1. If we lose games, and I don’t score a lot, they gonna say I’m not scoring enough.
  2. If that many people recognize how hard I go every night and what I put into my game, to make myself and my team better, it means a lot to me. I’m fortunate; I’m blessed to be in the situation that I’m in right now.
  3. If I’m not getting older and more mature at 31, then something’s wrong.
  4. If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart.
  5. If I could take back all the mistakes that I made throughout my career, I would have had a perfect career. I would have missed no shots. I would have made no turnovers. I would have went right instead of going left when I was supposed to, every game.
  6. I’ve accomplished so many things in basketball. I financially secured my kids’ life and their future. I’m just happy. I’m just blessed. So anything that I’m not awarded doesn’t matter because I’ve been rewarded enough in this lifetime.
  7. I’m the biggest Westbrook fan, I think, there is. You know what I mean? Because he reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out. Just a guy that’s going to bring it every single night.
  8. I’m not going to be the same as I was when I’ve made so many bad mistakes.
  9. I’m just overwhelmed with the fact that I had a signature shoe. It’s actually ‘my shoe.’
  10. I’m just a regular 24/7 dad now.
  11. I’m a father; I’m a friend. I think I’ve got the biggest heart in the world. A lot of times, that’s not a good thing. It’s a gift and a curse.
  12. I’m a Hall of Famer, and I can go outside today and go to a restaurant or wherever, and somebody will come up to me and say, ‘Practice? We talkin’ ’bout practice?’ Man, I am a Hall of Famer, and that’s all you can think about?
  13. I wish there was a season where I was playing and didn’t have no aches, no pains, no bruises, no nothing.
  14. I wish the media and people that work in media would realize sometimes – and I know it doesn’t pay your bills – but sometimes just sit back and think, like, ‘Man, what if this was my child? And somebody was doing this to them? And they had to go through it? If somebody bashed them like this?’
  15. I went from the projects to a real house. It was a big difference.
  16. I wasn’t afraid to be who I am. I didn’t think anything was wrong with it.
  17. I wasn’t a point guard. I was a killer.
  18. I wasn’t a fan of the Sixers. My dad was a big Mo Cheeks fan, and he wanted me to be drafted by the Sixers. My thing was, if that could make my dad happy, then that would make me happy, you know what I mean?
  19. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school, and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore.
  20. I wanted my fans and my family and my friends to be proud of me.
  21. I want to thank coach Thompson… for saving my life. For giving me the opportunity.
  22. I want to play basketball so bad.
  23. I wanna thank Biggie Smalls, Redman, Jadakiss, Tupac and Michael Jackson for being my theme music throughout my career.
  24. I used to say my biggest accomplishment was just getting drafted, whether it was the first pick or the 100th or whatever.
  25. I think a lot of times, when people who get a chance to meet me and be around me, they understand that I’m not the person that the media make me out to be.
  26. I surround myself with people who make me laugh.
  27. I owe all of this to the guys I’ve played with and all the coaches that have helped me get to where I’m at right now. I’m honored to be here.
  28. I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look: being able to look into somebody’s eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight, or if they are not.
  29. I make all that money and it ain’t enough. I gotta make more to help all the people around me.
  30. I made a lot of mistakes. And obviously, it cost me.
  31. I love my fans in Philadelphia, but this is the hardest place in the world to play in. And I think it’s the hardest place to play in to be a superstar. Just to be the No. 1 guy. All eyes on you – because everybody wants you to be perfect, but not themselves.
  32. I knew I was gonna be the number one pick, but I didn’t know.
  33. I just want kids all over the world to know you have to practice to be any good in this game; it’s too hard.
  34. I just feel this is my planet.
  35. I have no regrets on anything. People ask me all the time, ‘Do I have any regrets?’ I don’t have any. If I could back and do it all over, would I change anything? No.
  36. I had to learn that some people are just not going to like you. I had to have thick skin when I would see what people would say or write about me.
  37. I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way.
  38. I gotta win games. Because if we lose games, and I score a lot, they going to say I’m scorin’ too much.
  39. I got a lot of love for NBC, Tom Brokaw. He did a lot for me, and I appreciate him, and I owe a lot to him for that.
  40. I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.
  41. I felt like I was better at football than I am in basketball.
  42. I failed, got back up. I failed, got back up.
  43. I dressed like the guys who I grew up with. I looked like the guys I grew up with.
  44. I don’t watch college basketball.
  45. I don’t want to just go to the playoffs, I don’t want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it’s bittersweet.
  46. I don’t really care too much about what people who don’t care about me say about me, but a lot of times, you know, I get tired of defending myself.
  47. I don’t have any problems with what these guys wear because they got their own style and their own originality. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, man.
  48. I don’t feel no type of way. I just understand that He helped me accomplish a lot of things in the NBA. I’ve done so many things that people thought that I couldn’t do.
  49. I don’t care. I feel like if we don’t make a trade, we have to get it done with what we’ve got.
  50. I didn’t take constructive criticism the way I should have. When I finally caught up to that, that’s when I went to being the MVP.
  51. I didn’t do this by myself, man. It was so many people, so many fans that came in there and cheered for me, night in and night out.
  52. I couldn’t have accomplished the things in my career if I didn’t practice, and the worst part about that whole thing is when a kid comes up to me and says ‘Allen, I don’t like practice, either.’ I’ve got to straighten that kid right then.
  53. I can’t take it back. I can’t take anything back. So I don’t regret it.
  54. I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be all right. I’ve got to just play basketball.
  55. I am sick of defending myself, and I am not going to keep on doing it.
  56. I always wanted to be a Sixer… I always wanted to finish my career as a Sixer.
  57. He’s helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there’s no Larry Brown, then there’s no MVP, Allen Iverson.
  58. Guys is supposed to be able to be original and dress like how they want to dress. The NBA can’t dress no grown man.
  59. God gave me all this; why waste the talent that he gave me? Why not go full throttle with it all and try to become in the class with the greatest players that ever played the game? That’s just a great feeling.
  60. Everybody talks about that one when they first meet me. ‘Man, I still remember the play you shook Jordan.’ Everybody gonna always remember it because it was Jordan.
  61. Everybody is their own person.
  62. Either you give in, or you fight. That’s all I know, being where I’m from. You fight for what you want. You go after what you want. The only thing I could do was give up or keep fighting for what I wanted in life.
  63. Don’t nobody wanna talk about or hear about somebody donating money to a charity. You wanna hear about what Bin Laden is doing and what you think is on his mind.
  64. Doing this for so long, I realize that the media – you have a boss. And your boss wants you to provide the best material that you can. And he might put pressure on you to do it a way that you feel is unconstitutional. You might not like it. But you still gotta feed your family.
  65. Detroit was a bad situation for me.
  66. Coming into the league, if I would’ve had money, then obviously I would’ve had more tattoos.
  67. Coach’s voice will never leave my head as long as I live.
  68. Being older, I can’t imagine a parent not wanting to be in their kid’s life. I will just never understand it. To me, it’s priceless.
  69. Being in a fishbowl, everybody looking at every move you make, talking about everything you do – it’s just a hard life to live.
  70. Being an All-Star is everything.
  71. At times, I might have been too young; I might have been too naive at times and didn’t understand who I really was to a whole culture.
  72. At some point, it comes to an end regardless, however it comes, whether it is retirement or injury; at some point, it comes to an end.
  73. As far as how I expressed ‘practice, practice, practice’ over and over again, I wouldn’t take that back because, obviously, that sound bite is great for the media and for the fans, because they love it.
  74. Any one of my shoes that I had, you knew that, night in, night out, I gave my teammates and my fans everything that I had.
  75. All my tattoos are tattoos that I wanted to get, but I couldn’t afford.
  76. All I ever wanted to do was wear Jordans. I think there was only one or two pair I never had.
  77. A negative Allen Iverson story is the greatest Allen Iverson story, for some reason.
  78. You know most of the food that Americans hold so dear – things like hamburgers and hot dogs – were road food, but even before they were road food, they were peasant food.
  79. You don’t want flame to hit your food. Flame is bad. Flame does nasty things to food. It makes soot and it makes deposits of various chemicals that are not too good for us. The last thing you really want to see licking at your food while it’s on a grill is an actual flame.
  80. Well, you know, when you go into a restaurant, one of the scariest things is the wine list, so whenever I’m really feeling intimidated, I’ll just pick a wine type, like a Chianti or Brunello or a Burgundy, and I’ll pick a year that’s missing and ask for that one.
  81. We’re getting dumbed down, taste-wise.
  82. Very good cooks who are employed as ‘chefs’ rarely refer to themselves as ‘chefs.’ They refer to themselves as ‘cooks.’
  83. Unless your kid is Pele Jr., they’re not going to be able to feed themselves from soccer. If your kid knows how to play soccer, but not make dinner, you have done them a disservice.
  84. The worst food you’ll ever eat will probably be prepared by a ‘cook’ who calls himself a ‘chef.’ Mark my words.
  85. The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.
  86. The stubby French painter Toulouse-Lautrec supposedly invented chocolate mousse – I find that rather hard to believe, but there you have it.
  87. The problem is I am both a procrastinator and a power junkie, so I am very frustrating to work with.
  88. The kitchen’s a laboratory, and everything that happens there has to do with science. It’s biology, chemistry, physics. Yes, there’s history. Yes, there’s artistry. Yes, to all of that. But what happened there, what actually happens to the food is all science.
  89. That’s the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No. We just have to focus on what the turkey is and what the turkey needs.
  90. Take ice. Ice is fascinating to me. Ice is the one thing in our world that went from an agricultural product to being manufactured.
  91. Stuffing is evil. Stuffing adds mass, so it slows the cooking. That’s evil because the longer the bird cooks, the drier it will be.
  92. So I quit my job and went to the New England Culinary Institute for the full two years and worked in the restaurant industry after that until finally I thought I had a grasp on what I needed to do what I do.
  93. Seriously. I’m not very bright, and it takes a lot for me to get a concept – to really get a concept. To get it enough that it becomes part of me. But when it happens I get real excited about it.
  94. Recipe writers hate to write about heat. They despise it. Because there aren’t proper words for communicating what should be done with it.
  95. My mantra was to educate people – to actually give them the know-how they could use – and to do it in a very subversive kind of way. I would entertain them, and I was going to teach them whether they knew it or not.
  96. My first book is really about heat. That book, for me, was an exploration of heat as ingredient. Why we don’t talk about heat as an ingredient, I don’t quite understand, because it is the common ingredient to all cooking processes.
  97. My feeling has always been that ‘Good Eats’ would have never happened had it been left to a committee.
  98. My college degree was in theater. But the real reason, if I have any success in that milieu, so to speak, is because I spent a lot of years directing, I spent a lot of years behind the camera.
  99. Molecular gastronomy is not bad… but without sound, basic culinary technique, it is useless.
  100. Laughing brains are more absorbent.
  101. Last year, I made a refrigerator in my basement. And I needed to because I needed to figure how – you know there is no such thing as ‘cold.’ There is only less heat.
  102. Jeff Smith was the Julia Child of my generation. When his television show, ‘The Frugal Gourmet,’ made its debut on PBS in the 1980s, it conveyed such genuine enthusiasm for cooking that I was moved for the first time to slap down cold cash for a collection of recipes.
