We have collected the best Extraordinary Quotes by famous authors including Neale Donald Walsch, Jonathan Safran Foer, Aaron Sorkin, Dan Chaon, Christen Press and many others, we hope that among them you will find the right thought.
We’ve seen in the last half century an incredible shift. This is just an extraordinary time to be alive.
Neale Donald Walsch
Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is less nuanced. Eyesight is extraordinary – hearing, touch. I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange.
Jonathan Safran Foer
It’s populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
I’ve had a lot of different lives. I was adopted, I grew up in Nebraska, and then I went to Northwestern… Then I had this really extraordinary, different life than my parents.
Stanford’s an amazing, amazing school. It was an extraordinary soccer program.
I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ.
It’s OK to not have all the answers, and in fact, the more extraordinary people you are able to surround yourself with, the better you will become.
I’ve always believed that the most extraordinary results occur only when one feels unbound by any notion of constraint or limitation.
I like examining the ordinary, and by doing so, one hopefully reveals the extraordinary nature within.
I am sometimes accused of being a dictator because I provoked the extraordinary elections by nominating the interim government. Can you imagine any dictator who provokes free elections in his own country?
Many people have told me that once they learn of Madam Walker’s accomplishments they are surprised, even embarrassed, that they have never heard of her. But they shouldn’t be. Her extraordinary story was simply omitted from the history books.
The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself.
The Sistine Chapel is an extraordinary work of education – it lays out all the early books of the Bible.
What was so extraordinary to me about going through this box of my mother’s letters and diaries was meeting my mother not as my mother, but as a real person. And what breaks my heart is that I had no idea how self-aware she was and how protective of me she was.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
I think that the work that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford did was truly extraordinary, and that’s their legacy. Not the other petty stuff.
Evolution, cell biology, biochemistry, and developmental biology have made extraordinary progress in the last hundred years – much of it since I was weaned on schoolboy biology in the 1930s. Most striking of all is the sudden eruption of molecular biology starting in the 1950s.
John Tyler Bonner
The San Gabriel monument expands our natural heritage, but there is more in need of safeguarding – extraordinary places like Utah’s Greater Canyonlands.
Ted Williams, an extraordinary hitter in his day, has said the swing starts in the hips, and Sosa arrived with one of the strongest lower bodies in the game.
I am just an actor, and this is my job. What I am doing is not extraordinary.
The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
When I wrote the lyrics, melodies, and the first themes of ‘Serendipity,’ I tried to come up with some rare things you find in life, something very special, like the calico, three-striped cat; things that have extraordinary meanings in people’s lives.
My wife is the most wonderful woman in the world, and my parents are the most extraordinary father and mother.
My stories are not Christianized at all. I don’t even have any Christians in my stories. What they are, are stories about ordinary people going through extraordinary circumstances in which I’m exploring truth. How light overcomes darkness in a way that’s unmistakable to anyone who has any kind of faith.
When you think in terms of public service, I heard so much about what Mother Theresa had done in her life. And I was fortunate enough to get a chance to meet her and talk to her a lot about what motivates her and what drives her. And that, to me, is a person that really is an extraordinary role model.
One Hundred Year Starship really is about the idea that is we pursue an extraordinary tomorrow; we’ll build a better world today.
Jane Austen was an extraordinary woman; to actually be able to survive as a novelist in those days – unmarried – was just unheard of.
I think the movie, ‘Joy,’ has so many touchpoints with so many people because it is about the ordinary, but a lot of the times, the ordinary is extraordinary.
I came out, as not enough of our stories are told from our perspective. ‘Marie Claire’ was offering the chance to be a part of a women’s magazine, which often celebrates ordinary women doing extraordinary things.
Tennis doesn’t owe me anything. Tennis is one of the fairest sports. It’s given me so many extraordinary feelings.
I’ve worked with some actors who have such thick skins and think they are so extraordinary. I’ll think, ‘Have you stopped learning?’ They stop listening to directors or other actors and do the same thing again and again.
It’s kind of a misnomer about science fiction that science fiction is about anything other than people. It’s about people doing stuff, sometimes doing extraordinary stuff.
America is the story of everyday people who did extraordinary things. A story woven deep into the fabric of our society.
I’m really interested in the extraordinary found in the normal. Hopefully, my books don’t take you to an entirely different place but make you look at things around you.
You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies.
All of Wes Anderson’s films are confections, memoirs created in cinematic snow globes, with the subtext that memory is the most extraordinary confection of all.
Working for President Nixon was the most extraordinary professional experience of my life. He was endlessly fascinating: brilliant, visionary, kind, generous, warm, funny – and yes, a good man.
It’s quite extraordinary to hear a supposedly learned person call the United States a leading terrorist nation, one of the leading terrorist nations in the world. It’s false and very treacherous teaching.
Peter Jackson’s instincts are extraordinary, as is his stamina.
Potentially he could be. He scored the goal four years ago in France against Argentina that was extraordinary.
The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It’s such a pleasure to see how they’ve embodied the characters and brought them to life.
Mathematics has beauty and romance. It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there.
Marcus du Sautoy
It’s not that a literature for children of color doesn’t exist; it’s that so much of the extant literature is lacking in the essential quality that makes literature for children so extraordinary a form: imagination.
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem… ridiculous.
Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running from its bottom up its sides to the top, and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions.
The beauty of ‘The Hunger Games’ and also ‘Game of Thrones,’ in fairness, both projects have really complex, three-dimensional, contradictory, strong women… The writing of female characters is extraordinary and equal to the men.
If you don’t have a father, you don’t miss it, because you don’t know what it is. It was really only when I married Wyatt Cooper that I understood what it was like to have a father, because he was just an extraordinary father.
It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious.
Alfred North Whitehead
People are seeing the impact of climate change around them in extraordinary patterns of floods and droughts, wildfires, heatwaves and powerful storms.
Bringing out your vulnerable side and shedding your privacy in front of complete strangers is so very difficult, but when you are into the performance, the relief and release is so extraordinary that you get addicted.
Sushant Singh Rajput
I do like silver. I love antiques. I collect Georgian glass at home. When you think about how fragile that it is and think about how long these things have lasted – some of it is 400 years old – I find the history of these things extraordinary.
The America I know is great – not because government made it great but because ordinary citizens like me, like my father and like you are given the opportunity every day to do extraordinary things.
That’s important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary.
Even the best community organizations and faith-based initiatives and the extraordinary charity of Americans across the country can’t carry the brunt of eliminating poverty.
I have to say I find it totally astounding that my albums do as well as they do. It’s quite extraordinary, and it’s actually very touching for me for the albums to be received with such warmth.
Art breathes into life a surplus that is both vital and extraordinary.
Everything has the potential to be extraordinary, whether an old photograph, a book or a life. If you find it ordinary, you simply need to take a closer look.
