— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— Christopher Paolini American author 1983
„Funny how that term caught on, isn't it? I tell everyone, I hated it. Somebody said 'drain the swamp' and I said, 'Oh, that is so hokey. That is so terrible.' I said, all right, I'll try it. So like a month ago I said 'drain the swamp' and the place went crazy. And I said 'Whoa, what's this?' Then I said it again. And then I start saying it like I meant it, right? And then I started to love it, and the place loved it. Drain the swamp. It's true. It's true. Drain the swamp.“
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
During a rally in Des Moines, Iowa http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/21/trump-adviser-says-he-is-ditching-drain-the-swamp.html (December 2016)
„I could have been more famous if I did all the glitzy things, but celebrity always seemed so unnecessary ... Fame and success are very different things, anyway.“
— Enya Irish singer, songwriter, and musician 1961
Context: I could have been more famous if I did all the glitzy things, but celebrity always seemed so unnecessary... Fame and success are very different things, anyway. The music sold itself before anybody knew who I was, so I felt I had a choice. I told the record company I didn't feel the need to be out there at red-carpet events. I wanted a career. But I wanted to keep myself intact as a person.
„All of this is so insignificant. In the grand scale of things, there have been so many before who have been in this position. I'm just another one. Life is so short. It's like we're already gone, really, in retrospect.“
— Heath Ledger Australian actor 1979 - 2008
On fame and celebrity, as quoted in the New York Daily News, June 26, 2000.
„It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
— Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
As quoted in Anatole France en pantoufles by Jean-Jacques Brousson (1924); published in English as Anatole France Himself: A Boswellian Record by His Secretary, Jean-Jacques Brousson (1925), trans. John Pollock [Read Books, 2007, ], p. 56
„In one gallery they actually had a notice which said "No Sketching." How obnoxious! I said, "How do you think these things got on the walls if there was no sketching?"“
— David Hockney British artist 1937
"Portrait of the Artist as a Naughty Boy," interview with John Mortimer, In Character (1983), p. 97
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Context: My favorite writers have been those who’ve said things well. I used to study Eudora Welty. She has the remarkable ability to give you atmosphere, character, and motion in a single line. In one line! You must study these things to be a good writer. Welty would have a woman simply come into a room and look around. In one sweep she gave you the feel of the room, the sense of the woman’s character, and the action itself. All in twenty words. And you say, How’d she do that? What adjective? What verb? What noun? How did she select them and put them together? I was an intense student.
— Fran Lebowitz author and public speaker from the United States 1950
Ruminator Magazine interview with Susannah McNeely (August/September 2005).