„When I won the Booker Prize, I said that it was nice to see a work of art winning this prize and I've never been forgiven for that. When you get a prize, you're suppose to be humble. Somebody was interviewing me and said, 'This is a great day for Ireland'. I said, 'Why? Ireland didn't do it, I did it.' I wasn't forgiven for that either. I don't wear the green jersey and I don't hobnob with Michael D in the Park, although I quite like Michael D.“
„I called my mother up when they announced the Nobel Prize, waiting until 7 in the morning. She said, “That’s nice — and when are you going to see me next?”“
— Steven Chu American physicist, former United States Secretary of Energy, Nobel laureate 1948
NY Times, April 16, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/magazine/19wwln-q4-t.html?_r=4
„"I've got a sort of idea," said Pooh at last, "but I don't suppose it's a very good one."
"I don't suppose it is either," said Eeyore.“
— A.A. Milne British author 1882 - 1956
„I was told once that I didn't play the Hollywood game, and that's why I wasn't a big star. What they meant when they said that was that I don't go to parties, and when I go to an audition and I don't like the script, they know it. I don't flirt and I don't play the people that I'm meeting with. In the next breath, this person said to me, ‘When you're passionate about a role, there's nobody that can touch you, but you have to learn to do this also...’ But I don't know how to sit there and pretend I love something when I don't!“
— Sherilyn Fenn American actress 1965
Sherilyn Fenn, quoted in "Fenntastic", by Jill Daniel. Orange Coast (USA). January 1999.
„D. I. Y., D. I. Y., D. I. Y., D. I. Y.
Don't tell me what I will do, 'cos I won't.
Don't tell me to believe in you, 'cos I don't.
Be on your guard, better hostile and hard, don't risk affection;
Like flesh to the bone in the no-go zone,
You're still looking for the Resurrection.
Come up to me with your "What did you say?"
And I'll tell you, straight in the eye:
D. I. Y., D. I. Y.“
— Peter Gabriel English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian 1950
„The kindergarten essay got into that underground press we all belong to where something just sort of has a life of its own and moves around and it gets on refrigerators and in the work place and people copy it... I was a minister in the Unitarian church at the time and teaching and I was ready to stop that and do the next phase of my life. So I had quit both those jobs and I was all set up with my studio in Seattle when this other horse came riding by … I'm not a great writer and I'll never get the Nobel Prize or a Pulitzer Prize but I've won the refrigerator door award. And you don't see Faulkner on people's refrigerator.“
— Robert Fulghum American writer 1937
— Klaus Kinski German actor 1926 - 1991
As quoted by Werner Herzog, in My Best Fiend, (1999)
„When I was in Africa, this voice came to me and said, "Richard, what do you see?" I said, I see all types of people." The voice said, "But do you see any niggers?" I said, "No." It said, "Do you know why? 'Cause there aren't any."“
— Richard Pryor American stand-up comedian, actor, social critic, writer, and MC 1940 - 2005
On race. Live at the Sunset Strip (1982)
„They said I was screaming quite loud. I threatened never to fly again. I didn't want to be a part of that. It wasn't war.“
— Hugh Thompson, Jr. United States helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War 1943 - 2006
In a 2004 interview with US News & World Report. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/07/national/07thompson.html
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005