I have these beautiful children and this extraordinary family, and to think in any way shape or form that that’s wrong or that there’s shame in that or that there’s something to hide actually turns my stomach.
The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force.
Every single wave, when I was overwhelmed and poor and struggling in New York, there were these extraordinary people in New York who said, ‘Come this way.’
George C. Wolfe
I’ve always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way.
I think Beyonce is every woman. She’s superwoman, she’s an extraordinary business woman, she’s a force of fashion. She totally understands the way to communicate to millions and millions of fans.
The essence of cinema is editing. It’s the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy.
Francis Ford Coppola
I didn’t know that there was such a thing as butter carving. But then, I poked around a little bit. A quick Google search will show you 55,000 images of butter carvings, and they’re extraordinary.
I have a very nice garden and extraordinary markets, where there are products from the earth and the sea, in the French Basque country.
Extraordinary allegations require extraordinary evidence.
It must have been an extraordinary time. I guess the worrying thing about musical theatre to me, is if you look at the London season this year, mine is actually the only one to have come in.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Have you not learned that strength comes to an ordinary soul when given an extraordinary calling?
Russell M. Nelson
I seem to have been everywhere in the last 30 years, maybe not in the epicenter but flying around the periphery of extraordinary events and equally extraordinary people.
My work is of me; it’s not me. I want it to be far more extraordinary than I am.
Central Philippines has the competitive edge in tourism in its natural wonders and the extraordinary hospitality of its people.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Jack White is an extraordinary person because he’s like a three-dimensional chess player. He thinks so far ahead.
One of the wonderful things about Batman is that he is just a man. He doesn’t have superpowers or extraordinary powers other than his tremendous intellect and physical prowess.
An extraordinary diva would never sit by herself.
Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people.
When you are brought up as a frozen child, you go on freezing. It wasn’t until I had my four sons, who have brought me immense joy, that I began to thaw. That I realised how utterly extraordinary my childhood was.
John le Carre
All of us in society are supposed to believe that cruelty to animals is wrong and that it is a good thing to prevent needless suffering. So if that is true, how can meat be acceptable under any but the most extraordinary circumstances, such as perhaps roasting the bird who died flying into a window?
To be old is to be part of a huge and ordinary multitude… the reason why old age was venerated in the past was because it was extraordinary.
I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I’m likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination.
I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons.
I don’t have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God and I try to share it with as many people as possible. Having a great voice is not a merit. I don’t think it is a merit.
Katie Price is no exception. She, too, is – in a distinctive way – a philosopher. Partially, Katie Price’s philosophy is one of extraordinary confidence. She is remarkable not for her looks or antics but because of her tremendous self-assurance and her unwillingness to be intimidated by criticism or failure.
Alain de Botton
While the Internet has allowed for some extraordinary progress in creating conversations about diversity, it also allows uninformed comments that one has made in the past to live forever.
There are few forces for good as extensive and important as the United Nations. Being able to work with them and other global aid organisations for World Humanitarian Day is a humbling and extraordinary opportunity.
Well, Mozart is extraordinary not only in that he became virtuoso along the lines of his father, but that he had that compositional gift, that melodic gift. By the time he was four, he was doing piano concertos with harmony in the background.
Strive for extraordinary, don’t moan, and sleep when you’re dead.
For several decades, I believed it was necessary to be extraordinary if you wanted to write, and since I wasn’t, I gave up my ambition and settled down to a life of reading.
People think that the Italians invented neorealism, but actually, Humphrey Jennings did. He was revolutionary in using non-professional actors in his films, and he got extraordinary performances out of them.
I’m drawn to ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances, which is a big part of the human condition.
A Canadian on the ground in different parts of the world, whether they’re a diplomat, an aid worker, or a soldier, has an extraordinary, powerful impact.
I remember leaving the first ‘Matrix’ movie feeling completely radicalized, completely changed. I think we all, from our ordinary lives, like to think about putting ourselves into these extraordinary situations and wonder how we’d respond.
I like action movies, even though I think action movies are kind of derided now. But there is something extraordinary about action movies, which is absolutely linked to the invention of cinema and what cinema is and why we love it.
John Carter was also one of our first recognizable superhumans and there is little doubt that his extraordinary physical feats inspired Superman’s creators. Remember: before Superman could fly or turn back time, he was nothing less than an earthbound crime-fighting John Carter in tights.
I spent a lot of time protecting myself. I mean, I’ve met a lot of extraordinary people over the years – and I just wish I had been able to open myself up to them more.
With these vast advantages, ordinary and extraordinary, one would have supposed the North would have been content, and would have at least respected the security and tranquility of such obedient and profitable brethren; but such is not human nature.
Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
John F. Kennedy
The Fourth Industrial Revolution demands that CEOs take responsibility for the massive transformation of their businesses and for the extraordinary impact that this transformation will have on wider society.
Extraordinary measures were required and I realize that not all of these steps were popular.
I would love to do a Black Widow movie. That’s perfect, I would love to do that. That character is really interesting: she doesn’t have any superpowers; she just has extraordinary skills, and the world that she comes from, being this ex-K.G.B. assassin, I find that really fascinating, yeah.
Event cinema is what it is, and I understand why it’s successful. It started with things like ‘Jaws,’ which are extraordinary movies. But what we’ve lost are great character films which are beautifully directed and had great movie stars in them. Films that were about something rather than about spectacle.
A major feature of life at the NIH in late 1960s was the extraordinary offering of evening courses for physicians attempting to become scientists as they neared thirty.
Harold E. Varmus
There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
My kids do very extraordinary things that make sense.
Like a lot of people, I’ve got a self-loathing streak that’s alive and well. It acts as a de facto engine when I’m working, but it also has its extraordinary pitfalls, too.
I’ll tell you what it is… just why ‘Wonder Woman’ worked. Or ‘Bionic Woman,’ or any of those, really. It was because it wasn’t about brawn… it was about brains. And yes, she happened to be beautiful, she happened to be kind of extraordinary in some way, but she wasn’t a guy.
I have a lot of respect for His Majesty Juan Carlos. I call him Uncle Juan because he is an extraordinary person whom I have known for a long time.
Mohammed VI of Morocco
The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
I’ve always been aware of both how extraordinarily normal and how extraordinarily extraordinary my life has been. It’s always been important, first to my parents when I was younger, and now very much to me, to live in the world. I would never want to live in a cloister.
I have known Evo Morales for many years, since the days of the union movement. From a historical and sociological standpoint, the election of Evo Morales is extraordinary, with great prospects and potential for the Bolivian people.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
In my wide travels across the world and my meetings with various heads of states, be that Africa or South Asia, Singapore or in high level meetings in the U.S., U.K. or Japan, one common mention is about Dr. Singh’s extraordinary reputation as a Wise Man, an outstanding Economist and a fine Gentleman.
