1. When I look back on what I did for the Left, I’m in a small way quite proud of some of it – I only wish I’d done more.
  2. When I go to the clinic next and sit with a tube in my arm and watch the poison go in, I’m in an attitude of abject passivity. It doesn’t feel like fighting at all; it just feels like submitting.
  3. When Caroline Kennedy managed to say ‘you know’ more than 200 times in an interview with the New York ‘Daily News,’ and on 130 occasions while talking to ‘The New York Times’ during her uninspired attempt to become a hereditary senator, she proved, among other things, that she was (a) middle-aged and (b) middle class.
  4. What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.
  5. Well, we can’t say any more than we can say there is no god, there is no afterlife. We can only say there is no persuasive evidence for or argument for it.
  6. Well, to the people who pray for me to not only have an agonising death, but then be reborn to have an agonising and horrible eternal life of torture, I say, ‘Well, good on you. See you there.’
  7. Well, I’m in my 60s now. I finally look it, I think. People until I was 60 would always say they thought I looked younger, which I think, without flattering myself, I did, but I think I certainly have, as George Orwell says people do after a certain age, the face they deserve.
  8. Well, I’ll put it this way: you can certainly say belief in God makes people behave worse. That can be proved beyond a doubt.
  9. Well look, I mean, I think that prayer and holy water, and things like that are all fine. They don’t do any good, but they don’t necessarily do any harm. It’s touching to be thought of in that way. It makes up for those who tell me that I’ve got my just desserts.
  10. Trust is not the same as faith. A friend is someone you trust. Putting faith in anyone is a mistake.
  11. To the dumb question, ‘Why me?’ the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply, ‘Why not?’
  12. To terrify children with the image of hell… to consider women an inferior creation. Is that good for the world?
  13. To be in opposition is not to be a nihilist.
  14. To ‘choose’ dogma and faith over doubt and experience is to throw out the ripening vintage and to reach greedily for the Kool-Aid.
  15. There’s been some research in cognitive science, I’m told, that discloses that there have always been perhaps 10 to 15 percent of people who are, as Pascal puts it, so made that they cannot believe. To us, when people talk about faith, it’s white noise.
  16. There’s a big difference, as I’m sure you know, it’s a slightly manneristic one, between people of the ’60s and people of ’68. Being a soixante-huitard – it’s so nice to have a French word for it – is very different from just having happened to been a baby boomer in the ’60s.
  17. There are people who cannot forget, as neither do I, the lesson of the years of the Indochina War. Which was, first, that the state is capable of being a murderer. A mass murderer, and a conspirator and a liar.
  18. There are all kinds of stupid people that annoy me but what annoys me most is a lazy argument.
  19. The worst days are when you feel foggy in the head – chemo-brain they call it. It’s awful because you feel boring. As well as bored. And stupid. And resigned.
  20. The violence in the Bible is appalling.
  21. The totalitarian, to me, is the enemy – the one that’s absolute, the one that wants control over the inside of your head, not just your actions and your taxes.
  22. The term ‘the American Left’ is as near to being meaningless or nonsensical as any term could really be in politics. It isn’t really a force in politics anymore. And it would do well to ask itself why that is.
  23. The suicide-bombing community is not absolutely 100 percent religious, but it is pretty nearly 100 percent religious.
  24. The secular argument, or the liberal argument, is to as much as possible remove taboos so things do not become unmentionable; to let some air into the discussion.
  25. The press is still investing itself, it seems to me, in a sort of cynicism. It comes out better for them if they can predict hard times, bogging down, sniping, attrition.
  26. The people who tend to raise antiwar slogans will do so generally when it’s American or British interests involved.
  27. The penalty for getting mugged in an American city and losing your ID is that you can’t fly home.
  28. The human wish to credit good things as miraculous and to charge bad things to another account is apparently universal.
  29. The great thing about the United States and the historically magnetic effect it has had on a lot of people like me is its generosity, to put it simply.
  30. The fact is: It’s true what they say about the United States. It is a land of opportunity. It is too various to get bored with it.
  31. The concept of loneliness and exile and self-sufficiency continually bucks me up.
  32. The citizens of Tumortown are forever assailed with cures and rumors of cures.
  33. The cause of my life has been to oppose superstition. It’s a battle you can’t hope to win – it’s a battle that’s going to go on forever. It’s part of the human condition.
  34. The amazing fact is that America is founded on a document. It’s a work in progress. It can be tested by each generation.
  35. The advice I’ve been giving to people all my life – that you may not be interested in the dialectic but the dialectic is interested in you; you can’t give up politics, it won’t give you up – was the advice I should have been taking myself.
  36. The Koran shows every sign of being thrown together by human beings, as do all the other holy books.
  37. The Islamists will try to spoil everything for everyone.
  38. Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint.
  39. Talking, it seemed to me, was the point of adult existence.
  40. Solidarity is an attitude of resistance, I suppose, or it should be.
  41. Say ‘Toronto’ or ‘Ontario,’ and the immediate thought associations are with a somewhat blander version of North America: a United States with a welfare regime and a more polite street etiquette, and the additionally reassuring visage of Queen Elizabeth on the currency.
  42. Ronald Reagan used to alarm other constituencies by speaking freely about the End Times foreshadowed in the Bible.
  43. Ronald Reagan used to alarm his Soviet counterparts by saying that surely they’d both unite against an invasion from Mars.
  44. Ronald Reagan said that he sought a Star Wars defense only in order to share the technology with the tyrants of the U.S.S.R.
  45. Religion is part of the human make-up. It’s also part of our cultural and intellectual history. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy.
  46. Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.
  47. Religion is compulsory in English schools, you know.
  48. Read with care, George Orwell’s diaries, from the years 1931 to 1949, can greatly enrich our understanding of how Orwell transmuted the raw material of everyday experience into some of his best-known novels and polemics.
  49. Primate and elephant and even pig societies show considerable evidence of care for others, parent-child bonding, solidarity in the face of danger, and so on.
  50. People until I was 60 would always say they thought I looked younger, which I think, without flattering myself, I did, but I think I certainly have, as George Orwell says people do after a certain age, the face they deserve.
  51. Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas.
  52. Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are God. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are God.
  53. Ordinary morality is innate in my view.
  54. Only the aspirants for president are fool enough to believe what they read in the newspapers.
  55. One of the many problems with the American left has been its image as something rather too solemn, mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome, righteous, and boring.
  56. One of the great questions of philosophy is, do we innately have morality, or do we get it from celestial dictation? A study of the Ten Commandments is a very good way of getting into and resolving that issue.
  57. One has children in the expectation of dying before them. In fact, you want to make damn sure you die before them, just as you plant a tree or build a house knowing, hoping that it will outlive you. That’s how the human species has done as well as it has.
  58. Of course, I do everything for money.
  59. Obscenity comes from grime.
  60. Nothing could make me forget what the Reagan years had actually been like.
  61. Not many people come through esophageal cancer and live to talk about it, or not for long.
  62. No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis.
  63. My own view is that this planet is used as a penal colony, lunatic asylum and dumping ground by a superior civilisation, to get rid of the undesirable and unfit. I can’t prove it, but you can’t disprove it either.
  64. My favorite time in the cycles of public life is the time when the Pope is dead and they haven’t elected a new one. There’s no one in the world who is infallible for those weeks. And you know, I don’t miss it.
  65. My father had died, and very swiftly, too, of cancer of the esophagus. He was 79. I am 61. In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.
  66. My dear wife has, I would say, probably never opened a religious book, and seems to be one of those people to whom the whole idea is utterly remote and absurd.
  67. My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them.
  68. Millions of people die every day. Everyone’s got to go sometime. I’ve came by this particular tumor honestly. If you smoke, which I did for many years very heavily with occasional interruption, and if you use alcohol, you make yourself a candidate for it in your sixties.
  69. Millions of people die every day. Everyone’s got to go sometime.
  70. Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of ‘like’ has spread through the idiom of the young. And it’s true that in some cases the term has become simultaneously a crutch and a tic, driving out the rest of the vocabulary as candy expels vegetables.
  71. Lovers often invest their first meetings with retrospective significance, as if to try to conjure the elements of the numinous out of the stubborn witness of the everyday.
  72. Littera scripta manet – ‘The written word will remain’. That’s true, but it won’t be that much comfort to me.
  73. Literature, not scripture, sustains the mind and – since there is no other metaphor – also the soul.
  74. Like the experience of warfare, the endurance of grave or terminal illness involves long periods of tedium and anxiety, punctuated by briefer interludes of stark terror and pain.
  75. Knowing that we are primates, I think, is a fascinating discovery, and a very interesting and rather cheering one.
  76. Just as the humble, unassuming, assenting ‘O.K.’ has deposed the more affirmative ‘Yes,’ so the little cringe and hesitation and approximation of ‘like’ are a help to young people who are struggling to negotiate the shoals and rapids of ethnic identity, the street, and general correctness.
  77. It’s true that obscenity is a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder.
  78. It’s surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends.
  79. It’s not at all good when your cancer is ‘palpable’ from the outside. Especially when, as at this stage, they didn’t even know where the primary source was. Carcinoma works cunningly from the inside out. Detection and treatment often work more slowly and gropingly, from the outside in.
  80. It’s impossible, I think, however much I’d become disillusioned politically or evolve into a post-political person, I don’t think I’d ever change my view that socialism is the best political moment humans have ever come up with.
  81. It’s considered acceptable in our culture to approach perfect strangers, as often or not who may be in extremis, and evangelise. I don’t see why that’s considered a normal thing.
  82. It doesn’t take much to make me angry.
  83. In the grip of a neurological disorder, I am fast losing control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced to them.
  84. In the brute physical world, and the one encompassed by medicine, there are all too many things that could kill you, don’t kill you, and then leave you considerably weaker.
  85. In one way, I suppose, I have been ‘in denial’ for some time, knowingly burning the candle at both ends and finding that it often gives a lovely light.
  86. If you look at any Muslim society and you make a scale of how developed they are, and how successful the economy is, it’s a straight line. It depends on how much they emancipate their women.
  87. If you can talk, you can write.
  88. If I’m in a political argument, I think I can, with reasonable accuracy and without boasting, put the other person’s side of the case at least as well as they could. One has to be able to say that in any well-conducted argument.
  89. I’ve proved to be as difficult to convert as I am to hypnotize.
  90. I’ve had some dark nights of the soul, of course, but giving in to depression would be a sellout, a defeat.
  91. I’ve been to Uganda and to North Korea and to Eritrea, countless horror spots around the world.
  92. I’m terrified of losing my voice.
  93. I’m not that keen on the idea of being unconscious.
  94. I’m not resigned, but I’m realistic too. The statistics in my case are very poor. Not many people come through esophageal cancer and live to talk about it, or not for long. And the other wager is, the part of the wager, it’s a certainty you’ll have a terrible time and you may wish you were dying because it’s an awful process.
