We’ve collected the best Quite Quotes from the greatest minds of the world: Nicolas Cage, Peter Tosh, Doris Lessing, B. D. Wong, Laura Marling. Use them as an inspiration.
What’s terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don’t need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you’re capable of better.
Every day is quite unique, which is one of my favorite things!
When I used to return in the early morning after late-night programmes, the first people I see on the roads at the break of dawn are sweepers, newspaper vendors and milkmen. Since they were all from my hometown, I would stop to talk to them before going home. So I am quite used to their lifestyle and work.
It could be that all awful dictators are frustrated artists – Mao with his poetry and Mussolini with his monuments. Stalin was once a journalistic hack, and I can personally testify to how frustrated they are. Pol Pot left a very edgy photo collection behind. And Osama seems quite interested in video.
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
Although I’m only fourteen, I know quite well what I want. I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child. I feel quite independent of anyone.
The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light.
The Senate is a remarkable institution. It is unique. There is no other body, no other political body, no other democratic legislature in the world quite like the U.S. Senate.
I think it’s almost impossible for any expert to predict for the rapid changes we see in the Middle East. They are rapid and they will continue for quite a while.
I was a mixture of being incredibly old for my age and incredibly backwards. I was born quite old, but then I stopped growing. I lived with my mum and dad till I was 30.
The Fourth Amendment is quite clear on the notion that search and seizure must not be unreasonable. It is difficult to think of something more unreasonable than searching the private phone records and digital information of citizens who are suspected of nothing.
With physical prep work, you know if you go to the gym, you will get size. There’s no chance it won’t happen. The emotional prep work is a variable. You could step onto the set one day and have a disconnect with your thoughts and feelings and have a rough day acting because you can’t quite tap into what you need.
Back in my days as a chemistry student, I used to be quite a technocrat. I was firmly convinced that scientists would have cornered God and photographed Him in color by 1951.
I used to be quite laid back and that. But obviously the more you’re in the public eye, the more you’ve got to… dress to impress.
In fact men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth – often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.
I like to say that I practice militant mysticism. I’m really absolutely sure of some things that I don’t quite know.
People love talking about when they were young and heard Honky Tonk Women for the first time. It’s quite a heavy load to carry on your shoulders, the memories of so many people.
It is clear enough that you are making some distinction in what you said, that there is some nicety of terminology in your words. I can’t quite follow you.
I’m a much healthier eater and I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the years.
I moved to Switzerland when I was 8, and during our breaks, we’d go to snowboard, and he’d take me to the mountains; we’d take a train. It was kind of crazy, you know. When I think about it, I wake up at 4, take a train to the mountains, sleep in the train and then go snowboard, and then come back. It was quite a mission.
I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.
I am astonished each time I come to the U.S. by the ignorance of a high percentage of the population, which knows almost nothing about Latin America or about the world. It’s quite blind and deaf to anything that may happen outside the frontiers of the U.S.
Sometimes I think we’re alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we’re not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.
RNA interference has proven to be a quite reliable mechanism for turning genes off in a whole variety of different plants and animals.
I was quite shy. I found my way, I suppose, with food. It’s a confidence builder. How else in life do you get that opportunity for someone to say to you, ‘Wow, that’s really great’? You put food in front of someone and, ‘Ahhh, I really enjoyed that!’ It’s a lift.
There is nothing quite so depressing as waking up to face a day when you know that you are going to have to deal with a government office or bureaucrat.
In some Old Testament books, it’s very evident that an editor has been at work. That’s quite all right. It’s part of the process.
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.
During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.
Quite often in comic book movies, very good actresses are relegated to being the girlfriend or the helper or the sidekick or something.
The world wide web has really been quite spectacular and not something I would have predicted.
If you’ve done a bit of journalism, everyone assumes you must be moving into PR. We’re absolutely not becoming a PR agency and we’re not turning into Brunswick. We will remain SRU, but we will be owned by the Brunswick Group. It’s quite different.
Some people mistake grit for sheer persistence – charging up the same hill again and again. But that’s not quite what I mean by the word ‘grit.’ You want to minimize friction and find the most effective, most efficient way forward. You might actually have more grit if you treat your energy as a precious commodity.
Nothing in life is quite as important as you think it is while you’re thinking about it.
Abroad, they have covered pretty much all subjects, explored every possibility, every twist. So similarities between ideas you have and those filmed abroad are quite possible.
I’m one of those parents who are quite careful about documenting their children’s upbringing. I really try to actively observe. I write down the little things that happen.
I’m quite grounded.
When I was in grade five or six, I just remember quite a lot of people were always talking about me like I was some kind of math genius. And there were just so many moments when I realized, like, okay, why can’t I just be like some normal person and go have a 75% average like everyone else.
