1. Every clarification breeds new questions.
  2. Enough research will tend to support your conclusions.
  3. Don’t force it, get a bigger hammer.
  4. A failure will not appear until a unit has passed final inspection.
  5. A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking.
  6. You have to see a building to comprehend it. Photographs cannot convey the experience, nor film.
  7. With production alone as the goal, industry in North America was dominated by the assembly line, standardization for mass consumption.
  8. Whenever we witness art in a building, we are aware of an energy contained by it.
  9. What is the thread of western civilization that distinguished its course in history? It has to do with the preoccupation of western man with his outward command and his sense of superiority.
  10. Western history has been a history of deed done, actions performed and results achieved.
  11. We settled this continent without art. So it was easy for us to treat it as an imported luxury, not a necessity.
  12. We regard those other cultures, such as that of India, where many people live and believe and behave much as they did 1,000 or 2,000 years ago, as undeveloped.
  13. We have today a fairly thorough knowledge of the early Greco-Roman period because our motivations are the same.
  14. We find Japan a little more difficult to understand because it has proven its 20th century prowess though the ancient traditions still persist.
  15. We can appreciate but not really understand the medieval town. We cannot comprehend its compactness, the contiguity of all its buildings as a single uninterrupted whole.
  16. We are yet to have a conscience at all about the exploitation of human cultures.
  17. We are stymied by regulations, limited choice and the threat of litigation. Neither consultants nor industry itself provide research which takes architecture forward.
  18. We are guilty for sending teams into foreign countries to advise them how to be like us.
  19. Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture.
  20. Today’s developer is a poor substitute for the committed entrepreneur of the last century for whom the work of architecture represented a chance to celebrate the worth of his enterprise.
  21. This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see… the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.
  22. There is little doubt that we are in the midst of a revolution of a much more profound and fundamental nature than the social and political revolutions of the last half century.
  23. There is an increasing awareness of the interrelatedness of things. We are becoming less prone to accept an immediate solution without questioning its larger implications.
  24. There is a single thread of attitude, a single direction of flow, that joins our present time to its early burgeoning in Mediterranean civilization.
  25. The way of architecture is the quiet voice that underlies it and has guided it from the beginning.
  26. The tourist transports his own values and demands to his destinations and implants them like an infectious disease, decimating whatever values existed before.
  27. The obsession with performance left no room for the development of the intuitive or spiritual impact of space and form other than the aesthetic of the machine itself.
  28. The new architecture of transparency and lightness comes from Japan and Europe.
  29. The innovative spirit was America’s strongest attribute, transforming everything into a brave new world, but there lingered an insecurity about the arts.
  30. The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
  31. The great dream merchant Disney was a success because make-believe was what everyone seemed to need in a spiritually empty land.
  32. The essentially unchangeable established order of things slowly disappeared and was forgotten for a while completely.
  33. The details are the very source of expression in architecture. But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
  34. The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation.
  35. The artist likes to seem totally responsible for his work. Often he begins to explain it, to make it appear as if it were a reasonable process.
  36. The Renaissance is studded by the names of the artists and architects, with their creations recorded as great historical events.
  37. The Achilles Heel of the Americas was the lack of cultural confidence typical of new settlers.
  38. Tahiti has been spoiled for many years, but Bali is one of the few cultures with origins in one of the great ancient cultures which is still alive.
  39. Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
  40. Roman civilization had achieved, within the bounds of its technology, relatively as great a mastery of time and space as we have achieved today.
  41. Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as a basis for architecture.
  42. Profit and bottom line, the contemporary mantra, eliminates the very source of architectural expression.
  43. Part of our western outlook stems from the scientific attitude and its method of isolating the parts of a phenomenon in order to analyze them.
  44. Our universities advocate fragmentation in their course systems.
  45. Our settlement of land is without regard to the best use of land.
  46. Our incapacity to comprehend other cultures stems from our insistence on measuring things in our own terms.
  47. Our engineering departments build freeways which destroy a city or a landscape, in the process.
  48. Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.
  49. Nowhere has specialization penetrated so deeply into the building professions as North America.
  50. No wonder the film industry started in the desert in California where, like all desert dwellers, they dream their buildings, rather than design them.
  51. No phenomenon can be isolated, but has repercussions through every aspect of our lives. We are learning that we are a fundamental part of nature’s ecosystems.
  52. No amount of thought can ever reveal what comes unexpectedly.
  53. Nearly all of the advances in structural and aesthetic innovation is coming from abroad.
  54. Modernism released us from the constraints of everything that had gone before with a euphoric sense of freedom.
  55. Materialism has never been so ominous as now in North America, as management takes over.
  56. It is the mystery of the creative act that something other than our conscious self takes over.
  57. Inspiration in Science may have to do with ideas, but not in Art. In art it is in the senses that are instinctively responsive to the medium of expression.
  58. In those countries with centuries of a craft tradition behind their building methods, techniques are tightly coordinated under the direction of the architect.
  59. Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.
  60. I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.
  61. Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic, products of the heart.
  62. God’s designs may be frequent justification for our actions, but it is we, the self-made men, who take the credit.
  63. Does an architecture to assuage the spirit have a place?
  64. Compared to industry in Europe or Japan, where industry was based on a craft tradition, we are sadly behind.
  65. Builders eventually took advantage of the look of modernism to build cheaply and carelessly.
  66. Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.
  67. Architecture doesn’t come from theory. You don’t think your way through a building.
  68. Ancient Rome was as confident of the immutability of its world and the continual expansion and improvement of the human lot as we are today.
  69. After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared.
  70. You know, the men go to tea houses with the expectation that they will have a nice quiet evening and not read about it the next morning in the newspaper.
  71. What I really wanted to know, though, was what it was like to be a geisha? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? How do you have your hair done?
  72. What I had to do was keep the story within certain limits of what was, of course, plausible.
  73. We can never flee the misery that is within us.
  74. This time all the historical details and things were right. But I’d written it again in third person, and people found it dry. I decided to throw that one away.
  75. This character’s entirely invented, and the woman that I interviewed wouldn’t recognize herself, or really anything about herself, in this book, which she hasn’t read, because she doesn’t read English.
  76. Passion can quickly slip to jealousy, or even hatred.
  77. Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
  78. It is confusing, because in this culture we really don’t have anything that corresponds to geisha.
  79. I worried she might spend an afternoon chatting with me about the sights and then wish me best of luck.
  80. I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me.
  81. I don’t think any of us can speak frankly about pain until we are no longer enduring it.
  82. I don’t like things held up before me that I cannot have.
  83. Hopes are like hair ornaments. Girls want to wear too many of them. When they become old women they look silly wearing even one.
  84. Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.
  85. As an American man of the 1990s writing about a Japanese woman of the 1930s, I needed to cross three cultural divides – man to woman, American to Japanese, and present to past.
  86. Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
  87. True creativity often starts where language ends.
  88. The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.
  89. The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
  90. The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.
  91. The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.
  92. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
  93. The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
  94. Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
  95. Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.
  96. Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
  97. One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.
  98. Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
  99. Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
  100. Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
  101. A writer’s ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years’ time and for one reader in a hundred years’ time.
  102. A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.
  103. You know, without China there is no Wal-Mart and without Wal-Mart there is no middle class and lower class prosperity in the United States.
  104. With the shrinking of the US economy, and it’s shrinking very rapidly, you not only have more money, but you also have fewer goods. That’s a classic double-whammy on inflation.
  105. Which would you rather have, capital lined up on your borders, trying to get into your country or trying to get out of your country? We are the capital magnet of this planet and we are the savior for not only people, for not only freedom, but also for capital.
  106. When you look at the world, everyone in the world who cares about his or her family wants to have a major portion of their assets in the United States because we are the growth country and the freedom loving country.
  107. When you look at the government, when the government collects a buck, it’s not free. They have to spend resources, the IRS, audits, all this sort of crap, to collect the dollar. I’m not assuming any Laffer curve effect here at all. There are just transactions costs of collecting that money.
  108. What you do by having an income tax rate reduction across the board, you really provide great incentives for people to work, produce, and increase output. So I would support a carbon tax in replacement for a progressive income tax.
  109. What we’re talking about is the price of goods, all goods, in terms of money. That has nothing to do with unemployment, except for the fact that you get fewer goods. And when you have more money and fewer goods, the amount of dollars per good goes up. It goes up because there are fewer goods and it goes up because there is more money.
  110. What I’m not saying is that all government spending is bad. It’s not – far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.
  111. We are having the single worst recovery the U.S. has had since the Great Depression. I don’t care how you measure it. The East Coast knows it. The West Coast knows it. North, South, old, young, everyone knows it’s the worst recovery since the Great Depression.
  112. The truth of the matter of is that stimulus money not only doesn’t stimulate; it actually reduces output.
  113. The trade deficit is the capital surplus and don’t ever think of having a capital surplus as being a bad thing for our country.
  114. The story of how the Laffer Curve got its name begins with a 1978 article by Jude Wanniski in ‘The Public Interest’ entitled, ‘Taxes, Revenues, and the Laffer Curve.’
  115. The states that have large in-migrations of Hispanics are Florida, Texas and California. And Florida and Texas are way above average in educational achievement, while California’s the lowest, just about.
  116. The minimum wage is the black teenage unemployment act. It is the guaranteed way of holding the poor, the minorities and the disenfranchised out of the mainstream is if you price their original services too high.
  117. The linkage between tax rates and public services is, if not non-existent, negative.
  118. The income effects in an economy always sum to zero.
  119. The United States is a nation located in the global economy, and we get enormous, enormous benefits from dealing with foreigners.
  120. The Laffer Curve, by the way, was not invented by me.
  121. The Laffer Curve illustrates the basic idea that changes in tax rates have two effects on tax revenues: the arithmetic effect and the economic effect.
  122. Taxes are not trivial – they’re a huge portion of this overall economy. And that’s why I focused on them.
  123. Tax rates aren’t everything with regard to incentives to work. I would probably work at a 100% tax rate next to a nude modeling studio. I’m joking, but you know what I’m saying. There’s a lot more to it than just tax rates. It’s economics that I do; I don’t do nude modeling studio economics. People do respond to taxes.
  124. Sound money is the sine qua non of a prosperous society.
  125. Sometimes, tax rate increases create the very problems that the spending is intended to cure. In other words, the tax rate increases reduce economic growth; they shrink the pie; they cause more poverty, more despair, more unemployment, which are all things government is trying to alleviate with spending.
  126. Raising taxes is not a frivolous venture that you do on the editorial page of ‘The New Republic,’ for god sakes. It’s something that you really have to think about and go through carefully.
  127. People can change the volume, the location and the composition of their income, and they can do so in response to changes in government policies.
  128. People can also change the timing of when they earn and receive their income in response to government policies.
  129. Over the past 100 years, there have been three major periods of tax-rate cuts in the U.S.: the Harding-Coolidge cuts of the mid-1920s; the Kennedy cuts of the mid-1960s; and the Reagan cuts of the early 1980s. Each of these periods of tax cuts was remarkably successful as measured by virtually any public policy metric.
  130. Obama is a fine, very impressive person. He really is. Unfortunately, everything that he is doing in economics is exactly wrong. He is a crappy president.
  131. My godfather was a man named Justin Dart. Some of you may remember Justin Dart. My younger son’s name is Justin, named after Justin Dart. I was executor of his estate, and he was my godfather. I first really got time to spend with Ronald Reagan with Justin Dart personally, one-on-one.
  132. Let me just try to give you sort of the intuitive one here on the stimulus funds. If you have a two-person economy – let’s imagine we have two farms, and that’s the whole world, just two farms. If one of those farmers gets unemployment benefits, who do you think pays for him? Am I going way over your heads today?
  133. It has always amazed me how tax cuts don’t work until they take effect. Mr. Obama’s experience with deferred tax rate increases will be the reverse. The economy will collapse in 2011.
  134. In 2010 the U.S. will have a payroll tax rate increase, an estate tax increase, and income tax increases. There’s also a tax increase coming in 2010 on carried interest. This rate will rise from its current level of 15 percent to 35 percent, and then it will rise again in 2011.
  135. In 1994, Estonia became the first European country to adopt a flat tax, and its 26 percent flat tax dramatically energized what had been a faltering economy. Before adopting the flat tax, the Estonian economy was literally shrinking. In the eight years after 1994, Estonia experienced real economic growth – averaging 5.2 percent per year.
  136. I’ve been truly blessed. I’ve been a fly on the wall of history. I’ve been just so many lucky places just by chance and serendipity, and obviously a huge portion of that serendipity had to do with my relationship with the real president, Ronald Reagan.
  137. I’m worried about economic growth in the United States. And the creation of jobs, output, and employment. And if you tax people who work, you’re going to get less people working. And what the carbon tax would do is remove the tax from people who work and put it on a product in the ground.
  138. I used the so-called Laffer Curve all the time in my classes and with anyone else who would listen to me to illustrate the trade-off between tax rates and tax revenues.
  139. I think the inflation prospects for the U.S. over the next five or six, seven years, are quite serious. You cannot have a bumper crop in apples without the value or the price of each apple falling. The Fed has had the largest increase in the monetary base in the history of the U.S., from colonial times to the present, times ten.
  140. I mean, everyone agrees with stress tests for banks. I mean that’s clear. But banks should do that on their own. And they should worry about their own capital functioning. That’s what they should do. It shouldn’t be a government function.