  95. I’m not particularly a feminist, but if you get women off the animal cycle of reproduction and give them some say in how many children they’ll have, immediately the floor will rise.
  96. I’m not a sheep.
  97. I’m not a conservative of any kind.
  98. I’m here as a product of process of evolution, which doesn’t make very many exceptions. And which rates life relatively cheaply.
  99. I’m crepuscular.
  100. I’m afraid the SS’s relationship with the Catholic Church is something the Church still has to deal with and does not deny.
  101. I’d always somehow felt slightly as if I’d been born in the wrong country.
  102. I worked out early on to give up things I couldn’t do well at all.
  103. I was becoming post-ideological.
  104. I wanted to write.
  105. I vote and I do jury duty.
  106. I used to wish there was a useful term for those of us who thought American power should be used to remove psychopathic dictators.
  107. I think the materialist conception of history is valid.
  108. I think being an atheist is something you are, not something you do.
  109. I think I write in a fairly self-confident manner.
  110. I still think like a Marxist in many ways.
  111. I still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.
  112. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient.
  113. I retain what’s interesting to me, but I don’t have a lot of strategic depth.
  114. I must have been one of the least surprised people on earth on September 11. I felt very braced for that. I knew something like that was going to come.
  115. I mean, what would I be doing if I couldn’t write? But that fortunately hasn’t proved to be the case and I can read any day. I still read a lot, and I can write any day, but much more slowly and fewer words.
  116. I make preparations both to live and to die every day, but with the emphasis on not dying, and on acting as if I was going to carry on living.
  117. I love it when Muslims go to war with each other, as I do when the Christians do, because it shows there’s no such thing as the Christian world and the Islamic world. That’s all crap.
  118. I like surprises.
  119. I learned that very often the most intolerant and narrow-minded people are the ones who congratulate themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness.
  120. I joined a small but growing post-Trotskyite Luxembourgist sect.
  121. I have tried for much of my life to write as if I was composing my sentences to be read posthumously.
  122. I have quite a decent constitution in spite of all my abuse of it and my advanced years. I’m still quite robust.
  123. I have nowhere claimed nor even implied that unbelief is a guarantee of good conduct or even an indicator of it.
  124. I have more than once in my time woken up feeling like death.
  125. I had real plans for my next decade and felt I’d worked hard enough to earn it. Will I really not live to see my children married? To watch the World Trade Center rise again? To read – if not indeed write – the obituaries of elderly villains like Henry Kissinger and Joseph Ratzinger?
  126. I felt Clinton represented the worst of the 1960s.
  127. I feel upsettingly de-natured. If Penelope Cruz were one of my nurses, I wouldn’t even notice.
  128. I feel Anglo-American.
  129. I don’t think the war in Afghanistan was ruthlessly enough waged.
  130. I don’t think souls or bodies can be changed by incantation. Or anything else by the way.
  131. I don’t think it’s possible to have a sense of tragedy without having a sense of humor.
  132. I don’t think consensus-building politics is what I’m meant to be doing.
  133. I don’t think Romney is wacky at all, but religion makes intelligent people say and do wacky things, believe and affirm crazy things. Left on his own, Romney would never have said something like the Garden Of Eden was in Missouri, and will be again.
  134. I don’t have any terrific self-esteem issues but I do sometimes realise I’ve been too lucky and that I’m over-praised. It makes me nervous. I have this sense of being overrated.
  135. I don’t even like showing my stuff to publishers and editors much.
  136. I don’t envy or much respect people who are completely politicised.
  137. I don’t consider myself to be that credulous.
  138. I do not believe any of the statistical claims that are made about public opinion. I don’t see why anybody does.
  139. I didn’t think Marilyn Monroe was beautiful. It used to worry me. I thought maybe I’m not put together like the other chaps.
  140. I could not do what I do, and teach a class, and never miss a deadline, never be late for anything if I was a lush, OK? I would really love to read a piece that said, ‘He is not a lush.’ That would be fabulous, it would be a first, I could show it to people and say, ‘Look!’
  141. I boldly assert, in fact I think I know, that a lot of friendships and connections absolutely depend upon a sort of shared language, or slang. Not necessarily designed to exclude others, this can establish a certain comity and, even after a long absence, re-establish it in a second.
  142. I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn’t ever have to rely on the press for my information.
  143. I became a journalist because one didn’t have to specialise.
  144. High moral character is not a precondition for great moral accomplishments.
  145. Henry Kissinger should have the door shut in his face by every decent person and should be shamed, ostracized and excluded.
  146. George Bush made a mistake when he referred to the Saddam Hussein regime as ‘evil.’ Every liberal and leftist knows how to titter at such black-and-white moral absolutism.
  147. For the people who ostensibly wish me well or are worried about my immortal soul, I say I take it kindly.
  148. For most of my life I let women do the driving and was happy to let them.
  149. Every now and then I will see a word as if for the first time, and suddenly appreciate that Evian is ‘naive’ spelled backward, or that Bosnia is an anagram of ‘bonsai.’
  150. Even with all the advantages of retrospect, and a lot of witnesses dead and gone, you can’t make your life look as if you intended it or you were consistent. All you can show is how you dealt with various hands.
  151. Even if I accepted that Jesus – like almost every other prophet on record – was born of a virgin, I cannot think that this proves the divinity of his father or the truth of his teachings. The same would be true if I accepted that he had been resurrected.
  152. Chemotherapy isn’t good for you. So when you feel bad, as I am feeling now, you think, ‘Well that is a good thing because it’s supposed to be poison. If it’s making the tumor feel this queasy, then I’m OK with it.’
  153. Chemotherapy isn’t good for you.
  154. Cancer victimhood contains a permanent temptation to be self-centred and even solipsistic.
  155. Beautiful sentences pop into my head. Beautiful sentences that aren’t always absolutely accurate. Then, I have to choose between the beautiful sentence and being absolutely accurate. It can be a difficult choice.
  156. And when I was young, my family was perfectly nice. I write a lot about it, as you noticed. But it was rather limited. I think, I don’t think anyone in my family would really feel I’d done them an injustice by saying that. We didn’t see many people. There were many books. It was as if I wanted to get away from home.
  157. All the time, I’ve felt that life is a wager and that I probably was getting more out of leading a bohemian existence as a writer than I would have if I didn’t.
  158. A speech idiosyncrasy, in the same way as an air quote, is really justifiable only if it’s employed very sparingly and if the user consciously intends to be using it.
  159. A lot of people, because of my contempt for the false consolations of religion, think of me as a symbolic public opponent of that in extremis. And sometimes that makes me feel a bit alarmed, to be the repository of other people’s hope.
  160. A good day is one where I can not just read a book, but write a review of it. Maybe today I’ll be able to do that. I get for some reason somewhat stronger when the sun starts to go down. Dusk is a good time for me. I’m crepuscular.
  161. A gentleman is never rude except on purpose – I can honestly be nasty sober, believe you me.
  162. A faction willing to take the risks of making war on the ossified status quo in the Middle East can be described as many things, but not as conservative.
  163. ‘WASP’ is the only ethnic term that is in fact a term of class, apart from redneck, which is another word for the same group but who are in the lower social strata, so it’s inexplicably tied up with social standing and culture and history in a way that the other hyphenations just are not.
  164. ‘Bombing Afghanistan back into the Stone Age’ was quite a favourite headline for some wobbly liberals. The slogan does all the work. But an instant’s thought shows that Afghanistan is being, if anything, bombed out of the Stone Age.
  165. Tramping is too easy with all this money. My days were more exciting when I was penniless and had to forage around for my next meal… I’ve decided that I’m going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up.
  166. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.
  167. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
  168. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.
  169. No phone. No pool. No pets. No cigarettes. Ultimate freedom… No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become Lost in the Wild.
  170. It is the experiences, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it’s great to be alive!
  171. I now walk into the wild.
  172. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone. This is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless.
  173. I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!
  174. I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.
  175. Happiness is only real when shared.
  176. Circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to a situation that has value. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon… what it means to you.
  177. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you.
  178. You should never give up your inner self.
  179. You make a movie, and if somebody reads something into it, then great, more power to him.
  180. You know when you’re young and you see a play in high school, and the guys all have gray in their hair and they’re trying to be old men and they have no idea what that’s like? It’s just that stupid the other way around.
  181. You hear about actors being late and all that sort of stuff, but you never find that with an actor who’s directed, because an actor who’s directed understands all the problems your production is going through.
  182. You have to steal a lot. You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director.
  183. You have to feel confident. If you don’t, then you’re going to be hesitant and defensive, and there’ll be a lot of things working against you.
  184. You can’t stop everything from happening. But we’ve gotten to a point where we’re certainly trying. If a car doesn’t have four hundred air bags in it, then it’s no good.
  185. You are always hoping that movie audiences are interested in characters and interested in story values rather than just mindless special effects. But you never know.
  186. You always want to quit while you are ahead. You don’t want to be like a fighter who stays too long in the ring until you’re not performing at your best.
  187. Yes, I’m always – I’m always surprised when you make a film and you live with it a while and you put it out, you never dream that anybody is ever going to want to really see it.
  188. Winning the election is a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. Okay, now you’re the mayor. The bad news is, now you’re the mayor.
  189. Why am I a star? It can’t be because of looks.
  190. Whether you like it or not, you’re forced to come to the realisation that death is out there. But I don’t fear death, I’m a fatalist. I believe when it’s your time, that’s it. It’s the hand you’re dealt.
  191. When you’re young, you’re very reckless. Then you get conservative. Then you get reckless again.
  192. When you work with kids, especially, you want to be ready to turn the camera on at a moment’s notice.
  193. When you listen to Ray Charles, there’s never any doubt whose voice that is.
  194. When I’m a director, I look at myself the actor as a completely different person. It’s somebody else up there, an actor playing a role. I keep myself out of it.
  195. When I was growing up, I wasn’t an extrovert. If anything, I was an introverted kid and a very average pupil at school. I was very quiet.
  196. When I was born, the economy wasn’t in a great state; it was the Depression, and my father had to be quick to try and find work.
  197. When I was a kid, I thought movies just came from air. I thought they just appeared.
  198. When I see a story, I ask: is this something I’d like to be in? Is this something I’d like to see? And if I’d like to see it, would I like to tell it?