  103. If you really love stuffing, wait until the turkey comes out of the oven, add some of the pan drippings to the stuffing, and bake it in a dish. That’s called dressing, and that’s not evil – stuffing is, though.
  104. I’m like a really goofy home ec teacher.
  105. I’m going from doing all of the work to having to delegate the work – which is almost harder for me than doing the work myself. I’m a lousy delegator, but I’m learning.
  106. I’m an absolute connoisseur of cheeseburgers and like to think that I can detect even mere percentages of shift in fat content in ground meat in a burger and can actually name the temperature to which it was actually cooked to the degree if I’m, you know, really on my game.
  107. I’m a filmmaker who decided to go to culinary school. All I picked up was the fact if I didn’t understand what was going on with every single ingredient, I could be qualifying for, like, the lunch food job at my daughter’s school.
  108. I think in the end there are only 20 or 30 tenets of basic cooking. It’s going at perhaps the same issue from different angles, from different points of view, from different presentation styles, that really makes things sink in and become embedded.
  109. I think a lot of food shows, especially when we started ‘Good Eats’ back in the late ’90s, they were still really about food. ‘Good Eats’ isn’t about food, it’s about entertainment. If, however, we can virally infect you with knowledge or interest, then all the better.
  110. I spent a college semester in a small town in Italy – and that is where I truly tasted food for the first time.
  111. I say grace. I’m a big believer in grace. I happen to believe in a God that made all the food and so I’m pretty grateful for that and I thank him for that. But I’m also thankful for the people that put the food on the table.
  112. I only really fake it anymore with sommeliers who are being really snotty to me and I don’t want to take their grief and so I try to do something to kind of throw them off or put them on the defensive, even if I don’t know what I’m talking about.
  113. I love to have battles of the wits with people that can dish fast and dirty – and it leads to problems occasionally, ’cause I can sound mean without attempting to be mean.
  114. I love poking fun at myself. I have a rather mean sense of humor.
  115. I looked for a very long time, knowing that it had to happen, but it took me a long time to find someone with the same background and whatnot and I finally found him.
  116. I like television. I still believe that television is the most powerful form of communication on Earth – I just hate what is being done with it.
  117. I know people that could serve me canned tuna and saltine crackers and have me feel more at home at their table than some people who can cook circles around me. The more you try to impress people, generally the less you do.
  118. I kept thinking, ‘Somebody has to make a food show that is actually educational and entertaining at the same time… a show that got down to the ‘why things happen.’ Plus, I hated my job – I didn’t think it was very worthwhile.
  119. I have nothing but sympathy for the people who are forced to work with me. I’m better now at picking out those that want to play that game with me, and those that don’t.
  120. I had kicked around the idea for Good Eats when I was directing commercials.
  121. I grill, therefore I am.
  122. I grill almost all of my fish with the skin on because that gives you real protection at least on one side. It’s a nice barrier against super high heat which tends to make a lot of fish to turn really flaky. It’s very easy to overcook fish on the grill. But I still brush it with oil before I start.
  123. I found that if I offered to cook for a girl, my odds improved radically over simply asking a girl out. Through my efforts to attract the opposite sex, I found that not only did cooking work, but that it was actually fun.
  124. I can’t talk about anything or write about anything if I don’t understand it. So a lot of the stuff that I go through and a lot of the time that I spend is understanding.
  125. I am a filmmaker. That is all I’ve ever been. You know, Martin Scorsese makes films about the mob. And I make movies about food.
  126. Gluttony is wrong. It’s wasteful.
  127. For me, it was kind of like going into the military or something. And anybody – any male – who has ever worked in a French kitchen knows what I am talking about when I say that.
  128. Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it.
  129. Enough people have now mentioned Bill Nye the Science Guy to me that I now desperately avoid it all costs.
  130. Do not allow watching food to replace making food.
  131. Culinary tradition is not always based on fact. Sometimes it’s based on history, on habits that come out of a time when kitchens were fueled by charcoal.
  132. Basting is evil. Basting does nothing for the meat. Why? Skin. Skin is designed to keep stuff out of the bird, so basting just lets heat out of the oven. That means the turkey will take longer to cook… so don’t touch that door!
  133. Although I don’t take myself very seriously, I do take my work extraordinarily seriously.
  134. A pie dough comes together exactly like a biscuit only there is very, very little liquid and no leavening involved. Other than that, the same rules apply. My best advice: handle the dough as little as possible.
  135. A meringue is really nothing but a foam. And what is a foam after all, but a big collection of bubbles? And what’s a bubble? It’s basically a very flimsy little latticework of proteins draped with water. We add sugar to this structure, which strengthens it. But things can, and do, go wrong.
  136. A lot of food shows need only to tempt. Some food shows only need to inspire, to empower. And there are a lot of shows that do that.
  137. A balanced diet may be the best medicine. I was eating too much good eats. But people consider that part of your job, you know? Eat. And I do!
  138. ‘Outlaw Cook’ was a revelation. Folks like Jeff Smith and Marcella Hazan got me interested in cooking, but John Thorne pushed me into the path that I follow to this day. This is the only cookbook I’ve ever read that understands how men really eat: over the sink, in the dark, greasy to the elbows.
  139. We should work for simple, good, undecorated things, but things which are in harmony with the human being and organically suited to the little man in the street.
  140. We should concentrate our work not only to a separated housing problem but housing involved in our daily work and all the other functions of the city.
  141. We have almost a city has probably two or three hundred committees. Every committee is dealing with just one problem and has nothing to do with the other problems.
  142. The very essence of architecture consists of a variety and development reminiscent of natural organic life. This is the only true style in architecture.
  143. The ultimate goal of the architect…is to create a paradise. Every house, every product of architecture… should be a fruit of our endeavour to build an earthly paradise for people.
  144. The tubular steel chair is surely rational from technical and constructive points of view. It is light, suitable for mass production, and so on. But steel and chromium surfaces are not satisfactory from the human point of view.
  145. The most difficult problems are naturally not involved in the search for forms for contemporary life. It is a question of working our way to forms behind which real human values lie.
  146. The best standardisation committee in the world is nature herself, but in nature standardisation occurs mainly in connection with the smallest possible units: cells. The result is millions of flexible combinations in which one never encounters the stereotyped.
  147. Our time is so specialised that we have people who know more and more or less and less.
  148. Once I tried to make a standardization of staircases. Probably that is one of the oldest of the standardizations. Of course, we design new staircase steps every day in connection with all our houses, but a standardized step depends on the height of the buildings and on all kinds of things.
  149. Nothing is as dangerous in architecture as dealing with separated problems. If we split life into separated problems we split the possibilities to make good building art.
  150. Just as it takes time for a speck of fish spawn to develop into a fully grown fish, so, too, we need time for everything that develops and crystallizes in the world of ideas. Architecture demands more of this time than other creative work.
  151. I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.
  152. I do not write, I build.
  153. Human life is a combination of tragedy and comedy. The shapes and designs that surround us are the music accompanying this tragedy and this comedy.
  154. God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is, at least for me, an abuse of paper.
  155. Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.
  156. Every one of my buildings begins with an Italian journey.
  157. Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.
  158. Building art is a synthesis of life in materialised form. We should try to bring in under the same hat not a splintered way of thinking, but all in harmony together.
  159. Architecture is not merely national but clearly has local ties in that it is rooted in the earth.
  160. Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.
  161. You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.
  162. You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
  163. We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.
  164. We futurists have a magic button. We follow every statement about a failed forecast with ‘yet.’
  165. To think that the new economy is over is like somebody in London in 1830 saying the entire industrial revolution is over because some textile manufacturers in Manchester went broke.
  166. The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I’m talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
  167. The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
  168. The great growling engine of change – technology.
  169. The biggest tragedy I had was the loss of my daughter from neuromuscular disease in 2000, at age 46.
  170. The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.
  171. Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible.
  172. Profits, like sausages… are esteemed most by those who know least about what goes into them.
  173. People of the future may suffer not from an absence of choice but from a paralysing surfeit of it. They may turn out to be victims of that peculiarly super-industrial dilemma: overchoice.
  174. Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
  175. Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate.
  176. One of the more fantastic possibilities is that man will be able to make biological carbon copies of himself.
  177. One of the definitions of sanity is the ability to tell real from unreal. Soon we’ll need a new definition.
  178. Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change.
  179. No serious futurist deals in prediction. These are left for television oracles and newspaper astrologers.
  180. My wife and I, unlike many intellectuals, spent five years working on assembly lines. We came to fully understand the criticisms of the industrial age, in which you are an appendage of a machine that sets the pace.
  181. Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise – bureaucrats.
  182. Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
  183. Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.
  184. It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.
  185. I work virtually every waking hour.
  186. Future shock is the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.
  187. Change is not merely necessary to life – it is life.
  188. Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.
  189. Whenever I was with Kevin Pollak, I had to leave the room.
  190. When you’re an actor, you can be hindered by your own narcissism.
  191. When I make a change, like when I found out I had high cholesterol, I just changed my lifestyle.
  192. Well, my mom is single and we’ve both been single at the same time over the last ten years, so I really related to the bond between my character and Diane’s.
  193. There’s a very small group of elite actresses who are my age, who people want to work with. It’s not easy to get a good job with good actors.
  194. There aren’t many roles that are interesting if you’re a 40-year-old woman, unless you’re Julia Roberts or Cate Blanchett.
  195. The thing I noticed about Jack was when we did a reading of the script, just to warm up.
  196. Someone with a figure like Jennifer Aniston has a trainer, a cook spinning out some version of the latest diet, and probably a stop at the tanning salon.
  197. Since I got a really bad review when I was, like, 28 in ‘The New York Times,’ I don’t read reviews anymore.
  198. My writing philosophy is throwing spaghetti against the wall. That’s how I take pictures, too. If I take 100, surely one will be good.
  199. In a romantic comedy, it’s usually a good idea to have people who can’t stand the fact that they are attracted to each other.
  200. If you think about it, there aren’t that many women who are in their 40s, who are Jewish and funny and stage-worthy.
  201. If you take ‘Cheers’ and ‘Seinfeld’ and watch the early shows, they’re kind of awkward. It took a while for the writers and everything to gel.
  202. If there were some recipe that would make all of our children really sane and civic-minded and hugely intelligent, I think we’d probably all do it. But I don’t know that there is a recipe for creating that.
  203. If I had to give up cheese or chocolate, I’d give up chocolate in a heartbeat.
  204. I’m technologically an imbecile. But I do use the camera phone!
  205. I’m interested in people who are very close to the people who commit crimes.
  206. I’m a big fan of gallows humor. When my aunt passed away, she was in a coma for a day before my cousins pulled the plug. And the amount of joking and base humor that went on that day around her bed was so insane. It’s crazy how people talk when something horrible is happening.
  207. I’d love to work with Joan Cusack again – I’m obsessed with Joan Cusack.
  208. I’d like to be someone on ‘Games of Thrones.’
  209. I would do a musical, but I can’t sing.
  210. I usually try on at least 20 pairs of jeans before I find something that looks good on me. And even then, I have a trustworthy friend tell me if my butt looks big!
  211. I try to be really hippie about things. I’m uptight in all the ways that are really important, but the things my husband and family can benefit from my uptightness, I’m completely lacking.