I am quite comfortable with the way I look and I am not doing anything to change people’s perception.
If our extinction proceeds slowly enough to allow a moment of horrified realization, the doers of the deed will likely be quite taken aback on realizing that they have actually destroyed the world. Therefore I suggest that if the Earth is destroyed, it will probably be by mistake.
I have a quite a good understanding of the human body, but I feel like I’ve got two different people in my head. One of them is saying, ‘You shouldn’t be eating this’ and the other is saying, ‘you know you need to.’ It’s such a challenge.
Oh yes, as a matter of fact it is quite interesting that exercises can be conducted which demonstrate conclusively that there are memories which exist prior to this life.
I don’t quite know how to put it into words, but I feel for the audience that I have; I know them.
I don’t like to be too submissive in the way I dress. I like quite boyish things, so I hardly ever wear high heels.
I quite like confounding people’s expectations.
The senior members of the royal family work very hard and I don’t think people quite realise that.
Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
When you’re making a psychological thriller, what you need to do is have an audience on shifting sand so they’re never quite sure where they are.
Well, a daughter is someone you’ve grown up with, right? So you know her temperament, you know what makes her angry and how to deal with that person. You’re meeting your daughter-in-law when she is an adult already and you don’t quite know what her temperament is like, so it takes time to gel.
I had a place to go to university; I was going to study history. I was in New York doing ‘Arcadia,’ and I suddenly thought, ‘It feels a bit weird to go from a New York stage to Manchester University.’ It didn’t quite feel right.
Vampires get the joy of flying around and living forever, werewolves get the joy of animal spirits. But zombies, they’re not rich, or aristocratic, they shuffle around. They’re a group phenomenon, they’re not very fast, they’re quite sickly. So what’s the pleasure of being one?
Obviously given good health, and a continuing audience and a record company that allows me to do music. So given those things yes, I’m introducing some new music that people haven’t really heard me do in quite this fashion.
I would hate to be thrust into the middle of a big film and not deliver. There’s young actors and they’re put into these central roles and they’re commanding armies – but they can’t quite pull it off. I’d much rather do it in small steps and build it from there.
I’m quite testosterone intolerant, I just don’t like it.
When you go to the Sistine Chapel with Sophia Loren, it can be quite some time before your thoughts turn to the ceiling.
Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes, and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear, and by these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses, he will endure or be forgotten.
I feel like I’ve lived quite a sheltered life, like my mom and dad were quite protective of me.
Quite frankly, the financial community has to improve its image. The financial community has to be much more transparent than it is.
I thought perhaps it should be recognized that religious people, including fundamentalists, are quite intelligent, many of them are highly educated, and they should be treated with complete respect.
I am quite a down-to-earth person.
What gives you real power is when you know your power. And I feel quite powerful.
Well I travelled quite a lot in the east, and one of the things that impressed me greatly was the buddhist notion of the continuity of things, the wheel of life which is what we’re talking about, the ever turning wheel.
Dinosaur Jr. in their live capacity are a band that put me in a state of such overwhelming rock that it often takes quite a while to come down.
I’m really quite happy to say that in my early 40s, I wake up feeling sexy, and I can’t say I felt that way in my late 20s.
I don’t think it’s different to be a black girl in England than it is to be a black girl from America. We all collectively share in a pain of displacement and not feeling like we quite belong in places.
I have been told I say ‘shucks’ quite frequently… Shucks, I’ll have to work on that.
In my experience, it’s quite an empowering thing to forgive someone because you take control and take ownership of that feeling, of that resentment, and that power that they have taken from you, and in some way, you end up being able to turn it around.
You are welcome to your intellectual pastimes and books and art and newspapers; welcome, too, to your bars and your whisky that only makes me ill. Here am I in the forest, quite content.
We in Scotland need fiscal responsibility. Quite simply, we need to be responsible for what we raise in tax and what we spend in tax.
There’s something quite shocking in this idea that everything is disposable and that people don’t care for things anymore.
Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there’s an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It’s the travel experience that has moved me the most.
It comes to a point where a lot of people don’t know if I’m a man or a woman. I find it quite a compliment.
The minute you got the Nobel Peace Prize, things that I said yesterday, with nobody paying too much attention, I say the same things after I got it – oh! It was quite crucial for people, and it helped our morale because apartheid did look invincible.
My face is almost like a canvas – a blank canvas in the sense that the hair on my face is very, very fine and my skin is incredibly fair and my hair is quite dark, and that’s very unusual.
That’s quite a difficult thing in life, to be who you are. And when you are doing interviews, you kind of feel this need to say something interesting.
