„I've been living in New York for about seven years and a lot of the people that I started singing with don't sing any more, don't write any more. So the fact that I can still do that that's kind of a gift, that's what I sort of stay focused on.“

Evening Standard (24 January 2012), p. 13

Adopted from Wikiquote. Last update June 3, 2021. History
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„I've learned never to say never. You just don't know. But I've reached an age when you start taking it easier. But I enjoy singing. I still sing – at home.“

—  Anni-Frid Lyngstad Swedish female singer 1945

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„There are "extremists" in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do "free software" any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969

Microsoft Patches Linux; Linus Responds, 2009-06-22, Torvalds, Linus, 2009-06-26 http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7439,
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„My immediate answer was, 'I don't have a singing butler and three maids who sing, but I will tell you what I can as an assistant professor.“

—  Peter Ladefoged British phonetician 1925 - 2006

Los Angeles Times (2004); on his response to Cukor's request to assist Rex Harrison to behave like a phonetician.

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„I don't want to start singing about things like sex, drugs and swearing. I'm into love, and maybe I'll get more into making love when I'm older. But I want to be someone who is respected by everybody.“

—  Justin Bieber Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor 1994

Interview with V Magazine, as quoted in UsMagazine: Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Drugs and Turning 18 http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/justin-bieber-talks-sex-drugs-and-turning-18-2012101, January 2012

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„I've got no talent. Still sing flat as a table. I'm a sort of human spaniel. People come to see what I'm like. I make them feel, I exhaust them, I destroy them.“

—  Johnnie Ray American singer, actor, songwriter and composer 1927 - 1990

On his audience, quoted in Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock https://books.google.com/books?id=GDqHDAAAQBAJ&pg=PT10&lpg=PT10&dq=johnnie+ray+i%27ve+got+no+talent.+Still+sing+flat+as+a+table.+I%27m+a+sort+of+human+spaniel.+People+come+to+see+what+I%27m+like.+I+make+them+feel,+I+exhaust+them,+I+destroy+them.&source=bl&ots=TA8ZYtZoiO&sig=ghfk2d2wBgArGv8PV2AlqkXAavY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjs7dWrpI7UAhUr1oMKHRwCDeMQ6AEIKjAB#v=onepage&q=johnnie%20ray%20i've%20got%20no%20talent.%20Still%20sing%20flat%20as%20a%20table.%20I'm%20a%20sort%20of%20human%20spaniel.%20People%20come%20to%20see%20what%20I'm%20like.%20I%20make%20them%20feel%2C%20I%20exhaust%20them%2C%20I%20destroy%20them.&f=false

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„"I don't want to! Why should I?"
"Because more people will be happier if you do than if you don't."
"So what? I don't care about other people."
"You should."
"But why?"
"Because more people will be happier if you do than if you don't."“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Dialogue between Russell and his daughter Katharine, as quoted in My Father – Bertrand Russell (1975)
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„I just kind of thought about doing this my whole life. I never doubted myself once. I've always been singing, and I've always wanted to be on tour with a rock band.“

—  Bert McCracken American musician 1982

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„Yeah, I don't think you can live anywhere else -- it's such a great city [New York]. L. A. is kind of a necessary evil, but man, I love going back to New York.“

—  Will Arnett Canadian actor 1970

"The Will Arnett Interview," Television Without Pity (2005) http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/articles/content/a1005/index-1.html
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„I wanted just a song to sing, and there came a certain point where I couldn't sing anything. So I had to write what I wanted to sing 'cos nobody else was writing what I wanted to sing.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Interview http://www.interferenza.com/bcs/interw/84-jul30.htm with Bert Kleinman (30 July 1984). Cf. C. S. Lewis: "People won't write the books I want, so I have to do it for myself."

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„When people hear me sing…I want them to be happy, happy, happy. I don't want them thinking about when there's not any money, or when there's fighting at home. My message is always felicidad - happiness.“

—  Celia Cruz Cuban singer (1925-2003) 1925 - 2003

On what she hopes for her audience in “CELIA CRUZ: AT THE TOP OF SALSA” https://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/19/arts/celia-cruz-at-the-top-of-salsa.html in New York Times (1985 Nov 19).

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„I don't think any of us can do much about the rapid growth of new technology.“

—  Neil Postman American writer and academic 1931 - 2003

"Neil Postman Ponders High Tech" at Online Newshour : Online Forum (17 January 1996) http://www.promotesigns.com/postman_1-17.html, also slightly paraphrased in Theology of TV : The Impact of TV (2010) by Christian Mogler, p. 24, as "While we can ́t do much about the rapid growth of new technology, it is possible for us to learn how to control our own uses of technology."
Context: I don't think any of us can do much about the rapid growth of new technology. A new technology helps to fuel the economy, and any discussion of slowing its growth has to take account of economic consequences. However, it is possible for us to learn how to control our own uses of technology. The "forum" that I think is best suited for this is our educational system. If students get a sound education in the history, social effects and psychological biases of technology, they may grow to be adults who use technology rather than be used by it.

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