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I grew up in an agricultural family, and I never distanced myself from where the food comes from. I think it’s quite natural.
There’s a lot of rednecks in the country where I grew up.
I grew up Catholic, so I feel guilty about everything.
I grew up riding horses since I was eight. I rode English style and competed every weekend. I had two horses, Scout and Camille, and they were my babies. It taught me a lot about responsibility and commitment. I hope horses will always be in my life.
I studied fine arts and architecture, but I decided to move into movie design because I grew up in a small town in the Marche region and spent a lot of time after school in the movie theater.
I grew up listening to a lot of emo music, a lot of rock music, a lot of rap music, a lot of trap music, funk, everything.
I grew up around lots of men – my father, my brothers, my uncles – so I wasn’t intimidated by them.
I grew up playing with kids from Hurt Village, playing with kids from other housing projects, Lamar Terrace, because my grandmother lived in that particular area. So, I always wondered how I would have turned out if I would have lived in that particular given circumstance.
So I grew up in a very book-friendly environment and my education as a writer was reading. I think that’s the best education. Reading, and taking from the people I admired.
I wanted to be a hockey player. Where I grew up, the basketball courts were rarely used. I was terrible in school and actually said, ‘I’m going to be a hockey player.’
I grew up in a family that was working-class, which taught me to be careful with money.
I believe I am strong mentally. My breaking points might be bigger than most players. I think it’s because of the way I grew up with my two older brothers. They pushed my limits quite often – once every day, I think! I think that played a big role in my breaking point being bigger than most players. Not all players.
I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.
I grew up in Bedford, N.Y., and it was close enough to Jones Beach on Long Island that every summer my mother would pack the car for the day, and we would drive to the beach!
I love food, all types of food. I love Korean food, Japanese, Italian, French. In Australia, we don’t have a distinctive Australian food, so we have food from everywhere all around the world. We’re very multicultural, so we grew up with lots of different types of food.
I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland and am hugely honoured to have come from very rich Irish sporting roots… I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland. That is my background and always will be.
There are definitely some folks in my hometown who are unhappy with the way I portrayed my hometown… But I think most folks realize I wrote this book not to disparage the hometown but to really try to understand why so many kids who grew up like I did struggled.
I grew up on Cape Cod. We didn’t live right on the water, but I could walk to it and did every day.
I grew up believing my sister was from the planet Neptune and had been sent down to Earth to kill me. I believed this because my sister Emily convinced me of it when I was a toddler. I think she’d seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers and her imagination ran away with her. There’s a part of me that still believes it.
I grew up poor with a very distinctive working-class accent. In England in the 1980s and 1990s this would have impeded my professional advancement. This background has never set me back in America.
My memories of my childhood are wonderful memories. I feel that I was privileged because I grew up in a beautiful city. It is Catania, on the eastern coast of Sicily. It’s a place filled with sun, close to the beach.
I’m not actually from Compton – I’m from South Central Los Angeles, and my father still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I’m there all the time.
I didn’t actually know what a vegetarian was until I was 13 years old. I know in this day and age it’s hard to believe that, but I think because I grew up on a farm, I wasn’t indulged in magazines, newspapers, Internet, television. And so, for some reason, I was never exposed to what a vegetarian was.
I’m from the DMV. I grew up in Maryland my whole life and I was born in Washington D.C.
A lot has changed since I grew up, but there’s still a long way to go. I don’t think we can move forward with Donald Trump as the president. There’s a disconnect there. We don’t want to regress, we want progress.
I grew up listening to a lot of Chief Keef, Lil B, all that.
I grew up in a very small country town, so I was exposed to horses at quite a young age, but I used to cry and run; they seemed so powerful and so unpredictable.
I did grow up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, around a lot of my mom’s family. I had a lot of cousins and aunts and uncles around me, and my sisters and my brother. Probably the most formative part of it was that we grew up on the edge of a forest. It wasn’t a big forest, but it was enough. When you’re a kid, it feels gigantic.
I grew up in a middle-class family. I went to law school.
I grew up in the era of Keira Knightley, so I’ve seen every one of her movies a few times.
I grew up in a small town in the Netherlands which, for years, had been a center of textile production.
I grew up with lacrosse in my life because my dad played lacrosse all throughout college, so I grew up with the gear in my house – like the sticks, the helmet.
I used to bodyguard for Muhammad Ali, Leon Spinks, Sugar Ray Leonard. I used to bodyguard a lot of diamond merchants; I would travel with a suitcase full of diamonds and take them from point A to point B. My reputation grew because I was a professional. I did my job, and I was courteous – a no-nonsense guy.
Although I grew up in very modest and challenging circumstances, I consider my life to be immeasurably rich.
I think people assume that because I talk the way that I talk that I grew up with money, and then I’ve had to say, ‘No, I grew up poor.’ And then I was like, ‘Why do I have to play this game where the only black experience that’s authentic is the one where you grew up in poverty?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous.
I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like – when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn’t look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that’s terrorism, too.
I am an Air Force brat who grew up at various Air Force bases. I changed six schools in about five years and got stability for the first time when I was sent to a boarding school, Rishi Valley. I lived outside of a cantonment-style living and was among an eclectic mix of kids and got exposed to books and other things.
I grew up in a working-class Catholic family in south Louisiana. I went to a state university. I taught literature, wrote a novel that was the novel I wanted to write, and got a couple of good reviews but no real traction. I had no idea how to get a job in TV.
I grew up in San Francisco. And so I’m informed in a certain kind of way about, you know, believing in democracy and believing in America. And I’m a very ardent patriot.
I grew up in big cities my whole life, and in my late 20s, I just felt like I was looking for something else.
I grew up watching television as a kid. It was always something I wanted to pursue.
I grew up weird – very sensitive and highly inhibited. I felt like I was born in the wrong time zone to the wrong people at the wrong place.
I grew up reading science fiction.
I grew up in a commissioned house in the next suburb over, Mount Abbot. It was a two-bedroom house with me, my brother, and my two sisters. Mum and Dad slept in the lounge, and we didn’t have wallpaper.