Neurologically, I’m a quadriplegic, so virtually everything about my work has been driven by my learning disabilities, which are quite severe, and my lack of facial recognition, which I’m sure is what drove me to paint portraits in the first place.
Ajax was spending too much money; they were buying players that were too expensive. If you get 100 per cent, you can’t spend 120 per cent. It’s quite easy.
Being in the audience actually looks like quite a lot of fun.
Since Europe is dependent on imports of energy and most of its raw materials, it can be subdued, if not quite conquered, without all those nuclear weapons the Soviets have aimed at it simply through the shipping routes and raw materials they control.
Honestly, I feel like I spent the last 10 years just trying to work, just get my hands on the best material I could. I’d like to say that it was quite calculated and genius, my ability to take one step forward and two steps back.
A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.
I’ve suffered quite a lot, to the point where I’ve experienced death. Years before I wasn’t fit to die, but I understand life better now. Death is nice, death is beauty.
I don’t think any other holiday embraces the food of the Midwest quite like Thanksgiving. There’s roasted meat and mashed potatoes. But being here is also about heritage. Cleveland is really a giant melting pot – not only is my family a melting pot, but so is the city.
I’m in this absolutely gorgeous manor house with acres of quite beautiful countryside. I’ve got trout in the river, an organic vegetable garden, I’ve got my work 40 yards from my home. I don’t mind being criticised, but where are they criticising from? Which hut are they criticising me from, exactly?
My heroes and heroines are often unlikely people who are dragged into situations without meaning to become involved, or people with a past that has never quite left them. They are often isolated, introspective people, often confrontational or anarchic in some way, often damaged or secretly unhappy or incomplete.
There is something sinister, something quite biographical about what I do – but that part is for me. It’s my personal business. I think there is a lot of romance, melancholy. There’s a sadness to it, but there’s romance in sadness. I suppose I am a very melancholy person.
People don’t really understand, but having people stare, and point, and take pictures, even if it is in a positive framework, is quite isolating; there’s no two ways about it. You feel a little bit, you know, freakish.
There are a lot of very good juniors who have a very high level, but mentally, they’re not quite there yet.
I feel things in quite an intense way. I’m not actually the most intense person.
The universe can take quite a while to deliver.
The philosophy of the school was quite simple – the bright boys specialised in Latin, the not so bright in science and the rest managed with geography or the like.
People were so keen to get investment. In those days, there was quite significant unemployment in Northern Ireland, and that had been the general pattern in Northern Ireland for many, many years.
I guess I’m quite used to not being understood rather than being understood.
My family background really only consists of my mother. She was a widow. My father died quite young; he must have been thirty-one. Then there was my twin brother and my sister. We had two aunts as well, my father’s sisters. But the immediate family consisted of my mother, my brother, my sister, and me.
If someone is being very cheeky, it can be quite fun to deal with that situation.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a jockey. I love horses, but it’s not practical to have one in London. I also wanted to be an accountant, which isn’t glamorous at all, but my dad was one, and I quite liked maths.
I’m quite reasonable and level-headed.
I realised quite early on that, although I wasn’t trying to make a career speciality of it, I was playing slightly asexual, sociopathic intellectuals.
You make the movie through the cinematography – it sounds quite a simple idea, but it was like a huge revelation to me.
I’m a pretty positive person, so a bad mood is quite a big deal.
The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.
I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way.
I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
I was a sickly child, and it wasn’t until I was 19 that I realised I was quite a robust, vigorous person. Since then I’ve taken ill health to be an irritating interruption into what is a fairly reliable stream of good health.
All my life I’ve felt quite misunderstood because of my personality.
Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
II’m quite a successful musician, but I’m not sure if it’s my vocation.
For instance, he says I let him play golf, and he says, he lets me be miserable in my job. Now – that doesn’t quite sound right, does it? But nonetheless, I think for the first time in my life, I’m not going to be miserable in my life when I come and work at CNN.
I eat only vegetables and fruit, and to me it’s the most aspirational diet because it’s so easy. It’s quite simple, the cooking I do.
My mother and father were fantastic, very active. I find it difficult to say this, but I’m quite a loving person and I’ve always been loving to my friends. In the long run, that pays off. I’m very interested in other people, and if you are, they’re interested in you.
I did go through a phase where I played videogames quite often, but I haven’t in a few years.
I knew that I could never win a referendum in Germany. We would have lost a referendum on the introduction of the euro. That’s quite clear. I would have lost, and by seven to three.
Now I’m strong: I can run fast, I can lift weights, and that in itself is quite empowering, to have that physical strength. It changes my whole mental attitude.
A supermodel is kind of that first-name recognition, but I’m not quite ready for that super part yet, and I’m afraid that by the time I am, I’m going to be too old anyway.
