— Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943
„These stories get made up, and I don’t know from where. I have no idea. I didn’t make that one up — sometimes I make my own stories up — but I didn’t make that one up.“
— Meat Loaf American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor 1947
On rumors that he wanted a guest role as a villain on the BBC TV series Doctor Who.
„One day I had the idea of radiation implosion. As in all ideas that have ever popped up in my head, there is no way I can trace the source.“
— John Clive Ward British-Australian nuclear physicist 1924 - 2000
J. C. Ward, Memoirs of a Theoretical Physicist (Optics Journal, Rochester, 2004).
„In the quiet spaces opened up by the prolonged, undistracted reading of a book, people made their own associations, drew their own inferences and analogies, fostered their own ideas. They thought deeply as they read deeply.“
— Nicholas Carr American writer 1959
Fuente: The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
„You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it.“
— Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78
Contexto: It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan't make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can't be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it.
„The force of the idea was such that I drew the car to the side of the road and stopped and, for some reason, laughed. It was a loud laugh, unsteady, and sounded, even to my own ears, slightly maniacal. Thinking back now, I realise it was less a laugh than the birth-cry of my dark and twin brother Benjamin Black.“
— John Banville Irish writer 1945
— Haruki Murakami, libro Kafka en la orilla
Fuente: Kafka on the Shore
„My education was very intensive and I applied that training later on to playing the piano. I had always played, but having no one to compare myself to, I had no idea if I was any good.“
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
The Express on Sunday, 06/01/2002
„I have always been structured. What has changed is the proportions. Now it is eight hours of paperwork and one of painting. I go to the studio every day, but I don't paint every day. I love playing with my architectural models. I love making plans. I could spend my life arranging things. Weeks go by, and I don't paint until finally I can't stand it any longer. I get fed up. I almost don't want to talk about it, because I don't want to become self-conscious about it, but perhaps I create these little crises as a kind of a secret strategy to push myself. It is a danger to wait around for an idea to occur to you. You have to find the idea.“
— Gerhard Richter German visual artist, born 1932 1932
— Shreya Ghoshal Indian playback singer 1984
Ghoshal discussing about her schedule http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-livewire/article3845968.ece - Archived http://web.archive.org/web/20170310200829/http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-metroplus/the-livewire/article3845968.ece
„I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.“
— Susie Bright American writer and feminist 1958
„I'm an animal lover and my two cats are my world, so I don't wear any fur. I don't support the fur industry. And I'm not really into animal prints either, I just don't like the idea of me saying "I'm wearing a big cat today."“
— Alyssa Campanella American model 1990
"Meet the former Miss USA turned fashion blogger, Alyssa Campanella, who is dominating NYFW" https://www.aol.com/article/2016/02/11/meet-the-former-miss-usa-turned-fashion-blogger-alyssa-campanel/21310867/?guccounter=1, interview with AOL (February 11, 2016).
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
This misquotation is frequently attributed to a White House press conference, March 13, 2002 http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2002/03/20020313-8.html
Correct quote should read: "And, again, I don't know where he [Osama Bin Laden] is. I — I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."
The relevant parts of the White House transcript reads:
: THE PRESIDENT: Deep in my heart I know the man is on the run, if he's alive at all. Who knows if he's hiding in some cave or not; we haven't heard from him in a long time. And the idea of focusing on one person is — really indicates to me people don't understand the scope of the mission. Terror is bigger than one person. And he's just — he's a person who's now been marginalized. His network, his host government has been destroyed. He's the ultimate parasite who found weakness, exploited it, and met his match. He is — as I mentioned in my speech, I do mention the fact that this is a fellow who is willing to commit youngsters to their death and he, himself, tries to hide — if, in fact, he's hiding at all. So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.
: Q: But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?
: THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I — I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.
„The idea that the Natives must all be removed and confined in their own kraals is in my opinion the greatest nonsense I have ever heard.“
— Jan Smuts military leader, politician and statesman from South Africa 1870 - 1950
In August 1946, as quoted by James Barber in South Africa in the Twentieth Century, p. 134
„If I have called Cubism a new order, it is without any revolutionary ideas or any reactionary ideas... One cannot escape form one's own epoch, however revolutionary one may be. I do not think my painting has ever been revolutionary. It was not directed against any kind of painting. I have never wanted to prove that I was right and someone else wrong... If there is a touch of reaction, since life imposes that, it is minute. And then it is so difficult to judge a thing historically, separated from its environment: it is the relationship between a man and what he does that counts. That's what good and touches us.“
— Georges Braque French painter and sculptor 1882 - 1963
Fuente: 1946 - 1963, In conversation with Dora Vallier' (1954), p. 265
„I want to emphasize the necessity for a sound mathematical basis for any fundamental physical theory. Any philosophical ideas that one may have play only a subordinate role. Unless such ideas have a mathematical basis they will be ineffective.“
— Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984
The Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Theory (1978)
„I mixed [early 1950's] funny shades of colors and used them but I used them because they made the drawing in my picture move. It wasn't because I was in love with the idea of putting color down. But these colors were the expedient things to use for the way I drew and I say 'draw' not meaning line, though it might have included line. But the way I drew or envisioned or made my work. And it happened that it came out stressing color. But I did not have a vision or a notion about color per se being the thing that would make me or my pictures work or operate.“
— Helen Frankenthaler American artist 1928 - 2011
quote about shades and drawing
1960s, Interview with Barbara Rose', Archives - American Art, 1968
„I don't know. I don't know at all. And that's what's frightening the life out of me. To have no idea….“
— Agatha Christie, And Then There Were None
Fuente: And Then There Were None