McDonald’s has been extraordinary at site selection; it was a pioneer in studying the best places for retail locations. One of the things it did is study very carefully where sprawl was headed.
Since Charles Dolan founded Cablevision in 1973, the Dolan family has been honored to help shepherd our customers and employees through the most extraordinary communications revolution in modern history.
James L. Dolan
David Sainsbury has been good for science and good for innovation in the U.K. He has been an outstanding science minister and shown extraordinary passion and commitment to his portfolio.
I have a deep and ongoing love of Iceland, particular the landscape, and when writing ‘Burial Rites,’ I was constantly trying to see whether I could distill its extraordinary and ineffable qualities into a kind of poetry.
More than just a zoo, the Animal Kingdom is an extraordinary experience of animals, rides and performances. The exhibits have the scale and creativity you associate with Disney. The African safari ride is terrific and worth riding several times.
When people send people on summer camps or bonding trips, they send them to do things like high rope climbing or extraordinary things. And when you do extraordinary things with people, like fighting battles or simulating huge wars, you do bond very quickly.
Well, the Internet is this miracle. It is an absolutely extraordinary idea that you can press a send button, and you are publishing to the world.
Think of energy almost like emotional electricity. It has a powerful way of uniting ordinary people, their connected spirit, to do extraordinary things.
I’m very humble in terms of knowing that television is an extraordinary collaborative medium and that one person alone cannot make a great TV show.
There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with. Love shouldn’t be one of them. Anything less than extraordinary is a waste of my time.
My hero is Michelle Williams, who I grew close to when we did ‘Meek’s Cutoff.’ She’s an extraordinary actor and mom.
Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.
I really enjoy travelling around the world. I get to meet some extraordinary people.
My father was an extraordinary man.
Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great.
I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don’t try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary.
Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton, and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works, we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process.
I know my theories and findings are hard for you to accept because they are so original and extraordinary.
The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
Anyone who relishes art should love the extraordinary diversity and psychic magic of our art galleries. There’s likely more combined square footage for the showing of art on one New York block – West 24th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues – than in all of Amsterdam’s or Hamburg’s galleries.
It was extraordinary to experience ‘Mamma Mia!’ What an injection of good spirit and heart it was.
I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry.
There’s smarter people than me. But you cannot have any one guy running 18 billion-dollar businesses. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I’ve met some extraordinary leaders in my time. They struggle with running one billion-dollar business.
The way Nolan looks at things is just amazing. It can be easily seen in all his films. I was just watching his videos on how he came up with the screenplay of ‘Memento,’ and it’s just extraordinary. It just opens up your mind.
Sushant Singh Rajput
The seed for my novel ‘Half Brother’ was planted in my mind over twenty years ago, but didn’t germinate until late 2007 when I came across the obituary for Washoe, an extraordinary chimpanzee who had learned over 250 words of American Sign Language.
When I visited Syrian special forces along the front lines, I was given extraordinary amounts of detail. They gave me the code numbers for the various positions they’ve got, told me where the rebels were – about 800 meters away in a forest. I met soldiers who had been wounded but were still serving.
Life – life is not fair. But it can be extraordinary.
I became startled by the extraordinary difference between something whose surface is completely invisible which only makes itself present by virtue of what it reflects, and a window, which doesn’t make itself apparent at all, in the ideal case.
My great-grandfather was a self-taught man, and his library was extraordinary. I read the lot.
I wasn’t happy at all as a child. I was very privileged and knew extraordinary people, but I felt very lonely: my mother thought I was extremely difficult and my grandmother was extremely severe.
When I harnessed its seemingly uncontrollable might, I realized bipolar disorder’s powers could be used for good. My diagnosis didn’t have to be an affliction. It could simply be the gift of extraordinary emotions.
‘Raging Bull’ was staggering to work on. I was well aware of how lucky I was to be in this extraordinary situation. That film is very unique. It stands on its own. It’s just burned into the screen.
When I cast great actors, I try to make extraordinary people ordinary, dealing with these extremely small intimate details of interpersonal relationships against an epic backdrop.
Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it’s the home of the extraordinary, the only home.
The power of a close-up can be extraordinary, but you have to have actors who are able to reveal themselves.
I said in my acceptance speech that I hope that readers remember this not as the year I won the Booker, but the year that there were six extraordinary books on the shortlist.
When I’m watching television or a movie, I like to see stories that are extraordinary. I don’t need it be something that is, ‘Well this makes more sense to me because I can see this happening to me, or this happened to me.’
The extraordinary thing about Irving Berlin is that he’s like the American Mozart! It seems as if his songs were always there. How do you put together songs like ‘Always’ or ‘Cheek To Cheek’? Songs of his are, frankly, perfect.
A biopic would have required hiring an actor, and I always wanted to just let Bobby be Bobby. My thought was it would make it a more universal story to focus on ordinary people rather than this extraordinary man.
I felt like an extraordinary hero. I was only five or six and I had the whole of life in my hands. Even if I had been driving the carriage of the sun I could not have felt any better.
Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this novel and extraordinary question of reception, going to the unconstitutional abridgment, as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent in the People of the United States.
I’m an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God – and that makes the difference.
Personally, love is very important for me. There are lots of ordinary things in life, so love should be extraordinary. I hope I achieve that.
It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
Jerome K. Jerome
We’ve lived through some extraordinary moments, and the saddest moments as well. We have to learn.
We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.
As my other obligations are beginning to take an inordinate amount of time, I have asked to step down as WMG’s board chairman, effective January 31, 2012. However, I will remain a director of the company and in that way, continue my association with Warner Music and its extraordinary people.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.
People go to extraordinary lengths to get films made.
As we continue advancing and leveraging GIS and as we keep bringing in new generations of technology as well as new generations of people, my sense is we’re going to achieve extraordinary things.
I’ve always loved the power of stories to transport me to another world, to imagine extraordinary possibilities, to experience things I may not have access to in my regular life – like being a superhero! Also, I would always put on shows for my family and the neighbors; I guess I was an actor before I even knew it.
I think nobody since has written such extraordinary work as Shakespeare writes. The characters he writes are full of inconsistencies, which is a great human quality – I mean, we’re all very inconsistent in the way we behave.
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
The weirder you’re going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person.
P. J. O’Rourke
By bringing the voices of the ordinary people faced with extraordinary challenges to television screens around the world, I hope to affect change in one community at a time.
No, United Artists was a very extraordinary organization, because once they had agreed on the director, they believed in letting him have his way. They trusted me, and that doesn’t often happen.
In 1998, I was screening ‘Good Will Hunting’ at Camp David. And I was saying, ‘Nice to meet you, Mr. President. Nice to meet you, Mrs. Clinton.’ Madeleine Albright, Sandy Berger, Senator Daschle. It was an extraordinary day.
The revival of the Right is as extraordinary as it would be if the public had demanded dozens of new nuclear plants in the days after the Three Mile Island disaster; if we had reacted to Watergate by making Richard Nixon a national hero.