  141. I feel very uncomfortable with respect to looking at inflation.
  142. Government spending is taxation. When you look at this, I’ve never heard of a poor person spending himself into prosperity; let alone I’ve never heard of a poor person taxing himself into prosperity.
  143. California is the highest-tax state in the nation and has been for a long time. It has the highest-paid teachers in the nation, by far – $400 a month more than New Jersey – and yet California is the third lowest state on test scores for fourth and eighth grade English and math in the nation, and has been at the low level for a long, long time.
  144. Because tax cuts create an incentive to increase output, employment, and production, they also help balance the budget by reducing means-tested government expenditures. A faster-growing economy means lower unemployment and higher incomes, resulting in reduced unemployment benefits and other social welfare programs.
  145. Ask me whether inflation represents longer-term problem. I think there’s a potential there for excess reserves to create problems.
  146. And you can’t have a prosperous economy when the government is way overspending, raising tax rates, printing too much money, over regulating and restricting free trade. It just can’t be done.
  147. And let the Fed sell bonds to bring bank reserves back down to required reserve levels, so we have restraint on bank lending and bank issuances of liability.
  148. And just remember, every dollar we spend on outsourcing is spent on U.S. goods or invested back in the U.S. market. That’s accounting.
  149. A carbon tax by itself would make driving more expensive, that’s very true. But in exchange for that, there are going to be more jobs, more output, more employment, and more products available. So really, as long as you’re going to collect the revenues you’re going to collect, you’re going to have to trade off one tax for the other.
  150. You’re never too old to start learning, and you’re never too young to aim high and achieve great things.
  151. You can have bans on assault weapons or whatever weapons you wish, and it’s not going to protect from a violent person.
  152. You can expect interior enforcement actions in the future.
  153. Without any doubt, I’m convinced that Hillary Clinton represents less individuality, flexibility for the states, a weaker national defense. And you know, for all those reasons, we ought to get behind Donald Trump.
  154. While we don’t have the authority on the state level to change federal policy, my fellow governors and I do have a duty to protect our states’ citizens, and we have a personal responsibility to act when we have the power to do so.
  155. Whether you’re looking at manufacturing and the use of robotics or the knowledge industries, they need computer programmers.
  156. When you talk about mandatory minimums, it created a lot of unfairness in our sentencing.
  157. When I was involved in the initial creation of the Department of Homeland Security, we were given a clear twofold mission. The first part of the mission was to secure our borders. The second was to maintain the free and efficient flow of commerce and people.
  158. When I get economic development calls from business leaders who are considering relocating or expanding in Arkansas, the abilities of our workforce are always a critical part of the conversation.
  159. Well, your premise is correct, that we have to first guard against those who have an affiliation with terrorists and a connection, and so we have watch lists and systems that can make that connection.
  160. Well firstly, that points certainly at the need for international standards on biometrics that would move in the same direction so that we can have the same technical requirements.
  161. We’ve had an assault rifle ban in our country, and that did not accomplish the objectives. We had Columbine during the time that that ban was in place.
  162. We would certainly welcome the recipient nation to put their inspectors on our shores, if they wanted to make that investment to help protect that shipment that is outgoing.
  163. We recognize that it is not only inbound but also outbound (cargo) that can pose a risk as well.
  164. We need a president that values the role of the states, will destroy ISIS and jumpstart the economy.
  165. We measure very carefully what the positives are and I think it is less than one tenth of one percent, so we are very pleased with the accuracy of our biometric checks and we continue to monitor that.
  166. We get divided generationally and in other ways – libertarians versus more traditional social conservatives, for example – and we’ve got to provide some flexibility there. But we don’t need to have quite so many litmus tests. We need to have our big picture focused on economic issues.
  167. We cannot let our guard down in the face of terror.
  168. Trump is a juggernaut that is difficult to unravel at this point, but I think Marco Rubio is the right one to do it. I think he can win Arkansas, and he can win in November.
  169. To suggest that immigration is the exclusive domain of the federal government, disallowing partnerships with local law enforcement, defies the will of Congress, not to mention reality. Numerous local jurisdictions have laws on the books dealing with immigration in a variety of ways.
  170. To argue that it is unconstitutional for local law enforcement to be a legitimate partner in immigration enforcement is shortsighted. It is evidence of a lack of commitment to securing our borders and a lack of appreciation for the proper role of the states in supporting federal law enforcement priorities.
  171. This is a true story. The day after Reagan won, I was walking into the courthouse when someone said that they’d bet Reagan would appoint me U.S. attorney.
  172. There’s been intelligence that terrorists would look to programs such as the visa waiver program to exploit.
  173. The words are frightening – how you’re going to build a wall, how you’re going to have Mexico pay for it. What does this mean?
  174. The true credit for our safety and security goes to our men and women who are serving in places like Iraq and Afghanistan in the global war on terrorism.
  175. The phrase ‘private option’ itself has become politically toxic.
  176. The nominee of our party, which at this – is presumed to be Donald Trump – I think that’s the right team to support. That’s what I’ve always said I would.
  177. Terrorists can utilize any vulnerability in the system and that would include outbound shipments.
  178. Strength, boldness, and new energy are not words that describe Hillary Clinton.
  179. Republicans – well, we’re all part of the same family. We need to have some good disagreements with each other; we need to debate, but in the end, it’s all about uniting, not dividing.
  180. Proper training and federal supervision in state-federal partnerships are essential to both assuring constitutional rights and enforcing our immigration laws. Our Founding Fathers’ concept of federalism does not prohibit such cooperation, and we have learned from experience that joint efforts work best.
  181. People resisted having weapons on airplanes, but I oversaw the federal air marshals. It’s a deterrent. No one sees that weapon, but they are protected on that airplane, and it’s a huge positive impact on safety.
  182. On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton emphasized her experience. Yes, experience matters, but judgment matters more. Despite her experience, Hillary Clinton’s poor decisions have produced bad results. Just think about it.
  183. Obviously, we think it’s important to make sure that firearms do not get in the hands of people who are criminals, convicted felons or adjudicated as mentally ill.
  184. Obviously everybody can’t go to the convention, but if you’re staying away from the convention because you disagree with a style or some substance of Donald Trump, that’s a mistake because we’ve got our country at stake.
  185. My responsibility is to speak out on my own convictions.
  186. My life has never been a part of a big plan. It’s more of an unfolding adventure.
  187. Like all Americans, Arkansans hurt for the Syrian refugees. The hardships they face are beyond most of our understanding, and my thoughts and prayers are with them, but I will not support a policy that poses real risk to Americans.
  188. It’s almost impossible to have a constructive conversation about health-care reform in Arkansas without passions rising and folks taking sides.
  189. It is not a crime nor an impeachable offense to engage in inappropriate personal conduct; nor is it a crime to obstruct or conceal an embarrassing relationship.
  190. In reference to Cat Stevens, it is very, very important we have accurate information on our terrorist watch list and our no fly list and that you have a remedy.
  191. In an ever-changing global marketplace, the one factor any state can count on is the skills of its upcoming and existing workforce.
  192. If we’re talking about big-tent thinking in the Republican Party, I think we’re all going to unite under a consistent economic theory. That’s where our unity is, and that’s what unites us.
  193. I’m old-fashioned that way. I don’t believe you turn the president down.
  194. I was delighted to support Marco Rubio.
  195. I think it’s certainly important that we don’t have symbols in our society that are offensive to a segment and that arouse racial division.
  196. I think in some instances that the death penalty is required.
  197. I have serious challenges with Donald Trump and his messaging that is going to make it more difficult for us to bring in minorities, Hispanics, into the party and into our voting base in November. I would be concerned about him carrying the banner for the Republican Party.
  198. I don’t want to stop and build protectionism out there, but I certainly don’t mind tough negotiation with our trade partners.
  199. I don’t think anybody accepts the idea that somehow I should be punished because I actually served our country during a very difficult time post-9/11. That required me to actually be out of Arkansas for a few years.
  200. I believe Timothy McVeigh getting the death penalty for his heinous act of killing over a hundred in Oklahoma City, that could very well deter others that might want to enter into that similar conduct.
  201. Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.
  202. Hillary Clinton’s radical attempts at so-called reform of the nation’s health care system would have been more destructive than even Obamacare has been.
  203. Here in Arkansas, we are preparing a generation of learners to meet the needs of businesses by equipping students with workforce training opportunities statewide.
  204. He has a style that is not my style. And that is fine. That’s Donald Trump. And guess what? That’s exactly who the base of the Republican Party supported and said that’s who we want to carry the banner.
  205. During my years of services in the government, I have spent a great deal of time studying and managing the spectrum of threats to our borders as well as the diverse ways in which those threats are moved across the border.
  206. But as you said, there are going to be those that have no record and cannot be detected in that capacity so that is why you have to have other layers of security.
  207. Being from the heartland of America, I do not think one should have to go to Washington to seek justice.
  208. As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.
  209. As we approached our work, my colleagues and I looked to the U.S. Constitution for guidance. It states, ‘No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.’ No person, no exceptions.
  210. As governor, my chief responsibility is to keep our state and people safe, which is why I have decided to oppose Arkansas being used as a relocation center for Syrian refugees.
  211. With ‘Dope Walk,’ I wanted to bring back kids dancing and having fun again. That’s how it used to be in Harlem. I remember everybody Harlem-shaking and ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’-ing. Those were some of the most fun and memorable times in my life.
  212. When I was growing up, I saw the Aaliyah shirts, the DMX shirts, or the collab shirts with DMX and Aaliyah when they had a single together. Those were the dope collage shirts with their faces all over it. They were doing cool things like that.
  213. Tour is fun.
  214. There’s no racism with the Internet.
  215. There’s no borders or lines you can’t cross anymore. Everything is getting blended with everything. That’s the dope thing about music now. Some people don’t like it, more of the older people. They want to, you know, go back to old-school New York hip-hop.
  216. Sometimes I can’t sleep ’cause I can’t get a melody or a beat out my head, so I just have to wake up and, like, record it on a voice note.
  217. Rapping can be repetition sometimes. Sometimes you gotta highlight your words in a certain kind of way. So I always was a fan of sing-rapping. It was always funny to me a little bit, and I think that being funny and being able to laugh, even at yourself, is a form of flattery.
  218. Racism been over. It’s the old people that keep on holding on to it.
  219. People who are scared don’t live life.
  220. No city owns me, you know what I’m saying? I’m from New York, but no city owns me. Nobody can bottle up my sound and box me in. Yes, I am a rapper, but am I a New York rapper? No. I am from New York, I love New York to death, but I will not conform myself to one place, no.
  221. Mixtapes are always small scale to me – they never get taken seriously, and they’re always short-lived.
  222. Me jumping on a song with Ariana Grande is just showing versatility, you know what I’m saying?
  223. Jeremy Scott reminds me of Harmony Korine, mixing all worlds and making them into one – you just never know what he’s up to.
  224. It’s kind of hard for you to be doing huge things and still be knowing what’s happening on the street level.
  225. If I was just to shut up, I wouldn’t be a true artist.
  226. I’m sort of like Jean-Paul Goude, the graphic designer who used to style Grace Jones and shoot all her visuals, just meaning that I use all mediums in one – music, fashion, and art. I’m hitting it from all angles.
  227. I’m relevant because I fill a void for people who aren’t doing what they want to do in life.
  228. I’m really into simple things – things you could wear every day.
  229. I’m not a manufactured artist. Nobody taught me how to be a proper artist.
  230. I’m happy, so I just want to project that happiness through my music to make other people happy.
  231. I’m gonna put out another album and then another album after that. And then I’m gonna put out a mixtape, and then I’m gonna put out another ten songs, and then I’m gonna put out a hundred more songs and a thousand songs after that.
  232. I’m an animal lover.
  233. I was born alone, I’m gonna die alone. I have my own identity. I’m my own person, and no two people are the same.
  234. I used to listen to ‘Ready to Die’ around the time I dropped out of college. I was scrambling for work and money.
  235. I used to do design before I was actually rapping. I went to art and design high school.
  236. I used to be a daredevil on BMX bikes.
  237. I thought I was half white or something because I only know white people as Ferguson as their last name.
  238. I might be more satisfied seeing my friends really come up than myself. I’m really happy for my success, but I can’t really see it, because I’m myself working. You can see it; everyone around me can see it.
  239. I make music for the whole world, not just one borough.
  240. I got a lot of fans who are not even into fashion. So they look at me and wear what I wear because it’s cool or looks cool.
  241. I don’t have a specific style. My style is unorthodox; that is my style. So you can’t really place me here, place me there, because my style is just to be anywhere, you know what I’m saying?
  242. I don’t have a problem with how people receive the music. I feel like it’s for everybody.
  243. I create art. It’s kinda abstract.
  244. I always shout out my dad. My artistic roots come from him. He had his own T-shirt company and taught me the trade.
  245. DMX was just one of the figures that I thought no one could ever be better than. I used to look up to him so much. The bikes, the dogs, that’s where I come from.
  246. Chris Brown owns 14 of my belts. Swizz Beatz owns a zillion of my belts. They were supporting me before I was even anybody.
  247. At the end of the day, you can’t take my love for my people away.
  248. Andy Warhol’s art wasn’t that interesting to me. He was more interesting to me as a person. He was art himself. I don’t even think he was really into art, per se. He may have liked to do it, but I think he was more into people being into him.
  249. Alexander Wang is a young designer, and his style is so profound. He took sports and street and kind of combined it into upscale high fashion. He made a white T-shirt a luxury.
