I was when I was 15.
  107. I really wanted to make the worst thing: the thing that even people who liked bad, terrible music wouldn’t like – the stuff that people would ignore, always. Something really, really stupid. Something that is destined for failure.
  108. I probably would never be caught wearing a baseball cap. Hats are difficult to me because they tend to be too big for my head. They don’t fit right, and I feel ridiculous.
  109. I never thought of myself as capable of stirring up – generating – the actual drumroll for a record, you know, all the press.
  110. I never see songs as permanent. I’m always in a state of revising everything.
  111. I love to get to that place where I don’t know what kind of music I’m doing; I don’t know if it’s any good. I don’t know if it’s anything. It’s a big question mark. The idea is to have interesting results. That’s my bottom line.
  112. I love it when other people can come up with ideas and tell me what to do.
  113. I love everybody. You have to embrace all facets of humanity; love and accept everyone as being part of yourself.
  114. I look suspicious if I dress in sort of benign clothes, going to the airport.
  115. I know when somebody’s heard my music. I can hear it in their music.
  116. I have lots of friends, but I’m probably a terrible friend to all of them, even my family. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself with no friends later on in life. My friends become my enemies.
  117. I have a theory: I believe that with the advent of the United States and the lawful definition of marriage, it was defined as between one man and one woman. It was anti-polygamy, in effect saying no man can hoard his women.
  118. I have a strong impulse to protect history and time and the lineage of events.
  119. I had a very active inner life as a kid. There’s a good album or two worth of stuff that I can bring out on a rainy day if I have a loss for inspiration or whatever – even now.
  120. I get to live down my reputation for being cantankerous if I slowly evolve towards being a really good live show.
  121. I feel like I’m neither a girl nor a boy. I don’t feel like a man.
  122. I don’t want any injustice brought against the bullies. Bullies just don’t know any better. Anyone who is crying about police brutality or victimization as an adult needs to stop it and realize the privileges we have in this country.
  123. I don’t think I threw myself into music because I had the best intentions; it was because I was really angry.
  124. I do get credit for having a California sound to my music, but I don’t think people really know what that means – they think the Beach Boys. I’m thinking more like Sunset Strip in the 1960s and stuff like that.
  125. I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to be a journalist talking about music. You’re left with empty descriptions; you probably have to make up a sort of weird cocktail of band influences and references to other music to get your point across.
  126. I always wanted to get into rock music so I could cover up my real personality, change my voice, and create a false self to hide behind.
  127. I always thought, ‘I could go the route of saying some controversial things and have it explode, just do it like that. But I don’t do that.’ But of course, it wasn’t really up to me.
  128. Do you know I used to pride myself on the fact that I’d never booked a show in my life, but that I’d played so many because I’d been invited?
  129. Confidence was never in short supply in my case. If anything, I think I overshot the mark with confidence way too early in my career, and gradually, it’s about just getting more humble and wanting to sit down more.
  130. Ariel Pink never really existed because he was always Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, but then people started doing interviews with Ariel Pink as if Ariel Pink existed.
  131. Your success can’t be determined by your surname but only by your work.
  132. You got to have an emotional connect with the audience who watch you.
  133. Women who want to work should be given the choice to do that. If you decide to work even after getting married, then men should allow that to happen.
  134. With ‘Aurangzeb,’ I just knew that the film wasn’t going to work, though I think it was one of my most underrated performances. I did the film too early in my career, but I stand by it.
  135. Who would say no to a film like ‘Gunday?’
  136. When you work with people you aspire to be like, you pay attention to them.
  137. When you come from within the industry, you are better prepared for the industry. For example, you see your family deal with the nonsense that is written in the papers, or the highs and lows of a hit and a flop.
  138. When you aren’t doing too many films, people find other things to write about you.
  139. When I get married, I think what matters is you should be happy with the person you are living with.
  140. When ‘Ishaqzaade’ released, I was going through hell. It didn’t matter what I said or did, because I had lost my mother.
  141. Two actors can be friends very easily. I think two actresses can also be friends.
  142. There is pathos and drama in ‘Half Girlfriend.’
  143. There is nothing wrong being a house husband, and I do believe there is something right about it.
  144. There are some people who cannot watch every film because of age. They might watch only three films in a year.
  145. The flop that hit me was ‘Tevar.’ It felt like someone knocked the wind out of me. When you do a home production, it always hurts more. I wasn’t ready to accept that ‘Tevar’ didn’t do well.
  146. The choice of films I make is directly proportional to the kind of cinema I have grew up watching.
  147. Success demands sacrifices. I believe it’s a small price to pay for the adulation and love one receives.
  148. Sometimes, it is important for actors to take risky decisions.
  149. Sadly, Indians are not very easily accepted in Pakistan, and that has a lot to do with the governments.
  150. People have even said my father paid Aditya Chopra to make a film for me. It’s illogical. People say what they have to say.
  151. People feel that in this industry friendships are not for real, but that’s not true. Otherwise, what is the point of being friends?
  152. People are always ready to pull you down.
  153. My personal style statement is very casual. And for me, comfort tops the chart over anything else.
  154. My mother was the nicest person in the world. I still have people coming to me to say how she was so warm, generous, and kind-hearted. She never washed her dirty linen in public. She always maintained her equations with people.
  155. My life is cinematic in some ways.
  156. My heritage is Pakistani, and I have loads of Pakistani fans on social media who I would love to connect with.
  157. My grandfather is from Peshawar; he was born there.
  158. My granddad passed away a month before I started shooting for ‘Ishaqzaade,’ and my mom died just before the film’s release, both within a year of each other.
  159. My first film, ‘Ishaqzaade,’ did well, and I got four damn good films because of it.
  160. My father is a genuinely nice guy and very generous to anybody and everybody. He likes to live life kingsize, and he doesn’t know any other way, and I love that about him.
  161. My ambition is very cinema-driven.
  162. Movies are my bread and butter and my inherent passion.
  163. It’s silly to have a prototype, because one inevitably falls for someone unexpected. My only criterion is she shouldn’t just look nice; she must have a personality, too.
  164. It’s important to be successful, and not just because there is competition, but also because it leads to better work for you.
  165. It has been an amazing experience working on ‘Half Girlfriend.’
  166. In the beginning, I got different kind of roles, and then I realised it’s great to be that way. And that thought is always there before signing a film.
  167. In a population of over one billion, there are 12-15 names that have the potential to be main leads in Hindi films. I am within the minority of the minority.
  168. If a man is secure enough to allow his partner to go out and express herself, and if he does not feel as ambitious as her, he can be a homemaker also. There is nothing wrong with it.
  169. If I feel insecure, then I am in the wrong profession. I have to trust my director and the material he has given me.
  170. If I dabble in too many things and don’t focus on channelizing my energy into one thing, I might mess it up.
  171. I’ve never been in a fight, not even while in college.
  172. I’m happiest when in front of the camera, and I didn’t know it until I got up there.
  173. I’d like to do a hundred different films.
  174. I work very hard in the gym. Sometimes, I come home very late, around 1 A.M., but still I go and work out at the gym. I don’t ever stop.
  175. I won’t think about what people will say, even when I am actually seeing someone. Somebody will say something, then someone else will contradict it. I can’t keep chasing all of them and try and correct everyone.
  176. I went to acting school, and I polished my dancing, but I didn’t really learn how to fight.
  177. I was born in our Chembur house in Mumbai, where we lived for five years after which we shifted to our Lokhandwala house.
  178. I wanted to tell my story because I believe that if I can inspire or motivate even 10 or 15 people to start losing weight, it’s a very big achievement. If I’ve managed to do it, anybody can.
  179. I want all my films to do well.
  180. I understand that people talk, and frankly, I can’t control that. There’s no point in getting upset over a thing that you can’t control. You just have to let it go.
  181. I try and work out at least six times a week with my trainer because that’s important for my body type, which is so different from a typical Indian boy.
  182. I think that growth happens and that learning happens in anybody’s life regardless of what profession you’re in.
  183. I think everybody can get along.
  184. I signed ‘Aurangzeb’ because I loved the story. I thought it was an untold tale. For whatever reason, the audience did not like the film. Fair enough, but I still enjoyed the process.
  185. I made peace with ‘Tevar’ not doing well and moved on.
  186. I love leather jackets, and I am obsessed with it. I carry leather jackets fairly well.
  187. I look like my mother but behave like my father.
  188. I internalise things. My sorrows and joys are private.
  189. I have never restricted myself to my strengths and abilities, as they are unlimited, and I am still discovering them.
  190. I have made my mistakes my strengths instead of looking at whose fault it is.
  191. I have learnt that women are superior beings. They have a higher threshold of pain and are more understanding and accepting than men. Also, if you listen to them, you’ll understand them better.
  192. I feel that if you are not comfortable, you can’t be stylish, and that is the rule I follow.
  193. I enjoy doing action a lot more because my films have a sense of violence. That’s because I have a broad structure, and if I hit someone, it looks believable. Maybe my contemporaries are meeker-looking in comparison.
  194. I don’t want success to affect me to that extent that I change or failure to that extent that I get sad, bitter and negative.
  195. I don’t know how I got such an image, but I am not a Casanova. It’s an image that I wouldn’t have liked for myself.
  196. I don’t have many friends, but I want to retain the ones I have.
  197. I didn’t have any relationships in my teenage years, as I felt I was not attractive enough.
  198. I didn’t even know I would be an actor; I always wanted to be a cameraman.
  199. I considered obesity a disease. It can destroy you from within. It almost destroyed me, and I do not want that to happen to anybody.
  200. I can’t put on a facade every time I go out.
  201. I assisted on a lot of films outside my dad’s company. I only did two of his films.
  202. I aspire to play interesting characters.
  203. I am very filmi by nature.
  204. I am too ambitious to become a house husband.
  205. I am someone who doesn’t talk more than what is required, but I am also a fun person.
  206. I am so broad and big-structured that even two kilos on me can look like gaining 10 kilos, and losing two kilos can also look like shedding 10 kilos.