I grew up in a family with three siblings. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging. It was important for them that we have meaningful and satisfying professions, but they didn’t care as much about success and achievement.
I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and went to a big high school called Douglas McArthur where there was a lot of track and a lot of football. It was a bit like ‘Friday Night Lights.’ I used to spend a lot of time at the track.
I do have many of the same friends I grew up with. Most I’ve known since we were three or four years old! I have made new friends as well.
I grew up in a small farming town called Concord, outside Charlotte in North Carolina.
Because I grew up in Africa, I always see people and try to understand characters as what kind of animal they’d be.
I grew up without a father, so I have to be on point for my kids.
I know when I grew up, it was, if it was daylight outside, get outside. Well, now, with the technological age of computers and everything, everyone’s inside virtually going everywhere they want to go, virtually having relationships, virtually traveling across the neighborhood, virtually going to that island.
I’m just someone who grew up in a small village.
I was born during the war and grew up in a time of rationing. We didn’t have anything. It’s influenced the way I look at the world.
I grew up going to a school where there weren’t a lot of black kids. And so my mother, from a very, very young age, has sensitized me to race.
I was shaped by a pit environment and the Second World War. My playground was on the pit tip at Clay Cross and I grew up with that mining background. My father was a miner and my granddad was a miner, and I would say three out of ten on the street where I was born were working in the pits.
I grew up in a time when there was real segregation. And blacks during the 50s and so forth took a lot of responsibility for their lives because the government didn’t.
I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I’m listening to more modern composers who I can’t even name. But since I’m constantly doing music, it’s difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.
Any kid who grew up with an alcoholic parent will tell you how nauseating it feels never to know what it will be like when you come home.
I love ’70s organic architecture. I am very influenced by the time when I grew up.
I grew up in West Jakarta, in a middle-to-low-class neighbourhood.
I grew up with interesting and funny people. We made our own fun. You had to use your imagination.
Thinking back on it, I’ve been in this business since I was 3, and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.
I grew up listening to all kinds of music. When I came up, you would hear people like Marvin Gaye talking about Sarah Vaughan. You would go to a show and see Ella Fitzgerald performing the music of the Beatles.
I grew up playing hockey and some football, and I always think about the first time you walk into the locker room on a new team. The cliques are looking at you funny, and you make one friend, but then they’re trying to stab you in the back.
I grew up in a village after the war, and in the village, there were almost only women.
I grew up all over Idaho – I was born in Emmett, a very small town.
I love going to the local market and seeing friends that I grew up with… and having conversations. I love the community of Bayonne.
When I was a little kid we moved to Tulsa, then to St. Louis and, by the time I was in kindergarten, we lived in Springfield, Missouri. There I basically grew up.
I grew up Seventh Day Adventist.
I grew up in North Carolina, and I grew up on wrestling.
My mom knew Salman sir, as they grew up together in Bandra. He would often tell my mother Genievev Advani how one day he would be a star. They have been friends for the longest time and would go cycling together.
I grew up watching ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘ and used to dream that I would grow up to be just like her. In a way, ‘Teen Wolf‘ has a lot of those kinds of characters. We’re just kids by day, and yet we’re trying to fight demons and werewolves and bad people and save people that we love.
Most of the music I grew up listening to was not Christian music, although I definitely had a lot of that at home, too.
I grew up in Florida in different cities. I was born in Mississippi. My parents moved a lot, so I moved to Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, all through the South. But my family’s roots were from central Florida, like Daytona Beach area, so we ended up moving there.
When I see someone like Richard Dawkins, I see my father. I grew up with that. I’m basically the child of Richard Dawkins.
I grew up in an immigrant household with an Italian father who came to the U.S. when he was 15.
I grew up in this room filled with musical instruments, but most importantly, I had a family who encouraged me to invest in my own imagination, and so things I created, things I built were good things to be building just because I was making them, and I think that’s such an important idea.
The fundamentals, what I want, which is to take the ball, try to play as offensive as possible and dominate the game through the ball, is the same. I grew up with that; I was a player with that idea, and I am a coach with that idea.
These people you grew up with, they’re important to you in your life. They’ve been there for you. They’re your friends. They’ve seen you make it. They really are happy for you. But they see you with this new life, with a new set of friends, and it can be hard to balance that.
Government actually grew during the Reagan years.
I grew up in Connecticut – it was really charming, but when I was younger, all I wanted was to get out.
I grew up – my dad, every time I was with my dad, he was always – not always, but he wrote. He’s a writer. So he was always in his office writing. He made a plan and, like, a point of, ‘This is my work. I’m going to do this every day for these amount of hours.’ So I think that’s where I got, like, a work sort of ethic.
I’m a simple man. Grew up in a small town. Came from humble beginnings. No silver spoon.
I grew up in a world that told girls they couldn’t play rock ‘n’ roll.
I was born in Bangalore but grew up in Kolkata and I read, write and speak Bengali.
Like many other people, I grew up with so much adversity and negativity, it would have been easy to get overwhelmed and give in. But by turning negatives into positives, losing into a journey to winning, I have been able to overcome the odds that were against me and change them into motivation for my success.
My mom loves the ’80s. I grew up hearing a lot about the ’80s.
I grew up in a bit of a feminist fantasy with a single mom. I was totally shielded, in a way, from an idea that I couldn’t do something.
I grew up in a house full of women: my mother, grandmother, three sisters, and two female cats. And I still have the buzz of their conversations in my head. As an adult, I have more female friends than male ones: I just love the way that women talk.
I grew up in the countryside and wanted to go to Tokyo. I had Tokyo complex.
My mum and dad ran a family cafe in Sligo for 35 years and worked long hours. We grew up in a very hard-working family and had a lovely atmosphere, as we lived above the restaurant. It definitely made me want to work hard, whatever I chose to do. As the baby of seven kids, I was definitely a bit spoilt.
