The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?
Would those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry.
There's high, and there's high, and to get really high--I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high-that's where I'm going'.
The only way I'll get you is to get you in bed.
We are really happy. But I am like anyone - no one knows how long marriage is going to last.
Without Elvis, none of us could have made it.
Character is who you are when no one is looking.
I do hope you can see me today.
Elizabeth II of England
I hope I never need to believe in God. It would be an awful confession of failure.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
I have to act to live.
Sir Lawrence Olivier
In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.
We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.
Why is it I can't do whatever I want to?
When it´s my personal life and I don't live it for you
So don't you try to tell me what is right for me
You be concerned about you
I can do what I want to do.
~Xscape (leaked song)
I am utterly bored by celebrity interviews. Most celebrities are devoid of interest
Music can't change the world.
Nothing we human beings do is without emotion.
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it's a really stupid thing to want to do.
I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
I like to sing ballads the way Eddie Fisher does and the way Perry Como does. But the way I'm singing now is what makes the money.
I think there are things of which I and the people who have worked with me can feel deservedly proud. They include restoring Russia's territorial integrity, strengthening the state, progress towards establishing a multiparty system, strengthening the parliamentary system, restoring the Armed Forces' potential and, of course, developing the economy. As you know, our economy has been growing by 6.9 percent a year on average over this time, and our GDP has increased by 7.7 percent over the first four months of this year alone.
When I began my work in the year 2000, 30 percent of our population was living below the poverty line. There has been a two-fold drop in the number of people living below the poverty line since then and the figure today is around 15 percent. By 2009-2010, we will bring this figure down to 10 percent, and this will bring us in line with the European average.
We had enormous debts, simply catastrophic for our economy, but we have paid them off in full now. Not only have we paid our debts, but we now have the best foreign debt to GDP ratio in Europe. Our gold and currency reserve figures are well known: in 2000, they stood at just $12 billion and we had a debt of more than 100 percent of GDP, but now we have the third-biggest gold and currency reserves in the world and they have increased by $90 billion over the first four months of this year alone.
During the 1990s and even in 2000-2001, we had massive capital flight from Russia with $15 billion, $20 billion or $25 billion leaving the country every year. Last year we reversed this situation for the first time and had capital inflow of $41 billion. We have already had capital inflow of $40 billion over the first four months of this year. Russia's stock market capitalisation showed immense growth last year and increased by more than 50 percent. This is one of the best results in the world, perhaps even the best. Our economy was near the bottom of the list of world economies in terms of size but today it has climbed to ninth place and in some areas has even overtaken some of the other G8 countries' economies. This means that today we are able to tackle social problems. Real incomes are growing by around 12 percent a year. Real income growth over the first four months of this year came to just over 18 percent, while wages rose by 11-12 percent.
Looking at the problems we have yet to resolve, one of the biggest is the huge income gap between the people at the top and the bottom of the scale. Combating poverty is obviously one of our top priorities in the immediate term and we still have to do a lot to improve our pension system too because the correlation between pensions and the average wage is still lower here than in Europe. The gap between incomes at the top and bottom end of the scale is still high here – a 15.6-15.7-fold difference. This is less than in the United States today (they have a figure of 15.9) but more than in the UK or Italy (where they have 13.6-13.7). But this remains a big gap for us and fighting poverty is one of our biggest priorities.
There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.
Coretta Scott King
Welcome to the View child
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
Now I'm being blamed not only for anorexia but for lung cancer. [On being a high-profile social smoker]
When I was a fireman I was in a lot of burning buildings. It was a great job, the only job I ever had that compares with the thrill of acting. Before going into a fire, there's the same surge of adrenaline you get just before the camera rolls.
I love his voice (Dave) and the song writing is scary; it's phenomenal. He's the most inspirational guy out there for me now.
I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.
Every drop in the ocean counts.
Sir Thomas Beecham was asked if he had ever conducted any Stockhausen. He said, "No, but I once trod in some."
Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy. With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.
If someone says can't, that shows you what to do.
Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble.
Willem de Kooning
I think that we have created a new kind of person in a way. We have created a child who will be so exposed to the media that he will be lost to his parents by the time he is 12.
I leave before being left. I decide.
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.
In Mexico an air conditioner is called a politician because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well.
Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung,
May you stay forever young.
The social kiss is an exchange of insincerity between two combatants on the field of social advancement. It places hygiene before affection and condescension before all else.
London Sunday Correspondent
Whether life is worth living depends on whether there is love in life.
R D Laing
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
We live, after all, in a world where illusions are sacred and truth profane.
We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation?
I would just love to have gone and stood in the Kop.
If I get a hard audience they are not going to get away until they laugh. Those seven laughs a minute -- I've got to have them.