If you have a history of being attracted to people who have failed you in relationships, find people that aren’t so exciting and aren’t quite so attractive. Try that on for size and see if you can tolerate that.
Quite often, I will do something and think, ‘Oh, no, she looks a little too much like me.’ I have tried to learn not to be afraid of that when that happens. I am not trying to obliterate myself and completely hide within the images like I used to.
The fear of failing… not quite the fear of failing, but the uncertainty of whether you are going to perform or not, is there every single game I have played in my life. It will always be there.
I realised quite early that by the time I articulate my thoughts into words, I’m on to another thought. And what comes out wasn’t what I thought of exactly. So not talking was a better option.
What probably confuses people is they know a lot about me, but it quite pleases me that there’s more they don’t know.
As a father, you want the best for your son, quite obviously. You want to create the best memories for your son.
The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?
A lot of people would probably get quite bored watching a series about a king who is powerful and never showed any vulnerability.
Some of the cases which have come to light of employers being disciplined or sacked for simply trying to talk about their faith in the workplace I find quite extraordinary. The sanitisation will lead to people of faith excluding themselves from the public space and being excluded.
The inspiration came suddenly again to surrender to the Mother. It was quite unexpected: And so somehow I made a surrender to the Mother. Then I had an experience of overwhelming love. Waves of love sort of flowed into me.
I haven’t made a political statement in quite a long time because, frankly, they get repeated, changed.
I’m half Moroccan and half Indian so I have quite an adventurous taste in food.
The Republican Party is not in the hands of the Jewish lobby in America as the Democratic Party must look quite often to Jewish money to finance candidates.
I did a guest appearance on ‘Entourage.’ That was horrible, because I’m used to analysing the characters, working with all the details… and they said, ‘No no no, walk and talk, walk and talk! It’s energy energy energy!’ – so it didn’t quite suit me.
The biggest change we have to tackle that’s out there is that we’re digging the hole deeper and deeper and spending is totally out of control. And that’s something that, quite frankly, is affecting future generations. You’re giving a lot of debt to them and you can’t keep doing it. It’s not helping anybody.
The notion of getting pleasure from food has gone too far; we can also get pleasure from anticipating a meal, and from not being quite sated.
Facebook is quite entrenched and has a network effect. It’s hard to break into a network once it’s formed.
Anesthesia is quite remarkable. It’s lost time. And you wake up kind of refreshed.
If one day I leave Arsenal, I will never sign for another English team. Quite sure.
I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything.
I need a teacher quite as much as Helen. I know the education of this child will be the distinguishing event of my life, if I have the brains and perseverance to accomplish it.
Jack Kerouac influenced me quite a bit as a writer… in the Arab sense that the enemy of my enemy was my friend.
It’s quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean, I just can’t imagine what else I could do beyond this. It’s really a bittersweet kind of feeling.
I actually enjoy the fantasy world quite a bit. You have no boundaries.
It’s been quite a roller coaster ride, but I’ve grown and learned a lot about myself. The greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch people‘s lives… for that I give thanks.
I’m a tragedienne in some way. I think quite epically. I like epic landscapes and grand emotions.
The spring, summer, is quite a hectic time for people in their lives, but then it comes to autumn, and to winter, and you can’t but help think back to the year that was, and then hopefully looking forward to the year that is approaching.
It’s quite difficult for me to imagine my life without chess.
I do all my work by storyboard, so as I draw the storyboard, the world gets more and more complex, and as a result, my North, South, East, West directions kind of shift and go off base, but it seems like my staff as well as the audience, doesn’t quite realize that this has happened. Don’t tell them about it.
Quite frankly, I think if a man or a woman likes their American job, wherever they were born, they should be able to keep that job. We need a clear path to citizenship for workers who are already here and a fair and efficient on-ramp for those who want to come here.
I have an image of Shanghai, which is quite different from other directors, I think. The story of Shanghai should happen in back alleys.
The case is I talk for a living, so I should be able to say anything I want to say regardless of how you feel. What we’re starting to deal with now is your opinion matters, but to be quite honest, your opinion means nothing.
Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.
Some writers are more natural public performers than others; personally I find it quite strange giving interviews. But everyone has parts of their job that they like more than others. You can’t complain if you get to do what you love doing most of the time, can you?
So often actors only mix with actors, which is quite incestuous, and doesn’t give them the insight into how other people work.
Money’s a necessary evil, there to give you moments. It gives me things I couldn’t have – nice things – but happiness? That’s a not a question of money and fame. Quite the opposite.
My early novels were written in quite a dark place. I stand by them, but I would never write them again. I think it is subversive to embrace emotional optimism, because it goes against the grain.