  212. I think you have to be in an insane stratosphere in terms of fame in order to get offered really well-written scripts. Amanda Peet is definitely not in that group.
  213. I think when you’re a bigger star you get many good scripts sent to you, and you have to choose which one you’re going to gravitate toward, but I just try to gravitate toward the best-written one that’s been thrown my way after a lot of girls have passed on it.
  214. I think once I was in high school – I had boyfriends and stuff like that, but I think when I was younger, I went through a period where I looked like a boy, and people thought I was a boy.
  215. I think getting drunk is the key to flying comfortably. A couple of bloody marys or several glasses of champagne, and suddenly it’s like you’re on a roller coaster.
  216. I think children should be vaccinated because that affects the health of all the other children.
  217. I see a lot of homes that are supercool, and everything is very tasteful, but it’s not warm. I’m really scared of rooms that look too serious.
  218. I love getting dressed up and having someone do my make-up and feeling pretty.
  219. I like playwriting because it’s rooted in a single location with actors standing talking to each other.
  220. I have a fairly realistic idea about what my gifts and limitations are.
  221. I don’t know if those things work, where you do, like, this crash diet or crash starvation. It’s just not something I’ve ever been into.
  222. I don’t clean, I don’t make the bed. I spend my salary. I worry a lot. I just don’t worry about socks on the floor.
  223. I do know that I think children should be vaccinated because that affects the health of all the other children.
  224. He can’t even be at a casual read and not be creating the whole thing in his mind. I remember feeling very awed about how much he still seems to be so in love with it, and so dedicated to making everything really real and really spontaneous.
  225. Being an actor is really, really hard, no matter how you slice it.
  226. Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she’s beautiful but don’t have anything to talk about, it’s going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person.
  227. As an actor, my main focus is finding good writing and attacking a good role.
  228. Women in love are less ashamed than men. They have less to be ashamed of.
  229. Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
  230. Wit – the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
  231. Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is – it is her shadow.
  232. When you doubt, abstain.
  233. What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
  234. What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
  235. We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
  236. We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
  237. War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.
  238. Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
  239. Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.
  240. To be positive is to be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.
  241. To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
  242. There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.
  243. The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.
  244. The slightest acquaintance with history shows that powerful republics are the most warlike and unscrupulous of nations.
  245. The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff.
  246. The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
  247. The covers of this book are too far apart.
  248. The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.
  249. Telephone, n. An invention of the devil which abrogates some of the advantages of making a disagreeable person keep his distance.
  250. Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
  251. Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man’s choice, and is highly prized.
  252. Success is the one unpardonable sin against our fellows.
  253. Spring beckons! All things to the call respond; the trees are leaving and cashiers abscond.
  254. Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited.
  255. Sabbath – a weekly festival having its origin in the fact that God made the world in six days and was arrested on the seventh.
  256. Rum, n. Generically, fiery liquors that produce madness in total abstainers.
  257. Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
  258. Religion. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.
  259. Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
  260. Present, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.
  261. Prescription: A physician’s guess at what will best prolong the situation with least harm to the patient.
  262. Prejudice – a vagrant opinion without visible means of support.
  263. Pray: To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.
  264. Positive, adj.: Mistaken at the top of one’s voice.
  265. Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
  266. Politeness, n: The most acceptable hypocrisy.
  267. Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.
  268. Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
  269. Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
  270. Patriotism. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name.
  271. Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
  272. Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic.
  273. Optimism – the doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.
  274. Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.
  275. Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt.
  276. Meekness: Uncommon patience in planning a revenge that is worth while.
  277. Mayonnaise: One of the sauces which serve the French in place of a state religion.
  278. Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.
  279. Mad, adj. Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence.
  280. Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.
  281. Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.
  282. Litigation: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
  283. Litigant. A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.
  284. Life – a spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
  285. Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
  286. Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious.
  287. Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.
  288. Lawsuit: A machine which you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage.
  289. Land: A part of the earth’s surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure.
  290. Jealous, adj. Unduly concerned about the preservation of that which can be lost only if not worth keeping.
  291. It is evident that skepticism, while it makes no actual change in man, always makes him feel better.
  292. Irreligion – the principal one of the great faiths of the world.
  293. Inventor: A person who makes an ingenious arrangement of wheels, levers and springs, and believes it civilization.
  294. Insurance – an ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
  295. Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
  296. In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
  297. Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.
  298. Impartial – unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.
  299. Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
  300. I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
  301. I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It’s one of the curses of London.
  302. History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
  303. Historian – a broad-gauge gossip.
  304. Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
  305. Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
  306. Genius – to know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.
  307. Genealogy, n. An account of one’s descent from a man who did not particularly care to trace his own.
  308. Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
  309. Friendless. Having no favors to bestow. Destitute of fortune. Addicted to utterance of truth and common sense.
  310. Fork: An instrument used chiefly for the purpose of putting dead animals into the mouth.
  311. Forgetfulness – a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.
  312. Fidelity – a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
  313. Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable.
  314. Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
  315. Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.
  316. Experience – the wisdom that enables us to recognise in an undesirable old acquaintance the folly that we have already embraced.
  317. Eulogy. Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.
  318. Erudition – dust shaken out of a book into an empty skull.
  319. Enthusiasm – a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
  320. Eloquence, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.
  321. Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me.
  322. Education, n.: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
  323. Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
  324. Edible – good to eat and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
  325. Duty – that which sternly impels us in the direction of profit, along the line of desire.
  326. Doubt, indulged and cherished, is in danger of becoming denial; but if honest, and bent on thorough investigation, it may soon lead to full establishment of the truth.
  327. Doubt is the father of invention.
  328. Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible.
  329. Dog – a kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship.
  330. Divorce: a resumption of diplomatic relations and rectification of boundaries.
  331. Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure.
  332. Deliberation, n.: The act of examining one’s bread to determine which side it is buttered on.
  333. Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.
  334. Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.
  335. Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent.
  336. Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.
  337. Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.
  338. Curiosity, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
  339. Creditor. One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions.
  340. Coward: One who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
  341. Corporation: An ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility.
  342. Convent – a place of retirement for women who wish for leisure to meditate upon the sin of idleness.
  343. Consult: To seek approval for a course of action already decided upon.
  344. Consul – in American politics, a person who having failed to secure an office from the people is given one by the Administration on condition that he leave the country.
  345. Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.
  346. Confidante: One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.
  347. Compromise, n. Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.
  348. Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely, that he is a blockhead.
  349. Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth – two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
  350. Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.
  351. Cabbage: a familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as large and wise as a man’s head.
  352. Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
  353. Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think.
  354. Bore, n. A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
  355. Bigot: One who is obstinately and zealously attached to an opinion that you do not entertain.
  356. Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.
  357. Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
  358. Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.
  359. Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having.
  360. Backbite. To speak of a man as you find him when he can’t find you.
  361. Bacchus, n.: A convenient deity invented by the ancients as an excuse for getting drunk.
  362. Ardor, n. The quality that distinguishes love without knowledge.
  363. Architect. One who drafts a plan of your house, and plans a draft of your money.
  364. Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery.
  365. An egotist is a person of low taste – more interested in himself than in me.
  366. Amnesty, n. The state’s magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.
  367. Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
  368. Ambidextrous, adj.: Able to pick with equal skill a right-hand pocket or a left.
  369. Alliance – in international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other’s pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
  370. All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
  371. Alien – an American sovereign in his probationary state.
  372. Admiration, n. Our polite recognition of another’s resemblance to ourselves.
  373. Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
  374. Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
  375. Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
  376. Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.
  377. Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.
  378. Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
  379. Abscond – to move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.
  380. Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
  381. A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
  382. A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
  383. A man is known by the company he organizes.
  384. Women, like men, should try to do the impossible. And when they fail, their failure should be a challenge to others.
  385. Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats, but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
  386. There is so much that must be done in a civilized barbarism like war.
  387. There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls.
  388. The woman who can create her own job is the woman who will win fame and fortune.
  389. The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
  390. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.
  391. The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
  392. Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going. Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.
  393. Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done.
  394. Never do things others can do and will do if there are things others cannot do or will not do.
  395. Mostly, my flying has been solo, but the preparation for it wasn’t. Without my husband’s help and encouragement, I could not have attempted what I have. Ours has been a contented and reasonable partnership, he with his solo jobs and I with mine. But always with work and play together, conducted under a satisfactory system of dual control.
  396. In soloing – as in other activities – it is far easier to start something than it is to finish it.
  397. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty.
  398. I have often been asked what I think about at the moment of take-off. Of course, no pilot sits and feels his pulse as he flies. He has to be part of the machine. If he thinks of anything but the task in hand, then trouble is probably just around the corner.
  399. Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.
  400. Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.
  401. Better do a good deed near at home than go far away to burn incense.
  402. Aviation, this young modern giant, exemplifies the possible relationship of women and the creations of science. Although women have not taken full advantage of its use and benefits, air travel is as available to them as to men.
  403. Aviation offered such fun as crossing the continent in planes large and small, trying the whirling rotors of an autogiro, making record flights. With these activities came opportunity to know women everywhere who shared my conviction that there is so much women can do in the modern world and should be permitted to do irrespective of their sex.
  404. Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventor’s dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality.
  405. Adventure is worthwhile in itself.
  406. You have to start with slavery because those abuses have never been eradicated. You know, people are not living in slums because they voted to. You know, their children are not in jail because they wanted them to. You know, these are the results of a people who have been oppressed and suffer national oppression, you know.
  407. You have to get an individual who’s willing to actually struggle with the system to change it. As long as you have people who – to make substantive changes, to make infrastructure changes.
  408. You can’t be an American without being related to other Americans.
  409. When I was saying, ‘White people go to hell,’ I never had trouble finding a publisher. But when I say, ‘Black and white unite and fight, destroy capitalism,’ then you suddenly become unreasonable.
  410. We should understand the impact that Malcolm had on the whole of American society.
  411. To name something is to wait for it in the place you think it will pass.
  412. Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is.
  413. This is said to us, even as this counterfeit president has legalized the Confederate Flag in Mississippi.
  414. There will be, and should be, reams and reams of analysis, even praise, for our friend but also even larger measures of non-analysis and, certainly, condemnation for James Baldwin, the Negro writer.
  415. There is other disturbing facts surround the hideous 911 attacks, which my family and I could see from the third floor bathroom window of our homes!
  416. The poet is someone, I think, who’s interested in registering experience immediately or giving you the sense of immediacy and directness.
  417. The man who buried Malcolm X – my Muslim imam, priest – he, after I got beat up by police… came to me, and he said, ‘You don’t need this American name.’ And I was susceptible to it at the time because, God knows, I had just gotten whipped near to death. So he gave me an Arab name; he gave me the name Amir Barakat.
  418. The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it’s Whitman, who lost his job for ‘Leaves of Grass,’ or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose ‘Howl’ was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you’re going to put yourself in jeopardy.
  419. The black artist’s role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.
  420. The artist’s role is to raise the consciousness of the people. To make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. That’s how I see it. Otherwise, I don’t know why you do it.
  421. Spike Lee is part of a retrograde movement in this country.
  422. My own thinking has evolved. You find Africanisms in American speech. You find an African influence on United States culture. There are all kinds of Africanisms in America, as you would expect, if you really thought about it… That whole thing is much broader; the influence is much broader than I first understood.