  250. A lot of rappers been putting out a lot of sub-par visuals. I feel like the visuals could be better.
  251. ‘Trap Lord’ is basically the writer of the hood. It’s the kid that’s from the hood, from the trap, who’s going to preach to his friends and his homies. Because they’re not going to sit in no church. So they listen to me instead of going to a church, because I understand them, and that’s really what the ‘Hood Pope’ is.
  252. ‘Illmatic’ was dope.
  253. ‘Going Back to Cali’ is one of my favorite songs because of all the East Coast – West Coast rivalry.
  254. You know what, we’re very skinny in our family.
  255. What’s funny is my husband doesn’t have any tattoos at all, so he must be the very conservative one.
  256. We had our first earthquake over here recently. That was a bizarre feeling. I just became disoriented and I remember my dad freaking out. Nothing broke or anything.
  257. We had doubles for some of the stuff but a lot of it had to do with there’s certain hours that you can dive and then you can’t dive for another certain, like 12 hours just for the air and stuff.
  258. Watching Jaws just scared the living daylights out of me when I was young. I know a lot of people my age who are still petrified of sharks because of that film.
  259. Right now I’m working on the back handspring.
  260. Not being a comic book fan, being thrown into that and seeing the extreme – it’s taken very seriously. So I tried to do as much learning as I could about it so I wasn’t mean or anything.
  261. My tattoo is a phoenix. I got the first when I was 16. I hid it for years.
  262. My favorite part is the preparation because you read on the page, you get this character.
  263. Like when I had long hair, you kind of got male attention from everything. But when you had short hair, it was a different kind of man that was attracted to you or I found coming up.
  264. It’s good to always do some sort of exercise.
  265. I’ve always been a good kid.
  266. I worked with her on the second season of Dark Angel in Vancouver, one of my first real jobs.
  267. I was very active but I was dyslexic and had a really hard time at school.
  268. I was training more learning how to scuba dive which I’d never done which was really, really, really cool.
  269. I think my first bikini, I was four and it was polka dotted and I had a big belly and I looked dashing.
  270. I started walking at night with my sister in law which has been amazing. It really does something for you. It just kind of clears the mind, it just makes you feel better, things start to tighten a little bit.
  271. I love doing action.
  272. I learned Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics and I have a trainer.
  273. I have a hard time retaining the lines. Even on set I make mistakes but I’m okay with that.
  274. I got his initials tattooed on the back of my neck, you know, since we both now have the same initials.
  275. For some reason when I write in cursive, it’s easier and flows better for me to read that when I print.
  276. Everyone checks out my mom. My mom’s hot.
  277. Zac Efron would make us feel guilty for eating big dinners. He’d say, ‘Do you really want to eat those carbs?’ It was like, ‘Thanks a lot!’
  278. Zac Efron is like a brother who’s just goofy and crazy. He plays a lot of practical jokes.
  279. You put your heart and soul into something and it makes you a little bit vulnerable.
  280. You can feel like, ‘I look really bad’, but to other people you can be really gorgeous.
  281. You can be plain and smart, or pretty and smart. You can even be plain and dumb! You just have to be yourself.
  282. With every character, I just bring something that I can make my own.
  283. When fans come up to me and Vanessa, they’re really sweet and ask for autographs – but once they see the guys, the girls tend to scream.
  284. When I was really little, I was on a Pop Warner squad. I did it for a year. My dad was a Pop Warner football coach. I did it because my best friend was also on this cheer squad, and of course I looked up to my sister who was a cheerleader, so I wanted to cheer.
  285. When I was little, I saw the play ‘Les Miserables’ on Broadway, I thought it was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.
  286. There are so many emoticons these days, I’m kind of old fashioned.
  287. The only way to grow is to challenge yourself.
  288. The family on my mom’s side, their whole business is inventing and pitching stuff. My grandfather is in infomercials. He’s a pitchman, so if you’re ever watching TV late at night, you’ll probably see him pitching knives. My great-grandfather also invented the plastic cheese grater.
  289. The ‘believe’ tattoo is because my mom always told me to believe.
  290. Sunday’s my day off, where I eat whatever I want. I don’t not let myself have something. I do love French fries and bread.
  291. Producing is just a big learning experience.
  292. People see me as cute, but I’m so much more than that.
  293. Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you’re not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like ‘What did you do to yourself?’ I was so embarrassed.
  294. Now before I work out, I think, ‘I love exercise,’ and it works.
  295. My sister is totally my dad’s daughter because she loves sports.
  296. My mom is very confident and she was always a role model of mine.
  297. My look is a very individual look. I love Pink, but I don’t really dress like Pink.
  298. My favorite subject was English or creative writing. We did poems and making a magazine, and I did one on celebrities. I called it ‘Celebrity Life Magazine.’ I interviewed my good friend Kaley Cuoco.
  299. My family belongs to a tennis club in Valencia, California, so I always go there. I play a lot of tennis with my dad and swim. And I like to go to the gym there.
  300. Just because I live in L.A .and I live in Hollywood doesn’t mean I have to have a Hollywood life.
  301. It’s really hard when a celebrity dies out of nowhere, ’cause it’s very shocking… surreal.
  302. It’s important to have girlfriends, because guys tend to come and go.
  303. It’s good to laugh!
  304. It’s a spinoff of the original Cracker Jack, but it’s Cracker Jack’d. Frito Lay, when they asked me to be a part of it, I tried it, and I really like it. My favorite’s the peanut butter and chocolate.
  305. In high school, it was all about popularity, being with the boyfriend and all the girls thinking he’s cute.
  306. If I feel like someone’s trying to bring me down, I just walk away from it.
  307. I’ve loved Michael Jackson, his music, his music videos.
  308. I’ve had a normal life, but I have struggled to get here. It hasn’t been handed to me and it hasn’t been easy.
  309. I’ve always wanted to be sure my parents approve of what I do. Even with my tattoos, my mom went with me.
  310. I’ve always wanted to be sure my parents approve of what I do.
  311. I’ve always been able to keep my private life separate from my business.
  312. I’m very sassy. I want to show people in my album I’m not like my characters on TV.
  313. I’m someone who’s always on the go and crazy busy, so I like to keep snacks in my car and at the office, and Cracker Jack’d is a really yummy snack that I love. I definitely am a big snacker.
  314. I’m so grateful for what Disney gave me and the experiences that I got, but at the end of the day, I can do so much more than what I did on that channel and in those movies.
  315. I’m not trying to run away from my fans at all. I want them to grow with me.
  316. I’m not someone who likes to be in the whole Hollywood tabloids.
  317. I’m living out my dreams and I love what I do.
  318. I’m kind of boring.
  319. I’m in love with ‘Bravo.’ Me and my girlfriends love ‘Bravo-ing,’ which doesn’t necessarily mean watching ‘Bravo.’ It’s when you’re a bum and you’re on your couch watching reality shows.
  320. I’m definitely the kind of person to wear underwear all the time.
  321. I’m definitely old-school when it comes to dating. I’m not into the ‘game’ so much. If I like you, I’ll confront you and be open about it. Then I expect you to come after me.
  322. I’m always surrounded by good-looking guys, like Zac Efron, so I have to be with someone who’s not going to get jealous about any of that, or when I’m kissing somebody in a scene.
  323. I’m actually most comfortable when I’m in a bikini, running around on the beach, like, no makeup. It’s really free-feeling, whereas I’m always having to get dressed up and putting makeup on.
  324. I’m a strong person. I’m also very sassy and a little bit angsty sometimes.
  325. I’m a big romantic, so I love guys who are romantic too.
  326. I’d love to do more action stuff, in the future.
  327. I wrote a song with Kara DioGuardi called ‘What If,’ and it’s a really beautiful song. It’s kind of like a rock ballad. There’s a lot of guitars and drums in it.
  328. I was always superthin, too skinny, actually. I felt like someone could break me in half. I realize now that being a bit more curvy and toned is so much more beautiful.
  329. I want to be with someone who wants to work as much as I do and who respects me like I respect him.
  330. I used to hate looking in the mirror. I’ve grown up into myself and now I’m happy with the way I look.
  331. I use Kerastase Oleo-Relax when I get out of the shower. It saves my hair. Actually, I’ve been doing this Brazilian treatment to my hair. It’s a lifesaver; I don’t even use a straightener anymore.
  332. I think whenever any guys come along they’re intimidated, and they don’t really talk that much unless I talk to them.
  333. I think nothing ever ends on Disney Channel. They keep playing it.
  334. I think fame can come and go.
  335. I text a lot people, because it’s how I stay connected with all my family and friends when I’m on set and traveling.
  336. I realized just how much exercise and eating right make a difference in how you feel now and when you get older.
  337. I never really looked up to celebrities when I was young.
  338. I never give up on things.
  339. I loved performing in the ‘High School Musical’ movies – that didn’t seem like work – but the gym felt like torture!
  340. I love to sing! To be in a movie with musical number is the coolest thing ever!
  341. I love sundresses and I love shorts.
  342. I love pink, it’s so girly!
  343. I love pancakes, and I actually do love healthy stuff. Like, I love gluten-free or whole-wheat pancakes. Breakfast is my favorite meal.
  344. I love keeping a connection with everyone I’ve worked with.
  345. I love clothes and I love fashion.
  346. I love being home at Christmastime.
  347. I love being creative.
  348. I love being busy.
  349. I love Kelly Clarkson.
  350. I love Christmas, not just because of the presents but because of all the decorations and lights and the warmth of the season.
  351. I love ‘Sons of Anarchy.’ I was so excited to be able to be on this show, just because I personally watch it. Of course, I come from Disney, and I have a lot of young fans, but I do have fans who have grown with me as well.
  352. I love ‘Modern Family; I think that is a great show. I don’t get to watch tons of TV, but when I do, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ is pretty much the number one, and ‘Modern Family’ is one of my favorites.
  353. I look at Jessica Alba and think she’s got a great body. I think that’s what women are supposed to look like.
  354. I like to have fun but my fun is different from other people’s fun.
  355. I like to do a lot of cardio.
  356. I like someone I can have fun with and who can be more laid-back than I am, because it calms me down.
  357. I know I have pretty good instincts.
  358. I know I come off like a very outgoing person, and yeah, I’m outgoing, but there’s also a part of me that still likes to be in my little shell sometimes.
  359. I just loved playing the mean girl. When you’re not like a character, it’s kind of fun to play.
  360. I just love carbs. And when I’m on vacation I definitely allow myself carbs, so it’s always funny when people are like, ‘Oh my gosh, you look great in your bikini.’ I’m like, ‘If you only knew what I had for breakfast!’
  361. I just like guys who have an edge to them. But it could go either way. Like, I have been into the surfer blond frat guys, and then there’s definitely a thing where I like the dark, mysterious bad boy.
  362. I just always feel that you need Degree deodorant when you have those moments whether they are embarrassing or whatever, but every day you should be protected. I wish that maybe I had a type of celebrity to look up to when I was young telling me what to use and stuff.
  363. I hope to inspire people, influence people.
  364. I have a sexy side to me, but it’s more of a fun sexy.
  365. I have a Maltipoo named Blondie. She is so cute!
  366. I had done a bunch of stuff before I even went to Disney. I’m so grateful for what Disney gave me and the experiences that I got, but at the end of the day, I can do so much more than what I did on that channel and in those movies.
  367. I grew up in the business since I was three years old so I’ve always kind of been in front of the camera and grew up in commercials and I knew that I wanted to do it no matter what, I just loved it.
  368. I give dating advice on a regular basis. It’s not that I’m any expert, but it’s always nice to share that with your friends.
  369. I feel like when I went back to my original hair color, a little bit of an edgier side came out.
  370. I feel like people expect a lot out of girls, like you’re supposed to know who you are and what you want out of life right now. Some girls know. I did. But lots of people don’t know. You have to try a lot of things and not worry about what people are thinking.
  371. I feel like every project I’ve ever done has had music involved in it somehow.
  372. I don’t really read stuff on myself. I like to just kind of stay away… I don’t get too involved in that.
  373. I don’t really believe in rules, but I do like old-fashioned dating where you don’t call the guy until he calls you. I don’t think it’s like he’s got to do this and that’s the rule.
  374. I don’t mind being a Disney girl.
  375. I don’t like asking for an autograph, but I would like to take a picture with Jessica Simpson because I love her style!
  376. I don’t go clubing. So, I don’t smoke or drink.
  377. I don’t drink, and I don’t smoke. It’s a personal preference. My mom has never drunk or smoked. I look up to my mom.
  378. I did find some time to go to a record store and check out ‘Headstrong’ actually in the racks. It was pretty cool; I never thought I’d see my own CD sitting there with everyone else’s. I made my Mom take lots of pics!
  379. I definitely think cheerleaders have no fear. When I took the ‘Hellcats’ job, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is a sport.’
  380. I definitely think cheerleaders have no fear.
  381. I can’t watch scary movies right now, because living on my own, it kind of freaks me out.
  382. I can take a week’s vacation – maybe a week and a half – but after that, I’m itching to go back to work.
  383. I am so scared of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies. I didn’t think I was going to be able to sleep.
  384. I always feel like I could look better. I’m, like, the worst.
  385. Hey, it isn’t bad that I look young.
  386. Half the time on vacation, if I’m in a bikini, I allow myself – I eat, like, waffles and pancakes for breakfast, so that’s me after, like, a big meal. I’m not the one that’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to be on the beach.’
  387. Growing up I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose, which caused trouble breathing. The older I got, the worse it got.
