— Ani DiFranco musician and activist 1970
„When I was a boy I was always depressed and confused, now I think I'm not garbage. I don't try to prove to my parents that I am good at something anymore. But I am a failure with women. I can only be a one night lover.“
— Vincent Gallo American film director, writer, model, actor and musician 1961
GIOIA Magazine Interview
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
The Express on Sunday, 06/01/2002
„If I try to be or do something noble that has nothing to do with who I am, I may look good to others and to myself for a while. But the fact that I an exceeding my limits will eventually have consequences. I will distort myself, the other, and our relationship—and may end up doing more damage than if I had never set out to do this particular “good.”“
— Parker Palmer American theologian 1939
Source: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (1999), p. 47
„Louis deliberately chose someone who hadn’t been to university because theories of animal behaviour at that time were very rigid, and Louis didn’t want someone whose mind was biased in that way. Wise man. But still I had the responsibility to prove myself. I remember looking up at the hills and wondering, “Can I do it?”“
— Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934
Wanderlust interview (2009)
Source: Tuesdays with Morrie
„It’s good to be 18. For a long time I felt like I was fighting my age, like I was constantly trying to prove to people that I was a savvy peer, and I felt them viewing me as a kid. I was a cocky kid, and I felt like I was an adult at, like, 9, you know? I think that’s because my parents always treated me as an adult.“
— Ezra Miller American actor 1992
Interview, Interview Magazine, 2010 http://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/ezra-miller/#_
— John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009
Life Magazine (September 1986)
„I never used any outside influence to advance my career. All I had was the inner urge to seek more within myself. The key to my motivation has always been to look at how far I had still to go rather than how far I had come.“
Source: Wings of Fire, p. 140.
— Maggie Nelson American writer 1973
— John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
To Fanny Brawne (c. February 1820)
Context: "If I should die," said I to myself, "I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered."
„I was not trying to be smart when I did that. I was trying to tell them that they could do whatever they want. The fans of Pittsburgh have cheered me a lot through the years. There’s always a first time for booing. But I don’t say to hell with the fans because of this. I am not swinging the bat the way I should. It is just one of those things. I am not the way I should be. I do not feel sure when I swing. I am trying to adjust so that I will swing well even though my shoulder still hurts. If a player doesn’t try hard, he deserves to be booed. I try hard. Maybe I was booed today because I have not played that bad before.“
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
As quoted in “Clemente Still Loves Pirate Fans” https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=kWwqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VlAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3630%2C5689009 by Bill Christine, in The Pittsburgh Press (Monday, April 14, 1969), p. 32
Baseball-related, <big><big>1960s</big></big>, <big>1969</big>
— Murray Gell-Mann American physicist 1929 - 2019
"The Making of a Physicist : A Talk with Murray Gell-Mann" at Edge.org (2003) http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/gell-mann03/gell-mann_print.html.
Context: I thought of killing myself but soon decided that I could always try MIT and then kill myself later if it was that bad but that I couldn't commit suicide and then try MIT afterwards. The two operations, suicide and going to MIT, don't commute...
— Dmitri Shostakovich Russian composer and pianist 1906 - 1975
New York Times, February 9, 1942.
„For too many centuries women have been being muses to artists. I wanted to be the muse, I wanted to be the wife of the artist, but I was really trying to avoid the final issue — that I had to do the job myself.“
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
— Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Speech (December 31, 1995), quoted in "Las frases para el bronce de Pinochet."