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I asked my friend Greg Andersson to introduce me to people that can distribute my album.
Gandhi has asked that the British Government should walk out of India and leave the Indian people to settle differences among themselves, even if it means chaos and confusion.
No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement.
James Earl Jones
Yes. I’ve been asked to pose nude, but I never have, and I probably never will.
I came not from within the administration, and it was clear and clear in our discussions and no one asked otherwise that I would lead this the way I thought best and I would speak the truth as we found it.
I’ve been asked about this constantly, and I compare it to how if you’re walking down the street and some schizo guy comes up to you and vomits on you: You wouldn’t be hurt by that, you’d just think it’s weird.
Her friends say she is very funny. At a family dinner, she stood to go, and the footman very properly pulled her chair away. At that moment I asked her a question and she sat down again, except there was no chair. Everyone, including the Queen, laughed and laughed.
I think that any female who gets asked if she’s a feminist… it’s silly… it’s so interesting when people ask females if they’re a feminist. Of course every female wants to be equal!
One of the reasons that I accepted, once asked to do Star Trek, was to give a single child a chance to see the long thought, to see themselves some 400 years hence. It occurred to me that we must ensure that we keep in front of children the ever-changing horizon.
I became a director by accident. M.S. Raju garu asked me to direct a movie, and I said OK. It all happened in 5 minutes.
If the president of the college had asked me what I thought about Dewey McLean, I’d say he’s a weak sister. I thought he’d been knocked out of the ball game and had just disappeared, because nobody invites him to conferences anymore.
Luis Walter Alvarez
Study a foreign language if you have opportunity to do so. You may never be called to a land where that language is spoken, but the study will have given you a better understanding of your own tongue or of another tongue you may be asked to acquire.
Gordon B. Hinckley
When he died, Emerson was thought of as the representative American writer par excellence, and his point of view was still so potent that William James was honored to be asked to speak at a centenary celebration.
Howard Mumford Jones
I went into a clothing store, and the lady asked me what size I was. I said, ‘Actual’. I’m not to scale.
A successful woman preacher was once asked what special obstacles have you met as a woman in the ministry? Not one, she answered, except the lack of a minister’s wife.
Anna Garlin Spencer
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn’t work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me.
Did you hear the one about the elderly Jew on his deathbed who sent for a priest, after declaring to his astonished relatives that ‘I want to convert.’ Asked why he would become a Catholic, after living all his life as a Jew, he answered: ‘Better one of them should die than one of us.’
But you have to understand that I consider myself a very modest artist, or whatever, and not of importance really at all – it is quite embarrassing to me to be asked my opinion about things. I am only a wee Scottish poet on the outside of everything.
Ian Hamilton Finlay
I asked my parents for permission to study in America and they were so sure that I wouldn’t get in and get a scholarship that they encouraged me to try. So I applied to Yale and got an excellent scholarship. I then worked for the Boston Consulting Group for six and half years.
Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.
I asked for the fight with Pulev to be honest with you. I didn’t duck and dive.
Many people have asked me how I feel about losing my job.
I’ve asked Jobs why he didn’t get an operation then and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened. I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’
Can you imagine what Bush would say if someone like Hugo Chavez asked him for a little piece of land to install a military base, and he only wanted to plant a Venezuelan flag there?
I love DJing and being asked to DJ at the Ocean Beach club was something I couldn’t refuse; once I got on the decks and saw everyone dancing I felt in my element!
I’ve been asked over the years to compile a list of desert-island discs. I couldn’t do that. If I was trapped on a desert island, I don’t think I’d want 10 songs to bring with me.
I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
When you act, you’re being asked to pretend in a very rigid, controlled environment. It’s very un-childlike. So a lot of times, when you put kids in that situation, you hope they have a better support system outside of what they’re doing to bring them back to reality at the end of the day and to keep them well-rounded.
I grabbed my mom and I went to the couch and I said, ‘Mom I want to ask Jesus to come into my heart.’ And I got on my knee and I asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and make me a child of God.
I don’t give up on commitments until what I’ve been asked to do is clearly finished.
When he asked if I would like to try second base, I thought, Hey, get me in the lineup.
The choreography in films is completely different. I find it easier when I am asked to dance to classical music, but it’s a different ball game altogether.
I once heard two ladies going on and on about the pains of childbirth and how men don’t seem to know what real pain is. I asked if either of them ever got themselves caught in a zipper.
‘How do you know so much about everything?’ was asked of a very wise and intelligent man; and the answer was ‘By never being afraid or ashamed to ask questions as to anything of which I was ignorant.’
Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them.
All my life as an artist I have asked myself: What pushes me continually to make sculpture? I have found the answer. art is an action against death. It is a denial of death.
During the summer of 2000, in the run-up to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, I asked the Duke of Edinburgh if he was hoping to reach 100. ‘Good God, no,’ he spluttered, ‘I can’t imagine anything worse. What a ghastly idea.’
In fact, one of my good friends is an amazing Bollywood choreographer. She once asked me to perform in one of her shows in college. So, I have danced to the Bollywood music and it was great fun. It is tiring and requires a certain level of fitness.
And I was asked if I would come and help with the recovery of this great British company, Cable and Wireless, and I’m delighted to become part of the new and very talented management that have been brought in to that company as well.
It just depends on what’s asked of me, but normally I’m looking to make the right, easy play. So if I can get a teammate a layup, if I can get him an open shot, I just think that gets the ball moving and I feel like it makes everybody feel good and we get into a better offensive rhythm.
I get asked a lot about being a woman within the industry and how difficult it is, and yeah, it is – but it’s difficult for everybody… I’m not a ‘burn-your-bra’ feminist.
Because I used to play a lot of sport, I’ve always been in decent enough shape. When I used to get asked to do a bit of body work before a photo shoot I’d lie and say, ‘Yeah, I’m going to the gym.’ I literally never did anything.
Often there is a wall between the journalist and the star because there is usually not much time to get to know a person, and the star is always asked the same questions, and may be defensive.
I’ve often been asked to run for office. I have no desire to do that, I would not want my time with the family or the company restricted because of the demands of an elected position.
There have been makeup artists who’ve asked if my eyebrows are real.
I asked why me? Why did I have to suffer so much pain and scars? I was just a little girl – I didn’t do anything wrong.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
The Constitution says that government isn’t supposed to be infusing religion into our society, and so I asked to have that upheld.
Americans simply ask for, not just Democrats in the House but also the Senate has asked the President for a clear plan as it relates to dealing with the issue of Iraq and our troops and making sure that we can bring families together in the very near future.
I think a lot of people, including me, clammed up when a civilian asked about battle, about war. It was fashionable. One of the most impressive ways to tell your war story is to refuse to tell it, you know. Civilians would then have to imagine all kinds of deeds of derring-do.
They’ve asked me to do this temporarily. I don’t know what temporarily means. Life is temporary.
The U.S. army confirmed that it gave a lucrative fire fighting contract in Iraq to the firm once run by the Vice President Dick Cheney without any competitive bidding. When asked if this could be conceived as Cheney’s friends profiting from the war, the spokesman said ‘Yes.’
I asked my doctor how many more years I have left and he said, ‘You’re too ornery to die.’
If you asked me what the most important thing in my life is, it’s learning.
Every since my wife, Adri, got pregnant with our now-eight-month-old daughter, Alicia, I regularly get asked what my plans are for feeding her. How can someone who writes about food and tests recipes for a living meet the picky and precise needs of an infant without losing his mind?
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
You can’t make anything without making mistakes, do you know what I mean? Robert De Niro’s in the ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ film. There’s a lot of far greater people than me who have made mistakes in their careers… There’s loads of people who have made stuff that isn’t good and never get asked about it.
The people at the record company had asked me if I could write a song about my life, my relationship with God, and where I’m from. Well, I can’t write a song on purpose, my songs come in a moment of inspiration or desperation.
Billy Ray Cyrus
The Cause of God is not a theatrical display that is presented every hour, of which some new diversion may be asked for every day. If it were thus, the Cause of God would become mere child’s play.
As for Glastonbury, it’s the biggest festival there is in Britain, and I’m very pleased to be asked to do it.
I was invited to photograph Hollywood. They asked me what I would like to photograph. I said, Ugly men.
When my friends asked me to blog, I thought why not write a book? People may be interested in knowing what it would take to be Rajini’s daughter.
Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Over the years, people I’ve met have often asked me what I’m working on, and I’ve usually replied that the main thing was a book about Dresden.
Jews were asked when life begins. For them it’s when they finally graduate medical school.
If anyone ever asked me what I had to complain about it would not have taken long to tell them. Maybe I was just easily pleased.
Len G. Murray
I was a Christian in Creed, but nobody ever asked me.
Because I sleep with him he asked me to audition, you know?
Helena Bonham Carter
After the assassination of my wife, our nation was perilously close to civil strife. If I, as the co-chairman of the Party, had asked my people to take to the streets, the very existence of the federation would have been threatened.
Asif Ali Zardari
As a professional climber and photographer, I am asked to shoot in a lot of situations with a lot of different people. Sometimes I’m with the hardest, most seasoned alpinists in the world. Sometimes I’m hanging out with celebrities doing a benefit climb.
I was asked to model but I never took up the offer.
A reporter asked recently, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ I replied that I generally sleep well, but if I ever do have trouble, I don’t have to count sheep. I count all the states I’m glad I’m not the governor of.
I had a ‘Cats’ phase, where I did lots of overturned furniture and trash cans. I asked for a fog machine for my birthday.
With ‘The Exorcist,’ a lot of things went into it. I hadn’t seen the show until they asked me, and then I checked the show out and thought it was very well done.
Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.
My sister Gloria asked me to try modeling.
My father is a real idealist, and he’s all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding ‘No.’ But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I’d be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense.
By virtue of our private property society, we have disconnected individuals from the land. We have put them in high rises and asked them to live their lives in urban settings, disconnected from the land.
OFSTED has made large cuts in the paperwork which schools are asked to provide and further steps to reduce the bureaucratic burden will be introduced in September.
David has asked me, a number of people have asked me and said, What performance do you like best or what’s the best film you’ve made and so on and I don’t really have any hesitation that the film I’m least embarrassed by and ashamed of or uneasy about is Shadowlands.
Michael Jackson asked me to sign a Playboy. I was more than happy to.
When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.
If the country is going to be great, everybody has a gift, and I tell every child I meet, whether they have asked me or not, ‘You have greatness inside you, and your job is to figure out what that is, dig it out, and give it to the world. Because the world needs everything, every one of you.’
After a hundred years the son of the King then reigning, who was of another family from that of the sleeping Princess, was a-hunting on that side of the country, and he asked what those towers were which he saw in the middle of a great thick wood.
I’ve been asked whether I have a hobby, and have felt strangely offended that anyone would assume I have the time.