  199. When I do a picture and it’s 90% black, like ‘Bird,’ I use 90% black people.
  200. When I did ‘Bird,’ it was a surprise to some people, first because I wasn’t in it and second because most of the films I’d been doing were cop movies or westerns or adventure films, so to be doing one about Charlie Parker, who was a great influence on American music, was a great thrill for me.
  201. What you put into life is what you get out of it.
  202. We boil at different degrees.
  203. We are like boxers, one never knows how much longer one has.
  204. This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
  205. They’ve got this crazy actor who’s 82 years old up there in a suit. I was a mayor, and they’re probably thinking I know how to give a speech, but even when I was mayor I never gave speeches. I gave talks.
  206. They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.
  207. There’s only one way to have a happy marriage and as soon as I learn what it is I’ll get married again.
  208. There’s no real excuse for being successful enough as an actor to do what you want and then selling out. You do it pure. You don’t try to adapt it, make it commercial.
  209. There’s a rebel lying deep in my soul.
  210. There’s a lot of great movies that have won the Academy Award, and a lot of great movies that haven’t. You just do the best you can.
  211. There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.
  212. There has to be something in every role that interests you.
  213. There are two kinds of people in this world. ‘I’ people and ‘we’ people. I’ve always tried to be a ‘we’ person.
  214. There are certain age limits on police officers. They’d have retired me out at 65.
  215. There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.
  216. The stronger the participation of the female characters, the better the movie. They knew that in the old days, when women stars were equally as important as men.
  217. The prospect of dating someone in her twenties becomes less appealing as you get older. At some point in your life, your tolerance level goes down and you realize that, with someone much younger, there’s nothing really to talk about.
  218. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.
  219. The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
  220. The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.
  221. The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits.
  222. The fact is, violence is not only not a beautiful thing, but it’s also very painful and not without consequences for the perpetrator as well as the victim.
  223. The craving for information is so huge now, and it can be marketed at such a rapid rate.
  224. The country has come a long way in race relations, but the pendulum swings so far back. Everyone wants to be so sensitive.
  225. The U.S. military was segregated ’til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated.
  226. Stage actors are usually much more conscious of speaking up and making sure that everyone can hear in the back of the theatre; a film actor probably thinks of that a little less.
  227. Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
  228. Some people feel that the world owes them a living.
  229. Society is at odds with itself.
  230. Society has made us believe you should look like an 18-year-old model all your life.
  231. Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know.
  232. Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.
  233. Prime time for men is, say, 35 to 45. Then they level off and fall off.
  234. President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.
  235. Politicians love regulating. That’s part of the whole power structure.
  236. Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood.
  237. People love westerns worldwide. There’s something fantasy-like about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It’s a simpler time. There’s no organized laws and stuff.
  238. Overnight stardom can be harmful to your mental health. Yeah. It has ruined a lot of people.
  239. Our modern society – especially in the West, and especially now – reveres youth.
  240. Other than obvious errors like forgetting a line, often I can’t see any difference between take one and take 20.
  241. On ‘Mystic River,’ I had to cut my salary and everyone else’s to get it made.
  242. Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party. Kind of a grin with a body behind it.
  243. Nowadays, politically, everybody is promising everything. That’s the only way you can get elected.
  244. Nobody looks like they did when they were 20, so why not take advantage of the fact that you’re changing, emotionally as well as physically?
  245. Naturally, everybody has certain things they wish they hadn’t done in life. They wish they hadn’t kicked their dog when they were ten or something.
  246. My wife used to be an anchorwoman in Arizona, so she knew John McCain, and she liked him, and I kinda liked him.
  247. My whole life has been one big improvisation.
  248. My uncle played rugby, and my dad played football, and they used to argue which game was the roughest – and everybody agreed rugby was. It’s a great team sport, and to be successful, every person has to play in the same level.
  249. My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.
  250. My mother knew how to read music and everything. But I just kinda learned off of records. And so, I was listening to records and I’d play ’em over and over.
  251. My mother always told me it wasn’t polite to ask what people make.
  252. My grandfather lived to be late 90s on one side and on the other side, 70s or something. And my father died young, at 63. But he didn’t take very good care of himself.
  253. My dad was fiscally conservative, and I was influenced by that. He didn’t believe in spending more than you had because it gets you into trouble.
  254. My dad was a big admirer of Sergeant York stories from the First World War.
  255. Movies were invented for Jimmy Cagney, and he was invented for the movies. A perfect match.
  256. Movies are fun, but they are no cure for cancer.
  257. Men must know their limitations.
  258. Man becomes his most creative during war.
  259. Liberals are not always so liberal with people who disapprove – disapprove of their point of view.
  260. Let’s put it this way: there wouldn’t be much point in me attending a high-school reunion now because there wouldn’t be anybody there. We’d struggle to raise a quorum.
  261. Just try not to ingest a lot of fats, and just try to eat carefully.
  262. It’s much more fun to play something you’re nothing like than what you are… It’s much easier to hide yourself in a character.
  263. It’s always fun to talk about jazz.
  264. It’s always appealing to play a character that has to overcome himself as well as an obstacle. It makes the drama so much deeper.
  265. It’s a very confusing era that we’re in.
  266. It would be great to be 105 and still making films.
  267. It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people’s lives.
  268. It must be the Brit in me, because I like animals.
  269. In the Bay Area, there was a resurgence of Dixieland jazz in the ’40s – there was the Frisco Jazz Band, and Lu Watters and the Yerba Buena Jazz Band.
  270. In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.
  271. In past generations, people would try to play younger than they really are. My trick is, I don’t try to play younger than I really am.
  272. In my career as a director, there’s always been some point where you get halfway through it, or three-quarters, and you go: ‘What is this thing all about, and why am I telling the story? Does anybody really care about seeing this?’ At that time you have to say: ‘OK, forget that and just go ahead.’
  273. In ‘Gran Torino,’ I play a guy who’s racially offensive. But he learned. It shows that you’re never too old to learn and embrace people that you don’t understand to begin with. It seems like nobody else got that message, I guess.
  274. In ‘Changeling,’ I tried to show something you’d never see nowadays – a kid sitting and looking at the radio. Just sitting in front of the radio and listening. Your mind does the rest.
  275. If you’re really satisfied with your position on something, you just say, ‘Hey;’ you just very calmly present something.
  276. If you’re doing a biography, you try to stay as accurate as possible to reality. But you really don’t know what was going on in the person’s mind. You just know what was going on in the minds of people around him.
  277. If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.
  278. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
  279. If you ever go to a music session, you’ll notice that the musicians can sit down and start playing right away, and everyone knows what to do. Of course they’re reading it, but the conductor can tweak little things, and you can take that back to directing motion pictures.
  280. If you consider film an art form, as some people do, then the Western would be a truly American art form, much as jazz is.
  281. If somebody’s dumb enough to ask me to go to a political convention and say something, they’re going to have to take what they get.
  282. If a person doesn’t change, there’s something really wrong with him.
  283. If I’d had good discipline, I might have gone into music.
  284. I’ve taken advantage of a few breaks that came along and moved along with them.
  285. I’ve never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves – it’s just a question of finding the subject.
  286. I’ve had no problem harnessing anger.
  287. I’ve had moments when I’ve thought about somebody, picked up the phone to call them and they are on the line already, and I think that maybe there’s some vibration, some connection.
  288. I’ve always said the one advantage an actor has of converting to a director is that he’s been in front of the camera. He doesn’t have to get in front of the camera again, subliminally or otherwise.
  289. I’ve always felt that if I examine myself too much, I’ll find out what I know and don’t know, and I’ll burst the bubble. I’ve gotten so lucky relying on my animal instincts, I’d rather keep a little bit of the animal alive.
  290. I’ve always been very liberal when it comes to people thinking for themselves.
  291. I’ve always been fascinated with the stealing of innocence. It’s the most heinous crime, and certainly a capital crime if there ever was one.
  292. I’m not really conservative. I’m conservative on certain things. I believe in less government. I believe in fiscal responsibility and all those things that maybe Republicans used to believe in but don’t any more.
  293. I’m not really a Hollywood person. Not that I don’t like L.A., but I’m just a Northern California guy.
  294. I’m not one of these guys who sits around saying, ‘Gee, I mean, the person had a strange childhood and that’s why he’s doing this horrible thing. Poor Jeffrey Dahmer. He’s just had a bad childhood and that’s why he’s eating people.’ Wait a second! This person should be removed from the planet.
  295. I’m not afraid to look bad on the screen.
  296. I’m not a regrets-type person.
  297. I’m not a reality-TV kind of guy. But it’s almost like we’re living in a reality show. Every day in this country, everybody keeps worrying about the deterioration of America, and it’s like a big reality show.
  298. I’m not a chick-flick enthusiast.
  299. I’m not a New Age person, but I do believe in meditation, and for that reason I’ve always liked the Buddhist religion. When I’ve been to Japan, I’ve been to Buddhist temples and meditated, and I found that rewarding.
  300. I’m just a kid – I’ve got a lot of stuff to do yet.
  301. I’m interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
  302. I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.
  303. I’m a mentor to anybody who’s interested.
  304. I’m a day-to-day-type person.
  305. I’d always tried to resist playing the supervirility thing. I liked showing the vulnerability of age.
  306. I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we – we own this country. We – we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.
  307. I will never win an Oscar, and do you know why? First of all, because I’m not Jewish. Secondly, I make too much money for all those old farts in the Academy.
  308. I was drafted during the Korean War. None of us wanted to go… It was only a couple of years after World War II had ended. We said, ‘Wait a second? Didn’t we just get through with that?’
  309. I was drafted during the Korean War.
  310. I was an Eisenhower Republican when I started out at 21 because he promised to get us out of the Korean War.
  311. I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. But if you can go through life without it, that’s OK, too. It’s whatever suits you.
  312. I want the troops from Great Britain and the U.S. to be successful, but by the same token, Afghanistan has always been a screw-up.
  313. I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.
  314. I think there is a lot made out of age, and what age you feel.
  315. I think our politicians could learn a lot from Mandela.
  316. I think kids are natural actors. You watch most kids; if they don’t have a toy, they’ll pick up a stick and make a toy out of it. Kids will daydream all the time.
  317. I think everybody has something that they’ve been obsessed about in their lifetime.
  318. I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me.
  319. I think Pebble Beach is kind of a unique place on the planet.
  320. I think ‘Dirty Harry’ was probably sensitive toward the victims of violent crime.
  321. I tend to believe that audiences are relatively well-balanced people.
  322. I still work out on a daily basis.
  323. I read every book there was on jazz, about the original players – King Oliver, Buddy Bolden and all those groups. At one time I was fairly well schooled in that… I could tell you who played where and when, historically, way before my time.
