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‘I used to believe you had to be something special to have a hit record … We were just kids from Liverpool.’
“The scenes I refused to do were when they suddenly would say to me, ‘Oh, you take your clothes off here’. The answer to that was always no.”
“L.A. drives you crazy. I’m used to weather and walking and people who say what they mean.”
“But there was no artificial ice and the seasons were short. You’d go out on the river with all your buddies. I never really had an interest in anything other than hockey.”
“Cut my veins, and I bleed Dodger blue.”
“I thought that there was something really special there, although we could never have guessed what would happen.”
“‘It’s nearly seven years since “Seven Up!”’ he said. ‘Wouldn’t it be a nice idea to go and see how the children are doing now?’ I said that I thought it might, so as casually as that I re-embarked on a project that has engaged my entire working life.”
“Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.”
“If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”
“We asked the kids, and they all agreed. It seemed like a fun thing to do.”
“Privacy is a valuable commodity.”
“Everything is cyclical. It’s like gambling. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down.”
“From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy and no Roy without Siegfried.”
“When you take the stage no matter who you’re sharing it with, you’ve got to promise to die. To detonate. To fly as high as you can and then, like the Fourth of July, explode like a sky full of fireworks.”
“There is no immorality in prostitution. The immorality is the arrest of women as a class for a service that’s demanded of them by society.”
“I think I killed somebody.”
“They carved a piece of my heart away.”
“I used to say if CNN called with an emergency and my wife called with an emergency, I’d call CNN back first.”
“I think this Mark Twain thing is pretty corny. I don’t think it’s funny.”
“I am today … a very, very happy person.”
“Some Oscar winners have dropped out of sight as if they were standing on a trap door. Others picked it up and ran with it. I’m going to run with it.”
“I had this burning desire to do just one more. ‘One more great role,’ I said. I didn’t want to be greedy. I just wanted one more.”
“In 1989 the bank withdrew my loan and I threw the keys at the bank manager. Since then, I’ve learnt the retail business … I don’t owe the bank any money now. I took back the keys.”
“The sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”
“It was my honor to know them. They were an inspiration that is needed again today.”
“That damn movie follows me around like an albatross.”
“My dad had gone around and told people I would never be anything. It hurt me … I made up my mind that … whatever price I had to pay, I was going to succeed at something.”
“I have had an academic career and a business career … but if I look back on my government career, that is the highlight, because … you are trying to make a difference.”
“My whole life is like a dream. I tell you — if I were not a Supreme, I would want to be a Supreme.”
“It’s all right to be yourself. In fact, the more yourself you are, the more money you make.”
“If the First Amendment will protect a scumbag like me, then it will protect all of you. Because I’m the worst.”
“It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over.”
“Wild Africa!”
“It’s like I was asleep for 10 years. It’s all kind of like a dream.”
“My greatest love is performing. When I am out there, all of my pain and all that goes away, and I am in a world of my own.”
“Four three nine oh-oh oh-oh Pizza Nova!”
“I saw Joe Louis at the door at Caesars Palace, just shaking hands, and that left a bad taste in my mouth.”
“My age is somewhere between newborn and none of your damn business!”
“There was trouble. Some people got caught. I’ll probably be going to jail.”
“In the beginning there was light.”
“I declare this thing open — whatever it is.”
“A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.”
“I live in a tormented state now, knowing of all the pain and suffering that I have created. I have left a legacy of shame, as some of my victims have pointed out, to my family and my grandchildren.”
“I’m much happier as I’ve got older. Age has given me nothing but confidence, security and joy. To me, ‘Helen McCrory, 47’ means nothing. ‘Helen McCrory, bad housewife and argumentative after a bottle of gin’ would be much more relevant.”
“Engineers dream of building something that millions of people will use … I don’t think many engineers are motivated by money. They’re motivated by having an impact.”
“I just live right, all I know.”
“Then like a sinner before the gates of Heaven I’ll come crawling on back to you …”
“Well, my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor. Before I go I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me … and I know you will keep up the good fight.”
“S-A-TUR-DAY Night!”
“To be truthful, I didn’t like her very much. She was an ugly drunk. She didn’t go somewhere nice and quiet and drink herself into oblivion. I always say that every statutory holiday she would try and kill herself. Eventually she succeeded.”
