1. When we can get the incidence of HIV down enough to turn the trajectory of the pandemic, it will assume a momentum of its own in diminishing HIV.
  2. When a company is fairly certain of a profit margin that is substantial, it can assume responsibility for the clinical trials to develop a blockbuster drug.
  3. When I was a child, there were not that many vaccines. I was vaccinated for polio. I actually got measles as a child. I got pertussis, whooping cough. I remember that very well.
  4. What the immune system of man has in its advanced development is what we call immunological memory, so that once it sees something for the first time, when it sees it the second or the third time, it can respond against it in a way that’s much more accelerated than when it sees it for the first time.
  5. Well I think the media has a very powerful influence on almost anything and everything we do because the general public gets their perception of what is going on in things they don’t have immediate access to from what they get through the media.
  6. We need to know more about how group A strep interact with humans to cause so many different illnesses.
  7. We can sharply deflect the curve of HIV incidence.
  8. Today we know the best way to prevent the spread of Ebola infection is through public health measures.
  9. There’s more than one way to get to the goal that you want to get to, but once you compromise your own principles, then you’re lost. You’re really lost.
  10. There’s always the danger when you have influenzas that infect chickens, that when you have the close quarters of chickens spreading from one to another and occasionally a human coming into close contact, that there will be the jumping of species from a chicken to a human. This is not something new.
  11. There’s always going to be the need for new medications, better medications.
  12. There is an urgent need for a protective Ebola vaccine, and it is important to establish that a vaccine is safe and spurs the immune system to react in a way necessary to protect against infection.
  13. There has been treatment for hepatitis C, but the treatment has not been overwhelmingly effective, number 1. And number 2, it has had considerable toxicity.
  14. There cannot be any impediment to science that will ultimately be good to the general public.
  15. There are so many different varieties of HIV out there.
  16. There are a number of candidate vaccines that are in development for HIV/AIDS.
  17. The worst potential bio-terrorist is nature itself.
  18. The world is a place that is so interconnected that what happens in another part of the world will impact us.
  19. The nature of a protective immune response to HIV is still unclear. Because in a very, very unique manner, unlike virtually any other microbe with which we’re familiar, the HIV virus has evolved in a way that the immune system finds it very difficult, if not impossible, to deal with the virus.
  20. The most pressing ethical question is to make sure that everything you do from a scientific standpoint is done for the ultimate good and positive issue for the people that you’re caring about.
  21. The most confounding thing of all is that we still haven’t identified the cause of 20% to 30% of adult common colds.
  22. The launch of phase 1 Ebola vaccine studies is a first step in developing a vaccine that could be licensed and used in the field to protect not only the front line health care workers but also those living in areas where Ebola virus exists.
  23. The immune system’s goal is to protect the body against invaders either from without, such as microbes, or from within, such as cancers and different types of neoplastic transformation.
  24. The discovery of HIV in 1983 and the proof that it was the cause of AIDS in 1984 were the first major scientific breakthroughs that provided a specific target for blood-screening tests and opened the doorway to the development of antiretroviral medications.
  25. The difference between H7N9 and H5N1, is that H5N1 kills chickens very rapidly, so it is easy to identify where the infected flocks of chickens are. H7N9 doesn’t make the chicken sick, so it has been difficult to pinpoint where the infected chickens are.
  26. The body’s immune system is like any other system of the body. Each of them have their vital function for the human host.
  27. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is an institute of the National Institutes of Health that is responsible predominantly for basic and clinical research in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of immunologic and infectious diseases.
  28. The Europeans have lots of data on the use of adjuvanted flu vaccine in the elderly, but I don’t think anybody has really good data on adjuvants in children.
  29. Testing two vaccines against different H1N1s at the same time has never been done.
  30. Staph lives on skin. That’s the reason why many infections start as a boil.
  31. Some people feel, you make your case, if they listen to you, fine, if they don’t, that’s it. That’s not what leadership is. Leadership is trying to continue to make a case.
  32. Some of the most vulnerable people to getting the SARS virus are health care providers. The general public, walking in the street, there is really not that much risk at all. It’s a very, very low risk – a very, very low risk.
  33. Science is telling us that we can do phenomenal things if we put our minds and our resources to it.
  34. Previous efforts to eradicate malaria failed for several reasons, including political instability and technical challenges in delivering resources, especially in certain countries in Africa.
  35. Pneumococcal disease is a real threat. Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes anything from middle ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. Children are particularly vulnerable to it, but adults can get pneumococcal disease themselves.
  36. Knowledge goes hand-in-hand with truth – something I learned with a bit of tough love from my Jesuit education first at Regis High School in New York City and then at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass.
  37. It’s very, very difficult when you have to prepare for something that might not ever happen.
  38. It’s the advantage of the virus to spread, and you can only spread when you infect people and they infect other people without necessarily killing them. So if you had 100 percent mortality, the potential pandemic would almost self-eliminate itself.
  39. It’s extremely likely that the people who have never been exposed to a human who has leprosy, it’s very likely they got leprosy from exposure to an armadillo.
  40. It is now widely recognized that any attempt at malaria eradication must be a long-term commitment that involves multiple interventions, disciplines, strategies and organizations.
  41. Is it or is it not ethical to create an embryo, and to create a person for the purpose of getting an organ to give to someone else? Your knee-jerk reaction is ‘absolutely not;’ but you need the ethical analysis of that to show why and how that is something that you need to stay away from.
  42. Investigating rare diseases gives researchers more clues about how the healthy immune system functions.
  43. Inevitably, malaria parasites developed resistance to commonly used drugs, and mosquito vectors became insecticide-resistant.
  44. I’m generally considered a conservative in my predictions for disease.
  45. I’m a born, cautious optimist.
  46. I think, collectively, we should be paying more attention to what is going on around us in the world among people who don’t have the advantages that we have.
  47. I think the media can be a very positive influence by essentially holding people to task about the importance of high quality medical care. And when the media is scrutinizing you, then I think that’s a very good, positive thing for the field of medicine.
  48. I think it would be over-exaggeration to think that there are millions of viruses ready to jump on us and bring us back to the 14th century. That would be looking over a ledge that isn’t there.
  49. I run a modest-sized laboratory that’s looking specifically at what we call ‘the pathogenic mechanisms of HIV disease, or AIDS.’
  50. I grew up in an inner city neighborhood called the Benson Hurst section of Brooklyn, which was a very embracing, warm, family-type neighborhood.
  51. I enjoy very much communication. I think that scientists need to communicate.
  52. I consider myself a perpetual student. You seek and learn every day: from an experiment in the lab, from reading a scientific journal, from taking care of a patient. Because of this, I rarely get bored.
  53. I believe I have a personal responsibility to make a positive impact on society.
  54. Human nature is weak.
  55. For the first time, we have the genetic sequences of all three of the players in the global malaria debacle: the parasite, the anopheles mosquito and the human. It’s a very important milestone.
  56. Even the pandemic flu of 1918 only killed one to two percent of the people who were infected.
  57. Disagreements are one of the fundamental positive aspects of science.
  58. Certainly the support for research in HIV/AIDS was good in the Clinton administration, good in the Bush administrations. It just was.
  59. Bioethics is a very, very important field. As we get more and more in the arena of understanding science and getting better opportunities, the fact that you can do things with biological sciences that have an impact on a human being means you must have ethical standards.
  60. Bio-terrorism is a threat.
  61. Better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent E. coli 0157:H7 infections are badly needed.
  62. Antibiotics are a very serious public health problem for us, and it’s getting worse. Resistant microbes outstrip new antibiotics. It’s an ongoing problem. It’s not like we can fix it, and it’s over. We have to fight continued resistance with a continual pipeline of new antibiotics and continue with the perpetual challenge.
  63. An AIDS-free generation would mean that virtually no child is born with HIV; that, as those children grow up, their risk of becoming infected is far lower than it is today; and that those who become infected can access treatment to help prevent them from developing AIDS and from passing the virus on to others.
  64. Although it is still important to develop an HIV vaccine, we have significant tools already at our disposal that can make a major impact on the trajectory of this epidemic.
  65. Activism has been very productive in our society.
  66. A pandemic influenza would mean widespread infection essentially throughout every region of the world.
  67. The driving force behind doing everything that I’ve been doing for 11 years as a stand-up is having problems with authority and not liking to be told what to do.
  68. That’s the worst way you can hear about comedy material: from a third person’s blog story that they wrote when they were upset.
  69. On Twitter, when someone would die, I would write a joke. Or if there’s a tragedy, I would write a joke and tweet it. That was my thing, and then at a certain point, people started demanding it.
  70. In the second grade, I would just get bored and a joke would pop into my head and I would have to say it. It was almost like I had some brilliant novel in my head that I had to get down, and I would interrupt class all the time and get in trouble.
  71. I’m not the voice of reason; I’m more the guy using these offensive topics as fodder to raise tension in a joke.
  72. I’m not just offensive, I’m very smart about the way that I do it, and that takes a lot of time. People say that young comics shouldn’t be trying these things. That’s ridiculous. You should try everything and see what sticks.
  73. I would write 100 jokes a day. Most of them were terrible. But I just said, ‘I’ll write more than everybody else, and that’s how I’ll get better.’
  74. I think a theater show is a pure version of me doing my material. The theater crowd is a bit more polite, there really aren’t hecklers, and there are a lot of people there to see me, and they’re excited about the jokes and hanging out with me for a show.
  75. I never knew if I would get my own show, but I knew I loved stand-up.
  76. I loved Stephen Wright, and I loved Mitch Hedberg, but they seemed like geniuses you could never emulate. You’d just be ripping them off.
  77. I like seeing what the comedian thinks is funny, not just what they think I’ll think is funny.
  78. I had written for Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman in the past. Jimmy had a different voice, and different priorities. He couldn’t be the bad guy in the joke; he couldn’t upset people, really.
  79. I feel like every first episode of a TV show is bad, you know, and it always improves.
  80. I enjoyed writing for someone else’s voice, but I wasn’t very good at it.
  81. I don’t think people shouldn’t try to be edgy, but you have to take what the audience says to you in consideration.
  82. Everyone has the same kind of fears; everyone has the same big problems in the world, which is, like, fear of death and ‘I hope horrible things don’t happen to my family,’ but they do. And I think people laugh at them as this great release.
  83. Every comic went through their Mitch Hedberg phase – the glasses, the hair in the face – and you knew immediately when they were doing it.
  84. You want to do work that is remembered, you want to be a part of something that’s remembered.
  85. You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line.
  86. Well, I’ve learned something from Michael Robison just about maximizing your shots. For example, if I’m shooting a scene and someone’s driving at the wheel, you could steal an insert in the same shot.
  87. Well, I’ve just gotten accustomed to just being in Canada for five and a half months a year.
  88. We don’t want to show our hand to the fan base or give up too much too early.
  89. They all matter to me, whether I’m working on a Sam Jackson film for a week or I’m the star of my own TV series – I take it all very seriously, and I have a healthy respect for the work in general, despite the role.
  90. There’ve been many a season where I couldn’t get work, and I think that you learn character development and you learn how to really want what you do in life when you can’t really do it.
  91. There are people who do De Niro and Walken impersonations.
  92. That, we encourage, and I think we’re doing a pretty good job with the website and also the DVD, like the first season came out and the second season’s being prepared now.
  93. So I think it’s fair to say it’s even more of a challenge for some of these actors that are coming up, because there’s such a pressure to look good, to be sexy and be palatable to people on whatever level.
  94. Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything.
  95. Movies are just ridiculously expensive.
  96. Like any show, I think some episodes are going to be stronger than others, but I think it’s a good show that people enjoy and I hear the reactions too.
  97. It’s funny, like 15 years ago when I was a kid doing all the John Hughes movies, I remember Bruce Willis was the only guy who was transitioning from television into film.
  98. In the years since I worked with John Hughes, there were many years where I literally had hundred of doors slammed in my face because I wasn’t that kid anymore, and I wasn’t a character actor, and I wasn’t a leading man, and I wasn’t whatever Hollywood was looking for.
  99. I would say probably Pirates of Silicon Valley just because I’m proud of the work, playing Gates.
  100. I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City, so growing up, not only myself but my family, like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films.
  101. I think that obstacles lead to growth and ultimately, the most learning I’ve done in my life is between jobs.
  102. I think my favorite, and Coppola and that whole thing. East coast Italian directors I guess.
  103. I think it’s even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses.
  104. I think in both of those situations, it’s important as an actor to learn, despite the success I had as a kid, that it’s important to understand what it means to be a small fish in a big pond.
  105. I mean, before this, I would have said playing Bill Gates, because I’m playing someone obviously who is alive and is the richest man in the world. That was a heavy responsibility.
  106. First of all, it was in my contract. I knew I would be directing an episode.
  107. Cutting edge, breakthrough, television. That’s what we want to do.
  108. But on this show, it’s a good question because in the 35 shows that we’ve done now, I’ve really made a consistent effort to really shadow the directors because in many ways they have to be more prepared than feature directors.
