Figures Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Figures Quotes from Nathaniel Philbrick, Craig Fairbrass, Chris Gardner, Gwyneth Paltrow, J. K. Simmons. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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Unfortunately, we have a tendency to see figures from the past as caricatures – either all good or all bad – when the truth is always much more complex.
Nathaniel Philbrick
I did ‘Call of Duty Modern Warfare’ as Gaz, then I did Ghost in ‘Modern Warfare 2,’ which has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of computer games.
Craig Fairbrass
What can we be in life? Few figures in history have answered this question with as much clarity and moral authority as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Chris Gardner
In Britain, they have a lot of laws to protect you, and we enforce them very strongly so that our children can stay private figures, and the British press leave us alone, which is great. It means we can go on the Tube into the centre of London because it’s quicker and more fun for the kids. We can do normal things.
Gwyneth Paltrow
I play tons of authority figures, whether it’s the dad or the cop or the boss. I think it’s a combination of how I look, who I am.
J. K. Simmons
The great thing about having money is that you can actually just get on with your life and not have to think about paying the bills or crouch over ‘The Wall Street Journal’ or the ‘Financial Times’ and look at the stock figures and things like that. That bores me rigid.
Peter Mayle
There was an email forwarded to me from a first-grade teacher, and she said she was teaching them civil rights for MLK weekend, and a little first-grader stood up, and he said, ‘I can explain segregation,’ and proceeded to explain all the scenes from ‘Hidden Figures.’ And I died because that’s everything.
Allison Schroeder
I feel like we are reintroducing historical figures, with the explorer Marco Polo and the grandson of Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan, the ruler of the Mongol empire, the trading place that everybody wanted to get involved in.
Benedict Wong
I don’t really know anything about sales figures, to be honest with you.
Jimmy Page
Because several ‘Titans’ characters have been used in video games, I’ve got royalty checks for six figures. And I had no knowledge of this until I opened the mailbox, because I don’t follow the video game world!
George Perez
That’s the problem with news interviews, you work your tail off to get prominent figures in the news on the radio, but once they’ve been on, the event passes, the urgency, the issues you talked about evaporate.
Bob Edwards
Because record companies do not routinely release sales figures the way film studios do, the weekly charts in trade publications like ‘Billboard’ provide the best independent measure of record appeal.
Robert Hilburn
From the time I was in first grade or so, my dad collected ‘Star Wars’ toy figures from the 1970s and ’80s, and we’d take weekend family trips to antique shops and to toy stores. My father collected a crazy amount of ‘Star Wars’ stuff over the years, and he and I traveled to many conventions.
Alexandra Bracken
We enjoy a growing awareness and literacy around the symptoms of and remedies for mental illness. Thanks to brave public figures and persistent campaigners, much of the ignorance and stigma has been reduced.
Luciana Berger
Money is not everything. My ambition was football itself, not the money I’d make from it. If that brings me and my family a more comfortable lifestyle, then that’s fine. But I don’t spend my time between games and training sessions thinking about figures.
Alessandro Del Piero
If we look too closely at many historical figures, we won’t like what we see.
Roxane Gay
The most real characters in a great play are those who are so meticulously drawn that the audience could predict how many pairs of shoes they might have in their closet or how many close friends they had in grade school. Have any of our public figures been as fully developed in the media?
Kevin Hassett
I hope to transform the way people think about health and information. Radio is a terrific medium to learn facts and figures easily and absorb new information.
Jennifer Ashton
The magic happens when you take facts and figures, features and benefits, decks and PowerPoints – relatively soulless information – and embed them in the telling of a purposeful story. Your ‘tell’ renders an experience to your audience, making the information inside the story memorable, resonant and actionable.
Peter Guber
I was, as president and chairman of the board, required by law to verify the veracity of the financial figures, the assets under management, the number of outstanding shares, et cetera.
Matt Bevin
With public figures involved in a relationship it seems that there is a machine behind their love so oftentimes.
Joaquin Phoenix
There are some who complain that there is not enough food grain. But I put the argument that at the moment we use 2000 census population figures and require 50-55 million tonnes for distribution.
K. V. Thomas
I find historical figures in general very tricky because you feel at times that you’re serving two masters. Not only the arc and wonderful writing that comes with the show, but also the history of a person’s life.
Vincent Piazza
When a film does well, everyone is usually happy and grateful, but for me, the impression the film leaves upon my mind is created during the process of filming; my memories are not a reflection of critics’ reviews and box office figures.
Jim Sarbh
It’s funny because the action figures are cool, and then I enjoy the magazines because that’s me. Obviously, the fans are wonderful – they’re so excited – but I’m not Rey, and people tend to not be able to differentiate the two.
Daisy Ridley
Truth is inseperable from the illusory belief that from the figures of the unreal one day, in spite of all, real deliverance will come.
Theodor W. Adorno
When you’re single, you’re very independent. Very independent women raised me. We didn’t have a lot of male figures as the head of our household, so I got, and took on, a lot of that strong spirit from the matriarchs in my family.
Tichina Arnold
We do all, myself included, we tend to hold ourselves to pretty low standards. But when it comes to judging public figures or politicians or people we’ve never met, we tend to hold people to very high standards, and, if we held ourselves to those standards, we’d always fall short.
It’s not all about the figures. It’s about how you play for the team, how you help your colleagues, how you work defensively.
Samuel Eto’o
More often than not, whenever gossip has been written about me, the gossip is more interesting than the reality. I know some public figures hate gossip, but personally I like it because it makes my life sound more glamorous and interesting than it really is.
There was a time, 2006-2010, where there was a roster full of guys that were making a full-time living and many guys in the six figures, and that’s a good loving.
Jeff Jarrett
I think, with my cartoons, the parent-like figures are kind of my own archeypes of parents, and they’re taken a little bit from my parents and other people’s parents, and parents I have read about, and parents I dreamed about, and parents that I made up.
Roz Chast
I spent six figures of my own money to get a tour bus and do a fan tour for my second album. I surprised fans at their houses, and we’d eat food and play video games.
People love to see public figures get taken down a notch, and by the same token, everyone loves to be the center of attention, even when there’s a target on their forehead.
Jeff Ross
I started going to exhibitions in Switzerland when I was 10 or 11. As a schoolboy, I would go every afternoon to see the long, thin figures of Giacometti.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist
Clearly, NXT has been blessed with amazing, one-of-a-kind athletes. Our talent have great figures, they’re charismatic and beautiful in their own way. However, I am the total package.
Mandy Rose
I call the language of political figures, pundits and administrators ‘the haute couture of language.’
Anna Deavere Smith
The Beijing government avidly asserts its control over matters of reincarnation as a way of securing the loyalty and political complexion of influential Tibetan figures.
Evan Osnos
When I imagine feminine characters in my songs, they’re often bold, strong, passionate, militant, witty, sensual, dangerous. I see those characters as skillful witnesses, figures of change and awakening.
Yasmine Hamdan
I have done quite a lot of outsider figures.
John Hurt
A company can set off in one direction, figures out that it’s not the right way to go, and then go in an entirely new direction. Over time, the product or service improves, and the company gets better at executing and delivering.
Andrew Yang
Portraying Mozart is a scary task. Whenever I’m asked to portray actual historic figures, it comes with extra accountability. Not just to your director and playwright, but to the man himself and the beloved persona that the public forms.
Rob McClure
My father left when I was three, and I have no memory of him. The most significant male figures in my life were my grandfather, in whose house I lived during the first 10 years of my childhood, and later my stepfather.
Isabel Allende
Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don’t lie, but admits than under analysis some of them won’t stand up either.
Evan Esar
I think it’s come to a point in society where brands are changing and they like people and public figures and athletes who have something to say and take a stance on issues.
Liz Cambage
As a child, I felt that Hallowe’en was a time when creatures of the night suddenly came to life – we would turn off all the lights in the house and let flickering candlelight conjure up scary shadows and create the effect of imaginary figures lurking in dark corners.
Pippa Middleton
There are a lot of public figures who, before they take a stand on a issue, they talk about it with their publicist and they figure out how it’s going to affect record sales. Life is really too short to worry about that sort of thing.
People ask me why my figures have to be so black. There are a lot of reasons. First, the blackness is a rhetorical device. When we talk about ourselves as a people and as a culture, we talk about black history, black culture, black music. That’s the rhetorical position we occupy.
Kerry James Marshall
I still have a lot of military contacts, and friends and readers who’ve served or are serving, and they react really strongly to G.I. Joe. I’ve lost count of the number who’ve said, ‘Oh, I just loved it as a kid. I had all the figures; it really made me think.’
Karen Traviss
People are obsessed with my haircut; everyone wants to do something with my hair before the ceremony. Very senior figures tell me their hairstylist wants to do my hair for free. It’s surprising. People from television are interested almost exclusively in aspects of my hair and my hairdresser.
Ada Yonath
When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach, the clock no longer ticks, it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals, they symbolize the human race.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I keep trying to imagine a universe in which too many public figures declaring themselves feminists would be a bad thing.
Roxane Gay
As soon as I got my proper first job, I never did acting again. I think the last thing I did was a Mike Figures film, and then I got a series with the BBC. I’m glad of the experience, because I think it’s very, very good to understand what actors go through.
Justin Chadwick
I think that there are all these amazing figures in our history – the Bowies, the Tina Turners, the Chers, the people who are, in many ways, genderless or represent ‘the other’ – and I want pop music, and other queer artists – Kehlani, Perfume Genius – these people are bringing queer narratives into people’s minds.
King Princess
The tabloids had a field day with ‘Tipping The Velvet,’ which was great for the viewing figures but not necessarily for the actors involved.
Rachael Stirling
I once worked at a record label called London Records. The company was owned by Roger Ames, one of the most successful figures in the British music industry. Roger always placed a value on loafing, on holidays, on not being in the office all the time.
John Niven
Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong figures.
W. Edwards Deming
If anything, even though I can play in the sort of standard string-bending style, in the B.B. King mold and all of that, I’ve always had a great interest in the more primitive playing, the open chord playing, rhythm and figures.
Rory Gallagher
I think, very often, we’re addicted to procedurals, those good guy/bad guy shows, and the ‘problem’ with procedurals is they all follow the same formula: The bad guy does his thing, the good guy goes after him, and in most cases, the good guy figures out who did it and catches him.
Joe Morton
The success of ‘Rome’ was in making the history accessible and giving viewers everyman characters through which they can connect to historical figures. It stops the story from being too remote.
Tobias Menzies
It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast between lead work in the United States under conditions of neglect and ignorance, and comparable work in England and Germany, under intelligent control.
Alice Hamilton
When I was running Atari, violence against humanoid figures was not allowed. We’d let you shoot at a tank… but we drew the line at shooting at people, with blood splattering everywhere.
Nolan Bushnell
Usually when reporting on powerful public figures, the press advisor and I would have had a conversation that established what journalists call ‘ground rules,’ placing restrictions on what can and cannot be reported.
Michael Hastings
My father figures were all gang members.
Richard Cabral
When I look at the people who are the guiding figures in modern dance, I think, ‘This does not look to me like the way I want to spend my days.’
Twyla Tharp
My composition often goes toward the black middle class or the black super-wealthy or strong historical black figures.
Rashid Johnson
I’m less shy now than I was as a kid. After Flight 1549, my family and I had to become public figures and more complete versions of ourselves. I had to teach myself to become an effective public speaker.
Chesley Sullenberger
I have only an appetite for masochistic truth, and only box-office collection figures interest me.
Mahesh Bhatt
There aren’t very many notable Native American female figures historically. That’s the way that it’s been. Pocahontas and Sacajawea.
Julia Jones
Virtue looks good but it only suits imposing figures.
Frank Wedekind
And the invention of transformations of certain figures has become the most important in musical composition.
Karlheinz Stockhausen
In my brief, home affairs, we have witnessed ministers issue countless dodgy dossiers, fiddle figures and fudge facts.
Dominic Grieve
As an elected official, I live a very public life. That elected figures live under something of a microscope is perhaps a necessary condition for an informed public, and yet, even as a public official, I maintain very personal documents that are not intended for public view.
Susana Martinez
In bad weather, I spent hours drawing action figures on paper, coloring them, backing them on cardboard, then cutting them out and creating whole stories around their lives.
Terry Brooks
When you mimic everyone, sometimes authority figures really don’t appreciate it which is not an original story. And pretty much every comedian has some tale of that.
Hank Azaria
As actors, you are social figures, and you are setting an example for people to follow, so I feel very blessed that my work has allowed me to influence people in some way.
Jennifer Winget
Many of us grew up with colourful characters such as Tony the Tiger, Coco the Monkey and Ronald McDonald. These figures were designed to market products – from sugary breakfast cereals to hamburgers – to children.
Luciana Berger
Vince McMahon can end up in a federal lawsuit with you where there is mudslinging back and forth that makes the front page of ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ and if tomorrow he figures out a way where the company can benefit from your involvement, you will be at a negotiating table with him at lunch.
Paul Heyman
Varese, Apollinaire, Ezra Pound, Leger, Gleizes, Severini, Villon, Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, Marie Laurencin, Cocteau and many others were to me household names in the literal sense – names of familiar figures around the house.
Jacques Barzun
If you look at comparative figures, the last two episodes of ‘Six Wives of Henry VIII’ were watched by 4m. Graham Norton, who is very funny, gets 3m. Johnny Vaughan’s comedy, which I have never seen but people say isn’t very good, got less than half the viewers of ‘Six Wives.’
David Starkey
I was rather foolish in saying that I did not like arithmetic and to learn figures when I did – I was not thinking quite what I was about. The sums can be done better, if I tried, than they are.
Ada Lovelace
If you read literature, you put yourself in somebody else’s shoes. You learn from great figures in literature.
Jim Leach
The reality is that business and investment spending are the true leading indicators of the economy and the stock market. If you want to know where the stock market is headed, forget about consumer spending and retail sales figures. Look to business spending, price inflation, interest rates, and productivity gains.
Mark Skousen
There are some public figures who are very private and almost hide behind their work. I try to be as open as possible.
I think that most people will spend their whole life not figuring out what they’re meant to do, or figuring out what they’re meant to do on their way to do something else. So I just feel lucky that I know what I love to do. Everything else figures itself out.
Andy Kindler
I was making big paintings with mythological themes. When I started painting black figures, the white professors were relieved, and the black students were like, ‘She’s on our side.’ These are the kinds of issues that a white male artist just doesn’t have to deal with.
Kara Walker
A show like the ‘Only Fool and Horses’ Christmas special got 24 million viewers, so practically everyone in the country was watching. But of course it’s a different world now, with so many channels. And those kind of figures are really difficult to achieve.
David Jason
My secret pleasure is painting these little mini figures that you send into battle – they’re called Warhammer figures. It’s the nerdiest thing in the world, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s relaxing; that’s the main reason I do it.
Cole Sprouse
It was always one of my favorite things, the action figures, the video games, when I was with WWE, even though I’m not a gamer. I would literally go out and buy the games just so I could play myself.
Dave Bautista
I don’t respond to authority figures who abuse their authority.
J. K. Simmons
Nationalist, anti-European, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim public political figures, seem a worrying picture of a possible European future. We could still fall back into pre-Europe… and it worries me.
Tony Judt
I’ve had a great run and have been blessed not only with a great career, but also, thanks to all of you nice people buying video games, t-shirts, action figures, collected editions – and watching all those movies and TV shows – my royalty income allows me financial security for life.
George Perez
My parents moved from ranch to ranch, valley to valley, town to town, but our roots in Fowler never really faded. For me, it’s a place of history, stories and songs, not just facts and figures.
Juan Felipe Herrera
The cloud of doubt that surrounds political figures tends to remain and never dissipate or be clarified.
Bob Woodward
In college, when I was kind of confronted with facts and figures about inequality in America, a big impulse I had was to go hang out with homeless people around my university and hear them out and understand their situation from their perspective.
Matthew Desmond
Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests – not on a comprehension of the material and its application to your life.
Will Smith
This is an area where North Carolina does excel. I have known more colorful North Carolina political figures than I have colorless ones.
Jesse Helms
I used to unwind the wire tags that labeled the crates of vegetables and took the fine brass and steel wires and braided and twisted them together to make bracelets, rings, and figures.
Ruth Asawa
I’ve gotten scripts over the years, but I believe it was the stories of ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ that really touched my heart and aligned with the messages that I felt were extremely important to me.
Janelle Monae
We grow up being told about great figures in our society, and as you get older you have to question the stories you’ve been told and decide if these great figures are indeed as great as you’ve been told.
Jonathan Stroud
In some ways, backing the Trump campaign was even harder than battling for Brexit. I received almost total condemnation, including from many senior figures in my own party.
Nigel Farage
My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures.
Sherman Alexie
My film with Pawan Kalyan sir, ‘Vakeel Saab,’ came in theatres and collected humongous figures in the first weekend. It was a celebration for people. Then it released on an OTT, and people still watched it, it garnered high TRPs.
Nidhhi Agerwal
‘Bad Blood’ tells the story of Trick, a teenage slacker on the losing side of a fight with cancer. When he’s attacked by a vampire, he figures it’s game over. Except that the chemo drugs in Trick’s blood poison the vampire.
Jonathan Maberry
I never became a producer to go to parties or wear nice clothes or put sales figures on my Wiki page.
All my life, my girlfriends are always skinny. Beauty in art has nothing to do with beauty in reality. Why do you like primitive art? Because there is beauty in the deformity. Sometimes paintings that people consider realistic are not at all. Raphael figures look realistic, but in real life, they were deformed.
Fernando Botero
I was at home then in the world of figures, but not in that of values.
Georg Brandes
When public figures remain silent about depression, there is a cost to the rest of society. Silence contributes to the misperception that successful people do not get depressed, and it keeps the public from seeing that treatment allows many individuals to return to competitive professional lives.
Kay Redfield Jamison
I once took a workshop with Jim Shepard, and he has this term, ‘rate-of-revelation,’ that has come to mean a lot to me: ‘the pace at which we’re learning crucial emotional information about the stories’ central figures.’ An ever-increasing rate-of-revelation is good; a stagnant r-of-r is not.
Laura van den Berg
Our leaders are archaic masculine figures in so far as they are aggressively old-fashioned in their masculinity, people like Trump, potentially Boris Johnson.
Josh O’Connor
I’m not psychic. I cannot know what is in the mind of particular public figures.
John Bercow
I shall always be grateful for this curious love of history, allowing me to spend a lifetime looking back into the past, allowing me to learn from these large figures about the struggle for meaning for life.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
I had a lot of trouble with my coaches. Your coaches are father figures – you look to what they say. Well, the reality of it is, they are just shmucks.
Ed O’Neill
The success of ‘Hidden Figures’ proves that people are interested in, hungry for, stories about transcendent human experiences.
Margot Lee Shetterly
That moment was very important because it was political. That’s what has to be done, so they struck a deal. She figures his is a well-thought-out motivation that she felt was worthy trade-off. The motivation here is survival, and she has to think like a leader.
Mary McDonnell
I will not let my sales figures dictate what I say on the blog, because the blog is what I want to say.
John Scalzi
Jean Toomer is a phantom of the Harlem Renaissance. Pick up any general study of the literature written by Afro-Americans, and there is the name of Jean Toomer. In biographies and memoirs of Harlem Renaissance figures, his name is invoked as if he had been one of the sights along Lenox Avenue.
Darryl Pinckney
That’s my main flaw: I always think authority figures or my boss is going to think something I do is funny. And usually they don’t.
Jimmy Kimmel
Mom would talk about Eric Sevareid and Murrow and Howard K. Smith the way other parents talk about sports figures.
John Dickerson
It is very difficult to know what may be in the back of the mind of public figures.
Robert Bourassa
I think my fascination is less with genre figures than with writers in general.
Eric Brown
If you look at the figures, the average age of the tennis fan is 62 years old.
Patrick Mouratoglou
I love my body. I love representing people who aren’t stick figures, because people aren’t.
Lindsay Mendez
As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair, to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings, of heroes and murderers of the day. The dead now had that same unreality, which shocks without arousing pity.
Ernst Toller
When I was young, my parents were these titanic, infallible figures. But Mum’s illness and Dad’s battles with diabetes and heart attacks had a ripple effect on me – reminding me of my own mortality and that these illnesses are genetic.
Sam Worthington
Iran, in its former incarnation as Persia, created the world’s first empire, produced titanic figures like Cyrus, Darius, and Xerxes, and is one of the great fonts of world culture.
Stephen Kinzer
Congress, of course, is not bound to accept the president’s budget figures, but the House has the sole power to appropriate funds for spending, and it is a duty that should not be ignored.
Marsha Blackburn
Our boys need to look up to older people around them, especially male figures, to be able to express their full person and potential, but that is only possible if they are raised in a culture that celebrates men and women with the same equal rights, freedoms and respect.
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau
Two opposite and instructive figures in U.S. journalism during the Trump years are Gerard Baker, editor of the Wall Street Journal, and Martin Baron, editor of the Washington Post.
Michael Wolff
It’s part of the juice of sports that you tend to find certain sports figures that you cheer on from other cities and others that you’re a bit skeptical about.
Paul Allen
You can’t be an inventor trying to figure a better way of changing the spare tire. That’s boring. We need someone who figures out how to hit a button and turn the entire car upside down.
Ken Hakuta
At various stages, ID cards have been necessary to protect us from terrorism, illegal immigration, and benefit fraud. But former home secretaries, academics and senior figures in the IT industry have lined up to demolish each individual argument.
Damian Green
I believe growth should be constant, sustained and inclusive. It’s only meaningful if these three things are there. Otherwise they’re just economic figures.
Narendra Modi
I was a big Nancy Drew reader. Nancy figures it out. Case closed.
Sarah Vowell
When I look back on my life, it seems nearly everything of interest happened in little more than one decade – dramas, tragedies, major events, pleasures, my close friendships with artists and political figures, the lovely places where I lived in England and New York, the trips to Europe, visits at the White House.
Lee Radziwill
Our public figures are often narcissists, utterly self-absorbed in their quest for power.
Nicholas Kristof
Hillary Clinton, because she’s the Democrats’ presumptive 2016 front-runner, has become the target du jour. Frankly, I don’t know how public figures get through it.
Donna Brazile
Unfortunately, the real achievements of children on the ground became debased and devalued because Labor education secretaries sounded like Soviet commissars praising the tractor production figures when we know that those exams were not the rock-solid measures of achievement that children deserve.
Michael Gove
I started to think of ‘Hidden Figures’ as the first part of a mid-century African-American trilogy.
Margot Lee Shetterly
I think a lot of people get lost. They start following iconic figures and get drowned in the pool of celebrity. Our society, as we know it, is definitely changing. With social media and cell phones, you freak out when you don’t know what’s going on.
Israel Broussard
Like all holy figures whose earthly existence separates them from the broad mass of humanity, a saint is a story, and Joan of Arc’s is like no other.
Kathryn Harrison
Brands, musicians, and public figures were among the first to embrace video on ‘Instagram’, and we’ve been impressed with how brands have extended their reach with video ads.
Kevin Systrom
The only time it dominates is during a solo, or when we play a low blues and I put figures in behind Eric’s vocals. There’s never any real problem fitting guitar and organ together.
Alan Price
The most interesting conversation is not about why Donald Trump lies. Many public figures lie, and he’s only a severe example of a common type. The interesting conversation concerns how we come to accept those lies.
Bret Stephens
I’ve always wanted to do some kind of merchandising/clothing line/action figures because I know the fan base that I have are very loyal and dedicated, and they’ve always loved the action figures and other merchandise.
Rey Mysterio
I literally view wrestling as the time when I was playing with action figures. You can make anything out of it. You can make it be fun.
New York is ultimately not the synthesis but merely the sum of its unfathomable subjectivities, its personal histories, its uncategorisable figures.
Jonathan Dee
I confess that, like public figures from bygone days or an entertainer that hadn’t been heard from in eons, I didn’t know AIM, as we all called it, still existed at all.
Adam Lashinsky
I can understand why some of these drummers and bass players become cult figures with all of their equipment and the incredible amount of technique they have. But there’s very little that I think satisfies you intellectually or emotionally.
Ken Burns
In affluent communities, where each member is keenly aware of his or her place within the Byzantine order, attracting the right friends is a blood sport. Chumming up to influential figures who are in a position to help can determine the course of an entire life.
Jamie Johnson
Certain political figures think when you call them and ask them for a comment; that you are somehow doing something that you shouldn’t be doing.
Bob Woodward
For many many years, the MMA world shunned on the pro wrestling world. They shunned on us for getting action figures and whatnot.
Christian Cage
The viewing figures for ‘Lost’ were huge. I don’t think the viewing figures for ‘The 100’ are up there with ‘Lost’; hopefully, they will be.
Henry Ian Cusick
My mum left my dad when I was six months old, so I don’t know him at all. I had no male figures in my life, really. I had my godfather, but he’s more like a grandfather, so I was quite sheltered. I’ve never tried to find my father.
Catherine Tate
I used to think that the worst form of discrimination for women was being hit on or hearing something disparaging. What’s even more challenging for young women is a very senior male who will take an interest in you, who see themselves as father figures or mentors.
Leila Janah
I think physical comedy is an amazing asset because it tells a story that’s more universal than just language and dialogue. I grew up watching Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. They’re very powerful figures in my life.
Josh Gad
Americans hate traffic jams and also dislike power-hungry political figures.
Mercedes Schlapp
The American intelligentsia has been pretty secular for a long time. There have always been figures like Oprah Winfrey, let’s put it that way.
Ross Douthat
I got into writing to become a ‘Star Trek’ writer. I was a rabid fan. I had shelves and shelves and shelves of action figures in my bedroom that scared away more dates than I care to admit to.
Bryan Fuller
I’m 5’3”, and not often you get to see that in a magazine. I think that what is so cool about ‘Sports Illustrated’ is it’s all different body shapes, all difference sizes. You have actresses, sports figures, musicians, so it’s all about skin deep beauty sort of radiating to the outside, and that’s what’s so special.
Alexa Ray Joel
I worked hard at memorizing lists of facts and figures, and carried with me a book of facts.
Charles Van Doren
Having your second child, in case you were wondering, is a lot harder than having your first, except for those people who find it easier. I’m afraid I don’t have the latest figures to confirm this.
Rachel Cusk
I can’t really put it in one sentence because although on one hand Preacher is about faith and yes it is also about, I suppose, the search for God, the search for faith and the manipulation and the abuse committed by figures in whom I suppose people have faith.
Garth Ennis
I am writing about people who are alive in the city of New York during mid-20th-century America. And these people are like a character in a play or they are figures in a short story or a novel.
Gay Talese
Twenty games is the magic figure for pitchers – .300 is the magic figures for batters. It pays off in salary and reputation. And those are the two things that keep a ballplayer in business.
Warren Spahn
By 21, I was earning six figures a week. By 23, I had a Ferrari. It was nuts.
Michael J. Fox
Convincing Robert Englund to come out of retirement to play Freddy Krueger one last time is a true bucket-list moment for me as a writer. I’ve been a longtime obsessive fan, collecting Freddy artwork and action figures.
Adam F. Goldberg
Every reporter inhales skepticism. You interview people, and they lie. You face public figures, diligently making notes or taping what is said, and they perform their interviews to fit a calculated script. The truth, alas, is always elusive.
Pete Hamill
I’ve got the brain for systems and a head for figures.
Naomi Alderman
Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.
Timothy Leary
The voice of authority speaks not for the one but for the many; authority figures have a strong and rapid effect on social norms in part because they change our assumptions about what other people think.
Maria Konnikova
We all idolize sports figures, and we see them fall from grace. You just truly never know anybody anymore.
Rich Eisen
Recently I’ve been collecting Star Wars figures again. When I was a kid I couldn’t afford them. Now I can so I’ve been buying them and keeping them in their box for a later date when they’ll be worth a lot of money.
Mackenzie Crook
When we used to watch some BBC kids’ shows it felt like some of the presenters were parental figures, we wanted to be their cheeky uncles really, their fun uncles, and speak to them on their level.
Declan Donnelly
I had been offered a six-figure deal to write two cookery books. Six figures, at just 23.
John Whaite
Using cold facts and figures, leaders throughout the West must become more transparent with their citizens in explaining their decisions and their choices in global markets.
Victor Ponta
I collect action figures, mostly. I have a Batman room, with just Batman stuff, and I have a Disney collection.
Jason Marsden
The countless number of influential figures in American history who are of Caribbean heritage indicates the need to set aside a designated time to celebrate their contribution to our country.
Eliot Engel
The journey of making ‘Hidden Figures’ has shown me the automatic privilege that all white men are afforded in America in 2017 and in any and every year before that.
Theodore Melfi
In the photographs themselves there’s a definite contrast between the figures and the location – I like that kind of California backyard look; clapboard houses, staircases outdoors.
Helmut Newton
People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
Martha Beck
So long as I can remember, my siblings and I would have ‘Star Wars’ action figures or Fisher-Price action figures, and we would build these sprawling compounds.