  207. I am resilient like my mother and have the ability to face any kind of storm.
  208. I am intrigued by women I have conversations with.
  209. I am hungry for good work.
  210. I am an actor and mouldable enough to do films like ‘2 States,’ ‘Gunday,’ and ‘Finding Fanny.’
  211. Housewives run the home and sacrifice a lot, but many people forget that.
  212. Hollywood has cracked emotions very well with animation, and that is where India will eventually cover because it is an emotional country, and we just want a right story to tell, which will stir the right emotions with the audience.
  213. From the age of 14, I wanted to be a director.
  214. For an actor to create a different look for every film is not easy.
  215. Films work due to scripts, characters, and what you see on screen.
  216. Filmmaking as a process, it’s bittersweet.
  217. Evolution is a constant state. You evolve and become comfortable in situations in which you might have felt alien in the past.
  218. Every morning when I wake up, I am grateful and happy that I come to the film set. It is home.
  219. Every character, for me, is a new discovery.
  220. Every boy grows up trying to be like his father, but what if a boy grows up to be like his mother?
  221. Even actors are human beings, so we have issues to deal with – physical, emotional, and mental.
  222. As a host, I did ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi,’ and it was a learning experience.
  223. As a host on TV, one has to engage the audience and contestants on the show. One has to bring a new element to their personality while hosting so that it doesn’t look monotonous to the audience.
  224. Argentina is amazing.
  225. An actor should never be influenced by the surroundings, because you have to submit completely, and trust me, it’s not a good feeling when you know that your father is going to come and watch you work every day!
  226. An actor is defined by the choices he or she makes.
  227. A relationship will be futile if it’s based just on physicality. Intellectual stimulation is a must for me.
  228. A film is not something that can be made over the phone or Skype. Creative people meet, spend time together, and then come up with something.
  229. ‘Ki And Ka’ in a very sweet way says that if you have talent, then gender doesn’t matter.
  230. ‘Gunday’ might not be the best film of my life, but it’s been a life-altering film for me.
  231. You know, a statesman is a dead politician.
  232. When the students are occupied, they’re not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.
  233. When the 14th Amendment, equal protection clause was enacted, the galleries in the Senate were segregated. Now we have integration.
  234. When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong.
  235. When I’m asked about legacy, I say it’s too early to talk about legacy.
  236. When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party.
  237. Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes party asks too much.
  238. Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn’t Democratic or Republican; it’s American.
  239. We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.
  240. We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq – that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people.
  241. Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.
  242. There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.
  243. There’s nothing in the First Amendment that even remotely talks about spending money for political contests, and to say that an individual can spend as much of his or her own money as he or she wants constitutionally without any limitation, I think is just absurd.
  244. There’s a great public disinclination toward politicians.
  245. There is no higher value in our society than integrity.
  246. There is no doubt that our nation’s security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities.
  247. There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day!
  248. The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice – a pretty important position.
  249. The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.
  250. The extremists took over the primary process.
  251. The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.
  252. The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.
  253. The Supreme Court has a very light backlog. They leave a lot of splits among the circuits, a lot of uncertainty. And I think they ought to work a lot harder.
  254. The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.
  255. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation.
  256. Strong advocacy for education, health care and worker safety will be indispensable if they are to get their fair share of President Bush’s austere budget for the next fiscal year.
  257. Stability means respecting precedents.
  258. Separation of power says the judiciary committee is supposed to confirm qualified judges and then what the Supreme Court does, that is their function, not my function.
  259. People in government and public life are being kicked around at a high rate of speed.
  260. Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don’t last long in Pennsylvania politics.
  261. My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label.
  262. My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics.
  263. My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model.
  264. My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I’ve never lost a match.
  265. Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason.
  266. Lawyers advocate more so than state their own positions.
  267. It’s inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.
  268. It’s been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania.
  269. It’s a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest.
  270. It so happens that I’m pro choice.
  271. It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.
  272. It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.
  273. In our social contract, we have provisions that see to it that you take care of people who need some help.
  274. If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.
  275. If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.
  276. If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn’t dominate.
  277. If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I’ve said I would be proud to be responsible for it.
  278. I’ve made a career of being precise.
  279. I’ve been playing squash almost daily for 38 years.
  280. I’ve been in a lot of elections.
  281. I’m ordinarily pretty correct in what I say.
  282. I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win.
  283. I’m a loyal Democrat.
  284. I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that’s recognized.
  285. I think it’s scandalous that we haven’t done more to cure cancer.
  286. I think if you can get people to laugh, you can get people to listen.
  287. I really do not make deals.
  288. I ran for president in 1996.
  289. I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President.
  290. I knew people were going to see me see deteriorate before their eyes.
  291. I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election.
  292. I have not taken a position on that nuclear option. My view is I’m not going to do anything until I come to that bridge. I’m not going to jump off the bridge until I come to it.
  293. I have been a Republican since 1966.
  294. I don’t like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini.
  295. I don’t expect people to agree with all my votes.
  296. I do not represent the Republican Party.
  297. I do come from a strong family.
  298. I beat a brain tumor.
  299. I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don’t think it is the government’s rule.
  300. I am opposed to anybody making a decision for you or me or anybody else about what health care plan we should have.
  301. Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.
  302. Fundraising is very, very time-consuming.
  303. Effective security measures do not come cheap.
  304. Cannibals are devouring senators.
  305. But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security.
  306. Big money is ruining the political system.
  307. Beating the tea party gang is more important than who does the beating.
  308. As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party.
  309. As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.
  310. As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt.
  311. Americans’ addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.
  312. American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend.
  313. African-Americans are underrepresented.
  314. ‘Never give in’ was my mindset.
  315. You get people talking about being worried about their art, and dances… their culture being wiped out or taken over, and yet these same people are taking advantage of their people to use them as cheap labour.
  316. You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
  317. Yes, I was born in Coney Island. The Holy Land.
  318. With the advent of radio and recording, music became an industry rather than just a tradition.
  319. We would turn everything into songs in those days.
  320. We live in an increasingly sophisticated world that makes it difficult to make simple comments on stuff. There are too many people on both sides of the border who are taking advantage of circumstances and the situation.
  321. There’s only one God. Call him whatever you want.
  322. There are people all over the world who are willing to exploit others. You can’t just point the finger at America.
  323. The death of what’s dead is the birth of what’s living.
  324. Thank God that the people that run this world are not smart enough to keep running it forever. You know, everybody gets a handle on it for a little while.
  325. Probably my two biggest musical influences were the Everly Brothers and the Beatles, in chronological order. Both of them have had a very simple-sounding musical style that’s actually quite complex as far as popular songs are concerned.
  326. People were talking about songs of the common man in order to make the common man. With Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, they were so common it was just uncommon.
  327. My only description for me is that there’s no throwaway people. That’s the creed that I live by. It doesn’t matter if I’m singing or not. That’s the kind of person that my father and mother wanted me to be. The end obligation is to make people feel good about who they are.
  328. My mother had introduced me to a lot of my father’s friends because she believed that I would get to know the guy my dad was better through his friends than just in the hospital visits.
  329. My dad’s songs were really written to make certain people feel as though they had some kind of value. Because they were told from where they work and from the countries they had immigrated from that they did not.
  330. Music is a nice friend to have around, whether it is just for yourself or for other people. If you can enjoy it, being professional is almost secondary.
  331. If you do anything for 40 years, you can do it comfortably. And it will always be good. But unless you’re willing to risk it being bad, it can never be great.
  332. I’ve written quite a variety of songs, everything from kids songs to political satire, and my dad covered a fairly large range, also.
  333. I’m not just a singer-songwriter doing songs in the key of me.
  334. I’d rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me.
  335. I thought I would be governor of Massachusetts. I stood on a pile of my old albums and said, ‘I’m the only one with a record to stand on.’
  336. I think of my parents as a single unit, and it’s interesting because they shared so much, and they were totally opposite. My mother, a Martha Graham dancer, had a classical background; my father had a back-porch background.
  337. I left the entertainment industry part of my life behind in 1983, when we decided not to work with major record companies anymore.
  338. I don’t want a pickle, just want to ride on my motorsickle.
  339. I don’t do anything on stage that allows me to become a trained seal, where you’re just doing the same thing over and over.
  340. Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.
  341. Folk music is music that everyday people can play, and it inspired a lot of people to make their own music. That trailed into making your own pop music, and that’s why garage bands started springing up everywhere.
  342. Everywhere I go, I see all kinds of people at my shows – conservatives, liberals, new-agers, teen-agers, old pensioners. And for those people to have something in common is real interesting to me.
  343. Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person’s point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people.
  344. But think of the last guy. For one minute, think of the last guy. Nobody’s got it worse than that guy. Nobody in the whole world.
  345. Building walls isn’t going to work in the long run. Some people are happy with the wall in Israel, but somebody will get a weapon someday and knock it over or something. Walls aren’t the answer between countries, though.
  346. Basically, I think you need two things to get by in this world: a sense of humor and the ability to laugh when your ego is destroyed.
  347. At the same time the folk boom was happening, the civil rights movement was happening, the anti-war movement was happening, the ban the bomb movement was happening, the environmental movement was happening. There was suddenly a generation ready to change the course of history.
  348. Along with a sense of humor, my songs have to be sincere, and they have to be sung from a position of inner conviction.
  349. You may come and go, but the real test is to see how long one can manage to stay in the game.
  350. While I can’t speak Telugu, I do understand the language.
  351. Whenever I go out, I have to have a jacket on. I prefer casual ones for a party and semi-formal ones for events.
  352. When you have your own identity as a singer, you don’t have competition.
  353. When you are presenting yourself, confidence is very important.
  354. When it comes to advice, I always consult my father regarding everything, as he has seen the industry inside out, and he is the best person to guide me.
  355. When ‘Main Rahoon’ released, it became a hit with the youth.
  356. What matters is that you do great work, and you will definitely be remembered for that for years to come.
  357. We love food. After our studio session, we devour dal makhani, butter chicken, and butter naan.
  358. Ultimately, it’s your talent that counts.
  359. Tollywood has a special place in my heart because Telugu is my mother tongue, and when I sing in the language, my mom feels really happy.