  388. For me, I just like to cut out bread. I like to keep the good carbs in my diet – I love pasta and Italian food – but I try to eat just that on the weekends and cut out carbs during the week.
  389. Don’t let anyone, or any rejection, keep you from what you want.
  390. Degree actually came to me and asked me if I wanted to be a part of their campaign, and I thought it was just really exciting and important, obviously to my fans, and growing up I had tons of OMG moments. I get to share my own moments through video blogs.
  391. Communication is so key.
  392. Cheerleaders deserve a lot of respect for what they do.
  393. An ‘OMG’ of mine would probably be speaking on stage and performing in front of thousands of people!
  394. All the time people ask me, like, ‘Oh my God, what did you do to get ready for the red carpet?’ And I’m like, ‘I just had Thai food.’ I love to work out and do cardio and have a healthy, active lifestyle, but I also am not going to, like, freak out over food.
  395. ‘Scary Movie’ was a different type of comedy than I’m used to. I’ve mostly done sitcoms, so working with David Zucker, who wrote the film and who directed the last two ‘Scary Movie’s and ‘Airplane’ and ‘Naked Gun,’ was a lot of help.
  396. Yu Na Kim, Mao Asada, Carolina Kostner – all these girls can do triple-triples in their sleep, and they have the skating skills and the spins and the rest of the technical jumps. So I have to have that as well if I want to be able to call myself ‘competitive’ against them. And when I say ‘competitive,’ I mean I want to win.
  397. You should not be defined by one bad performance.
  398. You always imagine everything will go so smoothly in the Olympic season.
  399. Years ago, I tore out a Nike ad featuring Allyson Felix and Maria Sharapova looking super fierce and tough. I always told my family that I wanted to be like them someday, so to come home to my apartment and see boxes of Nike gear stacked higher than my doorknob is pretty much a dream come true.
  400. When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn’t just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.
  401. When I’m competing, I need to be strong.
  402. When I step out onto the ice to compete ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ I don’t feel like a fighter. I feel very nervous, and it’s very difficult for me to get into the mindset for it.
  403. When I fall, I fall hard.
  404. When I do my makeup, it kind of helps me get into the character that I’m trying to portray.
  405. Twitter is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
  406. To put on a performance, you have to be emotional. You can’t be a zombie.
  407. To have full and multiple criteria is the best way to decide who is best prepared to be on that Olympic team.
  408. The fact that an icon would even utter my name or have any idea of who I am is absolutely unreal.
  409. The SoCal weather can’t be beat, but I just haven’t quite been able to embrace the lifestyle.
  410. Some skaters, they live for skating, and they are home-schooled. I’m very lucky my parents let me go to school and have a normal life.
  411. Skating is one of those sports you unfortunately see people get stuck in.
  412. Skaters are infamously superstitious.
  413. Seabeck is slow to change.
  414. People don’t want to watch a sport where you see people fall down and somehow score above someone who goes clean.
  415. Off the ice, I can be soft, and I can be elegant and sweet.
  416. Nothing has been easy for me… I’ve always had to work for everything I’ve gotten and everything I’ve accomplished.
  417. My parents told me, ‘Skating is a privilege, not a right, and school always comes first.’
  418. My mom devised a plan to get me out of the house and gave me the choice between ballet or skating. She knew both of those sports were time-consuming and would keep me busy with hours of practice.
  419. It just comes kind of naturally to me to take something and try and make it relatable and interesting to someone who doesn’t know everything about skating.
  420. In this crazy, crazy world of figure skating, it is easy to focus on a name or a target. But when you are going after someone, it really only holds you back from what you are capable of yourself.
  421. In 2010, I was 17 or 18 and thought, ‘Yeah, the Olympics, that might happen.’
  422. If I train well and stay focused, I’m confident I can deliver when the time comes.
  423. I’m vicious. I can be nice off the ice, but on the ice, that’s not where it’s time to make friends.
  424. I’m very much a technical person.
  425. I’m the type of skater that needs to stay upbeat and relaxed, open, because if I stay quiet, I get in my head, and then I start to think too much and start to doubt.
  426. I’m such a strong-headed person and so stubborn, I don’t need someone to be sweet to me.
  427. I’m so proud to be an Army brat, but it was not an easy life. Moving around so much, skating was that one constant thing I had to hold on to.
  428. I’m scrappy.
  429. I’m not one for neon colors.
  430. I’m not a pretty princess, and I’m aware of that, so I like music that is really intense, really bold, and characters that in a way almost have a dark side and are kind of evil because, for me, that’s when I feel my strongest and fiercest, when I’m not necessarily the good girl.
  431. I’m not a crier.
  432. I’m always looking for a way to give myself something new as a person.
  433. I’m a strong-headed person, and you can always tell how I’m feeling in that moment.
  434. I’m a show pony, and I don’t get to skate with girls doing triple Axels every single day. I skate with little babies who are working on their single Axels while trying not to hit them on the ice.
  435. I went through my awkward teenage years. I don’t want to go back.
  436. I was very much a tomboy. I just couldn’t do the pink ballet tutus.
  437. I want to stay involved in sports in one way or another.
  438. I want people to see a real person on the ice. I want to seem tangible, hard-working, passionate about my skating, not just going out and doing something I’ve rehearsed a million times.
  439. I try to stay low-carb and high on lean protein. I’m lucky in that I love chicken and rice; it’s one of my favorite meals. I steam some vegetables and top them with olive oil for some flavor.
  440. I think the great thing about social media is it gives people access to you on a totally personal level that they didn’t have before, so it’s really important, and it’s a great way to get people involved and excited about what you’re doing.
  441. I think growing up in skating, I was surrounded by the LGBT community, so I grew up very aware because I was around it so often, and some of the kindest people I know are gay figure skaters.
  442. I might be more of a tomboy on the ice, but when it comes to fashion and things like that, I’m a total girlie-girl.
  443. I love to win, honestly… If you love to win, you should say it. And honestly, I’m hooked on it.
  444. I love hockey. That’s actually one of my favorite sports.
  445. I love hanging out with friends and family.
  446. I love Pinterest! Pinterest is absolutely phenomenal when you’re trying to come up with a costume design.
  447. I love ‘The Vampire Diaries!’ I can’t help it – it’s such a teeny-bopper show, but I think I just like it to stare at the guys.
  448. I live in California, so I do stand-up paddle board, which is a killer workout. I also run, about four miles every three days.
  449. I know roughly when I skate a good program where the score should end up.
  450. I just believe in equality for all.
  451. I haven’t mastered the art of sitting and smiling.
  452. I hate doing Tabatas – you do whatever you want at high intensity for 20 seconds, and then get a 10 second break and you repeat that for 8 minutes. So you can do jumping jacks for 20 seconds, you can do sprints for 20 seconds, etc. It’s supposed to help you get your endurance up really fast.
  453. I give myself a cheat day where I annihilate my diet. I’m an all-American girl, so I go for a burger and fries and a shake.
  454. I can adapt to change easily, but I’m not a fan of it.
  455. I by no means quit social media.
  456. I am going to get involved with giving back to military families.
  457. I always loved Michelle Kwan’s outfits. Most of them were designed by Vera Wang, and they’re just so simple, but the fabric that they used and the way that it was sewn together look so elegant and rich. You could tell that time had been put into it. It wasn’t just another spandex, stucco-covered costume.
  458. From a young age, I was viciously competitive.
  459. For me, I have gay family members, and I have a lot of friends in the LBGT community.
  460. Covergirl is my sponsor, and they have been so helpful in supplying me with their wonderful products. I love their blush, mascara and lip gloss.
  461. After a pretty amazing year that included more wins than I thought possible, I rang in 2013 by watching the Times Square ball drop on TV… and then heading directly to bed. It might not have been the typical New Year’s Eve for a 21-year-old, but what can I say? It was a training night!
  462. Adding an Olympic medal to everything that I have already accomplished would be so huge for me.
  463. A lot of people who watch figure skaters want us to look like pretty princesses. I want people to see the athlete, and I want to look like a woman among girls.
  464. You’re just constantly battling this thing that is telling you, ‘I don’t think I can do it.’ I think we all have it. When you’re fresh and alert, you can easily put those doubts down. But when you’re tired, they easily come up to the surface.
  465. You try to figure out the best way to throw the shot put, or the perfect way to long jump, and you don’t ever get it. You just chip away, chip away, chip away as time goes on.
  466. You see somebody on a football field make a great, athletic 70-yard run, but the athleticism is immeasurable. It’s undoubtedly athletic, but compared to somebody else who did something else, how do you compare it? That’s the great part of track and field. It’s a test, but with results that you can compare to others.
  467. When you’re doing any event on an elite level, you’re in tune with your body.
  468. When you have an injury, you are hindered a little bit.
  469. When I’m on the track, I like hearing the fans cheer me on.
  470. When I’m later in the competition, I get antsy. I’m seeing everybody else go and achieve things. It’s like I’m just twiddling my thumbs.
  471. When I was growing up, I used to watch ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Ninja Turtles.’ It seemed like every movie had someone doing martial arts in it, so I would go around punching and kicking trees.
  472. When I was a junior and an up-and-coming athlete, I don’t think I looked to anyone for inspiration. I was so busy trying to improve myself and learning these new events and learning about the decathlon in general that I didn’t really have time to focus on anyone else.
  473. When I see my mom in the stands, it always pushes me to succeed.
  474. What you do is you’re using the other competitors to push yourself, because it’s so hard to push yourself.
  475. What I feel like I’m doing is showing people what is humanly possible when someone commits their entire life to something.
  476. We are competing against ourselves.
  477. We all understand that this isn’t about me beating you and you beating me. It’s about each individual competing against himself.
  478. Universities are like a utopia in a way, because you’re mentally stimulated, you’re challenged, and you have a lot of young, creative minds wanting to do new things, different things. Better things.
  479. Track and field is tougher physically, but golf is tougher mentally.
  480. To win two Olympic golds in a row like Daley Thompson is very special. One day, I’m going to have to meet Daley, shake his hand, and thank him for giving me something to chase after.
  481. To be with the other two-time gold medalists is great, but it’s great to just be a decathlete.
  482. There’s never going to be a decathlon that you’re going to have 10 events that your satisfied with. You’re always, always going to be dissatisfied in something, and that always draws you back to try to retry that the next time you do a decathlon. It’s like you go for the perfect 10.
  483. The world record is like you we went to the theater to see this movie, and it was really good, and it had an unexpected ending, and you left the theater saying, ‘Wow, that was such a great movie.’
  484. The thing I like about decathlon is also the thing I dislike: It’s the maximum challenge, but also the maximum frustration.
  485. The strong ones are the ones who realize that having a bad training day, those types of days are necessary.
  486. The questions to ask are, why was the decathlon so popular before, and what happened to make it fade? I notice a lot of things in general tend to follow that up-and-down trend.
  487. The opportunity to represent your country at the Olympic Games is earned, not given.
  488. The only thing I want to think about the moments before a race is competing. I don’t want the little things to distract me.
  489. The more you do, the more attrition you experience.
  490. The heptathlon world record is nice, but the decathlon is the event. I think the heptathlon is more like a practice. There is something completely different about the decathlon.
  491. The great thing about this is, and not to pump my own tires, but I feel like I’m not maximized yet. I feel like I can still run faster, jump higher, which I think makes it special. Hopefully, going to London, I’ll be welcomed into the decathlon community.
  492. The first sport I played was baseball. I remember being on the Little League team and someone pitching the ball to me for the first time. I was ready to no longer hit the ball off the tee, and an adult pitched it to me underhand.
  493. The first pet I remember was a cat called Baby. She would sleep with me, and I could call her from anywhere, and she would come running.
  494. The desire definitely comes from within. There are only a few people who make it to this level and those are the ones who have that innate desire.
  495. The decathlon is exclusive company.
  496. The Olympic gold was like going to a theater and seeing a movie that had the ending you expected. But you left the theater thinking, ‘You know, that was a good movie.’
  497. That’s what we want people to do. Select a goal or gold and go after it.
  498. That’s what has always been good about track. The goal is very clearly defined: Try to win. Get the gold medal. And I’m able to put my energy toward that.
  499. That is when the crowd really lifted me. That last 600 meters I was not running with my own legs. It was incredible.
  500. Rather than realizing immediate physiological gain, the challenge is more about reducing the mental attrition from the two days to maximize each event.
  501. Now that I’m older, I see the benefits of having free time to release energy.
  502. Nike came to me and said, ‘We’re interested in the decathlon and interested in seeing if we can help you get as close to 10,000 points as we can.’
  503. My mom took me to a taekwondo class, and I fell in love. I was seven years old.
  504. My mom and I have been through a lot. But when you think about it, whose life is perfect? It is just really good because we did this together.
  505. My local newspaper, the ‘Bend Bulletin,’ interviewed me while I was at high school after I had just signed with the University of Oregon. I remember I wore a University of Oregon hooded sweatshirt, and they took a picture of me in the long jump pit. I was freezing!
  506. My key to dealing with stress is simple: just stay cool and stay focused.
  507. My goal in Korea is to win. There’s no timetable when to set the American record.
  508. My biggest competitor? Myself, mentally.
  509. Know that even when you want to give up or throw in the towel, in the end it will all be worth the hard work.
  510. It’s hard for me to speak of my own development. I’m the one behind the steering wheel, and it is easier to see where the vehicle is going when you are looking at it. For me, it feels like I have been doing the same thing all along.