The last time I was in a Marshals’ office, they had a poster of ‘Justified’ up. I asked them, ‘Did you know I was coming by, so you put up a poster of the show?’ And they said, ‘Oh, we all love it… you guys make us look good.’ I thought, this is great. If they like it, we really did something here.
There have been many times when I’ve been asked to appear and I’d say to myself, what am I going to talk about? Early on, when I did interviews, I’d tell everyone, Don’t ask me about dates. I don’t even remember what I did yesterday.
I’d never read ‘Lord of the Rings’ until I was asked to play Gandalf, so I didn’t really know it was a frightfully famous book.
When people ask me, ‘Are you happy?’ I respond with, ‘You’ve asked the wrong question.’ There is a deep kind of satisfaction you get from building a company. This kind of satisfaction transcends happy, sad, hard, or easy. I seek satisfaction. I want to be positively disruptive.
Dave Chappelle asked me to come do his show. I read the script, and I said, ‘Has he lost his mind?’
In that match for Holland I asked for a big responsibility, I got it and I dealt with it. I played well, I scored goals and the team qualified for the Euro 2004 finals. It was a big night and an important moment for Holland.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
It’s been a hard time to celebrate, to come out with a smile. But I’m an American. Naomi asked me to come out to support other Americans, and here I am.
Often times I have been asked about the attributes for success, and I have said that you need two attributes for succeeding as an entrepreneur: one, courage, second, luck.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
The running across the field thing, that was the first scene we shot in the movie. We asked the audience to stay for the scene, and 37,000 people stayed.
When my daughter, Clare, was 4, she told me that a school friend had told her what I did for a living. Clare asked me, ‘Is it true you play Jack Rabbit?’
I couldn’t deliver a joke if you asked me to. It would have to be live and spontaneous. And that’s what I was able to have in New York, at 9 o’clock in the morning, and people all over the country seemed to respond to it.
I did a masterclass at the Juilliard and asked the students, ‘Can you stand?’ ‘Sure.’ ‘Can you walk?’ ‘Sure.’ They couldn’t. They had never really thought about it.
I asked long ago,’What must I do to be saved?’ The Scripture answered, ‘Keep the commandments, believe, hope, love.’ I was early warned against laying, as the Papists do, too much stress on outward works, or on a faith without works, which as it does not include, so it will never lead to true hope or charity.
I asked my daughter when she was 16, What’s the buzz on the street with the kids? She’s going, to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren’t into Kiss. But they’ve all been told that it’s the greatest show on Earth.
We have been given a role to play. We have been asked to provide, to give lectures on the role of Islamic development and the way we do it here, so the people who are Muslims there would understand what the role of Islam is.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. I would be very glad to tell you my life if you want to hear of it.
When I was 13 I asked my mother if it was possible for this to end – I’d had enough of it. And that was right about the time that we got a call for ‘The Exorcist’ interview.
I feel safe in saying this, and that is that Peter Weir is without a doubt one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. I’d open a door in a movie for him if he asked me to.
Stan Hansen was a tough-as-nails freshman middle linebacker when I was a senior at West Texas State. He was a damn good football player, but he developed some problems with his knees. When football didn’t work out he asked me about professional wrestling.
It just comes out of my subconscious. If you asked me to draw you a doodle, I couldn’t do it.
On my first date, my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to eat a la carte, and I said that I would prefer to stay inside!
I have never once asked Alaskans to like how I got this job.
I’m sometimes asked if I get bored with talking about ‘Kevin,’ and of course, the short answer is yes. Nevertheless, after a long slog in the literary trenches, I never take a single reader for granted and always remind myself that for new readers the unfolding story is fresh.
I was asked to sing with Mavis Staples on a gospel compilation called ‘Oh Happy Day.’ And, you know, other than being totally intimidated at the prospect of singing with Mavis, I was honored. I don’t really have much of a background in gospel music.
I’ve been asked far too often, ‘Can you be blacker?’ I’ve gotten done with auditions and heard, ‘We’re not going to go black with this character.’
Of the thousands of people, celebrated and unknown, who have sat before my camera, I am often asked who was the most difficult subject, or the easiest, or which picture is my favorite. This last question is like asking a mother which child she likes the most.
If you make a film about a pig farmer in Wales and you are a huge hit as the pig farmer’s wife, the next thing is you’ll be asked to do a film about a sheep farmer in Scotland.
Kristin Scott Thomas
The Dalai Lama was once asked for his favorite chant, and he said it was better not to have a favorite anything, which I think is a great thought.
Dhanush has been my strength. When I asked him if he would work in my film, he did not even think twice.
Aishwarya R. Dhanush
Someone asked me recently if marriage is 50-50 – it averages out to be 50-50, but sometimes it’s 75-25, sometimes it’s 90-10. In the end, it has to average out to be 50-50; that’s how you support each other.
I couldn’t care less about who sees my bits… My friends asked how I could do scenes like that and not get excited, but it wasn’t like that. My bits looked the size of a cashew nut!
If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.
I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
If I’m out shopping, in Topshop or wherever, I’m never spotted. In fact, I’m usually asked if I have a student card. No-one seems to notice me, they’re oblivious to who I am even in Scotland, and I’m very happy to be able to blend in with the crowd.
I’m often asked where my nickname ‘Kun’ comes from. My parents says it was a Japanese cartoon I used to watch on television when I was very young, set in the Stone Age, where the main character was a boy called Kum Kum, the little caveman.
Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked.
Viktor E. Frankl
That’s a disgusting thought to have to fight my brother. I don’t even appreciate being asked about that.
I was asked to be in Vogue but I said no. I didn’t want to advertise make-up. I didn’t want to be seen as a sex symbol.
It was a mutual thing. I made a deal with them: I asked them if they did not bring out the place card of Malachi, I would let them have two minutes with each one of my patients.
Hillary Clinton was asked if she wiped the disc she was using for her email; she said, ‘Do you mean with a damp cloth?’ This, to me, is frightening.
At 9, I started taking classes at Sylvia Young Theatre School. One day, they asked if I wanted to join their agency. You get in if you’re cute, I guess.
The president overstepped his authority when he asked the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans’ international phone calls without obtaining a warrant.
When we were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I asked the guy who runs it, ‘How many people in here have had only two albums?’ He could not think of one person.
I was performing at a New Jersey high school, and I asked a class of 2,000 students, ‘How many of you love mathematics?’ and only one hand went up. And that was the hand of the maths teacher!
It’s nice to be asked to do good projects.
When I was nine or ten, I had a chat with my coach and I asked if I could play in goal. I started playing as a goalkeeper and it was love at first sight. Only a goalkeeper knows how it is.
Once at the White House I was asked to conduct the Drum and Bugle Corp. The man just handed me the baton and I finished the song. It was great. I got to keep the baton.
One day I got a phone call, and Johnny and Dee Dee asked me if I wanted to join their band. I said, ‘Yeah.’
When I turned 50, I asked some of my girlfriends, all actresses of the same age, ‘What are we going to do now?’ I wanted to go live somewhere for a while, learn archaeology, or take part in healing the world on some level. I wanted to dig deep and say, ‘Who am I now? What do I have to offer? What do I have to learn?’
But, George and Steven asked me to write the Indiana Jones sequels, and I didn’t want to.
I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau
I go by the role pretty much. And I think the only genre I haven’t gotten to do but I’d love to is a western, but no one has ever asked me to do that. Unfortunately they are very few and far between these days, but that is one type of film I’d love to do.
A lot of people have asked me how short I am. Since my last divorce, I think I’m about $100,000 short.
My mom – when I complained about my weight, she asked me if I wanted to keep complaining or do something about it. Then she took me to Weight Watchers when I was 10 years old, meetings and all!
Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing.
I swear to God, I would marry the first person who asked me, just because it seems so completely impossible that anyone would ask.
I went out to some advertising agencies and asked if I could do anything.
Tamil for me is my cousin Esha. I even told her that I was preparing to play a Tamilian and asked her if she could teach me the language.
I’m terrified of men these days. If someone asked me out now, I don’t know what I’d say, how I’d react. But I couldn’t go through with it, not at all. I suppose I’ve been terrified of them all along.
When I first heard ‘Pearly Gates’ by Mobb Deep and 50 Cent growing up, the rapper Prodigy had a line about wanting to beat Jesus up. I wasn’t religious, but I’d never been introduced to something like that. I was scared and mad, but then I asked why I felt like that.
If anything, if you can get somebody interested in something and get them excited, that’s great. You should be praised for having opened the debate and having asked the right questions.
However, I think, first of all, that what’s happening in Sierra Leone is going to have the great influence on those governments who will be asked to provide forces to the Congo. Second, of course, the Security Council has no professional military advice organized in any way.
This Administration has led us into an area without vision. Bush has no clear understanding of what is being asked of the citizens, and the military is under his direction.
I think if you get asked to do this, then that’s called doing your homework, and I try and do it.
Sinatra asked me out.
When I first heard from my manager, who asked me, ‘There’s this Disney ‘Mulan,’ do you want to audition for it?’ I’d heard that so many people were auditioning. So, I asked myself what I could bring.
I found out when I was 18 that Dad had left my mother and the family before he realised he was ill and then died. When I asked Mum about it, she just sort of shrugged it off and said she’d thought I knew about it all along. Of course I hadn’t, though I’m sure she must have been desperately unhappy at the time.
When President Ronald Reagan asked me a stupid question once, I called him an idiot in public! I thought I was going to be arrested, but he laughed and appreciated me.
Customer expectations? Nonsense. No customer ever asked for the electric light, the pneumatic tire, the VCR, or the CD. All customer expectations are only what you and your competitor have led him to expect. He knows nothing else.
W. Edwards Deming
Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland.
Where is Germany now and where does it want to go? It’s a question being asked by our partners and allies abroad. We have to return – urgently – to our old dependability. We have to make clear for others what we stand for, where we’re headed, and that we know where we belong.
He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yeah, that I was in town because I’d won this contest. He said, okay, then he was gonna play me his hit, and started singing ‘When it’s time to relax, one beer stands clear… ‘
My first book, ‘To Engineer Is Human,’ was prompted by nonengineer friends asking me why so many technological accidents and failures were occurring. If engineers knew what they were doing, why did bridges and buildings fall down? It was a question that I had often asked myself, and I had no easy answer.
When you’re asked to fly a 747 you better at least be able to fly a Piper cub.
Edward James Olmos
If you had asked people in 1929, ‘Here is what is about to happen. How much would you pay to avoid the Great Depression from occurring?’ The answer is they would have paid a lot. They would have borrowed money if it could be used to prevent the Great Depression.
‘So Icy’ is always going to be one of my favorites because this is a song that blew my mind. I was just making beats for the fun of it. I went to the club and heard the song being played, so I asked the DJ to stop playing the song, and the whole club started rapping word for word.