  423. My family came to Newark in the ’20s. We’ve been there a long, long time. My father’s name was LeRoi, the French-ified aspect of it, because his first name was Coyette, you see. They come from South Carolina.
  424. My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with… namely America… Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.
  425. Mao Zedong was a revolutionary. He made a revolution.
  426. Jimmy Baldwin was the creator of contemporary American speech even before Americans could dig that. He created it so we could speak to each other at unimaginable intensities of feeling, so we could make sense to each other at yet higher and higher tempos.
  427. Jimmy Baldwin was not only a writer, an international literary figure: he was a man, spirit, voice – old and black and terrible as that first ancestor.
  428. It seems natural to me that as a writer, you should have some kind of, you know, there should be some kind of projection that you actually have influenced people who are closest to you.
  429. If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist.
  430. I’m trying to make the poems as musical as I can – from the inception. So that whether they’re read on the page, or people read them aloud, or I read them aloud, the musicality will be kind of a given.
  431. I’m fully conscious all the time that I’m an American Negro, because it’s part of my life. But I also know that if I want to say, ‘I see a bus full of people,’ I don’t have to say, ‘I am a Negro seeing a bus full of people.’
  432. I was Everett LeRoi Jones. My grandfather’s name was Everett.
  433. I met Malcolm the month before he was killed. He deeply changed my mind about America.
  434. I had just been in some repressive situations – the black middle-class college scene and the crazy United States Air Force – and so I just felt like getting out of that. I thought, now, that I wanted to be a writer. I had something that I wanted to do, that I was interested in doing, so I wanted to pursue that.
  435. I had a little portable typewriter. I call it my Harlem Literary Fellowship.
  436. I guess I was the most unbohemian of all bohemians. My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with – … namely America… Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things.
  437. I changed my name when we became aware of the African revolution and the whole question of our African roots.
  438. I came to my Marxist view as a result of having struggled as a nationalist and found certain dead ends theoretically and ideologically, as far as nationalism was concerned, and had to reach out for a communist ideology.
  439. I always liked jazz. And my people liked the old blues, race records and the doo-wop and all that.
  440. Howard University shocked me into realizing how desperately sick the Negro could be, how he could be led into self-destruction, and how he would not realize that it was the society that had forced him into a great sickness.
  441. God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.
  442. As a political artist, I think you have to learn how to create art, no matter what your ideology is.
  443. America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.
  444. Alas, we have not yet the power to render completely sterile or make impossible the errors and lies which will merely be America being itself rather than its unconvincing promise.
  445. A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money.
  446. A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
  447. ‘Griot’ is a French word which means, you know, really, literally, ‘cry.’ You know, like the town crier. You know, they come in and say, you know, ‘It’s nine o’clock; everything is cool.’ You know, ‘President Bush is a fool.’ I mean, stuff like that just to tell you. But for the kind of, the African thing is called djali.
  448. You don’t see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films.
  449. You don’t get time to meet your peers such as Dharmendra and Hema Malini very often. Award functions or other events are the only places you meet them, unless there is an emergency. Then we all come together.
  450. Yes, every venture is always filled with apprehensions. But if we were to conduct ourselves continuously on that aspect, then we would lose the most important reason to be in this profession: to challenge the art of and be part of what is commonly known as our creative instincts.
  451. Whether the work that I do shall succeed or achieve critical acclaim is for the audience to decide.
  452. When I wrote my first blog, I got one response. Now, I sometimes get as many as 400 responses for my posts.
  453. Whatever free time I get, I love to catch news and sports shows.
  454. Whatever I do becomes controversial.
  455. What I do on film is part of my profession.
  456. We play many emotions in our careers, emotions that in real life we would perform just once. For example, my character has died in about 10 films, so you have to keep searching for different ways to do it!
  457. We must have song and dance in our lives; we’ve had it ever since the inception of cinema in India. Our stories are very social-based, very human-based. We are a very emotional nation.
  458. Very rarely have I had the opportunity to say lines which I would have said even if I wasn’t working in a film.
  459. These are rare moments in an actor’s life, where you’re put in an environment which is so natural, and you get natural performances.
  460. There are many things that I feel I have missed out on.
  461. There are large numbers of people in India below the poverty line; there are large numbers of people who lead a meager existence. They want to find a little escape from the hardships of life and come and watch something colorful and exciting and musical. Indian cinema provides that.
  462. The select group of people who do make realistic cinema, who do make cinema perhaps a little more acceptable to the Western audience, is a very small percentage.
  463. The film industry is large enough and has many successful icons that have taken Indian cinema to shores beyond India. I think that Indian cinema itself needs to be applauded beyond one individual.
  464. The body is an amazing system.
  465. The amount of things I have been through and the remarkable ways in which the body has reacted is just phenomenal. No wonder I became religious, because you don’t know why something’s happening to you and you don’t know how you bounced back.
  466. Ram Gopal Varma is a most noteworthy talent and has given us some very valuable iconic films. I enjoy working with him.
  467. Rajeev Gandhi was prime minister. We’ve had a long family relationship with them. He asked me to fight an election, and I went ahead and did it. But I was not qualified as a politician, and I am not going back there again.
  468. Please explain to me what being an icon is. How do you define it? I haven’t been given a script. I don’t know what the dialogues of an icon are.
  469. Personally, when a controversy erupts, we decide first whether it requires clarification and, secondly, if it receives notice from authorities and the establishment, we submit responses to their queries.
  470. People ask me why it is that when I portray the ‘angry young man’ on screen, I really look angry. They reason that it is due to some suppression in my childhood. But, it’s just that I can’t help it; it’s in my genes.
  471. People are fed up with seeing the same thing over and over. They want a qualitative change.
  472. Obviously, you look for something that is commensurate with your age. You know that you can’t be playing the young hero anymore, and you have to be relegated to something smaller and something elderly, and you just try and do your best.
  473. No one is perfect, and criticism is always welcome and expected.
  474. No new projects at the moment. There are restrictions to how much I can take on. And I need to finish those that I am committed to do before thinking ahead. But I’d rather they take final shape before we talk of them.
  475. My opening words to anybody I hire are, ‘I’m an extremely vulnerable person.’
  476. My mother came from a very affluent background, very Westernized, while my father was more Eastern. So I’ve had a very good blend of the East and the West. I guess this has been extremely helpful in making my career and the way I function.
  477. My father is a poet. He’s a literary giant of this country – writes in Hindi – and also quite unique because he has a Ph.D. in English Literature. He taught at Harvard University, which is one of the most prominent universities in the country.
  478. Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio – he be soo gorgeous, no wonder all the ladies flockin’ to him – He be Gatsby.
  479. Life is a blur when one is essaying different roles; it is so fulfilling.
  480. Kaizad Gustad is quite crazy, and he has weird ideas, and ‘Boom’ is one such idea. It’s a crazy film by a crazy guy. It’s almost a satire, a black comedy.
  481. It’s frightening to be facing an audience. There is always the fear of what they think of you, what they are saying about you.
  482. It’s a war zone, my body, and one which has been through a great deal.
  483. It’s a huge change from when I started in the 1960s, but what is really impressive is that the number of ladies on set, the women working on set is a huge percentage. There used to be no women. It was just the leading lady’s mother, perhaps the hairdresser and the makeup person.
  484. Indian films are like our food or our sense of dress or our languages: there’s a great variety, and it changes every 100 miles, but there is something in common, a national Indian essence, that binds them all together.
  485. Indian actors, because of the format of our stories, need to be good actors, and be able to perform emotional sequences, do a bit of comedy, dance and singing, action, because all of this forms just one film. In many ways I’d say there are greater demands on Indian actors than there are on Hollywood.
  486. India as a film-making nation has gained recognition, at last, at most important Western and Far Eastern forums.
  487. If you represent a fantasy for the people who actually go to the cinema, they grab that and go with it; therefore, for the rest of their lives, they actually identify you with a certain thinking – a certain philosophy. There are many actors who want to pursue that same thought in real life as well, and that’s perfectly acceptable.
  488. If the modes are changing, one goes along with it, I guess.
  489. I’ve accepted that I was a failure in politics. I was not qualified for the job.
  490. I’m very thankful to directors and filmmakers who consider me in their films, and I hope I’m able to do justice to their films.
  491. I’m very lucky and very fortunate to have survived and to still be working after 45 years.
  492. I’m very fortunate to have spent so much time in the industry and to have lived through several generations of filmmakers, actors and technicians. There’s a huge volume of experience seeing people change and seeing content change.
  493. I’d love to romance Aishwarya Rai. But I’m 58 now. So I have to play her father.
  494. I’d like to believe that tomorrow is another challenge for me. I’m sure there is lots more for me to do, because there is lots and lots of stuff still to be explored.
  495. I write my own blog every day. I do the Twitter every day and the Facebook. Without a gap. I do everything myself: I load my own photographs; I sometimes take my own videos and post them.
  496. I would rather talk to a face than a camera.
  497. I would rather be an aware citizen, and if an opportunity were to arise where I would have to make a statement, I would happily do that.
  498. I would like to believe that I still am a shy person; I am very introverted. I have a problem communicating.
  499. I went into politics on an emotional level and soon realised that emotion has nothing to do with politics.
  500. I was born in fame. I was always recognised and known. Personally, I feel normal about it.
  501. I want to perform and be tested; I want the vibrant energy of the younger generation of directors and actors to rub off on me.
  502. I want to keep working. I shall continue to do my best.
  503. I think, in any profession, what you fear most is not being able to perform, about not being able to meet new challenges. The fear of non-acceptance, particularly if in creative art. What happens if the audiences do not like you anymore!
  504. I think that it’s important that actors keep getting challenged every day. For every creative person, it’s a terrible moment when they say they have done all they want to do.
  505. I think no actor should be ever satisfied because there is always something new to do, something fresh to get challenged by.
  506. I think every actor would wish there is some challenge that is left. I would consider to be creatively dead if I were to say that I am satisfied now.
  507. I think ‘Crouching Tiger’ is a genre of its own, and it’s extremely well done, and God bless them for it.
  508. I sometimes lament the fact that I do not have the benefit of a complete and ailment free body structure.
  509. I sometimes feel that I have been born to attract controversy.
  510. I sign a film based on the story, the role I play, and the maker.
  511. I should only look back at moments that were disparaging, look down upon, negative for me – moments where I could learn something. And if I have been able to use that learning in future, then I am happy about it.
  512. I really felt good after working in a film like ‘Piku,’ as many people could relate to my character. I got letters from my fans telling me how my character resembles to their grandparents.
  513. I miss the camera each moment and each day.
  514. I like to rate myself as a performer upfront, both in films as well as in television.
  515. I like to feel the butterflies in the stomach, I like to go home and have a restless night and wonder how I’m going to be able to accomplish this feat, get jittery. That hunger and those butterflies in the stomach are very essential for all creative people.
  516. I like poems and keep sharing them online.
  517. I know I should have never got into politics. And I’ve learned my lesson. No more politics.
  518. I just lead my life as naturally, as normally as I possibly can. But I can’t help it if controversy is hounding me day in and day out. I’m quite amazed sometimes by the way they go about it. I grow a beard and it lands up in the editorial in The Times of India.
  519. I just feel that sooner or later, the sheer potential of the demographics of India, which is 1.25 billion people, will eventually be very attractive to the entertainment industry.