Things that I grew up with stay with me. You start a certain way, and then you spend your whole life trying to find a certain simplicity that you had. It’s less about staying in childhood than keeping a certain spirit of seeing things in a different way.
I grew up conservative because my mum was a conservative, and when I finally realized what conservatives were, I changed my mind immediately. As children, we tend to copy our parents.
You respect people you grew up around.
I grew up babysitting and always enjoyed it. I love family. A couple of my closest friends have kids, and I’m their godfather, and that’s one of my greatest pleasures in life, just picking them up from school and hanging out with them.
I always tell people that I was raised in Alabama, but I grew up in New York!
I grew up with my grandparents around. I think that’s important for a child. If for no other reason than to hear stories about their parents when they were children.
I was born in South Africa during apartheid, a system of laws that made it illegal for people to mix in South Africa. And this was obviously awkward because I grew up in a mixed family. My mother’s a black woman, South African Xhosa woman… and my father’s Swiss, from Switzerland.
I grew up listening to a lot of 2Pac and a lot of East Coast, West Coast rap; Bad Boy, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Biggie, 2Pac. Super hip-hop, super listening to that raw era of music.
You don’t know how to fix the holes in our ozone layer. You don’t know how to bring salmon back up a dead stream. You don’t know how to bring back an animal now extinct. And you can’t bring back forests that once grew where there is now desert. If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!
I think maybe people see bands and musicians as some sort of superhero unrealistic sport that happens in another dimension where it’s not real people and not real emotions. So, I grew up listening to Beatles records on my floor. That’s how I learned how to play guitar. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be a musician.
I grew up in this weird, educationally elite but economically impoverished environment. Total ‘Oprah‘ story.
I grew up with plenty of smart people. They would beat me at chess; they could solve brain teasers before I could, but then they would struggle in algebra. These were incredibly smart people who simply did not have the foundation in math that I had.
My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment – my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.
As I grew steadily more comfortable in the kitchen, I found that, much like gardening, most cooking manages to be agreeably absorbing without being too demanding intellectually. It leaves plenty of mental space for daydreaming and reflection.
When I was a kid, I figured I would be a physicist when I grew up, and then I would write science fiction on the side. The physicist thing didn’t pan out, but writing science fiction on the side did.
In addition to my cousin, there were 30 or 40 guys I grew up with who became firefighters as well. So, I’ve been around firefighters all my life.
I grew up going to race rings, and I really enjoyed it.
I grew up in Manchester, and we were very poor. My father was a miner who joined the Navy during the war and developed a lung disease and had to have a lung removed.
All girls hit that phase where they like the bad boy. I grew out of that really young and I have a wonderful guy in my life who’s not a bad boy at all. I like the satiric, consistent nice guy.
Where I grew up, in Des Moines, Iowa, there is hardly any downtown economic activity now. Everybody shops in malls – you don’t find a sense of community in malls.
I actually grew up in the City of Pasadena.
I grew up with the Highwaymen, which was Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Mom and Dad rode rodeo, so country music was always in the house and the car. They threw in some Dolly Parton, too.
I grew up under a dictatorship. I knew what it meant for people to not have the ability to freely express themselves.
Something happened when I was in elementary school. A Disney artist named Bruce McIntyre retired, and he had done drawings for ‘Pinocchio‘ and ‘Snow White‘ that was just classic stuff. He moved to the town I grew up in, Carlsbad, and he became a part-time art teacher at our elementary school.
T Bone and I grew up together in Fort Worth, Texas. He had his own recording studio by the time he was seventeen years old. When we were both nineteen he made the first archival recording of my voice.
I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends’ mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing.
Well, first of all, I grew up in New York City, going to first a public school, then a private school, and when I got to the private school in Manhattan, I learned of what we called ‘The Promised Land,’ which are the Hamptons. I’ve always had an affinity for the Hamptons.
I grew up very modest, and I never forget that.
I came from a big family – two brothers and two sisters. So, there were always a ton of boys around and a ton of girls around. So, I grew up comfortable with both sexes.
I grew up in Nova Scotia, and my uncle lived close to the Bay of Fundy. We would walk across the mud flats out to an island, and then you’d climb a cliff and be in the forest. And if the water came in, the basin would fill up with, like, a 30-foot tide. It was phenomenal.
My family was very, very poor. We grew up in an environment that was so nurturing and so caring. Everything around us was beautiful.
Honestly, I grew up in pretty modest circumstances. We were a middle-class family.
I grew up watching YouTube and it was tough feeling like everyone I watched had a perfect life. I couldn’t help but feel that my life sucked when I watched their videos.
I didn’t know what it was not to work hard as I grew up.
I grew up loving TV so much. It was such an integral part of my youth, and I was completely an Emmy geek.
I grew up in the church. I was raised in the church.
I grew up listening to all kinds of music, everything from country to rock, pop, R&B and even rap, so for me, music is music and a great song is a great song.
When we are kids, we imagine that to define ourselves or to find ourselves means charting your own individuality, making your own destiny, and actually running away from your parents and your home and what you grew up with. Of course, as the years go on, we come to find that we become our parents.
I am fourth-generation deaf, which means everyone in my immediate family is deaf. So I grew up always having 100 percent accessibility to language and communication, which was wonderful and something so many deaf people don’t have.
I grew up watching my dad be a singer, so it’s something I’ve always been interested in.
Dance is a universal language, and whether you know how to dance or grew up training in dance, you have a respect for people who love to dance, and it’s also visually very entertaining to watch a great dancer.
I grew up in Germany for a little while, and all my German friends said that Seattle, weather and energy-wise, is a lot like West Germany. It’s true.
I grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. My background was modest, and I worked at a Portuguese bakery in town.
I grew up doing musical theater. I went to a school for musical theater, so that was always what I wanted to do growing up.
We grew up in Texas. We ate fried chicken and steak all the time. I didn’t eat sushi until I was 24.
I have spent a lot of time studying the issue of relationships, how I grew up, my parents’ influence on me. I’ve talked to a therapist,; I’ve looked inward spiritually at myself, and what it seems to come down to is that I’m a Sagittarius. Please don’t make me reveal more than that. It’s tough enough as it is.
