„I was forced and pushed into the kind of painting that I did [during the late 1940's / early 1950's]. That is to say, the demands in this dialogue with myself – I give to it, I make some marks, it speaks to me, I speak to it, we have terrible arguments going on all night, weeks and weeks – do I really believe that? I make a mark, a few strokes, I argue with myself, not do I like or not, but is it true or not? Is that what I mean, is that what I want?“
„I would like to make clear that I speak only of sensations. I am neither a sociologist nor a politician. All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like.“
— Michelangelo Antonioni Italian film director and screenwriter 1912 - 2007
„On Christmas night, I danced with all kinds of fellows with pimples and all kinds of sores. I suddenly felt, ‘What is this being shy? I have to give myself, I just felt I didn't want to be shy, I didn't want to draw away, but give myself, I mean, not physically, but be there. It was a great lesson also for me, this tour through Africa and Italy during the war.“
— Luise Rainer German-born Austrian and American film actress 1910 - 2014
Being on Ascension Island in 1944
„Late at night. I feel like falling into a frenzy, doing some unprecedented thing to release myself, but I don't see against whom, against what...“
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„Freedom of speech is something that represents the very dignity of what a human being is. If you cannot speak... I mean, that's what marks us off. That's what marks us off from the stones and the stars. You can speak freely. It is almost impossible for me to describe. It is the thing that marks us as just below the angels. I don't want to push this beyond where it should be pushed, but I feel it.“
— Mario Savio American activist 1942 - 1996
Quoted in an interview http://www.fsm-a.org/stacks/mario/savio_gilles.htm by Douglas Gilles (December 1994) from the film Free@30 (1996).
„I like joy; I want to be joyous. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that`s all I want. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.“
— Doris Day American actress, singer, and animal rights activist 1924
„But I felt it was important to put those kinds of decisions in the book. And I've got to tell you I really - I mean, I don't want to be cavalier about it but I've done what I've done and I, frankly, if people like what I did, great. And if they don't like what I did at least read the book. That's all I ask. And at least be open minded enough to figure out the decision making process. Why did I do what I did?“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„What have I got to do to make you love me?
What have I got to do to make you care?
What do I do when lightning strikes me
And I wake to find that you're not there?What do I do to make you want me?
What have I got to do to be heard?
What do I say when it's all over?
And sorry seems to be the hardest word.“
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
„What do I say to them in the dressing-room? Nothing really. Most of the time I don't even know what they are going to do myself.“
— Kenny Dalglish Scottish association football player and manager 1951
On managing Liverpool FC ( Source http://imdb.com/name/nm0197910/bio)
„I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all.“
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
Context: I should like to like Schumann’s music better than I do; I dare say I could make myself like it better if I tried; but I do not like having to try to make myself like things; I like things that make me like them at once and no trying at all. On Knowing what Gives us Pleasure, ii
„A few weeks ago I read, in Sacheverell Sitwell, two impressives sentences: “It is my belief that I have informed myself of nearly all works of art in the known world.... I have heard most of the music of the world, and seen nearly all the paintings.” It was hard for me to believe these sentences, but I wanted Sitwell to be able to say them, liked him for having said them—I believed.“
— Randall Jarrell poet, critic, novelist, essayist 1914 - 1965
“The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens”, p. 71
„In your presence, dearly beloved,/ I do not need to make up!/ I do not need to adorn myself!/ I can just be myself!/ What a relief!“
— Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957
Life: Relish It! p. 67.
„What I did [his artistic work in the 1940's] also served as a way to spit in the face of the well-meaning bourgeoisie...“
— Antoni Tàpies Catalan painter, sculptor and art theorist 1923 - 2012
In 'Tapies, or the Materiality of Painting', by Klaus Dirscherl; as quoted in Materialities of Communication, ed. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Karl Ludwig Pfeiffer, Stanford University Press, 1988, p. 184