„I tried to talk about good roads and good schools and all these things that have been part of my career, and nobody listened. And then I began talking about niggers, and they stomped the floor.“

Attributed in George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire.

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45th Governor of Alabama 1919 - 1998

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„I have tried to talk about the issues in this campaign… But, strangely enough, my friends, this road has been a lonely road because I never meet anybody coming the other way.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965

Speeches of Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1952), p. 121

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„I am quite surprised, that with all my work, and some of it is very, very good, that nobody talks about The Miracle Worker.“

—  Anne Bancroft American actress 1931 - 2005

We're talking about Mrs. Robinson. I understand the world... I'm just a little dismayed that people aren't beyond it yet.
Interview (2003).

„Once or twice I have tried to talk to film people about my ugly heroine.“

—  Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995

Writing (1990).
Context: Once or twice I have tried to talk to film people about my ugly heroine. I explain to them the extraordinary psychological fascination of the medieval legend of the Loathly Damsel, whose splendour of spirit is confined within a hideous body, and she becomes beautiful only when she is understood and loved. I advise you not to talk to resolutely Hollywood minds about the Loathly Damsel. Their eyes glaze, and their cigars go out, and behind the lenses of their horn-rimmed spectacles I see the dominating symbol of their inner life: it is a dollar sign.

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„People talk about 'my career,' but 'career' is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt very privileged to be paid for what I love doing.“

—  Barbara Stanwyck American actress 1907 - 1990

As quoted in "Barbara Stanwyck: 'I'm a Tomorrow Woman" by Aljean Harmetz, The New York Times (March 22, 1981), p. A1

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„On the contrary, it's because somebody knows something about it that we can't talk about physics. It's the things that nobody knows anything about that we can discuss. We can talk about the weather; we can talk about social problems; we can talk about psychology; we can talk about international finance — gold transfers we can't talk about, because those are understood — so it's the subject that nobody knows anything about that we can all talk about!“

—  Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988

Rejoinder when told that he couldn't talk about physics, because "nobody [at this table] knows anything about it."
Part 5: "The World of One Physicist", "Alfred Nobel's Other Mistake", p. 310.
Quoted in Handbook of Economic Growth (2005) by Philippe Aghion and Steven N. Durlauf.
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (1985)

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„I believe in good. It is an ephemeral and elusive quality. It is the center of my beliefs, but it cannot be strengthened by talking about it.“

—  Edward Teller Hungarian-American nuclear physicist 1908 - 2003

As quoted in The Martians of Science : Five Physicists Who Changed the Twentieth Century (2006) by István Hargittai, p. 251

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„Good? What are you talking about, 'Good'?“

—  Anne Rice American writer 1941

"That it's good, that it does some good, that there is good in it! Dear God, even if there is no meaning in this world, surely there can still be goodness! It's good to eat, to drink, to laugh, to be together!"
Interview With The Vampire (1976)

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„I can claim that in talking about modern economics I am talking about me. My finger has been in every pie.“

—  Paul A. Samuelson American economist 1915 - 2009

February 1985, in William Breit and Roger W. Spencer (ed.) Lives of the laureates
Context: I can claim that in talking about modern economics I am talking about me. My finger has been in every pie. I once claimed to be the last generalist in economics, writing about and teaching such diverse subjects as international trade and econometrics, economic theory and business cycles, demography and labor economics, finance and monopolistic competition, history of doctrines and locational economics.

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„I'm not good at talking about myself.“

—  Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Source: The Hunger Games

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„For my own part, as I once said, I like a friend the better for having faults that one can talk about.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830

" On the Pleasure of Hating http://www.blupete.com/Literature/Essays/Hazlitt/Hating.htm" (c. 1826)
The Plain Speaker (1826)

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„They believe (foolishly I think) that the power they have and exert over others is a good thing and they want to hang on to it, they're terrified of losing this stuff. What I'm talking about is what's been called 'male privilege.“

—  Kate Bornstein American author, playwright, performance artist, and gender theorist 1948

Source: Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us (1995), p. 108

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„I talk about the things people have always talked about in stories: pain, hate, truth, courage, destiny, friendship, responsibility, growing old, growing up, falling in love, all of these things.“

—  Harlan Ellison American writer 1934 - 2018

As quoted in Contemporary Authors New Revision Series: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields (1982) by Ann Evory
Context: I talk about the things people have always talked about in stories: pain, hate, truth, courage, destiny, friendship, responsibility, growing old, growing up, falling in love, all of these things. What I try to write about are the darkest things in the soul, the mortal dreads. I try to go into those places in me that contain the cauldrous. I want to dip up the fire, and I want to put it on paper. The closer I get to the burning core of my being, the things which are most painful to me, the better is my work. … It is a love/hate relationship I have with the human race. I am an elitist, and I feel that my responsibility is to drag the human race along with me — that I will never pander to, or speak down to, or play the safe game. Because my immortal soul will be lost.

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„Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it's been around.“

—  Rush Limbaugh U.S. radio talk show host, Commentator, author, and television personality 1951

" Rush Limbaugh just admitted Republicans have totally abandoned a core party principle https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/politics/rush-limbaugh-debt-trump/index.html", CNN (July 17, 2019)

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