  324. I probably would have retired years ago if I hadn’t found interesting things to do.
  325. I played characters with villainous aspect. But out-and-out villain? No.
  326. I played a little basketball. Some football in junior high.
  327. I never sympathise with the accused unless there’s a chance the accused is not guilty, but I certainly don’t ever sympathise with the criminal.
  328. I mean, I’ve always been a libertarian. Leave everybody alone. Let everybody else do what they want. Just stay out of everybody else’s hair.
  329. I loved the fact that Obama is multi-racial. I thought that was terrific, as my wife is the same racial make-up.
  330. I love stories about women.
  331. I love big business!
  332. I liked Vittorio De Sica a lot, and I got to work with him once in a segment movie. He was a great director. He was a very charismatic character and a guy I watched a lot when he was directing.
  333. I like working. That’s when I’m feeling my best. And the people around me know that. My wife knows that.
  334. I like a drama.
  335. I like Italian movies. I was frequently there in the ’60s, in Rome and the vicinity. It was a great period in life. I was very influenced by their stuff.
  336. I knew Billy Wilder socially and would have loved to work with him.
  337. I kind of make a film for myself to sort of express myself.
  338. I keep working because I learn something new all the time.
  339. I just think it is important that you realize, that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go.
  340. I just make the pictures and where they fall is where they fall. If somebody likes them, that’s always nice. And if they don’t like them, then too bad.
  341. I just don’t like killing creatures.
  342. I haven’t been very active in politics.
  343. I have worked ever since I was 13.
  344. I have been trying to retire to the back of the camera for quite a few years, and in 1970, when I first started directing, I said, ‘If I could pull this off, I can some day move to the back of the camera and stay there.’
  345. I have a very strict gun control policy: if there’s a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
  346. I hate to see anybody sink. I hate to see anybody lose their dream, lose their home, something like that.
  347. I had three points I wanted to make: That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.
  348. I guess maybe when you get past 70, other people start asking you how you feel.
  349. I guess any movie actor can become a role model for audiences out there who enjoy him.
  350. I guess I’m living in the present more than the past.
  351. I grew up with J. Edgar Hoover. He was the G-man, a hero to everybody, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the big, feared organization. He was ahead of his time as far as building up forensic evidence and fingerprinting. But he took down a lot of innocent people, too.
  352. I don’t think I’ve met anyone with a stronger work ethic than Ray Charles.
  353. I don’t really get into a big intellectual analysis of why I am going to do a certain script or not.
  354. I don’t mind telling a dark side.
  355. I don’t like to see a president who is just out campaigning all year long or for the last four years. I’d like to see somebody who’s going in the office. In fact, I’d like to not see them because that way you’d be sure that they’d be working.
  356. I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.
  357. I do believe in the energy and the productivity of the American business world.
  358. I do believe in self-help.
  359. I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote.
  360. I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama.
  361. I am a good listener. I think that came from my schooling.
  362. I always thought of myself as a character actor. I never thought of myself as a leading man.
  363. I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality.
  364. Hoover was a patriot in his heart, but he definitely exceeded his power.
  365. Governor Romney has a great business background. He is extremely well educated. He has several degrees from Harvard, including, you know, business and including a law degree.
  366. God gave you a brain. Do the best you can with it. And you don’t have to be Einstein, but Einstein was mentally tough. He believed what he believed. And he worked out things. And he argued with people who disagreed with him. But I’m sure he didn’t call everybody jerks.
  367. Fate pulls you in different directions.
  368. Everybody thinks making films back to back is a big deal but they did it all the time in the old days.
  369. Everybody is idealistic when you’re a kid.
  370. Everybody accuses me of moving fast when I direct a picture. I don’t move fast, but I just keep moving.
  371. Every story has its demands.
  372. Every picture has its own demands, and every picture stimulates something within you to tell it a certain way. I don’t know what that is; I don’t think too much about that.
  373. Every movie I make teaches me something. That’s why I keep making them.
  374. Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff.
  375. Drama usually has some sort of intense conflict.
  376. Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.
  377. Comedy isn’t necessarily all dialogue. Think of Buster Keaton: the poker face and all this chaos going on all around him. Sometimes it’s a question of timing, of the proper rhythm.
  378. At the major studios, you see people wanting to remake a TV series, wanting to make a sequel.
  379. As you get older, you’re not afraid of doubt. Doubt isn’t running the show. You take out all the self-agonizing.
  380. As much as I love the Western genre, I figured if I kept doing those, I’d eventually run out of steam on that, and that would’ve been the end of it.
  381. As long as somebody finances you, can make a film and get it seen any place and in any language; then, hopefully, it’s a success.
  382. As I get older, I tend to put more into family than I used to.
  383. And I think it’s that time. And I think if you just step aside and Mr. Romney can kind of take over. You can maybe still use a plane. Though maybe a smaller one. Not that big gas guzzler you are going around to colleges and talking about student loans and stuff like that.
  384. Alfred Hitchcock once told me, when I was analyzing a lot of things about his pictures, ‘Clint, you must remember, it’s only a movie.’
  385. Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
  386. Actors know, with me they aren’t going to be allowed to rehearse a scene for a couple of hours and then get away with doing 25 takes before we get it right. So they come with their full bag of tricks.
  387. Actors know what actors are insecure about – and they’re all insecure.
  388. A war is a horrible thing, but it’s also a unifier of countries.
  389. A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama.
  390. A lot of people are bored of all the political correctness.
  391. A lot of dumb pictures have made a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to be anything cinema students will revel over in the future.
  392. ‘Unforgiven’ is probably an example of a script that I liked right away but thought, ‘This is great, but I’d like to do this when I’m older.’ So I stuck it in the drawer for ten years and then took it out.
  393. ‘Mystic River’ just smelled interesting to me. So I read it and liked it right away. Even the dialogue in it was great.
  394. Women must tell men always that they are the strong ones. They are the big, the strong, the wonderful. In truth, women are the strong ones. It is just my opinion, I am not a professor.
  395. Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
  396. Those who create are rare; those who cannot are numerous. Therefore, the latter are stronger.
  397. There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time!
  398. There have been several Duchesses of Westminster but there is only one Chanel!
  399. There are people who have money and people who are rich.
  400. The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
  401. Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.
  402. Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.
  403. Since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.
  404. Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.
  405. My friends, there are no friends.
  406. Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.
  407. Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.
  408. Jump out the window if you are the object of passion. Flee it if you feel it. Passion goes, boredom remains.
  409. It is always better to be slightly underdressed.
  410. In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.
  411. I never wanted to weigh more heavily on a man than a bird.
  412. I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
  413. I don’t know why women want any of the things men have when one of the things that women have is men.
  414. I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.
  415. How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
  416. Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity.
  417. Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
  418. Great loves too must be endured.
  419. Gentleness doesn’t get work done unless you happen to be a hen laying eggs.
  420. Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
  421. Fashion is made to become unfashionable.
  422. Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
  423. Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.
  424. Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
  425. Elegance is refusal.
  426. Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
  427. Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.
  428. Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
  429. As soon as you set foot on a yacht you belong to some man, not to yourself, and you die of boredom.
  430. As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!
  431. A women who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.
  432. A woman has the age she deserves.
  433. A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
  434. You’re going to hurt, yes. You’re going to have tweaks and problems. But you’re a football player; you can play through those.
  435. You have to train hard and be strong while staying flexible and limber, so I’m trying to find that balance.
  436. You have to take care of the ball to win football games.
  437. You have to be able to do everything as a quarterback, and that’s not necessarily taking care of your job but making sure you’re preparing everyone else to go out and play well. And make sure you have them in the right mindset when they step on the field.
  438. You have full-field view when you’re watching the film. Eye in the sky, it’s a lot easier to look at it that way than when you’re back behind center.
  439. Whether football’s here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win.
  440. When you step on the field, you want to be a starter. You want to be the person everybody looks to and says, ‘If we need a play to be made, let’s go to him.’
  441. When it comes down to it, you’re playing football regardless of what offense you’re in.
  442. When I’m actually getting off the bus, I still have my gospel playing. That’s the way-to-the-game kind of music.
  443. Whatever the offense dictates to allow me doing what I or this offense needs to do to win games, I’m going to do it.
  444. What other people think of how I play and how I go about things really isn’t something I worry about.
  445. We have a presidential candidate who’s deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?
  446. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, need to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.
  447. Victor Cruz just got his deal with Givenchy – amazing. I was so excited for him. That was amazing. So I think there are great opportunities for a lot of athletes out there.
  448. Unless you’re being carted off, you should be on the field.
  449. Training, that’s my specialty.
  450. To try to prey on athletes’ livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me.
  451. To me, when people say, ‘Oh, you’re a freak athlete,’ it’s bittersweet. It’s a huge compliment to say, ‘O.K., you have physical abilities that are kind of above and beyond.’ But at the same time, I feel like it diminishes the mental side of the game.
  452. To me, tattoos are a way of people being able to express themselves and have other people look at them and get a little insight into who they are, without ever even saying a word to them.
  453. To me, I’ve played full seasons and had success. Mentally, I’ve been through it before. I’m not incapable of going through this.
  454. To me, I’m going out there focusing on competing, not worrying about cardio or anything like that.
  455. This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice: people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.
  456. There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.
  457. There are a lot of details to running that I never even thought about. I just went out and ran. I think I can be faster. I think I can be quicker.
  458. The support I’ve gotten from my teammates has been great.
  459. The biggest thing is I watch myself: What I need to improve on, what I can do different.
  460. The SFPD has had a lot of issues, and I think one of the issues that needs to be addressed is the racist text messages that have been passed back and forth between PD members, not only talking about the community, but also talking about colleagues that work in the same department as them.
  461. The NFL is a performance-based business, so you should have to perform to earn some of your money. At the same time, I realize that my success isn’t just because of what I do out there.
  462. Thankfully, God blessed me with some legs that move pretty good, and we also get to wear pads, so I should be alright.
  463. Teammates tell me to bring it down a notch in practice or that their hands are hurting. Randy Moss told me I was the first person to ever dislocate one of his fingers.
  464. Sometimes, when things are going really well, I feel like I’ve already seen things – it’s the flashback feeling in a good way. Like I’m watching a rerun, because I’ve studied this defense and know what comes next. Now, that is a good feeling, when your mind is working fast because you’ve studied, and you realize, ‘I’ve seen this before.’
  465. Quarterbacks can still have good bodies. I’m always conscious of the stereotype. I want to change what people think. There’s a lot more to it than what you see on the field.