  360. Though I’m getting a lot of acting offers, I’d like to enter only when I’m ready. My first love will always be music.
  361. There’s always a pressure on performing the best.
  362. There was absolutely no pressure from the family. It was my choice to pursue a career in music. I always wanted to do music, which has been close to heart. In fact, I was dead sure about it.
  363. There is no physical activity. All entertainment is happening in phone. Films can also be seen in laptop, so no one is visiting cinema halls.
  364. There are many people who are behind whatever I’ve achieved so far. My dad, Daboo Malik, is my mentor and guiding light who supported and influenced me. Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to be what I am today. Besides him, Salman Khan is yet another important person who is my biggest and constant inspiration.
  365. The stalkers can get a little scary at times, but I guess all these things are a part of being famous.
  366. The simple rule I will follow to sustain in the industry would be to adapt to these ongoing changes and be a versatile artiste.
  367. Technology is growing in all possible ways. It is affecting our lifestyle also.
  368. Singers are definitely getting their due in Bollywood. I feel that music composers, on the other hand, tend to lose out on the popularity, fame, and success that singers usually enjoy.
  369. Since music is so important to me, I don’t need to put in any extra effort to do this; it just flows for me. It’s as simple as drinking water and having food, so definitely, music is one of the main purposes of my life.
  370. Salim-Sulaiman have always been my favourite. It’s just an absolute pleasure working with them, and there’s always something new you get to learn just by sitting in their studio and absorbing all that’s happening around you.
  371. Personally, I love music, as it’s my first love, and if I ever act, it has to be something close to music. That’s when I will feel great about doing it.
  372. People think it comes easy to us because we are from a family full of musicians, but I feel it’s all about talent.
  373. People don’t think music to be a reliable source of income or career, which I will agree, in a way, because Bollywood is a very risky place to be in.
  374. Outside India, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Rihanna are my favourites. I also like Justin Bieber. I like Western jazz and pop. Been a classical singer, I have sung a song ‘Auliya,’ a fusion of Western and Indian classical.
  375. Nowadays, we have become so busy in our work, especially in our phone, that we don’t go out for workout. It creates a lot of health problems.
  376. My training has been in Hindustani classical, and I have done a six-week course in English vocals at Berklee. The holistic learning has helped me a lot.
  377. My mother is a Telugu, so I have been familiar with the language since childhood.
  378. My dream is to go big someday internationally.
  379. Music is a very integral part of my life because I was born into a musical family, and it’s not just a passion… it’s everything for me.
  380. Music has always been a large part of my life, and I’m very fortunate to be able to start a career doing something I love.
  381. It’s tougher to work with Amaal, as the brother equation comes in between. We fight like any other siblings and have creative differences. I work harder when I am singing for him, as he is a taskmaster.
  382. It’s better if a singer disconnects from the original and brings something new to the version.
  383. It’s a dream come true as I await the release of my debut single ‘Krazy Konnection’ with Salim Merchant and then my debut album!
  384. It will be amazing to collaborate with my dad. It will be special.
  385. It is very important to highlight the young talent of India.
  386. It is very important that we take care of our health.
  387. It has been a dream of mine to be a singer, and now I’m living this dream, singing some beautiful songs and winning people’s hearts with my voice.
  388. It feels surreal to know that people out there know me, know my songs, and give me so much love.
  389. In this filmy world, you will have success today but may not have it tomorrow. But if you are prepared to face the challenge it throws, that’s when you should venture in this industry. I was ready for this and had all sorts of support from my parents.
  390. In the West, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber are the face of their songs.
  391. In our country, singers are known as the voice of actors.
  392. In my case, of course, people had a lot of expectations, but that didn’t pressurise me because I’m pretty confident about my musicality and my talent.
  393. If you look at Arijit Singh, Divya Kumar, and Benny Dayal, they aren’t competing with each other. They have their individual standing and distinct space of work. I want to create that kind of niche for myself.
  394. If I do something related to English music, it will be definitely in the direction of R&B and pop.
  395. I’ve never believed in competition. Everyone’s here to do their own thing and become successful in that respect.
  396. I’ll be more interested in acting only when it has to do something with who I am in real life. More like playing a singer or musician on screen like in ‘Aashiqui’ or ‘Rockstar.’
  397. I would love to do a complete EDM album.
  398. I won my first singing award with ‘Auliya.’
  399. I want to lead the pack in the process of making Indian singers bigger than actors internationally.
  400. I want to be in a more natural state while doing acting.
  401. I understand our audience loves to see some drama on TV, but even they have got bored with similar patterns of carrying out reality singing shows.
  402. I think that live shows are more important for singers than composers, because composers still get a lot of recognition as compared to a singer.
  403. I think recreations are a good thing if done right because it can be very dangerous also. If you do something which goes wrong, then people probably won’t like it because they are attached to that old version of the song… So, recreations can be a little tricky.
  404. I think pressure exists in a situation only when you are unsure of your talent and people are expecting a lot from you due to your lineage.
  405. I love the attention. I love how I am so loved by the people, especially the girls.
  406. I love dabbling in various genres and languages.
  407. I love Casio G-Shocks. My dream is to have watches in all colours. I also love gold watches. I’d like to have a diamond-studded gold watch some day.
  408. I like collecting fedoras. Whenever I go abroad for shows, I always look to buy one.
  409. I like Honey Singh. I love the music that he does.
  410. I like Badshah’s songs, as they are very cool, catchy, and very young. I think that’s very important… It’s connecting with the youth.
  411. I like ‘love’ songs, however cheesy that might sound.
  412. I have myself been on the other side of the table being a participant of a singing talent hunt. Hence, it is weird but awesome at the same time to judge a pool of talent that our nation has.
  413. I had done a cover of the song ‘Nenani Neevani’ and put it up on Sound Cloud, which Sunny M.R., the music composer of Rowdy Fellow, came across. He liked it and approached me for ‘Yedho.’
  414. I grew up in a musical atmosphere at home.
  415. I got my first break in ‘Bhootnath,’ solely on my credit, and went on to sing for around 20 films for all the leading music composers.
  416. I don’t see Arijit Singh as a competition at all. That’s because we both have a very different style of singing. In fact, I really appreciate what he’s been able to bring to the playback singing industry.
  417. I can sing in various genres, but my heart truly lies in singing romantic songs. This has been my forte ever since I was 8 or 9.
  418. I am undoubtedly a 100 percent Bollywood product, but my heart truly lies in making music for the world and taking India global.
  419. I am quite private about my personal life, and I don’t talk much about it.
  420. I am not sure if India is the right place to promote such music. I don’t think there are still enough people who listen to English songs.
  421. I am focusing more on overseas gigs, as my international fans do not get a chance to be a part of my live concerts, as they visit India once in a blue moon.
  422. I am a very romantic person, and I love ‘love’ – however cheesy that sounds!
  423. I am a huge romantic at heart.
  424. I always wanted to sing English songs, ever since I was, like, 10 or 12 years old.
  425. Guys are known to be lazy shoppers, but for me, it is extremely important to look good. I am very finicky because I hate repeating clothes.
  426. For the outside world, it may seem easy to enter into the industry if you belong to a film family, but, trust me, it’s even harder, as you have to not only prove your talent but also carve your own niche and identity.
  427. For an individual, playback singing is not enough to sustain a career, and it is not really a main source of income.
  428. Even I would be unhappy if the final track did not sound good to me, which is why I stay in the loop with the music team till the song is ready.
  429. English and world music were something that I had immense love for, and to get together with a fellow Indian and bring this sound and vibe to the world feels great.
  430. Emoting songs onscreen comes naturally to me since we do emote in the studio behind the mike as well. But acting in a full-length Bollywood film is a completely different ball game.
  431. Catchy lyrics are being given more importance.
  432. At the end of the day, a playback singer has to depend on live shows as their source of income.
  433. As far as Indian artists are concerned, I really like Mohammad Rafi and Sonu Nigam.
  434. As an artist, I am for non-film music as well. I want that to shine as much as Bollywood.
  435. As a performer, I groove to my own songs.
  436. As a child singer, I never sang a single track for my father or uncle.
  437. Around eight or nine years back, I participated in ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.’ The point of coming on the show was that a person coming from music family can also compete with people from all over India.
  438. Amaal is a music composer, and I am singer, so I think we compliment each other rather than competing with each other.
  439. Amaal and I have some sort of magnetic connection. I am my brother’s first assistant. So I have sung the scratch versions of all his songs. We make music at home, jam every day.
  440. All the appreciation I have been receiving has been very encouraging. It pushes me to do better.
  441. ‘Tum Jo Mile’ came as a surprise. Vivek and Kumaar sir, who has written the song, sent me the track just to listen. I was in London at the time for my world tour. I heard the song, and I fell in love with it instantly.
  442. ‘Sorry’ just fit the bill for the crossover that both Lost Stories and I were attempting to do musically.
  443. ‘Foolishq’ from ‘Ki & Ka’ gave me a chance to work with renowned composer Ilaiyaraaja and Shreya Ghoshal.
  444. You must develop personal contacts if you want to be successful.
  445. With the rise of America, the global balance of power shifted away from the old European powers.
  446. We tend to admire the people in our society who have accumulated such wealth as to seem somehow great. But we shouldn’t forget that it was the everyday working class man who made this country great.
  447. We cannot solve the problem of terrorism by asserting our will on the world.
  448. Very simply, the culture of another people does not have to be accepted when it is subhuman!
  449. Therefore the great mediator of any community is human morality.
  450. There are two sayings that are familiar in every news room across the country: 1. sex sells; 2. if it bleeds it leads.
  451. The liberation of Iraq was part of a broader effort to seriously confront the greatest threat to world security: rogue states capable of obtaining long range weapons of mass destruction.
  452. The greatest job I ever had was working on my family farm. Each morning my father would come into my bedroom around 4:30 am and command me to get up and work the fields. I would spend the next two hours before school slopping pigs and cropping tobacco.
