„I think people should elect a cat person. If you elect a dog person, you elect someone who wants to be loved. If you elect a cat person, you elect someone who wants to serve.“
— Stephen Harper 22nd Prime Minister of Canada 1959
2006, Interview with Kevin Newman, Global National April 5th, 2006.
„When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.“
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
1980s–1990s, Barbarians inside the Gates and Other Controversial Essays (1999)
„You can live your life two ways: You can use your language to manipulate. You can use it as a tool to get what you want. But the problem with that is that it assumes you know what you want, and that you're right. And that's a problem, because there's lots of things you don't know, and if you get what you want you may find that (A.) You didn't really want it, and (B.) that you're not the person that started the journey towards that. That happens a lot to people, especially when they use their language in a manipulative way.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
„If you have a lot of what people want and can't get, then you can supply the demand and shovel in the dough. “
— Лаки Лучано Italian-American mobster 1897 - 1962
„If you ask people what they've always wanted to do, most people haven't done it. That breaks my heart.“
— Angelina Jolie American actress, film director, and screenwriter 1975
„Having people be impressed with a house is not a compliment. You don't want them to say, 'What a place!' You want them to sit down and enjoy it.“
— Robert Denning American interior designer 1927 - 2005
Suzanne Stephens, "Florida Renaissance — Italianate Splendors Enrich A Villa in Naples", Architectural Digest, October 2000, v. 57 #10, pp. 284-298.
„If you want to help me, and I know you do, believe in me. And do not help to criticize or break me, as some people do gladly, who are indifferent or hostile [towards me].... You must have faith in me. Believe me. And if you want to believe someone about me, believe an artist, someone like Mesdag or Blommers or Maris [one of Breitner's teachers, c. 1880], but not Kuyper and the likes of him.... and hear what they say and put more value on the talk 'finish better' and 'he is stubborn“
— George Hendrik Breitner Dutch painter and photographer 1857 - 1923
before 1890, from people who, let's be honest, actually know nothing about art. (The Hague, 1881) version in original Dutch (citaat van Breitner's brief, in het Nederlands:) Indien U mij wilt helpen en dat weet ik, geloof dan in mij. en helpt niet mee om mij af te breken, dat lieden die of onverschillig zijn of vijandig zoo gaarne doen... ...Gij moet vertrouwen in mij hebben. mij geloven. En als Ge iemand gelooven wilt over mij. geloof dan een schilder iemand als Mesdag of Blommers of Maris, maar geen de Kuyper en consorten... ...en hoor wat ze zeggen en hecht dan nog eenige waarde aan de praatjes van: 'meer af' en: 'hij is koppig' - van lui die goed beschouwd er toch eigentlijk niets van weten. (Den Haag, 1881) Quote from Breitner's letter to A.P. van Stolk nr. 24, 11 October 1881, (location: The RKD in The Hague); as quoted by Helewise Berger in Van Gogh and Breitner in The Hague, her Master essay in Dutch - Modern Art Faculty of Philosophy University Utrecht, February 2008]], (translation from the original Dutch, Anne Porcelijn) p. 36. this quote dates from Breitner's period in The Hague, after his Maecenas A.P. van Stolk withdrew his financial support. In his defense, Breitner cites a number of painters from the Hague School he is in contact with and who have already built up a certain reputation.
„There’re all kinds of people in this world. But they break down into two main groups, one big and one smaller. There’s the people who get moved out of the way or into line, and then there’s the people who do the moving. It’s safer and a lot more comfortable to go where you’re pushed. You don’t take any of the responsibility, and if you do what you’re told, every once in a while you get thrown a fish.
“Being a mover isn’t safe, because you may be heading for a hole, and it isn’t comfortable because you do a lot of jostling back and forth, and what’s more, it’s up to you to get your own fish. But it’s a hell of a lot of fun.“
— Algis Budrys, livro Rogue Moon
Rogue Moon (1960), He looked into Hawks’ eyes. “Isn’t it?” Chapter 1, Section 2 (pp. 12-13)
— Zadie Smith, livro White Teeth
White Teeth (2000)