What surprises me is when people give me their mobile number. The other day, someone on a bus asked if I swear. I said I try not to, but of course I’m just a normal person.
A hundred years ago, of course, the question that the German Composers’ Co-operative asked itself sounded a lot more fundamental: How do you create a fair share for those who ensure that works can actually be performed at all?
It was cinematographer George C. Williams who first told me about ‘Sakhavu.’ He said that the script was good and asked me to listen to it. Later, Sidhartha Siva called me and narrated the script over the phone.
In my first interview in the UFC, I asked them to throw me among the lions. I wanted to fight the best, and that’s what the UFC did. Ex-champions, future champions – that’s what I wanted.
I’d love to do Shakespeare. I’ve been asked to do Malvolio but for one reason or another haven’t been able. On a school trip to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford I saw the great Emrys James as Feste and it’s always been a role I’ve coveted.
I was asked to act when I couldn’t act. I was asked to sing ‘Funny Face’ when I couldn’t sing, and dance with Fred Astaire when I couldn’t dance – and do all kinds of things I wasn’t prepared for. Then I tried like mad to cope with it.
It defies common sense that stores are fined for selling toy guns to children, but someone who isn’t even allowed to board an airplane in this country can purchase as many real guns he wants with no questions asked.
Me and John Mayer met via a mutual connect, we were by the studio and he asked If I could play him my music. When he heard ‘Under The Influence,’ he asked if he could be a part of the track and of course, we made that happen.
One of the oddities about being Judy Garland’s daughter was that everyone treated my mother with such awe that they would never have asked me the normal questions kids get about their moms.
Patrick Demarchelier was the one who got me my first ‘Vogue’ cover. It was French ‘Vogue’ – I think in ’87 or ’88. I think I was the first black model to be on the cover of French Vogue, which was shocking to me because when I asked them about it, they were like, ‘Oh, no. We’ve never had that before.’
I have no physical courage, I’ve asked for a double.
Well, I asked him who would start the war first.
Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
People ask me, ‘Have you ever considered doing stand-up?’ To me it would be less offensive if someone asked me, ‘Have you ever considered dental implants?’
For someone who loves literature, and all books on principle, being asked to name three titles over a half century of serious reading is akin to asking one to recall their three favorite sunsets.
I became a clown when these docs came to the house in Berkeley and asked me to come cheer up kids. I’d just had my third spinal fusion and I was looking for something to take my mind off the pain I was in.
But at a certain point, and I don’t really know… people have asked me this. I don’t know exactly what it was that pushed me towards directing, but I think it was a naive notion that if I directed I would be able to play all the roles. A kind of greed.
I had done my first picture and I didn’t have anything to do for awhile. I was asked to come back to New York and do Bus Stop in the role of the cowboy opposite Kim Stanley.
People have asked me why I made the first chapter of my first novel so long, and in an invented English. The only answer I can come up with that satisfies me is, ‘To keep out the scum.’
A lot of people asked me if it was frustrating not having a clear specific diagnosis, but I didn’t mind, I just chose the most optimistic diagnosis.
We’ve been asked to do ‘Playboy’ together, me and Victoria, as a pair. I don’t think I’ll ever go naked, but I’ll never say never.
Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. After my varied and celebrated career in television, movies, publishing, and the lucrative world of corporate speaking, being a fellow at Harvard seemed, frankly, like a step down.
A year or so ago I went through all the people in my life and asked myself: does this person inspire me, genuinely love me and support me unconditionally? I wanted nothing but positive influences in my life.
With me having this raspy voice, people always asked when I was going to sing on a song. When I was going at it with 50, people were saying I don’t sing on my own hooks. That always stuck in my head and people always told me I had to use my own voice not just to rap.
Put it this way: If I asked, ‘How’s business?’ and you say, ‘Boomin’ or ‘Amazing,’ I already know the answer.
In my first film, I was a basketball player. Like every good actor, I lied when they asked me if I could play.
On two occasions I have been asked, ‘Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?’ I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He’s very sharp, very sharp. It’s funny I’ve been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie.
Cuba Gooding, Jr.
A lot of people like to ask me, ‘Ali, how on earth do you balance family and career?’ Men never get asked that question. Because they don’t.
Father asked us what was God’s noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are.
Louisa May Alcott
You have asked me to lead this nation out of the present wilderness and malaise on to the promised land, and I shall do so; I shall offer a responsive, transparent, and innovative leadership.
I sat with myself one day and asked, ‘Who is in those prestigious literary circles? Do they represent me? Do they appreciate the topics I write about and the style in which I write? Do those gatekeepers let a demographic like mine through the door?’ And the answer was no.
I wanted to get my coaching badges after retiring, and I asked to take the exam, but they told me I needed to study for four years. I told them they were crazy. Who is going to study for four years? How is someone going to teach me technical things when I know more than they do?
When I know the data that’s being shared and I’m asked explicitly for my consent, I want some sites to understand my habits. It helps them suggest books for me to read or movies for my family to watch or friends for us to connect with.
When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
We feel really blessed to have been asked to come here, and to have the opportunity for our family to be able to look into the eyes of these people, and in some way help.
If you read my books, especially the Star Trek books and the Quest for Tomorrow books, you’ll see in them the core theme of the basic humanistic questions that Star Trek asked.
If they asked me, I did two shifts. I did sports, I did news, because I loved it.
I remember my mum coming into my bedroom when I was lying awake one night, and she asked what I was thinking of… And I was telling her about the inventions I would invent, and she said, ‘Can’t you ever just think stupid thoughts?’
B. J. Novak
Someone asked me what part of the body is the most important to be strong – it’s the big toe. The big toe especially, and the inner front-third of your feet, are what give you balance and will make you infinitely better at any sport, any physical activity and, as you get older, will keep you from falling.
Quentin Tarantino asked me to work with him but there is no way I am going to do that while Matthew Vaughn is working in film.
Why go now? That is the question people asked when I announced I was retiring. A combination of things made me feel it was all drawing to a natural end.
Graeme Le Saux
You know, it’s weird being interviewed! Because the weird thing about being interviewed is you get asked these questions that you’ve never thought about, and you find out what you think as you answer.
I just consider myself a piece of the puzzle and I’m lucky enough to be asked or invited to the party, if you will. I hope I can bring some laughs and grimaces to the fans.
If we had in this room a hundred teachers, good teachers from good schools, and asked them to define the word education, there would be very little general agreement.
Some people think that prayer just means asking for things, and if they fail to receive exactly what they asked for, they think the whole thing is a fraud.
I’m a huge fan of ‘Heart On My Sleeve’ – I think it has a ‘Take That’ feel to it! John Shanks and James Morrison wrote the track, and we spoke to Sony and asked if we could reference a ‘Greatest Day’/’Rule The World’ sound to make that epic ballad. I think it does the job.
My name is actually Snoh, but there’s a rapper with that name already out there, so I was asked to add something to it. I didn’t really want to do it at first, but then I thought of Aalegra. It has a connection to music and means ‘joy’ in Italian.
If you’re blessed to do something like ‘Roots’… you find yourself immersed. You’re asked to do this, to do that – all for admirable causes. But you’re just swamped.
The Rat Pack was the piece that really kicked me out of that little funk that I was in and then Ted called me up and asked me if I wanted to be the dad in Blow.
I have asked myself once or twice lately what was my natural bent. I have no doubt at all: It is to look at each day for the evil of that day and have a go at it, and that is why I have never failed to have an acute interest in each morning’s letters.
We asked ourselves and the world to base decisions on good science, and I really believe the United States can be the leader in delivering that message to our international trading partners.
I must have made a good impression because a club official to us into his office and asked me if I would sign on for a year with a view to becoming a professional.
I’ve never been asked to appear on ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!,’ so I guess I mustn’t be on the professional skids just yet.
I was 18 when I started. I was hanging out with some friends and they asked if I had tried stand-up before. I hadn’t, but I thought: ‘What the hell?’ So I went to an open mic night, and I liked it.
They’ve also asked me now to start on another series that we’re gonna do after this Frontier Earth. But it’s not science fiction, it’s more in the Mystery and Crime division and that’s another area I’m very interested in.
Albert Einstein when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
Somebody asked me – you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, ‘I’m a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.’
No, if it was up to me every record would be brand new studio material but Atlantic records asked me to put out a full live record because my tour really did do well last year.
You never have to know all the answers because you won’t be asked all the questions.
Herbert V. Prochnow
In Fargo, they say, well, that’s a job. How well do you get paid? For example, for this book I was written about in Entertainment Weekly, and it was kind of cool because my mom asked me if Entertainment Weekly was a magazine or a newspaper.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott began in December 1955, and by 1956 NAACP leaders came to me and asked me to be part of a lawsuit they wanted to file on my behalf and that of three other women, to challenge segregation on public buses.
When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don’t pry into other people’s business.
I still believe that the best art – be it music, comedy, painting, etc. – is the art that hasn’t been asked for, or is expected.
I wasn’t involved, except to the degree that they sent me drafts of the script as the writer turned them in. They asked me at one point to write a memo about what I thought of it.
So many people in the gay community have always asked me to come out, say it like it is, and help our cause. But for me… I think my biggest statement I could give to the world is to be strong being myself… you have to make something of yourself, and that’s what makes us strong.
I asked Bob Dylan to paint the album cover for ‘Music from Big Pink.’ He said, ‘Yeah, let me see what I can come up with.’
One day, though, I was asked if I’d like to go to the University of Florida and become a Gator.
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say.
Gerald R. Ford
When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, ‘Ours.’
Vine Deloria, Jr.
I never had an existential moment when I asked myself what I was going to do. I always wanted to be a lawyer, and I knew exactly the kind of lawyer I wanted to be.
Howard Phillips of the Constitution Party asked me to consider seriously running for president in 2008 and I am doing so.
In 2006, 2 years ago, I made a very serious mistake. A mistake that I am responsible for and no one else. In 2006, I told Elizabeth about the mistake, asked her for her forgiveness, asked God for his forgiveness.
For years, we’ve asked our suppliers to prioritize the talent and diversity of their sales teams calling on our company.
It’s not just politicians. Any spokesman for a vested interest is well schooled in how to say what it is they wish to say, which may bear no relation at all to what you’ve asked them.
Later in that administration, I was asked to take a job which I had to turn down as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs because we were just then putting together the merger of two small law firms that became this law firm. I couldn’t leave them at that point.
They gave me four weeks, and I asked if the first week could be just music with the two main conductors. So, the conductors came over to my home, and we worked in the music room, and I learned my two little songs.
I owe my whole acting career to the fact that I’m a singer. I went out to Los Angeles and auditioned for a TV show called ‘Fame L.A.’ The original role was for a comedian, but they said I wasn’t very funny, so they asked me, ‘What else can you do?’ So I played a singer.
