Source: Eat, Pray, Love
„Though I had success in my research both when I was mad and when I was not, eventually I felt that my work would be better respected if I thought and acted like a 'normal' person.“
As quoted in A Beautiful Mind, (2001); also cited in Quantum Phaith (2011), by Jeffrey Strickland, p. 197
„I had never thought of advertising as a life work, though I had on the side, written some very successful copy.“
— Bruce Fairchild Barton American author, politician and advertising executive 1886 - 1967
As quoted in The Mirror Makers: A History of American Advertising and Its Creators (1984) by Steven Fox
— Cary Grant British-American film and stage actor 1904 - 1986
„My troubles started there. It blighted my personality permanently. I have spent all my emotional life searching for my grandfather and in my formative years no one was there to take his place.
It is the custom up there in Fraserburgh that when there is a death in a household they draw the blinds and curtains. When my grandfather died it seemed that these blinds had been drawn across my life… Relatives would pretend that he had gone to a 'better place'. 'Why', I thought, 'should he go to a better place and not take me with him?“
— Dennis Nilsen British serial killer 1945 - 2018
'So death was a nice thing,' I thought. 'Then why does it make me miserable?'
As quoted by Brian Masters (2011), Killing for Company, Random House, p. 46, ISBN 1446428737
„It would be madness to imagine that I or anybody else has private thoughts, private and independent: the self is the sum of the understanding the self, only when I can understand that there is also you, I can perceive my deeds and to be.“
— Timo K. Mukka Finnish writer 1944 - 1973
„When I checked into a hospital [in Germany, after having been beaten by police in Sichuan], I was told there was bleeding in my brain and I was near fatal collapse. I was rushed into surgery. When I awoke I felt like a normal person again. But I will not feel whole until I and my fellow Chinese can live freely.“
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
2000-09, An Artist’s Ordeal. 2009
„I lifted my glass to my lips when suddenly I stopped and felt all my blood rush to my heart.
This is what I heard:
"What's the theme of the novel you're working on?"
"Truth," replied Pierre Villiers.
"What?" exclaimed his friend.
"A succession of human beings caught just as they are."“
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
The Inferno (1917), Ch. XVI
„I felt I had I worked hard enough and I felt confident I had done the right kind of work and the right amount of work. But when you talk of preparations, the measure of success is whether it works or not. In that area, I failed completely. I did not stay the course. When you hit the right spot, the sweet spot, it feels great and you feel the preparations have been ideal, but I never got there.“
— Viswanathan Anand Indian chess player 1969
2013 World Chess Championship
„My worst vice is gluttony. I try to keep myself under control because I’m an athlete, but once a week I like to pig out and act like a normal person.“
— Gianluigi Buffon Italian association football player 1978
Buffon, as quoted in Football Italia (07/01/07)
„On the second album I worked with a lot of people that I worked with on the Metamorphosis album. And when I worked on Metamorphosis I was so nervous and shy about going into the studio and working with people, they eventually toward the end made me feel so comfortable and so secure with myself. I loved working with them. I have a great relationship with them. I talk to them [all the time]. When we started talking about the second album, I was like, "I want to work with all the same people." They knew what was going on in my life, what I was going through. I would call them and say, "I feel like this right now. I want a song about this…" I never really felt like I had enough time to write my whole album and I don't know if I'm secure enough with myself to do that. But I wrote three songs on the album, one I wrote with my sister. It's so personal and these people really got what I was going through and how I feel inside. I think that's what makes it good and that's what makes me relate to them.“
— Hilary Duff American actress and singer 1987
Murray, Rebecca. "Hilary Duff Talks About 'Raise Your Voice'" http://movies.about.com/od/raiseyourvoice/a/raisehd092804.htm. About.com. Retrieved October 25 2006.
On Hilary Duff (2004).
„I have never met a man like my father. He is so mad, terrible and vehement at the same time. Because of him, I never knew anything other than passion. When I began to meet other people I saw that it wasn’t normal.“
— Nastassja Kinski German actress 1961
Georgina Howell, The Demanding Nastassia Kinski http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1309&dat=19860102&id=MQROAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MJwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6682,494045, New Straits Times, January 2, 1986
„I have had a larger responsibility of human lives than ever man or woman had before. And I attribute my success to this — I never gave or took an excuse. Yes, I do see the difference now between me and other men. When a disaster happens, I act and they make excuses.“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Letter to Miss H. Bonham Carter, 1861. As quoted in The Gigantic Book of Teachers' Wisdom (2007) by Frank McCourt and Erin Gruwell, p. 410
„If I ever happen to have an accident that eventually costs me my life, I hope it is in one go. I would not like to be in a wheelchair. I would not like to be in a hospital suffering from whatever injury it was. If I’m going to live, I want to live fully, very intensely, because I am an intense person. It would ruin my life if I had to live partially.“
— Ayrton Senna Brazilian racing driver 1960 - 1994
Interview, January 1994 http://bleacherreport.com/articles/20702-ayrton-senna-fourteen-years-later
„Then, as always, I felt morally obligated to advocate our official position, even when it conflicted with my personal views.“
— Clarence Thomas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1948
„I'm not a teetotaler. People know that I like to have my drinks. Specially when I go to work. I don't like to get drunk. I don't go out drunk. I never would, for respect to the audience. But sometimes I have a drink. I am a very nervous person, extremely nervous. So to calm me down, I like having a drink before going on stage.“
— Alejandro Fernández Mexican singer 1971
Television interview (air date should be found) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X8Oq_AQVPo.
„When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.“
— Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913
„I guess I got whacked hard in the mystery department when I was little. I found the world completely and totally fascinating then — it was like a dream. They say that people who think they had a happy childhood are blocking something out, but I think I really had one. Of course I had the usual fears, like going to school — I knew there was some sort of problem there. But every other person sensed that problem too, so my fears were pretty normal.“
— David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946
McKenna interview (1992)
„I am not that person who walks in a room with my nose in the sky. I smile at people when I meet them, and I like photos of me when I'm smiling because they show my personality. I am always trying to have fun.“
— Heidi Klum German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress 1973
Interview by Kate Sullivan for Allure, April 2010