  109. 15 years later, it’s all the TV stars with the film deals, whether it’s the cast of Friends or That ’70s Show now with Ashton and other people doing stuff.
  110. You always want to come back with an image that’s interesting visually, and you hope to get something from the person you photograph that’s different than other images you know of these people.
  111. Working with actors is something I’ve never done before. I find it tremendous. It’s hard work.
  112. With photography, you are lucky if you get people to look at your pictures at some point. There’s no formal way to show them.
  113. With a film, you try to keep your vision in it. I think with ‘The American’ and ‘Control’ I managed to do that.
  114. When you make a movie, you know you’re making a long-form thing, so the visuals are different than for a video where it has to be more obvious or in your face, I think, a little bit.
  115. When I was younger, I’d buy a vinyl album, take it home and live with it, and I think that attachment’s largely gone for the file-sharing generation.
  116. There’s only one music video that had an emotional impact on me, and that’s ‘Hurt’ by Johnny Cash. That’s exceptional. There is no music video I can think of apart from that one that really reaches you inside.
  117. There’s a lot about records that you cannot feel from a CD.
  118. There are some elements of digital photography that I don’t really like, such as the fact that you see the results immediately.
  119. The really simple approach to photography is a great balance to making the films.
  120. The only advantage of the CD is that you have a booklet that can tell a bit of a story, but the little covers are just boring. I love vinyl, and I have loads of it. It’s the same thing as digital photography versus film photography. It’s a quality thing.
  121. Once you make decisions, you can’t go back, but in photography, that process can continue. With film, you have to eliminate all the possibilities and make the one possibility work the best for you, so you have to become very creative with the direction you’ve chosen.
  122. My world is much bigger than music, and that’s why I always fight the ‘rock’ label.
  123. My photography changed from being more documentary-like to arranging things more, and that came into being partly because I started doing music videos, and I incorporated some things from the music videos into my photography again, by arranging things more.
  124. My life changed incredibly when I moved from Holland to England.
  125. My first pictures are from 1972, and my first proper camera dates back to 1973. During the first year I used my father’s camera. It had a flash on it, which I don’t like, but I didn’t know anything about photography back then, so it was just what I did.
  126. Mandela is just the eternal man. You want that man to be around forever. It’s the closest thing we have to God, I think. He’s the father of mankind, almost.
  127. It’s so easy for people to stick a label on you, and then that taints everything you touch.
  128. In England, I’m already labeled a rock photographer, which is a little insulting, because I’m not a rock photographer at all.
  129. In 1979, I moved to England and photographed Joy Division and Bowie and Beefheart. At that time I got images that I felt had that special, well – power is a big word to say – more like intimacy and ambition that outlasted the photo shoot. I felt that they would have a longer life.
  130. If you’re an artist, it’s OK to put your money into your art. The advantage, in hindsight, is that you become the film, and the film becomes you; you breathe it.
  131. If you make something with love and, you know, passion and you tell a real story, I think it will always find an audience somehow, you know.
  132. I’ve gotten used to not looking too far into the future; it’s best when you can begin each day anew.
  133. I’ve finally become an old guy.
  134. I’ve always thought photography was a bit of an adventure, so to come home with the film, develop it, then look at the results has more of a sense of excitement.
  135. I’m not totally blind to the fact that I like people to see my work, but if it’s not something I would enjoy seeing in a magazine, then I think I shouldn’t be making it. I think that I don’t represent only myself, I represent more people; I mean, if I like it, then I think more people will like it because I think I’m quite a normal guy.
  136. I’m not famous; I am simply very well-known to certain people. Famous is something different.
  137. I’m not educated as a filmmaker, so it’s quite a jump for me.
  138. I wanted to move away from Holland for my work because I felt that things would be better for me in England. But when I heard Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’, that pushed me towards making the move and making it real. I met them within 12 days of moving to England.
  139. I wanted to make a film as an artist, and it’s going to have to find an audience, you know. I don’t know how big the audience will be.
  140. I wanted to do a film for a while, but I never found a script that I felt I was going to be the right person for; because if you’ve never made a film, you’re not taught how to make a film, and you feel like you lack skills.
  141. I think if you don’t feel passionate about the first movie you’re doing, in the end the project will lack something because you don’t have enough experience to make the movie something special.
  142. I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so it’s representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.
  143. I photograph artists, and some of them are very well known, but if you ask the average man on the street, ‘Do you like Anselm Kiefer?’ He would stare at you with a blank stare, because these are not celebrities. They are celebrated in a specific circle.
  144. I only make storyboards for action scenes. Once you make a storyboard, you don’t film; it can be a stiff move.
  145. I never really enjoyed getting a portfolio together then sending it out; whereas, putting up the website is quite an enjoyable experience. The net’s just a much faster and more modern way to distribute things, and you have to embrace it.
  146. I love body language.
  147. I have such a love of good music that I find even melancholic music uplifting. Maybe I’m a rare breed.
  148. I have never understood models. I find it really hard to find beauty in that or to discover beauty because the beauty was so obvious.
  149. I happen to take photographs, and they happen to be used for a lot of things, but they’re not really made to order. They’re paid for, but they’re not made for order. I’ve never really done real commercial work.
  150. I had no agent, and I was getting approached by so many people that I tried to escape for a while because I couldn’t believe that world. Photography is not an industry, and suddenly an industry came to me, so I sort of had to accept it in the end and get an agent.
  151. I feel a responsibility to myself, and not so much for the world at large. Because of my Calvinistic upbringing, I was trained to think that what you do has to have a purpose.
  152. I don’t want to knock photography, and I don’t feel that film is up there but photography isn’t. I think they’re next to each other really, you know. There’s an incredible strength to a still picture. Or there can be an incredible strength to a still picture that can outlive you. That can outlive a film.
  153. I don’t want to continue to do what I did when I was 20. I would like to continue to develop myself and not continue to hang around with bands.
  154. I don’t like fast editing.
  155. I don’t have lights, I don’t have assistants, I just go and meet somebody and take a photograph. That’s really basic, and that’s how I used to work when I was 17 or 18 in Holland.
  156. I do have an ego, but I acknowledge the help I get.
  157. I didn’t really know how to make a film when I made ‘Control’. I had to create my own language, just as I did when I started taking photographs. I never studied either one.
  158. I didn’t make music videos in order to make a movie. Music videos were the goal for me, so it was never a step to something else. I approached it seriously.
  159. I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.
  160. Generally my focus has been on people who make things, whether it’s writers or directors or painters or musicians.
  161. For me N.M.E. was a very big thing. When I first came to the United Kingdom I started taking pictures for them and I became their main photographer for five years, and that’s really been the basis of everything I’ve been doing since.
  162. For many years I wanted to do a film, but I never had the courage to clear my desk and say, ‘OK I’ll take a year off and do a film.’
  163. Film was something that I didn’t see as a step up from music videos, though obviously, music videos, the fact that you work with a crew and a film camera, are the closest to film I’ve ever been. That is the only schooling I’ve ever had.
  164. Directing film is the hardest thing I have ever done.
  165. Apart from photography and music videos, I also do graphic design.
  166. Analog is more beautiful than digital, really, but we go for comfort.
  167. A lot of scripts that I was given I didn’t feel were right for me, because I didn’t feel anything for them – I didn’t feel like I was going to change in life and start directing.
  168. ‘Control’ had to do with my own life a lot, and that’s why that seemed to be a film I could be the director of, because I had an emotional attachment to the whole story. And because of that experience, I feel that I can try other films. I didn’t set out to become a director.
  169. You spend your life having lessons, practising and competing as an amateur, and working during the day. As you get to the top end of the amateur field, you try not to work anymore; you earn your living through dancing, maybe by doing a bit of teaching. It’s an ongoing life’s work.
  170. You can’t talk about yourself in the third party – that makes you a lunatic!
  171. With the media how it is these days, people expect to know everything. I don’t talk about my girlfriend because essentially she doesn’t want to be talked about.
  172. Wherever I can get a fast track, I’ll try to because I can’t stand the airport experience. If you can afford priority boarding, then do it. Nobody wants an unpleasant experience before it starts.
  173. When you dance together, there’s a fabulous interaction. It’s quite intimate. You’re touching your partner, leading them. Learning how to behave in that person’s proximity is a skill. I love it. I can’t imagine tiring of it.
  174. When I’m dancing with any woman, I immediately get rid of intimacy barriers. I just give her a big hug and crack on.
  175. We didn’t know anything about Judy Murray until we met her, but once we got to know her, we found she was an absolute scream.
  176. Too many multi-vitamins are packaged as one size fits all, but you should be more specific about what you need. When I was competing as a dancer, I took zinc for healthy skin and immune system.
  177. There is not a lot of money in competition dancing. There never has been; it’s all about winning the trophies, really. It’s not like golf.
  178. The worst question is, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’ I don’t know. Variety is the spice of life. That’s the best way to describe it.
  179. The world would be a better place if everyone learned to dance.
  180. The thing about me is that I love variety. I like to try new things, and I don’t want to be pinned back.
  181. The Ritz in London has an old-fashioned charm, with waiters wearing tails and white gloves. The dining room is exquisite, with immaculate service and ornate details.
  182. The Fred Astaire movies made a huge impression on me.
  183. So much illness is self-induced – which I can’t stand. And I’m not a good nursemaid. Don’t call me if you’re ill.
  184. Since being involved in ‘Strictly Come Dancing,’ my life has changed completely. I can’t walk down the street without women throwing themselves at me, I usually wouldn’t mind, but they are of a certain age. Hopefully, after this series, they will bring their daughters!
  185. One day, I just wandered into a dance class full of girls, and that was it. I thought, ‘Hang on! I’ll have a bit of this.’ I went back a week later and got dragged up by the teacher. It wasn’t a massive calling.
  186. My perfect morning is spent drinking coffee, eating porridge and reading the paper at a local cafe.
  187. My only drive was to be the best dancer in the world, but I never won the world championship.
  188. My old dance teacher, Jimmy Wilde, a former European ballroom dancing champion, was so sophisticated.
  189. My goal was to become the best dancer in the world and, because I started late, I always had this feeling I was playing catch-up, so I’ve been a bit of a maniac most of my life, sort of striving.
  190. My goal is to be the best TV presenter, the best entertainer, the best singer. I still want to be the best dancer. I want to be the best at everything I do.
  191. My favourite dance is the Foxtrot. It’s a proper dance with proper music. It has class.
  192. My father is Hungarian and moved to Britain during the uprising, and my Spanish mum comes from Galicia; they moved here at the end of the Fifties.
  193. Mum was always hard-working. She came over from Spain and bought her own council house.
  194. Life’s supposed to be an adventure, a surprise!
  195. It’s great that ballroom dancing is being recognised. For many years ballroom dancers were misunderstood and other dance forms didn’t want anything to do with us.
  196. It may sound cliched, but ‘Strictly’ is a real journey. I try to encourage my partner to stay in as long as they can, but above all to enjoy it.
  197. If things don’t go fantastically, you just have to deal with it.
  198. If I do find myself walking up the aisle and dancing at my own wedding reception, I want the first dance to be both spontaneous and dramatic.
  199. If I avoid anything, it’s that I don’t really go to places that are like a little corner of England. I also never mind going to a dance show because I love it all so much.
  200. I’ve never worried about being rich or famous – for me, it’s all about the dancing.
  201. I’ve been playing golf as long as I’ve been dancing, since I was 13 or 14. I play off six. I like to get out on a golf course as often as I can.
  202. I’ve been playing golf as long as I’ve been dancing, since I was 13 or 14.
  203. I’ve become a produce snob. I like to eat food that’s in season.
  204. I’m happy to dance with anyone, to be honest. I’ve had some great partners, who have all been talented. But not all of them at dancing.
  205. I’m going for Britain’s Best Dressed Man award, but strangely, I’m never on the list.
  206. I’m busier than ever and it’s led to new opportunities. But I’ve never worried about being rich or famous – for me, it’s all about the dancing.
  207. I’m a bit of a traditionalist; the ballroom is all about tails and I never mess about with that. But for the Latin you can have a bit fun: tight trousers, gold shirt open to my waist, be a bit ridiculous.
  208. I’d like to do a kind of ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’-style variety show on the BBC.
  209. I worked as an interior designer. I worked as a furniture salesman. I worked as a financial adviser. I worked as a painter and decorator – that wasn’t for very long. I was a baker for about four-and-a-half years.
  210. I work out in the gym three times a week on top of my dancing, so I have to eat a lot to keep my weight and energy up: a big breakfast, and little and often throughout the day.
  211. I wish I’d become a professional dancer sooner. I did other jobs – like baking – while dancing part-time, and didn’t commit until I was 29.
  212. I went professional with my partner, Erin Boag, 11 years ago, and we had success competing round the world, but appearing on ‘Strictly’ has changed my life.
  213. I was one of those people who just flitted about in life. I had no plans and no sense of direction.
  214. I want to do lots of exciting, varied, interesting things. That’s what I want to do.
  215. I think cookery shows have become so sophisticated, and everyone’s so marvellous at it, but there are people like me who aren’t into the cooking malarkey, who still don’t know how to boil an egg for three minutes.