  466. People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.
  467. People can talk all they want; that doesn’t affect how I go about my business.
  468. People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous.
  469. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody.
  470. Once you’re on the field, you’re playing. You’re not worried about anything other than doing your job to help your team.
  471. Once I get into the locker room, I turn on stuff to get me hyped up. Mainly, it’s a lot of rap music.
  472. Nobody cares if you’re black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field, you’re a member, in my case, the 49ers. That’s your job, your occupation.
  473. My parents told me from the time I can remember that, ‘Yeah, you’re adopted. But this is your family.’ I can remember my mom, she tells me this story: when I was little, I was looking at her, and I was like, ‘Why isn’t my skin the same color as yours?’ She was like, ‘Oh, you’re adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.’
  474. My dad, being a businessman, constantly talked to me about carrying myself in a certain way and treating people with respect. And I think that’s something that’s carried over throughout my life. It’s how I deal with certain situations.
  475. Most people don’t want to change. They’re comfortable and set in their ways. But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times. And I think that’s something that’s very necessary for us to improve as a country.
  476. Mental health, for me, is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn’t something I’ve been too big on since I was young.
  477. Jim Tomsula is going to be great coach for us. Players’ coach. Always around the guys. Someone that’s willing to listen to what the players say and has their intake.
  478. Its a touchy subject, ’cause I never want to take it there, where it seems like it’s all about race. But I feel like that’s something that comes along with the territory of being a black quarterback. When you have success – ‘Oh, you’re a freak athlete.’ Not, ‘Oh, you’re a good quarterback.’
  479. It was just something – I didn’t agree with what the flag was representing at this time, and you know, if you look at the original picture where people addressed it, I was trying to sit behind the coolers and out of the way, ’cause I didn’t want to interrupt anybody else’s right to stand and hold attention to the flag.
  480. It is funny to me that because I can run, because I’m athletic, people tend to see that as my only asset.
  481. In the heat of the battle, it’s always different than when you go back and look at it on film.
  482. If you’re going to do something, you’re going to do it to be the best.
  483. If you work hard and perform well, it doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 or 40. People are going to follow, and you can go in there and run the show.
  484. If I got a football scholarship, I was going to be a football player.
  485. I’ve had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college, and because we were the only black people in that neighborhood, the cops got called, and we had guns drawn on us. Came in the house, without knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this.
  486. I’m still trying to improve. Everything I can do to improve every part of my game – I’m going to do it.
  487. I’m not your typical quarterback. I don’t like when people say, ‘Quarterbacks aren’t supposed to run,’ or, ‘Quarterbacks aren’t supposed to work out a certain way.’
  488. I’m not too big on feelings.
  489. I’m not incapable of going through things.
  490. I’m here to play football.
  491. I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it.
  492. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed.
  493. I’m going out to play, and to play to win.
  494. I’ll never take the easy way out.
  495. I’ll always be a fan of coach Harbaugh. Not too sure about Michigan.
  496. I’d say that, 99 percent of the time at Nevada, I knew what the coverage was and where I was probably going before the ball was snapped. It makes it very easy when I only had to read one person and know that I was going from here to here, and if not, I’m checking it down.
  497. I wouldn’t say there is one specific designer I rock. It’s more of the look of the shirt and what occasion and where I’m wearing it to.
  498. I was not going to let people tell me what I’m capable of.
  499. I trained with a few Olympic runners and jumpers. Just to try to get a little bit faster, a little bit better. Anything I could do to try to get a little bit better and stay ahead of the competition.
  500. I think, between the tattoos, the way I dress, the way I talk, people don’t think it should go together with a franchise quarterback or someone that’s leading the team or representing the organization.
  501. I think the biggest part of my game that’s underestimated is the mental part of it.
  502. I think that’s something that’s hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are and coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, and we can make this country and these communities a better place.
  503. I think being shy or a little bit more mild-mannered is more how you treat people and how you go about your business, not necessarily how you dress or things of that nature.
  504. I think I’m very good at reading coverage and knowing where I want to go with the ball before the ball is snapped.
  505. I refuse to take shortcuts.
  506. I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put their selves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.
  507. I never weighed myself when I was at my lightest because I didn’t want to know.
  508. I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.
  509. I love America.
  510. I haven’t seen a quarterback play a perfect game yet.
  511. I have great teammates around me who make plays.
  512. I have great respect for the religion. I know a lot of people that are Muslim and are phenomenal people.
  513. I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.
  514. I have great respect for people’s right to believe what they want to believe. And I don’t think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are.
  515. I have a very high expectation for everything I do. And when I go out and compete, I expect myself to make every play.
  516. I felt the way people talked to me was like, ‘It’s OK to be No. 2 in the NFL, a backup,’ and things like that. That’s never been my approach.
  517. I don’t watch too much TV when it comes to sports or news or things like that.
  518. I don’t want people to think you have to look a certain way or be a certain mold to be able to be a quarterback.
  519. I don’t think I can be too hard on myself.
  520. I don’t play for job security.
  521. I don’t look like my high school self anymore. I feel like I look more like an adult now.
  522. I don’t look at film that closely about my mechanics of where’s my elbow at.
  523. I don’t believe in pressure. The pressure is not being prepared for what you want to do.
  524. I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, ‘Okay, he’s carrying himself as a black man, and that’s how a black man should carry himself.’
  525. I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.
  526. Feelings aren’t going to help me win a game.
  527. Every time I step on the field, I step on the field to make plays.
  528. At the end of the day, you have to look at, ‘Are they knowledgeable? Are they doing their job?’ Not what their appearance is.
  529. As far as jeans and shirts, I rock a lot of different things.
  530. All my tattoos, they’ve been thought out, thought over, been a work in progress for at least a year before I’ve got them. So I’m not walking into a tattoo shop, picking tattoos off a wall. It’s something that means something to me. It’s something that I believe in.
  531. All my life, I’ve had these flashbacks, these dreams, nightmares, daymares, like visions, where I relive certain plays. Only the bad plays. I see them over and over, as if somebody’s rewinding a tape and forcing me to watch.
  532. A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it’s a tragic situation where players aren’t comfortable speaking what’s on their mind or what’s right because they’re afraid of consequences that come along with it. That’s not an ideal environment for anybody.
  533. You should see what our Founding Fathers used to say to each other and in the early part of our nation. But what they were able to do, especially in Philadelphia in 1787, four months, they argued about what a House should be, what a Senate should be, the power of the president, the Congress, the Supreme Court. And they had to deal with slavery.
  534. You don’t know what you can get away with until you try.
  535. You can’t just have slogans, you can’t just have catchy phrases. You have to have an agenda. And I think what the Republican Party has to do, if it’s going to incorporate the tea party efforts in it, is to come up with an agenda that the American people can see, touch, and actually believe in, and something they believe in.
  536. Wouldn’t it be great if we could look forward to a whole world in which no child will be left behind?
  537. When you decide to get involved in a military operation in a place like Syria, you’ve got to be prepared, as we learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, to become the government, and I’m not sure any country, either the United States or I don’t hear of anyone else, who’s willing to take on that responsibility.
  538. What you’re seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and they’re directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society.
  539. We need to understand that we as citizens and as a government in any community throughout this country have no more important obligation than to educate those who are going to replace us.
  540. We got rid of a terrible dictator. We gave the Iraqi people an opportunity for a new life under a representative form of government.
  541. We all hoped in 2001 that we could put in place an Afghan government under President Karzai that would be able to control the country, make sure al-Qaeda didn’t come back, and make sure the Taliban wasn’t resurging. It didn’t work out.
  542. War should be the politics of last resort. And when we go to war, we should have a purpose that our people understand and support.
  543. Too often we act – ask our schools to be truant officers, our teachers to be truant officers, because we’re giving them children who have, you know, they’re not ready to learn. And if they’re not ready to learn by the third grade, they know they’re behind.
  544. Today I can declare my hope and declare it from the bottom of my heart that we will eventually see the time when that number of nuclear weapons is down to zero and the world is a much better place.
  545. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
  546. There are lots of countries that are having these kinds of internal civil wars in other parts of the world and nobody is talking about intervening.
  547. The purposes of the United States should not be doubted. The Security Council resolutions will be enforced – the just demands of peace and security will be met – or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power.
  548. The only bipartisanship you ever see is when they finally sign a bill and everybody says, ‘Gee, isn’t that wonderful?’
  549. The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.
  550. The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
  551. The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.
  552. The United States is not stingy. We are the greatest contributor to international relief efforts in the world.
  553. Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.
  554. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
  555. Some of the generals are saying, ‘We’re making progress. We are clearing an area.’ But you really don’t defeat the Taliban by clearing an area. They move.
  556. So like any football or basketball coach, you always always believe you’re going to win.
  557. Politics is not bean bags. It’s serious, tough stuff.
  558. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
  559. Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.
  560. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.
  561. Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.
  562. Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it.
  563. My own experience is use the tools that are out there. Use the digital world. But never lose sight of the need to reach out and talk to other people who don’t share your view. Listen to them and see if you can find a way to compromise.
  564. Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they’re being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I’m black. I tell them, ‘Don’t stop now. If I shot somebody you’d mention it.’
  565. Look at the world. There is no pure competitor to the United States of America.
  566. Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
  567. It’s not just a matter of whether you support Obama or Romney. It’s who they have coming with them. I always keep my powder dry, as they say in the military.
  568. It’s nice to say let’s be bipartisan. But we’re a partisan nation. We were raised as a partisan nation.
  569. It’s a disgrace that we have millions of people who are uninsured.
  570. It was the Congress that imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ it was certainly my position, my recommendation to get us out of an even worse outcome that could have occurred.
  571. It isn’t enough just to scream at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations. We need our political system to start reflect this anger back into, ‘How do we fix it? How do we get the economy going again?’
  572. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
  573. In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that’s called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.
  574. In other words, don’t expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say ‘we have a problem, let’s go and get it’.
  575. If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
  576. If a leader doesn’t convey passion and intensity then there will be no passion and intensity within the organization and they’ll start to fall down and get depressed.
  577. I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.
  578. I try to be the same person I was yesterday.
  579. I think whether you’re having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.
  580. I think the Iranians are clearly determined to have a nuclear program. And we have to assume that with a nuclear program they have the capability and the will to create a nuclear weapon.
  581. I respect the fact that many denominations have different points of view with respect to gay marriage and they can hold that in the sanctity in the place of their religion and not bless them or solemnize them.
  582. I don’t want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.
  583. I don’t think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that’s now history.
  584. I don’t know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community.
  585. I consider myself a moderate Republican. I have very, very moderate social views, and I’m pretty strong on, on defense matters.