“There’s more than one way to pronounce it.”
“I am alone now, truly alone, and absolutely isolated from any known life.”
“Maybe good fortune comes to you for the same reason as bad … Some days it’s cold, and some days it’s hot.”
“The public trust in its system of government was subverted and betrayed.”
“One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and -pop!- out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.”
“I never considered myself a superhero or how he would sound. But as it turned out over the years, that is what Lee apparently intended.”
“Murray represented all the brown-baggers — not just in newsrooms, but in all sorts of professions.”
“I would strongly recommend any young man to stay away from criminal law. It’s not a good place to be.”
“You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale. And you will atone!”
“It’s gonna be Huuuuuuuuuggge!”
“Any idiot can make money. Keeping money — very few can do.”
“There are known knowns … There are known unknowns … There are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.
“I managed to survive with God’s strength and help.”
“They’re uneven … but I was uneven.”
“We can change Haiti if we work together.”
“My God … I know that boy.”
“Every time that I look at the cameras another woman leaves her husband for Mr. Wonderful.”
“I wanted my name on it because I was watching hockey and at the end they say ‘lighting by’ and ‘best boy.’ I phoned CBC and wrote to somebody (there). They wouldn’t give it to me. They saw no reason why.”
“The more that the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”
“But wait! There’s more!”
‘Bland works’
“The United States military are preparing weapons which could be used against the aliens, and they could get us into an intergalactic war without us ever having any warning.”
“I wasn’t interested in being a pop idol sitting there with girls screaming … it’s silly.”
“You have to work at being a buffoon.”
“Where’s the beef?!”
“Hell, everyone knows that an ugly guy with a good line gets the chicks.”
“I don’t believe in mistakes. I believe I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, and if it was meant to be, I would have been there.”
“I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure that if you die, then the cancer also dies at the same time. That to me is not a loss. That’s a draw.”
“Something about the word ‘life’ electrified me. It is one of a very few things that every single person experiences, so the market, to put it simply, was literally everyone on earth!”
“It really bothered me when Judy Garland used to say, ‘The studio made me do this, the studio made me do that.’ Nobody makes you do anything. You make your own choices.”
“People can accuse other people of doing stuff. But when it’s on camera, it’s different. You just can’t argue with it.”
“The Rosa Parks of Black cinema.”
“All I know is, we don’t do enough to honour our own.”
“We read about animals, sang songs, talked about my ashes nourishing the plants & fungi, cried & cuddled.”
“I did not know until I researched this book how close to death we had come.”
“I never got over being awestruck at the fact that I was there and I was a part of this wonderful thing that he was doing.”
“You need to understand the real causes of the disaster … In this sense, Chernobyl has not taught anything to anyone.”
“We were one big melting pot of Black people, and we knew we were doing something special that had never been done before.”
“Let others judge me. All I want to do is judge myself as a successful soldier who served his best.”
“I just wanted to work, and I felt that any country that could produce a Stratford had to be the most wonderful place. And I was right.”
“I’m for capital punishment. You’ve got to execute people — how else are they going to learn?”
“I know my body. I know for a fact that my body is ready to go. I’ve reached the end of the line.”
“It was as if I had a conversion and in my heart of hearts realized that apartheid was wrong.”
“I don’t find my life that interesting. The shows, maybe. But not me.”
“The display from the employees of Augusta National was especially moving. Most of the staff was Black and … they left their duties to line the 18th fairway as I walked toward the green. I couldn’t hold back the tears.”
“Losing means that at least you were in the race. It means that when the whistle sounded, life did not find you watching from the sidelines.”
“I used to be just your typical office grunt, but then I ran into toys, and that changed my outlook on life.”
‘Sign, sign, everywhere a sign, blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?’
“It’s like catching your grandmother stealing your stereo. You’re glad to get your stereo back, but you’re sad to find out that Grandma’s a thief.”
“I could have gotten out earlier; probably would have been better off. Would have avoided a lot of problems that I wouldn’t want to discuss. They are best forgotten.”
“I want to be loved and never forgotten. I’m really greedy, you know? I want to be immortal.”
“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.”
“Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant. You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.”

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