  520. I have never really been confident about my career at any stage.
  521. I have never been a superstar and never believed in it.
  522. I have fans across the globe.
  523. I had two surgeries during the early part of 2012, and I was advised to restrict my work load.
  524. I guess I’ve been extremely keen on theatre, on getting on to the stage, taking on different roles, enacting vocations, personalities, people, situations, and I guess that’s the interest that has driven me to work in movies.
  525. I get up in the morning, have a job to do, go there, come home, be with the family, that’s it.
  526. I felt that for 20 years, I was wooing the people of my country and asking them to like me as an actor, and when they liked me as an actor, I told them, ‘Now, you like my politics.’
  527. I feel that, particularly because of language, we are handicapped in getting a large world audience. But Hindi cinema has the same ingredients that appeal to the whole world.
  528. I feel a burden if I don’t write.
  529. I ended up in Parliament and soon discovered that emotion really doesn’t have any place in politics. It’s a much more intricate and complicated game, and I just didn’t know how to play it.
  530. I don’t use any techniques; I’m not trained to be an actor. I just enjoy working in films.
  531. I don’t spend much time looking back at what happened. I do remember it, but I don’t see any purpose of wanting to look back.
  532. I don’t know how others think about me, but if I have to walk the streets, I will, and if I need to stand in a queue at the airport, that’s OK.
  533. I don’t have anything in particular to achieve; I don’t want to go any particular direction. I just want to take up the challenges of life as we go along.
  534. I don’t agree that I have a lot of confidence.
  535. I did not resign from politics because of Bofors. I resigned because I do not know how to play petty politics. I did not know back then and I don’t know now either.
  536. I ask you, as a citizen, is it a crime to go to the temple? And if I am propagating superstition by going to the temple, then the whole country is propagating superstition.
  537. I am not in the least eloquent or fluent with languages. My writing on social media is quite pedestrian. But even if it was near any acceptability, I would not be in a position to pen a script or a book.
  538. I am not conscious of the fact that something special should be done for me.
  539. I am looking forward to going to Dubai because it gives us an opportunity to interact with each other. We can sit and enjoy each other’s company. We can go out for a walk without worrying about shooting schedules.
  540. I am insecure about tomorrow. Will I get another job? Will it be appreciated? I will pursue acting for as long as I have a face and body that is acceptable to the people, but I still worry that if I don’t do better tomorrow, it will all go away.
  541. I am a not exactly a gadget freak and have the regular phones. But I keep multiple phones because if there’s a network issue in one, then I can use another one.
  542. Having no work would be terrible.
  543. Frankly I’ve never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an ‘icon’, ‘superstar’, etc. I’ve always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.
  544. Foreigners have no idea of the diversity of India and its culture. We hope to be able to give them a glimpse of that diversity.
  545. Everyone must accept that we will age and age is not always flattering.
  546. Everybody wants to live. But sometimes the body just gives up.
  547. Don’t let anyone make you believe the length of your skirt is a measure of your character.
  548. Dearest TV media and vans outside my home, please do not stress and work so hard.
  549. Coming together should be considered something positive for people and communities. When thoughts come together, that can be more positive than an individual thought.
  550. Because you are women, people will force their thinking on you, their boundaries on you. They will tell you how to dress, how to behave, who you can meet and where you can go. Don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
  551. Basically I am just another actor who loves his work and this thing about age only exists in the media.
  552. Audiences change because life changes. Countries change geographically, climatically, socially and morally. Many things happen, and cinema, in a sense, reflects what’s happening in the world.
  553. As a professional, I cannot afford to be complacent.
  554. As a creative agency, the film industry is thinking great subjects, presenting them wonderfully well, and giving opportunity to new faces each day.
  555. A lot of my fighting qualities I inherited from my parents. They set tremendous examples right through my life.
  556. ‘What will people say?’ is a feeling every Indian girl grows up with.
  557. ‘No’ is an entire sentence in itself. No means no, and when somebody says it, you need to stop.
  558. While strides are being made in the social-media space, the newspaper and news business should continue to embrace social media.
  559. Whether I’m on the road or at home, I get a great deal done on elliptical machines. I use my iPad to conquer my email inbox, listen to audio books, use my Voxer Walkie Talkie app, and read through documents.
  560. When choosing between two similar applicants, hiring managers are increasingly turning to social media outlets to supplement information they are unable to glean from applications or interviews.
  561. We’ll continue to see more and more brands integrate social causes, charitable components and environmental issues as underlying themes to their campaigns and messaging. Humans connect with humans after all, and brands are using this as a point of connection to engage with their audience, especially charity-minded Generation Y.
  562. We live in a social world now, and there’s no denying the power that Twitter has yielded across all verticals. Sports is a perfect fit because fans are highly emotionally charged and things happen quick.
  563. We don’t like what we don’t know or understand. Parents don’t like the thought of their kids embracing social media because they don’t fully understand the benefits and dangers.
  564. We all have personal brands and most of us have already left a digital footprint, whether we like it or not. Proper social media use highlights your strengths that may not shine through in an interview or application and gives the world a broader view of who you are. Use it wisely.
  565. Universities want to recruit the students that they believe will best represent the university while in school and beyond. Students with a robust social media presence and clearly defined personal brand stand to become only more influential.
  566. There are many benefits to a sports entity breaking news directly to their recipients: the entity has full control over the message and how it is shared versus previously relying on a media outlets to translate or distribute as they choose. Also, there’s no quicker place for valuable information to spread than Twitter.
  567. Some people say they have a thirst for life. They’re excited about every day and they’re prepared to look the bad and the good straight in the face and greet it all with a smile. I like to think I’m one of those people.
  568. Social media provides an avenue to build relationships with media outlets and have an ongoing relationship with reporters.
  569. Social media is the ultimate equalizer. It gives a voice and a platform to anyone willing to engage.
  570. Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.
  571. Shaquille and I kind of joke we were the Christopher Columbus of social media. We’re kind of out on a boat by ourselves going through these uncharted waters. But it’s become more understood, embraced and accepted, and now it’s pretty much expected by fans for athletes, leagues and teams to be there.
  572. Just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can prevent many debacles if we’re educated.
  573. It’s a dialogue, not a monologue, and some people don’t understand that. Social media is more like a telephone than a television.
  574. Instagram has become one of my favorite platforms because of its simplicity.
  575. Individuals who are out there to make transactions with pay-per-tweets, it’s a turnoff for their fans, rightfully so.
  576. I’ve never isolated role models based on gender. I have more male role models due to the mere fact that I’ve done business with more of them and they’re leaders within the verticals I work. Of those, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, is an entrepreneur and personal friend that I have a great deal of respect for.
  577. I’ve been known to do lunges down hotel hallways. I also like to use the ice bucket in the hotel room as a medicine ball.
  578. I’m happier and a better person when I work out, especially if I work out outdoors.
  579. I’m addicted to change and therefore I get bored easily. Results have always motivated me, which has led me to developing ways to measure things that historically have not been measurable.
  580. I was with Shaq at his home the day he retired. It was innovative for him to become the media and announce via social media that he was retiring.
  581. I realized that social media can be powerful force for good in the world and that acts of kindness can be scaled globally.
  582. Governments can no longer control 100 percent of the story. Time and geographical boundaries disappear. In places like China and all over the Middle East, social-media outlets are being used to expose and hold accountable public officials that don’t want to be held accountable for corruption and human rights abuses.
  583. Confidence and empowerment are cousins in my opinion. Empowerment comes from within and typically it’s stemmed and fostered by self-assurance. To feel empowered is to feel free and that’s when people do their best work. You can’t fake confidence or empowerment.
  584. By providing memorable social media customer service, companies not only create deeper connections with consumers, but they glean valuable insights on how to improve their products or services.
  585. Bridging the virtual world with the physical word is really when social media channels come to life and the magic happens. Because whoever coined the term ‘social media’ didn’t do us any favors. It’s not really media. It’s more like the telephone, less like the TV.
  586. A nice quick workout is the stairs; it takes me five minutes to do 24 floors.
  587. You deserve love and you’ll get it.
  588. Whenever I read stories of people doing huge pranks on set, all I think is, ‘These people have too much time on their hands.’ Besides, I don’t want to make some poor assistant clean up someone’s trailer after I’ve filled it with, say, Cadbury eggs. See? I can’t even think of a good prank.
  589. When you’re doing sketch comedy and you’re pregnant, it’s like wearing a giant sombrero in every sketch.
  590. When you’re a stay-at-home mother you have to pretend it’s really boring, but it’s not. It’s enriching and fulfilling, and an amazing experience. And then when you’re a working mother you have to pretend that you feel guilty all day long.
  591. When I had a job catering, I catered a wedding for the Smashing Pumpkins bassist in Indiana. And I served Billy Corgan shrimp off a tray.
  592. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’
  593. Tina Fey and I have 15 things in development: ‘Laverne and Shirley’, ‘Starsky and Hutch 3’, ‘Cagney and Lacey’, ‘Wonder Twins Activate From Two Hot Broads’, ‘Little House on the Prairie: The Musical: The Movie’.
  594. There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better.
  595. The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be.
  596. Sometimes in my class I have people come in and do monologues inspired by people they know and I always find that to be useful to do specifics about somebody and then you’re actually doing a character and not doing some random old lady or something.
  597. Some people get in the way of change happening. Some people spend their whole careers thinking they can make a difference. Other people want to do as little as possible to get the day done.
  598. So, if you’re doing good longform with talented people than you can step out and you can be the president or a construction worker and people accept that. It’s really the roles you give yourself.
  599. Right now I’m singing along to books on tape. I typically pop in something like Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ and I love singing along to that kind of stuff.
  600. It’s not communism, it’s shouldn’t be that everybody gets a try no matter how good or bad they are. It’s our profession and our art, so we should eventually strive to be working with the best people.
  601. In a recent Valentine’s Day posting on her fan website, Britney Spears says that – oh, who cares?
  602. Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world. We’ve been trying forever to get improvisation on TV. It’s just like stand-up. It’s best when it’s just left alone. It doesn’t translate always on TV. It’s best live.
  603. If you do a scene and you really like a character in it or a premise in it to write it down and to work on it so that you can have five or six characters that you can pull out in an audition.
  604. I’ve said this before, that, when you’re in school and you’re the class clown, men are really good at making fun at other people and women are really good at making fun of themselves.
  605. I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler.
  606. I’m going to do ‘The Social Network Two: The Electric Boogaloo.’ And I have a part in ‘Beige Swan.’ I’m going to be the lead, but I don’t dance. I just do a lot of sitting down. It’s too tiring to get up and dance around. That should be coming out in 20-never.
  607. I’d say any good set or any comedy that I’ve worked on, that’s worked, has been comedians pitching ideas back and forth to each other. A lot of like, ‘What if you say this? What about this?’
  608. I would love to do a serious period drama. Oh, absolutely. I mean, you’ll find most comedians want to do more serious stuff, most musicians want to be comedians, and most serious actors want to be musicians.
  609. I worked at an ice cream parlor called Chadwicks. We wore old-timey outfits and had to bang a drum, play a kazoo, and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to people while giving them free birthday sundaes. Lots of ice cream scooping and $1 tips.