At the end of the day, the reality is we’re all losers, and we’re all uncoordinated. We’re the worst of all of the animals on earth, and there’s something quite endearing about that.
I’ve never really lived a conventional life, so I think it’s quite foolish for me or anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices.
Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that idea is not quite clear to him.
Intellectual comradeship requires that you think your thoughts through to the place where you can make the complex seem simple, the obscure quite clear.
No, I’m not a vegetarian. I do eat that way. I actually eat vegan quite a lot. I feel better when I eat that way, and I think there’s been a lot of proof that’s come up over the last however many years, that you can’t deny, I don’t think, that meat or dairy aren’t all that good for us.
I believe in reincarnation, and I believe I’ve lived quite a few lives.
The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy – the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities – which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.
In a fragile environment, we need to be aware of ourselves as members of a uniquely powerful species living among other species who are quite as interesting as we are but vulnerable to us because we are cleverer in more destructive ways.
Fishing is quite a good metaphor for life. You do your prep, you do your thinking, you put your bait out, and you wait, confident that you’ve done your groundwork. But a lot of life is luck.
The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication‘ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
I’m quite an eclectic musician.
If one is rich and one’s a woman, one can be quite misunderstood.
I got a pair of red, synthetic satin women’s pants through the post the other day with a phone number on. That was quite strange. I haven’t tried the phone number. In times of stress I may.
It is a strange world, Oxford – quite claustrophobic. I was often glad I was only there for eight weeks at a time.
I’ve been devoting quite a bit of my time to harmonic studies on my own, in libraries and places like that. I’ve found you’ve got to look back at the old things and see them in a new light.
I used to play – when I first started trying to be professional, I disk jockey from 1949 to 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, and I was quite popular there as a disk jockey.
It’s been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.
I’m quite uncomfortable in front of the still camera. I find it very constrictive, all that posing around.
Let me say that I consider myself a deep believer in the reality of God. I might define God quite differently from the way some people in the Christian faith would do so, but I do not doubt the reality of that experience.
I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over.
Anyone who tries to diss me in comparison to Queen, it just renders all their criticisms completely futile. That’s quite pleasurable.
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’m actually quite a nice person. It’s to do with the way I look, an uncompromising sort of face, brusque delivery and voice, and I think the combination of all that. When I’m doing pantomime, children will scream the place down before I open my mouth. There’s obviously something that really gets them.
Art never improves, but… the material of art is never quite the same.
There are quite a lot of YouTube clips of me that have gone viral. One that I think of is of a young woman at a lecture I was giving – she came from Liberty University, which is a ludicrous religious institution. She said, ‘What if you are wrong?’ and I answered that rather briefly, and that’s gone viral.
There was a time in my life when I was going in and out of houses that were extraordinarily different – from a working-class terrace in Northampton to the homes of friends who were really very wealthy. It was quite an odd position to be in, I realise looking back, and quite a nice one.
There’s quite a lot of bad stuff written about me. My wife even says a lot of bad stuff about me. But she is wonderful.
The Korean War has also show quite clearly that in a major conflict manpower is as important as horsepower.
I am quite private about my personal life, and I don’t talk much about it.
I am critical of modernity giving science and technology a blank check as if it were the fountain of all truth. That is not true. And I think I may have introduced a word which has now caught on quite a bit, scientism. Science is good. It simply reports a discovery.
Time sometimes passes quite quickly.
When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
My inbox and doormat are full with emails and letters from people who want me to endorse their Higgs board game or to inaugurate the walkway of their new office atrium. There’s even a microbrewery in Barcelona which wants to know what my favourite beer is so they can brew a similar one in my honour. It is quite mad.
I’d say I’m quite powerful so I’m not afraid of jumps or acrobatic elements. The hardest part is… get on the beam and stay there on top of it!
The tragedy of machismo is that a man is never quite man enough.
We’ve got a thing called the ‘tall poppy syndrome‘ in New Zealand, where if anyone is doing really well, it’s quite common to try and bring them down – like, cut them down and say, ‘You’ve been to the moon? So what? I mean, plenty of people have been to the moon.’
It’s my mother’s engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all – this was my way of keeping her close to it all.
In some cases, I quite like irritating people who need to be irritated.
Many people, including some conservatives, have been very impressed with how brainy the president and his advisers are. But that is not quite as reassuring as it might seem.
Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play.
I’m frightened of my innate vanity. I mean: the suits lined with scarves? Even I know the warning signs. I could quite easily end up in a tiny Playboy mansion, all on my own.
Liberal capitalism is not at all the Good of humanity. Quite the contrary; it is the vehicle of savage, destructive nihilism.