  586. I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but the policies they will bring in, the people they will bring in, who they might appoint to the Supreme Court, and look at the whole range of issues before making a decision.
  587. Have fun in your command. Don’t always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it, spend time with your families.
  588. Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.
  589. Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
  590. Get mad, then get over it.
  591. Foe means enemy. Now, will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time, and we get mad at them? That’s part of the normal diplomatic relations.
  592. Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.
  593. Experts often possess more data than judgment.
  594. Economy’s got to get moving, we’ve got to get the unemployment rate down. That may be the defining issue of the campaign.
  595. Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it.
  596. Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.
  597. Don’t be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.
  598. But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you’ve got to compromise. You’ve got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.
  599. Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.
  600. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
  601. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
  602. 90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world.
  603. You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.
  604. You might be tough, but you can only be so tough for so long, you know what I mean? The brain can only take so much damage. The body can only take so much damage.
  605. You beat him verbally. You beat him mentally, and then finally, you beat him physically. That’s the three ways to beat a man.
  606. Yes, sir, no, sir, clock in, clock out. Why were you late? Why are you not in today? That’s not how humans are supposed to live.
  607. Yeah, the Mac Life… it’s about sipping some tea, getting together with the knitting circle. You know I like origami, right? That’s how you get to be notorious.
  608. Why go through life if you’re not going to challenge yourself?
  609. When you’re faced with an opponent, the media asks the questions, and I answer truthfully. I don’t hold back.
  610. When I say something’s going to happen, it’s going to happen.
  611. When I prepare, I am not messing around. I find the right places, the right people, and the right environment. Iceland is one of those places.
  612. When I do something, I do it full steam ahead.
  613. When I am free to train and free to move, I feel like a gorilla in the jungle. Then, when there are a bunch of media obligations, I feel like I have been captured and am being kept on display.
  614. What someone else does or doesn’t do has no effect on me and what I do.
  615. What it’s like to be me? You know, it’s good to be me. My life is good.
  616. What can I say? I’m a talker.
  617. We’re the only animal that wakes up and doesn’t stretch.
  618. We come bulletproof in Ireland. We’re reared tough, and we fight.
  619. Trash talk? Smack talk? This is an American term that makes me laugh. I simply speak the truth. I’m an Irish man.
  620. To do anything to a high level, it has to be total obsession.
  621. There’s people that tried to celebrate when I lost that got nothing to do with it. That’s not the sign of a champion.
  622. There’s many ups and downs in the fight game.
  623. There is definitely an addiction to money that I have.
  624. There are a lot of people who don’t know me and what I am all about.
  625. The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it.
  626. The only time my records are going to be broken is by my own spawn. I’m going be training that child out the womb.
  627. The more you seek the uncomfortable, the more you will become comfortable.
  628. The mixed martial arts way of life will give you focus.
  629. The left paw has done me well over the years. I’m not a scientist, I’m a martial artist.
  630. That’s what I do this for, to secure my family’s future. I don’t care about anything else. I’m able to spoil people, and that’s the best thing.
  631. Some people take defeat and losses a certain way. You see how some fighters take losses.
  632. Ritual is another word for fear, manifested in a different way.
  633. Posture for combat is so vital.
  634. People think hard sparring will get you sharp. And you do get sharp in the gym. But anytime I’ve trained that way, I’ve actually been a little bit flatter in the fight. And the knockout shot hasn’t come. It’s almost because my training has been too hard.
  635. People think I’m a celebrity. I’m not a celebrity.
  636. People say that I’m a boxer. I actually started with kick boxing, and then I moved onto boxing, and then I moved onto grappling.
  637. People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that’s it.
  638. People are so caught in a routine, doing the same things over and over.
  639. Not a lot of people or pros in this game know how to train correctly. That’s why they don’t have a long career. Their body gets banged up. They get into a rhythm of heavy sparring and heavy work, but through that, they’re limiting movement.
  640. Nobody is my boss.
  641. My unpredictability is what separates me. If you move in so many ways, your opponent is not focused on what he’s doing. He’s focusing in on what you’re doing, and it freezes him. When they freeze and you hit, they shatter like glass.
  642. My success isn’t a result of arrogance – it’s a result of belief.
  643. My preparation is about precision. It is a science.
  644. My goal is to be number one in MMA.
  645. My family’s lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are warriors all through. We are famous all through the world for our fighting capabilities of all generations. So I have no doubt that’s stood to me and that led me down this path and gave me what I have.
  646. My dream is to be World Lightweight Champion in the UFC. Have more money than I know what to do with. And have a great life for my kids, grandkids, and everyone in my family.
  647. Muhammad Ali is a legend, a hero of mine.
  648. Many people don’t understand ring control. They think they do until they’re against someone who really understands how to set traps, how to create holes in the octagon that they fall into.
  649. Life’s a rollercoaster. You’re up one minute; you’re down one minute. But who doesn’t like rollercoasters?
  650. Life is about growing and improving and getting better.
  651. It’s good to make your brain work more than your body.
  652. It could be if I fight in front of one person or one million people. It’s still the same emotions.
  653. If you deserve it, go get it.
  654. If you are surrounded by your competition and you are outworking these people, outmaneuvering these people, it’s hard not to let your confidence take over. It just builds and builds and builds.
  655. If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight.
  656. If I hit a man, his head is gonna go into the bleachers.
  657. I’ve read a lot of books on the laws of attraction, and in my home, I have a big book on Muhammad Ali, which I’ve read because he is, like, a hero of mine, but other than that, no, I’m not a big reader.
  658. I’ve learned new footwork patterns that are very unusual. I’ve learned how to find a lower centre of gravity, and I’ve found more angles to throw shots.
  659. I’ve always felt like there was a lot of hype around me even when there wasn’t. I felt like everyone was talking about me even when no one was talking about me.
  660. I’m not going to get somewhere and say, ‘OK, I’m done.’ Success is never final; I’ll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I’m going to the stars and then past them.
  661. I’m just trying to be myself. I’m not trying to be anyone else.
  662. I’m just looking to learn, grow, stay focused, and become a better fighter and a better athlete.
  663. I’m just a kid that defied the odds. I’m just a kid that ignored the doubt. I’m just a kid from a little place in Dublin, Ireland, that went all the way, and I’m going to continue to go all the way.
  664. I’m interested in movement, and I’m interested in money, and I’m interested in the movement of money.
  665. I’m in the game of spinning plates. I’m spinning a boxing plate. I’m spinning a Tae Kwon Do plate. I’m spinning a Jujitsu plate. I’m spinning a freestyle wrestling plate. I’m spinning a karate plate. If I was to put all them down and have one boxing plate spinning, it would be like a load off my shoulders.
  666. I’m going to change the way martial arts is viewed. I’m going to change the game. I’m going to change the way people approach fighting.
  667. I’m focusing on me. I’m focusing on my family’s security, my family’s financial security, so that’s all I can do.
  668. I’m committed to the fight game.
  669. I’m already the face of the UFC, plus the face of boxing, WWE, and Hollywood.
  670. I’ll die a crazy old man!
  671. I’d love to go into WWE and have a real knock and see what’s what.
  672. I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants hand outs. Everyone wants things for free. You’ve got to put in the work. You’ve got to grind. You’ve got go through the struggle, and you’ve got to get it.
  673. I will fight in many weight divisions.
  674. I want to negotiate what I’m worth. I want to put my analytics forward, man-to-man, and to be like, ‘This is what I’m owed now. Pay me.’ And then we can talk.
  675. I want to be financially secure by the time I have kids.
  676. I want to be an expert in different fighting styles, new training methods, new ways of thinking.
  677. I used to pretend that my Peugeot driving to the gym in the rain in Dublin was a Ferrari on the Vegas strip.
  678. I train and I go home, and when I’m home, I think about training. That’s my life every day, and that’s it.
  679. I think it’s an Irish thing. We don’t really care. We say it as we mean it, and you have to deal with it. The truth is the truth.
  680. I think I am the greatest fighter in any class. I know I can hold two, maybe even three belts.
  681. I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I’m inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.
  682. I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I’m stating facts.
  683. I see fighters make funny videos about me and stick them on Facebook and get 20 likes. When I make a video, I sell it to Fox and make seven figures. That’s the difference.
  684. I run New York City!
  685. I never got into training to be an All-Ireland boxing champ or to win a belt. At the start, I just got into it to learn how to defend myself when I got into situations.
  686. I love money because I’ve earned it. I won sixty G’s with my first knockout – and the week before, I was collecting social welfare.
  687. I like to look good, my friend.
  688. I knew I’d be in the UFC since I started my career.
  689. I kind of love Cole Miller.
  690. I just figured out that if I gave my all into this game – if I put everything into the fight business – then I would eventually run the fight business.
  691. I have the greatest job in the world. I get paid loads of cash for beating the crap out of people. And I’m very good at it.
  692. I have a self-defense mind. I’ve had it all my life.
  693. I have a deep, deep belief that if I tell you I’m going to crack you with a clean shot to the chin inside one minute of the first round and you will be unconscious, well, then that’s what will happen.
  694. I guess I have a little bit of an ego. I’m confidently cocky, you might say.
  695. I feel you’re in charge of your own situation.
  696. I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.
  697. I don’t look at a man who’s expert in one area as a specialist. I look at him as a rookie in ten other areas.
  698. I don’t fight in chase of an individual. I hear this sometimes where fighters work their whole careers to reach a matchup with a certain individual. I do not think in that way.
  699. I don’t feel that emotion is a good thing to have in combat. You must be cold.
  700. I don’t feel pressure in a negative way. I like pressure. I feel excitement and calm at the same time. No pressure, no diamonds. I want pressure: pressure creates drama, creates emotion.
  701. I don’t feel bitterness, I don’t feel anger towards anybody. Fighting is never emotional to me.
  702. I certainly would not like to end up in a tie-up with Ms. Rousey.
  703. I carry the flag of Ireland all the time. I want to represent my country.
  704. I break orbital bones.
  705. I believe in believing. My coach John Kavanagh is a big atheist, and he is always trying to persuade people to his way of thinking, and I think, ‘What a waste of energy.’ If people want to believe in this god or that god, that’s fine by me; believe away. But I think we can be our own gods. I believe in myself.
  706. I am not stupid. I am a very bright guy. I know that in the fighting game, you get people who get brain damage and do themselves long-term harm.
  707. I am not afraid of saying something and going and pursuing it. That’s it. I see it in my mind. I say it out loud. I go and do it.
  708. I am in the fighting game. I don’t care about anything else. I don’t watch the news, I don’t care about politics, I don’t care about other sports. I don’t care about anything I don’t need to care about. This is my sport: it is my life. I study it; I think about it all the time. Nothing else matters.