  453. The country remains dependent on oil. But as we are now learning, oil is becoming increasingly scarce.
  454. That is what great athletes can do: they give us a model of striving for human perfection.
  455. Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
  456. Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children.
  457. Patients describing the benefits of prayer often talk about how it provides a sense of well being.
  458. Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk.
  459. Networking is an essential part of building wealth.
  460. My point is, if you want to achieve anything in life, it is not enough to merely wish for it. You must develop that kind of 4:30 AM discipline that distinguishes you from others.
  461. Let’s remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.
  462. In short, we cannot grow, we cannot achieve authentic discovery, and our eyes cannot be cleansed to the truly beautiful possibilities of life, if we simply live a neutral existence.
  463. In Washington, DC, politics dominate even the most casual conversations.
  464. I do not think athletes should get a free pass. I don’t think we should train our children and future athletes to believe that they are above the law and morality.
  465. For starters, this country embodies something utterly unique: History’s first democratic empire. Beginning in the post war era, we have used free trade and democracy to create a series of interlocking relationships that end war.
  466. Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.
  467. Even during the worst hardships, when the other things in our lives seem to fall apart, we can still find peace in the eternal love of God.
  468. Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
  469. Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning about how others became successful, you can open up a world of opportunities.
  470. At the end of the day, there is no doubt that the unique spirit embodied by this country has worked, not just to make the world safer, but to make it better.
  471. At some point we must realize that actively defending against radical Islamic teachings is not a matter of cultural relativity. It is a matter of universally recognized human rights.
  472. At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil.
  473. A global democracy works only when countries trust one another.
  474. A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions. Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives.
  475. Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.
  476. Well, my deliberate opinion is – it’s a jolly strange world.
  477. We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going… Concentrate on something useful.
  478. We need a sense of the value of time – that is, of the best way to divide one’s time into one’s various activities.
  479. To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
  480. There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.
  481. The price of justice is eternal publicity.
  482. The moment you’re born you’re done for.
  483. The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
  484. Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
  485. Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.
  486. Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.
  487. Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
  488. Journalists say a thing that they know isn’t true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
  489. It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
  490. It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
  491. If egotism means a terrific interest in one’s self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
  492. Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
  493. Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
  494. Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it.
  495. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
  496. Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.
  497. A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
  498. A cause may be inconvenient, but it’s magnificent. It’s like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
  499. You don’t have control of the car, but you can drive it. Life takes you where it wants you to go and where you need to go.
  500. When some people get angry, they turn into victims, but when I get angry, I turn to action.
  501. The thing I love about Myspace is it’s a safe place where I can talk to fans every day.
  502. That’s what I think our jobs as parents are, to educate as much as possible… I tell them to follow their bliss. The people who follow their bliss in this world tend to be the more happier people.
  503. Success to me is being able to do what I love, make a living at it and to support myself and the ones I love.
  504. People’s perceptions of me have nothing to do with reality. I’m basically just your average dork.
  505. People have had the idea to do a ’90s alternative tour for a long time. I didn’t come up with that; I was the first guy to basically say it was time.
  506. One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things.
  507. My goal is to make my kids as happy as possible.
  508. My frustration has always been that I’m a Christian, but I don’t buy into, never have bought into, the belief that Jesus and God are these men who just dictate that this is how you have to live your life or you are going to burn in hell.
  509. My favorite drive is Highway 101 in California between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. I love the 101; Highway 1 is too windy, and 5 is too boring – the 101 is just right. It’s like the Mama Bear of scenic drives.
  510. Maybe I’ll work for a label someday, write some fiction, nonfiction. Someday I’d like to go back to school and get my teaching degree. I want to be a grandpa. I want to have more kids.
  511. If you live in L.A. long enough, you get into having a cool car.
  512. If you can’t say it in three minutes, I don’t want to know about it.
  513. I’ve always loved aggressive, hard, noisy, yet melodic bands, and at the same time I’ve always loved ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell.
  514. I’ve always kind of been a little skeptical about bands that won’t play their hits. That’s really arrogant to me as a music fan. I do want to hear obscure songs, but like most people, I want to hear the hits, so we always play them.
  515. I’m not a politician. I’m not running for office. I can say what I think.
  516. I’m constantly working, even when I’m at home.
  517. I’m a pretty tenacious person; I get that from my mom. So sometimes, I use dark humor. I can’t take myself too seriously.
  518. I’m a 50-year-old guy making music for over 20 years. I’ve been writing songs since I was 20, so it’s really been 30 years, and it’s always been personal, but I’ve always told stories.
  519. I’m a ‘Power of Now’ kind of guy, always have been. I don’t really hang on to a lot of pictures. I have pictures of my daughters.
  520. I’d actually like to make a country album one day. One of my idols is Neil Young, because he’s kept himself from being bored.
  521. I wish I could come home to a life that looks like a TV show. I wish I could see my television family waiting for me, where no one fights and no one screams, no one lies and no one leaves.
  522. I try to talk about things I know about. But my characters are more of a combination of people or how I imagine people would feel.
  523. I think The Police made five great records and then called it a day. They went out on top.
  524. I think I write very good songs. But I don’t know if anybody could record my songs with as much fervor. They sound good sung by me, and they especially sound good with my band.
  525. I think Everclear is a weird combination of a singer-songwriter and a hard-rock band. That’s why some people really dig the band, and some don’t.
  526. I still fall back a lot on my Les Paul, and there is just no getting away from a Les Paul and a hot pickup.
  527. I saw Cheap Trick play ‘In Color,’ and it was awesome.
  528. I loved hard-rock bands, and I loved songwriters who told stories.
  529. I love Australia! I got a boot thrown at me there.
  530. I lived in Portland for almost 20 years, and that’s where my eldest daughter went to college. I missed the sunshine. I grew up in L.A.
  531. I like people who tell stories. I like storytellers. A lot of my songs are misconceived as being auto-biographical when they’re not because I write in the first person.
  532. I like older people; I think older people have a lot of flavor.
  533. I like acting, but I like filmmaking better. I went to film school. I want to make films.
  534. I like acting when I can pick my own roles, and I do. It’s fun. I like being creative, and it’s a creative process.
  535. I like Nirvana, but I couldn’t say that I was influenced by them. I like to tell a story.
  536. I have my dark side like anybody, you know, depression, anxiety… and I write about gritty, real-life stuff.
  537. I have a pet peeve about bands that don’t play their hits. I think it’s kind of selfish.
  538. I don’t talk about my past; people ask me about it. I’ve done things I’m ashamed of, but one thing I can honestly say is that things I’ve done that I regret, I’ve never done twice. I work really hard at that.
  539. I do like my sugar at night, but I try to keep it to a minimum.
  540. Forgiveness is hard for me, man. It is for most American-Western males. It’s a sign of weakness.
  541. For the most part, I don’t like people who soapbox.
  542. Fatherhood, both times for me, was a choice.
  543. Do not trust anybody but yourself. If people want to help you, fine. Put it on paper and understand exactly what every word says.
  544. Call me, and I’d do anything for the Democratic Party.
  545. Being a parent is not just about how you treat your child; it’s also about how you treat the other parent. If you treat that person with respect, that’s fine, that’s the way to go. But if you don’t, you’re not being the parent you could be.
  546. Being a musician, especially at the major label where you work for so long, it becomes a cycle. Write a record, make a record, tour. It’s just this cycle, and I don’t think there’s any life built into it with time to assimilate what’s going on in front of you and what’s going on in your head.
  547. Being a child that grew up with a single mom back in the ’70s, Father’s Day to me was always a very uncomfortable time. At school, we would make Father’s Day cards for our dads, and I usually mailed one to my dad, and he hardly ever responded.
  548. As a songwriter, I do kind of look at ‘Santa Monica’ as a thing outside of itself, because it isn’t just my song. This is a song a lot of people tell me is a part of their high school or college years. That means a lot to me.
  549. Any artist manages his own business along with his manager. Every band should.
  550. About one or two songs per record is me doing a little bloodletting.
  551. A lot of people do not like singer-songwriters, and a lot of people who like them do not like hard rock. It’s either-or.
  552. ‘Santa Monica’ was a big song, and I always knew it would be radio friendly. But it’s not a defining song for me, though for a lot of people it is.
  553. You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.
  554. Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.
  555. This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday… I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn’t let me – Homeland Security.
  556. The powder is mixed with water and tastes exactly like powder mixed with water.
  557. The buffalo isn’t as dangerous as everyone makes him out to be. Statistics prove that in the United States more Americans are killed in automobile accidents than are killed by buffalo.
  558. Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
  559. Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.
  560. So far things are going my way. I am known in the hospice as The Man Who Wouldn’t Die. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I think some people, not many, are starting to wonder why I’m still around.
  561. If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.
  562. I worship the quicksand he walks in.
  563. I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team.
  564. Have you ever seen a candidate talking to a rich person on television?
  565. Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.
  566. A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it.
  567. The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.
  568. The Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Schedules – the first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.
  569. If your project doesn’t work, look for the part that you didn’t think was important.
  570. If you improve or tinker with something long enough, eventually it will break or malfunction.
  571. Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.
  572. Every solution breeds new problems.
  573. Every clarification breeds new questions.
  574. Enough research will tend to support your conclusions.
  575. Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.
  576. A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.
  577. A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.
  578. You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.
  579. With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.
  580. Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.
  581. What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority.
  582. Western history has been a history of deed done, actions performed and results achieved.
  583. We settled this continent without art. So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity.
  584. We regard those other cultures, such as that of India, where many people live and believe and behave much as they did 1,000 or 2,000 years ago, as undeveloped.
  585. We have today a fairly thorough knowledge of the early Greco-Roman period because our motivations are the same.
  586. We find Japan a little more difficult to understand because it has proven its 20th century prowess though the ancient traditions still persist.
  587. We can appreciate but not really understand the medieval town. We cannot comprehend its compactness, the contiguity of all its buildings as a single uninterrupted whole.
  588. We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures.
  589. We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.
  590. We are guilty for sending teams into foreign countries to advise them how to be like us.
  591. Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
  592. Today’s developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.
  593. This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see… the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.