The ultimate end is a nation that lies under the concept of the Declaration of Indepen dence. The Declaration of Independence is such an extraordinary statement – it was designed by people skeptical of government, local or national, but in particular national.
The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm.
I really think one of the most extraordinary things in the world is the amount of noise a child can make.
Many expanded-time schools have generated extraordinary results. In some cases, they have completely closed the achievement gap, all while installing curricula with a richness rivaled only by elite private schools and those in the most upscale suburbs.
Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.
I’m a beneficiary of an extraordinary education, and I believe that no matter where you live, the access to education is key to social mobility.
It is a great honor to become Executive Producer of ‘Frontline.’ David Fanning’s mentorship and partnership over the past fifteen years has been extraordinary. I am inspired by his legacy and honored to guide ‘Frontline’s future.
We get these lives for free. I didn’t do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free and, in a way, it’s an extraordinary bargain.
Britain has been responsible for the undermining of democracy, turning a blind eye to abuses by its allies, using extraordinary rendition to get around the rule of law, passing over the denial of individual liberties to dissidents, and the evasion of the dismal situation for religious minorities.
My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans.
One of the extraordinary features of the Blair government has been its slavish support for the central tenets of Bush’s foreign policy – above all, the war in Iraq. During the Cold War, the Wilson government resisted the suggestion that it should send troops to Vietnam.
If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter, it’s hard to beat bread and butter.
When you sit down and there’s nothing, and then you write a song and there’s something, that’s the most extraordinary feeling.
It is quite extraordinary how very various are the opinions entertained on this point, and, before sifting them, one must be careful in the first place to eliminate from our inquiry the cases of that considerable class of persons who pinch themselves.
I’m really interested in real people in extraordinary situations. The detail and reality to that.
Why does the past seem so magical, so fraught, so luminous? At the time it was just, ugh, another boring bloody day. But, to look back on, it’s a day full of miracles and light and extraordinary events. Why is this? What process do we apply to the past, to give it this vividness? I don’t know.
It’s our privilege to work with College Track students as they chart their course toward a college degree – they bring persistence, creativity, and extraordinary discipline throughout their academic journey.
Laurene Powell Jobs
I feel like I’m an ordinary person, but I’ve had extraordinary opportunities in my later life, and I never saw any of it coming. I never saw ‘The Office’ coming, I never saw ‘Inside Out’ coming, and I just feel grateful and thankful to have these opportunities and to have an actual real enthusiasm in my life.
I have this extraordinary life during the day, and then I get to come home to my sweet husband who loves to cook with me. I have a nice glass of wine, he has some scotch, we chat, we cook, and we hang out with the dog. I have an absolute dream life.
I adore America. It’s an extraordinary country. A new country.
Yves Saint Laurent
You stop planetary exploration, those people who do that extraordinary work are going to have to go do something else.
I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend. And I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president.
Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to show an understanding how our economy works, to create jobs for the American people.
I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
I had Courtney Love’s left bosom out of her dress on my plate in front of me. It was extraordinary. I didn’t know where to look.
People tell me the most extraordinary things. I’ve noticed it for years. Perhaps they know I won’t be shocked. Or judgmental.
If you look at people that have survived crashing in the mountains and lived up in the snow for 40 days – it’s possible to do extraordinary feats.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
The Chinese have done some extraordinary things in terms of the investments they’ve made in alternative sources of energy.
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
Ip Man was an extraordinary man who lived during extraordinary times. He was born to a rich family when the country was still a monarchy and lived through various civil wars, revolutions, the Japanese invasion, and the establishment of the Republic.
I never do research unless it’s extraordinary circumstances.
To see the difference between when I came to Britain in 1955 with what it is today, to see how the sub-continent has been embraced, it is quite extraordinary.
Even with an improperly ground mirror, the Hubble delivered extraordinary images. When the flaw was corrected, the Hubble delivered images of transcendent beauty and value for many years. So too ‘Terra Nova.’ Even in its flawed first season, each episode was full of marvelous moments and beautiful images.
When I’m in London, Claridge’s is a great favourite. I’m a big fan of art deco architecture and the rooms are extraordinary.
It’s an appeal as old as America and its presidency: This is an extraordinary country populated by hard-working, big-dreaming, freedom-loving people graced by God when they’re not pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.
I think what I like to do is to begin with the ordinary and find the extraordinary in it.
The work of the Lord is done by ordinary people who work in an extraordinary way.
Gordon B. Hinckley
It’s an extraordinary thing, this tiny little province of Northern Ireland, where carnage happened. And I was part of it. I grew up in it.
You could think of extraordinary examples to the contrary: The Grapes of Wrath… and even into the 70s.
The extraordinary summer heatwave of 2003 in Europe resulted in over 35,000 extra deaths.
I’ve said it before about the Nobel Prize: it’s like being struck by a more or less benign avalanche. It was unexpected, unlooked for, and extraordinary.
Meat is a big deal in my life. I do love breakfast food, but I don’t think that’s extraordinary. I’m a normal American. We love eggs and meat and potatoes and gravy.
At the end of the day, ‘Shuffle Along’ is about people coming together and making something extraordinary – and history not necessarily being kind to them. It’s about the love of necessarily being kind to them. It’s about the love of doing, regardless of the consequences.
George C. Wolfe
I believe in rooting poems in actual places, even if you move into some other extraordinary realm.
2012 has been an extraordinary year for our country. We cheered our Queen to the rafters with the Jubilee, showed the world what we’re made of by staging the most spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and – let’s not forget – punched way above our weight in the medals table.
Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It’s extraordinary. There’s a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that’s wonderful.
The most extraordinary thing about trying to piece together the missing links in the evolutionary story is that when you do find a missing link and put it in the story, you suddenly need all these other missing links to connect to the new discovery. The gaps and questions actually increase – it’s extraordinary.
Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
Charles Francis Richter
We need to be able to guarantee the safety of all artists and activists for human rights so that it no longer takes extraordinary courage to call for a better world – so that every person with the ability to imagine peace, equality, progress, and justice can express their dreams and hopes without fear.
For anyone who devours the web on a daily basis, the biggest problem is too much of a good thing. There’s so much extraordinary content – from articles to images, videos and Tweets – that it’s almost impossible to keep track of it.
I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances.
What’s now shocking is I can’t say anything publicly without it having a life. Not because I have extraordinary views but because people are keen on conflict, so they’ll make that the story.
If you look at an illuminated manuscript, even today, it just blows your mind. For them, without all the clutter and inputs that we have, it must have been even more extraordinary.
As proud as we are of this city and as extraordinary as it is, all of south Louisiana and all of the Gulf Coast is a very special place, and the federal government has underinvested in it year after year after year, whether it’s education or health care.