  709. I am fearless.
  710. I always teach myself calm and visualization stuff.
  711. I always put myself out there. I’m not afraid to commit to something.
  712. Glutes are power.
  713. From the moment I open my eyes, I’m trying to free my body. I’m trying to get looser, more flexible, to gain control. Movement is medicine to me.
  714. Everything I’ve been thinking, every vision, even down to every shot I throw, it just ends up here in reality. Whether it was in a fight and how to react or whether it was in a stadium with screaming fans or whether I was in a fancy car or the best clothes ever, I always put myself somewhere.
  715. Even when I was a kid, everything I had was the best.
  716. Competition gives me energy. It keeps me focused.
  717. Clean fighting solves everything. It ends all bad blood and any ill feelings people have. That’s my thoughts.
  718. Cage Warriors is a brilliant organisation. They’re doing great things for European MMA, and they’re giving the platform for guys like me who came through. They’re vital. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I got.
  719. Boxing is limited fighting with a specific rule set. Fighting is true, where you can do anything.
  720. At 155, I will be the same animal, an even better animal.
  721. Any top-level athlete, it’s always the same. There’s always that hint of arrogance there… It’s hard to be humble when you’re the best.
  722. A lot of people cry and complain and put their hand out and beg. It never goes well.
  723. A good feeling for me is when you train, and then you put on fresh clothes. New clothes after a training session – you have this rush of endorphins from exercise that everybody gets, and then you get that nice feeling of fresh clothes. It’s a double whammy.
  724. ‘This guy’s a clown! He’s just all talk!’ I’ve heard that many times in my career. And then they’re sleeping in the middle of the octagon.
  725. You gotta water your plants. Nobody can water them for you.
  726. You gotta understand: I believe a woman should praise the man, the king. If you holding it down for your woman, I feel like the woman should praise. And the man should praise the queen.
  727. Winning, to me, is easy. Winning more is the challenge.
  728. When my record comes on, you know that’s a DJ Khaled record. That’s my formula, and the people love it.
  729. When it comes down to my brand, We the Best, we’re about the people and whoever is passionate and in love the way I’m in love when it comes down to the headphones I’m promoting.
  730. When it all got taken away, I was becoming a young man. So I had to sacrifice to leave my family… Sleeping in my car, getting an apartment for a month and getting evicted the next month. Staying in the $25, $50 hotels.
  731. When I inspire myself, I want to spread the word because its important to be healthy. I don’t think they’re teaching us enough about that. I think we should eat better and exercise. Look who’s saying that – a guy who was 300 pounds – but I’m doing a lot better than I used to. I’m letting people know its important because it makes you feel better.
  732. What’s so beautiful about Miami is that we support each other. We’re just one big family, not just the entertainers, just everyone in general.
  733. We want justice, but at the same time, we gotta love and come together and bring unity, and I feel it’s gonna happen.
  734. We can take a ‘It was hard to get there.’ But we ain’t taking no loss. We’re going to win.
  735. We all want to win more, but it’s all about being blessed and embracing your blessings. We have life.
  736. To keep the business going, you gotta keep it boomin’.
  737. The thing is that what you see on Snapchat, that’s DJ Khaled. That’s Khaled for real. That’s Khaled.
  738. The new Khaled is enjoying life, man. Because you know what, nobody is going to congratulate you on what you really deserve.
  739. The key is to vote because we need a vote to put the people in power that we want to represent us.
  740. That’s when you know you’re the greatest: when you’re the greatest, and people still put odds against you.
  741. Sometimes, you might meet somebody that you love that’s turning into a ‘they.’ My key is invite them to Miami and take them to the ocean and let them jump off the boat in the ocean, on the sand bar, and cleanse off and pray and then go take a shower, and hopefully the ‘they’ is out of you.
  742. Put it this way: If I asked, ‘How’s business?’ and you say, ‘Boomin’ or ‘Amazing,’ I already know the answer.
  743. People will try to bring you down, but you gotta go up.
  744. One of my major keys is actually the master keys: God.
  745. No one ever told me I should eat egg whites or drink a gallon of water each day.
  746. Nicki Minaj, will you marry me?
  747. Nicki Minaj, I’m at MTV. I’m going to be honest with you: I love you. I like you. I want you; I want you to be mine. Only reason I’m not telling you this face to face is because I understand that you’re busy.
  748. My whole life and my whole career, even through my music, I tell people: let’s unify; let’s show more love.
  749. Meeting President Obama was amazing. Very inspiring.
  750. Love to everybody who is out there progressing and taking things to the next level.
  751. Love is the most powerful thing in the world, and you know, what love brings is joy.
  752. Lil Wayne, that’s my brother. Birdman, that’s family.
  753. Key is never be afraid of being yourself. Never!
  754. Jeb Bush, I appreciate you. You a leader. You a Bush.
  755. It’s safe to say headphones is a good business.
  756. It feels good being a restaurant owner because it’s part of my dreams of being the biggest mogul.
  757. It confuses me and disappoints me when somebody says, ‘What does he do? What does he do?’ My records are some of the biggest anthems ever. What do you think, they magically just appear? Obama walked out to my record.
  758. Imagine your family finally making it from nothing to something, and finally getting things going, and finally buying a beautiful house and taking care of your children – and the next day, it’s completely all gone. Zero. Boom. Flat broke. So that’s when I had to man up.
  759. If I’m in the ‘hood, I like Chef Creole’s Haitian rice and stewed chicken.
  760. I’ve been blessed to be somebody that’s been climbing that success mountain top for years of hard work, you know, but now it’s all connecting. And now, the whole world is watching, you know what I’m saying, and it feels good ’cause it’s good energy. This is all positive vibes, and good vibes and good energy, so it feels incredible.
  761. I’ve been a mogul and executive since the beginning of my career. People are just born with that skill.
  762. I’ve always been a fan of the VMAs, and I’ve always worked hard just to get a ticket to go to the VMAs.
  763. I’m the king of the anthems.
  764. I’m one of them guys that tries to make everything the best of the best, so sometimes I’m out of control with it.
  765. I’m not ashamed to say I fear something.
  766. I’m just changing the game because I know what the fans want and the people want ’cause I’m a fan of hip-hop.
  767. I’m honored that everybody’s inspired off my inspiration.
  768. I’m gonna go hard no matter what because I gotta feed my family, and I gotta feed myself.
  769. I’m definitely gaining new fans, and that’s the key of any success… gain more love.
  770. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a young mogul. I’m blessed.
  771. I’m all about peace. I’m all about unity. I’m all about love.
  772. I would love to work with Eminem, Dr. Dre. I wish I could have been in the studio with Bob Marley.
  773. I would love to get Rihanna on a Khaled song. That’s my friend, but every time I’m around her, I get shy.
  774. I want to lose weight because I want to be focused, meaning healthy.
  775. I want to appeal to everyone. Because I’m not saying I’m the best, but we the best.
  776. I want more of my favorite artists or more of the guy that makes the anthems. I want more.
  777. I wanna thank MTV and the VMAs for choosing me to be a part of the show because, on this show, if you not an icon or upcomin’ icon, you’re not on the show, you know?
  778. I wake up every day inspiring myself, because God gave me life.
  779. I tell myself every day I love my Jacuzzi, I love my marble floors, I love my high ceilings.
  780. I stayed focused, and I never surrendered, and now I’ve been blessed. now I take care of my mother, my father, and my entire whole family.
  781. I remember they used to tell me, they said, ‘Khaled, you can’t get a Rolls-Royce; you need to get one of them small ones.’ So I went and bought a Phantom.
  782. I remember I used to sleep on my records. In a room with no furniture. I remember I used to sleep in my car.
  783. I put together amazing records, whether that’s finding the beat or putting the right hook on there, and picking the right artists on the record. That’s me being an A&R. And I’m making sure that they give me their best.
  784. I put out tapes, but I always kept saying, ‘Why am I putting all this energy into these tapes?’ I was like, ‘I’d rather make just an album because I have a vision; I know how I want to do my records.’ I always felt like an artist as well.
  785. I put cocoa butter all over my face and my iconic belly and my arms and legs. Why live rough? Live smooth.
  786. I love stuff from the Holy Land. It makes me feel blessed.
  787. I love having an unlimited supply of cocoa butter.
  788. I love Chris Brown. He’s a superstar. He’s one of the best singers out there.
  789. I know love is the answer.
  790. I feel real good because it’s about representing the young world and how to uplift each other and how to push us to be greater and make sure we don’t fall or get trapped or get in trouble, you know what I mean. Stay focused, you know what I mean.
  791. I feel like people can relate to me because we all go through wins and roadblocks and passion and pain, and it’s a vibe.
  792. I don’t think I would run for president.
  793. I don’t have no favorite rock bands. I’m a fan of rock music, though.
  794. I can move any crowd.
  795. I always wanted to have a headphone line but I feel like I’m going to do more than just headphones eventually, but we want to wake the world up right now with this.
  796. I always make my dreams into goals.
  797. Fresh sneakers are important on a man. It’s like a new pair of boxers or a new pair of socks.
  798. For me to talk with Obama and the conversation I had with him, I was letting him know that me and my fans have a special connection, and it’s love, and I believe that love is the answer.
  799. For a date night with my girlfriend, we go to Zuma for Japanese.
  800. Fan Luv is a powerful positive movement. All over the world they come. It’s a force of luv.
  801. Everyone I look up to is bringing me into the tech world. You’d be surprised by all the music people in it, invested in it.
  802. Everybody around me had a Snapchat, and I said I would never get on it. I’m still on Instagram, you know? They convinced me to get Snapchat.
  803. Every summer’s mine.
  804. Every dollar I made from DJing, I put into my videos, promotion – everything.
  805. Every album, I make big records. I’m going to always make an anthem. That’s what I do.
  806. Even before Snapchat, you go back into my career from Day One or interview people that knew me for 25 years, they’re going to tell you I’ve been DJ Khaled my whole life.
  807. Don’t ever play yourself.
  808. Be a player; don’t play yourself. And don’t play basketball. That’s not your sport, Jeb Bush.
  809. Basically, I’m one of the greatest producers ever. And I’m also one of the greatest DJs ever. And I’m also one of the best executives ever.
  810. Basically what I’m trying to tell you is that it’s almost impossible to drive a jet ski at night time unless you’re in a city with lights lit up so you can navigate. Besides being pitch black, that water turn black at night. Listen, I don’t recommend it.
  811. At the end of the day, I understand that life has road blocks, and life is like school – you’ll be tested; we gotta pass it.