It’s the word ‘artful’; it’s such a great word, with its dark and its light side, its art and its cunning, the craft and the crafty of it – I’ve been preoccupied with the word ‘artful’ and the twin notions of ‘cornucopia’ and ‘pickpocket’ it suggests for quite some time.
I’m really quite simple.
My dad had a personal style which was very attractive. It was quite reserved and quite elegant, and it was infectious.
Since I have been singing for so many years, I don’t always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.
It’s not just the kid who’s spent every penny from his job to upgrade his car to tell the world he cares about sports cars, it’s also the person driving around in a fuel-conscious hybrid electric car, because it’s more a message to the world than an effective means of saving fuel, to be quite honest.
Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way.
For quite some time, women at NASA only had scientific backgrounds.
England is nothing but the last ward of the European madhouse, and quite possibly it will prove to be the ward for particularly violent cases.
We have to rethink our whole energy approach, which is hard to do because we’re so dependent on oil, not just for fuel but also plastic. If plastic vanished, there would be total chaos. We have to think quite carefully about using oil and its derivatives, because it’s not going to be around forever.
Quite often you hear people say, ‘What about separation of church and state?’ There is no such thing.
I’m sick of having an opinion on everything. Getting older, you learn all sorts of things you’re supposed to, but I feel like it’s time, when you get older, through experience, to… I started to feel quite… what’s the word? … intimidated by seeing both sides of everything.
There’s such an extreme feeling to be in love, especially in quite an emotionally destructive relationship, where you’re both kind of really bad for each other, but you love each other so much. Those extreme emotions, I think, can only be described with extreme imagery.
I tried singing. I tried playing a musical instrument. I really wanted to be a musician, but I never could quite pull that off. I liked entertaining, but I was always drawn to some kind of technical work – some kind of honest labor.
Quite frankly, Russian aggression in Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea remind us that we still have a good deal more work to do to guarantee the strategic vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.
Truth in drama is forever elusive. You never quite find it, but the search for it is compulsive. The search is clearly what drives the endeavour. The search is your task.
I’m worried because of my mother, she’s going to see my performance and she’s quite hard. She’s going to see me naked. And my Dad, woah. Yeah, they’re going to see me like a woman, you know?
I’m not a hopeless romantic. I’m quite the reverse. I’m a nasty piece of work, an ego maniac.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
I’m quite interested in my own mental processes, simply because I’m a failed scientist, and because I’m interested in how the brain and the mind works, and I like to avoid easy descriptions.
I had a blast. ‘Shark Tank‘ embodies the American Dream. If you watch the show at home, you find yourself constantly hollering at the Sharks. Being able to sit next to them and call them out in real time was quite a privilege.
Some people think having large breasts makes a woman stupid. Actually, it’s quite the opposite: a woman having large breasts makes men stupid.
I knew from an early age that people didn’t see the different sides of me. I formulated a kind of bi-cultural identity quite early, and I was always very comfortable with it, but I knew people didn’t quite see that.
Like everybody at that age, I read an awful lot of pulp fiction. But at the same time, I also read quite a bit of history and read that as much for pleasure as part of a curriculum.
Nothing ever quite dies, it just comes back in a different form.
I’m a big fan of the PlayStation, so I spend quite a bit of time doing that.
I’ve gone from being quite wealthy, when I was defending women, to being quite poor defending men.
The mortal mind alone cannot devise an answer to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, because the true answer lies on a level of consciousness that’s beyond our mortal thinking. Quite simply, when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, we need a miracle.
Importantly, in the 1930s, in the Great Depression, the Federal Reserve, despite its mandate, was quite passive and, as a result, financial crisis became very severe, lasted essentially from 1929 to 1933.
There’s a time in your life where you’re not quite sure where you are. You think everything’s perfect, but it’s not perfect… Then one day you wake up and you can’t quite picture yourself in the situation you’re in. But the secret is, if you can picture yourself doing anything in life, you can do it.
To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.
There’s no one quite like William – I bet he’s really kind. You can just tell by looking at him.
My work is made on lines similar to those of a film production. A lot of my work is kind of bureaucratic, endlessly phoning up people, trying to find the cameraman and the lighting man, because I am a total technology-phobe, quite helpless with equipment.
And there are no stars and that you’re never really sure who’s doing what and what voice is what and, you know what I mean? It’s supposed to be quite elusive.
Quite frankly, I think political correctness is the worst form of censorship. You’re not allowed to speak your mind unless you’re black, or unless you’re a terrorist, or unless you’re an Arab or a minority people. Then you can say what you like. But if you are like a lot of us you are not supposed to say certain things.