  216. I think I’ve got a bit more to offer than just dancing. It might just be me that thinks that, but it’s worth saying.
  217. I remember watching the Three Tenors at the World Cup in 1990, and it was amazing. They made opera accessible to the man in the street.
  218. I look better with a tan, but I’ve never gone the fake route. I don’t need to – I have good foreign genes: half Spanish, half Hungarian.
  219. I like to get up and get out. Otherwise you end up kicking about, and it’s easy to flick the telly on; then before you know it, it is 11 A.M. and you haven’t done anything.
  220. I know what I’m good at, and if I’m asked to do something I’m not – like hip-hop dancing – I get self-conscious.
  221. I just like to sit and admire my garden; it’s so well kept by my gardener and my girlfriend.
  222. I just get grumpy with bad behaviour.
  223. I have no trouble with my sleep, but the amount I have varies from four to eight hours, depending on my schedule.
  224. I have a magnificent chin and a long, odd-shaped face. As a result, I always look better in collars.
  225. I hated most music in the 1970s, especially disco, but Bowie was edgier.
  226. I got sent some cheese once. I’m not sure if that was saying something about my act, or just because I like cheese.
  227. I go through money like a bloke with three arms.
  228. I get really very upset when I’m voted out, and I feel very disappointed.
  229. I enjoy watching talented cooks bringing together ingredients into a fabulous dish.
  230. I don’t profess to be Luciano Pavarotti, but I can hold a tune.
  231. I don’t mind how good or bad my partner is, as long as we have a lovely time.
  232. I don’t like the Samba; it’s nonsense. With a lot of these Latin dances I can’t really understand what they’re all about. I like the Rumba and the Paso Doble but the others I could take or leave.
  233. I don’t get grumpy at a ‘Strictly’ level, you understand. We’re just making a television show – the person I’m dancing with can’t dance; they’re doing their best, and we’re not going to win the World Championships.
  234. I do watch what I eat, but I don’t make it myself. When I eat out, I just have to make sure the things I buy are good and healthy.
  235. I always enjoy the process, meeting somebody new and spending time with them and becoming friends with them. That has always been the joy of ‘Strictly’ for me, so I enjoy every year.
  236. Having been part of this wonderful show ever since series one, I know all too well what it’s like to perform to the nation on the famous ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ dancefloor.
  237. Give up smoking. Don’t get so fat. So much illness is self-induced – which I can’t stand. And I’m not a good nursemaid. Don’t call me if you’re ill.
  238. Frank Sinatra was a great singer, but my favourite is Sammy Davis Jr. He had incredible versatility in his voice, often doing impressions of people. It’s always going to be classic, and you’ll never get bored listening.
  239. Bruce Forsyth is my hero, and the thought that I’d be in a TV show with him was incredible.
  240. Being fit is the easiest part of being a dance professional. I used to just throw on a backpack full of rocks and run up a hill. You don’t even have to go to a gym.
  241. Being a competitive dancer is an expensive business – you have to buy the £2,000 or so tail suit and the shoes, and then get yourself around the world to the competitions. And there is not a lot of money to be made in competing.
  242. Because we had no other relatives living in the U.K., me, my parents and my siblings continuously journeyed abroad to bond with our extended family.
  243. Because we had no money when I was growing up, when I started dancing, I wasn’t allowed to be frivolous – my mum made me go to every lesson because she was paying for it.
  244. Ballroom is two people dancing together to music, touching in perfect harmony.
  245. Ballroom dancing: it’s a wonderful thing at so many levels because you’ve got to follow the rules. They used to call those rules etiquette once upon a time, but you don’t really have that any more.
  246. At places like Chelsea, often the garden displays are so big and grand that you’d never be able to have them at home.
  247. As soon as I started dancing at 14, I knew I was always going to be a professional dancer.
  248. As soon as I left school at 16, I worked in a factory making aircraft components.
  249. As I grew up, I wasn’t a great buyer of albums, but I really liked ‘The Jam.’ I like good musicians and loved the energy of their songs.
  250. A dancer’s career is short – you just keep going until your legs pack up.
  251. ‘Strictly’ is a bit like scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final or sinking the final putt in the Ryder Cup – only a few people get the opportunity to do it, and they have got to be famous.
  252. You see a woman, 22 years old, going out with a guy over 60 – and it’s kind of natural. But if it happens in the opposite direction everyone says, ‘What is going on there?’
  253. You have to work with people you really love.
  254. When you’re feeling very comfortable with an actor, you are doing nothing.
  255. When you work in a different language you are not so attached to the words.
  256. When you go to the movie theater and the opening of this movie and you see the kids just cracking up with a character you are giving your voice to, you get goose bumps. It’s so beautiful.
  257. When I do a political movie, I do a political movie.
  258. Whatever happens in my life from now on, I know the day I finally die – the final act of my script – people will always make references to the work I’ve done with Almodovar.
  259. We’re living in hard times.
  260. We are now integrated into American society and I don’t like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it’s going to pass. It’s not like that anymore.
  261. Up until the time I was 31 years old, in Spain, I still didn’t know how I was going to pay the rent.
  262. This may sound a little harsh, but I don’t care about my career. Really, I don’t like actors who are always planning what they’re going to do next or always worrying about doing something that will go against the image they’ve created. To me, that’s almost like an attack of narcissism.
  263. There’s something happening in the world that didn’t happen before. We are acting like one big brain.
  264. There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life. But even those movies teach me things.
  265. There are some movies that I would like to forget, for the rest of my life – really! But even those movies that I’d like to forget teach me things.
  266. The recycling in my house was imposed by my kids.
  267. The only time you actually are a spectator of your own work is the day you read the script.
  268. The man who doesn’t want anything is invincible.
  269. Sometimes I have wrinkles, in the morning. It depends on what kind of night that I had. I accept myself and the way that I am growing older. I have eye bags and some people have proposed to me to take them out but I said no.
  270. Picasso is a character that has pursued me for a long time and I always rejected. He deserves a lot of respect because I am from Malaga, and I was born four blocks from where he was born.
  271. People are not patient anymore.
  272. One thing I have clear is that I don’t want to work for money anymore.
  273. Melanie is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it’s my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me.
  274. Making movies is difficult and you get disorientated sometimes – even when you’re working with fantastic talent.
  275. Listen, I think movies serve many different purposes, from those movies that are frivolous and just an entertainment, to movies that just go to exploring the complexities of the human soul. Everything is valid if it’s done with honesty and dignity, and I actually do both of those types of movies in my career.
  276. It’s a character that I always found really likable. I’m fond of Zorro because he was a popular figure who worked for the people.
  277. It was an honor and privilege to arrive to this country 16 years ago with almost no money in my pocket. A lot has happened since then.
  278. In my personal life, I am very contemplative.
  279. If you call a cat, he may not come. Which doesn’t happen with dogs. They’re different types of animals. Cats are very sexy I think too in the way they move.
  280. If bad things are going to be said about me, I have to bear that. If I don’t understand that it’s part of being in show business, then I’d better go work in a bank.
  281. I’ve never worried about what audiences would accept or had a game plan regarding the career. I never had an idea of how I should look to my fans or anybody else.
  282. I’ve never liked watching real-life couples play couples onscreen or onstage. It takes me out of the story.
  283. I’ve done many different movies in many different contexts.
  284. I’ve always been an optimistic guy, to tell you the truth.
  285. I’m still a promising actor. It’s better to be climbing even if you have a lot of falls than to be descending. Maybe that’s kept me young. I haven’t gotten to any peak yet.
  286. I’m not such a big star. I am just a little planet. In Spain, people don’t put so much attention on the star system. But here in America, I can feel it. Mostly, people are very, very nice. But there are also a bunch of fanatics behind the stars.
  287. I’m a complete hypochondriac. If my heart starts beating a little faster than normal, I think I’m having an attack.
  288. I wouldn’t want my daughters to date a guy like me. I was dangerous around women in my twenties. I’m terrified that they might end up with someone like me.
  289. I wake up every morning, look in the mirror and ask, ‘Am I a sex symbol?’ Then I go back to bed again. It’s stupid to think that way.
  290. I used to be scared of women. When I was very young they terrified me, but discovering the female universe was incredible and still is to this day, as you never stop learning about them.
  291. I try to teach my kids to be open.
  292. I think we are realising that governments can’t govern us any more.
  293. I think the problems with being older come when your body cannot do what your mind wants. Then, Houston, we have a problem.
  294. I think that comedy is one of the more serious things that you can do in our day, especially in the world that we’re living in.
  295. I think Shrek makes an effect in older people. And there are many things in the movie that you saw that are not for kids. Kids would not understand certain things.
  296. I think I’m a romantic person, yeah.
  297. I suppose that I am ambitious.
  298. I remember in ‘Law of Desire,’ where I played a homosexual, that people were more upset that I kissed a man on the mouth than I killed a man. It’s interesting to see how people can pardon you for murdering a man, but they can’t pardon you for kissing one.
  299. I often feel very guilty because of the time that I spend outside of my home and the little time that sometimes I have for my kids.
  300. I mean, the Constitution of this country was written 200 years ago. The house I was living in in Madrid is 350 years old! America is still a project, and you guys are working on it and bringing new things to it every day. That is beautiful to watch.
  301. I love the diversity of America. I love the plain, normal sense of humor Americans have. It is not wicked, like in some countries. And I also love how new America is.
  302. I love my country. And I would have to renounce my Spanish citizenship to become a U.S. Citizen.
  303. I long to get back into theater.
  304. I like going everywhere. And I love starting new things.
  305. I like flesh. I do! Something to hold.
  306. I have to recognize that I am agnostic.
  307. I have a fantastic studio in my home, and it’s my biggest toy. I have about a half a million dollars worth of musical equipment in my house.
  308. I get caught up in my bubble of reading, writing, or music.
  309. I drink a bucket of white tea in the morning. I read about this tea of the Emperor of China, which is supposedly the tea of eternal youth. It’s called Silver Needle. It’s unbelievably expensive, but I get it on the Web.
  310. I don’t think there is a guy that played more gay characters than I have done in my life.
  311. I don’t like to over-intellectualize scenes that are working. I tend to think when you do that you may lose it.
  312. I don’t believe in any kind of fundamentalism.
  313. I do yoga every morning, then I run for half an hour and take a sauna.
  314. I divide my time badly.
  315. I did my first movie, ‘The Mambo Kings,’ in America without speaking the language. I learned the lines phonetically. I had an interpreter actually just to understand directions from my director.
  316. I cry a lot, you know. Which is very difficult for a man to recognise, but I do. I cry in movies, you know, just watching movies.
  317. I couldn’t be with someone who is depressed all the time.
  318. I completely take on the risk, the poker game, which being an artist means, and I’m going to try to make a film which honestly reflects what I have in my head.
  319. I am lucky, that is all. Lucky because there are a lot of people – producers, directors, people who buy tickets – who put confidence in me.
  320. I always feel that art in general and acting in particular should make the audience a little uncomfortable, to slap them and wake them up.
  321. Hollywood is a very strong machine that needs, and in… especially with female actors, fresh flesh. It’s that cruel. But that’s the way it is.
  322. Films should be for everybody.
  323. Expectation is the mother of all frustration.
  324. Everything changes as you get older – your mind, your body, the way you view the world.
  325. Cinema has opened a world of possibilities up for me.
  326. Characters don’t belong to anyone, not even the person who plays them.
  327. Cats are very independent animals. They’re very sexy, if you want. Dogs are different. They’re familiar. They’re obedient. You call a cat, you go, ‘Cat, come here.’ He doesn’t come to you unless you have something in your hand that he thinks might be food. They’re very free animals, and I like that.
  328. As an actor, when you encounter a psychopathic personality, you naturally want to make him ‘bigger than life,’ as the Americans say.
  329. Always when you go to a new country and they teach you bad words, you just say them without knowing the value and people look at you because you didn’t know that value of them.
  330. A couple of years after I arrived in Hollywood, everything that was Latino was fashionable, and years after, my thought is that we’re not fashionable anymore. We’re here to stay.
  331. When I write short fiction or novellas, I like to leave a hint of the fantastic, of the unreal. If you write a completely fantastic novel with ghosts and everything, the effect is less powerful than if you portray an absolutely realistic situation and, in the middle of this, you put a layer of fantasy, of mystery.
  332. There can be no better prize for a writer than one awarded by an international book fair.
  333. There are two types of stories: public and private.
  334. The worth of a prize depends on the people who have received it before you.
  335. The fact that evil exists in the world bothers me. I think that people do terrible things for ideological or political reasons. I think that evil stems from ideology. People are taught to hate.
  336. The ’80s was the time for the great so-called modernization in Spain. It was a moment when it seemed that everything was breaking up and moving fast into modernity.
  337. Shakespeare is a permanent presence in the English letters.
  338. People think that dreams are better than reality but this is not always the case; sometimes, because you dream too much, you are unable to see what you have in front of your very eyes.