  812. At the end of the day, I pray for the best.
  813. All of my records, I produced, put together completely. All of them. Maybe Drake might come with an idea, and I might finish it. You gotta remember what a producer is. Quincy Jones is a producer.
  814. All my records and videos were groundbreaking.
  815. A producer gets the whole vision done from top to bottom, to making the record to having the record delivered to the world. That’s a producer.
  816. A Khaled record is always the best.
  817. ‘They’ is… stay away from them, please. There is so many different definitions of ‘they.’ You might have a personal ‘they.’ They against you; they want you broken and miserable. They don’t like winners; they don’t like people who’s blessed. So everybody’s got a different ‘they.’
  818. ‘They’ are the people that don’t believe in you, that say that you won’t succeed. We stay away from ‘They.’
  819. Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.
  820. You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.
  821. You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
  822. You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.
  823. You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.
  824. When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.
  825. When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.
  826. We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do.
  827. Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
  828. Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.
  829. There is only one way… to get anybody to do anything. And that is by making the other person want to do it.
  830. There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.
  831. There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.
  832. The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
  833. The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most.
  834. The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping .
  835. The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.
  836. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  837. The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use?
  838. The expression a woman wears on her face is far more important than the clothes she wears on her back.
  839. The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure.
  840. Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you’ve said.
  841. Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
  842. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
  843. Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.
  844. Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
  845. People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
  846. Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.
  847. Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.
  848. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
  849. Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.
  850. Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
  851. Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
  852. It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
  853. Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.
  854. Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
  855. If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.
  856. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
  857. If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.
  858. If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.
  859. If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
  860. If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, they would stop worrying.
  861. Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.
  862. Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
  863. First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst.
  864. Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
  865. Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.
  866. Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.
  867. Each nation feels superior to other nations. That breeds patriotism – and wars.
  868. Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
  869. Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
  870. Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
  871. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
  872. Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
  873. Applause is a receipt, not a bill.
  874. Act enthusiastic and you will be enthusiastic.
  875. You do the policy, I’ll do the politics.
  876. You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be.
  877. When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it’s always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there.
  878. When I talked to him on the phone yesterday. I called him George rather than Mr. Vice President. But, in public, it’s Mr. Vice President, because that is who he is.
  879. When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.
  880. What you guys want, I’m for.
  881. What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.
  882. What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.
  883. Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts.
  884. We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
  885. We will move forward, we will move upward, and yes, we will move onward.
  886. We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America.
  887. We shouldn’t have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say.
  888. We should develop anti-satellite weapons because we could not have prevailed without them in ‘Red Storm Rising’.
  889. We have to do more than just elect a new President if we truly want to change this country.
  890. We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.
  891. We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.
  892. Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win.
  893. Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things.
  894. Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists.
  895. Tobacco exports should be expanded aggressively because Americans are smoking less.
  896. This election is about who’s going to be the next President of the United States!
  897. This President is going to lead us out of this recovery.
  898. They need help, and we have helped, and we are here to help. And we are helping, and we’re going to continue to help.
  899. The thing is, if you control the Senate meetings, you control the gavel. And the gavel is a very important instrument… an instrument of power. An instrument that establishes the agenda.
  900. The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy?
  901. The loss of life will be irreplaceable.
  902. The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other.
  903. The future will be better tomorrow.
  904. The President is going to benefit from me reporting directly to him when I arrive.
  905. The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century.
  906. The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.
  907. Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite.
  908. Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren’t. I don’t know if its the way you say it, or how you look.
  909. Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child.
  910. Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us.
  911. Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.
  912. People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite.
  913. People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.
  914. One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’.
  915. My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right.
  916. Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we’re going forward to tomorrow or whether we’re going to go past to the – to the back!
  917. Let me just be very clear that the Republican Party will select a nominee that will beat Bill Clinton.
  918. Japan is an important ally of ours. Japan and the United States of the Western industrialized capacity, 60 percent of the GNP, two countries. That’s a statement in and of itself.
  919. It’s wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago.
  920. It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system.
  921. It’s rural America. It’s where I came from. We always refer to ourselves as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America.
  922. It’s a very good historical book about history.
  923. It’s a question of whether we’re going to go forward into the future, or past to the back.
  924. It shows ‘us vs. them’, and I’m on the ‘us’ side.
  925. It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.
  926. In George Bush you get experience, and with me you get – The Future!
  927. Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it.
  928. If you give a person a fish, they’ll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they’ll fish for a lifetime.
  929. If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check.
  930. I’ve never professed to be anything but an average student.
  931. I’m going to be a vice president very much like George Bush was. He proved to be a very effective vice president, perhaps the most effective we’ve had in a couple of hundred years.
  932. I was known as the chief grave robber of my state.
  933. I want to be Robin to Bush’s Batman.
  934. I understand the importance of bondage between parent and child.
  935. I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made.
  936. I spend a great deal of time with the President. We have a very close, personal, loyal relationship. I’m not, as they say, a potted plant in these meetings.
  937. I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe.
  938. I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.
  939. I just don’t believe in the basic concept that someone should make their whole career in public service.
  940. I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.
  941. I have a very good family. I’m very fortunate to have a very good family. I believe very strongly in the family. It’s one of the things we have in our platform, is to talk about it.
  942. I don’t watch it, but I know enough to comment on it.
  943. I do have a political agenda. It’s to have as few regulations as possible.
  944. I deserve respect for the things I did not do.
  945. I couldn’t help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake.
  946. I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change.
  947. I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican.
  948. Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here.
  949. Great American sport. Horseshoes is a very great game. I love it.
  950. For NASA, space is still a high priority.
  951. Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out and you want to catch it and bring it back. You can’t do that. It’s gone, gone forever.
  952. El Salvador is a democracy so it’s not surprising that there are many voices to be heard here. Yet in my conversations with Salvadorans… I have heard a single voice.
  953. Bobby Knight told me this: ‘There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.’ In other words a good offense wins.
  954. Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement.
  955. We were then in a dangerous, helpless situation, exposed daily to perils and death amongst savages and wild beasts, not a white man in the country but ourselves.
  956. Soon after, I returned home to my family, with a determination to bring them as soon as possible to live in Kentucky, which I esteemed a second paradise, at the risk of my life and fortune.
  957. One day I undertook a tour through the country, and the diversity and beauties of nature I met with in this charming season, expelled every gloomy and vexatious thought.
  958. On the fourth day of July following, a party of about two hundred Indians attacked Boonsborough, killed one man, and wounded two.
  959. Nature was here a series of wonders, and a fund of delight.
  960. Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day.
  961. May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition!
  962. Let peace, descending from her native heaven, bid her olives spring amidst the joyful nations; and plenty, in league with commerce, scatter blessings from her copious hand!
  963. In this time the enemy began to undermine our fort, which was situated sixty yards from Kentucky River.
  964. In this situation I was constantly exposed to danger and death.
  965. In the decline of the day, near Kentucky river, as we ascended the brow of a small hill, a number of Indians rushed out of a thick cane-brake upon us, and made us prisoners.
  966. In such a diversity it was impossible I should be disposed to melancholy.
  967. I was happy in the midst of dangers and inconveniences.
  968. I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.
  969. I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.
  970. Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is.
  971. During our travels, the Indians entertained me well; and their affection for me was so great, that they utterly refused to leave me there with the others, although the Governor offered them one hundred pounds sterling for me, on purpose to give me a parole to go home.
  972. Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections.
  973. All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
  974. A zeal for the defence of their country led these heroes to the scene of action, though with a few men to attack a powerful army of experienced warriors.
  975. You wouldn’t have the same art on the walls at every restaurant or the same waiter uniforms. Neither should you have the same service style at every restaurant.
  976. You cannot open a major New York restaurant today and not be aware that showbiz will play a role.
  977. You can’t let challenges argue you out of doing what you know is the right thing.
  978. Whole Foods has been brilliant at changing the way food is produced because they just won’t buy it if it doesn’t meet their standards.
  979. When the economy goes sour, there are three different kinds of restaurants that do well: the smaller-scale neighborhood restaurants that don’t ask much of you; those that have banked enormous goodwill by offering great value during the boom; and those with proven records of excellence, a sure thing.
  980. When push comes to shove, baseball is one of my favorite things in the world.
  981. When chefs like Wolfgang Puck became household names, that became a compelling reason for an intelligent young person to go into the cooking profession. There have been no waiters who have turned into household names. The service and hospitality aspects have clearly lagged behind the kitchen.
  982. When I was young, I had no choice as to what I was eating.
  983. What you can do is present existing flavors in a fresh way, in a fresh context.
  984. Wearing a baseball cap or sleeveless shirt in a white-tablecloth restaurant is rude and makes other diners upset, just like someone on a cellphone.
  985. Use your time well. Everyone gets time equally. It doesn’t matter how much money you make.
  986. Union Square Cafe is all soul, not brain.
  987. Today, it’s almost the outlier if people are not photographing what they ate and then sharing that in real time.
  988. There are three things that people pick up on the instant they walk into your home on Thanksgiving. They will be able to feel the human energy. They’ll smell the food. And they will see, instantly, the table.
  989. There are a zillion variables to a hamburger. What part of the animal went into it. What coarseness. What temperature.
  990. The part of capitalism that doesn’t work for me is when capitalists make decisions in the way that Adam Smith suggested, which is that as long as you do everything in the interest of the investor, you’re going to actually make the best decisions for all other stakeholders. I don’t happen to agree with that.
  991. The only thing I hate is when bad food is paraded as something great, and people are charging a lot for it.
  992. The most important thing you can do is make the distinction between customer service and guest hospitality. You need both things to thrive, but they are completely different.
  993. The great thing about capitalism is that it’s a system that works.
  994. The cooking standards for Italian food are less demanding than for French. All you need are some fried mozzarella and five pastas, and you’re in business.
  995. Steak and its accompaniments – wine, vegetables, potatoes and generous desserts – is a primal source of pleasure to which many people can relate.
  996. Sometimes, early in their careers, chefs make the mistake of adding one too many things to a plate to get attention. If a chef is just coming up with wiz-bang gimmicks on their plate, that has nothing to do with bringing real pleasure to people.
  997. Some people are near- or farsighted – I’m thorn-sighted. The thorns on the rose are in really sharp definition for me, the rose petals a little fuzzier.
  998. Short of hiring a new staff, consider giving subpar workers a chance to improve. Tell them why they’re not measuring up and give them a set amount of time to make specific improvements.
  999. Shake Shack started off as a summer hot dog cart in Madison Square Park. It was not meant to be a company – it was completely accidental. It started off as an expression of community building.
  1000. Service is how product is delivered – the technical aspect.