„It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.“
— Robert Benchley, Quoted in Robert Benchley (1955) by Nathaniel Benchley, ch. 1
— Pablo Neruda Chilean poet 1904 - 1973
„I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn't identify with any of the guys at all. None of them liked art or music, they just wanted to fight and get laid. It was many years ago but it gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male.“
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
As quoted in Melody Maker (1991-09-14).
„I can’t win. Love is Russian roulette for me. No one loves the real me inside. they're all in love with my fame, my stardom.
I fall in love far too quickly and end up getting hurt all the time. I've got scars all over. But I can't help myself because basically I'm a softie I have this hard, macho shell — which I project on stage but there's a much softer side. too, which melts like butter.“
— Freddie Mercury British singer, songwriter and record producer 1946 - 1991
"Rock On Freddie" (1985).
„Yeah, I think James Brown is a genius you know, when he's with the Famous Flames, unbelievable. I used to watch him on television and I used to get angry at the cameraman because whenever he would really start to dance they would be on a close-up so I couldn't see his feet. I'd shout "show him show him," so I could watch and learn.“
— Michael Jackson American singer, songwriter and dancer 1958 - 2009
On watching James Brown as a young child.
„I just sat there thunderstruck. I realized that's exactly what I had been doing for over a decade with my story. I was writing heroic fantasy, while at the same time I was satirizing heroic fantasy.“
— Patrick Rothfuss American fantasy writer 1973
Context: Anyway, I was listening to Beagle answer a question on the panel, he said something along the lines of, "I'd never want to write The Last Unicorn again. It was excruciatingly hard, because I was writing a faerie tale while at the same time writing a spoof of a faerie tale." I just sat there thunderstruck. I realized that's exactly what I had been doing for over a decade with my story. I was writing heroic fantasy, while at the same time I was satirizing heroic fantasy. While telling his story, Kvothe makes it clear that he's not the storybook hero legends make him out to be. But at the same time, the reader sees that he's a hero nonetheless. He's just a hero of a different sort. Interview with Fantasy Book Critic (25 May 2007)
„I don't understand how people can
stand next to you one year, and next year, they cannot. They're going crazy, screaming. They can't take it that you're there. But last year I was in the same club, walking around, lonely like a motherfucker. Couldn't get a date or a dance. I was too skinny, too something,
and now, "He's just adorable. He's just, oh!“
— Tupac Shakur, Resurrection, 1971-1996
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popul... 1920 - 1992
„I went deep inside myself. I had time to explore my beliefs and because of that I'm stronger.
Bob Marley (March 1981)“
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
„People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.“
— Rosa Parks African-American civil rights activist 1913 - 2005
„"I was obsessed with fairytales, and I was a very, very inquisitive kid, and I would ask my mom all kinds of questions. It all kind of formed a story in my head, and I really wanted to be a published author when I was 10, but I had a hard time writing a novel when I was 10, so I decided to wait until I was little bit older and then get it done." -Chris Colfer on how he came up with the idea of TLOS“
— Chris Colfer actor, singer, book author 1990
„I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself“
— Simone de Beauvoir French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist 1908 - 1986