  610. I was the daughter of teachers, so school was always very important. I liked it.
  611. I used to get my hair dyed at a place called Big Hair. It cost $15. They just used straight bleach, so my hair was the color of white lined paper, and my eyebrows looked like they were done with a thick black marker.
  612. I think the days of putting your feet up when you’re pregnant are long gone. Women who are nine months pregnant now have to work till the bitter end – they don’t get to be on TV.
  613. I think real life couples on screen are kind of deadly. For the most part, they’re kind of deadly. You’d be surprised. Unless they’re falling in love onscreen for the first time, you don’t have quite the same energy for some reason.
  614. I lived in Chicago for a few years and got a sense of – kind of that broad-shouldered, windy, um, stern, Midwestern, warm-slash-passive aggressive, wonderful – every adjective I can think of, very cold.
  615. I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.
  616. I have to say I enjoy physical comedy and I’ve always loved to kind of take risks. I don’t like worrying too much about how I look or how I come across, so that can sometimes… You know, I like to play those kinds of deluded but fun characters.
  617. I hate Halloween. I hate dressing up. I hate – I wear wigs, makeup, costumes every day. Halloween is like, my least favorite holiday.
  618. I get a little itchy if I don’t have some control.
  619. I don’t watch a lot of comedy. For relaxation and escape, I watch shows about how people survive bear attacks. Or old episodes of ‘Law and Order,’ the Benjamin Bratt/Jerry Orbach era.
  620. I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep.
  621. I also think if you’re an actor and you can improvise, when you go on an audition and you can improvise you’re just a genius. If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you can just say one funny line that’s not in the commercial they think you’re a genius.
  622. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don’t try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a ‘Batman’ with a limited-edition silver bat-erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value.
  623. Both conservatives and liberals watch ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and they each think the show is for them, which is really cool. ‘SNL’ was totally different. It was exciting because everyone was paying attention. Political humor works when people know what you’re talking about.
  624. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.
  625. As an actor, you can certainly, at any moment and at any time, discover 400 people who think you’re stupid, fat and ugly.
  626. Any actor or actress that tells you that they don’t watch their stuff is lying.
  627. Always remember your kid’s name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers… for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.
  628. You write a book and you hope somebody will go out and pay $24.95 for what you’ve just said. I think books were my salvation. Books saved me from being miserable.
  629. You can get sucked into the idea that, ‘Gosh, this is impressive. Maybe I should do this. It will look good.’ Or ‘I’ll write like this because it will impress that critic.’
  630. Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.
  631. Words to me were magic. You could say a word and it could conjure up all kinds of images or feelings or a chilly sensation or whatever. It was amazing to me that words had this power.
  632. Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.
  633. When you read about the lives of other people, people of different circumstances or similar circumstances, you are part of their lives for that moment. You inhabit their lives, and you feel what they’re feeling, and that is compassion. If we see that reading does allow us that, we see how absolutely essential reading is.
  634. When my mother read ‘The Joy Luck Club’, she was always complaining to me how she had to tell her friends that, no, she was not the mother or any of the mothers in the book.
  635. When I go back and read my journals or fiction, I am always surprised. I may not remember having those thoughts, but they still exist and I know they are mine, and it’s all part of making sense of who I am.
  636. We are the kind of people who obsess over one word… but we have only one shot to get it right in concert. It was hard the first time I practiced with them. I was so nervous that my vocal chords were paralyzed for about a half-hour.
  637. Until the age of five, my parents spoke to me in Chinese or a combination of Chinese and English, but they didn’t force me to speak Mandarin. In retrospect, this was sad, because they believed that my chance of doing well in America hinged on my fluency in English. Later, as an adult, I wanted to learn Chinese.
  638. There is this myth, that America is a melting pot, but what happens in assimilation is that we end up deliberately choosing the American things – hot dogs and apple pie – and ignoring the Chinese offerings.
  639. There are a lot of people who think that’s what’s needed to be successful is always being right, always being careful, always picking the right path.
  640. The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye.
  641. That’s part of the character of Shanghainese people. They’re good negotiators, they’re very persistent, and you grow up in an atmosphere like that – very competitive. That becomes part of your personality: Shanghai personality becomes part of yours. Just like New Yorkers – they’re often like that.
  642. That was a wonderful period in my life. I mean, I didn’t become an artist, but somebody let me do something I loved. What a luxury, to do something you love to do.
  643. She said ‘I’m by commission. You don’t have to pay anything until you sell anything.’ I said, ‘Well fine. You want to be my agent and not make anything.’ I thought, ‘Boy, is she dumb.’
  644. Popularity is given to you, and if you think that just because you’re really popular you’re a better person, it could be a real crash when you find the popularity goes down.
  645. Poetry. I read Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Jane Hirschfield. I like to read Billy Collins out loud.
  646. Placing on writers the responsibility to represent a culture is an onerous burden.
  647. People think it’s a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer’s. But in my mother’s case, it’s different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. For the first time in her life, she’s happy.
  648. People talk about this ‘bucket list’: ‘I need to go to this country, I need to skydive.’ Whereas I need to think as much as I can, to feel as much as I can, to be conscious and observe and understand me and the people around me as much as I can.
  649. Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable – but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being ‘alone’: You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I’m talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are. I experienced this acutely at an early age.
  650. No one in my family was a reader of literary fiction. So, I didn’t have encouragement, but I didn’t have discouragement, because I don’t think anybody knew what that meant.
  651. No one can travel your own road for you; you must travel it for yourself. My faith in this stems from my childhood. I grew up in a family with a system of religious beliefs handed down to me.
  652. My writing often contains souvenirs of the day – a song I heard, a bird I saw – which I then put into the novel.
  653. My parents told me I would become a doctor and then in my spare time I would become a concert pianist. So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of.
  654. My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A’s from the time I was in kindergarten.
  655. My older brother and I read all the time. My father read, but only things related to religion. One year, he did read a set of stories that was called something like ‘365 Stories’ out loud to us. They followed a family for the year, a page a day. They were about kids with simple problems – like a wheel coming off their bicycle.
  656. My mother’s openness has remained inspiring to me. I strive to be a skeptic, in the best sense of that word: I question everything, and yet I’m open to everything. And I don’t have immovable beliefs. My values shift and grow with my experiences – and as my context changes, so does what I believe.
  657. My mother said I was a clingy kid until I was about four. I also remember that from the age of eight she and I fought almost every day.
  658. My mother left behind three daughters when she went to America and started a new life. I certainly felt abandoned when my father died of a brain tumour; I felt he had abandoned me to this terrible, volatile mother and I had no protection.
  659. My mother had a very difficult childhood, having seen her own mother kill herself. So she didn’t always know how to be the nurturing mother that we all expect we should have.
  660. My mother believed in curses, karma, good luck, bad luck, feng shui. Her amorphous set of beliefs showed me you can pick and choose the qualities of your philosophy, based on what works for you.
  661. My mother always thought if her mother hadn’t left her, she would have been happy. All the problems she had never would have happened.
  662. My grandmother. She’s someone I never met, and I would’ve loved to have met her. She’s been a huge influence on our entire family, not just me. She is a mystery. It’s not clear exactly what about her is truth and myth.
  663. My favorite anything is always relative to the context of present time, place and mood. When I finish a book and want to immediately find another by the same author and no other, that author is elevated to my favorite.
  664. My breakfast is usually a wholegrain cereal or porridge, with walnuts sprinkled in it, berries, a tablespoon of honey, and chia seeds. I have coffee and a little cherry juice with seltzer. I have a seat by the window, and I look out at the view.
  665. Mothers have this huge influence, and I feel like they’re always teaching us from the day we’re born what to be afraid of, what to be cautious of, what we should like, and what we should look like.
  666. Luck is in every part of China. Many Chinese stores and restaurants have the word ‘luck’ in their names. The idea is that, just by using the word ‘luck’ in names of things, you can attract more of it. I think that’s true in my life as well. You attract luck because you go after it.
  667. It’s both rebellion and conformity that attack you with success.
  668. It’s a luxury being a writer, because all you ever think about is life.
  669. In the mid-1800s, they were known also as ‘singsong houses,’ and the courtesans were actually master musicians.
  670. In a second-class courtesan house, the courtship was much briefer. It could even be one night; usually it went on a little bit longer. But as the years went by, that period of courtship was shorter and shorter.
  671. In America nobody says you have to keep the circumstances somebody else gives you.
  672. I’m usually woken by a vibration on my up-band. It’s the gradual vibration for about ten seconds, and then the chimes of my blue light. It’s just a way to wake gently. It all gently puts me into awake-mode. I play music off of my Sonos playlist. ‘The Rachmaninoff Concerto 3 in D-minor’, 1st movement.
  673. I’m open to reading almost anything – fiction, nonfiction – as long as I know from the first sentence or two that this is a voice I want to listen to for a good long while. It has much to do with imagery and language, a particular perspective, the assured knowledge of the particular universe the writer has created.
  674. I’d like to be more forgiving. There are times when I’ve had a hard time forgiving people who have betrayed me.
  675. I write because I know that one day I will die, and thus I should experience as many deliberate observations, careful thoughts, wild ideas, and deep emotions as I can before that day occurs.
  676. I would still like to have that luxury, to be able to just sit and draw for hours and hours and hours. In a way, that’s what I do as a writer.
  677. I would never require anyone to read any book. That seems antithetical to why we read – which is to choose a book for our personal reasons. I always shudder when I’m told my books are on required reading lists.
  678. I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from.
  679. I went to an exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called ‘The Ten Beauties of Shanghai’.
  680. I was shocked, and I ended up contacting three academics to find out if it could possibly be that my grandmother was a courtesan.
  681. I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression.
  682. I wanted to write stories for myself. At first it was purely an aesthetic thing about craft. I just wanted to become good at the art of something. And writing was very private.
  683. I used to think that my mother got into arguments with people because they didn’t understand her English, because she was Chinese.
  684. I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these people and I didn’t realize that there is something called originality and your own voice.
  685. I think I’ve always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success.
  686. I started a second novel seven times and I had to throw them away.
  687. I saw my mother in a different light. We all need to do that. You have to be displaced from what’s comfortable and routine, and then you get to see things with fresh eyes, with new eyes.
  688. I recognise why I have such a strong inability to forgive certain people who betray me. It’s chiselled in, like a name on a tomb stone.
  689. I read academic books on courtesan culture at the turn-of-the century in Shanghai such as Gail Hershatter’s ‘The Gender of Memory’. The diaries were mostly in the form of letters from courtesans to a lover who had disappeared or taken their savings.
  690. I read a book a day when I was a kid. My family was not literary; we did not have any books in the house.
  691. I measured my success by how many clients I had and how many billable hours I had.
  692. I loved fairy tales when I was a kid. Grimm. The grimmer the better. I loved gruesome gothic tales and, in that respect, I liked Bible stories, because to me they were very gothic.
  693. I like to go somewhere where I learn something I didn’t know before, like the Dry Tortugas between Florida and Cuba.
  694. I learned to forgive myself, and that enabled me to forgive my mother as a person.
  695. I just feel very lucky to be able to write fiction because I think, otherwise, I would have had to spend a fortune on a psychiatrist – and I still wouldn’t get 1/100th of what I get writing fiction.