People asked if I could have played the Terminator. Are you kidding? Not a chance, I never could have played the Terminator.
I was modeling with an agency in New York and a manager with the agency introduced himself to me one day and he said he had auditions for someone my age. He asked if I would be interested in doing some.
Whatever you’ve been asked to do, whatever your role is today, do it really well, deliver results, and do it with integrity.
When he asked me, with obvious self-satisfaction, what I thought of the scenario, I hardly knew how to answer. I asked if he had seen the play and was hardly surprised when he said no.
In the beginning, my equipment, I would rent them from teamster-types, really. I don’t know where they got the cameras – I think from the TV stations. But I don’t know if they asked the TV stations.
If you look a little punkish, then they’re going to give you the parts. And if you play an iconic villain early on in your career, you tend to get asked to play one over and over and over again.
Arsene Wenger asked me to have a trial with Arsenal when I was 17. I turned it down. Zlatan doesn’t do auditions.
Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
One of the speakers asked how many women had been harassed or abused sexually in their life? There were thousands of women in the audience, and almost every one of them raised her hand.
What’s with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere?
A guy gave me a job at an information booth – no questions asked.
My experience with the Junior League, when I worked in Philadelphia for four years in reference to children’s things, is that whenever they were asked they responded. They always responded with sincerity, and they did a good job.
C. Everett Koop
In the ongoing celebration that is literature, we are asked to imagine ourselves as other selves, for better or worse.
People thought I was cocky because I didn’t talk much. When I first turned pro, reporters asked me who was going to win. I’d say, ‘I am’ because it was the easier than giving some long, drawn-out answer.
I was very lucky all three newspapers approached me and asked me to draw their cartoons for them.
Spitfire asked me if I had a problem talking about Van Halen or Extreme. I really don’t. There are people who are just going to want to know what it was like to play with Eddie.
My grades put me in about 5,000th place in all of South Korea. If I kept going down that path, I would’ve become a successful man with a regular job. However, I was positive I’d be number one in the country as a rapper. So I asked my mother whether she wanted to have a son who was a first-place rapper, or a 5,000th-place student.
I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to show them Stray Cat Strut and that little diminished run on the C. I guess my brain is wired backwards. I don’t know what possessed me to do that, but I did.
When I was a kid, I went to the store and asked the guy, Do you have any toy train schedules?
Reince Priebus – if you want to leak something – he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.
For 20 years, Simon & Schuster asked me, ‘Why don’t you write your autobiography?’
When I’m asked how to succeed in show business, I always say I haven’t the foggiest.
We in Nigeria have seen just how difficult it is to get back stolen assets from the international financial system, such as banks that ought not have received those funds in the first place if even the most routine questions were asked.
In relationships, you want to be secure but not know what’s coming next. Everyone has to have secrets, but if I’m asked a question, I’ll answer honestly.
I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I’m down for my first opportunity to say something to the world to be so meaningful. If you asked me, ‘What do you want to say?’ it would be, ‘Love yourself more.’
Whenever I have asked something from God and worked hard for it, I have always got it, be it my Indian citizenship or my weight loss.
If you interviewed 1,000 politicians and asked about whether the media’s too soft or too hard, about 999 would say too hard.
Someone once asked, ‘What’s your best pickup line?’ I said, ‘My best pickup line is, ‘Hi, my name is Hugh Hefner.’
Imagination! Imagination! I put it first years ago, when I was asked what qualities I thought necessary for success on the stage.
I was so naive I didn’t even know about agents. I telephoned the William Morris agency and asked to speak to Mr. Morris. I expected Bill Morris to be waiting for my call.
Often I am asked if there is any such thing as a female serial killer.
Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you are asked.
Gary Ryan Blair
If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
Basically, they had asked me if I would shave my head or wear a bald cap. I said look, if you are doing a series for five years I would want to shave my hair because I would go bald with all the gum and glue from the bald cap.
I believe that all students, when asked to be accountable for their actions and to be socially aware citizens, will become agents for change!
Someone once asked me what was the weirdest question I was ever asked. And I was stymied.
When I was 14, I played in a summer league. One night the chief umpire asked me if I would like to try umpiring. There was a Little League tournament coming up and he needed more umpires than he had.
Whatever my aims and agendas were, I never asked for power.
I don’t think men like a bad girl. Well, I haven’t had a date in a year so I’m obviously doing something wrong. It’s not that my standards are too high, I haven’t even been asked out in a year. I have no standards, anyone, please!
I vividly remember a conversation I had many years ago in 1974, which marked a turning point in my leadership journey. I was sitting at a Holiday Inn with my friend, Kurt Campmeyer, when he asked me if I had a personal growth plan. I didn’t. In fact, I didn’t even know you were supposed to have one.
John C. Maxwell
In my entire career? I am so sick of being asked, What’s it like to kiss Mel Gibson?
There’s now a Fat Tony doll, which cracks me up. But you feel honored that they asked you to do a voice.
During my time we had two chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, at different times of course, on the bridge, both of whom asked my permission to sit on the captain’s chair.
There is nothing wrong with becoming more ambitious along the way, but I think what the government has asked the council to do is a perfectly good starting point.
When asked for your views, by the press or others, remember that what they really want to know is the President’s views.
Once, a man at the customs duty check at the Delhi Airport asked me a question in Hindi, and I told him that I didn’t speak the language. He got angry and said, ‘How could you not speak in Hindi? Hindi is our mother tongue.’ I told him that it wasn’t my mother tongue. He got furious, and made me wait for over 45 minutes.
In 1986, I was asked by the then-Dean of Science at the University of British Columbia, Dr. R.C. Miller, Jr., to establish a new interdisciplinary institute, the Biotechnology Laboratory. I decided that it was time for me to start paying back for the thirty years of fun that I had been able to have in research.
In the fall of the year 2000, there just happened to be a decision point when they asked me to become Chief Executive Officer of the company. It was a time when, as you remember, we were starting to have some real problems in the California energy markets.
I’d never been interested in wrestling; I never even watched it. But one day I met Vince McMahon, and he asked me why no one had ever put me on television before.
I grind my teeth and keep my thumbs in so tight that I’ve dislocated them, just not to scream. Sometimes as an actor one is lucky enough to be asked to scream.
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
And several galleries – two had asked me and I said no, because I didn’t want to leave things on consignment.
Whenever I am asked who I admire most among the leaders I have met, I have no hesitation in naming Nelson Mandela.
Some time ago, the United States was an English colony. If an Englishman were asked if the United States would be independent, he would have said no, that it would always be an English colony.
In the past, TSR and now Wizards of the Coast have asked me to do game stats for my characters, and I’m never comfortable doing that. It’s all relative after all.
R. A. Salvatore
When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, ‘Did you sleep good?’ I said ‘No, I made a few mistakes.’
After we covered Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now,’ Brian May and Roger Taylor sent us a bottle of champagne and asked us if we’d sing it on stage during the ‘We Will Rock You’ musical on what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 60th birthday.
A completely disrespectful photographer was asked to stop taking photographs, and then said, ‘I’ve got what I want. What are you going to do about it?’ How would you feel if somebody walked up and started taking your photograph? I don’t think you’d be very happy.
I didn’t volunteer; they asked me. I felt a duty to testify.
This is a fault common to all singers, that among their friends they will never sing when they are asked; unasked, they will never desist.
Think about just exceeding expectations of every job you’re being asked to do. Continually ask for feedback on how it’s going. Ask everybody involved what you can do to do an even better job, and the world will beat down your door trying to ask you to do more and more.
I get asked this a lot: Why has soccer not succeeded? My answer is, soccer has succeeded. It is already the fastest growing youth participation sport in the U.S. It has already succeeded at the youth level, no question.
I have six brothers and one sister, and I was an ice hockey player when I was younger. I think my dad thought I was going to be in the women’s league for ice hockey. But, I totally fell in love with drama in grade school, and I asked my mom if I could get involved with it.
Before I had my heart problem, if I was asked to do something I would look through a mental file looking for reasons why I could say no.
Several years ago, I was asked by a songwriter’s association to go to Nashville – I think it involved some kind of award – and be part of the showcase. It was myself and Stevie Winwood and Michael McDonald and then some country people that I didn’t know. The whole community was just so welcoming to me.
At 20, I realized that I could not possibly adjust to a feminine role as conceived by my father and asked him permission to engage in a professional career. In eight months I filled my gaps in Latin, Greek and mathematics, graduated from high school, and entered medical school in Turin.
When you’re asked by the president to serve, it’s awfully hard to say no, and I’m loyal.
Writers are frequently asked why they wrote their first book. A more interesting answer might come from asking them why they wrote their second one.
Before we condemn the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, we should remember that they were asked to do something extraordinary. They were asked to listen to the facts and apply the law to the best of their ability in a case the world was watching.
Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.
After I debuted, I was frequently asked why I get nervous so much.
Hardly had I left when we ran into the Korean war, doubled what I had asked for and doubled it again. I had told him I would stay in Government, be honored to, but not with the Air Force.
What do you do if you are asked to do a job, first by the Prime Minister, and then by the King? How can you refuse?
When I visited Guantanamo Bay several years ago, I met a team of psychiatrists treating the detainees. When I asked how they distinguished between, say, schizophrenia or bipolarity and a bedrock religious commitment to holy war, they couldn’t answer.
Once Liverpool had asked me to sign again, there was no hesitation.
I will stay very focused on my responsibilities as Secretary of Commerce and the economy’s doing well. I mean, you asked about some of the challenges that we have or what is going on in the world and you know I, I’m pleased to report that the economy is doing extremely well.
I’ve been asked many times if I considered myself a narcissist, so I looked up the real meaning of the word, and I came to the conclusion that indeed I am one. I think of myself as better than other people, not every person, but many, unique and talented, and I aim to success.
I remember that Pu La had come for one of my premieres and I was patiently waiting to hear his verdict of my acting, but when he came out of the theatre during interval, all he asked me was about my father and his well being, such was their friendship.
I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.’
I was asked to go in to the ring and perform things I was very uncomfortable with – doing jumps from high ropes in five inch heels.
The fifties – they seem to have taken place on a sunny afternoon that asked nothing of you except a drifting belief in the moment and its power to satisfy.
Someone asked me the other day what my favourite record shop was, and I said YouTube.
I’m often asked if I regret not going to Hollywood. I’m glad I didn’t go, because if I had I wouldn’t have my extended family, which is the fabric of my life. Only recently have I realised how special and unusual it is.
Rather than be asked to abandon one’s own heritage and to adapt to the mores of the new country, one was expected to possess a treasure of foreign skills and customs that would enrich the resources of American living.
I am often asked the question: ‘What is your favorite type of food?’ Although I always answer Japanese, the real response should be and is pierogi, the delectable Polish dumplings that my mother, Big Martha, made so well in many incarnations: potato, sweet cabbage, blueberry, peach, plum, and apricot.