I grew up in a little Methodist church that was very rural, very community support-oriented, made up of great people who talked about love and grace and the spiritual experience, but only in rhetorical terms.
I grew up on a lake on the border of Washington and Idaho.
Indians have a big problem with alcohol and drugs. I grew up with an admiration for their culture and was sensitive to their problems.
I have six siblings but grew up an only child. I was adopted by my aunt and uncle.
We grew up with so much love in our family.
People often expect that I should know a lot of things because I’m black. I don’t really explain it to people, but it’s like, I’m from Australia, my Mum’s Aussie, and I grew up with five other Aussie brothers and sisters.
I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
You know, I grew up very self-taught.
You see, when I was young, I loved playing football. But where I grew up in southern Nigeria, it was kind of like a ghetto. It was a tough place to be a kid. You had to work very hard to make a living there, and my family did not have the extra funds to buy a real ball.
As a kid who grew up chubby, I just marveled at the fact that I could be thin.
I grew up with Chief Keef and Lil Reese. We all lived in the same environment, I went to school with them and everything.
When I grew up, you needed to have straight hair. It’s symbolic of needing to be like everyone else, needing to look like everyone else. And what that meant was looking like the dominant ruling class in America.
I grew up a competitive swimmer. I wanted to go the Olympics. Both my parents were professional swimmers. I competed internationally quite often, right up until I moved to California to pursue music.
I grew up with horses and cattle, running around on dirt hills with this real sense of space. We didn’t have neighbours – well, the nearest ones were kilometres away.
I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix.
We wanted a supporting cast that would appeal to Baby Boomers who grew up in the fifties.
I love theater. I grew up doing theater.
The nuclear family doesn’t work. It’s very destructive; it grew out of selfishness.
I knew very little about ‘Spider-Man’. I grew up more in the ‘Superman‘ generation. ‘Spider-Man’ – I didn’t know so much. But it is a really successful franchise, and I’m happy to be involved with it.
I grew up poor. I never had any money. I was a hobo, you know, ride the freights.
My mom was obsessed with Joni Mitchell; I grew up listening to so much of her music. But it was never a prerogative to emulate her.
I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. Everything in moderation. I know that’s really hard for people to understand, but I grew up in an Italian family where we didn’t overdo anything. We ate pasta, yes, but not a lot of it.
My ultimate goal is my son, and a lot of other kids, to not have to grow up the way I grew up. I just give them a different outlook on something. I want to let them know they can have this much fun by doing something legal like me rapping for instance.
I lived next to Russian soldiers. We had Russian army guys in our house when I grew up. We made lemonade for them; they were everywhere. I had a Russian school. I grew up with Russian traditions, I know Russian songs… it infiltrates me a lot. I even speak a little Russian.
My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country, so I grew up in the kitchen. My mom, Zarela Martinez, was by far my biggest influence and inspiration – and toughest critic.
Millennials grew up realizing that they can get the job done without having to go to the office.
I grew six, seven inches in junior year of high school, so I played guard my whole life growing up. So I think there’s where I got my skill set from.
I think losing out on jobs and, you know, being judged on your appearance… I definitely grew a second skin and got used to it, but more so now, I’ve realised it definitely contributed to a lot of things I feel about myself.
I grew up believing my sister was from the planet Neptune and had been sent down to Earth to kill me.
I grew up in a small Southern town, kind of a counterculture to a small Southern mentality.
I grew up on Don Knotts and Jerry Lewis and all the guys from Second City.
I grew up with this idea that songwriters had a great job. My family was Irish Catholic, so if you became a priest or a songwriter, you were golden.
You know, we never grew up with Asian American role models in the entertainment industry, unfortunately. I’d never seen an Asian face singing on TV.
I grew up riding horses and one of the most important things I learned was that when you fall off, you have to get right back up in the saddle.
I don’t mind expressing my opinions and speaking out against injustice. I would be doing this even if I wasn’t a writer. I grew up in a household that believed in social justice. I have always understood myself as having an obligation to stand on the side of the silenced, the oppressed, and the mistreated.
I grew up quickly at St. Mirren. I realized that if we got relegated, it wasn’t just me who was affected, it was the people at the club who could lose their livelihood and whole families could suffer because of it.
I grew up in the USTA’s junior circuit.
I don’t think a lot of people understand the situations I’ve been involved in and the way I grew up. I took myself away from it and made something out of a bad situation.
My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals – not just cats and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration.
I love my hair. When I was young it had weird kinks and cowlicks in it, but I just grew into it. You grow into a lot of things.
My dad was in my life, and he was actually a very positive influence on me in my life. He was always there. He was a great dad. But my parents divorced when I was 5, so I grew up in a single-parent home.
I grew up in a very spiritual home in a Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, FL. I was raised in the church, and my mother was a very inspirational person in my life.
I grew up in the Bronx where you would stay up late with your girlfriends, just being silly in our bedrooms, whatever. And I was always the clown.
I grew up with a lot of Muslim friends, and the whole idea of revelation has been a lifelong interest of mine.
I grew up speaking Spanish and English. My mother can speak Spanish, English, French and Italian, and she’s pretty good at faking Portuguese. I wish that I spoke more languages than I do.
Darwinism as presented by Darwin contradicted idealistic philosophy, and this contradiction grew deeper with the development of its materialist teaching.
I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me, with my kind of skin and my kind of hair, was never considered to be beautiful.
I grew up playing the piano, but you know, as a rebellious child, I convinced myself that I hated it.
Even with the fact that I grew up in North Carolina, ‘Jim Rash’ just screams ‘Southern boy.’
I grew up, really, in the days before air conditioning. So I can remember what it was like to be really hot, for instance, and I can remember what it was like when your barber shop and your local stores weren’t air conditioned, so it was hot when you went in them and they propped the doors open.
My sister is an opera singer. I grew up going to her recitals. This whole time, I’m like, ‘She’s the singer. I’m just strumming along and yelling.’
