— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
— Neal Shusterman American novelist 1962
— Harry Emerson Fosdick American pastor 1878 - 1969
Statement made in 1935 or earlier, as quoted in The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937) by Burton Egbert Stevenson
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
— Frederick Buechner Poet, novelist, short story writer, theologian 1926
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
"Women and Fiction"
Granite and Rainbow (1958)
Context: The extraordinary woman depends on the ordinary woman. It is only when we know what were the conditions of the average woman's life … it is only when we can measure the way of life and the experience of life made possible to the ordinary woman that we can account for the success or failure of the extraordinary woman as a writer.
— Jean Vanier Canadian humanitarian 1928 - 2019
Variant: Even the most ordinary things can be made extraordinary simply by doing it with the right people.
Source: The Lucky One
Source: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2011), Chapter 11, Page 351
— P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
The Paris Review interview (1982)
— Донна Саммер American singer and songwriter 1948 - 2012
„The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret… but you wont find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled.“
Source: The Prestige
— Anthony Robbins Author, actor, professional speaker 1960
— Adolphe Quetelet Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist 1796 - 1874
Preface of M. Quetelet
A Treatise on Man and the Development of His Faculties (1842)
Context: Limits... seem to me of two kinds, ordinary or natural, and extraordinary or beyond the natural. The first limits comprise within them the qualities which deviate more or less from the mean, without attracting attention by excess on one side or the other. When the deviations become greater, they constitute the extraordinary class, having itself its limits, on the outer verge of which are things preternatural... We must conceive the same distinctions in the moral world.
— Cornelius Keagon Liberian humanitarian aid worker 1996
Elizabeth Green, Chapter 15, Beth, p. 274
Variant: Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doin them with the right people.(Elizabeth Green)
Source: 2000s, The Lucky One (2008)