‘My philosophy is it’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am, and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.’
‘Relish everything that’s inside of you, the imperfections, the darkness, the richness and light and everything. And that makes for a full life.’
‘We are dying from overthinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.’
‘I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you, is to accept everything about ourselves.’
‘For me, time is the greatest mystery of all. The fact is that we’re dreaming all the time. That’s what really gets me. We have a fathomless lake of unconsciousness just beneath our skulls.’
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‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the one we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’
‘If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.’
‘The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.’
‘We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity of duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defence’.
‘The lesson is that you can still make mistakes and be forgiven.’
‘I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it.’
‘I don’t drink these days. I am allergic to alcohol and narcotics. I break out in handcuffs.’
‘There is unpanned gold in every soul you run into, no matter what walk of life they are from.’
‘It was so nice to go into this fake courtroom. I immediately went up into the judge’s chair. Nice view. A preferable perspective.’
‘All these years, my favourite thing to do in life was to be laughing until the tears well up. Now I’ve found that humour is something as valuable as an Aqua-Lung is to divers.’
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‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’
‘I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human.’
‘I’m always amazed that people take what I say seriously. I don’t even take what I am seriously.’
‘There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along. It’s always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means.’
‘I’m not a prophet or a stone aged man, just a mortal with potential of a superman. I’m living on.’
‘I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.’
‘What I do is I write mainly about very personal and rather lonely feelings, and I explore them in a different way each time. You know, what I do is not terribly intellectual. I’m a pop singer for Christ’s sake. As a person, I’m fairly uncomplicated.’
‘I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.’
Rest in Peace, David Bowie.
‘With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.’
‘You must do the things you think you cannot do.’
‘You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’
‘The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’
‘We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.’
‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.’
‘Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.’
‘It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.’
‘It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.’
‘Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.’
‘It’s the ultimate goal every day you wake up, to be happy. At the end of the week, you want to be happy. Happy in love, happy in work, happy in life, happy with yourself. It’s pretty simple.’
‘Together we are stronger, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful. Together we can prevail on the Navy to put common sense safeguards in place, like requiring its ships to avoid the most sensitive marine mammal habitats and to stop their training exercises during peak migrations.’
‘I love the ukulele. It’s got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There’s something innocent and romantic, and it’s just a grand instrument to play.’
‘Be good to people, be kind to people, show up, read the lines, hit the mark, and go home.’
‘We owe it to our children to be better stewards of the environment. The alternative? – a world without whales. It’s too terrible to imagine.’
‘When people don’t believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.’
‘I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about’.
‘I thought, if people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity’.
‘My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder’.
‘Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it’.
‘I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything’.
‘If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me’.
‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be a lot freer’.
‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’
‘For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that man and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.
‘Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals’.
‘Some age, other mature’.
‘Perhaps I’m not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else’.
‘Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile’.
‘Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith. For without fear of the devil there is no need for God’.
‘I like women. I don’t understand them, but I like them’.
‘I left Scotland when I was 16 because I had no qualifications for anything but the Navy, having left school at 13’.
‘I haven’t found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going’.
‘There is nothing like a challenge to bring out the best in man’.
‘There’s one major difference between James Bond and me. He is able to sort out problems!’
‘I think you make the best with what you’ve got, you know? Sometimes you have very little. And you just always try to rise to higher ground, because you’re going to suffer one way or the other, so you just hope that you have strength and perseverance and good friends and faith, some kind of faith, to endure and move on to greener pastures.’
‘You can get totally messed up trying to please everyone with what you do, but ultimately, you have to please yourself.’
‘James Bond is one of those heroes that all guys feel they could actually be like.’
‘People should be allowed to marry, and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage.’
‘Love means that everything is right with the world. Love and only love. Love means that you are content within your own heart and in the presence of the person that you love, who fills your day and makes you stronger and wiser, and gives you the confidence to go out into the world. Love is just the most beautiful, joyous feeling.’
‘I realise how precious life is, probably because I’ve seen how it can be taken away.’
‘Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents’.
‘I’ve learnt that through life you just get on with it. You’re going to meet a lot of dishonest people along the line and you say good luck to them. I hope they live in comfort. Then I start sticking more pins in their effigies’.
‘My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons’.
‘I am a mixture of idealist and realist’.
‘If you don’t have humour, then you may as well nail the coffin lid down now’.
‘My acting range has always been something between the two extremes of ‘raises left eyebrow’ and ‘raises right eyebrow.’’
‘The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don’t work as well, you can’t run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can’t lift heavy weights. But your mind doesn’t feel any different’.
‘We all have a responsibility in life to do what we can to help those less fortunate’.