I was born Pauline Matthews and grew up in Bradford as one of three children – I had an older brother, David, and an older sister, Betty. My father Fred worked in the mills as a textile weaving supervisor, and my mother, Mary, was a housewife.
I grew up in a big Italian family.
I grew up in the Justice Department. I served 12 years as a line lawyer in the public integrity section. This department under me will not have any kind of political interference. I will not allow political interference in the Justice Department. Those who might attempt to do that will be rebuffed.
I’m a small-town kid who grew up with a cornfield in the back yard and dreaming of serving my country in public office.
Well I am from Annapolis Maryland. I went to High school in Baltimore, but I grew up in Annapolis. It was a cute town. We lived on a waterfront community. It was good, even though I don’t really fit the preppy boater kind of style.
My dad left when I was a little boy and I grew up with my mother’s family. There were foundations in the U.S. where Jewish people got together and sent money to Cuba, so we got some of that. We were a poor family, but I was always a happy kid.
Even in my hometown of Linkoping where I grew up… the church we had was very lavish – very boasty. So it ticked most of the boxes of big, imposing Christianity. And I love being there if I’m in town… because it’s just this haunting place.
I grew up with nothing, so whenever I got to where I could have something I felt like I needed to have everything I couldn’t have when I was young.
If you want to underestimate me because I speak like a Mancunian, like the people I grew up with, then so be it at your peril.
I don’t worry about protein. I don’t worry about all that. I’m from old school. I grew up in south Georgia. They didn’t worry about cholesterol or protein. They went out and worked and lived a long time, so I don’t put a lot of worries in my mind.
I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida – the worst place on earth.
I grew up in the restaurant business, and that’s always something I wanted to do.
I hear all the time that boys don’t like stories about girls. Which never made much sense to me. Wasn’t ‘Terminator’ about a girl? And ‘Alien’? Hell, I grew up on ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ People enjoy stories about anything if they’re good stories.
I grew up poor, black, and working class.
I grew up in a very racially integrated place called Pottstown. It was an agricultural / industrial town which has since become a suburb of Philadelphia. I grew up basically in a black neighborhood.
I grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri, and I just loved film. My folks would take us to the drive-in on summer nights, and we’d sit on the hood of the car. I just had this profound love for storytelling.
Before I became an orphan of the Holocaust my early family life was stable. I grew up as a German Jew in Frankfurt, and I was in a household with two loving parents and an adoring grandmother who spoiled me. My mother helped my father in their wholesale business and they went to synagogue every Friday.
I don’t know a kid who grew up in the ’90s who wasn’t obsessed with Disney, and I guess I never grew out of that phase, honestly. It’s not just Disney: it’s anything that has to do with fairytales for me. I think I just have Peter Pan Syndrome or something.
I grew up in a household with my mother, who was a Holocaust survivor. I very much understand the mentality that you cannot live in the past. You can’t spend your entire life, or even portions of it, looking back and dwelling on things that have already happened. You have to move forward.
I think there’s a void for some authentic soul music with an edge. I think there’s some people who grew up with Motown and Stevie Wonder that still can appreciate Future, Drake, and all these different things, too, but there shouldn’t be a void for those people, as well.
I grew up as a fifth-generation Jew in the American South, at the confluence of two great storytelling traditions. After graduating from Yale in the 1980s, I moved to Japan. For young adventure seekers like myself, the white-hot Japanese miracle held a similar appeal as Russia in 1920s or Paris in the 1950s.
I grew up watching Mickey Mouse and going to Disney World, like, 2,000 times. Mickey Mouse is like my guru.
I have no idea what a British sensibility or a British sense of humor is. I have no concept of what that is. I have no concept of what American sensibility is. I was born in Great Britain, but I was only there for six months, and we moved to Belgium, where I grew up.
Highbridge – everybody rap in Highbridge; everyone grew up rappin’ or playing basketball.
Growing up with my mother who grew up during World War II being half Filipina, half Okinawan, and literally running around the jungles in the Philippines escaping Japanese military chasing after them – I grew up with what they deem now as trauma, generational trauma.
I grew up a Washington Redskins fan, right? I’ve always wanted to play for the team as a kid. I always had dreams and aspirations to play for that team. So, for them to change the name, it really hurt. It hurt deep down inside.
I think every role you do prepares you for the next one. Of course, ‘Nashville‘ has been, and will continue to be, a huge learning experience for me as an actor. It’s something that I grew a lot doing.
Finding ballet gave me passion for the first time in my life. I was always very shy and just wanted to fit in; I never daydreamed about what I wanted to be when I grew up. But dancing gave me a connection to my personality that made me grow.
Only recently have I been introduced to the gym and heavy weightlifting and things like that. Before that, when I grew up, I just did a lot of gymnastics and dance. I had more of an athletic background, but nothing where I was in the gym or using any kind of weights.
I grew up playing on unprepared surfaces where your wicket depended on quickly adapting to the bounce. As a kid, I could never differentiate off-spin from leg-spin. All I looked to do was to try to hit the ball before it pitched.
For people who grew up hunting, especially war veterans, shooting often settled the mind. It was something that required full concentration, and therefore took you away from your troubles, at least for a short time.
I grew up with the biologists. I know how they think.
I lived and grew up in the black and white period of photojournalism.
As I grew older, I realised that Bruce Lee was an actor first and a martial artist second. If he wasn’t a convincing actor and didn’t have the emotion in his eyes before delivering a kick or a punch, it wouldn’t have made that much of an impact.
I was learning book-keeping at the age of 12, but it never stopped me from pursuing literature. Over the years, I grew to love the written word.
During the days of segregation, there was not a place of higher learning for African Americans. They were simply not welcome in many of the traditional schools. And from this backward policy grew the network of historical black colleges and universities.
I obviously identify with the anti-authority figure. I’ve pretty much always had problems with authority, ever since I was a kid. But, yeah, it’s not identifying, I think it’s more a part of my natural DNA that I question anybody who has a plan. Everybody’s got to have an angle; that’s the way I grew up.