  339. One can criticize the Israeli government, but it is not fair to judge the people of Israel.
  340. Nothing good ever happens by itself – it is achieved through striving, though this sometimes bears a high price.
  341. Money makes people bold and cosmopolitan; if you are poor, you are naturally conservative. It’s not easy to be a bohemian when you have to worry about what is going to happen with you and with your next paycheck.
  342. Many of the books I read, I had to read them in French, English, or Italian, because they hadn’t been translated into Spanish.
  343. If, as a Spaniard, I am so often offended by the stereotypes that abound regarding my country, how can I accept and repeat the ones that fall even more heavily upon Israel?
  344. If you’re well-known, you’re at the risk of becoming your own character. When you’re alone, as a writer, you have to be unknown, putting it all on the paper.
  345. I’m afraid I have an incurable urge for teaching.
  346. I have spent a great deal of my life being part of minorities. Some of the people I admire the most in the world have had the courage to defend, against wind and tide, minority viewpoints in those frightening times when any disagreement with universal conformity is identified as treason.
  347. I have absolute respect for Israel and people in Israel who are critical of their own country.
  348. Here in Spain, there are Argentine Jews, children and grandchildren of immigrants of Jews who fled Germany or Austria in the thirties, and in the seventies during the dictatorship, they had to go into exile again.
  349. Cervantes is the most important Spanish writer. But he is not the most representative of the Spanish. His irony, his sense of humor – they are too subtle to seem Spanish.
  350. As a writer, you live in permanent self-doubt; you’re on permanent trial.
  351. An idea like equality between men and women, which is now accepted in the West, is quite new.
  352. A writer doesn’t write about just anything. He writes about things he has an affinity for.
  353. A few British suffragettes everybody laughed at started the cause of equality between men and women.
  354. Xenophobia manifests itself especially against civilizations and cultures that are weak because they lack economic resources, means of subsistence or land. So nomadic people are the first targets of this kind of aggression.
  355. When you have a foreign invasion – in this case by the Indonesian army – writers, intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression.
  356. We all want to be someone else but without ceasing to be ourselves. I think it’s very important to defend this idea in real life too.
  357. There are some fundamental values it’s impossible to be wrong about.
  358. The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture.
  359. The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character.
  360. Perfection spawns doctrines, dictators and totalitarian ideas.
  361. People with lots of doubts sometimes find life more oppressive and exhausting than others, but they’re more energetic – they aren’t robots.
  362. No, I’m happy to go on living the life I’ve chosen. I’m a university teacher and I like my job.
  363. My job is to look at what politics is doing, not be a politician myself.
  364. My books are about losers, about people who’ve lost their way and are engaged in a search.
  365. Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view. From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher.
  366. Literature for me isn’t a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy.
  367. Like a blazing comet, I’ve traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear.
  368. It’s very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world.
  369. It’s the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.
  370. In a novel, my feelings and sense of outrage can find a broader means of expression which would be more symbolic and applicable to many European countries.
  371. I’ve always been drawn to tormented people full of contradictions.
  372. I was born in the Second World War during the Nazi invasion of my country.
  373. I vividly remember the stories my grandfather told me about the carnage of the First World War, which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.
  374. I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia.
  375. I live quietly at home among my family and friends.
  376. I don’t want to promote my own image either. I don’t like going on television or mixing in literary circles.
  377. I don’t know whether these people are going to find themselves, but as they live their lives they have no choice but to face up to the image others have of them. They’re forced to look at themselves in a mirror, and they often manage to glimpse something of themselves.
  378. I don’t have any doubts either about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Perhaps some more should be added to the list, but I don’t have the slightest doubt about human rights.
  379. I don’t go for people who lead full and satisfying lives.
  380. I claim the right to take a stand once in a while.
  381. Fifty years after half a million gypsies were exterminated in the Second World War – thousands of them in Auschwitz – we’re again preparing the mass killing of this minority.
  382. Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture, someone who can run a magazine or a museum. An administrator, in fact. I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual.
  383. Doubts are like stains on a shirt. I like shirts with stains, because when I’m given a shirt that’s too clean, one that’s completely white, I immediately start having doubts.
  384. But democracy isn’t a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.
  385. But I don’t think I have any particular talent for prediction, because when you have three or four elements in hand, you don’t have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions.
  386. As a writer, I’ve always been interested in others.
  387. An intellectual is going to have doubts, for example, about a fundamentalist religious doctrine that admits no doubt, about an imposed political system that allows no doubt, about a perfect aesthetic that has no room for doubt.
  388. Without an understanding of history, we are politically, culturally and socially impoverished. If we sacrifice history to economic pressures or to budget cuts, we will lose a part of who we are.
  389. When we dwell on the enormity of the Second World War and its victims, we try to absorb all those statistics of national and ethnic tragedy. But, as a result, there is a tendency to overlook the way the war changed even the survivors’ lives in ways impossible to predict.
  390. When my first novel was published, I went in great excitement round bookshops in central London to see if they had stocked it.
  391. When I was younger I used to get my best writing done at night, but now it has to be during the day. I usually finish work at half past seven, then go back to the house to open a bottle of wine, have dinner, and then read or watch television.
  392. When I was a child I had something called Perthes’ Disease which meant I was on crutches, so I was bullied at school and all that sort of stuff.
  393. When I started to write, I realised that you need a bit of both: the overall context as well as the individual’s experience.
  394. What is terrifying is the ability, through mass brainwashing or propaganda, to change normal human instinct, which does not necessarily contain very much hatred.
  395. To begin impatiently is the worst mistake a writer can make.
  396. There are one or two very good women military historians who use imagination, great study and research; they can put themselves in the boots of the soldier.
  397. The vital thing for me is to integrate the history from above with the history from below because only in that way can you show the true consequences of the decisions of Hitler or Stalin or whomever on the ordinary civilians caught up in the battle.
  398. The temptation in any approaching crisis or conflict is, because people haven’t got a clue what lies ahead, they’re always searching into the past for some sort of pattern … to galvanise the nation or their supporters and put themselves on a pedestal to sound Churchillian or Rooseveltian.
  399. The reason that ‘Stalingrad’ took off was because it emphasized the influence of history on the individual.
  400. The punishment of shaving a woman’s head had biblical origins. In Europe, the practice dated back to the Dark Ages with the Visigoths.
  401. The power of historical fiction for bad and for good can be immense in shaping consciousness of the past.
  402. The memory of the Second World War hangs over Europe, an inescapable and irresistible point of reference. Historical parallels are usually misleading and dangerous.
  403. The majority of soldiers and officers of the Soviet Army and the allied armies treated the local population humanely.
  404. The greatest heroes of the Normandy battlefield were the unarmed medics, whom snipers often shot at despite their Red Cross armbands.
  405. The great help of being in the Army is to understand why are the armies clever in what they describe as emotional intelligence, making soldiers come to terms with the death of comrades by certain rituals.
  406. The great European dream was to diminish militant nationalism. We would all be happy Europeans together. But we are going to see the old monster of militant nationalism being awoken when people realise how little control their politicians have.
  407. The duty of a historian is simply to understand and then convey that understanding, no more than that.
  408. The blurring of fact and fiction has great commercial potential, which is bound to be corrupting in historical terms.
  409. The British bombing of Caen beginning on D-Day in particular was stupid, counter-productive and above all very close to a war crime.
  410. Teaching the history of the British Empire links in with that of the world: for better and for worse, the Empire made us what we are, forming our national identity. A country that does not understand its own history is unlikely to respect that of others.
  411. Some novelists want to give people in history a voice because they have been denied it in the past.
  412. School-leavers unfortunately will come away thinking the First World War consisted simply of ‘going over the top’ on the Western Front to slaughter in no-man’s-land, when the conflict extended so much further, to the collapse of four empires and numerous civil wars.
  413. Restorers of paintings and pottery follow a code of conduct in their work to distinguish the original material from what they are adding later.
  414. Politicians are often tempted to deploy history as a weapon against each other.
  415. One has this image of the Soviet state and the Red Army as being extremely disciplined but in the first four months of 1945 their soldiers were completely out of control.
  416. Of course history is easily manipulated – though that makes it even more important for us to know what actually happened.
  417. It was only after five years in the army, when I was having to do a very boring job in a very boring place, that I thought: ‘Why not try writing a novel?’ partly out of youthful arrogance and partly because there had been a long line of writers in my mother’s family.
  418. It takes me three or four years to research and write each book and the individual stories stay with you for a long time afterwards.
  419. It is this compulsion to look backwards at a time of crisis because one’s got no idea of what lies ahead. There is a notion of security that somehow it must resemble the past. It’s never going to. Just because we muddled through in the past doesn’t mean we can automatically muddle through in the future.
  420. It is important to understand the continuing, confused fascination with the Second World War. For most of us, the great unspoken question is how would we have behaved in the face of danger and when forced to make major moral choices.
  421. In the Iraq war, for instance, so much of the information is digitized and can easily be wiped out. That will make it very hard to write accurate histories. Also, there’s a much greater opportunity for suppression of information before it can even be archived.
  422. In my library/study/barn, there is a Ping-Pong table on which I can pile working books and spread maps.
  423. If you smash a city when you’re trying to capture it, you actually end up providing the perfect terrain for the defenders while blocking the access for your own armoured vehicles.
  424. I’m often reassured in a bizarre – perhaps perverse – way when I find in the archive stuff that contradicts what my assumptions have been. That’s interesting and exciting.
  425. I was planning to stay in the Army all my life, but I ended up being posted to a training camp in Wales and was so bored there, I wrote a novel.
  426. I was in Estonia when a professor asked me if I was aware that making any criticism of the Red Army during the war was now an imprisonable offence. I was quite shaken.
  427. I used to write in a room overlooking the valley from where I could see too much, whether checking the sheep and alpacas or seeing the trout rise on the lake.
  428. I think it’s outrageous if a historian has a ‘leading thought’ because it means they will select their material according to their thesis.
  429. I read round the subject, I make a skeleton outline, and then I start work in the relevant archives. During the marshaling of the material, I copy the material from each archive file across to the relevant chapter in the skeleton outline.
  430. I love ‘Blackadder,’ but history it certainly ain’t.
  431. I just write the sort of book that I would enjoy reading myself, a book that is both scholarly and recreates the experience of people at that time.
  432. I just love the days when you come out of the archives with half a dozen excellent descriptions or poignant accounts of personal experiences.
  433. I joined the Army in 1965 and served with the 11th Hussars, which I loved. The regiment was so relaxed – a salute was more like a friendly wave.
  434. I have come across both inspiring teachers of history and deplorable ones over the years, so one cannot generalise, except perhaps to observe that the profession seems to encourage anti-militarist sentiments.
  435. I get slightly obsessive about working in archives because you don’t know what you’re going to find. In fact, you don’t know what you’re looking for until you find it.
  436. I feel slightly uneasy at the way historians are consulted as if history is going to repeat itself. It never does.
  437. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
  438. I can’t envisage stopping writing.
  439. I believe passionately in preemptive pessimism, especially before a book comes out. I expect the worst both from reviewers and sales, and then, with any luck, I may be proved wrong.
  440. I am not someone who believes I am going to find a historical scoop.
  441. Historical truth and the marketing needs of the movie and television industry remain fundamentally incompatible.
  442. Every country has its own perspective on the Second World War. This is not surprising when experiences and memories are so different.
  443. Entertainment history is now the main source of supposedly historical knowledge for more and more people, but ‘histo-tainment’ is superficial and lacks all context.
  444. Counter-knowledge covers the propagation of false legends and conspiracy theories often used for political purposes or fundamentalist religious propaganda.
  445. At the beginning of June 1944, the war was reaching a climax. German troops had been brutalised by the savagery of the ongoing fighting in Russia, where the Red Army was secretly preparing its vast encirclement of the Germans’ Army Group Centre.
  446. At a purely practical level, history is important because it provides the basic skills needed for students to go further in sociology, politics, international relations and economics. History is also an ideal discipline for almost all careers in the law, the civil service and the private sector.
  447. Alpacas are very endearing, and they all have very different personalities.
  448. A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems.
  449. You need not wonder at my knowing all human languages; for, to tell you the truth, I also understand all the secrets of human silence.
  450. When I review Xerxes’ achievements, I praise him, not for having yoked the Hellespont, but for having crossed it. But I can see that Nero will neither sail through the Isthmus nor complete his digging.
  451. Virtue comes by nature, learning, and practice, and thanks to virtue, all of the aforesaid may deserve approval.
  452. The gods, as they are beneficent, if they find anyone who is healthy and whole and unscarred by vice, will send him away, surely, after crowning him, not with golden crowns, but with all sorts of blessings.
  453. The gods do not need sacrifices, so what might one do to please them? Acquire wisdom, it seems to me, and do all the good in one’s power to those humans who deserve it.
  454. Pythagoras said that medicine is the most godlike of arts. But if the most godlike, it should tend to the soul as well as the body, or else a living thing must be unhealthy, being diseased in its higher part.
  455. Plato said that virtue has no master. If a person does not honor this principle and rejoice in it, but is purchasable for money, he creates many masters for himself.