‘Dr Who’ is an extraordinary association that I have because I didn’t realise until I was in the show quite how worldwide it is and how popular and how dear it is to so many people’s hearts.
Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there’s an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It’s the travel experience that has moved me the most.
‘Painting like a child’ isn’t a negative for me… it’s something only great artists can really achieve. The childlike quality of some of Picasso’s drawings is precisely what makes them so masterful and extraordinary; the ability to express complete visions, feelings and portraits through a continuous line.
I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he’s the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him.
I was there at the birth of my son and had the extraordinary feeling when I first saw him of thinking this was the first person I would willingly die for. I had the same strong feelings when my daughter was born.
Because I’m just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things.
A voice is very intimate. It’s something of your own. So there’s always this fear, because you feel naked. There’s a fear of not reaching up to expectations. As you become more famous, people come and expect to hear something extraordinary, so you don’t want to disappoint them. I feel this sense of responsibility.
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
I try not to date where I work. It makes life easier. I don’t say no to anybody because I’d hope that people wouldn’t say no to me just because I’m an actor – but they’d have to be pretty extraordinary.
You can’t relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle.
I idolize Gene Hackman. He is not a natural star, not an incandescent personality like Jack Nicholson, but he makes luminous the problems of being an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.
There is nothing special about Tim Scott. I’m an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God and that makes the difference.
It’s been an extraordinary journey. I have learned so much along the way. I entered the modeling industry as a business person already. I always knew I belonged on the other side of the camera.
David Geffen was a Bruce Wayne to me. He was extraordinary, but at the same time, his talents were something that I could dream of and could fathom.
I’m really drawn to adventure, and characters being plucked from normal life and sent on extraordinary adventures.
Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them.
All I can say is that I had an extraordinary childhood.
In addition to being an extraordinary actor, Bryan Cranston is a really generous guy and also very funny.
I think someone like Khandi Alexander, who’s now on ‘Treme,’ is one of the most extraordinary actresses I’ve seen in years. But she’s dependent on someone brilliant like David Simon to realize that and to give her a forum. Tyler Perry’s not interested in that kind of nuance because it doesn’t sell.
Palantir owes much of its success to the amazing talent of the first 30-40 technologists who joined the company, as well as to the internal leadership that helped motivate this core group to achieve its ambitious goals and to continue to attract extraordinary people.
Whatever we believe about how we got to be the extraordinary creatures we are today is far less important than bringing our intellect to bear on how do we get together now around the world and get out of the mess that we’ve made. That’s the key thing now. Never mind how we got to be who we are.
What I love is a good role. In the theatre, there is just a canon of extraordinary roles, the quality of character is amazing, but I also love working in front of a camera. It was the first one for me; as a kid I was in front of a camera. I feel at home.
There’s a certain feeling of giving, a certain feeling of generosity in love songs. When you sing a song of love, you’re actually giving something to yourself, too. You’re singing and casting these affirmations of love out into the universe. It resonates in your body in a way that feels extraordinary.
The amount of piracy is extraordinary. People don’t realize how big it is.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Writing was a way to get away from my life as a programmer, so I wanted to write about other things, but of course nobody wanted to publish another story about a family, unless it was extraordinary. When I began writing about my life as a programmer, however, people were interested.
A home movie of a fictional home life, an epic assembled from vignettes, ‘Boyhood’ shimmers with unforced reality. It shows how an ordinary life can be reflected in an extraordinary movie.
There are women who are just extraordinary, who are smart and brilliant, sensual women in their 70s and even 80s!
Amanda de Cadenet
Newspapers have an extraordinary amount of local content, including real estate listings and restaurant reviews.
I think the 19th century is an extraordinary period with a welling up of creativity and all kinds of experimentation and exploration going on at least until 1940.
Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.
I’m working with theatre-makers who are the top of their game, and it’s extraordinary.
I am just doing photo shoots. It’s not something that extraordinary. I’m not a great artist, I’m not writing books, I’m not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note, and I say, ‘Why?’
I like conflict – someone who challenges me, someone who I can look up to, someone who can keep me in check. Love has to be extraordinary; otherwise, there’s no point in it. I just haven’t met anyone who’s made me feel that way.
I’m a tomboy at heart. I always like to say that I’m an ordinary girl doing extraordinary things.
There’s something majestic about a 30-pound Chinook salmon roasted and served whole – people get excited when you present it with the head and tail on. It has beautifully browned skin and extraordinary bright red flesh when you cut into it.
Leadership is inspiring extraordinary people to step up and serve their country.
Acting is a sport – especially working with Mark Rylance. There is competition involved. I have to be muscular, challenging, get audiences on side. It’s extraordinary how Globe audiences join in – it’s like competing at an event – I love it.
Language is the most extraordinary invention in the history of humanity, the one which came before everything and which makes it possible to share everything.
J. M. G. Le Clezio
The last scene in ‘Moonlight,’ that’s one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen on film in my lifetime. You see two men showing such tenderness towards each other. And it’s bold; it’s deep. It’s complex. It’s profound.
Clint Eastwood is an extraordinary director because he knows the value of a buck. He knows where it will show on the screen.
Our decade of change has unleashed the ingenuity, creativity, and character of the most extraordinary people in the world – the people of this state, who come from every corner of the globe.
As for the extraordinary operations of the Holy Ghost, such as working of miracles, or speaking with divers kinds of tongues, they are long since ceased.
Capra’s great passion was Dickens. As soon as he had some money, he bought some of the rarest and most extraordinary editions of Dickens’s work, and he was very proud of his collection.
Nothing extraordinary happens to a cricketer if you time his career – which is very short.
The magic kit we developed with Idea Village is an extraordinary success in 40,000 stores across America. The TV commercial we shot for it has produced amazing results – unbelievable.
Record making is an extraordinary experience.
Dallas is an extraordinary place in it’s own right. The first thing about Dallas that you can’t get away from, particularly when I arrived, you’ve got no idea of the heat in this place. It’s over 100 degrees, and with that the humidity is ridiculous. I mean, people don’t live here, armadillos live here.
They say it’s good but I didn’t know what I was doing until I got into the suit and they put the moustache on me, and somehow, when I got all the drag on, it came out. It was the most amazing thing. I’m truly extraordinary.
I’m not interested in superheroes. What about normal people doing extraordinary things?
When I’m playing a character like Jonathan in Ripley’s Game I want to be in the moment when he’s feeling pain; this very ordinary person who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances.
What ultimately happened is that my country had a war. I think it would be extraordinary, as a writer, not to want to write about that.
The nation did not begin to realize the extraordinary possibilities of the vast Western territory until its attention was thus suddenly and definitely concentrated on the Pacific by the annual addition of over fifty million dollars to the circulating medium.
My mother is extraordinary. She understood me and never tried to hold me back.
The idea is to take the most ordinary things and make them extraordinary, as Gerard Manley Hopkins does in his poems.