My mother’s death brought me to my knees. She was my hero, my role model, my very best friend. I spoke to her every single day of my life. I really tried hard when I grew up to make her proud of me.
I grew up in a show business family, so we’ve always had a great sense of balance, being so close to my parents.
For me, education has never been simply a policy issue – it’s personal. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities in this country.
I have a vivid memory of loving Keith Hernandez, the first baseman for the ’86 Mets. I grew up in Queens, so when the Mets won the World Series that year, it was a big deal.
I never really grew up being political or Labour. It was just a realisation that where you were born mattered. That how you spoke mattered… who you knew mattered.
I grew up playing in clubs – that’s my spiritual stomping ground.
I grew up listening to everybody.
I didn’t grow up playing video games. I grew up catching crawdads in the creek and minnows and lizards and snakes.
I grew up among heroes who went down the pit, who played rugby, told stories, sang songs of war.
My first job was as a groundskeeper at the local ballpark in the town where I grew up. There was a lot of down time, and I got to drive tractor, so it was pretty good gig. I’ve also taught creative writing, dabbled in reviewing and journalism, and toiled as a screenwriter.
I grew up in New Hampshire. My closest neighbor was a mile away. The deer and the raccoons were my friends. So I would spend time walking through the woods, looking for the most beautiful tropical thing that can survive the winter in the woods in New Hampshire.
I try to stay focused on the work and recognize that I’ve been very lucky. Maybe it’s ’cause I grew up with actors, but I’ve seen that recognition comes and goes, so all there really is is your family and friends. You have to maintain those constants in your life. Maintain what’s beyond your work.
I grew up influenced by different cultures, sounds, feelings, emotions, and I want Premiere Classe to be a representation of that.
I grew up in Des Moines. My dad had a house full of books, things like P.G. Wodehouse books and ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte.
I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.
I grew up in a very nice house in Houston, went to private school all my life and I’ve never even been to the ‘hood. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ‘hood.
Washington is a city of important men and the women they married before they grew up.
After adjusting for inflation, the average income of the top 5% of households grew by 38% from 1989 to 2013. By comparison, the average real income of the other 95% of households grew less than 10%.
Zidane was an idol for me, I grew up watching him play. He always asks me to come out playing the ball and that I don’t just sit deep.
I grew up on the back of a motorcycle – my dad didn’t have a car until I was a teenager.
I grew up very fast as a young girl, but I grew slowly into my womanhood.
My uncle is from Trinidad, so, ever since I was 7, I grew up listening to Soca, the genre that’s from there. It’s my favorite sound.
I’m a North Carolina native. Grew up in North Carolina.
I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.
I grew up with pretty much nothing – in the hood, the ghetto – whatever you want to call it.
A lot of the time, the way it’s portrayed is that I only see women in a sexual way. But I grew up with just my mum and sister, so I respect women a lot.
I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance – waiting for the bathroom.
I grew up with an incredibly loving and supportive family that gave me the impression there were a lot of options for me out there.
I grew up in a time when women didn’t really do comedy. You had to be homely, overweight, an old maid, all that. You had to play a stereotype, because very attractive women were not supposed to be funny – because it’s powerful; it’s a threat.
I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
My feeling about growing up in New Jersey was, ‘How come I’m not in New York?’ That being said, I’m older and I have a better worldview now, and so I think I grew up in an incredibly privileged position. The town I grew up in is beautiful. I got a great education, and I’m very grateful for it.
I grew up under Thatcher. I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless. Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that this was actually a very convenient myth for the state.
My two little twin brothers have autism, so I grew up around it and misunderstood it for a long time.
I grew up in small towns in Iowa and the Midwest.
I grew up in front of a television. I guess I’ll grow old inside of one.
I grew up in a middle-class family in Jamaica, I had no self-worth issues whatsoever.
The places I come from have such rich languages, such a variety of expression. In Sierra Leone we have about fifteen languages and three dialects. I grew up speaking about seven of them.
I grew up listening to country music with my dad on the way to school.
I was born in Germany and grew up immersed in international school communities. I was in the German bilingual track, spent a few years in rural Canada, and then went to the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy.
My sister and I are both diagnosed with second-hand smoke syndromes. We have never smoked, but we grew up with second-hand smoke our entire lives.
I’m a Mexican girl from California, and I never grew up thinking I could be in a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. I didn’t really see myself in that. Not that I didn’t grow up loving Rodgers and Hammerstein, but I don’t know – I just never put myself there.
I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I’m one of many siblings.
It was so weird that I would end up directing ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played,’ because, y’know, I’m not a big golfer myself. But I grew up around the game. My mom and dad kind of built their dream house off the 11th fairway of Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth.
There’s always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic ’60’s and ’70’s rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we’re sort of the anatomy of a ’70’s rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the ’50’s and ’60’s.
I grew up surrounded by all types of cultures – French, Indian, Arabic – a melting pot of cultures, sounds, foods, people, and religions. It opened my eyes early, and I’m grateful for that. It’s not about success in one area; it’s about exploring the world musically and spending time in those places whenever you can.
People wrote me off, but I believed in myself. I got the confidence back, and it grew and grew. I won my first major and my last at the place that changed my life.
I grew up in Michigan, in the Detroit area, so cars are sort of in my DNA.
I grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and went to college in Washington D.C.
I’m kind of like both of them: My mother grew up wanting to save the world, and my father grew up wanting to rule the world.
I write about my region, the countryside in which I grew up.
The occult stuff, I grew up having a fascination about world religion and that fascination grew into other religions and other things and I kind of dabbled my way into the occult and started reading about the occult.
I grew up in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington.
I grew up in a tough neighborhood and we used to say you can get further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.
I grew up in Saudi Arabia and India and Cyprus, and I lived in a war-zone myself, and, I mean, I had a pretty bizarre, I guess, nomadic childhood, and so I was really drawn to international relations and political science.
