„But I'm glad you'll see me as I am. Above all, I wouldn't want people to think that I want to prove anything. I don't want to prove anything, I just want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself. I have that right, haven't I?“
— Sandra Bullock American actress and producer 1964
Context: I never did anything according to what anyone else wanted. That's why I think I am happy. I do everything 100% — even my stupidest missteps. I know when I'm getting ready to mess up, I'm going to do it full-on.
„I have now established an enviable way of living, and if anyone wants anything from me they must come to me.“
— Francisco De Goya Spanish painter and printmaker (1746–1828) 1746 - 1828
letter to his friend Don Martín Zapater, signed and dated Madrid, 1 August 1786, location: Pierpont Morgan Library Dept. of Literary and Historical Manuscripts http://www.themorgan.org/collection/102401 in June 1786 Goya was appointed painter to the Spanish king Charles III, the most prestigious position for an artist in Spain; the title, as Goya emphasized in this letter, came with a steady income and the charge to produce designs for the royal tapestry factory
„I'm probably one of the most dangerous men in the world if I want to be. But I never wanted to be anything but me.“
— Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934
„GG Allin: I get letters from all over the world. People worship me. I'm gonna rape the girls. I might rape the guys. I might have sex. I want it all. I want it all and I'm gonna have it all 'cause I am everything.“
— GG Allin American singer-songwriter 1956 - 1993
GG Allin on The Jane Whitney Show July 16. 1993.
„Well, I think when I was a child, more than anything else I wanted not to be ordinary. And I wanted to be considered to be a bit peculiar. When I was at school I wanted to be peculiar and I was delighted when I was at secondary school and I was actually thought to be peculiar (laughs). It was fantastically good for me because I looked around me and I thought, 'Well, however you are I don't want to be like you, so if you think I'm unbalanced then I'm delighted.' That really stayed with me.“
— Morrissey English singer 1959
From "Morrissey speaks to NME", interview by Alex Needham, NME (17 April 2004).