  594. There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.
  595. There is an increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of things. We are becoming less prone to accept an immediate solution without questioning its larger implications.
  596. There is a single thread of attitude, a single direction of flow, that joins our present time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.
  597. The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.
  598. The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before.
  599. The obsession with performance left no room for the development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself.
  600. The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.
  601. The innovative spirit was America’s strongest attribute, transforming everything into a brave new world, but there lingered an insecurity about the arts.
  602. The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
  603. The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.
  604. The essentially unchangeable established order of things slowly disappeared and was forgotten for a while completely.
  605. The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
  606. The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
  607. The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work. Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as if it were a reasonable process.
  608. The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
  609. The Achilles Heel of the Americas was the lack of cultural confidence typical of new settlers.
  610. Tahiti has been spoiled for many years, but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive.
  611. Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
  612. Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
  613. Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
  614. Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression.
  615. Part of our western outlook stems from the scientific attitude and its method of isolating the parts of a phenomenon in order to analyze them.
  616. Our universities advocate fragmentation in their course systems.
  617. Our settlement of land is without regard to the best use of land.
  618. Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms.
  619. Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape, in the process.
  620. Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.
  621. Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into the building professions as North America.
  622. No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.
  623. No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystems.
  624. No amount of thought can ever reveal what comes unexpectedly.
  625. Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic innovation is coming from abroad.
  626. Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom.
  627. Materialism has never been so ominous as now in North America, as management takes over.
  628. It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.
  629. Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.
  630. In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition behind their building methods, techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.
  631. Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.
  632. I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.
  633. Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
  634. God’s designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
  635. Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?
  636. Compared to industry in Europe or Japan, where industry was based on a craft tradition, we are sadly behind.
  637. Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism to build cheaply and carelessly.
  638. Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.
  639. Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building.
  640. Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.
  641. After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.
  642. You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read about it the next morning in the newspaper.
  643. What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?
  644. What I had to do was keep the story within certain limits of what was, of course, plausible.
  645. We can never flee the misery that is within us.
  646. This time all the historical details and things were right. But I’d written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away.
  647. This character’s entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn’t recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn’t read, because she doesn’t read English.
  648. Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.
  649. Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
  650. It is confusing, because in this culture we really don’t have anything that corresponds to geisha.
  651. I worried she might spend an afternoon chatting with me about the sights and then wish me best of luck.
  652. I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me.
  653. I don’t think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.
  654. I don’t like things held up before me that I cannot have.
  655. Hopes are like hair ornaments. Girls want to wear too many of them. When they become old women they look silly wearing even one.
  656. Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
  657. As an American man of the 1990s writing about a Japanese woman of the 1930s, I needed to cross three cultural divides – man to woman, American to Japanese, and present to past.
  658. Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
  659. True creativity often starts where language ends.
  660. The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.
  661. The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
  662. The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.
  663. The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.
  664. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
  665. The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
  666. Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
  667. Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.
  668. Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
  669. One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.
  670. Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
  671. Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
  672. Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
  673. A writer’s ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years’ time and for one reader in a hundred years’ time.
  674. A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.
  675. You know, without China there is no Wal-Mart and without Wal-Mart there is no middle class and lower class prosperity in the United States.
  676. With the shrinking of the US economy, and it’s shrinking very rapidly, you not only have more money, but you also have fewer goods. That’s a classic double-whammy on inflation.
  677. Which would you rather have, capital lined up on your borders, trying to get into your country or trying to get out of your country? We are the capital magnet of this planet and we are the savior for not only people, for not only freedom, but also for capital.
  678. When you look at the world, everyone in the world who cares about his or her family wants to have a major portion of their assets in the United States because we are the growth country and the freedom loving country.
  679. When you look at the government, when the government collects a buck, it’s not free. They have to spend resources, the IRS, audits, all this sort of crap, to collect the dollar. I’m not assuming any Laffer curve effect here at all. There are just transactions costs of collecting that money.
  680. What you do by having an income tax rate reduction across the board, you really provide great incentives for people to work, produce, and increase output. So I would support a carbon tax in replacement for a progressive income tax.
  681. What we’re talking about is the price of goods, all goods, in terms of money. That has nothing to do with unemployment, except for the fact that you get fewer goods. And when you have more money and fewer goods, the amount of dollars per good goes up. It goes up because there are fewer goods and it goes up because there is more money.
  682. What I’m not saying is that all government spending is bad. It’s not – far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.
  683. We are having the single worst recovery the U.S. has had since the Great Depression. I don’t care how you measure it. The East Coast knows it. The West Coast knows it. North, South, old, young, everyone knows it’s the worst recovery since the Great Depression.
  684. The truth of the matter of is that stimulus money not only doesn’t stimulate; it actually reduces output.
  685. The trade deficit is the capital surplus and don’t ever think of having a capital surplus as being a bad thing for our country.
  686. The story of how the Laffer Curve got its name begins with a 1978 article by Jude Wanniski in ‘The Public Interest’ entitled, ‘Taxes, Revenues, and the Laffer Curve.’
  687. The states that have large in-migrations of Hispanics are Florida, Texas and California. And Florida and Texas are way above average in educational achievement, while California’s the lowest, just about.
  688. The minimum wage is the black teenage unemployment act. It is the guaranteed way of holding the poor, the minorities and the disenfranchised out of the mainstream is if you price their original services too high.
  689. The linkage between tax rates and public services is, if not non-existent, negative.
  690. The income effects in an economy always sum to zero.
  691. The United States is a nation located in the global economy, and we get enormous, enormous benefits from dealing with foreigners.
  692. The Laffer Curve, by the way, was not invented by me.
  693. The Laffer Curve illustrates the basic idea that changes in tax rates have two effects on tax revenues: the arithmetic effect and the economic effect.
  694. Taxes are not trivial – they’re a huge portion of this overall economy. And that’s why I focused on them.
  695. Tax rates aren’t everything with regard to incentives to work. I would probably work at a 100% tax rate next to a nude modeling studio. I’m joking, but you know what I’m saying. There’s a lot more to it than just tax rates. It’s economics that I do; I don’t do nude modeling studio economics. People do respond to taxes.
  696. Sound money is the sine qua non of a prosperous society.
  697. Sometimes, tax rate increases create the very problems that the spending is intended to cure. In other words, the tax rate increases reduce economic growth; they shrink the pie; they cause more poverty, more despair, more unemployment, which are all things government is trying to alleviate with spending.
  698. Raising taxes is not a frivolous venture that you do on the editorial page of ‘The New Republic,’ for god sakes. It’s something that you really have to think about and go through carefully.
  699. People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies.
  700. People can also change the timing of when they earn and receive their income in response to government policies.
  701. Over the past 100 years, there have been three major periods of tax-rate cuts in the U.S.: the Harding-Coolidge cuts of the mid-1920s; the Kennedy cuts of the mid-1960s; and the Reagan cuts of the early 1980s. Each of these periods of tax cuts was remarkably successful as measured by virtually any public policy metric.
  702. Obama is a fine, very impressive person. He really is. Unfortunately, everything that he is doing in economics is exactly wrong. He is a crappy president.
  703. My godfather was a man named Justin Dart. Some of you may remember Justin Dart. My younger son’s name is Justin, named after Justin Dart. I was executor of his estate, and he was my godfather. I first really got time to spend with Ronald Reagan with Justin Dart personally, one-on-one.
  704. Let me just try to give you sort of the intuitive one here on the stimulus funds. If you have a two-person economy – let’s imagine we have two farms, and that’s the whole world, just two farms. If one of those farmers gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for him? Am I going way over your heads today?
  705. It has always amazed me how tax cuts don’t work until they take effect. Mr. Obama’s experience with deferred tax rate increases will be the reverse. The economy will collapse in 2011.
  706. In 2010 the U.S. will have a payroll tax rate increase, an estate tax increase, and income tax increases. There’s also a tax increase coming in 2010 on carried interest. This rate will rise from its current level of 15 percent to 35 percent, and then it will rise again in 2011.
  707. In 1994, Estonia became the first European country to adopt a flat tax, and its 26 percent flat tax dramatically energized what had been a faltering economy. Before adopting the flat tax, the Estonian economy was literally shrinking. In the eight years after 1994, Estonia experienced real economic growth – averaging 5.2 percent per year.
  708. I’ve been truly blessed. I’ve been a fly on the wall of history. I’ve been just so many lucky places just by chance and serendipity, and obviously a huge portion of that serendipity had to do with my relationship with the real president, Ronald Reagan.
  709. I’m worried about economic growth in the United States. And the creation of jobs, output, and employment. And if you tax people who work, you’re going to get less people working. And what the carbon tax would do is remove the tax from people who work and put it on a product in the ground.
  710. I used the so-called Laffer Curve all the time in my classes and with anyone else who would listen to me to illustrate the trade-off between tax rates and tax revenues.
  711. I think the inflation prospects for the U.S. over the next five or six, seven years, are quite serious. You cannot have a bumper crop in apples without the value or the price of each apple falling. The Fed has had the largest increase in the monetary base in the history of the U.S., from colonial times to the present, times ten.
  712. I mean, everyone agrees with stress tests for banks. I mean that’s clear. But banks should do that on their own. And they should worry about their own capital functioning. That’s what they should do. It shouldn’t be a government function.
  713. I feel very uncomfortable with respect to looking at inflation.
  714. Government spending is taxation. When you look at this, I’ve never heard of a poor person spending himself into prosperity; let alone I’ve never heard of a poor person taxing himself into prosperity.
  715. California is the highest-tax state in the nation and has been for a long time. It has the highest-paid teachers in the nation, by far – $400 a month more than New Jersey – and yet California is the third lowest state on test scores for fourth and eighth grade English and math in the nation, and has been at the low level for a long, long time.
  716. Because tax cuts create an incentive to increase output, employment, and production, they also help balance the budget by reducing means-tested government expenditures. A faster-growing economy means lower unemployment and higher incomes, resulting in reduced unemployment benefits and other social welfare programs.
  717. Ask me whether inflation represents longer-term problem. I think there’s a potential there for excess reserves to create problems.
  718. And you can’t have a prosperous economy when the government is way overspending, raising tax rates, printing too much money, over regulating and restricting free trade. It just can’t be done.
  719. And let the Fed sell bonds to bring bank reserves back down to required reserve levels, so we have restraint on bank lending and bank issuances of liability.
  720. And just remember, every dollar we spend on outsourcing is spent on U.S. goods or invested back in the U.S. market. That’s accounting.
  721. A carbon tax by itself would make driving more expensive, that’s very true. But in exchange for that, there are going to be more jobs, more output, more employment, and more products available. So really, as long as you’re going to collect the revenues you’re going to collect, you’re going to have to trade off one tax for the other.
  722. You’re never too old to start learning, and you’re never too young to aim high and achieve great things.
  723. You can have bans on assault weapons or whatever weapons you wish, and it’s not going to protect from a violent person.
  724. You can expect interior enforcement actions in the future.
  725. Without any doubt, I’m convinced that Hillary Clinton represents less individuality, flexibility for the states, a weaker national defense. And you know, for all those reasons, we ought to get behind Donald Trump.
  726. While we don’t have the authority on the state level to change federal policy, my fellow governors and I do have a duty to protect our states’ citizens, and we have a personal responsibility to act when we have the power to do so.
  727. Whether you’re looking at manufacturing and the use of robotics or the knowledge industries, they need computer programmers.
  728. When you talk about mandatory minimums, it created a lot of unfairness in our sentencing.
  729. When I was involved in the initial creation of the Department of Homeland Security, we were given a clear twofold mission. The first part of the mission was to secure our borders. The second was to maintain the free and efficient flow of commerce and people.
  730. When I get economic development calls from business leaders who are considering relocating or expanding in Arkansas, the abilities of our workforce are always a critical part of the conversation.
  731. Well, your premise is correct, that we have to first guard against those who have an affiliation with terrorists and a connection, and so we have watch lists and systems that can make that connection.
  732. Well firstly, that points certainly at the need for international standards on biometrics that would move in the same direction so that we can have the same technical requirements.
  733. We’ve had an assault rifle ban in our country, and that did not accomplish the objectives. We had Columbine during the time that that ban was in place.
  734. We would certainly welcome the recipient nation to put their inspectors on our shores, if they wanted to make that investment to help protect that shipment that is outgoing.
  735. We recognize that it is not only inbound but also outbound (cargo) that can pose a risk as well.
  736. We need a president that values the role of the states, will destroy ISIS and jumpstart the economy.
  737. We measure very carefully what the positives are and I think it is less than one tenth of one percent, so we are very pleased with the accuracy of our biometric checks and we continue to monitor that.
  738. We get divided generationally and in other ways – libertarians versus more traditional social conservatives, for example – and we’ve got to provide some flexibility there. But we don’t need to have quite so many litmus tests. We need to have our big picture focused on economic issues.
  739. We cannot let our guard down in the face of terror.
  740. Trump is a juggernaut that is difficult to unravel at this point, but I think Marco Rubio is the right one to do it. I think he can win Arkansas, and he can win in November.
  741. To suggest that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, disallowing partnerships with local law enforcement, defies the will of Congress, not to mention reality. Numerous local jurisdictions have laws on the books dealing with immigration in a variety of ways.
  742. To argue that it is unconstitutional for local law enforcement to be a legitimate partner in immigration enforcement is shortsighted. It is evidence of a lack of commitment to securing our borders and a lack of appreciation for the proper role of the states in supporting federal law enforcement priorities.
  743. This is a true story. The day after Reagan won, I was walking into the courthouse when someone said that they’d bet Reagan would appoint me U.S. attorney.
  744. There’s been intelligence that terrorists would look to programs such as the visa waiver program to exploit.
  745. The words are frightening – how you’re going to build a wall, how you’re going to have Mexico pay for it. What does this mean?
  746. The true credit for our safety and security goes to our men and women who are serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan in the global war on terrorism.
  747. The phrase ‘private option’ itself has become politically toxic.
  748. The nominee of our party, which at this – is presumed to be Donald Trump – I think that’s the right team to support. That’s what I’ve always said I would.
  749. Terrorists can utilize any vulnerability in the system and that would include outbound shipments.
  750. Strength, boldness, and new energy are not words that describe Hillary Clinton.
  751. Republicans – well, we’re all part of the same family. We need to have some good disagreements with each other; we need to debate, but in the end, it’s all about uniting, not dividing.
  752. Proper training and federal supervision in state-federal partnerships are essential to both assuring constitutional rights and enforcing our immigration laws. Our Founding Fathers’ concept of federalism does not prohibit such cooperation, and we have learned from experience that joint efforts work best.
  753. People resisted having weapons on airplanes, but I oversaw the federal air marshals. It’s a deterrent. No one sees that weapon, but they are protected on that airplane, and it’s a huge positive impact on safety.
  754. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton emphasized her experience. Yes, experience matters, but judgment matters more. Despite her experience, Hillary Clinton’s poor decisions have produced bad results. Just think about it.
  755. Obviously, we think it’s important to make sure that firearms do not get in the hands of people who are criminals, convicted felons or adjudicated as mentally ill.
  756. Obviously everybody can’t go to the convention, but if you’re staying away from the convention because you disagree with a style or some substance of Donald Trump, that’s a mistake because we’ve got our country at stake.
  757. My responsibility is to speak out on my own convictions.
  758. My life has never been a part of a big plan. It’s more of an unfolding adventure.
  759. Like all Americans, Arkansans hurt for the Syrian refugees. The hardships they face are beyond most of our understanding, and my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I will not support a policy that poses real risk to Americans.
  760. It’s almost impossible to have a constructive conversation about health-care reform in Arkansas without passions rising and folks taking sides.
  761. It is not a crime nor an impeachable offense to engage in inappropriate personal conduct; nor is it a crime to obstruct or conceal an embarrassing relationship.
  762. In reference to Cat Stevens, it is very, very important we have accurate information on our terrorist watch list and our no fly list and that you have a remedy.
  763. In an ever-changing global marketplace, the one factor any state can count on is the skills of its upcoming and existing workforce.
  764. If we’re talking about big-tent thinking in the Republican Party, I think we’re all going to unite under a consistent economic theory. That’s where our unity is, and that’s what unites us.
  765. I’m old-fashioned that way. I don’t believe you turn the president down.
  766. I was delighted to support Marco Rubio.
  767. I think it’s certainly important that we don’t have symbols in our society that are offensive to a segment and that arouse racial division.
  768. I think in some instances that the death penalty is required.
  769. I have serious challenges with Donald Trump and his messaging that is going to make it more difficult for us to bring in minorities, Hispanics, into the party and into our voting base in November. I would be concerned about him carrying the banner for the Republican Party.
  770. I don’t want to stop and build protectionism out there, but I certainly don’t mind tough negotiation with our trade partners.
  771. I don’t think anybody accepts the idea that somehow I should be punished because I actually served our country during a very difficult time post-9/11. That required me to actually be out of Arkansas for a few years.
  772. I believe Timothy McVeigh getting the death penalty for his heinous act of killing over a hundred in Oklahoma City, that could very well deter others that might want to enter into that similar conduct.
  773. Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.
  774. Hillary Clinton’s radical attempts at so-called reform of the nation’s health care system would have been more destructive than even Obamacare has been.
  775. Here in Arkansas, we are preparing a generation of learners to meet the needs of businesses by equipping students with workforce training opportunities statewide.
  776. He has a style that is not my style. And that is fine. That’s Donald Trump. And guess what? That’s exactly who the base of the Republican Party supported and said that’s who we want to carry the banner.
  777. During my years of services in the government, I have spent a great deal of time studying and managing the spectrum of threats to our borders as well as the diverse ways in which those threats are moved across the border.
  778. But as you said, there are going to be those that have no record and cannot be detected in that capacity so that is why you have to have other layers of security.
  779. Being from the heartland of America, I do not think one should have to go to Washington to seek justice.
  780. As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.
  781. As we approached our work, my colleagues and I looked to the U.S. Constitution for guidance. It states, ‘No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.’ No person, no exceptions.
  782. As governor, my chief responsibility is to keep our state and people safe, which is why I have decided to oppose Arkansas being used as a relocation center for Syrian refugees.
  783. With ‘Dope Walk,’ I wanted to bring back kids dancing and having fun again. That’s how it used to be in Harlem. I remember everybody Harlem-shaking and ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’-ing. Those were some of the most fun and memorable times in my life.
  784. When I was growing up, I saw the Aaliyah shirts, the DMX shirts, or the collab shirts with DMX and Aaliyah when they had a single together. Those were the dope collage shirts with their faces all over it. They were doing cool things like that.
  785. Tour is fun.
  786. There’s no racism with the Internet.
  787. There’s no borders or lines you can’t cross anymore. Everything is getting blended with everything. That’s the dope thing about music now. Some people don’t like it, more of the older people. They want to, you know, go back to old-school New York hip-hop.
  788. Sometimes I can’t sleep ’cause I can’t get a melody or a beat out my head, so I just have to wake up and, like, record it on a voice note.
  789. Rapping can be repetition sometimes. Sometimes you gotta highlight your words in a certain kind of way. So I always was a fan of sing-rapping. It was always funny to me a little bit, and I think that being funny and being able to laugh, even at yourself, is a form of flattery.
  790. Racism been over. It’s the old people that keep on holding on to it.
  791. People who are scared don’t live life.
  792. No city owns me, you know what I’m saying? I’m from New York, but no city owns me. Nobody can bottle up my sound and box me in. Yes, I am a rapper, but am I a New York rapper? No. I am from New York, I love New York to death, but I will not conform myself to one place, no.
  793. Mixtapes are always small scale to me – they never get taken seriously, and they’re always short-lived.
  794. Me jumping on a song with Ariana Grande is just showing versatility, you know what I’m saying?
  795. Jeremy Scott reminds me of Harmony Korine, mixing all worlds and making them into one – you just never know what he’s up to.
  796. It’s kind of hard for you to be doing huge things and still be knowing what’s happening on the street level.
  797. If I was just to shut up, I wouldn’t be a true artist.
  798. I’m sort of like Jean-Paul Goude, the graphic designer who used to style Grace Jones and shoot all her visuals, just meaning that I use all mediums in one – music, fashion, and art. I’m hitting it from all angles.
  799. I’m relevant because I fill a void for people who aren’t doing what they want to do in life.
  800. I’m really into simple things – things you could wear every day.
  801. I’m not a manufactured artist. Nobody taught me how to be a proper artist.
  802. I’m happy, so I just want to project that happiness through my music to make other people happy.
  803. I’m gonna put out another album and then another album after that. And then I’m gonna put out a mixtape, and then I’m gonna put out another ten songs, and then I’m gonna put out a hundred more songs and a thousand songs after that.
  804. I’m an animal lover.
  805. I was born alone, I’m gonna die alone. I have my own identity. I’m my own person, and no two people are the same.
  806. I used to listen to ‘Ready to Die’ around the time I dropped out of college. I was scrambling for work and money.
  807. I used to do design before I was actually rapping. I went to art and design high school.
  808. I used to be a daredevil on BMX bikes.
  809. I thought I was half white or something because I only know white people as Ferguson as their last name.
  810. I might be more satisfied seeing my friends really come up than myself. I’m really happy for my success, but I can’t really see it, because I’m myself working. You can see it; everyone around me can see it.
  811. I make music for the whole world, not just one borough.
  812. I got a lot of fans who are not even into fashion. So they look at me and wear what I wear because it’s cool or looks cool.
  813. I don’t have a specific style. My style is unorthodox; that is my style. So you can’t really place me here, place me there, because my style is just to be anywhere, you know what I’m saying?
  814. I don’t have a problem with how people receive the music. I feel like it’s for everybody.
  815. I create art. It’s kinda abstract.
  816. I always shout out my dad. My artistic roots come from him. He had his own T-shirt company and taught me the trade.
  817. DMX was just one of the figures that I thought no one could ever be better than. I used to look up to him so much. The bikes, the dogs, that’s where I come from.
  818. Chris Brown owns 14 of my belts. Swizz Beatz owns a zillion of my belts. They were supporting me before I was even anybody.
  819. At the end of the day, you can’t take my love for my people away.
  820. Andy Warhol’s art wasn’t that interesting to me. He was more interesting to me as a person. He was art himself. I don’t even think he was really into art, per se. He may have liked to do it, but I think he was more into people being into him.
  821. Alexander Wang is a young designer, and his style is so profound. He took sports and street and kind of combined it into upscale high fashion. He made a white T-shirt a luxury.
  822. A lot of rappers been putting out a lot of sub-par visuals. I feel like the visuals could be better.
  823. ‘Trap Lord’ is basically the writer of the hood. It’s the kid that’s from the hood, from the trap, who’s going to preach to his friends and his homies. Because they’re not going to sit in no church. So they listen to me instead of going to a church, because I understand them, and that’s really what the ‘Hood Pope’ is.
  824. ‘Illmatic’ was dope.
  825. ‘Going Back to Cali’ is one of my favorite songs because of all the East Coast – West Coast rivalry.
  826. You know what, we’re very skinny in our family.
  827. What’s funny is my husband doesn’t have any tattoos at all, so he must be the very conservative one.
  828. We had our first earthquake over here recently. That was a bizarre feeling. I just became disoriented and I remember my dad freaking out. Nothing broke or anything.
  829. We had doubles for some of the stuff but a lot of it had to do with there’s certain hours that you can dive and then you can’t dive for another certain, like 12 hours just for the air and stuff.
  830. Watching Jaws just scared the living daylights out of me when I was young. I know a lot of people my age who are still petrified of sharks because of that film.
  831. Right now I’m working on the back handspring.
  832. Not being a comic book fan, being thrown into that and seeing the extreme – it’s taken very seriously. So I tried to do as much learning as I could about it so I wasn’t mean or anything.
  833. My tattoo is a phoenix. I got the first when I was 16. I hid it for years.
  834. My favorite part is the preparation because you read on the page, you get this character.
  835. Like when I had long hair, you kind of got male attention from everything. But when you had short hair, it was a different kind of man that was attracted to you or I found coming up.
  836. It’s good to always do some sort of exercise.
  837. I’ve always been a good kid.
  838. I worked with her on the second season of Dark Angel in Vancouver, one of my first real jobs.
  839. I was very active but I was dyslexic and had a really hard time at school.
  840. I was training more learning how to scuba dive which I’d never done which was really, really, really cool.
  841. I think my first bikini, I was four and it was polka dotted and I had a big belly and I looked dashing.
  842. I started walking at night with my sister in law which has been amazing. It really does something for you. It just kind of clears the mind, it just makes you feel better, things start to tighten a little bit.
  843. I love doing action.
  844. I learned Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics and I have a trainer.
  845. I have a hard time retaining the lines. Even on set I make mistakes but I’m okay with that.
  846. I got his initials tattooed on the back of my neck, you know, since we both now have the same initials.
  847. For some reason when I write in cursive, it’s easier and flows better for me to read that when I print.
  848. Everyone checks out my mom. My mom’s hot.
  849. Zac Efron would make us feel guilty for eating big dinners. He’d say, ‘Do you really want to eat those carbs?’ It was like, ‘Thanks a lot!’
  850. Zac Efron is like a brother who’s just goofy and crazy. He plays a lot of practical jokes.
  851. You put your heart and soul into something and it makes you a little bit vulnerable.
  852. You can feel like, ‘I look really bad’, but to other people you can be really gorgeous.
  853. You can be plain and smart, or pretty and smart. You can even be plain and dumb! You just have to be yourself.
  854. With every character, I just bring something that I can make my own.
  855. When fans come up to me and Vanessa, they’re really sweet and ask for autographs – but once they see the guys, the girls tend to scream.
  856. When I was really little, I was on a Pop Warner squad. I did it for a year. My dad was a Pop Warner football coach. I did it because my best friend was also on this cheer squad, and of course I looked up to my sister who was a cheerleader, so I wanted to cheer.
  857. When I was little, I saw the play ‘Les Miserables’ on Broadway, I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
  858. There are so many emoticons these days, I’m kind of old fashioned.
  859. The only way to grow is to challenge yourself.
  860. The family on my mom’s side, their whole business is inventing and pitching stuff. My grandfather is in infomercials. He’s a pitchman, so if you’re ever watching TV late at night, you’ll probably see him pitching knives. My great-grandfather also invented the plastic cheese grater.
  861. The ‘believe’ tattoo is because my mom always told me to believe.
  862. Sunday’s my day off, where I eat whatever I want. I don’t not let myself have something. I do love French fries and bread.
  863. Producing is just a big learning experience.
  864. People see me as cute, but I’m so much more than that.
  865. Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you’re not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like ‘What did you do to yourself?’ I was so embarrassed.
  866. Now before I work out, I think, ‘I love exercise,’ and it works.
  867. My sister is totally my dad’s daughter because she loves sports.
  868. My mom is very confident and she was always a role model of mine.
  869. My look is a very individual look. I love Pink, but I don’t really dress like Pink.
  870. My favorite subject was English or creative writing. We did poems and making a magazine, and I did one on celebrities. I called it ‘Celebrity Life Magazine.’ I interviewed my good friend Kaley Cuoco.
  871. My family belongs to a tennis club in Valencia, California, so I always go there. I play a lot of tennis with my dad and swim. And I like to go to the gym there.
  872. Just because I live in L.A .and I live in Hollywood doesn’t mean I have to have a Hollywood life.
  873. It’s really hard when a celebrity dies out of nowhere, ’cause it’s very shocking… surreal.
  874. It’s important to have girlfriends, because guys tend to come and go.
  875. It’s good to laugh!
  876. It’s a spinoff of the original Cracker Jack, but it’s Cracker Jack’d. Frito Lay, when they asked me to be a part of it, I tried it, and I really like it. My favorite’s the peanut butter and chocolate.
  877. In high school, it was all about popularity, being with the boyfriend and all the girls thinking he’s cute.
  878. If I feel like someone’s trying to bring me down, I just walk away from it.
  879. I’ve loved Michael Jackson, his music, his music videos.
  880. I’ve had a normal life, but I have struggled to get here. It hasn’t been handed to me and it hasn’t been easy.
  881. I’ve always wanted to be sure my parents approve of what I do. Even with my tattoos, my mom went with me.
  882. I’ve always wanted to be sure my parents approve of what I do.
  883. I’ve always been able to keep my private life separate from my business.
  884. I’m very sassy. I want to show people in my album I’m not like my characters on TV.
  885. I’m someone who’s always on the go and crazy busy, so I like to keep snacks in my car and at the office, and Cracker Jack’d is a really yummy snack that I love. I definitely am a big snacker.
  886. I’m so grateful for what Disney gave me and the experiences that I got, but at the end of the day, I can do so much more than what I did on that channel and in those movies.
  887. I’m not trying to run away from my fans at all. I want them to grow with me.
  888. I’m not someone who likes to be in the whole Hollywood tabloids.
  889. I’m living out my dreams and I love what I do.
  890. I’m kind of boring.
  891. I’m in love with ‘Bravo.’ Me and my girlfriends love ‘Bravo-ing,’ which doesn’t necessarily mean watching ‘Bravo.’ It’s when you’re a bum and you’re on your couch watching reality shows.
  892. I’m definitely the kind of person to wear underwear all the time.
  893. I’m definitely old-school when it comes to dating. I’m not into the ‘game’ so much. If I like you, I’ll confront you and be open about it. Then I expect you to come after me.
  894. I’m always surrounded by good-looking guys, like Zac Efron, so I have to be with someone who’s not going to get jealous about any of that, or when I’m kissing somebody in a scene.
  895. I’m actually most comfortable when I’m in a bikini, running around on the beach, like, no makeup. It’s really free-feeling, whereas I’m always having to get dressed up and putting makeup on.
  896. I’m a strong person. I’m also very sassy and a little bit angsty sometimes.
  897. I’m a big romantic, so I love guys who are romantic too.
  898. I’d love to do more action stuff, in the future.
  899. I wrote a song with Kara DioGuardi called ‘What If,’ and it’s a really beautiful song. It’s kind of like a rock ballad. There’s a lot of guitars and drums in it.
  900. I was always superthin, too skinny, actually. I felt like someone could break me in half. I realize now that being a bit more curvy and toned is so much more beautiful.
  901. I want to be with someone who wants to work as much as I do and who respects me like I respect him.
  902. I used to hate looking in the mirror. I’ve grown up into myself and now I’m happy with the way I look.
  903. I use Kerastase Oleo-Relax when I get out of the shower. It saves my hair. Actually, I’ve been doing this Brazilian treatment to my hair. It’s a lifesaver; I don’t even use a straightener anymore.
  904. I think whenever any guys come along they’re intimidated, and they don’t really talk that much unless I talk to them.
  905. I think nothing ever ends on Disney Channel. They keep playing it.
  906. I think fame can come and go.
  907. I text a lot people, because it’s how I stay connected with all my family and friends when I’m on set and traveling.
  908. I realized just how much exercise and eating right make a difference in how you feel now and when you get older.
  909. I never really looked up to celebrities when I was young.
  910. I never give up on things.
  911. I loved performing in the ‘High School Musical’ movies – that didn’t seem like work – but the gym felt like torture!
  912. I love to sing! To be in a movie with musical number is the coolest thing ever!
  913. I love sundresses and I love shorts.
  914. I love pink, it’s so girly!
  915. I love pancakes, and I actually do love healthy stuff. Like, I love gluten-free or whole-wheat pancakes. Breakfast is my favorite meal.
  916. I love keeping a connection with everyone I’ve worked with.
  917. I love clothes and I love fashion.
  918. I love being home at Christmastime.
  919. I love being creative.
  920. I love being busy.
  921. I love Kelly Clarkson.
  922. I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.
  923. I love ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ I was so excited to be able to be on this show, just because I personally watch it. Of course, I come from Disney, and I have a lot of young fans, but I do have fans who have grown with me as well.
  924. I love ‘Modern Family; I think that is a great show. I don’t get to watch tons of TV, but when I do, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is pretty much the number one, and ‘Modern Family’ is one of my favorites.
  925. I look at Jessica Alba and think she’s got a great body. I think that’s what women are supposed to look like.
  926. I like to have fun but my fun is different from other people’s fun.
  927. I like to do a lot of cardio.
  928. I like someone I can have fun with and who can be more laid-back than I am, because it calms me down.
  929. I know I have pretty good instincts.
  930. I know I come off like a very outgoing person, and yeah, I’m outgoing, but there’s also a part of me that still likes to be in my little shell sometimes.
  931. I just loved playing the mean girl. When you’re not like a character, it’s kind of fun to play.
  932. I just love carbs. And when I’m on vacation I definitely allow myself carbs, so it’s always funny when people are like, ‘Oh my gosh, you look great in your bikini.’ I’m like, ‘If you only knew what I had for breakfast!’
  933. I just like guys who have an edge to them. But it could go either way. Like, I have been into the surfer blond frat guys, and then there’s definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy.
  934. I just always feel that you need Degree deodorant when you have those moments whether they are embarrassing or whatever, but every day you should be protected. I wish that maybe I had a type of celebrity to look up to when I was young telling me what to use and stuff.
  935. I hope to inspire people, influence people.
  936. I have a sexy side to me, but it’s more of a fun sexy.
  937. I have a Maltipoo named Blondie. She is so cute!
  938. I had done a bunch of stuff before I even went to Disney. I’m so grateful for what Disney gave me and the experiences that I got, but at the end of the day, I can do so much more than what I did on that channel and in those movies.
  939. I grew up in the business since I was three years old so I’ve always kind of been in front of the camera and grew up in commercials and I knew that I wanted to do it no matter what, I just loved it.
  940. I give dating advice on a regular basis. It’s not that I’m any expert, but it’s always nice to share that with your friends.
  941. I feel like when I went back to my original hair color, a little bit of an edgier side came out.
  942. I feel like people expect a lot out of girls, like you’re supposed to know who you are and what you want out of life right now. Some girls know. I did. But lots of people don’t know. You have to try a lot of things and not worry about what people are thinking.
  943. I feel like every project I’ve ever done has had music involved in it somehow.
  944. I don’t really read stuff on myself. I like to just kind of stay away… I don’t get too involved in that.
  945. I don’t really believe in rules, but I do like old-fashioned dating where you don’t call the guy until he calls you. I don’t think it’s like he’s got to do this and that’s the rule.
  946. I don’t mind being a Disney girl.
  947. I don’t like asking for an autograph, but I would like to take a picture with Jessica Simpson because I love her style!
  948. I don’t go clubing. So, I don’t smoke or drink.
  949. I don’t drink, and I don’t smoke. It’s a personal preference. My mom has never drunk or smoked. I look up to my mom.
  950. I did find some time to go to a record store and check out ‘Headstrong’ actually in the racks. It was pretty cool; I never thought I’d see my own CD sitting there with everyone else’s. I made my Mom take lots of pics!
  951. I definitely think cheerleaders have no fear. When I took the ‘Hellcats’ job, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is a sport.’
  952. I definitely think cheerleaders have no fear.
  953. I can’t watch scary movies right now, because living on my own, it kind of freaks me out.
  954. I can take a week’s vacation – maybe a week and a half – but after that, I’m itching to go back to work.
  955. I am so scared of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies. I didn’t think I was going to be able to sleep.
  956. I always feel like I could look better. I’m, like, the worst.
  957. Hey, it isn’t bad that I look young.
  958. Half the time on vacation, if I’m in a bikini, I allow myself – I eat, like, waffles and pancakes for breakfast, so that’s me after, like, a big meal. I’m not the one that’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be on the beach.’
  959. Growing up I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose, which caused trouble breathing. The older I got, the worse it got.
  960. For me, I just like to cut out bread. I like to keep the good carbs in my diet – I love pasta and Italian food – but I try to eat just that on the weekends and cut out carbs during the week.
  961. Don’t let anyone, or any rejection, keep you from what you want.
  962. Degree actually came to me and asked me if I wanted to be a part of their campaign, and I thought it was just really exciting and important, obviously to my fans, and growing up I had tons of OMG moments. I get to share my own moments through video blogs.
  963. Communication is so key.
  964. Cheerleaders deserve a lot of respect for what they do.
  965. An ‘OMG’ of mine would probably be speaking on stage and performing in front of thousands of people!
  966. All the time people ask me, like, ‘Oh my God, what did you do to get ready for the red carpet?’ And I’m like, ‘I just had Thai food.’ I love to work out and do cardio and have a healthy, active lifestyle, but I also am not going to, like, freak out over food.
  967. ‘Scary Movie’ was a different type of comedy than I’m used to. I’ve mostly done sitcoms, so working with David Zucker, who wrote the film and who directed the last two ‘Scary Movie’s and ‘Airplane’ and ‘Naked Gun,’ was a lot of help.
  968. Yu Na Kim, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner – all these girls can do triple-triples in their sleep, and they have the skating skills and the spins and the rest of the technical jumps. So I have to have that as well if I want to be able to call myself ‘competitive’ against them. And when I say ‘competitive,’ I mean I want to win.
  969. You should not be defined by one bad performance.
  970. You always imagine everything will go so smoothly in the Olympic season.
  971. Years ago, I tore out a Nike ad featuring Allyson Felix and Maria Sharapova looking super fierce and tough. I always told my family that I wanted to be like them someday, so to come home to my apartment and see boxes of Nike gear stacked higher than my doorknob is pretty much a dream come true.
  972. When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn’t just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.
  973. When I’m competing, I need to be strong.
  974. When I step out onto the ice to compete ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ I don’t feel like a fighter. I feel very nervous, and it’s very difficult for me to get into the mindset for it.
  975. When I fall, I fall hard.
  976. When I do my makeup, it kind of helps me get into the character that I’m trying to portray.
  977. Twitter is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
  978. To put on a performance, you have to be emotional. You can’t be a zombie.
  979. To have full and multiple criteria is the best way to decide who is best prepared to be on that Olympic team.
  980. The fact that an icon would even utter my name or have any idea of who I am is absolutely unreal.
  981. The SoCal weather can’t be beat, but I just haven’t quite been able to embrace the lifestyle.
  982. Some skaters, they live for skating, and they are home-schooled. I’m very lucky my parents let me go to school and have a normal life.
  983. Skating is one of those sports you unfortunately see people get stuck in.
  984. Skaters are infamously superstitious.
  985. Seabeck is slow to change.
  986. People don’t want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean.
  987. Off the ice, I can be soft, and I can be elegant and sweet.
  988. Nothing has been easy for me… I’ve always had to work for everything I’ve gotten and everything I’ve accomplished.
  989. My parents told me, ‘Skating is a privilege, not a right, and school always comes first.’
  990. My mom devised a plan to get me out of the house and gave me the choice between ballet or skating. She knew both of those sports were time-consuming and would keep me busy with hours of practice.
  991. It just comes kind of naturally to me to take something and try and make it relatable and interesting to someone who doesn’t know everything about skating.
  992. In this crazy, crazy world of figure skating, it is easy to focus on a name or a target. But when you are going after someone, it really only holds you back from what you are capable of yourself.
  993. In 2010, I was 17 or 18 and thought, ‘Yeah, the Olympics, that might happen.’
  994. If I train well and stay focused, I’m confident I can deliver when the time comes.
  995. I’m vicious. I can be nice off the ice, but on the ice, that’s not where it’s time to make friends.
  996. I’m very much a technical person.
  997. I’m the type of skater that needs to stay upbeat and relaxed, open, because if I stay quiet, I get in my head, and then I start to think too much and start to doubt.
  998. I’m such a strong-headed person and so stubborn, I don’t need someone to be sweet to me.
  999. I’m so proud to be an Army brat, but it was not an easy life. Moving around so much, skating was that one constant thing I had to hold on to.
  1000. I’m scrappy.
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