Alfonso A. Ossorio
People are the key to success or extraordinary success.
If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever.
When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for ordinary. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters.
I’m somebody who explores extraordinary possibilities, not ordinary ones.
The Gershwin legacy is extraordinary because George Gershwin died in 1937, but his music is as fresh and vital today as when he originally created it.
There is an extraordinary collaborative spirit when you are learning and growing.
My life has been charmed in the sense that I’ve met some extraordinary people. But at the end of the day, when you go home and you go to bed, and if you’re on your own, you never think of yourself in that way. I’m sure not even people like Angelina Jolie think like that.
I’m very proud of the fact that we captured the perpetrator of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. I think we did extraordinary work.
Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can’t help but reach for the stars. It’s our nature. It’s our destiny.
The country has sorted itself ideologically into the two political parties, and those partisan attachments have hardened in recent years. It will take an extraordinary event and act of leadership to break this partisan divide. I thought 9/11 might provide such an opportunity, but it was not seized.
Thomas E. Mann
My personal view is that organisations have a capacity to throw up extraordinary leaders to suit the occasion.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
If you look back to the most spectacular blow ups in history, you can always tie them to a couple things: They were extraordinary complicated strategies that maybe even the practitioners themselves didn’t understand, and they were overleveraged.
It was one of the most exciting, perfect evenings of my life, my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And knowing we were all there to raise money for Gay Men’s Health Crisis made the evening an extraordinary experience.
I’m of that generation of Jews still deeply influenced by the Holocaust. Certainly the notion that the state power to kill can be subject to such extraordinary abuse is always lurking beneath the surface for me. Certainly my experience and identity as a Jew is there.
Fabric is the most extraordinary thing; it has life. You must respect the fabric.
Hubert de Givenchy
I knew it was going to be the most extraordinary thing in my life, but how powerful it is, you can never know until you have a baby.
Like every parent, when you start your family, your life completely changes. And you completely live for someone else. I find that the most extraordinary thing. Your life is handed over to someone else. From that moment on, they come first in every choice you make. It’s the most wonderful thing.
Occasionally, you get a nice surprise when someone covers your song in an extraordinary way.
British people are surprised that I’m British! It’s extraordinary, I get tweets every day from British people saying, ‘I had no idea you were British.’
I hadn’t realized quite how extraordinary Charles Lindbergh’s achievement was in flying the Atlantic alone. He had never flown over open water before, but he flew straight to Dingle Bay in Ireland and then on to Paris, exactly as planned.
I am lucky that my in-laws are incredibly special people and I love them dearly. My father-in-law is an extraordinary man and my mom-in-law a beautiful and brave woman.
I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it.
Since woodchipping began 32 years ago, Tasmanians have watched as one extraordinary place after another has been sacrificed. Beautiful places, holy places, lost not only to them, but forever.
I never considered myself a lucky person. I’m the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am.
I regard many of the neoconservatives as personal friends, but that’s not stopped them from behaving with extraordinary viciousness towards those of us who raised the immigration issue.
Ever since Pele’s extraordinary talents blessed the world of football, black footballers have been accepted in the pantheon of the greats. But to achieve commercial recognition is somewhat different: it requires a form of adulation that also spells identification and role model.
The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations, and I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty country. We need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people.
Stanley A. McChrystal
It is extraordinary to have time to again study Le nozze di Figaro and discover new things.
I don’t think you can create culture and develop core values during great times. I think it’s when the company faces adversity of extraordinary proportions, when there’s no reason for the company to survive, when you’re looking at incredible odds – that’s when culture is developed, character is developed.
Kylian is able to do extraordinary things. Look at his stats. He is efficient.
I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences.
So the language of musical harmony is an absolutely extraordinary one. It’s a way of navigating one’s emotional frameworks, but without the need to put things into words, and I think that, as with many other languages, it doesn’t matter how much you know about a language.
What is extraordinary about contemporary art is the energy – it has our energy. New energy. Pieces hundreds of years old are beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, but without our modern energy.
Steve Jobs, if he had lived, was gonna design an iCar. I think cars have an extraordinary opportunity for cool design.
I hope that as the Senate and American people learn more about me, they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.
I needed to give back, give back, give back. I felt guilty about my success. I felt uncomfortable about how easily I had been delivered this extraordinary life that I had.
New York was growing so fast that the extraordinary prosperity which attended ‘The Times’ almost from the outset brought no real injury to any of its important rivals; for years thereafter, they all grew and prospered together.
My quality of life here in Quebec City is extraordinary.
I keep getting these extraordinary letteres, really weird ones from American sports stars – I’ve always thought you were one pretty lady and now that you’re single I want to meet you for a drink.
Pope John Paul II not only was a powerful spiritual leader for Catholics but also a world leader of extraordinary consequence during the last quarter-century.
Retirement’s the most wonderful thing. I get to enjoy all the things I never stopped to notice on the way up. After an extraordinary life, it’s time to enjoy my retirement.
The transition to clean energy should not be viewed as a burden to be overcome but, rather, an extraordinary job creation opportunity for the United States.
Ishmael Beah was born and spent his childhood in Sierra Leone as that sad but beautiful West African country was ravaged by a civil war that left some 50,000 dead between 1991 and 2002. He was a child soldier for a while, then, through extraordinary circumstances, was set free of that life.
Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion – very powerful emotions. That’s what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and – people identify with that.
It has been extraordinary, wonderful, I’ve been three feet off the ground since I made that first record.
In order to generate extraordinary profits, you must have a focus that is beyond profits. You need to focus on how you serve your clients.
I certainly look at the modern guys and think they are a different species to when we played. They are fitter and their conditioning is extraordinary.
No one is making extraordinary things alone. They might be alone in their bedroom while they’re recording or writing, but they didn’t actually conjure that thing out of nothing – without influence – without assistance – without anything.
I think A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element.
I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it’s such an extraordinary part of our lives.
As technology breaks down the physical barriers of college campuses, the extraordinary intellectual capital of the educator community is becoming available to anyone committed to learning – regardless of age, income or location.
We all know now that people can look good for their age. It isn’t so extraordinary, I don’t know why people go on about it so much.
The tantalizing discomfort of perplexity is what inspires otherwise ordinary men and women to extraordinary feats of ingenuity and creativity; nothing quite focuses the mind like dissonant details awaiting harmonious resolution.
Some of the cases which have come to light of employers being disciplined or sacked for simply trying to talk about their faith in the workplace I find quite extraordinary. The sanitisation will lead to people of faith excluding themselves from the public space and being excluded.
What, for me, was exciting about America was just this extraordinary, complex, difficult, fascinating country, and Britain can feel very small. London, in particular, feels small because everything happens there, so you have publishing, politics, you have finance; everything in Britain happens in London.
I have such an extraordinary platform where I am able to help people. To me, that’s the number one priority.
