I'm greedy for that satisfaction of doing something hard and knowing that, even though I was afraid I couldn't do it, that somehow I can deliver.
The American dream always meant that anybody willing to put in a hard day's work could make a decent living. That's just not true anymore for people without at least some post-high school education.
Being a director, just to begin with, is just, I think, one of the hardest jobs just because you have to work in every way. You have to work with actors, you have to be involved with the producers and the writing and the action. Every department comes to you; you have to deal with everything.
As a preacher who has spent significant time in churches and houses of worship all across the country, I can tell you firsthand that religious liberty and freedom are principles that can never be infringed upon.
There are so many dreams that I'd like to follow.
AB de Villiers
I will not campaign for any party.
The first thing anyone can do, about any issue, is get informed.
I love steamed vegetables.
Religious traditions are easy to lose sight of in today's marketing frenzy. Make sure you take time to gently usher your little ones into the rituals that have special meaning for you.
In theory, cars are fairly simple. If they don't start, it's either the fuel system or the electrical system. Teach yourself about the path of each in your engine and tracing it is fairly straightforward. But at the beginning, mastering each new system seems like an unreachable shore. The car is effectively a black box.
I've often said there's two kinds of actors. There's a more gregarious type and the shy type.
I love films for the fact that it is like working under a microscope. It is sort of like a laboratory.
Every time you feel entitled, you're making a mistake.
The one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you'll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra – you can cut off its head in the Germany of the '30s and '40s, but it'll still turn up on your back doorstep in a slightly altered guise.
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed, there would be no more wars.
You kind of need to weed through who is wanting to be a true friend.
If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions.
Marc Jacobs Beauty is really exciting for me; when I was at school, I would always struggle to find make-up that suited my skin tone, and I certainly wouldn't find anything from a luxury brand. I'm glad that girls don't have that problem anymore.
Cooking is the showy side of domesticity.
At times, it is hard to say no to a film, but that happens, because you can't do a film due to date issues.
Aditya Roy Kapur
Flat-out, the time I wasn't working I was spending with the kids and my husband.
I've just seen it all – I've seen the bird flu, I've seen the Asian economic meltdown, SARS, 9/11, economic cycles.
I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing. It's always surprised me how little attention many non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
Alain de Botton
It's good to have a governing body to oversee matters in making of films, but you can't blame films for what is happening in society.
I'm a bit of an insomniac. I go to bed at 5am because I get caught up in watching TV or listening to music at night.
A. J. McLean
Obviously, international cricket is the main cricket you want to play, especially Test cricket.
AB de Villiers
And I was the only black kid in my school for almost all of my childhood, until I was a teenager. So imagine, if you will, being 6 feet tall by third grade, so essentially being a living maypole.
In the 1960s, I personally lived the resounding impact of President Nasser's vision of constructing Aswan's High Dam as a 'national project' for controlling the Nile irrigation and the production of electricity.
I didn't understand the culture and what Starbucks was really about. It wasn't a coffee shop. It was really a way of life… we suffer from thinking that since we have it in New York, or it won't work in New York, that it won't work some other place. That's a discipline we keep trying to improve.
But I've been there and done that. I'm not trying to prove anything to anybody, and if somebody wants me to come, if they can afford what I ask, it's not as much as Madonna makes; not that I want what Madonna makes, but I was saying.
In America our public schools are intended to be religiously neutral. Our teachers and schools are neither to endorse nor to inhibit religion. I believe this is a very good thing.
The military community in particular, I think, could always be more supported, especially people who are being processed out of the military and trying to readjust to being civilians.
It always surprises me when donors who operate successful businesses assume that just building a school structure means that a community now has access to education. When creating a business, does renting an office space now mean that you're producing goods, training staff and generating revenues?
I like birthday cake. It's so symbolic. It's a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just 'Happy birthday!' because it's this emblem of childhood and a happy day.
Well, you know, I never want to feel like I have a set plan of what I'm supposed to do. I kind of like to go script by script, and if I like the character and like the story that's why I want to do a movie.
I don't really write jokes down. I tend to have a premise that I work out and test on stage.
The best cure for one's bad tendencies is to see them fully developed in someone else.
Alain de Botton
The last time I heard real screaming in the theatre was when I went to see a movie I did years ago, called 'Wait Until Dark.' Now, my mother was the least emotional person on the planet, but when I got killed in the movie, she stood up and screamed, 'That's my son!' At Radio City Music Hall in New York!
With the TV stuff, we usually hand in final, finished tracks. The turnaround time is so tight that there's no time to demo anything; you just do it.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
I get along great with all of my exes. That's really cool. That's a good sign.
Obviously I love working in film and television, but I started in theater and I'd love to be on Broadway.
I'm not working at the Chevron, although I'd probably be the best person to work the night shift. Look at me. Nobody would try to steal a Snickers on my watch.
Nothing is inevitable until it happens.
A. J. P. Taylor
Change the sound. Make people rethink what they're doing. That's what I really wanna do.
It's a spirit that was given me and the relationships and meeting all these great people, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong; through Max I met a lot of people too. My first album was with Benny Carter.
My debut album, 'Forget the World,' is all about not listening to the negativity around you and to continue to do what you love, no matter what people think. I love what I do. Dance music is my passion, my life. There is no greater feeling than being one with my fans, partying to the music we love.
I like to write about teenagers because it's such an uncertain and dramatic time.
I definitely have managed to overcome dyslexia now to become a fully functional human being but things were a lot more difficult when I was younger.
Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.
A. S. Byatt
I don't want to be in everyone's face. I'm a big music fan, and I get really pissed off when it gets like that… and I don't want people to get like that with me.
I can only see my limitations. That's just who I am.
In Czechoslovakia in 1968, communist reformers appealed to democratic ideals that were deeply rooted in the country's pre-second world war past.
I exercise six days a week for one hour in the morning.
Cinema gives you the opportunity to be both a grandparent and a grandchild whereas in life you cannot be both at the same time.
Listen, I'm out of this system, man, I'm out… I'm doing better than ever. I couldn't be more happy.
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
As I ran along, I remember… saying to myself, 'You know, this is really the moon. We're really here… That's the Earth up there.' And I said it two or three times to myself.
I still think the best classic meal in New York is a coffee-shop breakfast – you sort of can't skip it.