„I can't live where I want to, I can't go where I want to go, I can't do what I want to, I can't even say what I want to. I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to.“

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Georgia O'Keeffe4
US-amerikanische Malerin 1887 - 1986

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„If I can't be famous, I want at least to be infamous.“

—  Otto Dix German painter and printmaker 1891 - 1969

Remark of 1919, as quoted in German Expressionism 1915-1925 : The Second Generation (1988) by Stephanie Barron. p. 71

Van Morrison Foto

„I can't sell myself. And I don't even want to. That's something that's not going to change.“

—  Van Morrison Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician 1945

Interview in Musician magazine (1987)
Kontext: Where I feel this has cost me is in the personality situation, where you're expected to be a personality. You not only have to write and record, but you have to go out and sell it. Well, I'm not a salesman, and I'm very bad at selling things. If I had to do that for a living, I'd probably be completely broke. I can't sell myself. And I don't even want to. That's something that's not going to change.

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„I can DO ANYTHING I want, but I can't DO EVERYTHING I want.“

—  Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966

Quelle: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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„What I want is so simple I almost can't say it: elementary kindness.“

—  Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Quelle: Animal Dreams

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„I tried to be
what you wanted me to be
But you didn't want a girl you wanted
MACHINE …
I can't be part of this machine
I got too much heart to keep it in
I can't be part of your machine
I promise this is not the end“

—  Ysabella Brave American singer 1979

"Machine (new original song by Ysabella Brave" (3 November 2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc5qbh23MNY

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„If I can't be beautiful, I want to be invisible.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, buch Invisible Monsters

Quelle: Invisible Monsters

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António de Oliveira Salazar Foto

„I know what I want, and where to go.“

—  António de Oliveira Salazar Prime Minister of Portugal 1889 - 1970

Quoted in Salazar: biographical study - page 339; of Franco Nogueira - Published by Atlantis Publishing, 1977

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„Anybody who says to me, "I want to have an interface with you," I say, "please go somewhere else, to a toilet or wherever you want, to a mirror." Anybody who says, "I want to communicate with you," I say, "Can't you talk? Can't you speak? Can't you recognize that there's a deep otherness between me and you, so deep that it would be offensive for me to be programmed in the same way you are."“

—  Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002

We the People interview (1996)
Kontext: Traditionally the gaze was conceived as a way of fingering, of touching. The old Greeks spoke about looking as a way of sending out my psychopodia, my soul's limbs, to touch your face and establish a relationship between the two of us. This relationship was called vision. Then, after Galileo, the idea developed that the eyes are receptors into which light brings something from the outside, keeping you separate from me even when I look at you. People began to conceive of their eyes as some kind of camera obscura. In our age people conceive of their eyes and actually use them as if they were part of a machinery. They speak about interface. Anybody who says to me, "I want to have an interface with you," I say, "please go somewhere else, to a toilet or wherever you want, to a mirror." Anybody who says, "I want to communicate with you," I say, "Can't you talk? Can't you speak? Can't you recognize that there's a deep otherness between me and you, so deep that it would be offensive for me to be programmed in the same way you are."

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„I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Responding to a press conference question as to whether he was a "card-carrying" member of the Black Muslims, as quoted in The New York Times (27 February 1964) http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F4091EF7355D17738DDDAE0A94DA405B848AF1D3; also in Sports Illustrated (9 March 1964).
Kontext: I believe in Allah and in peace. I don't try to move into white neighborhoods. I don't want to marry a white woman. I was baptized when I was twelve, but I didn't know what I was doing. I'm not a Christian anymore. I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be... I'm free to be what I want.

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