Cape Town is beautiful. It’s an extraordinary beach town with mountain ranges on either side.
To live as an artist requires hard work or some extraordinary good fortune to come your way.
This was such an extraordinary situation that I simply could not accept it.
Hanging out with Pierce Brosnan on the set of ‘A Long Way Down’ was quite an extraordinary thing to do. The interesting thing is, he never behaves like a star. He’s a really nice man.
I’m very successful and do lots of films but I’ve never actually done anything extraordinary.
I learned early on that extraordinary challenges lead to extraordinary victories.
To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain.
Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly.
I abhor anything that constitutes torture. Water-boarding, it’s perfectly clear to me it is torture. I never supported extraordinary rendition to torture, always said that Guantanamo should be closed. There is no clash of ideals and pragmatism there.
There were mornings in the make-up trailer where I’d have fits of laughter because of the extraordinary daily events of the shoot. Sometimes, it was all too much to believe. But the wildest things happened.
I think it’s quite extraordinary that people cast me as if I’m Warren Beatty: until I met my present wife, at the age of 35, you could name two girlfriends.
I love to get on the road, but I also think arriving is such a thrill. Turning up at the train station in Mumbai, for example, to see people hanging off all the wonderful old carriages. It’s extraordinary – everyone sitting with their chickens on their laps, moving forward but not going anywhere fast.
Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub.
Struggles? I think it’s natural if you want to do something extraordinary.
When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible is very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent.
The NBA has been extraordinary in its use and embrace of social media; they are by far the leader in professional sports.
It’s a great privilege and an honour to have the experiences and opportunities that I do to meet extraordinary Australians right across our country who share a great generosity of spirit.
I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that’s what makes them extraordinary.
My life is extraordinary because it’s so normal, but it’s so ‘extra’ for some reason.
It was an extraordinary connection, the synergy within the band. There was an area of ESP between Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and myself.
If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people, that’s the bottom line. The people that I play have to be extraordinary.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
I rode all around Hollywood listening to Donna Summer, looking out the window – all by myself – just going, ‘I’m number one!’ It’s a pretty extraordinary feeling.
I know so many extraordinary women who I never get to see represented on screen, and that’s shameful.
It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
Conrad Ludlow was an extraordinary partner… We just called him the greatest partner because he just knew what a woman’s balance was.
I know how difficult it is to get one job, much less an entirely new career. I’m very blessed and grateful. It’s like I’m a normal person with an extraordinary journey.
It’s sad that people forget sometimes that there is a whole legitimate world of artists and actors out there that work their entire life, every day on perfecting their craft, but yet don’t get any acknowledgement for their extraordinary commitment to their profession.
People are dying to tell you their secrets; it’s just a matter of getting the conversation going in the right direction. If you just let people fill the silence, they will let you the most extraordinary things. I sometimes wonder if afterward they remember what they’ve said.
Christian Science has been enormously influential in our religious history, and the church is very powerful. It has won an extraordinary number of legal battles in this country. It has succeeded in passing a number of what are called ‘religious exemption laws.’
I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity.
I’m guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it’s a naivete that I really don’t want to abandon, not even now.
I never want to be one of those artists who feels untouchable and extraordinary. I have to be genuine.
Nothing teaches great writing like the very best books do. Yet, good teachers often help students cross that bridge, and I have to say that I had a few extraordinary English teachers in high school whom I still credit for their guidance.
Being an MP for a place you love is an extraordinary gift.
I just learned not to take a single thing for granted, and I think it just is extraordinary.
Intentionality and talent always matter. An extraordinary feat is certainly made more likely by someone’s focus, hard work, etc. But chance also matters.
Yes, I do believe that there is a cause and effect and a ripple effect upon everything everybody does, and they have positive consequences and negative consequences. If you start to focus on the kind of minutia of that, it’s really quite extraordinary.
Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
At the height of the British Empire very few English novels were written that dealt with British power. It’s extraordinary that at the moment in which England was the global superpower the subject of British power appeared not to interest most writers.
Daniel Day-Lewis is extraordinary; I think he may be one of the best actors ever that we’ve worked with.
The animators are absolutely extraordinary. It’s mind-boggling.
Helena Bonham Carter
Scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the brain and its disorders.
Kay Redfield Jamison
A voice in my head tells me that I’m at the twilight of an extraordinary life. I say extraordinary because of the people who have loved me. I say twilight because of what people say to me in the supermarket.
Charles Nelson Reilly
We associate the North Atlantic with cod. The motto of Newfoundland used to be ‘In cod we trust.’ It was a joke, but it was essentially true. But there is no cod anymore. And that’s extraordinary. It’s all because of either greed or politics – Canadian politics.
The first Broadway play I ever saw was ‘The Bad Seed’ by Maxwell Anderson and with Patty McCormack. ‘The Bad Seed’ was from an extraordinary novel by William March.
I get to tell the most interesting stories I know how to tell with the most interesting sentences I know how to compose – and people who aren’t related to me read them. To be paid to write things that matter to me is extraordinary.
I have been lucky in my life to have met people that are special, so extraordinary talented that they somehow are on a different plane. Sometimes these amazingly talented people find a way to keep reinventing themselves to stay relevant and alive. Some fall under the crushing vibrancy of their own intensity.
I like to think that images of people doing amazing things may open people’s eyes to the human potential, to the idea that people can do the extraordinary when they set their minds to it.
I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings.
‘How To Train your Dragon 2’ is an amazing film. I think it’s an extraordinary film. The animation in it is fantastic.
Historically, Vietnam movies have been profitable. All of them. ‘Platoon,’ ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘The Deer Hunter.’ You’re looking at movies that have been not pretty successful, but very successful. The foreign numbers have been extraordinary.
Prior to ‘Action’ and ‘Justice League 1,’ there was no label ‘superhero’ for a superpowered being. It’s really the emergence of Superman and the Justice League that gets the public comfortable with the idea of people amongst us who have extraordinary power and that they’ve agreed to be our champions.
What’s fascinating about doing comedy about the referendum is, because it is the first time, it is the most extraordinary atmosphere. You find that if you are making jokes about politicians, it becomes intensely political.
Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.
The greatest luck that I’ve had has been the ability to find men and women who came into my administration who worked with me and brought extraordinary talents that we were able to take full advantage of.
We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter.
One of the reasons why I decided to participate in ‘HawthoRNe’ was I really wanted the opportunity to show how ordinary people do extraordinary things.
Jada Pinkett Smith
I was raised in unique and trying environments, but they were also amazing platforms for me to have an extraordinary life. Going through hell as a kid made me sensitive to what others in this world go through, too.
Why should anyone be interested in my life? It’s the prurience I find so extraordinary. Why, why, oh why should my private life be of any interest to the public? The only people who should be interested are my friends.
I know quite a few eco designers who build dresses out of old couture gowns. They disassemble, ‘upcycle,’ and reuse them in extraordinary ways. To me, that’s a sustainable way of doing things.