Major league baseball has asked its players to stop tossing baseballs into the stands during games, because they say fans fight over them and they get hurt. In fact, the Florida Marlins said that’s why they never hit any home runs. It’s a safety issue.
‘Dear Mr. Henshaw’ came about because two different boys from different parts of the country asked me to write a book about a boy whose parents were divorced, and so I wrote ‘Dear Mr. Henshaw,’ and it won the Newbery, and I was – it’s been very popular.
I think, a lot of times, players get in trouble when they’re asked questions and they think they have to find a way to answer it. If you ask me a question and I say, ‘I don’t know,’ there’s really no follow-up.
A very beautiful young woman once asked me to sign her breasts. That was back when I was a hip young thing – it’s been all downhill since then.
Our influences are who we are. It’s rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that’s the problem with the bands I’m always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don’t dilute their influences enough.
People can’t go into the street endlessly. My friends get asked why aren’t they going to the next protest? They answer, ‘Because we’re tired of being thousands. I’m ready to become the 100,000th person at a rally, but I don’t want to be the 10,000th. Because it’s pointless.’
We were asked to believe that the variety and the novelty of even the crude films of the early days would provide a means of entertainment which would cut out the stage.
I had been on the road for a long time and was not really getting anywhere. Bob Johnston, a friend of mine, had taken over Columbia in Nashville. He asked me if I wanted to come down. I did – thank God I did.
The thing is, I get asked when I first knew I wanted to act so often, and I genuinely can’t answer it. It’s just… I got the bug, and that’s it.
Millie Bobby Brown
I asked Dalai Lama the most important question that I think you could ask – if he had ever seen Caddyshack.
People think I’m a miserable sod but it’s only because I get asked such bloody miserable questions.
I tried out for another show while I was in college so I could pay off my student loans, and it sort of led to The Real World. The same people that were casting that show were casting The Real World, so they asked me to do it.
Many people use the words ‘death defying’ or ‘death wishing’ when they talk about wire-walking. Many people have asked me: ‘So do you have a death wish?’ After doing a beautiful walk, I feel like punching them in the nose. It’s indecent. I have a life wish.
When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.
I didn’t understand the Weber bar and how gravitational waves interacted with it. I sat and thought about it over a weekend, trying to prepare for the lecture for the following Monday. I asked myself how would I do it. The simplest way… was a thought experiment.
I may have aimed too high sometimes, asked too much of myself and demanded too little from those around me.
I went there and helped him shuffle pictures of people, and one of the agents asked me if I was interested in acting. Of course, I was a little bit interested in it; I’m sure that’s part of the reason I moved to L.A. even though I never admitted it to myself.
When I arrived at IBM, there were ‘Team’ signs all around. I asked, ‘How do people get paid?’ They told me, ‘We pay people based on individual performance.’
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
We’d love to do Pirates for the 21st century. People have also asked about Colonization, and a few others.
I had sat in one day in Central Park with Bonnie and Delaney, and Duane was playing with them, so I asked if he wanted to work on an album. You never had to say to him how to play the guitar.
I asked a French critic a couple of years ago why my books did so well in France. He said it was because in my novels people both act and think. I got a kick out of that.
Asked why they wanted to fight, the young women said they enjoyed it, just as some men and boys do.
When I am working on a movie, all I want to talk about is the movie. All I want to be with are the movie people. It’s like a clan. If I’m asked to people’s houses for dinner, I hate to go, because they’ll talk about other things.
I just want to live each moment, but it’s kind of hard to do that when you are asked to analyze yourself constantly. But it’s also good in that you are forced to think about things that you don’t ordinarily think about. I think it’s strange.
I think you can assume because our pool of Asian-Americans actresses or actors – men and women – is pretty small, that whatever project is out there I probably have been asked to audition or I probably chose to not go in it for various aspects.
Once I accidentally left my passport in Nice, France, when I was on my way to Prague. Upon arriving in Vienna, after taking an overnight, and being asked to present my travel documents and realizing I forgot them at the hotel, they kicked me off the train and sent me back!
My brother’s friend worked at a TV station, so we went in; the producer of a show asked if I wouldn’t mind taking some photos for his wife, who was a talent agent. Next thing I know, I’m enroute to the agency.
I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
Filibusters have proliferated because under current rules just one or two determined senators can stop the Senate from functioning. Today, the mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stop a vote; senators are rarely asked to pull all-nighters like Jimmy Stewart in ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.’
Don’t give advice unless you’re asked.
I went to the bank and asked to borrow a cup of money. They said, ‘What for?’ I said, ‘I’m going to buy some sugar.’
When I was young, I asked my priest how you could get to Heaven and still protect yourself from all the evil in the world. He told me what God said to his children. You are sheep among wolves. Be wise as serpents, yet innocent as doves.
Somebody once asked me what my theory of life was, and I said, ‘Don’t try.’ That fits the writing, too. I don’t try; I just type.
I realize that much will be asked of me, yet I am resolved to accept it as a great and splendid task.
Beatrix of the Netherlands
We asked Jane Fonda if she would like to meet American pilots in Hanoi, but she refused, she didn’t want to.
Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book.
As a female, you are often being asked by directors to be warmer, softer, flirt more, smile more etc… None of those things are bad, and obviously we are capable of a variety of human behavior, but it gets really old having to play into somebody’s stereotype or ideal.
Trieste Kelly Dunn
As a songwriter, you respect and appreciate the writings of other people, and I often get asked, are there songs out there I wish I’d written? Yes. There’s many of them!
If the BJP government, like the Congress party, had asked what were the numbers on the fraction of people under a particular income, would I have not told them the truth? I would have told them exactly. I would have been as willing.
I think it was John who really urged me to play sitar on ‘Norwegian Wood,’ which was the first time we used it. Now, Paul has just asked me recently whether I’d written any more of those ‘Indian type of tunes.’ He suddenly likes them now. But at the time, he wouldn’t play on them.
I remember when my first child was born, and I had a script that was due, and I asked the guy I was writing it for, a guy who I’m now friends with but at the time was not friend with, ‘Can I have some extra time? I had a kid born.’ He’s like, ‘No, we need it now.’
D. B. Weiss
It’s a twin type of telepathy. My sister and I, we share the same DNA, so on paper, we’re the same person. I knew she was pregnant, like, right away – it’s so crazy – but I asked her, and she said yes.
A friend once asked me what comedy was. That floored me. What is comedy? I don’t know. Does anybody? Can you define it? All I know is that I learned how to get laughs, and that’s all I know about it. You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly.
I always feel attacked when I’m asked about my painting.
I cannot forget a conversation that I had with an elderly couple from the tribe. They asked me whether I would kill them after I had finished. When I asked them why they asked that, they replied, Because you white men always do!
We are sometimes asked what the result would be if we put four +’s in one gene. To answer this my colleagues have recently put together not merely four but six +’s.
Well, it was very interesting to play a character and stretch it over such a long time – 12 episodes. I had never done a TV show before, so week to week it was unclear what we would be asked to do.
If you had asked me back in grade school what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said my first choice was an actor, but if I couldn’t be that, I’d want to be a superhero.
I decided to return because of Zidane. One day Zizou called me and asked if I’d be prepared to play for France again. I just laughed because I thought it was a wind up.
When I was elected President nobody asked me to negotiate between Israel and Egypt. It was not even a question raised in my campaign. But I felt that one of the reasons that I was elected President was to try to bring peace to the Holy Land.
I’ve been asked a lot why didn’t ‘Ruined’ go to Broadway. It was the most successful play that Manhattan Theatre Club has ever had in that particular space, and yet we couldn’t find a home on Broadway.
When my sister Joan arrived, I asked if I could swap her for a rabbit. When I think what a marvellous friend she’s been, I’m so glad my parents didn’t take me at my word.
I asked Ring Lardner the other day how he writes his short stories, and he said he wrote a few widely separated words or phrases on a piece of paper and then went back and filled in the spaces.
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
We should’ve asked China to be a portion of the space station. We should’ve worked out ways that we can… just give away the technology that we have that puts things up into space, with cooperation up above the atmosphere that’s needed to help each other.
My mom, if you asked her if she was interested in whether or not people gambled, would say no.
Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels dance on the head of a pin, and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels, tell me who controls the production of pins.
To the contrary, I believe the U.S. military has already done all that has been asked of them. Saddam Hussein is on trial. The threat from alleged weapons of mass destruction programs in Iraq has been neutralized.
In the ‘Revelation Space’ books, the spaceships are a bit old and rusty, and things go wrong, and they don’t work quite how they’re meant to. And people asked why I did it this way, and groping around for an explanation, I said that I grew up in Barry, this post-industrial sea town full of rusting infrastructure.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
It wasn’t that no one asked me to the prom, it was that no one would tell me where it was.
I haven’t fought for a while and didn’t want a warm-up fight. I wanted to jump right back in the pit and I got what I asked for. I got Anthony Pettis.
Always fall in with what you’re asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever’s going. Not against: with.
As a child, when asked what I would be, I usually said I was going to be a huntsman. A fine profession, truly!
I asked each one of them to make out with me and their reactions varied from excitable to horrified.
The theme of the party was Neverland Ranch, so guests were asked to come as anyone or anything associated with Michael Jackson. It was all very disturbing.
When Attenborough asked me to do Gandhi it was almost like stepping off one boat and stepping on to another, even though both boats are going at 60 miles per hour.
I like women, but you can’t always trust them. Some of them are big liars, like this one woman I met who had a dog. I asked her her dog’s name and then I asked, ‘Does he bite?’ and she said, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘So how does he eat?’ Liar!
I asked him, How could we have a press column if we can’t write about other work done in the press?
I don’t want to create controversy; I just have an opinion on things, and there is nothing wrong with stating your opinion if you are asked. Everyone wants that right, and because you are famous doesn’t mean you have less of a right.
I’ve been asked to sign a forehead.
If you asked 100 women on the street who they’d like to be, I’m sure most of them would say Kirsty Wark or Germaine Greer. Yawn. Do me a favour – they’re lying.
‘I have always asked God to guide me in each of my tasks.
I learned ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the national anthem. I always wanted to play it before the Bulls game, but I always thought, like, Coach would be like, ‘You’re not focused on the game!’ So I never really asked.
Once you get into a part, and someone sees you, you get asked to do it again.
After ‘Lindbergh,’ my publisher asked whom I wanted to write about next. I said, ‘There’s one idea I’ve been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It’s Woodrow Wilson.’
A. Scott Berg
Sir Bruce Forsyth, God rest his soul, he could dance, he could entertain, he could do whatever was asked of him.
A. J. Pritchard
I’d love to be in another film, but they haven’t asked me. I think it’s a shame but the prospects of me doing another one now are remote. Please do campaign on my behalf.