  511. It’s about not going to the well all the time. The body has limits. The mind has limits, too.
  512. It would be fantastic to spend your whole life trying to pursue something and then finally, at the last moment, you achieve it. You know, instead of getting it in the middle of the pursuit and spending the second half giving it meaning.
  513. It has been a pleasure being in the same era. I mean, the guy’s last name is Bolt, and he’s the fastest man ever. You can’t write a story like that, and so to be in the pages in there is nice.
  514. In our marriage, the success of our athletic dreams comes before everything. ‘Hey do you want to watch a movie?’ ‘No, I have a hard workout tomorrow.’
  515. In high school, I had a gold 1992 Ford Explorer. It was a gift. I used to have a terrible habit of locking the keys in the car when I used leave the car running to help it start on a cold morning. I think the local locksmith became used to me calling him.
  516. If somebody wants me to do something I’ve never done, I can do it more easily because of all of the years of sports I’ve played.
  517. If I won a second Olympic title, maybe I would be tempted to go after a third.
  518. If I really felt like I was the world’s greatest athlete, I’d get 10 great events. But I know that’s pretty much not possible. That’s the toughness of the decathlon.
  519. If I have to run to put myself in the hospital, if I have to run that hard, that’s how hard I’ll have to run.
  520. I’ve got to do Gotzis at least once.
  521. I’m very happy to have set a world record in Tallinn. Estonians sure do love athletics and combined events!
  522. I’m not much of a gym rat; I’d rather be running, but if it enables me to run faster, then I guess I can tough it out.
  523. I’m not maximized yet.
  524. I’m just happy to be part of the family, the decathlon family.
  525. I’m a second-degree black belt.
  526. I’m a ‘what’s next?’ guy. I don’t know what that is, but I’m excited to find out and put the same kind of energy into it as I put into track.
  527. I wouldn’t have gone to a Division I school if I didn’t have scholarship help. We couldn’t afford it.
  528. I would say 90 percent of the stuff we do is technical anyway. If you look at a two-hour training day, 12 minutes are probably spent running or gaining fitness.
  529. I would like to have a decathlon where all of my throws are really consistent and set the tone. That I’m good all-around, not just a speed and jump guy.
  530. I won’t back down. I get a satisfaction from being tested and defeating the test.
  531. I was one of those kids who, everything I tried sports-related, I liked.
  532. I was never interested in golf until someone brought up the Get Golf Ready program to me.
  533. I want to see where I measure up against everyone in the world and everyone who has ever competed in the sport, and there’s that innate sense of wanting to challenge myself. I’m competitive in all aspects.
  534. I thought it’d be cool to start my own university, in a way.
  535. I think when the competitions come, I am always ready to go. I don’t think I ever have not been.
  536. I think what’s at risk is kids losing touch with being a kid. Being a kid is being defined differently than it was when you didn’t have all this stuff you could put in front of your face.
  537. I think watching multi-events is much worse than competing. Especially when you have vested interests because you go through the emotional ups and downs.
  538. I think that titles are for, I don’t know, books and stuff. I just like doing what I’m doing.
  539. I think a challenge for myself is to see how many times I can get above 9,000. That would be a good challenge.
  540. I remember growing up, having sports to go to, having recess, those were the things I looked forward to. Yes, I’m an athlete, but I had buddies who weren’t, and they looked forward to it, too.
  541. I must refine my training every day to give myself the best opportunity to achieve my dreams during the Olympic Games in Rio.
  542. I haven’t seen kids in years who have holes in the knees of their jeans. Now you go buy jeans with holes in them.
  543. I haven’t played a full round of golf yet, but I did make two pars my first time out on a golf course.
  544. I had a dream, my dream came true, and my mom was there for me every step of the way. We didn’t do this for any other reason. I am so happy she is here to experience this with me. This would not be the same if she were not by my side.
  545. I guess the decathlon’s never an easy walkthrough.
  546. I don’t set goals. Competing with a number in your head can be limiting, and I don’t know what my capabilities are yet.
  547. I don’t have one specific person that I think is the most athletic person.
  548. I do the whole 10-event thing, but at the end of the day, it’s still track and field.
  549. I dated my first girlfriend for, like, two weeks in high school, and when you’re in high school, it’s so much different. I wanted to hang out with my friends and play video games and play paintball and do guy stuff. Girls were never around for my friends group.
  550. I could never be a distance runner, because I can’t run for more than ten minutes. There aren’t enough iPod gigabytes in the world to make that worth it for me.
  551. I compete against myself in competitions anyway, so I train against myself in practice.
  552. I can’t remember when I wasn’t running around doing some sort of a sporting activity.
  553. I am not the one who has to try to beat me.
  554. I am actually a huge supporter of the Canadian athletes, and they are all really nice people.
  555. I always try to do better than I have before, so I think it would be good to break the world record.
  556. I actually like indoor track and field more than outdoor.
  557. From the time I started the decathlon, I’ve loved the event. I didn’t know why. I still don’t know why.
  558. From the age of seven, I basically started practicing my hand-eye and foot coordination, balance, strength, endurance, discipline, and mental toughness three days a week until I was about 15.
  559. For me, I want 10 perfect events.
  560. Every day, we as athletes face several challenges during the training process, and it is imperative that we approach each situation carefully and with continued precision.
  561. Even though decathlon is really long, there’s always something different to look forward to, which is great for mental stimulation.
  562. Even if you see a great performance, it’s not always great getting there. There are injuries… Intrinsically or unconsciously, people understand that – people see those performances, and they know there are stories behind that.
  563. Coping with injuries is always difficult for athletes because all we want to do is, basically, to have our best performances unhindered.
  564. As you get older and gain more experience, you’re able to do multiple things. You don’t necessarily have to focus so hard on your performance in order to have a good one.
  565. As athletes, we love to say, ‘Just one more; I’m going to figure it out on this next one.’ It’s tough to pull back the reins and do what is smart physically, listening to your body and always ending a workout or session feeling like I could have done more.
  566. As an athlete, you really see a lot of the Instagram paradigm. Where it’s just like, ‘Me! Me! Me!’ When you realize you can ‘Give, Give, Give,’ it’s very interesting, and it’s good.
  567. As a decathlete, you take pride in saying, ‘The elements, I’m not going to let them affect me. It’s just the 11th event. Another thing you have to fight through.’
  568. After asking questions about current recovery techniques, the conversation prompted me to ask myself, ‘Why does it feel good after running to pour a bottle of water over your head?’ I don’t know the physiological answer, but the fact that it does feel better makes me perform better.
  569. A perfect scenario would be to feel like you’ve just started on every event.
  570. Writing was my route to creative expression, and I needed to write about the things that interested me.
  571. Writing is possibly an art, but crime writing is definitely a craft.
  572. Writing is incidental to my primary objective, which is spinning a good yarn. I view myself as a storyteller more than a writer. The story – and hence the extensive research that goes into each one of my books – is much more important than the words that I use to narrate it.
  573. Writing is a intensely personal activity. I can pen down my best thoughts when I’m alone. But when one is elevated into the stature of an author, you have to think about your books in terms of their business angle.
  574. Writing helps me create a different world that I can escape to.
  575. Writing a mystery is like drawing a picture and then cutting it into little pieces that you offer to your readers one piece at a time, thus allowing them the chance to put the jigsaw puzzle together by the end of the book.
  576. Write when drunk. Edit when sober. Marketing is the hangover.
  577. Would the fish have ever been caught if it had kept its mouth shut?
  578. While growing up, I always had to depend on foreign authors for page-turners. I think of myself as a commercial writer, and my job is simple to entertain you.
  579. While I can’t walk on water, I can certainly wobble on whisky.
  580. When working on a period, it is the finer details that evoke imagery that helps in cinematic adaptations.
  581. When I wrote ‘The Rozabal Line,’ I had no preconceived notions of what a commercial bestseller should be. I have always viewed ‘The Rozabal Line’ as my first love and probably my best work. The fact, however, is that it is my least read work.
  582. What is divine? Simply that which man has not yet been able to understand. Once understood, it ceases to be divine.
  583. What is divine? It is simply that which man has not been able to understand. Once you do, it loses its divinity.
  584. What I would not like is to be ignored. I write from the heart. I don’t write for me. I write for my readers.
  585. What I have found is that, in a family business structure, sometimes what is needed is a sense of discipline rather than creativity. You have to take everyone’s ideas and make it work. When you are dealing with money, there is a limitation on how creative you can be.
  586. We don’t need to dumb down our stuff. And it’s important to know how far we can push readers.
  587. We can’t deny that films have a bigger reach. After the popularity of the ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ a lot of people started reading Vikas Swarup’s ‘Q & A’. From a business sense, films are a good tool to increase the number of readers.
  588. Unlike a typical professional, I can’t quit my job to become a full-time author; I don’t have that luxury. For me, writing is therapy; if I choose to write full-time, it might start feeling like work.
  589. Till the time I found a creative outlet, I was trying to be extra creative at business, which would always put me in a situation of conflict with other stakeholders. The moment I started writing, my creative impulses were finally channelised.
  590. Thrills are much more about anticipation than action. An unfired bullet is more dangerous than one that has already met its target.
  591. Though it is very easy to do valuations, eyeballs and brand prominence surveys, you should never allow any of them to influence the balance sheet.
  592. There is one person who can help solve ‘writer’s block’. His name is Mr. Johnnie Walker.
  593. There is a method to the madness of James Patterson’s success. Co-writing with him is a terrific learning experience, particularly in the art of crafting a perfect thriller. The collaboration also gives me an opportunity to access a wider global audience.
  594. There has to be a protagonist who has to overcome challenges, and there will be a race to finish.
  595. There are three things I look for in a story – it has to be a thriller; I cannot see myself writing literary fiction or a saga! There has to be a historical connection; otherwise, the adrenalin will not flow. And I will try to bridge the gap between ‘Rozabal’ and ‘Chanakya’.
  596. The relationship between critic and writer is similar to the one between the pigeon and the statue.
  597. The reality of the writer’s world is that you set yourself up for future disappointment with every success that you deliver because you end up raising your audience’s expectations.
  598. The reality of the writer’s world is that you set yourself up for disappointment with every success that you deliver because with every success you raise your readers’ expectations.
  599. The publishing scene in India is evolving rapidly, and the key challenge is to keep reinventing oneself so that one does not become formulaic. Sometimes it is safer to deal with the consequences of failure than the fruits of success. Remaining on one’s toes is critical, and often one finds that success makes one complacent.
  600. The first thriller ever? It was probably one from 1697. It was called ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’
  601. The first paragraph of my book must get me my reader. The last paragraph of a chapter must compel my reader to turn the page. The last paragraph of my book must ensure that my reader looks out for my next book.
  602. The decision to use a pen name was nothing more than a desire to compartmentalise my life. However, I had not thought about an appropriate pseudonym, and since there’s an abundance of anagrams in the novel, the idea struck me: why not use an anagram of my name? Hence, Shawn Haigins.
  603. The cleanest book on a dusty bookshelf is usually a dirty one.
  604. The average human attention span was 12 seconds in 2000 and 8 seconds in 2013. A drop of 33%. The scary part is that the attention span of a goldfish was 9 seconds, almost 13% more than us humans. That’s why it’s getting tougher by the day to get people to turn the page. Maybe we writers ought to try writing for goldfish!
  605. The Egyptians saw the sun and called him Ra, the Sun God. He rode across the sky in his chariot until it was time to sleep. Copernicus and Galileo proved otherwise, and poor Ra lost his divinity.
  606. That freedom of writing you don’t get in other formats, I’d rather leave it to someone else to deal with the headache of drafting my book into a screenplay.
  607. Take the first A out of Abraham and put it at the end. You get Brahama. There’s the ancient connection right there.
  608. Physicists explain creation by telling us that the universe began with the Big Bang, an intense energy singularity that continued expanding. But who created the singularity?
  609. Our country has the oldest tradition of storytelling, and this was much before writing stories even became a norm.
  610. Oral storytelling goes back so long ago, and those stories that were told orally were always layered and changed with time.
  611. Once upon a time, I was a workaholic clocking more than 80 hours per week. That changed after I began to write. I now work only around 35 hours per week. I do not work on weekends because these are the days that I use for research as well as for my writing.
  612. Omniscient, omnipotent, omnivorous and omnipresent all begin with Om.
  613. Of all the writers I have read, Vladimir Nabokov has made the biggest impression on me because he, despite living through the 1917 February Revolution, forced exile amidst the anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, the two World Wars and quite a lot of controversy, was an author who never gave up.
  614. Mythopoeia has taken off in the Indian diaspora because there has been a change in readership from a mature audience to a younger one. This lot has a desperate yearning to reconnect. They want to consume mythology but in a well-packaged and easily digestible way.
  615. Mythology works… because Indians have been bred on myths.
  616. Mythology is like a game of Chinese Whispers. What goes in at one end of the human circle is rarely what emerges at the other end.
  617. Mythology is a set of primitive lies that people rarely believe. This is rather different from history, which is a set of lies that people actually believe.
  618. Mythology does not interest me. Nor does history. But the possible overlap between history and mythology excites me immensely.
  619. My wife is troubled by the things I forget. I am troubled by the things she recollects.
  620. My self-publishing adventure led to my work being picked up by a traditional publisher and eventually hitting the bestseller lists. That led to two more bestselling novels.