I grew up in Chicago, so I’ve always been a Bears fan.
Coming from a small town it was tough to dream big. When I grew up in a small town in Georgia, my biggest dream was one day to be able to go to Atlanta.
I studied and grew as a man so that the situation of being wrongly accused wouldn’t define me.
There is this tradition, stretching back to Tacitus and Plutarch, that history belongs to the heroes, the emperors. But I grew up among simple people, and their stories just shattered me. It was painful that no one but me was listening to them.
I never understood the realism of an imaginary circumstance. While I was doing ‘Smoke Signals,’ I relied on my instinct and what I grew up with. I had this energy, but it was a one-dimensional thing.
My adult life, I grew up in Chicago. When I go back there, I always have fond memories.
I grew up in a craftsman‘s home, where things were done with our own hands. I did cabinetmaking for four years and I hated it.
I grew up with six brothers, and I’m from Chicago, so princesses and Barbie dolls were not around the house. It was more like sports and comic books, so getting to work for Marvel is like my version of being able to be a princess.
Perugia is my true fatherland because there I grew to manhood.
I grew up surfing. My dad probably put me on a surfboard before I could walk.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of American soap operas. I grew up Spanish, so I grew up watching a lot of novellas.
I grew up in a show business family, so we’ve always had a great sense of balance, being so close to my parents. I’ve always known what is and isn’t reality.
Although I grew up in London, I spent summers in Missouri, where my dad lived. It’s quite a liberal town, Kansas City. You’d be surprised.
No, I grew up admiring people who played ice hockey.
When punk came along, I found my generation‘s music. I grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd, ’cause that was what got played in the house. But when I first saw the Stranglers, I thought, ‘This is it.’
I grew up between Detroit and Ghana, and I had to make friends in an instant. It sharpened my wit, and also, just for my own sanity‘s sake, I felt like I wanted to entertain myself. So I’m going through all these experiences, and I ask myself, ‘Is this crazy? Is it? Wait, what’s so funny about this?’
I grew up watching Steven Spielberg and scary movies.
I grew up in a number of homes and I grew up without a lot of structure. I understand now that damage is part of the journey. Heartbreak. Loss. Gain.
I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, and I think they force you to watch every James Cagney movie.
I grew up in a semi-slum area in Gavipuram, Guttahalli.
I grew up in Austria, and for me real comfort food is Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener Schnitzel and mashed potatoes because it reminds me of my youth… It reminds me when I grow up and it feels very comforting.
I grew up pretty peacefully, in that Eastern way. You easily solve problems, believe in harmony. Reduce conflicts, take orders until one day you give orders.
I grew up with all cultures in the world.
I’ve still got the same friends that I grew up with, I still go to the same places that I used to go to when I was younger, and it’s just a very special place to me. I’m still very proud to call Iowa home.
I grew up watching ‘Dawson’s Creek,’ and I started watching ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ when I was auditioning because I wanted to get a feel of it… then I totally got hooked!
I grew up so conservative. I grew up as an orthodox Jew.
I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and traveled on.
Eleventh grade is when I grew into my body. My athleticism and speed took off.
My whole life, I grew up with this double vision, this vision of America but also Latin community.
Growing up, I didn’t have many comics, but I grew to love these characters through their film and television universes. I’ve been geeking out about these superheroes ever since I could tie a towel around my neck like a cape and jump off my grandmother’s porch.
My brother’s 21 years older than me, so I grew up doing more adult things. Like listening to old music.
Growing up, I always saw the hypocrisy of the Catholic church. The history speaks for itself, and I grew incredibly frustrated and angry. I essentially just put that into my words.
Tsunamis are always big news around Hilo, grew up always getting ready to escape a tsunami.
I grew up in Somerset in southwest England.
I grew up on a farm. We had 11 dogs and, like, 1,500 cattle.
When the others grew tired and went home and there was no one else to play with I used to play my own Test matches on the porch of our house, using a broom handle or a stick as the bat and a marble as the ball. I would arrange the pot plants to represent fielders and try to find the gaps as I played my shots.
I grew up with action movies in my head.
I’m part of that generation that grew up watching TV, and being an actor was all about being on TV or being in films.
I grew up a Catholic and I don’t want to talk badly about the Catholic Church but there’s a lot of routine stuff going on. You say the same prayers, you sit, you kneel, whatever.
I have a bunch of brothers. I grew up with a big family.
I grew up in Marin County, which is a wealthy suburb of San Francisco.
I grew up in a religious environment, and I’m proud of it. I was going to be a priest; I’m proud of it. And I thank God I believe in God, or I would probably be enormously angry right now.
Honestly, I grew up a huge Peanuts fan.
I grew up in a village just outside Le Mans, so nature and fresh air are among the things I love the most.
I grew up in Wicklow, near Roundwood. It’s a beautiful place on the east coast. That’s where I started riding bikes.
When I grew up in West Baltimore, anything associated – and I’m talking about my childhood – with white people 99 percent of the time was something malevolent, like it was an explanatory force for something bad.
I would say I was, I guess, a toddler when I actually found my passion because, when I was little, I used to mimic all these movies and sing all this music that you wouldn’t think a toddler would know. I would think my passion just started there, and it just grew with me.
I’ve never boxed in my life, never been in a military base in my life, never grew up with anyone in the military.
I grew up speaking Korean, but my dad spoke English very well. I learned a lot of how to speak English by watching television.
I grew up obsessively collecting Queen T-shirts and concert posters and rare U.K. imports of their CDs.
Doo-wop is the true music to me, man. Doo-wop was what nurtured me and grew me into who I am, and I guess even when I was in school, the teacher probably thought I had ADD or something every day, because I’d be beating on the desks, singing like the Flamingos or the Spaniels or Clyde McPhatter or somebody.
I’m a country boy. I grew up kicking around the woods, riding dirt bikes, playing football, climbing rocks and all that good stuff, so that’s always been fun.
I grew up in Haifa and enjoyed the wonderful beaches and Mount Carmel that rolls into the Mediterranean Sea. From my early days at home, I remember a strong encouragement to study.