Once, as an experiment, I travelled around the world with a single suit. Before I left, I went to a tailor in Savile Row and asked him to make me a suit that I could wear in any climate and which I could use as a tuxedo, a dinner jacket, a lounge suit and a blazer.
You look at the whole Human Rights questions, I happened to be there at just the right time when the country was awakening – this goes to the first question you asked – the whole country was awakening to a hundred years of injustice that hadn’t been resolved yet.
Half-jokingly, I asked what was wrong with me. So we made a deal: I would run his biological research provided I had a free hand to run my new project.
I have never had anything done. I’ve been asked if I had breast implants. Whether I did or not, it’s nobody’s business but my own.
I had developed a relationship with one of the anti-abortion sidewalk counselors who stood in front of my facility. We talked regularly through the fence and she had asked me to go have coffee with her one day. I was impressed with her persistence and, honestly, I thought I would really like her if I got to know her.
My father, born in Colorado, met my mother, born in Switzerland, when he went into the finance company where she worked and asked for a loan.
My first 26 years was a time of hard work. I was an obedient child to my parents. Whatever I earned, I gave to my parents and never asked them where it went.
Be able to decline a date so gracefully that the person isn’t embarrassed that he or she asked.
Marilyn vos Savant
I went to jail at 17. While I was there, I discovered that I could write. Once I started making some songs, other inmates wanted to know a little bit more about what I was doing, and they asked me to rap for them. They really liked it, and I made it a goal to come out and try to make something out of the music.
I have often been asked what I think about at the moment of take-off. Of course, no pilot sits and feels his pulse as he flies. He has to be part of the machine. If he thinks of anything but the task in hand, then trouble is probably just around the corner.
I abhor grades – if a child does his best, that’s all that should be asked.
And they asked me to take a polygraph as to the allegations and reports I’d made. I volunteered and I took the polygraph and passed it without a glitch.
Marriage is one of the most sacred human institutions. I asked our Senators, as many South Dakotans have done, to protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we’ve asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
In Yugoslavia, I’d asked for additional forces too. I even went to meet the French prime minister, and I proposed additional forces… Nobody wanted to send troops.
After we have calmly stood by and allowed monopolies to grow fat, we should not be asked to make them bloated.
John Griffin Carlisle
When you’re asked to have a CT scan or a nuclear scan, do you know how much radiation that involves? How many of those sorts of scans have you already had? Is it necessary? Is there an alternative? I don’t think many people know about that.
I was in the Chilli Peppers at the time and I asked myself, would I be able to wear a sock on my genitals at the age of forty and they proved me wrong because I guess they’re still doing it.
Chris Guest has his own form. It’s a way of working that is really intense, and you can commit a lot, and you focus a lot. You get to bring a lot. You get to bring things maybe you haven’t seen before. You’re asked to care a great deal for these people who you’re playing and create heart and empathy.
In high school ethics, they went around and asked what everyone thought their classmates were qualified to do. For me, everyone said actress. But to me it was very much ‘if it happens, it happens.’
Whenever I’m asked who my favourite co-star is, I always hesitate in giving an answer.
You’re asked, ‘Do you know kung-fu?’ Yeah. That’s what we do. We wake up, we brush our teeth, we do kung-fu!
Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.
Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else asked me to program something for a project. I really liked programming and I was really interested in using the drum machine.
It’s like you asked me about the depression thing: you grope towards an understanding of whatever it is your going through, and it’s not personal, there are forces in play around you, and you seek to understand them and that way you can go on.
Well, I actually tell my son that I don’t have any hair because he asked me the same question that I gave it to him when he was born, so he actually still believes that. He’s five years old.
I lead by example. My kids know what sweat is. They’ve seen me come home from so many runs and asked, ‘What’s on your skin? How did you get it?’ And I tell them, ‘It’s from exercise!’ So now my son will come home from a bike ride, take off his helmet and say, ‘Look, Mom. I’m sweating! I just worked out!’
A poem, necessarily, sits at a register that’s different from our usual conversational voices. You have to listen more actively to get to the heart of what’s being said, what you as a reader or listener are being asked to feel or notice.
Tracy K. Smith
I’ve been asked a great deal about the influence I’ve had with my work and it’s impossible to say, you know.
I came out of the mall one day, and a guy was standing there with a coat hanger in his window, and I couldn’t stop myself. I asked the stupid question. ‘You lock your keys in the car?’ ‘Nope, just washed it, gonna hang it up to dry.’
The odd thing is if you asked me to do the accent now I would find it very difficult unless I was also playing that part, because I associate it so much with entering into the role and stepping into someone else’s shoes.
I never turn down requests for interviews. I’m just rarely asked.
For the first time in history, we declared war without financing it. Americans have not been asked to pay for it through taxes.
When I was 49, I posed for Playboy – I was very flattered to be asked. I was quite honoured, really, considering that most of the models they feature are in their twenties.
A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality. I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person.
I was the first black director on ‘Dallas.’ I drove my car into the studio lot and the guard asked me who I was delivering to.
If you grew up, and you never had a computer, and you’ve never used the Internet, and someone asked you if you wanted to buy a data plan, your response would be ‘What’s a data plan, and why would I want to use this?’
The traditional practice is that the justices don’t ask the attorney general any questions, so as not to embarrass him. But Bobby Kennedy had let them know that he didn’t mind if they asked him questions and they did.
Harold H. Greene
I was asked by a group to write a song on the theme of brotherhood. This was before women’s liberation, when brotherhood meant men and women both, so I wrote the song. Since I had always been very fond of the Passion Chorale, I wrote words to that great piece.
You’re going to be much less likely to point the finger at somebody and create a huge brouhaha when it wasn’t necessary if you had stopped and asked yourself, ‘Could I have done things to prevent this situation?’
One time, on Marine One, the president asked me my opinion. I had a flashback to being at the kitchen table with my dad. That dominant male figure set me up for being confident to express myself with precision and persuasion.
It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black.
A. N. Wilson
While I recognize the great value and importance of prescription drugs and strongly support a continued U.S. focus on pharmaceutical research and development, our nation’s seniors cannot be asked to subsidize the drug costs of other wealthy industrialized nations any longer.
There are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Some people asked me if I would be interested in managing the A’s. I said a definite no thank you. At night, that place is a graveyard with lights.
You know it’s funny that none of the regular late-night shows now use guest hosts the way Johnny did. No one talks about it much, but it’s curious that they don’t do it. They would each have to be asked the reason why they don’t.
We don’t experience our lives as plots. If I asked you to tell me what your last week was like, you’re not really gonna give me plot. You’re gonna give me sort of linked narrative. And I wanted to see how do we bring that into fiction without losing the reader.
As they say, one thing led to another, and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations, which ironically began six years ago this week.
George J. Mitchell
Last year when I was playing for Hamphsire, Delhi Capitals asked me if I was interested in playing for them. I took my time and I thought it’s an opportunity for me to learn something new. To take my game forward, to take my T20 game forward.
Then I contacted Ken, then he called me back, then we had a great meeting. Then he called and asked if I would come back to the show. Which was awesome.
Before acting, I wanted to become a journalist. I also toyed with the idea of being a chef – but that’s only when people asked me what I wanted to be. In fact, I always used to say I wanted to be an actor, but I didn’t ever believe that I was good enough to be come one.
I’m going to be looking forward, asked to be judged on my record, not taken back as has been the – in a sense, the tendency throughout politics in Northern Ireland, is to always look back, always look at what was said a long time ago, instead of looking forward.
I have beautiful, beautiful clothes, designed by my bachelor boy son, Kenny. Kenny has a big following as it is, and even Lady Gaga has asked Kenny to design dresses for her. But Kenny isn’t very keen on, well, shall we say, extreme women. He likes someone that women all over the world can identify with.
When asked if I am pessimistic or optimistic about the future, my answer is always the same: If you look at the science about what is happening on Earth and aren’t pessimistic, you don’t understand the data.
Because I teach and write about depression and bipolar illness, I am often asked what is the most important factor in treating bipolar disorder. My answer is competence. Empathy is important, but competence is essential.
Kay Redfield Jamison
At a Boston signing, someone from the audience asked why I was so obsessed with furniture in my books. The question rattled around in my head. I had no idea that I was obsessed with furniture.
Having played an angel for so long, you can imagine that I’ve been asked to endorse any number of causes over the years. Obviously I have to limit my participation with any charity, so I decided to really concentrate on my love of children.
It was exactly what was released two months later with the exception of a couple of reaction shots which we went back in to get. I liked the movie very much and asked him what the studio’s problem was. I felt that he was at a point where they might have worn him down.
I once asked a hermit in Italy how he could venture to live alone, in a single cottage, on the top of a mountain, a mile from any habitation? He replied, that Providence was his next-door neighbor.
When Raghavendra Rao garu approached me to do a film on Lord Venkateswara, my initial response was ‘What more can we do than Annamayya?’ But he asked me to go through the script, and I really liked it.
I feel a little uncomfortable at being asked the sorts of questions that other Catholics in public life tend not to be asked.
When I was in nursery school, the teachers asked me, y’know, ‘What does your dad do for a living?’ So I said ‘He helps women get pregnant!’ They called my mom and they were like, ‘What exactly does your husband do?’
If you’d asked me when I was six, 16, and 26, I wanted nothing more than to be a big, recognized rock star. Especially when I was six and 16, because I thought that if I was a known guitar player in a known band, only cute girls would talk to me.
I have enormous respect for the human being because they’re asked to take on a lot. And I don’t think there’s any easy solution. But I think the journey is what you have to finally be satisfied with, but not be afraid of the lessons one has to learn… it ends up as grace. And you grow; you find a way to continue.
The idea that one might use art for ‘instrumental’ reasons tends to set off alarm bells at the heart of the cultural elite, who contend that it’s not a pill, that it shouldn’t be asked to perform some specific function, especially something as egocentric as to ‘cheer you up’ or to ‘make you a more empathetic person.’
Alain de Botton
Clapton asked my brother to play on his record. I thought that was the most wonderful thing in the world.
Colonel Parker asked Henry and me to come to Elvis’ suite and have breakfast. There were at least five policemen stationed up there. He was talking on the telephone.
You can make tough decisions that I believe voters for years have asked us to do.
I went to these mixers, you know, where you’re supposed to meet people. And sure enough, some guy asked me for my phone number. but at the end of the evening he gave it back.
Faulkner turned out to be a great teacher. When a student asked a question ineptly, he answered the question with what the student had really wanted to know.
So much is asked of parents, and so little is given.
The way NXT has been from day one when I was asked to do it, ‘Don’t put me on camera. I do not need to be on camera unless it’s absolutely necessary. This isn’t about me, it’s about the talent,’ and everyone that works in NXT, that’s what we think.
