— Jimmy Durante American jazz singer, pianist, comedian and actor 1893 - 1980
Said after joining chorus girls in a conga line onstage, as quoted in "Tips on Tables" by Robert W. Dana (30 March 1951) http://www.bigbandsandbignames.com/durante.html
— Jimmy Buffett American singer–songwriter and businessman 1946
Song lyrics, Volcano (1979), Volcano, written with Keith Sykes and Harry Dailey
„I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.“
— Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016
Context: I believe in Allah and in peace. I don't try to move into white neighborhoods. I don't want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was twelve, but I didn't know what I was doing. I'm not a Christian anymore. I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be... I'm free to be what I want. Responding to a press conference question as to whether he was a "card-carrying" member of the Black Muslims, as quoted in The New York Times (27 February 1964) http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F4091EF7355D17738DDDAE0A94DA405B848AF1D3; also in Sports Illustrated (9 March 1964).
— John Steinbeck, livro Travels with Charley: In Search of America
— Carl Sandburg, Breathing Tokens
„I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin',
I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where.“
— Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer 1941
Song lyrics, Context: I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin', I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where. Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard. Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
— Katherine Anne Porter American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist 1890 - 1980
Context: I don't want any promises, I won't have false hopes, I won't be romantic about myself. I can't live in their world any longer, she told herself, listening to the voices back of her. Let them tell their stories to each other. Let them go on explaining how things happened. I don't care. At least I can know the truth about what happens to me, she assured herself silently, making a promise to herself, in her hopefulness, her ignorance. "Old Mortality" in Pale Horse (1939)
„I'm the kind of person that if I'm not getting something that I need from somewhere. I don't cry about it, I'm like OK I'm going to go here and find what I need.“
— Phil Brooks American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist 1978
Personal, From his DVD, "CM Punk: Best in the World".
— Kate Havnevik Norwegian singer-songwriter 1975
— Jackson Browne American singer-songwriter 1948
Running on Empty, from Running on Empty (1977)
„You're sent from heaven
And I know your worth.
You made a heaven for me here on the earth.
When I'm old and grey, dear,
Promise you won't stray, dear,
For I love you so, Sonny Boy.“
— Buddy de Sylva American musician 1895 - 1950
Song: Sonny Boy (de Sylva wrote the words; Lew Brown and Ray Henderson wrote the music; Al Jolson insisted on being credited too)
„I had new thoughts, willful thoughts, or rather thoughts filled with lots of won'ts. I won't let her change me, I promised myself. I won't be what I'm not.“
— Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club (1989), Ch. 8, pg. 134