I’ve never seen Madonna. I just grew up listening to her music – I want to see her.
There’s always opposition when you speak on topics like I’m speaking on. But I’m a black man in America. I grew up black in America. You can’t tell me that what I’ve experienced and what I’ve seen is not true.
I grew up in Harlem Grant projects, and I didn’t have a whole lot then. I’ve always been good about only getting what I need, not what I want. Just because someone else has something, I don’t feel the need to.
I grew up on radio, not TV.
I grew up around people that enjoyed life day to day and found pleasure in simple things.
I think we brothers realised his loss more and more as we grew older. We actually grew closer after his death.
I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.
I loved growing up in Canada. It’s a great place to grow up because – well, at least where I grew up – it’s very multicultural. There’s also good health care and a good education system.
AIR grew out of our early thinking about rich Internet applications around 2001. We started to see web developers pushing the boundaries of what could be done inside the browser and taking advantage of Flash in ways that we hadn’t expected.
When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.
I grew up with a clock radio next to my bed.
I grew up the son of a businessman. And I didn’t get into music to be a businessman.
Under the administration of George W. Bush, you will recall, federal spending grew pretty significantly. At the same time, the number of people directly employed by the federal government shrank. One of the factors that explained the difference was contracting.
You know, buffalo are significantly bigger than elk. I grew up near Yellowstone so I’ve been near buffalo. Buffalo are huge.
I love funk! That’s the music I grew up on.
I grew up listening to Hindi music, ghazals and all.
I grew up listening to everything. You know, from Argentinean folk music, tango, jazz, rock, just everything.
If there are things you don’t like in the world you grew up in, make your own life different.
I grew up watching swimming and amazing athletes in Australia and grew up wanting to do the same.
I grew up in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and reading was a big part of my life – I’d get through several books a week.
I grew up in a mud house, in a small village.
My mom has passed down that you can be chic and look beautiful, and you don’t have to break the bank. I grew up like that. She also taught me I don’t have to stress all the time. She’s always been a go-with-the-flow type of woman; that’s how she raised us, and I find that’s how I’m raising my little girls now.
Of course, I’m of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences.
I will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.
I grew up on movie sets, getting to see storytelling happen up close.
I grew up with a fashion-obsessed mother and an older sister, so there was a lot of fashion in my house. The first thing I remember owning was a Pierre Cardin jumpsuit when I was 9 or 10; of course I didn’t actually buy it, but I fell in love with it.
I grew up doing musical theatre in Orlando, Florida. When I was 14, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time – a deliveryman heard me singing and offered to deliver my demo tape to Sony Music. I was just really lucky.
I grew up as the only child, and we did not have a large family. So for me and my mother, our friends tend to become our family.
I grew up a little bit in Germany and then in Switzerland, then in France, the United States and in England, and so it is weird.
I grew up with low self-esteem. I didn’t think I was very pretty. I had glasses, red hair and was generally quite a spod.
I’m a California girl, right? I grew up with that farm-to-table dining before it was sweeping the nation.
My dad grew up in Washington Heights. I grew up in New York in Manhattan. So we’re purebred New Yorkers.
I grew up originally in Rochester. It was where I was born and a very tough neighbourhood with a lot of violence. I consider myself lucky. When I was aged 11, in 1998, Dad moved us to a suburban area from what was a ghetto area. It gave me a chance of survival.
I grew up cursing a lot. It felt natural. My parents told me to stop.
When you grew up like me and my four brothers, you end up feeling somewhat inadequate, like somehow you don’t count.
I grew up in a house of no love or emotion – it kind of sticks with you.
I grew up in Florida and went to school there, and ended up going to University of Central Florida.
I grew up in an immigrant neighborhood. We just knew the rule was you’re going to have to work twice as hard.
My wife grew up loving country music, so I always run songs by her whether I wrote it or if somebody pitched it to me.
I grew up on anime and manga. That’s part of who I am.
People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.
I grew up off ‘The Simple Life‘ where they really made just being a personality a thing.
I grew up with ‘Life’ magazine on the coffee table, Life cereal on the breakfast table, and the game of Life on the card table. People were just so happy to be alive, I guess.
Today, families like the one I grew up in still believe in that American dream. But as President Obama says, it’s a make-or-break moment for the middle class. Mitt Romney‘s plans would make things worse.
I love working with children because, as an only child, I grew up always wishing for siblings.
My parents know I was outgoing as a child, and whenever people came over, I’d automatically do impressions of them as soon as they left; it was my mom’s favorite thing. Yes, I grew up in Hollywood, but not in any rich neighborhood.
I grew up with this crazy upbringing of living many places and always being the new kid in town, not like a service brat where you’re always going to school with other new kids in town. I was constantly arriving in small towns and going to school with kids who’d been together since they were in kindergarten.
I saw what religion did to people when I grew up, and I certainly didn’t want any part of it. That turned me off it.
I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was – Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland’s discrimination.
I grew up in a little town in east Texas where it was really not on the table to question certain things like whether you should eat meat or not.
The first thing that matters: I am a child of the eighties. I grew up in a neon wonderland of talking horses, compassionate bears, hair that didn’t move in a stiff wind, and the constant threat of nuclear war.
When people tell me that I must get my maverick gene from my father, they are only half right. My father and I both have inherited our rebellious personalities from Nana. She has always lived her life on her own terms, something that was once considered quite scandalous, given the times she grew up in.
In the ‘Revelation Space’ books, the spaceships are a bit old and rusty, and things go wrong, and they don’t work quite how they’re meant to. And people asked why I did it this way, and groping around for an explanation, I said that I grew up in Barry, this post-industrial sea town full of rusting infrastructure.
There were very few TV sets when I grew up… We could not see matches and did not know too many players. Only Pele was a household name and he was the one most children idolised.
I grew up around a lot of artists and people passing through. I learned so much from them. I felt the safest with them – and the most endangered.
London is where I grew up, and I know it better than any other place.