„I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable.“
As quoted in My Love Affair with David Lynch and Peachy Like Nietzsche: Dark Clown Porn Snuff for Terrorists and Gorefiends (2005) by Jason Rogers, p. 7
Kontext: I don't think that people accept the fact that life doesn't make sense. I think it makes people terribly uncomfortable. It seems like religion and myth were invented against that, trying to make sense out of it.
— Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
At Piers Morgan Tonight, 2011
„I think that a lot of people don't get it and a lot of people don't know what to make of me. And, you know what? I'm OK with that.“
— Lady Gaga American singer, songwriter, and actress 1986
Kontext: I have found that my work has to be both deep and shallow … All of my songs have meaning, all of my clothing has iconography buried into it. But by the same token, it's just as special if you look at it in its shallowest form. A quick moment of melody, a beautiful dress. People think, "Gaga's so sweet", or "Gaga sucks". The point is that it's memorable. For commercial art to be taken seriously as fine art is a very unusual and difficult task. I think that a lot of people don't get it and a lot of people don't know what to make of me. And, you know what? I'm OK with that.
„It's not easy having a good marriage--but I don't want easy. Easy doesn't make you grow. Easy doesn't make you think. I thank God everyday that I am married to a man who makes me think. That's my definition of true love.“
— Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958
— Enid Blyton, buch The Naughtiest Girl Again
Quelle: The Naughtiest Girl Again
„I build things that I think are exciting from a technology standpoint and will help make life easier, simpler and better for people.“
— Philippe Kahn Entrepreneur, camera phone creator 1952
Investor's Business Daily March 2007, regarding technology and the future http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDArticles.asp?artsec=21&issue=20070306.
— Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key
Quelle: Lock and Key
„I'm not against sentimentality. I think you need it. I mean, I don't think you get a true picture of people without it in writing… It's a kind of poetry, it's an emotional poetry, and, to bring it back to the literary scene, I don't think anything is true that doesn't have it, that doesn't have poetry in it.“
— Nelson Algren American novelist, short story writer 1909 - 1981
— Jim Morrison, Eyes: Poetry, 1967-1971
Quelle: Eyes: Poetry, 1967-1971
„…I don't like to make judgments about what people like sexually. Some people like one sex, or the other, or they like fat people, or they like to be tied up, whatever. That's fine. Whatever people like is fine by me. I think that's important, too, because in this country a lot of people want to make laws about that and I'm very much against that. Making certain kinds of sex illegal… To me that's immoral, to illegalize things that people want to do. Same with religious things. I think people should be able to believe whatever they want to believe. I think that when governments try to get involved with that sort of stuff, you're really destroying people's souls. I don't make statements like that in my songs because that's not what I want. I don't want to make a political statement.“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Interview by Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm, ca. 1992 ( link http://adaweb.com/~purple/kingm.html)
Quotes from interviews
„Thinking is a terrible disadvantage with which most people are not burdened. Being able to think merely makes you aware of the outrages around you.“
— Arthur Jones (inventor) American inventor 1926 - 2007
The New High Intensity Training (2004)
— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928 - 2019
As quoted in "'Greening of America' author to present lecture series" in the Yale Bulletin & Calendar, Vol. 29, No. 4 (29 September 2000) http://www.yale.edu/opa/arc-ybc/v29.n4/story3.html
„I wrote and recorded music for many years, thinking I was only pleasing myself. The fact that so many people have appreciated the music, makes my life incredibly rewarding and full.“
— Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
Message at the Happy Rhodes fan Guestbook http://www.e-guestbooks.com/cgi-bin/e-guestbooks/guestbook.cgi?action=view&user=Equipoise
— Jacques Ellul French sociologist, technology critic, and Christian anarchist 1912 - 1994
Quelle: The Presence of the Kingdom (1948), p. 37
Kontext: People think that they have no right to judge a fact — all they have to do is to accept it. Thus from the moment that technics, the State, or production, are facts, we must worship them as facts, and we must try to adapt ourselves to them. This is the very heart of modern religion, the religion of the established fact, the religion on which depend the lesser religions of the dollar, race, or the proletariat, which are only expressions of the great modern divinity, the Moloch of fact.
— Terry Gilliam American-born British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy troupe 1940
Kontext: I like the Coen brothers. Their films are smart and disturbing. I am very impressed by what George Clooney is doing now. He is very political. I like the fact that he did Oceans Eleven and Oceans Twelve, made all that money and then leveraged the money and his success into interesting projects. Johnny Depp has also set up a production company and is showing an interest in risky projects that will not be easy.
I am sorry that it is hard for the average person, and even for an above-average person, to see a film that is not a Hollywood production. You see those films only in the festivals. There are few people there. That is worrying. People don't think. My goal in work is to make them think. The media do the opposite.
„If religion doesn't make people good, why do people think that it does? Simple: Because religion teaches that it makes people good. It’s part of its sales pitch. But it's also quite possibly untrue.“
— Steve Stewart-Williams 1971
Quelle: Darwin, God and the Meaning of Life: How Evolutionary Theory Undermines Everything You Think You Know (2010), p. 290
„People make a grievous error thinking that a list of facts is the truth. Facts are just the bare bones out of which truth is made.“
— Shelby Foote Novelist, historian 1916 - 2005
Interview for the Academy of Achievement, 1999
„Just because we hit on points that resonate, or people think are real complaints—that doesn't make us journalists.“
— Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962
Hartford Advocate Interview (2008)
Kontext: People would like to place a standard on our show that doesn't exist. We're not set up for reporting; we don't have an apparatus for that. We're discussing things that hopefully people might get something out of, but it's wildly inconsistent. Just because we hit on points that resonate, or people think are real complaints—that doesn't make us journalists.