— Federico Fellini Italian filmmaker 1920 - 1993
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
„In these times I don't, in a manner of speaking, know what I want; perhaps I don't want what I know and want what I don't know.“
— Marsilio Ficino, The Letters of Marsilio Ficino, Vol. 3
„Some people say, "How can you live without knowing?" I do not know what they mean. I always live without knowing. That is easy. How you get to know is what I want to know.“
— Richard Feynman American theoretical physicist 1918 - 1988
lecture I: "The Uncertainty of Science"
„I know everybody asked me the question, they wanted to know, 'What, Kan, I know he's gonna wile out, I know he's gonna do something crazy.' Everybody wanted to know what I would do, if I didn't win... I guess we'll never know!“
— Канье Уэст American rapper, singer and songwriter 1977
2005 Grammy acceptance speech
„I don't know very much but what I do know I know better than anybody, and I don't want to argue about it…My mind is not a bed to be made and re-made.“
— James Agate British diarist and critic 1877 - 1947
Ego 6 (1944), p. 189, June 9, 1943.
„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).
— Tallulah Bankhead American actress 1902 - 1968
Context: I don’t know what I want. Nobody knows — or if they do, they don’t know for long. I mean, you don’t want the same thing long enough for it to be What You Want From Life in capital letters. Well, maybe some people do. Maybe there's a few simple folks — or maybe a few million, I don't know — who fix their hearts, and their minds, and their everlasting souls on a thing, and keep on all their lives hoping for it. Living for it. Wanting It From Life. But these are the people who never get it. "I want everything" http://home.earthlink.net/~2lulah2/everything.htm in What I Want from Life (1934) edited by Edmund George Cousins, p. 108
„At the time of making a picture, I want not to know what I am doing.; a picture should me made with feeling, not with knowing.“
— Hans Hofmann American artist 1880 - 1966
Quote from an interview with w:Elaine de Kooning, 'Hans Hofmann paints a picture', 1950; in Artnews, February 1950, 38 (article 38-41 and 58-59)
— Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End