  696. I have survivor skills. Some of that is superficial – what I present to people outwardly – but what makes people resilient is the ability to find humour and irony in situations that would otherwise overpower you.
  697. I have many reasons why I think reading is really important. It provided for me a refuge, especially during difficult times. It provided me with the notion that I could find an ending that was different from what was happening to me at the time.
  698. I have a writer’s memory which makes everything worse than maybe it actually was.
  699. I grew up with Bible stories, which are like fairy tales, because my father was a minister. We heard verses and prayers every day. I liked the gorier Bible stories. I did have a book of Chinese fairy tales. All the people except the elders looked like Italians. But we were not a family that had fiction books.
  700. I felt ashamed of being different and ashamed of feeling that way.
  701. I don’t steer clear of genres. I simply haven’t steered myself toward some of them.
  702. I didn’t fear failure. I expected failure.
  703. I did not lose myself all at once. I rubbed out my face over the years washing away my pain, the same way carvings on stone are worn down by water.
  704. I am an American, steeped in American values. But I know on an emotional level what it means to be of the Chinese culture.
  705. I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and I did take lessons for a while. At first I tried to write fiction by making up things that were completely alien to my life.
  706. God, life changes faster than you think.
  707. For many courtesans, it was over by age 22.
  708. For books I want to keep reading, it’s definitely the voice. It must be a voice I’ve never heard before, and it must have its own particular intelligence. By ‘voice,’ I don’t mean vernacular. It has to have its own particular history and world that it inhabits.
  709. Chinese artists have been subversive over thousands of years, taking what they think of the government and embedding it in their art. There might be censorship of not going as far as they might.
  710. At the beginning of my career as a writer, I felt I knew nothing of Chinese culture. I was writing about emotional confusion with my mother related to our different beliefs. Hers was based in family history, which I didn’t know anything about. I always felt hesitant in talking about Chinese culture and American culture.
  711. You know how you either grow up in a Michael Jackson house or a Prince house? For me it was Michael Jackson. I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him.
  712. Yes, I’m still going to misbehave!
  713. Yeah, I’m an open book.
  714. Women don’t try to use me.
  715. When you’re around kids you can be a little kid yourself and pretend that life is magic and you don’t have to be one of those sweaty people going to work every day.
  716. When I’m nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.
  717. To be honest, I think kids have got a lot more going on than adults. They’ve got their heads screwed on a lot better.
  718. There’s no point in saying anything but the truth.
  719. The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
  720. Some people reckoned that I looked healthier when I was bigger but I had terrible skin and no energy.
  721. Some men do think I’m a psycho bunny-boiler.
  722. Since I was 16, I’ve felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression.
  723. Since I was 16, I’ve felt a black cloud hangs over me.
  724. Now I think that going to the gym is the best drug. I go four times a week and it gives me the buzz I need.
  725. My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.
  726. My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.
  727. My husband is everything to me and without him it’s just not the same.
  728. Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.
  729. If you’re nice to me I’ll never write anything bad about you.
  730. If you play an instrument, it makes you a better singer. The more you play, the better you sing, the more you sing, the better you play.
  731. If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
  732. If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.
  733. I’ve never been a boyfriend kind of girl.
  734. I’ve had everything pierced at some point.
  735. I’ve got a crush on my backing singer.
  736. I’ve always been a little homemaker.
  737. I’m very loyal.
  738. I’m ugly.
  739. I’m such a kid at heart.
  740. I’m of the school of thought where, if you can’t sort something out for yourself, no one can help you. Rehab is great for some people but not others.
  741. I’m of the school of thought where if you can’t sort something out for yourself then no one can help you.
  742. I’m not very ambitious at all.
  743. I’m not frightened of appearing vulnerable.
  744. I’m not a natural born performer.
  745. I’m my own worst critic, and if I don’t pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won’t be a happy girl.
  746. I’m much healthier now.
  747. I’m lucky because I do get to fly first-class now.
  748. I’m happiest with my family around me.
  749. I’m always happy to blow up any misconceptions that people have about stage school cos everyone thinks it’s really nasty there but it’s not.
  750. I write songs about stuff that I can’t really get past personally – and then I write a song about it and I feel better.
  751. I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but I don’t like girls pretending to be stupid because it’s easier.
  752. I would say that jazz is my own language.
  753. I would love to study guitar or trumpet.
  754. I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.
  755. I was gutted to leave my boyfriend at home when I started my tour, but taking my pillow was like taking a little bit of him with me.
  756. I want at least five kids. I want twins.
  757. I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn’t recognize myself.
  758. I really thought I was on the way out. My husband Blake saved my life. Often I don’t know what I do, then the next day the memory returns. And then I am engulfed in shame.
  759. I really started writing music to challenge myself, to see what I could write.
  760. I read a lot when I’m travelling and always have a couple of books on the go.
  761. I made an album I’m very proud of, and that’s about it.
  762. I love food.
  763. I love America, it’s a much more permissive place.
  764. I look after people.
  765. I listen to music that is of our time and I just get angry.
  766. I like pin-up girls. I’m more of a boy than a girl. I’m not a lesbian, though – not before a sambuca anyway.
  767. I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it’s not where it begins and ends.
  768. I just like tattoos.
  769. I just dress like… I’m an old black man. Sorry! Like I’m an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it’s still the ’50s.
  770. I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations.
  771. I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.
  772. I don’t think I’m such an amazing person who needs to be written about.
  773. I don’t regret anything.
  774. I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It’s all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You’d have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music – I couldn’t sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.
  775. I don’t have emotional needs, only physical ones.
  776. I don’t even have a TV.
  777. I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn’t that unusual. You know, a lot of people do.
  778. I didn’t think it was special to be able to sing.
  779. I can play a lot of different instruments adequately but nothing really well.
  780. I can express myself.
  781. I can be a cruel person.
  782. I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn’t that spectacular.
  783. Here in England, everyone’s a pop star, innit, whereas in America they believe in the term artist.
  784. Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.
  785. Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail.
  786. Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.
  787. Cause I’m a musician, I’m not really good at posing and being a model, like, modeling.
  788. Basically, I live to do gigs.
  789. All the songs I write are about human dynamics, whether it’s with girlfriends, boyfriends, or family.
  790. When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.
  791. When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
  792. What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
  793. We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection.
  794. We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.
  795. We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
  796. Truth is something which can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.
  797. Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
  798. There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.
  799. There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
  800. There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
  801. The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.
  802. The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
  803. The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
  804. The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.
  805. The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.
  806. The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.
  807. People living deeply have no fear of death.
  808. Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.
  809. My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
  810. Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.
  811. Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.
  812. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
  813. Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
  814. Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
  815. It’s all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
  816. It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
  817. If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.
  818. If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
  819. I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
  820. I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.
  821. I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
  822. I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.
  823. How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.
  824. Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
  825. Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.
  826. Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.
  827. Dreams are necessary to life.
  828. Do not seek the because – in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.
  829. Anxiety is love’s greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
  830. Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
  831. A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
  832. You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
  833. Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
  834. When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
  835. What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.
  836. What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
  837. We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
  838. We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
  839. War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.
  840. Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
  841. Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
  842. To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
  843. To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
  844. There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
  845. The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
  846. The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.
  847. The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
  848. The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
  849. The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
  850. The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
  851. The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
  852. The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
  853. The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
  854. That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
  855. Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
  856. Silence is the wit of fools.
  857. Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
  858. Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women’s clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
  859. One thing above all gives charm to men’s thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
  860. Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
  861. Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
  862. No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  863. Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
  864. Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
  865. Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
  866. Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
  867. It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
  868. It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
  869. It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
  870. It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.
  871. It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
  872. Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
  873. Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
  874. In art as in love, instinct is enough.
  875. Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
  876. If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
  877. If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
  878. I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
  879. I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
  880. History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
  881. Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
  882. Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
  883. Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
  884. An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
  885. An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t.
  886. All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
  887. A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
  888. When the pastor’s up there, they do this thing called looping. They are literally riffing and spitting in the key of the organ. When looping, you’re in key, you’re in a rhythm, you’re in a pocket, and that’s where James Brown was pulling from, and so that’s where I’m pulling from. The only difference is I’m coming at it under hip-hop.
  889. There’s quite a few artists that didn’t pop off until they were a little older – Rick James being one.
  890. The dot stands for ‘detail’ – always be paying attention to detail. I feel that people take you as serious as you take yourself. I spent a lot of time working on my craft, developing my style, and after I came out of my little incubation, I promised that I would pay attention to detail.
  891. Nothing I do is ever void of melody. I know it might seem like I’m doing a lot of rapping, but I’m always utilizing tone and trying to find a key signature. So, I don’t look at myself as a rapper.
  892. Not everything is going to be handed to you just because you’re talented with a big smile. Sometimes you just gotta get out and shoot jumpers for hours and hours and hours. That’s something I didn’t really get a grasp on until way later, waking up early and treating it like a job if you’re serious about it. Get the freak up and, you know, work.
  893. My wife was born in Korea, and we met in music college; she was there for vocal, and I was there for drums.
  894. My story as an artist has been about trial and error. It’s been about artist development, character building, struggle, happiness and failure, family, and music.
  895. My mom was born in Korea – Seoul, Korea, during the ’50s, ’51. She was abandoned; her and my uncle were abandoned. My grandfather was a Seabee and adopted my mom and my uncle, and brought them to Compton in the ’50s. That’s where she was raised.
  896. My mom had a produce business in in Oxnard, and we used to take these long trips to talk to farmers and different distributors. She’d take us with her after picking us up from school, and she’d be blasting all this old soul music and R&B. I knew all those O’Jays songs before I knew Snoop or Dre or Tupac.
  897. My mom eventually got out to Oxnard and started a produce company and was in the strawberry business. My pops was out of the picture by the time I was 7.
  898. Life got very good – we went from living in a one-bedroom apartment to a five-bedroom mansion by the time I was in high school. I had everything I wanted growing up, though all I wanted was music stuff – drums, a PC, turntables.
  899. It would feel like a smack in the face to sign with any label outside of Dre’s. He took a risk on me, and that means everything.
  900. If you’re doing black music, you should have a core understanding of where that comes from, and the fundamentals – so you’re not some bozo thinking you’re doing something new.
  901. If you grow up playing in church, it removes a lot of the boundaries that other musicians might have, growing up with sheet music or whatever.
  902. I’m part of the generation that grew up with great rappers like 2Pac and Biggie and people like Amy Winehouse. We’ve seen a lot of different artists come and go. Even people who are still here, they seem consumed and blinded by fame. It may not have taken them out physically, but they have been taken out.
  903. I’m at my best when I’m talking about relationships, talking about women, talking about situations and stories.
  904. I’d been watching documentaries about early rock where white artists took ‘race records’ from blues and soul musicians to achieve mass appeal. I wanted to flip that and do an EP covering only white artists.
  905. I wanna do a song with Adele! Nobody gets Adele as a feature, so maybe I can. I hope she knows who I am!
  906. I used to work with mentally disabled people when I was 18 or 19, changing diapers and catheters. I was working, like, 16 hour night shifts, having to distribute meds and go capture people who would break out of the house. Sometimes they’d have seizures, and we’d have to rush them to the hospital. That was an interesting time, very humbling.
  907. I think there’s a void for some authentic soul music with an edge. I think there’s some people who grew up with Motown and Stevie Wonder that still can appreciate Future, Drake, and all these different things, too, but there shouldn’t be a void for those people, as well.