I can’t even count how many times I’ve been pulled over. I can’t count how many times I’ve gone to a club and not got in, how many times a security guard has followed me round a shop. I can’t count how many times that somebody has asked me if I’m a footballer because I’ve come out of a nice car.
I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favorite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’
Rapping gave me confidence. I got asked to do talent shows and I came up out of my shyness that way. My name was Xperteez back then.
I had a lot of resentment for a while toward Kim Novak. But I don’t mind her anymore. She’s okay. We’ve become friends. I even asked her before this trip for some beauty tips.
Somebody asked my friend Bob Seger, Why do you think the Eagles broke up? He said, Hotel California.
This is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff. I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.
I made a better decision in choosing my team. Sure, I had a bigger choice of players to choose from – but I couldn’t have asked for a harder working group of players who did an incredible job.
I got asked by a freelance journalist to jump in front of Princess Diana’s funeral. How pathetic is that? That would have been the stupidest thing on the planet.
I was asked to come to Chicago because Chicago is one of our fifty-two states.
When Kubrick called me about ‘The Shining,’ it was very strange. He first asked me to write music for his film, but I instead gave him suggestions about some of my pieces. I told him about ‘The Awakening of Jacob,’ which he did use in ‘The Shining.’
My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and I told him of course he could, so long as he didn’t take it out of my garden.
I often get asked if I think I’m ever going to build something useful, and maybe someday I will.
I have always examined closely the motives of any group for which I am asked to raise money.
CBS news anchor Dan Rather has interviewed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. When asked what it was like to talk to a crazy man, Saddam said, ‘It’s not so bad.’
If I were asked for a one-sentence sound bite on religion, I would say I was against it.
Well, politics is much more severe than entertainment. You have to hit those points, in politics, word for word. You have to remember the date. You have to remember the website. You have to rehearse stories that might be asked, have anecdotes ready for questions that might come up.
What was Bruce Lee like? How did you meet? What was it like to choreograph the fight scene in Rome with him? Did you spend much time together off-screen? Those are a small sampling of the inquiries I’m asked often, wherever I go around the world.
A great many people have come up to me and asked how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated.
The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.
I want to inspire people to change the world. That’s something that I feel that I’m meant to do here… really going to change the world. I asked God to make me immortal so I can do it.
Everywhere I go, I’m asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them.
One time when somebody showed up in a wedding dress, but I never knew if it was a joke, or she was serious. She asked me to marry her. She was serious. It was pretty funny.
It’s hard not to love Roomba. Roomba had such an amazing impact on the field. When we launched, we asked people, ‘Is it a robot?’ and got an overwhelming no – ‘robots’ have arms and legs; they command data. There was a very strong perception that robots had to look like people.
When I was a child I asked my mother what homosexuality was about and she said – and this was 100 years ago in Germany and she was very open-minded – ‘It’s like hair color. It’s nothing. Some people are blond and some people have dark hair. It’s not a subject.’ This was a very healthy attitude.
They asked me to sing – actually, it was Dee Dee, because he had seen me in Sniper and thought I wasn’t like anybody else. Everybody else was doing an Iggy or a Mick Jagger.
No teams have asked me to play wide receiver.
I was asked about doing a nude shoot for men’s magazine GQ. I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard.
At the Day of Judgment, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done.
Thomas a Kempis
They had asked for me because they wanted a younger girl, but Mum asked if she could bring Kylie along because she didn’t want there to be any jealously.
Charles Laughton signed me to my first movie contract at 17. He later asked my parents if he could adopt me.
I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was 6 years old. I was literally picked off the streets of Paris… while I was modeling there. I was asked to audition for Oliver Stone’s ‘Alexander.’ I didn’t get the part, but that led to commercials and roles in South Africa.
We started off as this platform inside Facebook; and we were pretty clear from the beginning that that wasn’t where it was going to end up. A lot of people saw it and asked, ‘Why is Facebook trying to get all these applications inside Facebook when the web is clearly the platform?’ And we actually agreed with that.
If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn’t count.
Dave Van Ronk
The first census in 1790 asked just six questions: the name of the head of the household, the number of free white males older than 16, the number of free white males younger than 16, the number of free white females, the number of other free persons, and the number of slaves.
Tom G. Palmer
When friends asked me, Can we help? I’d say, Not unless you can alter time, speed up the harvest or teleport me off this rock. I used that line from Star Wars.
Who wants to go to school and be asked for, like, 20 autographs?
I asked my girlfriend, ‘Will you marry me?’ She said, ‘We’ll have to ask my father.’ So we had a seance and Jack Ruby says, ‘Hello!’
The one appearance that I made for President Kennedy, he, as I understand, had his choice or was asked to make a list of the people he would like to have perform, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.
I was asked to play for Italy, and I was very appreciative. I was 19, and I said, ‘No, thank you.’ It was very hard, but I am Argentinian, and it would have been deceit.
I think if you do something effectively whether you’re the lover or the comic or the action guy or the villain like I play; movies are very expensive to make. Chances are you’ll get asked to play that part again.
I submit that those who run the American military at the top, and those whose boots are on the ground and who run the machinery and equipment, are sending a signal: You asked us to do something. Give us some time and we will solve the problems and we will do it.
They asked me to write it and zoomed me over there to do it. But they ended up sacking me.
For three years now, our brave men and women in uniform have done everything their country has asked of them, yet President Bush still does not have a plan to win the peace in Iraq and bring our troops home.
I wrote an article on a new Porsche for ‘Automobile Magazine.’ I knew the editor, and she asked me to write this article. So I’m more proud of that than anything.
Sometimes I’m asked by kids why I condemn marijuana when I haven’t tried it. The greatest obstetricians in the world have never been pregnant.
I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.
The director took my face in his hands and asked me to show him my teeth, as with a horse. This happened on a Wednesday, and by the following Monday I was shooting.
I copied my brother. He was a natural dancer. Graceful. People always asked did we study ballet. We never did.
Someone once asked me what I missed most. I said, ‘My youth.’ I’ve never been a boy who could run around, go crazy, do this, try that. There wasn’t time for that.
I’m a pretty accommodating person, and I want to be the best I can at my job. So if someone asked me to do an interview or something that didn’t fit into my schedule, I’d basically say yes to everybody.
More is asked of you on stage. It’s no way to make a living. But it’s like a bullfight. You find out who can do it and who can’t.
D. B. Sweeney
I don’t get asked this much – ‘Would you ever wanna see your father again?’ And the answer there is that I would like to see him again.
I was asked once if I ever got tired of playing bimbos, and I answered that I’ve never played a bimbo. I’ve always played smart, manipulative women. Marilyn Monroe and Judy Holliday, who were not stupid, could play stupid really well, but I don’t do it well.
We decided to play the NEC because we were asked to, and because we actually rather like the place: we’ve always enjoyed doing it before. We don’t often get sensible offers to play in the UK, so most years we just play on the mainland, with the occasional exotic detour.
You could arm-chair quarterback what the president did or didn’t do, or was asked to do or asked not to do. I guess I’m more focused on what’s going forward.
Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.
I wasn’t originally taking drama, but the drama teacher asked me to audition for Bye, Bye Birdie. I did and got the lead role. Initially I was kind of scared, but once I did it I got bitten by the bug and loved it.
The doctor asked what my diet was like and I had to sit down and realize it’s not normal, and hadn’t been normal for about 20 years.
One day I was asked to pick up $50,000 worth of gold chains for Mr. T. For real!
In my family, there was one parent you asked for money and the other for permission to do things. You could never get both out of one parent.
I get asked a lot about the Rock N’ Sock Connection.
Why do the President and Vice-President constantly change the subject when asked to explain why things are going so badly in Iraq? The answer is simple. They have been consistently wrong about Iraq, and the results speak for themselves.
The enemy fought with savage fury, and met death with all its horrors, without shrinking or complaining: not one asked to be spared, but fought as long as they could stand or sit.
You speak to the press at the Tour every day, but most often in a negative sense. Ninety per cent of the questions you are asked in the post-race press conferences are challenging or provocative, so you have to justify yourself; you have to try to give the right answers about every topic across the board.
I came in here and a fella asked me to have a drink. I said I don’t drink. Then another fella said hear you and Joe DiMaggio aren’t speaking and I said I’ll take that drink.
Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.
King George V
I certainly don’t think I would have been asked to pose for Rage if I wasn’t a known writer.
Poppy Z. Brite
When I was asked to compose a score for… ‘Palo Alto,’ I first thought to myself, ‘What is the house that these characters would want to live in?’ I wanted to paint a picture and color scheme that I could work around. I gently apply different daubs to see what fits to match the color I have in mind with these characters.
In Atlanta, my mom came and came downstairs and we were talking like behind the crowd. People from the crowd saw me and started running towards me, asking for pictures and stuff. This girl asked for a picture, and after she got it, she passed out.
Writing is a very strenuous thing – it’s like banging your head against a wall. At the end of the day, acting is better, just because nobody ever asked me if I wanted a Pellegrino in the writer’s room.
I know Noah Baumbach from a long time ago. We were hanging out one night, and he asked if I wanted to be in his movie. If somebody whose stuff you really like says, ‘Hey, you want to do it with me?,’ you got to do it. I would like to say that I get these offers all the time, but I don’t.
I was in control of what people thought of me, but I had no control over what they thought of my mother. When I asked my mother, ‘How do I tell people about you?’ her answer was, ‘Tell the truth’. But of course, the truth is never simple.
When I met Michael Jordan on a basketball court at an athletic club – we hooped together in Chicago – he came to me and asked me if I wanted to do a song for his upcoming movie. I was like, ‘Yeah!’ I didn’t even ask what it was.
I have the Pleasure to assure you Congress pay particular Attention to the Defence of New Jersey, and hitherto have denied us nothing which we have Asked for that Purpose.
And I asked my mother about it; I said, ‘Is there something wrong?’ She said, ‘God… God makes people. You understand that, don’t you?’ And I said, ‘Yeah!’ She said, ‘Who makes a rainbow?” I said, ‘God.’ She said, ‘I never presumed to tell anyone who could make a rainbow what color to make children.’
I’ve had tattoos since I was like 16, but if you would have asked the younger me to get a tattoo that symbolized my sexuality, I would have told you no, because that’s how not okay I used to be with it.
Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?
Thomas J. Watson
I’m not being asked to conform to some prior expectation of what a Congress member is, but I’m just getting to be me.
I’m not against vodka – they just asked us. They put out some story about us entertaining international celebrities with vodka, which of course wasn’t true.
Then I would have an occasional cigarette and then I started back dipping. I started dipping last year. My family has asked me again to stop, and I’m trying my best to do that.
Would I love to go and get out of here and have a couple of months preparing, I don’t know, anywhere in sunshine? Yes. But I think while I’m under employment with Chelsea, I think to talk about another job, even if it was short-term, and I haven’t been asked, I think it is so disrespectful.