  456. O ye gods, grant unto me to have little and to want nothing.
  457. O thou Sun, send me as far over the earth as is my pleasure and thine, and may I make the acquaintance of good men, but never hear anything of bad ones, nor they of me.
  458. Never may a man prone to believe scandal be a despot or a popular leader! Under his guidance, democracy itself will be despotism.
  459. Nero may have understood how to tune his cithern, but he disgraced his imperial office both by slackening and by tightening the strings.
  460. My ideal is for each to do what he knows and what he can.
  461. Multicolored stones and paintings, walkways, and theaters are useless in a city unless it also contains wisdom and law. Such things are the subject of wisdom and law, not equivalent to them.
  462. Just as an individual of pre-eminent worth transforms democracy into a monarchy of the best man, even so the rule of one man, if in all things it has an eye to the common welfare, is democracy.
  463. It is the duty of the law-giver to deliver to the many the instructions of whose truth he has persuaded himself.
  464. It is at the time of dawn that we must commune with the gods.
  465. It is a true man’s part not to err, but it is also noble of a man to perceive his error.
  466. In my travels, which have been wider than ever man yet accomplished, I have seen many, many wild beasts of Arabia and India; but this beast, that is commonly called a Tyrant, I know not how many heads it has, nor if it be crooked of claw, and armed with horrible fangs.
  467. In my judgment, excellence and wealth are direct opposites, since when the one shrinks, the other grows, and when one grows, the other shrinks.
  468. If you have problems of conduct that are difficult and hard to settle, I will furnish you with solutions, for I not only know matters of practice and duty, but I even know them beforehand.
  469. If any man has left us for fear of Nero, I shall not account him a coward; but I shall hail as a philosopher any man who has been superior to this fear, and I shall teach him all I know.
  470. I pray as follows: May justice reign, may the laws not be broken, may the wise men be poor, and the poor men rich, without sin.
  471. I have not yet learned to keep still.
  472. I feel friendship towards philosophers, but towards sophists, teachers of literature, or any other such kind of godforsaken people, I neither feel friendship now, nor may I ever do so in the future.
  473. I delight to lodge in such temples as are not regularly kept closed. None of the gods reject me; they make me partner of their roof.
  474. I asked questions when I was a stripling, and it is not my business to ask questions now, but to teach people what I have discovered.
  475. I asked certain rich men if they felt embittered. ‘How could we not?’ they said. So I asked them what caused this anguish. They blamed their wealth.
  476. Festivals cause diseases, since they lighten cares but increase gluttony.
  477. Every argument is incapable of helping unless it is singular and addressed to a single person. Therefore, one who discourses in any other way presumably does so from love of reputation.
  478. Don’t keep your good manners to the end another time, but begin with them.
  479. Do not consider that to be wealth which is hoarded away, for how is it better than sand gathered from the nearest heap? Nor that which comes in from men who groan at their taxes: for the gold that is wrung from tears is of base alloy and black.
  480. As soldiers need not only courage but tactics also, so does a philosopher need not only courage and philosophy but discernment also, to tell what his right time of dying is – so that he neither seek it nor flee it.
  481. All the earth is mine, and I have a right to go all over it and through it.
  482. A man must fortify himself and understand that a wise man who yields to laziness or anger or passion or love of drink, or who commits any other action prompted by impulse and inopportune, will probably find his fault condoned; but if he stoops to greed, he will not be pardoned, but render himself odious as a combination of all vices at once.
  483. You burned the city of London in our houses and we felt the flames.
  484. What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else – is the fact that it exists.
  485. What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice.
  486. We have no choice but to be guilty. God is unthinkable if we are innocent.
  487. We are as great as our belief in human liberty – no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.
  488. To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold – brothers who know now they are truly brothers.
  489. There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.
  490. There are those, I know, who will reply that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is. It is the American Dream.
  491. There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.
  492. The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  493. The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life – to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.
  494. Spring has many American faces. There are cities where it will come and go in a day and counties where it hangs around and never quite gets there. Summer is drawn blinds in Louisiana, long winds in Wyoming, shade of elms and maples in New England.
  495. Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered.
  496. Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
  497. Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
  498. It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
  499. Freedom is the right to one’s dignity as a man.
  500. Democracy is never a thing done. Democracy is always something that a nation must be doing. What is necessary now is one thing and one thing only that democracy become again democracy in action, not democracy accomplished and piled up in goods and gold.
  501. Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man’s life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
  502. A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.
  503. You marry your friends when you stay with your friends. It’s hard enough to find a good roommate, let alone a good person you can live with and fall in love with at the same time. You might as well just take your roommate, if you can find one, and marry them.
  504. You have all these song titles and song time, and you put it in a certain order, and you slap a cover on it. That’s a record. That’s how I’ve seen all my records.
  505. When a song blows your mind the first time you hear it, you don’t know where it’s going. It’s blowing your mind as it’s unfolding. Then there’s that sensation that you’re actually going to remember the song.
  506. When I get to do whatever I want, I’m perfectly happy. I’ve found that the best scenario is that I just do what I do, and if somebody wants to be part of it, they should work as a conduit for what vision I have. They should help me complete the universe.
  507. We’re all making castles in the sand, wonderful tapestries, an exquisite corpse. But is it meaningful? No. It’s dogs barking. It doesn’t mean anything beyond our yelping, at the pain of being alive.
  508. There’s no relationship to the narrative anymore. People want their own interpretation of history. We’re compartmentalizing, forgetting what came directly before, like it’s not a big deal. That, to me, is a crime.
  509. The media lies to us all the time, and we always believe the media.
  510. The early pictures of me you see online, in just T-shirts and hoodies – I’m still that guy with the hoodie. But what you don’t get to see in most of those pics is that I had these red clogs on that had, like, eyeballs on the ends of them that I drew on. That speaks a little bit more to what I was going after, stylistically.
  511. That’s one thing I don’t think people consider nowadays. They want to believe in the importance of marriage, boil it down to just a signature on a legal document. But that’s exactly what it is. If not, why not just get married without one?
  512. That’s my talent, I make people feel uneasy.
  513. R Stevie Moore was obviously a huge influence and is still a very big influence in my life.
  514. People should be more passive with what they consider trustworthy.
  515. Oh, I had my gothy phase, but I was never a troublemaker or anything like that. I was a little bit introspective, a little bit morbid. I was small for my age, so I was bullied and that kind of stuff.
  516. My music has always been my solo project.
  517. My career is a burden, but I can’t just fade out like a pathetic sore loser. More often than not, I’m just making a fool of myself for the hundredth time, and that wasn’t part of the plan, initially. I’d be happier not having any kind of public presence whatsoever and just hiding behind the sleeves of the CD.
  518. Maybe by making people feel uncomfortable, I tap into that uncanny quality that is a part of the scariest, weirdest things that you remember happening to you when you were a kid.
  519. In the years between 2000 and 2004, I always got the feeling that people were just starting to hear about me, and they were all late to the game. I’d be out playing shows for records that I recorded back in 1999 that were just coming out.
  520. If you spend the first 30 years of your life only trying to look good, you’re not going to know yourself very well. If you got it, flaunt it.
  521. If you don’t appeal to kids, to the zeitgeist, you get thrown on the scrapheap.
  522. If you are going to go to Heaven, I’m going to Heaven. But I don’t believe in Heaven.
  523. If somebody ever says something is a mature theme, it’s bound to not be. I mean, you shouldn’t fall for that. You can make it sound mature, but anything that’s about being mature is pretty immature.
  524. If I got the option of going into outer space and hanging out there for a day and then coming back home and dying the next day, or just waiting around to see if there’s any opportunity for the technology to develop so that I might experience outer space sometime in the future, I would probably take the ride today and die tomorrow.
  525. I’m so unmaterialistic in every way. If you saw my apartment, it would explain a lot, I think. It’s not so much a mess, but it just needs to have some feng shui or a real ‘Queer Eye’ makeover or whatever.
  526. I’m not just going to go back to my bedroom, get a job and ‘get real with myself’ – come on. I’m already too old, and I’m lucky to have a job at all.
  527. I’m not interested in nostalgia; I’m interested in who I am.
  528. I’m in love with Ariana Grande – she’s got a very curious personality; I hear she loves Freddy Krueger, and I love Freddy Krueger, which makes me feel like we’d be perfect for each other.
  529. I’m in Hollywood – I have no business not being in the movie industry.
  530. I’d like to be seen as a normal, attractive person with good values.
  531. I was definitely a thespian of sorts in elementary school. I went to a real small private school, and every year, I participated in the talent shows and the school plays – all of ’em.
  532. I was actually under a lot of heaviness when I was younger. I thought of myself as an old soul. I was very obsessed with death. Basically, I didn’t really have a youth – I sublimated all that into my identity and my music.
  533. I want to stay in some era and remain there like a stupid idiot and see what happens when you try to pause time and not affect it. Not succeed. Not try to think ahead or think behind.
  534. I think I’ve been lucky enough to have had an extended adolescence. I’m a lot like I was when I was 15.
  535. I really wanted to make the worst thing: the thing that even people who liked bad, terrible music wouldn’t like – the stuff that people would ignore, always. Something really, really stupid. Something that is destined for failure.
  536. I probably would never be caught wearing a baseball cap. Hats are difficult to me because they tend to be too big for my head. They don’t fit right, and I feel ridiculous.
  537. I never thought of myself as capable of stirring up – generating – the actual drumroll for a record, you know, all the press.
  538. I never see songs as permanent. I’m always in a state of revising everything.
  539. I love to get to that place where I don’t know what kind of music I’m doing; I don’t know if it’s any good. I don’t know if it’s anything. It’s a big question mark. The idea is to have interesting results. That’s my bottom line.
  540. I love it when other people can come up with ideas and tell me what to do.
  541. I love everybody. You have to embrace all facets of humanity; love and accept everyone as being part of yourself.
  542. I look suspicious if I dress in sort of benign clothes, going to the airport.
  543. I know when somebody’s heard my music. I can hear it in their music.
  544. I have lots of friends, but I’m probably a terrible friend to all of them, even my family. I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself with no friends later on in life. My friends become my enemies.
  545. I have a theory: I believe that with the advent of the United States and the lawful definition of marriage, it was defined as between one man and one woman. It was anti-polygamy, in effect saying no man can hoard his women.
  546. I have a strong impulse to protect history and time and the lineage of events.
  547. I had a very active inner life as a kid. There’s a good album or two worth of stuff that I can bring out on a rainy day if I have a loss for inspiration or whatever – even now.
  548. I get to live down my reputation for being cantankerous if I slowly evolve towards being a really good live show.
  549. I feel like I’m neither a girl nor a boy. I don’t feel like a man.
  550. I don’t want any injustice brought against the bullies. Bullies just don’t know any better. Anyone who is crying about police brutality or victimization as an adult needs to stop it and realize the privileges we have in this country.
  551. I don’t think I threw myself into music because I had the best intentions; it was because I was really angry.
  552. I do get credit for having a California sound to my music, but I don’t think people really know what that means – they think the Beach Boys. I’m thinking more like Sunset Strip in the 1960s and stuff like that.
  553. I couldn’t imagine what it’s like to be a journalist talking about music. You’re left with empty descriptions; you probably have to make up a sort of weird cocktail of band influences and references to other music to get your point across.
  554. I always wanted to get into rock music so I could cover up my real personality, change my voice, and create a false self to hide behind.
  555. I always thought, ‘I could go the route of saying some controversial things and have it explode, just do it like that. But I don’t do that.’ But of course, it wasn’t really up to me.
  556. Do you know I used to pride myself on the fact that I’d never booked a show in my life, but that I’d played so many because I’d been invited?
  557. Confidence was never in short supply in my case. If anything, I think I overshot the mark with confidence way too early in my career, and gradually, it’s about just getting more humble and wanting to sit down more.
  558. Ariel Pink never really existed because he was always Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, but then people started doing interviews with Ariel Pink as if Ariel Pink existed.
  559. Your success can’t be determined by your surname but only by your work.
  560. You got to have an emotional connect with the audience who watch you.
  561. Women who want to work should be given the choice to do that. If you decide to work even after getting married, then men should allow that to happen.
  562. With ‘Aurangzeb,’ I just knew that the film wasn’t going to work, though I think it was one of my most underrated performances. I did the film too early in my career, but I stand by it.
  563. Who would say no to a film like ‘Gunday?’
  564. When you work with people you aspire to be like, you pay attention to them.
  565. When you come from within the industry, you are better prepared for the industry. For example, you see your family deal with the nonsense that is written in the papers, or the highs and lows of a hit and a flop.
  566. When you aren’t doing too many films, people find other things to write about you.
  567. When I get married, I think what matters is you should be happy with the person you are living with.
  568. When ‘Ishaqzaade’ released, I was going through hell. It didn’t matter what I said or did, because I had lost my mother.
  569. Two actors can be friends very easily. I think two actresses can also be friends.
  570. There is pathos and drama in ‘Half Girlfriend.’
  571. There is nothing wrong being a house husband, and I do believe there is something right about it.
  572. There are some people who cannot watch every film because of age. They might watch only three films in a year.
  573. The flop that hit me was ‘Tevar.’ It felt like someone knocked the wind out of me. When you do a home production, it always hurts more. I wasn’t ready to accept that ‘Tevar’ didn’t do well.
  574. The choice of films I make is directly proportional to the kind of cinema I have grew up watching.
  575. Success demands sacrifices. I believe it’s a small price to pay for the adulation and love one receives.
  576. Sometimes, it is important for actors to take risky decisions.
  577. Sadly, Indians are not very easily accepted in Pakistan, and that has a lot to do with the governments.
  578. People have even said my father paid Aditya Chopra to make a film for me. It’s illogical. People say what they have to say.
  579. People feel that in this industry friendships are not for real, but that’s not true. Otherwise, what is the point of being friends?
  580. People are always ready to pull you down.
  581. My personal style statement is very casual. And for me, comfort tops the chart over anything else.
  582. My mother was the nicest person in the world. I still have people coming to me to say how she was so warm, generous, and kind-hearted. She never washed her dirty linen in public. She always maintained her equations with people.
  583. My life is cinematic in some ways.
  584. My heritage is Pakistani, and I have loads of Pakistani fans on social media who I would love to connect with.
  585. My grandfather is from Peshawar; he was born there.
  586. My granddad passed away a month before I started shooting for ‘Ishaqzaade,’ and my mom died just before the film’s release, both within a year of each other.
  587. My first film, ‘Ishaqzaade,’ did well, and I got four damn good films because of it.
  588. My father is a genuinely nice guy and very generous to anybody and everybody. He likes to live life kingsize, and he doesn’t know any other way, and I love that about him.
  589. My ambition is very cinema-driven.
  590. Movies are my bread and butter and my inherent passion.
  591. It’s silly to have a prototype, because one inevitably falls for someone unexpected. My only criterion is she shouldn’t just look nice; she must have a personality, too.
  592. It’s important to be successful, and not just because there is competition, but also because it leads to better work for you.
  593. It has been an amazing experience working on ‘Half Girlfriend.’
  594. In the beginning, I got different kind of roles, and then I realised it’s great to be that way. And that thought is always there before signing a film.
  595. In a population of over one billion, there are 12-15 names that have the potential to be main leads in Hindi films. I am within the minority of the minority.
  596. If a man is secure enough to allow his partner to go out and express herself, and if he does not feel as ambitious as her, he can be a homemaker also. There is nothing wrong with it.
  597. If I feel insecure, then I am in the wrong profession. I have to trust my director and the material he has given me.
  598. If I dabble in too many things and don’t focus on channelizing my energy into one thing, I might mess it up.
  599. I’ve never been in a fight, not even while in college.
  600. I’m happiest when in front of the camera, and I didn’t know it until I got up there.
  601. I’d like to do a hundred different films.
  602. I work very hard in the gym. Sometimes, I come home very late, around 1 A.M., but still I go and work out at the gym. I don’t ever stop.
  603. I won’t think about what people will say, even when I am actually seeing someone. Somebody will say something, then someone else will contradict it. I can’t keep chasing all of them and try and correct everyone.
  604. I went to acting school, and I polished my dancing, but I didn’t really learn how to fight.
  605. I was born in our Chembur house in Mumbai, where we lived for five years after which we shifted to our Lokhandwala house.
  606. I wanted to tell my story because I believe that if I can inspire or motivate even 10 or 15 people to start losing weight, it’s a very big achievement. If I’ve managed to do it, anybody can.
  607. I want all my films to do well.
  608. I understand that people talk, and frankly, I can’t control that. There’s no point in getting upset over a thing that you can’t control. You just have to let it go.
  609. I try and work out at least six times a week with my trainer because that’s important for my body type, which is so different from a typical Indian boy.
  610. I think that growth happens and that learning happens in anybody’s life regardless of what profession you’re in.
  611. I think everybody can get along.
  612. I signed ‘Aurangzeb’ because I loved the story. I thought it was an untold tale. For whatever reason, the audience did not like the film. Fair enough, but I still enjoyed the process.
  613. I made peace with ‘Tevar’ not doing well and moved on.
  614. I love leather jackets, and I am obsessed with it. I carry leather jackets fairly well.
  615. I look like my mother but behave like my father.
  616. I internalise things. My sorrows and joys are private.
  617. I have never restricted myself to my strengths and abilities, as they are unlimited, and I am still discovering them.
  618. I have made my mistakes my strengths instead of looking at whose fault it is.
  619. I have learnt that women are superior beings. They have a higher threshold of pain and are more understanding and accepting than men. Also, if you listen to them, you’ll understand them better.
  620. I feel that if you are not comfortable, you can’t be stylish, and that is the rule I follow.
  621. I enjoy doing action a lot more because my films have a sense of violence. That’s because I have a broad structure, and if I hit someone, it looks believable. Maybe my contemporaries are meeker-looking in comparison.
  622. I don’t want success to affect me to that extent that I change or failure to that extent that I get sad, bitter and negative.
  623. I don’t know how I got such an image, but I am not a Casanova. It’s an image that I wouldn’t have liked for myself.
  624. I don’t have many friends, but I want to retain the ones I have.
  625. I didn’t have any relationships in my teenage years, as I felt I was not attractive enough.
  626. I didn’t even know I would be an actor; I always wanted to be a cameraman.
  627. I considered obesity a disease. It can destroy you from within. It almost destroyed me, and I do not want that to happen to anybody.
  628. I can’t put on a facade every time I go out.
  629. I assisted on a lot of films outside my dad’s company. I only did two of his films.
  630. I aspire to play interesting characters.
  631. I am very filmi by nature.
  632. I am too ambitious to become a house husband.
  633. I am someone who doesn’t talk more than what is required, but I am also a fun person.
  634. I am so broad and big-structured that even two kilos on me can look like gaining 10 kilos, and losing two kilos can also look like shedding 10 kilos.
  635. I am resilient like my mother and have the ability to face any kind of storm.
  636. I am intrigued by women I have conversations with.
  637. I am hungry for good work.
  638. I am an actor and mouldable enough to do films like ‘2 States,’ ‘Gunday,’ and ‘Finding Fanny.’
  639. Housewives run the home and sacrifice a lot, but many people forget that.
  640. Hollywood has cracked emotions very well with animation, and that is where India will eventually cover because it is an emotional country, and we just want a right story to tell, which will stir the right emotions with the audience.
  641. From the age of 14, I wanted to be a director.
  642. For an actor to create a different look for every film is not easy.
  643. Films work due to scripts, characters, and what you see on screen.
  644. Filmmaking as a process, it’s bittersweet.
  645. Evolution is a constant state. You evolve and become comfortable in situations in which you might have felt alien in the past.
  646. Every morning when I wake up, I am grateful and happy that I come to the film set. It is home.
  647. Every character, for me, is a new discovery.
  648. Every boy grows up trying to be like his father, but what if a boy grows up to be like his mother?
  649. Even actors are human beings, so we have issues to deal with – physical, emotional, and mental.
  650. As a host, I did ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi,’ and it was a learning experience.
  651. As a host on TV, one has to engage the audience and contestants on the show. One has to bring a new element to their personality while hosting so that it doesn’t look monotonous to the audience.
  652. Argentina is amazing.
  653. An actor should never be influenced by the surroundings, because you have to submit completely, and trust me, it’s not a good feeling when you know that your father is going to come and watch you work every day!
  654. An actor is defined by the choices he or she makes.
  655. A relationship will be futile if it’s based just on physicality. Intellectual stimulation is a must for me.
  656. A film is not something that can be made over the phone or Skype. Creative people meet, spend time together, and then come up with something.
  657. ‘Ki And Ka’ in a very sweet way says that if you have talent, then gender doesn’t matter.
  658. ‘Gunday’ might not be the best film of my life, but it’s been a life-altering film for me.
  659. You know, a statesman is a dead politician.
  660. When the students are occupied, they’re not juvenile delinquents. I believe that education is a capital investment.
  661. When the 14th Amendment, equal protection clause was enacted, the galleries in the Senate were segregated. Now we have integration.
  662. When Pat Robertson says there is no constitutional doctrine of separation of church and state, I say he is wrong.
  663. When I’m asked about legacy, I say it’s too early to talk about legacy.
  664. When I supported the stimulus package, I knew that it would not be popular with the Republican Party.
  665. Whatever my party affiliation, I will continue to be guided by President Kennedy’s statement that sometimes party asks too much.
  666. Well, I believe that when you are confirming a United States Supreme Court Justice, that it really isn’t Democratic or Republican; it’s American.
  667. We don’t need holy wars. What we need is tolerance and brotherhood and simple humanity.
  668. We are not utilizing the Iraqi oil for U.S. purposes. We are not asking that the Iraqi oil be used to pay our military expenses. We are asking only that the Iraqi oil be used to rebuild Iraq – that is, to rebuild Iraq for the Iraqi people.
  669. Voting is fundamental in our democracy. It has yielded enormous returns.
  670. There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.
  671. There’s nothing in the First Amendment that even remotely talks about spending money for political contests, and to say that an individual can spend as much of his or her own money as he or she wants constitutionally without any limitation, I think is just absurd.
  672. There’s a great public disinclination toward politicians.
  673. There is no higher value in our society than integrity.
  674. There is no doubt that our nation’s security and defeating terrorism trump all other priorities.
  675. There are conspiracies all over the Senate floor on any day!
  676. The solicitor general is sometimes referred to as the 10th Supreme Court justice – a pretty important position.
  677. The fundamental purpose of government is to protect its citizens.
  678. The extremists took over the primary process.
  679. The essence of a democracy is a free electorate.
  680. The best way to reduce the cost of medical care is to reduce the illness.
  681. The Supreme Court has a very light backlog. They leave a lot of splits among the circuits, a lot of uncertainty. And I think they ought to work a lot harder.
  682. The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written.
  683. The American people do not care which Party solves the problems confronting our nation.
  684. Strong advocacy for education, health care and worker safety will be indispensable if they are to get their fair share of President Bush’s austere budget for the next fiscal year.
  685. Stability means respecting precedents.
  686. Separation of power says the judiciary committee is supposed to confirm qualified judges and then what the Supreme Court does, that is their function, not my function.
  687. People in government and public life are being kicked around at a high rate of speed.
  688. Pennsylvania is a very tough state; people don’t last long in Pennsylvania politics.
  689. My tenure in the Senate was really as an independent and whichever, regardless of party label.
  690. My mother, Lillie Specter, was an angel and totally uninterested in politics.
  691. My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model.
  692. My definition of winning at squash is playing and surviving, and I’ve never lost a match.
  693. Look, the president can discharge all 93 U.S. attorneys for no reason at all, but not for a bad reason.
  694. Lawyers advocate more so than state their own positions.
  695. It’s inspirational to see someone who is dying smile.
  696. It’s been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania.
  697. It’s a rarity when someone takes a political risk in Washington today in the public interest.
  698. It so happens that I’m pro choice.
  699. It is with unwelcome frequency that I find myself the deciding vote.
  700. It costs about $27 million to win a seat in the United States Senate, so when you win one, you like to sit down.
  701. In our social contract, we have provisions that see to it that you take care of people who need some help.
  702. If you are going to have to play defense all the time, you cannot have the kind of ingenuity, assertiveness, independence, and intelligence which is what has made our country strong.
  703. If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine.
  704. If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn’t dominate.
  705. If Romney wants to make me responsible for ObamaCare, I’ve said I would be proud to be responsible for it.
  706. I’ve made a career of being precise.
  707. I’ve been playing squash almost daily for 38 years.
  708. I’ve been in a lot of elections.
  709. I’m ordinarily pretty correct in what I say.
  710. I’m battling cancer. It’s another battle I intend to win.
  711. I’m a loyal Democrat.
  712. I think my independence was a big help to getting Judges Roberts and Alito confirmed, and I think that’s recognized.
  713. I think it’s scandalous that we haven’t done more to cure cancer.
  714. I think if you can get people to laugh, you can get people to listen.
  715. I really do not make deals.
  716. I ran for president in 1996.
  717. I must say I am not pleased to have to arrange the Senate schedule around the availability of Senators who are running for President.
  718. I knew people were going to see me see deteriorate before their eyes.
  719. I just was not going to subject my record to the bleak prospects of a primary election.
  720. I have not taken a position on that nuclear option. My view is I’m not going to do anything until I come to that bridge. I’m not going to jump off the bridge until I come to it.
  721. I have been a Republican since 1966.
  722. I don’t like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal, sort of like a bikini.
  723. I don’t expect people to agree with all my votes.
  724. I do not represent the Republican Party.
  725. I do come from a strong family.
  726. I beat a brain tumor.
  727. I am very much opposed to abortion personally. But I don’t think it is the government’s rule.
  728. I am opposed to anybody making a decision for you or me or anybody else about what health care plan we should have.
  729. Heart disease continues to be the number one killer; cancer, the number 2 killer, not far behind. The tragic aspect of these deadly diseases is that they could all be cured, I do believe, if we had sufficient funding.
  730. Fundraising is very, very time-consuming.
  731. Effective security measures do not come cheap.
  732. Cannibals are devouring senators.
  733. But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security.
  734. Big money is ruining the political system.
  735. Beating the tea party gang is more important than who does the beating.
  736. As the Republican Party has moved farther and farther to the right, I have found myself increasingly at odds with the Republican philosophy and more in line with the philosophy of the Democratic Party.
  737. As a matter of traditional and sound constitutional doctrine, an amendment to the Constitution should be the last resort when all other measures have proved inadequate.
  738. As I think through the issue of funding the rebuilding of Iraq, I think about the analogy of a bankruptcy proceeding. There is no doubt that Iraq as a country is bankrupt.
  739. Americans’ addiction to sports, with the NFL at the top, is based on the excitement generated by the potential for the unexpected great play which can only happen with honest competition from great athletes.
  740. American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend.
  741. African-Americans are underrepresented.
  742. ‘Never give in’ was my mindset.
  743. You get people talking about being worried about their art, and dances… their culture being wiped out or taken over, and yet these same people are taking advantage of their people to use them as cheap labour.
  744. You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.
  745. Yes, I was born in Coney Island. The Holy Land.
  746. With the advent of radio and recording, music became an industry rather than just a tradition.
  747. We would turn everything into songs in those days.
  748. We live in an increasingly sophisticated world that makes it difficult to make simple comments on stuff. There are too many people on both sides of the border who are taking advantage of circumstances and the situation.
  749. There’s only one God. Call him whatever you want.
  750. There are people all over the world who are willing to exploit others. You can’t just point the finger at America.
  751. The death of what’s dead is the birth of what’s living.
  752. Thank God that the people that run this world are not smart enough to keep running it forever. You know, everybody gets a handle on it for a little while.
  753. Probably my two biggest musical influences were the Everly Brothers and the Beatles, in chronological order. Both of them have had a very simple-sounding musical style that’s actually quite complex as far as popular songs are concerned.
  754. People were talking about songs of the common man in order to make the common man. With Woody Guthrie and Lead Belly, they were so common it was just uncommon.
  755. My only description for me is that there’s no throwaway people. That’s the creed that I live by. It doesn’t matter if I’m singing or not. That’s the kind of person that my father and mother wanted me to be. The end obligation is to make people feel good about who they are.
  756. My mother had introduced me to a lot of my father’s friends because she believed that I would get to know the guy my dad was better through his friends than just in the hospital visits.
  757. My dad’s songs were really written to make certain people feel as though they had some kind of value. Because they were told from where they work and from the countries they had immigrated from that they did not.
  758. Music is a nice friend to have around, whether it is just for yourself or for other people. If you can enjoy it, being professional is almost secondary.
  759. If you do anything for 40 years, you can do it comfortably. And it will always be good. But unless you’re willing to risk it being bad, it can never be great.
  760. I’ve written quite a variety of songs, everything from kids songs to political satire, and my dad covered a fairly large range, also.
  761. I’m not just a singer-songwriter doing songs in the key of me.
  762. I’d rather have friends who care than friends who agree with me.
  763. I thought I would be governor of Massachusetts. I stood on a pile of my old albums and said, ‘I’m the only one with a record to stand on.’
  764. I think of my parents as a single unit, and it’s interesting because they shared so much, and they were totally opposite. My mother, a Martha Graham dancer, had a classical background; my father had a back-porch background.
  765. I left the entertainment industry part of my life behind in 1983, when we decided not to work with major record companies anymore.
  766. I don’t want a pickle, just want to ride on my motorsickle.
  767. I don’t do anything on stage that allows me to become a trained seal, where you’re just doing the same thing over and over.
  768. Greed and globalization aren’t just America’s fault.
  769. Folk music is music that everyday people can play, and it inspired a lot of people to make their own music. That trailed into making your own pop music, and that’s why garage bands started springing up everywhere.
  770. Everywhere I go, I see all kinds of people at my shows – conservatives, liberals, new-agers, teen-agers, old pensioners. And for those people to have something in common is real interesting to me.
  771. Everyone has a responsibility to not only tolerate another person’s point of view, but also to accept it eagerly as a challenge to your own understanding. And express those challenges in terms of serving other people.
  772. But think of the last guy. For one minute, think of the last guy. Nobody’s got it worse than that guy. Nobody in the whole world.
  773. Building walls isn’t going to work in the long run. Some people are happy with the wall in Israel, but somebody will get a weapon someday and knock it over or something. Walls aren’t the answer between countries, though.
  774. Basically, I think you need two things to get by in this world: a sense of humor and the ability to laugh when your ego is destroyed.
  775. At the same time the folk boom was happening, the civil rights movement was happening, the anti-war movement was happening, the ban the bomb movement was happening, the environmental movement was happening. There was suddenly a generation ready to change the course of history.
  776. Along with a sense of humor, my songs have to be sincere, and they have to be sung from a position of inner conviction.
  777. You may come and go, but the real test is to see how long one can manage to stay in the game.
  778. While I can’t speak Telugu, I do understand the language.
  779. Whenever I go out, I have to have a jacket on. I prefer casual ones for a party and semi-formal ones for events.
  780. When you have your own identity as a singer, you don’t have competition.
  781. When you are presenting yourself, confidence is very important.
  782. When it comes to advice, I always consult my father regarding everything, as he has seen the industry inside out, and he is the best person to guide me.
  783. When ‘Main Rahoon’ released, it became a hit with the youth.
  784. What matters is that you do great work, and you will definitely be remembered for that for years to come.
  785. We love food. After our studio session, we devour dal makhani, butter chicken, and butter naan.
  786. Ultimately, it’s your talent that counts.
  787. Tollywood has a special place in my heart because Telugu is my mother tongue, and when I sing in the language, my mom feels really happy.
  788. Though I’m getting a lot of acting offers, I’d like to enter only when I’m ready. My first love will always be music.
  789. There’s always a pressure on performing the best.
  790. There was absolutely no pressure from the family. It was my choice to pursue a career in music. I always wanted to do music, which has been close to heart. In fact, I was dead sure about it.
  791. There is no physical activity. All entertainment is happening in phone. Films can also be seen in laptop, so no one is visiting cinema halls.
  792. There are many people who are behind whatever I’ve achieved so far. My dad, Daboo Malik, is my mentor and guiding light who supported and influenced me. Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to be what I am today. Besides him, Salman Khan is yet another important person who is my biggest and constant inspiration.
  793. The stalkers can get a little scary at times, but I guess all these things are a part of being famous.
  794. The simple rule I will follow to sustain in the industry would be to adapt to these ongoing changes and be a versatile artiste.
  795. Technology is growing in all possible ways. It is affecting our lifestyle also.
  796. Singers are definitely getting their due in Bollywood. I feel that music composers, on the other hand, tend to lose out on the popularity, fame, and success that singers usually enjoy.
  797. Since music is so important to me, I don’t need to put in any extra effort to do this; it just flows for me. It’s as simple as drinking water and having food, so definitely, music is one of the main purposes of my life.
  798. Salim-Sulaiman have always been my favourite. It’s just an absolute pleasure working with them, and there’s always something new you get to learn just by sitting in their studio and absorbing all that’s happening around you.
  799. Personally, I love music, as it’s my first love, and if I ever act, it has to be something close to music. That’s when I will feel great about doing it.
  800. People think it comes easy to us because we are from a family full of musicians, but I feel it’s all about talent.
  801. People don’t think music to be a reliable source of income or career, which I will agree, in a way, because Bollywood is a very risky place to be in.
  802. Outside India, Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, and Rihanna are my favourites. I also like Justin Bieber. I like Western jazz and pop. Been a classical singer, I have sung a song ‘Auliya,’ a fusion of Western and Indian classical.
  803. Nowadays, we have become so busy in our work, especially in our phone, that we don’t go out for workout. It creates a lot of health problems.
  804. My training has been in Hindustani classical, and I have done a six-week course in English vocals at Berklee. The holistic learning has helped me a lot.
  805. My mother is a Telugu, so I have been familiar with the language since childhood.
  806. My dream is to go big someday internationally.
  807. Music is a very integral part of my life because I was born into a musical family, and it’s not just a passion… it’s everything for me.
  808. Music has always been a large part of my life, and I’m very fortunate to be able to start a career doing something I love.
  809. It’s tougher to work with Amaal, as the brother equation comes in between. We fight like any other siblings and have creative differences. I work harder when I am singing for him, as he is a taskmaster.
  810. It’s better if a singer disconnects from the original and brings something new to the version.
  811. It’s a dream come true as I await the release of my debut single ‘Krazy Konnection’ with Salim Merchant and then my debut album!
  812. It will be amazing to collaborate with my dad. It will be special.
  813. It is very important to highlight the young talent of India.
  814. It is very important that we take care of our health.
  815. It has been a dream of mine to be a singer, and now I’m living this dream, singing some beautiful songs and winning people’s hearts with my voice.
  816. It feels surreal to know that people out there know me, know my songs, and give me so much love.
  817. In this filmy world, you will have success today but may not have it tomorrow. But if you are prepared to face the challenge it throws, that’s when you should venture in this industry. I was ready for this and had all sorts of support from my parents.
  818. In the West, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber are the face of their songs.
  819. In our country, singers are known as the voice of actors.
  820. In my case, of course, people had a lot of expectations, but that didn’t pressurise me because I’m pretty confident about my musicality and my talent.
  821. If you look at Arijit Singh, Divya Kumar, and Benny Dayal, they aren’t competing with each other. They have their individual standing and distinct space of work. I want to create that kind of niche for myself.
  822. If I do something related to English music, it will be definitely in the direction of R&B and pop.
  823. I’ve never believed in competition. Everyone’s here to do their own thing and become successful in that respect.
  824. I’ll be more interested in acting only when it has to do something with who I am in real life. More like playing a singer or musician on screen like in ‘Aashiqui’ or ‘Rockstar.’
  825. I would love to do a complete EDM album.
  826. I won my first singing award with ‘Auliya.’
  827. I want to lead the pack in the process of making Indian singers bigger than actors internationally.
  828. I want to be in a more natural state while doing acting.
  829. I understand our audience loves to see some drama on TV, but even they have got bored with similar patterns of carrying out reality singing shows.
  830. I think that live shows are more important for singers than composers, because composers still get a lot of recognition as compared to a singer.
  831. I think recreations are a good thing if done right because it can be very dangerous also. If you do something which goes wrong, then people probably won’t like it because they are attached to that old version of the song… So, recreations can be a little tricky.
  832. I think pressure exists in a situation only when you are unsure of your talent and people are expecting a lot from you due to your lineage.
  833. I love the attention. I love how I am so loved by the people, especially the girls.
  834. I love dabbling in various genres and languages.
  835. I love Casio G-Shocks. My dream is to have watches in all colours. I also love gold watches. I’d like to have a diamond-studded gold watch some day.
  836. I like collecting fedoras. Whenever I go abroad for shows, I always look to buy one.
  837. I like Honey Singh. I love the music that he does.
  838. I like Badshah’s songs, as they are very cool, catchy, and very young. I think that’s very important… It’s connecting with the youth.
  839. I like ‘love’ songs, however cheesy that might sound.
  840. I have myself been on the other side of the table being a participant of a singing talent hunt. Hence, it is weird but awesome at the same time to judge a pool of talent that our nation has.
  841. I had done a cover of the song ‘Nenani Neevani’ and put it up on Sound Cloud, which Sunny M.R., the music composer of Rowdy Fellow, came across. He liked it and approached me for ‘Yedho.’
  842. I grew up in a musical atmosphere at home.
  843. I got my first break in ‘Bhootnath,’ solely on my credit, and went on to sing for around 20 films for all the leading music composers.
  844. I don’t see Arijit Singh as a competition at all. That’s because we both have a very different style of singing. In fact, I really appreciate what he’s been able to bring to the playback singing industry.
  845. I can sing in various genres, but my heart truly lies in singing romantic songs. This has been my forte ever since I was 8 or 9.
  846. I am undoubtedly a 100 percent Bollywood product, but my heart truly lies in making music for the world and taking India global.
  847. I am quite private about my personal life, and I don’t talk much about it.
  848. I am not sure if India is the right place to promote such music. I don’t think there are still enough people who listen to English songs.
  849. I am focusing more on overseas gigs, as my international fans do not get a chance to be a part of my live concerts, as they visit India once in a blue moon.
  850. I am a very romantic person, and I love ‘love’ – however cheesy that sounds!
  851. I am a huge romantic at heart.
  852. I always wanted to sing English songs, ever since I was, like, 10 or 12 years old.
  853. Guys are known to be lazy shoppers, but for me, it is extremely important to look good. I am very finicky because I hate repeating clothes.
  854. For the outside world, it may seem easy to enter into the industry if you belong to a film family, but, trust me, it’s even harder, as you have to not only prove your talent but also carve your own niche and identity.
  855. For an individual, playback singing is not enough to sustain a career, and it is not really a main source of income.