  908. I tell people a lot of times, if you want to be a part of something, you never know, you kind of just have to be around. A lot of people don’t really have the patience for it, and they don’t stick around. Dre and I are still working together, and we have plenty of music for the future.
  909. I put a list together. It was like: Get health insurance, get a car, get a bigger apartment, travel more, get a record deal, get a publishing deal, sell 10,000 units, be a part of a No. 1 album, make a million dollars. I got to check off 90 percent of the stuff last year. I hit some serious landmarks in 2015.
  910. I learned a lot from working with and watching Knxwledge, seeing how he produces non-stop. He doesn’t dwell too long on stuff. He’s very simple, using only about two or three elements. I like that in production. Sometimes it doesn’t take more than three drums, a melody, the vocal, looping a sample or whatever, just as minimal as possible.
  911. I just want people to be affected by the music. I’m really affected by my surroundings and put everything in my music – what I’m not getting and what I desire. I want it to be uncompromised… almost a spiritual thing.
  912. I had a project called ‘Cover Art,’ which was the first project I did under the new name Anderson .Paak. I went through this process where I was recording new music for about six months straight.
  913. I grew up in Oxnard, CA, and I went to a church called St. Paul, where I was playing drums. My mom had a strawberry company. The whole town of Oxnard is basically built on produce, and more particularly, strawberries.
  914. I got invited to work on Dre’s ‘Compton’ project.
  915. I don’t think there’s anybody that has such a keen sense of vocal production and attention to detail as Dre.
  916. I don’t know many artists who’ve come out of Beverly Hills, y’know? You need that struggle.
  917. I didn’t start playing drums until I was 12, for school band; they didn’t have any saxophones left. My step-pops had a kit at the house, and I had never done anything that I understood so quick. It was so natural. It was the most fun and consistent thing in my life.
  918. I didn’t always take myself that seriously. Image-wise, I was somewhat of a jokester.
  919. Growing up in a house where there was a lot of different musical influences – my mom listens to soul stuff and Top 40, my sisters would listen to hip-hop – and the church, I grew up listening to a lot of gospel stuff. So I think that plays a role in how I make music now because my music has a lot of range. I don’t just do one thing.
  920. Drumming is a real part of my live show, and I like to do it because so many people aren’t expecting me to go and do it.
  921. As an artist, you’re taking your experiences and placing them into your art. So the more experiences you have, the richer your art and more people can relate to it.
  922. A lot of people who work with Dre, you’re lucky if anything sees the light of day.
  923. A lot of Knxwledge’s instrumentals just brought out this tone and swagger that I had played with before but had never really pinpointed before on my Anderson .Paak stuff. But then it just came so easily.
  924. You’ve got to take the hems down, especially past 50. I don’t care how good your legs are.
  925. You know what may be the oddest thing about being a star? Stars have an effect on people. It’s a responsibility, and it’s frightening.
  926. You can’t be perfect at everything.
  927. Wonderful things happen when you turn 50: you change perspective. You ask, ‘Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? What have I not done that I want to do?’
  928. Women who make the choice to have grey hair – I think that’s beautiful.
  929. With all that’s going on in our lives and the world, reducing stress is important, and it’s a factor in heart health.
  930. Who’s to say I can’t find some great work when I’m 55 or 65?
  931. Where I live, the majority of men are married to women their own age.
  932. When your kids are their hungriest, put out raw vegetables and dip – simple. It takes two seconds.
  933. When you are authentic, you create a certain energy… people want to be around you because you are unique.
  934. When the children were little, I’d fly into L.A. for a specific work project, but then I’d leave again, and when I was home, I wouldn’t even read a script.
  935. When my mother had four girls, and she could tell her marriage was falling apart, she went back to college and got her degree in music and education.
  936. When I modeled, I lived in Europe and worked all the time. I did runway, and that’s all I did.
  937. We’ve become such a multitasking society that just paying attention to the road doesn’t seem to be that important anymore. I have to remind my kids all the time that that’s what you’re supposed to be doing in the car.
  938. We don’t need any more reality TV, women yelling at each other. I can’t watch that stuff.
  939. We can sit around and go, okay, is there really a plan, does somebody really know what’s happening, is it all planned out, because sometimes it just seems too remarkable to me the things that have happened to me.
  940. There’s not a lot of light on television.
  941. There’s a deep piece of me that wants to be very personal and not share everything with everybody and not put it out there.
  942. There is a comfortable feeling in small towns. It is salubrious.
  943. There are lots of great actresses who are great because they’ll do anything.
  944. There are loads of actresses that modelled. They just weren’t famous. There weren’t a lot that were really known as models that became actresses, but there are hordes of them that did modelling before such as Anjelica Huston, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore and Geena Davis. There are loads of ’em.
  945. The truth is that humans have the potential to be horrific. And I think being conscious of that is important.
  946. The thing is, we live in a contemporary world, and being able to make yourself the best person you can possible be can be difficult. But as long as you’re trying to figure it out, and you’re really looking in the right direction, everything’s going to be all right.
  947. The riskiest thing I have done in my fifties is to do a Polish accent for a new film. I had a great time working on it and two wonderful people to guide me. A dialect coach that I have known for thirty years and a Polish actor.
  948. The problem with my mother is that she didn’t go to the doctor. And I think by the time she started to show symptoms that something might not be right, and finally went to the doctor, she was so close to her death that she couldn’t get the care she had needed. Her big issue was not going to the doctor.
  949. Sometimes I get intimidated by people, intellectuals, because I don’t have a great education. The only thing I feel helps me compete with all these people, people with degrees from Harvard, that you’re thrown in with and have to work with, is that I’m grounded.
  950. Someday, I’ll make a movie with a British accent.
  951. Some women are naturally thin. But there needs to be an appreciation for a variety of types of women because we don’t all come in one package. We’re not pre-destined to all be a size six. It’s very hard for a large group of women to maintain a thinness which is, after all, only natural to a few people.
  952. Some women are naturally thin. But there needs to be an appreciation for a variety of types of women because we don’t all come in one package. We’re not pre-destined to all be a size six.
  953. Sexiness comes with maturity.
  954. Pregnancy changed my body; it changed the way I walk.
  955. People that are 40, they don’t sit around at talk about gray hair and how it covers their hair. They talk about highlighting, of course they’re covering gray, but they don’t talk about it that way. They’re going to get their colors because they need a little lightening.
  956. One of the reasons I didn’t really want to do TV earlier in my career was because it is so life-consuming, and I wanted to spend time with my kids and be a mother.
  957. Oh, all southern women say they’re sorry. You could do almost anything, bump into some one, don’t spread the jam right, you’re always sorry. I’ve had people tell me to stop saying it so much!
  958. Not many college students know what they want to do.
  959. North Carolina has been so great because nobody asks me about work.
  960. My mother and grandmother both had beautiful skin.
  961. My mother and I used to watch ‘Maude,’ and I think she loved ‘Maude’ because my mother wanted to see strong women out there with a voice.
  962. My kids learned to be independent.
  963. My high school experience was kind of like ‘Mean Girls.’ It was very much like a bad B movie. ‘This is where the jocks sit, and this is where the cheerleaders sit.’ And I never really fit in. I guess I was sort of a theatre geek, but the activity that I was most invested in was speech and debate.
  964. My goal is to do cartwheels for the rest of my life.
  965. My girls have been a great support to me. I come to them when I need to make a decision; they love to watch me work.
  966. My favourite thing is to be somebody else, no longer be me.
  967. My children without a doubt are my greatest accomplishment. If I did nothing else I would feel just having and raising them would be enough. The rest is icing.
  968. My children haven’t even seen most of my movies.
  969. My biggest regret is rolling in regret. It is best to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move on.
  970. Looking back, I realise I had to grow up and be responsible at a very tender age.
  971. Like anybody, you have moments when you question yourself and you’re insecure.
  972. Kindness can come from someone on Twitter, it can come from someone on the street, it can come from someone at work. Without kindness, I don’t know what I would do. The greatest part of life is the simple things.
  973. It’s so funny to get a call from Dustin Hoffman because he has that great voice.
  974. It’s interesting now; with social media, you are actually interacting with fans.
  975. It’s difficult sometimes to become friends with actors.
  976. It kind of cracks me up when people say I’m hot because I just think that that’s a term that I don’t have to deal with anymore.
  977. In the days when I used to tweet, I would encounter comments wishing death upon me. There were people who claimed they were sticking pins in my effigy because they couldn’t stand me. There’s some seriously disturbed people out there.
  978. In modeling, because you’re the center of attention, it builds up people’s egos. Sometimes people lose touch with reality. But that happens with acting, too.
  979. In 1984, I starred in ‘Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan,’ my first movie. My lines ended up being dubbed by Glenn Close, supposedly because my accent was ‘too southern’. It was completely humiliating at the time. I became a laughing stock. I’m amazed that I managed to pick myself up and dust myself off.
  980. I’ve worked with producers who have told me to lose weight, and I’m not overweight, but they want you to look strange, anorexic, horrible. It’s odd. It’s like they are exerting a power over women, that they want them to look really frail.
  981. I’ve heard that George Clooney did something like nine pilots before ‘ER’ was picked up, way back when he was doing TV. It’s just the way the business works. There are a lot of pilots that we’ve never seen. It’s protocol.
  982. I’ve had some really big hits with ‘Groundhog Day’ and ‘Michael,’ ‘Multiplicity,’ ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral.’
  983. I’ve had a great experience in the fashion business.
  984. I’ve been practicing Ayurvedic medicine, and I’ve read the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and Rumi, and these are very important.
  985. I’ve been a Christian for a long time, and I think that Christianity gets a bad rap. I think that people’s perception of what a Christian is today is something that is close-minded and narrow, and that’s not what I am.
  986. I’ve always been a very active person.
  987. I’ve already made a substantial commitment to wildlife by putting my land in the easement. It won’t be developed. It will remain there in perpetuity – will be there for the wildlife.
  988. I’m the kind of person that just goes in and does my job.
  989. I’m strong. I’m outspoken. I feel like I’m equal to men. I can walk in the woods just as much and as far as a man can. Yet I’m still female. I’m very female.
  990. I’m sorry, but in my generation and where I came from, only sailors got tattoos. Not ladies.
  991. I’m really not techno-savvy – that’s just not my personality.
  992. I’m really addicted to water. I carry a bottle of water everywhere I go. I know people think I’m a nut.
  993. I’m not aiming for an Academy Award.
  994. I’m not a party person. I’m a nerd. I’m not an extrovert in that way at all. The things I enjoy doing could be boring to somebody else.
  995. I’m not a huge TV person. I don’t like having the noise when I’m doing other things unless I’m really lonely, and then I turn the TV on. But I do like to sit down and watch TV in the evenings.
  996. I’m just human, and I have great relationships with the people that work for me.
  997. I’m comfortable in front of a camera, and I’m used to being watched, although that kind of bugged me at first. On the stage, though, I’m scared. I really get frightened in front of people.
  998. I’m an artist, but, as I get older, I really want to do philanthropic work and help people.
  999. I’m always reading several books at the same time, depending on how deeply engrossed in it I am, if it’s fiction and if it captures me.
  1000. I’m actually a pretty clean-cut person.