Asked at the hearing why she hadn’t pressed the FBI more closely about what it knew, or didn’t know, about domestic terrorist threats, Rice acted as though the question was an odd one: it wasn’t her job. Well, in retrospect, it was and now certainly is.
What Must I Do to Be Saved? It is impossible to ask a more weighty Question! It is deplorable that we hear it asked with no more Frequency, with nor more Agony.
Bill Mitchell said he really liked it. But when he asked the other four their opinions, we all took one look at ourselves in our raggedy long winter coats and cracked up. We knew we weren’t likely to tempt anyone or anything, but what the hell, it was as good a name as any.
Growing up, politics never trickled down to the areas we come from. But people from Obama’s camp, and Obama himself, reached out to me and asked for my help on the campaign. We’ve sat and had dinner, and we’ve spoken on the phone. He’s a very sharp guy. Very charming. Very cool.
I asked Fred Astaire once when he was about my age if he still danced, and he said ‘Yes, but it hurts now.’ That’s exactly it. I can still dance, too, but it hurts now!
Dick Van Dyke
After Survivor, I was driving across country and moving to San Francisco, going to get a job interning at an ad agency. And then they asked me to read for this movie.
My goal all along has just been to work and support myself. I’ve been really lucky to walk away from the ‘Twilight’ series unscathed. Somebody asked me recently what it’s like to be a star. I thought that was the strangest question. If you saw my day-to-day life, the word ‘star’ just doesn’t apply.
When I was at Liverpool, I asked about Van Dijk when he was at Groningen and then at Celtic. But I was told he wouldn’t be for us at the time. Van Dijk could have jumped from Celtic to a Liverpool.
There’s great power in deference. You ask somebody ‘what’ or ‘how’ questions. People love to be asked how to do something. They feel powerful, and from a deferential position, you’ve actually granted that power, and you’re the one that now actually has the upper hand in the conversation.
Mike Nichols asked if I would do The Birdcage. Mike and I are dear friends but he had never offered me a feature role in a movie. My television career opened other doors for me.
It’s very much like filmmaking always is-you’re always asked to do something that you’re not sure you know how to do. So you make an educated guess as to what you think will work and you hope between that and plan B, that you can end up with a product that’s really good.
Shooting for ‘Gandhi’ was a revelation for me. We were all given scripts and then we were asked to do our homework. I searched for books on Kasturba, but I found only two books, that’s all. So I had to rely on my own skills.
We provided complete protection to witnesses – right of attorney, right of record, right to cross-examine, and open hearing if they desired. Only Mr. Lane asked for an open hearing.
John Sherman Cooper
When I’m asked who my audience is, I say someone with an open mind, which is not a vacant one and sometimes a liberal mind is not the same thing as an open one.
Learn to ask for what you want. The worst people can do is not give you what you ask for which is precisely where you were before you asked.
The sad thing about any business I suppose, but in mine you see it particularly, is that you’re always asked to do what you’ve already done.
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.
Somebody once asked me if I ever went up to the plate trying to hit a home run. I said, ‘Sure, every time.’
If you asked me whose spot do I want, I’d say I want John Cena’s spot, so to beat him at WrestleMania would be a feather in my cap, for sure.
I’m calling on the United States: what kind of strategic partners are we, that you can still host someone whose extradition I have asked for?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Although he’s regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.
George J. Mitchell
People have asked me if I had a miracle or a chance to change the way I look, I honestly know I would never do that.
My youngest son’s pre-school class was recently asked what their dads do for work. The responses were things like, my dad sells money, and my dad figures stuff out. My son said, ‘I’ve never seen my dad do work.’ It’s true. Skateboarding doesn’t seem like real work, but I’m proud of what I do.
Twenty years ago, I wrote a book called ‘It Takes a Village.’ And a lot of people looked at the title and asked, ‘What the heck do you mean by that?’ This is what I mean. None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.
Probably the hardest question I get asked is, ‘How do I choose between passion and practicality?’ I can’t answer that. I had to do both. I was passionate about pursuing a career in financial services. But I was also passionate about feeding my child.
Then, in 2000, John Reid, Elton John’s former manager, asked me to audition for the stage version of The Graduate he was producing. So I worked on it, got the part, and after three weeks’ rehearsal I was on stage!
I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.
During my first semester of college, I raised my hand in a class and asked the professor to define a word I didn’t know. The word was holocaust, and I had to ask because, until that moment, I had never heard of it.
It is time we Georgians did not depend only on others, it is time we asked what Georgia will do for the world.
If you asked me what pop is right now. I’d say hip hop.
When I was first elected I was puzzled why they were holding events in my honor as a mere freshman. I asked myself, why is a federal entity so involved in political activity?
I once started tennis lessons and turned some poor man grey overnight. Now I feign injuries when I’m asked for a game.
I saw what Purple meant to people and I still hear it now when I’m in Europe. I’m always shocked that I’m still asked about Purple because it was such a long time ago.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
He asked my girlfriend if we could come over and sing some of the songs that we had written, which we did. After he heard the songs, he said that he knew someone in the record business by the name of Bob Shad.
Someone once asked me, ‘How long does it take to do your hair.’ I said, ‘I don’t know, I’m never there.’
I got thrown out of music school for even listening to Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was asked, ‘What kind of music do you like to listen to?’ and I said, ‘Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,’ and they literally said, ‘Either forget about that or leave.’
Acting as a profession came to me by chance: in 1946, after the war, I was having lunch with my cousin, who was the Italian ambassador, and he asked, ‘What are you going to do now you’re out of uniform?’ I said, ‘I’m pretty inventive, and I can imitate people,’ and he said, ‘Have you thought about being an actor?’
Some months ago, while I was preparing a new work, I told a young cinema executive my intention of including in a soundtrack two themes from Bach. But when he asked me which has been the last hit from that Bach?, then I knew that I had no longer place in cinema.
When people have asked if I’d like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don’t get to fly it, except for landing, which I’d love to do. I wouldn’t go unless I could command it.
It’s the most exciting thing to watch God work when I’ve asked him about something, to listen to him and watch him work. It’s like this friendship, and it just grows and grows and grows and grows.
Charles R. Swindoll
To save your world you asked this man to die; would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
W. H. Auden
I used to do a lot of ouija boards, and I asked if there was life after death. Some spirit replied, ‘He who seeketh knowledge seeketh sorrow!’
In high school for prom, I asked my girlfriend – we were both into horror movies – by dressing up as a zombie. I had a bloody t-shirt and I spray-painted a giant question mark on my t-shirt and had people hold bloody sings saying, ‘Dying to go to prom with you.’
As actors, we’re always asked to portray and react to these extreme circumstances, otherwise it’s not interesting. They are agonizing things to think about.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.
I understand that if you set out to be a celebrity, then you asked for it, but all I wanted to be was an actor.
Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.
Once someone asked me three words that best describe me and I said ‘Loud, Louder, and Loudest’!
I was personally opposed to the death penalty, and yet I think I have probably asked for the death penalty more than most people in the United States.
Nobody’s ever asked me to pay for a meal before I’ve eaten it, I’ve never been pulled over just because I was driving the wrong kind of car in the wrong kind of area at the wrong time of night.
Albert Grossman called my office and spoke with my partner Richard Leacock and asked if we’d be interested in making a film with his client, Bob Dylan.
D. A. Pennebaker
I was going to go make a film in Greece. if they caught you with this much marijuana, they threw you in jail, no questions asked, and I was trying to stuff it in my deodorant bottles. I thought, what I am doing?
The British Red Cross asked me to help them spearhead a fundraising campaign for the victims of the war in Nicaragua. It was a turning point in my life. It began my commitment to justice and human rights issues.
In England, anybody who was alive remembers an interview between the press and Charles and Diana, right after they became engaged. One of the press asked Charles if he loved her. And he said, ‘Oh, well, whatever love means.’ Boy, it was a terrible answer.
The Jewish people asked nothing of its sons except not to be denied. The world is grateful to every great man when he brings it something; only the paternal home thanks the son who brings nothing but himself.
One of the reasons that DC, Marvel, and other comic book companies have always asked me to do covers and variant covers is because they know that when they tell me ‘icon,’ I jump over their words, and I give them an iconic cover – but while I’m doing it, there is going to be an idea there.
The mark of a true politician is that he is never at a loss for words because he is always half-expecting to be asked to make a speech.
Richard M. Nixon
We were in the same band, but we’re two completely different people. People have asked me to make comparisons with our albums, and I can’t, because there’s no comparison. Her album’s okay. I don’t think she’s the best singer on Earth, but she’s okay.
I tell it like it is, but I don’t voice my opinion unless it’s asked for.
My name is Kim Phuc, though you likely know me by another name. It is one I never asked for, a name I have spent a lifetime trying to escape: ‘Napalm Girl.’
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
If someone asked, ‘What are your films like?,’ the best I can come up with is that they’re, like, a fine balance between comedy and drama. And they deal mainly with the clumsiness of humanity.
Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, ‘What shall we do with the Negro?’ I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us.
Men don’t even ask me out. I can’t remember the last time I was asked out on a date, and I’m talking years here. I spend my life more and more alone.
Anna Nicole Smith
After forty years in the lab, I was asked in 1991 to become president of The Rockefeller University. Unlike a working scientist, being president for seven years provided an opportunity to interact with scientists in many different fields and broadened my scope of the natural sciences.
But now it’s kind of a given that a 15-year-old would have a record deal and sell a quarter of a million records. No one’s expecting her to answer any deep theological questions. And I’ll tell you, I was asked some deep theological questions from the git-go.
I guess I was just always one of those guys who asked those fundamental questions: ‘Who am I? What’s this for? Why? What does this mean? Is this real?’ All these pretty basic questions. I like making movies about people who are self-conscious in that way, and are trying to feel their way through the world.
I asked God to use me as a vessel, so I guess you have to be careful what you ask for.
Julia Butterfly Hill
I am often asked which of my films has come closest to my own ideal of performance, and I always answer, ‘Educating Rita.’
I’ve been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about short and cheap?
In captivity, one loses every way of acting over little details which satisfy the essentials of life. Everything has to be asked for: permission to go to the toilet, permission to ask a guard something, permission to talk to another hostage – to brush your teeth, use toilet paper, everything is a negotiation.
I studied photography at Bard, but I just felt tired of it. Someone asked me to be in a video but didn’t want to be in it, so they told me to make my own, and that seemed more fun to me.
I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman, and a guard burst in with a gun! Now I only do it under controlled circumstances.
The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’
I was really embarrassed. And I asked why they took my picture when I was in such agony, and I’m the girl, in the moment that I was naked, burning, hopeless, crying – so ugly. And I asked why they took my picture at that that moment? I didn’t like it at all.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc