„The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts. (Hays translation)“
— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts. V, 16
„Sundance is weird. The movies are weird—you actually have to think about them when you watch them.“
— Britney Spears American singer, dancer and actress 1981
After walking out of a screening of The Singing Detective (2003) at the Sundance Film Festival; quoted in The Washington Post (31 January 2003) http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/03/r_entertainment_kempley013103.htm and other newspapers; later in TIME Magazine (10 February 2003) p. 21.
„Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.“
— Albert Szent-Györgyi Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 1893 - 1986
Attributed to Szent-Györgyi in: IEEE (1985) Bridging the present and the future: IEEE Professional Communication Society conference record, Williamsburg, Virginia, October 16-18, 1985. p. 14.
„So, first of all, you’ve got to try to get people involved. And a lot of people are busy in their own lives or they don’t think it’s going to make a difference or they’re scared if they’re speaking out against authority. And many of the problems that we’re facing, like trying to create jobs or better opportunity or dealing with poverty or dealing with the environment, these are problems that have been going on for decades. And so, to think that somehow you’re going to change it in a day or a week, and then if it doesn’t happen you just give up, well, then you definitely won’t succeed. So the most important thing that I learned as a young person trying to bring about change is you have to be persistent, and you have to get more people involved, and you have to form relationships with different groups and different organizations. And you have to listen to people about what they’re feeling and what they’re concerned about, and build trust. And then, you have to try to find a small part of the problem and get success on that first, so that maybe from there you can start something else and make it bigger and make it bigger, until over time you are really making a difference in your community and in that problem. But you can’t be impatient. And the great thing about young people is they’re impatient. The biggest problem with young people is they’re impatient. It’s a strength, because it’s what makes you want to change things. But sometimes, you can be disappointed if change doesn’t happen right away and then you just give up. And you just have to stay with it and learn from your failures, as well as your successes.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
„I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else's.“
— Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
„The great trouble with all of us who are struggling with unhappy or unfortunate conditions is that we have separated ourselves in some way from the great magnetic center of creation. We are not thinking right, and so we are not attracting the right things. “Think the things you want.” The profoundest philosophy is locked up in these few words. Think of them clearly, persistently, concentrating upon them with all the force and might of your mind, and struggle toward them with all your energy. This is the way to make yourself a magnet for the things you want. But the moment you begin to doubt, to worry, to fear, you demagnetize yourself, and the things you desire flee from you. You drive them away by your mental attitude. They cannot come near you while you are deliberately separating yourself from them. You are going in one direction, and the things you want are going in the opposite direction.“
— Orison Swett Marden American writer 1850 - 1924
How to Get What You Want (1917).
„But Americans are different from everyone else in the world - except the Canadians, and Americans are more different from the Canadians than they often think.“
— William Pfaff American journalist 1928 - 2015
Chapter 2, The Challenge of Europe, p. 52.
— Joyce Meyer American author and speaker 1943