— Angelina Jolie American actress, film director, and screenwriter 1975
„Be your own worst critic.
When things go wrong it's tempting to shift the blame. Don't.
Accept responsibility. People will appreciate it, and you will find out what you're capable of.“
Quelle: Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite
„I think it's bullshit. People don't want to accept the responsibility for their own weakness so they place the blame on something that they're not responsible for, like a disease or genetics. As far as studies go, I could prove I was from Mars if you gave me enough time and enough resources.“
— James Frey, buch A Million Little Pieces
A Million Little Pieces (2003)
„People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.“
— J. Michael Straczynski American writer and television producer 1954
„it's impossible to remain angry or blame other people for problems in your life when you are saying, "I am responsible“
— Brian Tracy American motivational speaker and writer 1944
Quelle: Reinvention: How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life
„You find very few critics who approach their job with a combination of information and enthusiasm and humility that makes for a good critic. But there is nothing wrong with critics as long as people don't pay any attention to them.“
— Edward Albee American playwright 1928 - 2016
"Edward Albee : An Interview", in Edward Albee : Planned Wilderness (1980) edited by Patricia De La Fuente, p. 8
Kontext: I've noticed that there is not necessarily a great relationship between what the majority of critics have to say and what is actually true. Some of them are so busy trying to mold the public taste according to the limits of their perceptions, and others are so busy reflecting what they consider to be the public taste — that view limited again by their perception. You find very few critics who approach their job with a combination of information and enthusiasm and humility that makes for a good critic. But there is nothing wrong with critics as long as people don't pay any attention to them. I mean, nobody wants to put them out of a job and a good critic is not necessarily a dead critic. It's just that people take what a critic says as a fact rather than an opinion, and you have to know whether the opinion of the critic is informed or uninformed, intelligent of stupid — but most people don't take the trouble.
„If you realize that you're the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something and grow wiser. Don't blame other people for your problems.“
— Robert T. Kiyosaki, buch Rich Dad Poor Dad
Quelle: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
„It's good. You know, it's nice coming out and actually meeting all your fans - you make this thing in your bedroom and you don't really know who is going to get it or relate to it or anything, you know? And you just pour your heart out kind of thing, and then you find out you relate to people and that's the final process of it. You know, to meet people who are actually like you and that you connect with, you know what I mean? That's kind of cool. That's the best thing about touring.“
— M.I.A. British recording artist, songwriter, painter and director 1975
On touring during Interview http://web.archive.org/web/20070926225407/http://www.muchmusic.com/music/artists/transcripts.asp?artist=1213 on MuchMusic's MuchonDemand (September 2005)
„… if you expect people to try to do things your way, you're going to have to give some hints as to what that way is.“
— Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
Quelle: Water for Elephants
„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
The Camelot Project interview (1996)
Kontext: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Speaking at a summit on food innovation in Milan, Italy on May 9, 2017. Source: Conway, Madeline (9 May 2017). " Obama: 'You get the politicians you deserve' http://archive.is/sk6YA". Politico. Archived from the original http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/09/obama-you-get-the-politicians-you-deserve-238150 on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
Kontext: People have a tendency to blame politicians when things don't work, but as I always tell people, you get the politicians you deserve. And if you don't vote and you don't pay attention, you'll get policies that don't reflect your interest.
„You're going through college, and you're going to be faced with a lot of things. You're going to face adversity, the main thing is don't quit. For many people it's easy to quit, but don't. That's what separates the winners from the losers, what separates the all-stars from the also-rans.“
— Mr. T American actor and retired professional wrestler 1952
„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
„Sometimes things don't turn out the way you want them to, Haven. Sometimes the people you choose to believe are wrong.“
— Sarah Dessen, buch That Summer
Quelle: That Summer
„Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember ~ the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.“
— Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012
„What I intend to do is lead an investigation to find out what went right and what went wrong…. I think one of the things that people want us to do here is to play a blame game. We've got to solve problems. We're problem-solvers. There will be ample time for people to figure out what went right and what went wrong. What I'm interested in is helping save lives. That's what I want to do.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
Answering a question regarding Katrina aftermath and what went wrong with government response — September 6, 2005. http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/09/20050906.html
„I think, to be what you are, don't take advice from other people. Find your advice in your heart. Yes, find your advice in your heart. It's yours and you keep it. And if you think it's helpful to other people… then share it. I think the things we share are very important.“
— David Manners Canadian-born American actor 1900 - 1998
„The essence of what I have learned about writing and performing music is the authenticity you are faced with in your day-to-day work. No matter what other people or even critics will say, you have to follow your own direction which not necessarily has to be a straight line to success; sometimes it will be a curly, dramatic curve you have to go, but that’s the only way to leave a little landmark of brave respect to others and to the dimensions of your own capability.“
— Edgar Froese German musician and founder of Tangerine Dream 1944 - 2015