Well, I think I’ve made 44 films and only like four times I’ve played real characters I’m just drawn to people who have a pioneer spirit, this extraordinary energy and commitment to their cause.
I love this life. I feel like I am always catching my breath and saying, ‘Oh! Will you look at that?’ Photography has been my way of bearing witness to the joy I find in seeing the extraordinary in ordinary life. You don’t look for pictures. Your pictures are looking for you.
Hollywood is an extraordinary kind of temporary place.
Aging is not uncomplicated. Creativity is an extraordinary help against destructive demons.
I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the extraordinary 23,000 employees of PG&E and to support their efforts to safely serve 16 million Californians.
Extraordinary miracles, billions and trillions of them, happen all the time, but not because there’s a God.
‘The Desolation of Smaug’ stands alone as an action/adventure epic movie. It’s visually stunning, and the 3D is incredible. Plus, it’s directed by Peter Jackson, and he’s extraordinary.
Certainly coming to America has been extraordinary.
I am writing more than I have ever done. My life has come back to me in the most extraordinary way.
I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts.
So with the young African artists. What they have to learn from tribal art is not how to copy the traditional forms, but the confidence that comes from knowing that somewhere inside them there should be the vitality which enabled their fathers to produce these extraordinary and exciting forms.
When I was a teenager, I remember the extraordinary feeling of accomplishment for completing ‘Vanity Fair.’ I don’t think it was even for school.
I was a regular dork. I was a kid who was scrawny and all that, and probably kind of dumb or something. I wasn’t unordinary; I wasn’t extraordinary.
Formula 1 has to be more and more also a laboratory, a centre of advanced research for innovative technologies for tomorrow’s cars. The KERS is very important in this context, and Ferrari as a manufacturer had, and has, extraordinary support in Formula 1.
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo
I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker.
My grief is that the publishing world, the book writing world is an extraordinary shoddy, dirty, dingy world.
V. S. Naipaul
There is so much vulgarity in the everyday, that when somebody has the pretension to do something extraordinary for the community, then you have to suffer.
Northern Uganda presents a situation of extraordinary violation of the rights of children.
Among irrational animals the love of the offspring and of the parents for each other is extraordinary because God, who created them, compensated for the deficiency of reason by the superiority of their senses.
You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over again and keep the audience’s attention without extraordinary physical equipment.
People had always vaguely mentioned that when you have children, how part of your life would stop. But they don’t say that some other extraordinary part of your life opens up.
Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience. All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically, but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air.
It seems extraordinary to have waited so long into one’s life to have found the part that actually uses your basic rhythm. And I think that’s always sort of what actors connect up with – their own sort of world.
My first film, ‘Like Minds,’ was with Toni Colette, who was extraordinary. I mean it was basically a mini-masterclass for acting on film at a time when all you could probably see were my eyebrows bouncing up and down on screen.
Extraordinary circumstances often bring along with them extraordinary strength. No man knows, till the experiment, what he is capable of effecting.
Fun wouldn’t be the right word… it was the most difficult, challenging, physical, extraordinary stretch I’ve ever had to make, in all those wild regards.
All I know is that these two gases both had a quite extraordinary effect, and that there was no respirator, and no protection against them that we knew of. So the soldiers would have been unable to protect themselves against this gas in any way.
I keep saying my books don’t have superheroes. They have ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something.
Celebrity has some amazing advantages, of course it does. You’re given an extraordinary power. It’s a door-opener. I might not have to queue for things.
Gena Rowlands is my all-time love. Nicole Kidman, Michelle Pfeiffer. I grew up watching their work; they are extraordinary.
Venezuela, given its extraordinary educational, cultural, and social developments, and its vast energy and natural resources, is called on to become a revolutionary model for the world.
It’s so great to see a woman dressed in jeans and a lace-up boot with an extraordinary jacket. It’s a moment where you do want to mix high and low, and it’s not so much about a head-to-toe designer look.
My friend Harry Belafonte is an activist and musician, an extraordinary man who has dedicated his life to human rights. He taught me the power of words and that music can be used to heal and educate people.
Everyone without extraordinary research skills ought to be able to know what is happening inside the government, how it operates, where their tax dollars are going. Then they can make better decisions in the electoral process.
I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends’ mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing.
I’m looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody.
Are things getting better with each generation? Yes. It’s quite interesting to be living in these times, for me to witness an African-American being elected president. It’s quite extraordinary.
I think when you’ve travelled around a lot in Africa, you understand something that many people here don’t recognize: the extraordinary power that is Africa at village level – at community level.
I think that many black people thought this would be a wonderful and extraordinary thing, for a black family to occupy the White House. Not only black people; a lot of white people thought that, too, but particularly black people.
I think the facts reveal that the European partners have taken extraordinary measures to help Greece address its problems.
Clearly the human story is one of acceleration. There has been a Moore curve in terms of the number of people alive on the planet, our technological ability, and our ability to understand ourselves. We have had this extraordinary, explosive growth in our ingenuity.
I think if I just do what I do every day, on the extraordinary Olympic stage, I could be a podium contender.
My books are about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations.
We were surprised that the television series had the kind of longevity that it had after only four years of filming it and the reception in 6 countries around the world was quite extraordinary.
Paul Michael Glaser
For me, the difference between an ‘ordinary’ and an ‘extraordinary’ person is not the title that person might have, but what they do to make the world a better place for us all.
I feel so lucky to have a mom who is not only an extraordinary actor but someone who is game enough to not worry about our relationship versus what we play in movies or television.
I have a close association with Gen. Petraeus… What you get in Dave Petraeus is a very unique officer, a combination of intelligence, extraordinary depth of knowledge and understanding.
If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that’s what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary.
It’s extraordinary to think that if you walked into a room and said you had never heard of Hamlet, you would be regarded as a Philistine. But you could walk into the same room and say, ‘I don’t know what a proton is,’ and people would just laugh and say, ‘Why should you know?’
We’re living in extraordinary times, all the time. The issues that assail us are perennial. They haven’t changed since the Greeks picked up a pen.
It’s a real pleasure to go to work when you’re in the most extraordinary surroundings, and working with people who are young and interested and creatively keen.
It’s extraordinary to look into a baby’s face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit. It makes you realize you are a part of the human race.
I was originally granted a visa for people of extraordinary abilities, then got a green card thanks to my modelling background and now I am officially an American with dual nationality.
Baffin Island was extraordinary; one of the most terrifying things I’ve done.
I have had an extraordinary life, but it’s been one incredible roller coaster ride.
You need to have extraordinary wisdom to be the forerunner.
It’s extraordinary how many people read a book that’s new and weird and befriend it.
Lots of people have objections to prizes of all types, and it would be extraordinary if everybody agreed on anything that’s worthwhile – they never do.