  856. Even I would be unhappy if the final track did not sound good to me, which is why I stay in the loop with the music team till the song is ready.
  857. English and world music were something that I had immense love for, and to get together with a fellow Indian and bring this sound and vibe to the world feels great.
  858. Emoting songs onscreen comes naturally to me since we do emote in the studio behind the mike as well. But acting in a full-length Bollywood film is a completely different ball game.
  859. Catchy lyrics are being given more importance.
  860. At the end of the day, a playback singer has to depend on live shows as their source of income.
  861. As far as Indian artists are concerned, I really like Mohammad Rafi and Sonu Nigam.
  862. As an artist, I am for non-film music as well. I want that to shine as much as Bollywood.
  863. As a performer, I groove to my own songs.
  864. As a child singer, I never sang a single track for my father or uncle.
  865. Around eight or nine years back, I participated in ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.’ The point of coming on the show was that a person coming from music family can also compete with people from all over India.
  866. Amaal is a music composer, and I am singer, so I think we compliment each other rather than competing with each other.
  867. Amaal and I have some sort of magnetic connection. I am my brother’s first assistant. So I have sung the scratch versions of all his songs. We make music at home, jam every day.
  868. All the appreciation I have been receiving has been very encouraging. It pushes me to do better.
  869. ‘Tum Jo Mile’ came as a surprise. Vivek and Kumaar sir, who has written the song, sent me the track just to listen. I was in London at the time for my world tour. I heard the song, and I fell in love with it instantly.
  870. ‘Sorry’ just fit the bill for the crossover that both Lost Stories and I were attempting to do musically.
  871. ‘Foolishq’ from ‘Ki & Ka’ gave me a chance to work with renowned composer Ilaiyaraaja and Shreya Ghoshal.
  872. You must develop personal contacts if you want to be successful.
  873. With the rise of America, the global balance of power shifted away from the old European powers.
  874. We tend to admire the people in our society who have accumulated such wealth as to seem somehow great. But we shouldn’t forget that it was the everyday working class man who made this country great.
  875. We cannot solve the problem of terrorism by asserting our will on the world.
  876. Very simply, the culture of another people does not have to be accepted when it is subhuman!
  877. Therefore the great mediator of any community is human morality.
  878. There are two sayings that are familiar in every news room across the country: 1. sex sells; 2. if it bleeds it leads.
  879. The liberation of Iraq was part of a broader effort to seriously confront the greatest threat to world security: rogue states capable of obtaining long range weapons of mass destruction.
  880. The greatest job I ever had was working on my family farm. Each morning my father would come into my bedroom around 4:30 am and command me to get up and work the fields. I would spend the next two hours before school slopping pigs and cropping tobacco.
  881. The country remains dependent on oil. But as we are now learning, oil is becoming increasingly scarce.
  882. That is what great athletes can do: they give us a model of striving for human perfection.
  883. Sports nurtures dreams of achieving self confidence and masculine striving for the skinny kid watching a boxer dance around the ring with sublime ease.
  884. Receiving far less attention are the working class heroes, who go about their solitary work routines with quiet dignity, come home from another grueling day, yet still find time to interact with their children.
  885. Patients describing the benefits of prayer often talk about how it provides a sense of well being.
  886. Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate. Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk.
  887. Networking is an essential part of building wealth.
  888. My point is, if you want to achieve anything in life, it is not enough to merely wish for it. You must develop that kind of 4:30 AM discipline that distinguishes you from others.
  889. Let’s remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.
  890. In short, we cannot grow, we cannot achieve authentic discovery, and our eyes cannot be cleansed to the truly beautiful possibilities of life, if we simply live a neutral existence.
  891. In Washington, DC, politics dominate even the most casual conversations.
  892. I do not think athletes should get a free pass. I don’t think we should train our children and future athletes to believe that they are above the law and morality.
  893. For starters, this country embodies something utterly unique: History’s first democratic empire. Beginning in the post war era, we have used free trade and democracy to create a series of interlocking relationships that end war.
  894. Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning.
  895. Even during the worst hardships, when the other things in our lives seem to fall apart, we can still find peace in the eternal love of God.
  896. Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning.
  897. Bottom line: if you show a genuine interest in learning about how others became successful, you can open up a world of opportunities.
  898. At the end of the day, there is no doubt that the unique spirit embodied by this country has worked, not just to make the world safer, but to make it better.
  899. At some point we must realize that actively defending against radical Islamic teachings is not a matter of cultural relativity. It is a matter of universally recognized human rights.
  900. At some point we must make a decision not to allow the mere threat of charges of cultural or religious insensitivity to stop us from dealing with this evil.
  901. A global democracy works only when countries trust one another.
  902. A belief in God helps provide a foundation to arbitrate our decisions. Without this foundation, we are condemned to live essentially formless lives.
  903. Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.
  904. Well, my deliberate opinion is – it’s a jolly strange world.
  905. We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going… Concentrate on something useful.
  906. We need a sense of the value of time – that is, of the best way to divide one’s time into one’s various activities.
  907. To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.
  908. There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.
  909. The price of justice is eternal publicity.
  910. The moment you’re born you’re done for.
  911. The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
  912. Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
  913. Of all the inhabitants of the inferno, none but Lucifer knows that hell is hell, and the secret function of purgatory is to make of heaven an effective reality.
  914. Much ingenuity with a little money is vastly more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity.
  915. Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like.
  916. Journalists say a thing that they know isn’t true, in the hope that if they keep on saying it long enough it will be true.
  917. It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality.
  918. It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.
  919. If egotism means a terrific interest in one’s self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living.
  920. Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.
  921. Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.
  922. Being a husband is a whole-time job. That is why so many husbands fail. They cannot give their entire attention to it.
  923. Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.
  924. Always behave as if nothing had happened, no matter what has happened.
  925. A first-rate organizer is never in a hurry. He is never late. He always keeps up his sleeve a margin for the unexpected.
  926. A cause may be inconvenient, but it’s magnificent. It’s like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
  927. You don’t have control of the car, but you can drive it. Life takes you where it wants you to go and where you need to go.
  928. When some people get angry, they turn into victims, but when I get angry, I turn to action.
  929. The thing I love about Myspace is it’s a safe place where I can talk to fans every day.
  930. That’s what I think our jobs as parents are, to educate as much as possible… I tell them to follow their bliss. The people who follow their bliss in this world tend to be the more happier people.
  931. Success to me is being able to do what I love, make a living at it and to support myself and the ones I love.
  932. People’s perceptions of me have nothing to do with reality. I’m basically just your average dork.
  933. People have had the idea to do a ’90s alternative tour for a long time. I didn’t come up with that; I was the first guy to basically say it was time.
  934. One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things.
  935. My goal is to make my kids as happy as possible.
  936. My frustration has always been that I’m a Christian, but I don’t buy into, never have bought into, the belief that Jesus and God are these men who just dictate that this is how you have to live your life or you are going to burn in hell.
  937. My favorite drive is Highway 101 in California between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo. I love the 101; Highway 1 is too windy, and 5 is too boring – the 101 is just right. It’s like the Mama Bear of scenic drives.
  938. Maybe I’ll work for a label someday, write some fiction, nonfiction. Someday I’d like to go back to school and get my teaching degree. I want to be a grandpa. I want to have more kids.
  939. If you live in L.A. long enough, you get into having a cool car.
  940. If you can’t say it in three minutes, I don’t want to know about it.
  941. I’ve always loved aggressive, hard, noisy, yet melodic bands, and at the same time I’ve always loved ‘Blue’ by Joni Mitchell.
  942. I’ve always kind of been a little skeptical about bands that won’t play their hits. That’s really arrogant to me as a music fan. I do want to hear obscure songs, but like most people, I want to hear the hits, so we always play them.
  943. I’m not a politician. I’m not running for office. I can say what I think.
  944. I’m constantly working, even when I’m at home.
  945. I’m a pretty tenacious person; I get that from my mom. So sometimes, I use dark humor. I can’t take myself too seriously.
  946. I’m a 50-year-old guy making music for over 20 years. I’ve been writing songs since I was 20, so it’s really been 30 years, and it’s always been personal, but I’ve always told stories.
  947. I’m a ‘Power of Now’ kind of guy, always have been. I don’t really hang on to a lot of pictures. I have pictures of my daughters.
  948. I’d actually like to make a country album one day. One of my idols is Neil Young, because he’s kept himself from being bored.
  949. I wish I could come home to a life that looks like a TV show. I wish I could see my television family waiting for me, where no one fights and no one screams, no one lies and no one leaves.
  950. I try to talk about things I know about. But my characters are more of a combination of people or how I imagine people would feel.
  951. I think The Police made five great records and then called it a day. They went out on top.
  952. I think I write very good songs. But I don’t know if anybody could record my songs with as much fervor. They sound good sung by me, and they especially sound good with my band.
  953. I think Everclear is a weird combination of a singer-songwriter and a hard-rock band. That’s why some people really dig the band, and some don’t.
  954. I still fall back a lot on my Les Paul, and there is just no getting away from a Les Paul and a hot pickup.
  955. I saw Cheap Trick play ‘In Color,’ and it was awesome.
  956. I loved hard-rock bands, and I loved songwriters who told stories.
  957. I love Australia! I got a boot thrown at me there.
  958. I lived in Portland for almost 20 years, and that’s where my eldest daughter went to college. I missed the sunshine. I grew up in L.A.
  959. I like people who tell stories. I like storytellers. A lot of my songs are misconceived as being auto-biographical when they’re not because I write in the first person.
  960. I like older people; I think older people have a lot of flavor.
  961. I like acting, but I like filmmaking better. I went to film school. I want to make films.
  962. I like acting when I can pick my own roles, and I do. It’s fun. I like being creative, and it’s a creative process.
  963. I like Nirvana, but I couldn’t say that I was influenced by them. I like to tell a story.
  964. I have my dark side like anybody, you know, depression, anxiety… and I write about gritty, real-life stuff.
  965. I have a pet peeve about bands that don’t play their hits. I think it’s kind of selfish.
  966. I don’t talk about my past; people ask me about it. I’ve done things I’m ashamed of, but one thing I can honestly say is that things I’ve done that I regret, I’ve never done twice. I work really hard at that.
  967. I do like my sugar at night, but I try to keep it to a minimum.
  968. Forgiveness is hard for me, man. It is for most American-Western males. It’s a sign of weakness.
  969. For the most part, I don’t like people who soapbox.
  970. Fatherhood, both times for me, was a choice.
  971. Do not trust anybody but yourself. If people want to help you, fine. Put it on paper and understand exactly what every word says.
  972. Call me, and I’d do anything for the Democratic Party.
  973. Being a parent is not just about how you treat your child; it’s also about how you treat the other parent. If you treat that person with respect, that’s fine, that’s the way to go. But if you don’t, you’re not being the parent you could be.
  974. Being a musician, especially at the major label where you work for so long, it becomes a cycle. Write a record, make a record, tour. It’s just this cycle, and I don’t think there’s any life built into it with time to assimilate what’s going on in front of you and what’s going on in your head.
  975. Being a child that grew up with a single mom back in the ’70s, Father’s Day to me was always a very uncomfortable time. At school, we would make Father’s Day cards for our dads, and I usually mailed one to my dad, and he hardly ever responded.
  976. As a songwriter, I do kind of look at ‘Santa Monica’ as a thing outside of itself, because it isn’t just my song. This is a song a lot of people tell me is a part of their high school or college years. That means a lot to me.
  977. Any artist manages his own business along with his manager. Every band should.
  978. About one or two songs per record is me doing a little bloodletting.
  979. A lot of people do not like singer-songwriters, and a lot of people who like them do not like hard rock. It’s either-or.
  980. ‘Santa Monica’ was a big song, and I always knew it would be radio friendly. But it’s not a defining song for me, though for a lot of people it is.
  981. You can’t make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All you’re doing is recording it.
  982. Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.
  983. This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday… I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn’t let me – Homeland Security.
  984. The powder is mixed with water and tastes exactly like powder mixed with water.
  985. The buffalo isn’t as dangerous as everyone makes him out to be. Statistics prove that in the United States more Americans are killed in automobile accidents than are killed by buffalo.
  986. Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
  987. Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.
  988. So far things are going my way. I am known in the hospice as The Man Who Wouldn’t Die. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I think some people, not many, are starting to wonder why I’m still around.
  989. If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it.
  990. I worship the quicksand he walks in.
  991. I always wanted to get into politics, but I was never light enough to make the team.
  992. Have you ever seen a candidate talking to a rich person on television?
  993. Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new program comes along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.
  994. A bad liver is to a Frenchman what a nervous breakdown is to an American. Everyone has had one and everyone wants to talk about it.
  995. The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.
  996. The Ninety-Ninety Rule of Project Schedules – the first ninety percent of the task takes ninety percent of the time, and the last ten percent takes the other ninety percent.
  997. If your project doesn’t work, look for the part that you didn’t think was important.
  998. If you improve or tinker with something long enough, eventually it will break or malfunction.
  999. Friends come and go but enemies accumulate.
  1000. Every solution breeds new problems.