  621. My life is ruled by four W’s: my writing, my work, my wife, and my whisky. Not necessarily in that order.
  622. My greatest qualification for writing fiction was my ability to lie with a straight face as a child.
  623. My attention span is very limited, and I watch just one or two movies a year.
  624. Master storytellers like Jeffrey Archer and Arthur Hailey use simple language. But they manage to grab the attention of the readers right from page one. I’ll consider myself a good storyteller the day people believe it’s OK to be late for work or postpone deadlines just to finish reading my book.
  625. J. K. Rowling’s first ‘Harry Potter’ manuscript was rejected 12 times. Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ was rejected 30 times. ‘Gone With The Wind’ was rejected 38 times. I was immensely proud to have beaten them all.
  626. It’s foolish to call Chanakya an Indian Machiavelli. Rather, Machiavelli was possibly an Italian Chanakya.
  627. It may sound very strange, but I love the freedom that writing a novel gives me. It is an unhindered experience. If I come after a bad day, I can decide that my protagonist will die on page 100 of my novel in a 350-page story.
  628. It is not history, theology or mythology that interest me. It is the fact that history, theology or mythology could have alternative interpretations or explanations. I try to connect the dots between the past and the present.
  629. It is no secret that I have read ‘The Da Vinci Code’ several times. I genuinely believe that ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels And Demons’ are, by far, Brown’s best works.
  630. It is easy to club people together, but there are bound to be influences of authors you’ve read. I grew up reading fast paced authors such as Sidney Sheldon and Jeffrey Archer, but to say I’m one of them isn’t true; my style is intrinsically my own.
  631. Initial work is on period research where the historical markers are absolutely non-negotiable. Once that is established, a writer can take creative liberties in terms of chronology to suit the story.
  632. In the Sanghi family, there is no one who has undertaken intellectual pursuits.
  633. In Kolkata is a temple where the deity worshipped is Amitabh Bachchan. The daily aarti is performed to the chanting of the Amitabh Chaleesa. And people still ask, ‘Could our mythological heroes be based on actual people who once lived?’
  634. In India, we never distinguished between history and myth. Our Puranas as well as Itihasas contain fantastical tales. They are lies that convey deeper truths.
  635. If there is one city apart from Mumbai where I would love to settle down, it has to be Chennai.
  636. If I use the word ‘khichdi’ in my novel, I don’t have to get into the trouble of explaining that it is a dish of rice and lentils. My Indian readers know it.
  637. I’ve always been fascinated by books. When I was young, my grandfather used to hand out a book – which would be anything from a biography to a classic – to me every week and ask me to write a piece on what I thought about it. On the other hand, my mother used to love reading thrillers and bestsellers.
  638. I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I’m a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary.
  639. I work in a business environment forty hours a week, and writing is what I do to unwind. It allows me to transport myself to a happy place where I can indulge my hopes, beliefs, aspirations and fantasies. It also allows me to live and breathe a topic for eighteen months while I’m researching and writing.
  640. I was told that Ganesha sat between Lakshmi and Saraswati. My quest to attain the blessings of both goddesses explains my physique.
  641. I was passionate about reading from an early age, and I would always be carrying a different book each week.
  642. I was learning book-keeping at the age of 12, but it never stopped me from pursuing literature. Over the years, I grew to love the written word.
  643. I was always taught that book keeping was more relevant than book reading. The only thing worth reading was meant to be a balance sheet.
  644. I was a businessman for 16 years of my life, so when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary identity separate.
  645. I want to make sure that my writing grips the reader from the word ‘go.’
  646. I want to be remembered as a storyteller more than someone who had something meaningful to say.
  647. I want my writing to reach people. I don’t write for a market. I write from my heart, something that appeals to me. The marketing, segmenting etc., can be done by your publisher, not you.
  648. I remember how a man once got in touch with me to tell me that he was so engrossed in my book that he had to take a day off from work just so that he could finish reading it. Such kind of responses from my readers is extremely endearing, and it keeps me going.
  649. I must admit that i am fascinated by the glories of ancient India. But when will the purveyors of Indian culture realise that not everything about our past was glorious?
  650. I love fiction that sounds like fact. As a matter of fact, I also like fact that sounds like fiction.
  651. I like to joke that I probably hold the world record for rejection letters. Yes, the truth is that I was fed up of being rejected repeatedly, and self-publication was an act of defiance at traditional publishing. But life works in strange ways.
  652. I have always been a bit of an introvert. In fact, my dad used to force me to meet people so that my interpersonal skills improve. As an individual, I was happiest when left alone.
  653. I feel luck plays a vey crucial role in determining the success of the book. Marketing a book is also very important. You need to try all tricks in the trade.
  654. I don’t want to be remembered as a writer. I would rather be remembered as a storyteller.
  655. I don’t start with the characters. I start with the series of events that will provide the conflict and how it can be resolved. Characters are incidental.
  656. I don’t care if my books don’t sell abroad; we have a large enough market in our country. I write for Indian readers.
  657. I believe that the day one stops being spiritual, one ends up being religious. I live by the adage that the only certainty in life is death. We should, therefore, learn to live for the day and be content.
  658. I believe that patterns tend to repeat themselves and there are connections between the past and the present. There is the old proverb that reads, ‘You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been’. For me, history is like that. When you take history and combine it with myth, then you get mystery.
  659. I believe that every writer evolves with every successive novel. I view myself as work-in-progress.
  660. I am a part of the old school where I feel that purity of the language should be retained. But English is a constantly evolving language where new words are being added to the dictionary, so I don’t see any harm in experimenting with the language. Only poor editing standards need to be improved.
  661. I am a businessman at the end of the day. I have grown up with Excel sheets. I start out writing my novel with spreadsheets and the milestones in each chapter highlighted.
  662. Humankind would improve if we concentrated less on being human and more on being kind.
  663. Everyone talks about moderation. How about some moderation in moderation?
  664. Did God create man, or did man create God? Either way, the decision needs to be reviewed.
  665. Conspiracies fascinate me. When I visited the Rozabal shrine in Srinagar before writing my first book, I remember thinking that the person enshrined there was no ordinary mortal. History is rife with mysteries, and that visit ignited a fire to unveil some of them.
  666. Combine two words, Myth and History. What do you get? Mystery.
  667. At thirty-five, having spent over twenty years running varied businesses for my family, I decided to sit down and write my first novel. I had never written anything longer than a couple of pages till then and was foolishly attempting to write a hundred-thousand words.
  668. An author entices the readers with their words, and it is painful for them to even lose a sentence. But films and books are two different mediums and should be dealt differently. What works in a book might not work for a film. When I saw ‘Anna Karenina’ on screen, I didn’t like it at all, whereas ‘The Godfather’ was legendary.
  669. After writing each novel, I would spend days poring over suggestions from my editor.
  670. After preliminary research, I zero in on an idea, and then I spend at least four months exploring the topic and in plot-building. I jot down every single detail of the plot as bullet points per chapter, and only when the skeleton is complete do I start writing.
  671. Admiration from my readers inspire me, and the only ‘formula’ I believe in towards making a good writer is: ‘to thine own self be true!’
  672. A western audience might not appreciate ‘Chanakya’s Chant’ because of its dependence on history and ancient statecraft. My book is a modern-day thriller that draws on a bedrock of history. My primary object is to entertain, not educate.
  673. A myth is a lie that conceals or reveals a truth. But if it reveals even a strand of history or truth, that’s what gets my adrenaline going.
  674. A book and a movie are different animals. You need a cinematic perspective to be involved in the motion pictures. And this is something I lack.
  675. ‘Rozabal’ was theological while ‘Chanakya’ is political. Unlike ‘Rozabal,’ which was about research, the aim of ‘Chanakya’ is plot, plot, plot, which carries the character. The common DNA, of course, is history.
  676. You don’t have to be someone who likes walking a tightrope across the Twin Towers to watch ‘Man On Wire.’
  677. You can’t stop people watching on mobiles, but I hope the old fashioned idea of sitting in a dark room with a big screen with a group of strangers lives on forever.
  678. Why make a movie about Ayrton Senna? Someone who drove around in circles at 200mph in a car that looked like a giant cigarette packet? Why would anyone who isn’t already a fan of Formula 1 care?
  679. While still a young student at film school, I was lucky enough to get a golden ticket to a Martin Scorsese master class at BAFTA in Piccadilly: fancy, but technically still ‘the flicks’.
  680. When I was given the opportunity to direct ‘Senna,’ I decided the film had to work for audiences who disliked sport or had never seen a Formula One race in their lives. It had to thrill and emotionally engage people who had never heard of Ayrton Senna.
  681. Weirdly enough, I live in London – was born there and have lived there all my life – but I hadn’t made a film in London for a long time. I hadn’t found the right subject. I liked going away, to some far flung place.
  682. We were working on ‘Senna’ for a long time before we were fully financed, so we didn’t actually have an editor for a while.
  683. We were studying at Newport Film School, and I found that the only way for me to make films – because you need people and you need equipment – was that I had to be a student.
  684. We want to make movies for the big screen. We want people to go to the theater and feel like they’re watching a movie.
  685. We spent four days filming in a helicopter. I had never seen London from that viewpoint – you get a sense of how big it is and how easy it is to get lost. There was one day when we couldn’t find Brick Lane: we spent 25 minutes looking and then realised it was directly below us.
  686. To be teammates in Formula One actually means you are first rivals, not really mates.
  687. There’s this great TV show we have called ‘Later… with Jools Holland’, a live-music show on Friday nights. Anyone and everyone’s been on it.
  688. There are no drivers like Formula One drivers. They are engineers, in a way. They are driving manual cars one-handed at 200 miles per hour around streets in Monaco. These cars use the ultimate in technology.
  689. The worst thing ever for me is go see a movie, and the next day I go, ‘What did I do last night? I have no memory of this $300 million movie I watched because I felt nothing.’
  690. The thing people don’t get about Indian films is that the songs are the story.
  691. The subjects have to come with questions for me. I don’t make films where I’m a massive fan.
  692. The big thing for me is to make films that you feel, whether you feel happy, whether you feel sad, whether you feel sick; it’s to make the audience feel so that the next day they remember what they saw.
  693. The Tour de France would make a great movie. Drugs, corruption, political chicanery, guys risking their lives – everything you need for a great sports drama.
  694. The Monaco Grand Prix is in May right around the time of Cannes.
  695. Real life is far more complicated than fiction.
  696. People have always been recording what’s going on around them in one form or another.
  697. On ‘Senna,’ it got to the point where there was so much footage that our first editor had the wild suggestion that we only use the archive.
  698. My wife Victoria Harwood was art director on ‘Far North,’ and she had designed my student film, ‘The Sheep Thief.’
  699. My team and I used the actual footage to create a three-act story of the life of Ayrton Senna. There are no talking heads and no voiceover. Senna narrates his own epic, dramatic, thrilling journey.
  700. My interest in filmmaking was always very much the visuals and images.
  701. My films often have a spiritual dimension which comes from my Muslim background, and I’m happy to tackle that in cinema.
  702. My family didn’t film anything. But then you look deeper and realize, maybe there are photographs, there are things. It’s also context: You give something a context, and suddenly it becomes really deep or meaningful footage.
  703. My background is from India, and I always get asked, ‘When are you going to do an Indian film, a musical or Bollywood film?’
  704. My background is Indian, so I believe in a spiritual idea that there is another level, another layer or layers, if you will, above us. I believe that there are elements that allow things to be drawn together, a sort of energy.
  705. Martin Scorsese was being given an honorary doctorate, and one of the tutors asked if there was a student film he particularly liked. He mentioned our film. There was a dinner after the final show just for the tutors, but I was smuggled in to meet Scorsese over dessert.
  706. It’s always great to be able to go to a premiere with the actors there.
  707. In a film called ‘Senna,’ the clue is in the title, and we have a Brazilian badge on our sleeve as we were making it. We were making it from Senna’s point of view, with Senna narrating it.
  708. If I’m going to do something, I’m going to spend however long it takes to get it right.
  709. I’m an ordinary Hackney boy, and I can talk to people.
  710. I’m a sport fan. So, I have always watched everything, and I used to watch racing. Formula One was always on. The genius about it is that it’s on at lunchtime on a Sunday.
  711. I’d always intended to make ‘Far North’ straight after ‘The Warrior.’ We had the rights to the short story, the script was in development, and I knew where I wanted to shoot it. It just took a long time getting the script together and raising the finance.
  712. I worked with Michelle Yeoh on my last film, ‘Far North,’ and her partner is Jean Todt; at the time, he ran Ferrari. So I went as a VIP to the British grand prix.
  713. I worked in TV for a short time and couldn’t stand the fact that we’d always be filming someone talking, just giving information.
  714. I was a sports fan long before I had any interest in film-making.
  715. I wanted to study film at an art school – I loved the idea of being surrounded by designers and artists. We were encouraged to be experimental.
  716. I wanted to make a film that wouldn’t just appeal to Formula One fans. That’s what the great sports documentaries do – ‘Hoop Dreams,’ ‘When We Were Kings’ – they’re human dramas first, sport second, if at all.
  717. I want to make my own films from my own scripts based on stories I want to tell, but they take time to put together.
  718. I used to live in Pillgwenlly, and there was this old Italian pizzeria that used to be there with a really amazing character who ran it.
  719. I studied graphic design originally. I used to like drawing, and I was quite into technical drawing. I was always interested in the visual medium, but I thought I was going to be an architect or something like that, but it’s quite a lonely job.
  720. I often make films about subjects I don’t really know much about. Maybe it’s laziness, but I don’t go in there having done a tonne of research; the research happens while I’m making the film.
