— Sylvia Plath, The Journals of Sylvia Plath
„Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.“
— Peter Sellers British film actor, comedian and singer 1925 - 1980
As quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1988) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 622
„I was at a point where I was ready to say I am what I am because of what I am and if you like me I'm grateful, and if you don't, what am I going to do about it?“
— Anne Bancroft American actress 1931 - 2005
Interview on her role in the Broadway play "Two for the Seesaw". The New York Times (1958).
— Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.
— Nicholas Sparks, Safe Haven
Katie, Chapter 29, p. 236
— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
„When I sleep I sleep and do not dream because it is as well that I am what I seem when I am in my bed and dream.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Before the Flowers of Friendship Faded Friendship Faded (1931)
„I work a lot but don't seem to finish. That is, I hope what I am doing means something because I don't know what I am doing. It's strange and terrible but I feel calm. Today I worked non-stop for six hours on a sculpture and I don't know what the result is... Planes upon planes, sections of muscles, of a face and then? And the total effect? Does what I create live? Where will I end up?“
— Umberto Boccioni Italian painter and sculptor 1882 - 1916
Boccioni's quote, from an undated letter to Gino Severini (probably July or August 1912, or November); as quoted in Futurism, ed. Didier Ottinger; Centre Pompidou / 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2008.
„My aunt is convinced I have a "flair for research." This is not true. If I had a flair for research, I would be doing research. Actually I'm not very smart. My grades were average. My mother and my aunt think I am smart because I am quiet and absent-minded–and because my father and grandfather were smart. They think I was meant to do research because I am not fit to do anything else–I am a genius whom ordinary professions can't satisfy.“
— Walker Percy Southern philosophical novelist 1916 - 1990