I’m not a princess anyway so I find that quite weird to be labelled as one.
This is not a country that has had a tremendous sympathy for poor people, so I think that the notion that somehow we have slipped into an era in which poor people don’t matter is not quite the way our history would define it.
In the middle of the night, when you’re ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you’re brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the cops and robbers, because nobody’s quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions.
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means.
The first time I crawled into the octagon, I just felt like an animal, you know? Like a creature, like I wasn’t quite human.
Can you say that in 20 years people would still use the iPhone? Maybe not. Maybe we’d have a new product or something more innovative. What I can say today is that, in 20 years, I’m quite convinced that people will still drink Dom Perignon.
Mathematics was hard, dull work. Geography pleased me more. For dancing I was quite enthusiastic.
For decades, Trump had no life independent from the media. He became a figure in the nation, and his a monitisable name – albeit quite a ludicrous one – because of his nonstop, relentless, shameless and often embarrassing courtship of the media.
Dictionaries are like watches, the worst is better than none and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
When patronised, I’m unfortunately more flight than fight. Perhaps it’s because I actually feel quite wounded.
I’ve been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I’m quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results. In that point I’m one of the few people who tell the truth about myself.
Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.
Sanctions historically are quite counterproductive in the sense that if you impose sanctions on your enemy, it tends to strengthen your enemy.
I’m quite into the idea of engineering being beautiful.
I think my life is quite boring, but apparently people like watching me eat takeout, and crying about my love life.
Creating something beautiful out of pain helps ease the pain. So, that’s kind of how I got to songwriting – quite honestly out of desperation.
I started out as a high school teacher in inner-city Chicago and realized quite quickly that my students weren’t that motivated.
I am quite shy and people think I’m aloof.
Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting.
The most fascinating and satisfying encounter so far was the goliath tigerfish of the Congo. I first caught one in 1991, and then again while filming the second season of ‘River Monsters‘ in 2009. Its appearance is quite unbelievable, like a giant piranha, with inch-long interlocking teeth.
Where would we be without inhibitions? They’re quite useful things when you look at some of the things humans do if they lose them.
I am quite familiar with Dubai and its design scene. I have been a regular visitor for more than 10 years. It is hard to name an area where hospitality, friendship, culture, ambition, and beauty are so highly regarded.
Confidence is always a good thing to have going into the weekend. Especially where it’s quite difficult to put the lap together.
It’s quite interesting that in my growing up I had several influences. We had gospel music on campus. R&B music was, of course, the community, and radio was country music. So I can kind of see where all the influences came from.
We now have the Black Lives Matter movement. I find that curious because this country is not quite the melting pot it’s purported to be. Black lives are unknown in some pla’ces.
Fans insult me and call me ‘monkey.’ At first, I was quite shocked, but now I do not give it importance.
The violent quarrel between the abstractionists and the surrealists seems to me quite unnecessary. All good art has contained both abstract and surrealist elements, just as it has contained both classical and romantic elements – order and surprise, intellect and imagination, conscious and unconscious.
It’s quite rare that you find models taken care of backstage.
I’ve been on social media for quite a long time, maybe because I’ve been sending out nutrition information.
There may or may not be a God or gods; the Siblings do not concern themselves with proving or disproving such a thing. By definition, gods are more powerful than men, and thus quite able to fend for themselves without help.
I’m quite contradictory – a bit OCD, but quite untidy. I have piles of stuff everywhere, but they make sense to me. And I’ll find the one thing in the room that’s my boyfriend‘s, and complain about him leaving it out.
People say it’s not ambitious, but it is actually quite ambitious wanting to help people.
There’s a reasonable amount of traction in college education, particularly engineering, because quite a lot of that is privatized, so there is an incentive to set up new colleges of reasonably high quality.
The people who did you wrong or who didn’t quite know how to show up, you forgive them. And forgiving them allows you to forgive yourself too.
On one of my last days at school, the headmaster said I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. That was quite a startling prediction, but in some respects, he was right on both counts!
I’ll never forget the day I realized I wasn’t quite the Ford model I thought I was.
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
At Bristol I found it quite difficult to continue trying to balance three things – teaching, research and public engagement, for which television was obviously the most prominent part.
Being an only child, I didn’t have any other family but my mom and dad really, since the rest of my family lived quite far away from London.
I’m perfectly happy to eat organic food, but if I choose to pay more for it, I don’t pat myself on the back ethically. Quite the reverse. I think I’m actually being quite greedy, because what I’m doing is essentially saying, ‘I want more land to be devoted to growing my food.’
I’m quite a shy person, and I dislike narcissism intensely.
The science supporting the relationship between carbohydrates and dementia is quite exciting, as it paves the way for lifestyle changes that can profoundly affect a person’s chances of remaining intact, at least from a brain perspective.