  721. I never realised ‘The Return’ would take so long to make – it was a very tough ‘political experience,’ and the post production in L.A. seemed to go on forever.
  722. I never know going in if I’ve even got a movie to make. Once you start making a film, you hope there’s going to be enough material! My job as a director is always to push for more.
  723. I made three short films of my own which I wrote, produced, directed… you did everything in those days. My favourite one was something I shot on VHS… a little documentary.
  724. I made several short films with very little dialogue. I’m still not a fan of talking heads. My stories are told with images as much as possible.
  725. I love telling stories with images. But I think there’s more to just saying a movie is great visually.
  726. I lived in Camden, Primrose Hill and Kentish Town for 10 years.
  727. I like to make films where I learn along the way, like the audience.
  728. I just loved films. I knew I wanted to work on film, not video.
  729. I don’t really rely on watching video monitors. They put you at a certain distance from your actors, and it makes me feel less a part of what’s really happening in the scene.
  730. I don’t normally make documentaries. I’m a drama director. I’ve made a few short docs, but I don’t like talking heads or ‘voice of God’ narrators.
  731. I don’t have these crazy deadlines. I don’t have this, ‘Oh it’s got to be out tomorrow.’ I don’t like working like that.
  732. Hopefully, when people see ‘Senna’, they will understand why this inspirational story needed to be told, why it had to be made as a movie for the big screen, and why it is a film for everyone.
  733. Hopefully with digital projection, a film will always look the way the filmmaker intended.
  734. For me, ‘Amy’ is a very dark film about love.
  735. Directing can be very lonely and quite intimidating.
  736. Boxing is made for film – there is corruption, violence, tragedy and the chance that the underdog can catch the champion with one lucky punch.
  737. As much as I love creating entertaining visuals, I love toying with the pace of a movie and trying to perfect that. It’s imperative to the impact: faster cuts, cuts at the right moments that meld with the tenor of a scene. Creating and maintaining that feeling.
  738. As far as I’m concerned, I make movies.
  739. As a kid, I thought movies were boring. My parents would hire VHS recorders for the weekend and watch Bollywood movies. I’d get bored and go out to Stoke Newington common to play football.
  740. As a filmmaker, you complete a film you have spent years obsessively making, and you know the release prints will never look quite the same; prints get scratched and dirty.
  741. After Newport, I worked in television for a while, and then I went to The Royal College Of Art and did a master’s degree. I really did study quite a lot!
  742. A lot of the time when I’m working, I’m abroad.
  743. A big part of my filmmaking is that I can go somewhere new and, visually, be excited by it.
  744. ‘Senna’ took five years, ‘Amy’ took three years. You try and say, ‘Look, there’s no deadline.’ That’s important. Just saying, ‘We’ve got to make the film. And once the film’s ready, it will be out there.’
  745. ‘Do the Right Thing’ has been a big influence on me. I saw it when it first came out in 1989. I was about 18, and it blew me away on many levels – I had never seen anything like it before.
  746. ‘Amy’ is somewhere in the middle of authorized and unauthorized.
  747. You can change friends but not neighbours.
  748. Who can forget that in critical times of war in 1962, 1965 and 1971, Naga underground organisations did not fire on the Indian Army? They showed restraint.
  749. While accepting donations, no one looks at the colour of money.
  750. Whatever understanding is reached with Pakistan has to be followed honestly, and everybody will have to rise above party politics and be actively committed to make India prosperous.
  751. We want peace to be permanent.
  752. We used to fight with Pakistan with bombs. Now we are fighting with them on the playing ground.
  753. We should always care for the minorities and be attentive towards their welfare.
  754. We need to convert the extraordinary goodwill between India and Russia into a thriving, visible, vigorous, and mutually beneficial economic relationship.
  755. We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
  756. We have given up office, but not our responsibility to serve the nation. We have lost an election, but not our determination.
  757. We have ended hunger, but now we have to end famine.
  758. We believe that the United States and the rest of the international community can play a useful role by exerting influence on Pakistan to put a permanent and visible end to cross-border terrorism against India.
  759. We believe in resolving all disputes peacefully.
  760. We believe in equal respect for all faiths.
  761. We are unnecessarily wasting our precious resources in wars… if we must wage war, we have to do it on unemployment, disease, poverty, and backwardness.
  762. Violence does not contribute to anything.
  763. Victory and defeat are a part of life, which are to be viewed with equanimity.
  764. Though I stay in Delhi, I often think about Himachal.
  765. This power of democracy is a matter of pride for our country, something which we must always cherish, preserve and further strengthen.
  766. There was an implicit conviction that the UN would be stronger than the sum of its constituent member-states.
  767. There can be no compromise regarding corruption.
  768. The spending in science and technology need to be to increased.
  769. The regional parties have emerged as a strong force, and they, too, deserve a place in national politics.
  770. The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.
  771. The prime minister’s office is not something that one enjoys.
  772. The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.
  773. The UN’s unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries.
  774. The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world’s poor.
  775. The BJP regards Muslims as Indians and human beings.
  776. The BJP is not a party dependent on a single individual, nor is it tied to the apron strings of a family.
  777. The BJP decides its own policies.
  778. Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity.
  779. Quiet diplomacy is far more effective than public posturing.
  780. Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one’s own culture and social organisation.
  781. Population needs to be stabilised for sustainable development.
  782. People who ask us when we will hold talks with Pakistan are perhaps not aware that over the last 55 years, every initiative for a dialogue with Pakistan has invariably come from India.
  783. People want government to deliver – here and now.
  784. Ours is a multi-religious country, a multi-lingual country; we have many different modes of worship. We believe in peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
  785. Our words, actions, and diplomatic efforts should be aimed at trying to achieve pragmatic goals rather than creating rhetorical effect.
  786. Our objective should be to firmly deal with terrorism and its sponsors, financiers, and arms suppliers. At the same time, our doors should always be open for processes which would restore peace, development, and progress to societies which have been devastated by terrorism over many generations.
  787. Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.
  788. Our nuclear scientists and engineers have done a splendid job, and naturally, the entire nation has risen to salute their professional excellence, discipline, and patriotism. They have had the benefit of having been led in the past by great men like Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai.
  789. Our frequent initiatives to normalise relations with Pakistan are not a sign of our weakness; rather, they are an indication of our commitment to peace.
  790. Our aim should be to make India a global R&D hub.
  791. Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand, for victory will be ours.
  792. No state should be allowed to profess partnership with the global coalition against terror, while continuing to aid, abet and sponsor terrorism.
  793. No one can be considered untouchable on political grounds.
  794. No guns but only brotherhood can resolve the problems.
  795. Neither India nor Russia perceives a threat from the strength of the other. Each sees a benefit for itself in the increased political and economic strength of the other.
  796. My poet’s heart gives me strength to face political problems, particularly those which have a bearing on my conscience.
  797. My message to the people and rulers of Pakistan is, ‘As neighbours, we want peace and friendship and cooperation with you so that together we can change the face of South Asia.’
  798. My government is committed to carrying out electoral reforms. It is our firm resolve to keep criminal elements away from power.
  799. Members of India’s diaspora, living in distant lands of the world, my good wishes to all of you. You may be far away from India, but you are always close to our hearts.
  800. Let no one challenge India’s secularism.
  801. Let me make one thing clear. I have never considered mere survival in power as any achievement, just as I have never seen coming to power as an achievement in itself.
  802. Labour reforms are not anti-worker.
  803. It requires an effort of logical acrobatics to believe that carnage of innocents is an instrument for freedom and elections are a symbol of deception and repression!
  804. It is true that of all the states in India, Nagaland has a unique history. We are sensitive to this historical fact. But this uniqueness has in no way diminished the spirit of patriotism among the Naga people.
  805. It is a matter of concern that science departments in India’s vast university system have suffered greatly due to lack of investments, both material and in terms of faculty.
  806. Indian democracy’s greatest strength is that we have always put the nation above politics.
  807. India was secular even when Muslims hadn’t come here and Christians hadn’t set foot on this soil. It is not as if India became secular after they came. They came with their own modes of worship, and they, too, were given a place of honor and respect. They had the freedom to worship God as per their wish and inclination.
  808. India is a proud and sovereign country. We do not take any decisions under pressure from the U.S. or any other power.
  809. India helped Bangladesh to achieve independence. The Bangladeshis should remain happy inside the territory of their own country.
  810. India has the sanction of her own past glory and future vision to become strong – in every sense of the term.
  811. India has never played politics with national security.
  812. India has a legitimate right to becoming a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
  813. India has a consistent and well-known position on terrorism. We oppose all acts of terrorism, wherever they occur. We have repeatedly said that no cause can justify violence and destruction, particularly aimed at civilians.
  814. India and the United States have taken a decisive step, away from the past. The dawn of the new century has marked a new beginning in our relations. Let us work to fulfil this promise and the hope of today. Let us remove the shadow of agitation that lies between us and our joint vision.
  815. In the euphoria after the Cold War, there was a misplaced notion that the UN could solve every problem anywhere.
  816. In Indonesia, Malaysia, wherever Muslims are living, they don’t want to live in harmony.
  817. If the elections are a mere fraud, why are terrorists being trained and infiltrated into India at the command of the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency of Pakistan to kill election candidates and to intimidate voters?
  818. If Pakistan had not accepted the demand to stop cross-border infiltration and the United States had not conveyed to us Pakistan’s guarantee to do so, then nothing could have stopped a war.
  819. If Pakistan claims to be a crucial partner in the international coalition against terrorism, how can it continue to use terrorism as an instrument of state policy against India?
  820. If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.
  821. If Advaniji did not want, I would never have been Prime Minister.
  822. I would like that no citizen of the state feels alone and helpless. The entire nation is with them.
  823. I try to indulge my muse whenever I am able to get away from it all.
  824. I prefer to die rather than eat beef.
  825. I have never been a traitor. I am not an informer; I never betrayed my nation.
  826. I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want.
  827. I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.
  828. I believe the gun is no solution to problems.
  829. I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations.
  830. I believe India and Israel should focus on building bilateral relations on the basis of shared perspectives and commonalities between our two democracies. This has to be a forward-looking exercise rather than harking back to perceptions of the past.
  831. I am often accused of colluding with the British during the freedom struggle. I want to ask, how?
  832. I am contesting elections since 1952, but never did I throw mud.
  833. Himachal is my second home.
  834. Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries.
  835. Free and fair elections have again demonstrated that Jammu and Kashmir is part of India, and the people want to remain with it.
  836. For the Bharatiya Janata Party, Gandhian socialism is what we want to achieve and make society free of exploitation and full of opportunities.
  837. For me, power was never an attraction.
  838. For development, peace is essential.
  839. Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change.
  840. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, I was a student at Gwalior High School. I was arrested by the British for participating in the movement. My parents then sent me off to my village where, again, I jumped into the movement.
  841. Creative universities are bedrock of every developed nation’s S&T strategy.
  842. As we talk with candour, we open the doors to new possibilities and new areas of cooperation in advance in democracy, in combating terrorism, in energy and environment, science and technology and international peacekeeping.
  843. To understand a science, it is necessary to know its history.
  844. The word ‘right’ should be excluded from political language, as the word ’cause’ from the language of philosophy.
  845. The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction.
  846. The dead govern the living.
  847. Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology: why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy?
  848. Know yourself to improve yourself.
  849. Indeed, every true science has for its object the determination of certain phenomena by means of others, in accordance with the relations which exist between them.
  850. Ideas govern the world, or throw it into chaos.
  851. Every science consists in the coordination of facts; if the different observations were entirely isolated, there would be no science.
  852. Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage.
  853. Demography is destiny.
  854. What feats of ingenuity have we not been forced to perform, at times, in order to meet our customers’ wishes? Those only who have had charge of a large, modern kitchen can tell the tale.
  855. The painter, sculptor, writer, and musician are protected by law. So are inventors. But the chef has absolutely no redress for plagiarism on his work; on the contrary, the more the latter is liked and appreciated, the more will people clamour for his recipes.
  856. Stock is everything in cooking, at least in French cooking. Without it, nothing can be done. If one’s stock is good, what remains of the work is easy; if, on the other hand, it is bad or merely mediocre, it is quite hopeless to expect anything approaching a satisfactory result.
  857. Novelty is the universal cry – novelty by hook or by crook! It is an exceedingly common mania among people of inordinate wealth to exact incessantly new or so-called new dishes.
  858. Jellies are to cold cookery what consommes and stock are to hot. If anything, the former are perhaps more important: for a cold entree – however perfect it may be in itself – is nothing without its accompanying jelly.
  859. Having realised that in cooking there was a vast field of study and development, I said to myself, ‘Although I had not originally intended to enter this profession, since I am in it, I will work in such a fashion that I will rise above the ordinary, and I will do my best to raise again the prestige of the chef de cuisine.’
  860. Great dangers give birth to great resolutions.
  861. Experience, which plays such an important part in culinary work, is nowhere so necessary as in the preparation of sauces, for not only must the latter flatter the palate, but they must also very in savour, consistence, and viscosity, in accordance with the dishes they accompany.
  862. Everything is so unstable in these times of progress at any cost, and social customs and methods of life alter so rapidly, that a few years now suffice to change completely the face of usages which, at their inception, bade fair to outlive the age – so enthusiastically were they welcomed by the public.
  863. Any sauce whatsoever should be smooth, light (without being liquid), glossy to the eye, and decided in taste. When these conditions are fulfilled, it is always easy to digest, even for tired stomachs.