I’m quite sure I don’t want legions of 15-year-old girls who call themselves, like, Broziers or something. My career isn’t going to be that kind of a thing.
The ‘Wall Street Journal’ is quite irate that I rank them with industry front groups and cranks denying climate change. But they have a record whenever industrial pollutants are involved. Look at the ‘Journal”s commentary on acid rain, on the ozone layer, and on climate change.
My journalistic mission was straightforward: to await the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nobody knew quite when this would be. But the diplomacy – the meetings in the U.N. security council, the allegations about weapons of mass destruction, the martial language of Tony Blair and George W. Bush – all suggested a war was brewing.
Nothing happens quite by chance. It’s a question of accretion of information and experience.
I’ve always wanted to do right in life. But the wanting and the doing aren’t quite the same thing.
I think quite spiritually of myself. I feel like I’m here to support the human evolution.
How you solve your problems are quite different. In non-fiction, you can always go back to the research, whereas in fiction, you have to go back to yourself – which is a little bit scary.
If you wait for customers to tell you that you need to do something, you’re too late. Good business leaders should be half a step ahead of what customers want, i.e. they don’t actually quite know they want it. That’s what innovation‘s about. With Plan A, we didn’t wait for the consumers to tell us.
Human beings, viewed as behaving systems, are quite simple. The apparent complexity of our behavior over time is largely a reflection of the complexity of the environment in which we find ourselves.
Foreign languages was the only thing that interested me when I was at school, so playing in another language… it is quite demanding because if it is not your mother tongue, you are missing some connotations and some emotional depth of certain things.
Strangely enough, when the Sugababes’ ‘Freak Like Me’ went to number 1, which was built around my ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ song, I had another song called ‘Rip’ go to number 1 in the Kerrang TV chart, so I was pulling new people in from very different areas of musical interest. That was quite an amazing week.
Yes, I’ve listened to just a few audiobooks – but hope to listen to more. I’ve wanted to investigate how my own books sound in this format and find the experience of listening, and not reading, quite fascinating.
I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so. Some say it has yet to appear on planet Earth.
The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
I have yet to meet anyone quite so stubborn as myself and animated by this overpowering passion that leaves me no time for thought or anything else. I have, in fact, no interest in life outside racing cars.
I’m able to leave Don Draper at work. I’m quite dissimilar from him in real life.
I am never bored, never short of anything to do and I don’t even ever feel lonely. I am quite gregarious and I get out and about a lot, but sometimes it is just wonderful to be on your own.
I remember thinking quite logically that I didn’t want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.
My life is really quite conservative. I’ve been married nearly 50 years. I don’t have hobbies or children. I don’t much care to travel. I’ve never had a big social life. I really just stay home, except when I go to work.
Quite a few operas are still being commissioned around the world, although nothing apart from audience popularity can ensure more than a few performances.
I play with a lot of intensity, and I’m quite strong in man-marking.
I said I’m going to vote for Hillary. But my philosophy is that everything’s workable. If Trump is president, I’ll work with that guy. I don’t know if he’s terrible or what. He’s refreshing in that he doesn’t speak in that political way. I don’t quite understand why everybody hates Hillary so much.
It’s very important to like the people you work with. Otherwise, your job is going to be quite miserable.
The idea of collaborating with anyone else was quite daunting. If Battles had any trepidation in asking me, I can assure you I had more after agreeing to do it.
Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children.
A woman can look both moral and exciting… if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.
When I’m on stage, I’m quite over the top – I’m quite flamboyant and camp.
When a movie is being rolled out, the studio publicists and all our individual publicists get together and come up with bullet points and talking points – ‘Make sure you stay away from this,’ and ‘Don’t say that quite that way, because that quote can be taken out of context,’ and that kind of thing.
In life, if you have an enthusiasm for what they call ‘good manners,’ sometimes people don’t quite believe you. I’ve had that once or twice before, where they assume you can’t be for real.
You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.
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.
A situation is always comic if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings.
I knew I wasn’t going to make money in the beginning, so I found another way to support myself – I was a receptionist. It’s quite smart to work that way. Otherwise, you get vicious and desperate, and no one wants to work with you. Build your career slowly; then people start to trust you and pay you well.
London can be quite lonely and a hard place to live, but I do love it. It is where I forged my way to live. It is where I call home.
It was irritating to have one’s physical shortcomings pointed out quite so plainly twice in one evening, once by a beautiful girl and once by a dying badger.
I wouldn’t be the performer I am if everyone thought I was the best. Having people against you, or who don’t quite believe in you, gives a lot of extra fuel to never settle.