  864. Sometimes democracy must be bathed in blood.
  865. I’m not a dictator. It’s just that I have a grumpy face.
  866. I regret and suffer those losses, but it’s God’s will. He will pardon me if I committed excesses, but I don’t think I did.
  867. Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had I dedicate to God and to Chile, because I kept Chile from becoming Communist.
  868. During 65 years, I have walked the path of duty and discipline… And today, looking back at that long path of service, my soldier’s heart stirs and murmurs from deep within: Thank you. Thank you, my homeland.
  869. Young men, hear an old man to whom old men hearkened when he was young.
  870. I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
  871. Hasten slowly.
  872. Young people can create beautiful things.
  873. You simply have to accept that your demons are a part of you.
  874. You learn a lot from traveling around.
  875. When you’re outside, and everything is highland, it’s like nature has its own sound, and that’s one of my favorite sounds. I really loved sitting still silently outside, in a tree or in a bush, to just think.
  876. The world around me has changed, and I have learned to adapt but not change. But I’m changing into the woman I am meant to be.
  877. Talent is something that comes from within; it has nothing to do with age.
  878. Oh, I’ve always been very… Emotional. ‘Hypersensitive’ is what they call it, I think.
  879. My skin gets so dry and chapped, and the second I get off the plane, I apply so much sunscreen.
  880. My music seems to have a bigger mission than I have, which is very soothing but also very strange because people see more in me than I see, which can be terrifying.
  881. My body is quite tiny, but a lot of the emotions I feel are pretty explosive. They have to come out.
  882. My age is very insignificant to me. I don’t think about it, but the world does. The world likes young people in general.
  883. Music is this divine thing, the closest that we can get to something divine. It’s like this instinct we all own, and some of us have found a way to hear that music and write it down and share it with people.
  884. Metal, I love metal sounds. If I have a stick with me, I just drag it across a fence. And all fences make different sounds, just like people when they laugh.
  885. Many of my fans often tell me that they listen to my songs to get through things. And therefore, obviously, I hope that they can picture being in a place where things are better… I hope my songs can bring people to a calm place.
  886. Luckily for me, people don’t scream at me that much in my everyday life.
  887. Lots of songs aren’t even from my experiences, but they’re about accepting… the dark things about yourself.
  888. It’s very unnatural to be someone for so many people. But of course it’s very nice.
  889. It’s very strange to go to cities like London and New York. People walk so quickly, they seem to be in a hurry all the time. And you don’t say ‘Hi’ to everyone you meet, and you don’t smile to everyone you meet, because there’s just so many. Which is also very strange.
  890. It’s very fun to be the hunter of the sounds. The hunter of the right energy. And it’s not really about if every sound is correct; it’s more the energy – if it hits you in some way, it doesn’t really matter to me if it’s not perfect. I’m still very excited while hunting for songs.
  891. It’s a very strange thing being recognized or looked upon as someone special.
  892. It seemed like a very small possibility for me to become an artist. I didn’t have the need to be on the stage; I didn’t feel the need to be heard. I just needed to write.
  893. In this big ball of people, I’m just one grain of sand on this beach.
  894. If you try to protect yourself from pain, it becomes a stone in your heart. But the more you learn to face things, the more likely that stone can become a pearl.
  895. If I see a mountain, I just pick up and hike it.
  896. I’ve been a lot more into Facebook and Twitter and Instagram, which was a bit complicated for me to understand the language of each social media, because they all talk in different ways. It’s a nice way for me to tell people I appreciate them, which I forget to do sometimes.
  897. I’m very sensitive. I remember, as a kid at school, if someone in the classroom was sad or angry, it could have a great impact on me.
  898. I’m very picky; I’m never happy with anything. It’s so hard to give the record away and accept that you’re done.
  899. I’m such an emotional and sensitive person, so it only makes sense that my songs are as well.
  900. I’m so happy I discovered early how wonderful music makes me feel.
  901. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to get my hair out of my face.
  902. I usually write lyrics first, and then when I get home or close to any kind of instrument, I usually make a melody for those lyrics.
  903. I think that, whatever happens, I’m just happy I’ve written those songs and I’ve made an album. That’s really big for me, and I’m proud of that.
  904. I think I have the nicest fans in the world, and I quite like being surrounded by people if we’re all feeling the same emotion in the same room.
  905. I really want a pet, and I really love animals.
  906. I never dreamed of being a pop star when I was a child.
  907. I love to be alone, and I did as a child as well, especially if I was outside.
  908. I love all kinds of insects, and I’ve heard Australia has some really interesting bugs.
  909. I like being able to be on the inside of music, rather than on the outside listening to it.
  910. I just wanted to be a songwriter. I did really not like the sound of my own voice.
  911. I have this feeling that the world is not in balance. And people are afraid, but we’re also starting to be really brave.
  912. I have always enjoyed watching my songs make people cry.
  913. I don’t understand why or how we can bully each other.
  914. I don’t know, I feel desperate when I sing. And I look desperate – it feels like I’m singing for my life, which makes me twitch, if that makes sense.
  915. I can’t read the newspaper without crying. I’m easily affected by horrible events, you see.
  916. I absolutely adore Christmas.
  917. Gojira is my favorite band of all time; they’re lovely, I’ve seen them live two times. I also love Mastodon and the Refused as well.
  918. Everybody’s got that split between the beautiful and fragile, the hard and the dark.
  919. Even if my songs are quite sad or quite dark, I don’t want my songs to make people sad. It’s very important for me that all my songs have some kind of hope or light.
  920. Bob Dylan is like an alien on this earth, and I love him! I cried when I saw him play live because I was so close to him.
  921. Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. They’re my biggest heroes. I love everything about Leonard Cohen: his lyrics and his voice. He seems like a really clever man, and Bob Dylan does as well. He’s just really cool.
  922. At first, I wasn’t really keen on the idea of me being on stage having to sing in front of people.
  923. When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.
  924. No man pleases by silence; many I please by speaking briefly.
  925. Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
  926. If fortune favors you do not be elated; if she frowns do not despond.
  927. Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.
  928. You’ve got to invest your own time, invest your own resources into creating a better world, not only for yourself but for the people you surround yourself with.
  929. You troll me, I’m going to troll you.
  930. You have setbacks in your life, and adversity. You can be discouraged about it or have courage to get through it and be better.
  931. When you lose things like football, which is the game I love – and this is the most important thing in my life – it really puts everything in perspective.
  932. When I get out on the field, it’s all about football. I love football.
  933. There’s a lot of people in this world, and it’s important to learn about them.
  934. The idea that I can provide for my mother and play at the highest level in the world for football and compete against the best guys in the world – it’s a very exciting idea.
  935. Texas is a great program. The respect they gave me was amazing.
  936. Sometimes I get emotional. I let my emotions get the best of me.
  937. Someone has to be the villain. I’m the most villainized player right now. People don’t like me.
  938. Quite frankly, I just want to be playing at the highest level of football. That’s the most important thing to me.
  939. Preparation starts after the game before.
  940. Playing on Saturdays, seeing 75,000 people yell your name, 88, ASJ, and all of that stuff is great.
  941. People in Seattle and Tacoma know who I am as a person, and I don’t think I am a character risk or have a character issue at all.
  942. Once you get into the NFL, it doesn’t matter what draft pick you are, what round you are, if you’re undrafted or not. It’s football time again. The draft, all of that doesn’t matter anymore.
  943. My thing of not playing offensive tackle is the health issue. I don’t want to be that big. That could end up not being good for your health.
  944. My dad showed me a football and would throw it up and have my dog – a German Shepherd – chase me around when I went after the ball. I caught it because I was scared of that dog. The next year, my dad talked to the commissioner of a local league and convinced him to let me play as a first grader with third graders.
  945. Last time I checked, no one is perfect.
  946. It’s one-of-a-kind, because some people would die to have the family I do.
  947. It’s not about me. I think people are too caught up with what I’m doing. It’s just numbers. I’m trying to win.
  948. It’s everything to me. This is my life. I love football so much.
  949. If you don’t do it the way coaches ask you to do something, and someone else does it the way it’s supposed to be done, that’s just natural life.
  950. If someone has to be the villain, I’ll be the villain. I have no problem with it. The movies still say, ‘Starring… the villain.’
  951. I’ve split out, played receiver, I’ve been a fullback, I’ve been in-line.
  952. I’ve played this game since I was in second grade, and there’s nothing more important to me than playing football.
  953. I’ve done everything I can at the University of Washington… I know I’m ready for the NFL.
  954. I’m who I am. I’m confident. I think it’s weird if you’re not confident.
  955. I’m really blessed to have an amazing family.
  956. I’m not trying to get in good graces of anybody. I just want to be myself and be the guy that helps out in the community, because that’s who I am.
  957. I’m me: I’m a fun, easy-going guy that likes to work hard, who’s very driven and determined.
  958. I’m going to take full advantage of my opportunities.
  959. I’m a villain. But hey, villains have fans, too. They might have more fans than the heroes, and I’m OK with that.
  960. I’m a player, the coaches coach.
  961. I’m a normal person. You say something about me, I’m going to say something back, funny or not. I’m just going to be me. It’s nothing against them. I’m just doing what you do to me.
  962. I’m Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He’s Tony Gonzalez. He’s the best tight end to ever play the game. So that’s a real strong comparison. I’m just going to do my job and leave the comparisons up to the coaches and the media.
  963. I won the John Mackey Award, so I did something right.
  964. I want to play defense. I want to get sacks.
  965. I want to be great at everything. I want to be the best at everything.
  966. I want to be a dominant pass rusher. I think I can do that with my body type and my work ethic.
  967. I think that people that don’t really understand the game of football and are just fans that think people just show up on Saturday and go, I don’t think they understand the work that we put in here and what our schemes are and what we’re trying to do.
  968. I think people make a really big deal that I’m this big character-issue guy, and I’ve got red flags. I’m not.
  969. I think guys that play basketball really understand how to go up and get a ball. Because in a rebound situation, you’ve got to go up and fight for a ball. Just boxing out. There are a lot of things that transfer.
  970. I think I just need more time to refine my skills, and I can be a dominant pass rusher.
  971. I really have a love and passion for football. I enjoy basketball, but it’s not something I love. You have to let things go that are not for you.
  972. I really don’t care about my numbers.
  973. I played basketball my whole life. It definitely helps. It translates to going up for rebounds and going up for balls in the end zone. Quick feet. It helps with getting in and out of your cuts. It definitely all translates to football.
  974. I need to take care of my mom and making sure she’s financially OK. She’s done so much for me, it’s the least thing I can do.
  975. I love my coaches. Coaches love me.
  976. I love donating my time and serving other people. Just seeing the faces of people in need light up when they see you… There is no way I can put it into words. You feel like you did something right.
  977. I love Coach Koetter.
  978. I kind of knew. I said, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to be able to play in the NBA. That’s just not going to happen. Let that dream go.’
  979. I just want to support my mom. I have everything I need. I don’t need to buy anything.
  980. I just want to be the best version of me.
  981. I hold myself to a very high standard. But you’re going to make mistakes. You’ve got to erase it and move forward.
  982. I have to hold up my end of the bargain and do what’s expected of me.
  983. I had to go to jail, which was probably the most humbling thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life.
  984. I fail every once in a while, but failing is your first attempt at learning. I’m not worried about it.
  985. I don’t want to try to sell myself or portray something that I’m not.
  986. I don’t really care where I go because wherever I go, they’re going to get a very talented, driven guy that’s going to get every inch of his potential out, max everything I have in my body out.
  987. I don’t pay attention to stats or anything like that. I just pay attention to how I play and the intensity that I play with.
  988. I don’t care what the depth chart is. I don’t care what I’m on. I’m going to enjoy it, and I’m going to seize every opportunity that I get, because that’s the most important thing.
  989. Granted, everybody is different, but I think it’s real important to know all the people that you are around, and how they operate their history, and things like that. You know where they are coming from a little bit, and you don’t insult them, or take something for granted.
  990. Foot work, hand-eye coordination. There’s a lot of things. If you just watch basketball, you can tell where it would help someone who’s receiving the ball.
  991. Every single day since Day 1, to Day 2, to Day 3, to Day 4, to Day 5, to Day 6, to Day 7 to Day 8, whatever day it is now, I’ve gotten better.
  992. Ever since I was growing up, I knew I was going to play in the NFL. I never thought anything else.
  993. Being able to play basketball at a high level, adjusting to the ball in the air, quick feet, quick hands and all that stuff definitely translates to playing tight end in the National Football League.
  994. Being 300-some pounds is not always healthy. You can say what you want about it, I don’t want to do it.
  995. All I’m trying to do is be me.
  996. You see women struggling to keep it all together while a loved one is in jail. But we don’t hear about them or their struggles in a way that resonates with others. Their stories are so compelling. It’s as if they are in their own little world and no one else sees them.
  997. You know, often films that are deemed positive, nobody wants to see them.
  998. You gotta follow the white guys. Truly. They’ve got this thing wired. Too often, we live within their games, so why would you not study what works? Take away the bad stuff – because there’s a lot – and use the savvy interesting stuff and figure out how they can apply. It’s a good one for the ladies.
  999. You could make the most beautiful film, and that weekend it’s raining too hard on the East Coast, and no one goes out. Artists should have a chance to do it again. That’s the challenge: Women artists don’t get a second chance. People-of-color artists don’t get a second chance. You’re put in director’s jail, and that’s a wrap.
  1000. Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.