Sean Gunn
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures.
Evan Esar
Classically, throughout all of our history, the movies in times of crisis have turned to military figures as heroes, because they are the guardians of our nation.
Rod Lurie
Pioneers may be picturesque figures, but they are often rather lonely ones.
Nancy Astor
There are certain people who I worked with, Pamela Anderson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, they are figures. And they know this. They don’t pretend to be good actors. They were made by the industry into figures.
Udo Kier
My engagement with mountains, rivers, and forests has been right from my childhood. I have lived in the jungles by myself; I have floated down rivers. So, I didn’t experience these rivers, mountains, forests as some mythological figures but as thriving, living entities.
Jaggi Vasudev
Now they call in all of the authority figures they can find and hire them – the cost has gone up. The picture may or may not get better, but definitely, it gets more cumbersome.
Don Bluth
I was welding art from my house, making abstract figures out of metal.
Ed Dwight
The Geometer has the special privilege to carry out, by abstraction, all constructions by means of the intellect. Who, then, would wish to prevent me from freely considering figures hanging on a balance imagined to be at an infinite distance beyond the confines of the world?
Evangelista Torricelli
For ‘The Grace of Kings,’ I read Han Dynasty historical records in Classical Chinese, which allowed me to get a sense of the complexity of the politics and the ‘surprisingly modern’ reactions of the historical figures to recurrent problems of state administration.
Ken Liu
I don’t see a lot, but I think what the movie studios know and what they always know but they kind of ignore, which is that a there’s an audience for movies like ‘Get Out,’ and ‘Hidden Figures,’ and to some extent ‘Moonlight,’ which made a lot less money than ‘Hidden Figures’ did.
Wesley Morris
In reading celebrities, public figures, their lives are on Google! So, obviously, there’s information about them.
Tyler Henry
In a healthy republic, there is a need for figures who understand that the presidency is not the be-all and end-all of the people.
Ben Domenech
I’ve had a lot of mother figures. But by the time my mom came into my life, it wasn’t a ‘mommy’ thing. It’s more of an adult relationship.
Paris Jackson
I was in a number of school plays, one in particular, when I was 13 or 14, entitled ‘Illusions.’ It was put together by one of the teachers, and was about famous historical figures. I had to do the Martin Luther King ‘I have a dream’ speech, and some black women in the audience were clapping and crying and whooping.
David Harewood
Few living figures could contribute as much as Castro to our understanding of the second half of the 20th century.
Stephen Kinzer
Hillary Clinton is one of the most compelling figures in the world today… and Carl Bernstein’s stunning portrait shows us, for the first time, the true trajectory of her life and career.
Sonny Mehta
We really got a lot of very conservative gay people. You could look at the figures from the last election and realize that a third of the gay movement voted Republican.
Kate Clinton
In the many roles I have played in my acting career as military figures, I have simply drawn upon the acts of courage, large and small, I have seen in the men and women with whom I served, and the countless others I met or have come to know through the years.
Chuck Norris
Cat Stevens’ music, voice, and energy made me feel so secure. He sounded different from some of the paternal figures in my life, so gentle and kind.
Rivers Cuomo
When someone uses ‘low eight figures,’ that means barely eight figures.
Marc Randolph
We used to make patterns in the dirt, hanging our feet off the horse-drawn farm equipment. We made endless hourglass figures that I now see as the forms within forms in my crocheted wire sculptures.
Ruth Asawa
When I was seven years old, I fell in love with a series published by Bobbs-Merrill called ‘The Childhood of Famous Americans.’ In it, historical figures like Clara Barton, Nancy Hanks, Elias Howe, Patrick Henry, and dozens more came to life for me as children.
Ann Hood
But there have been many news reports that water-boarding has been used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is one of the major al Qaeda figures that we have in U.S. custody.
Jane Mayer
I wish we could go back to the time when the private lives of our public figures were relevant only if they directly affected their public responsibilities.
Doris Kearns Goodwin
With WWE, it’s a massive machine, and you will air in 120 countries and have action figures and towels.
Following sporadic reports of intelligence officials misleading Congress about surveilling U.S. citizens – even spying on journalists and political figures and their staffs – there was a series of red flags in 2016 and 2017 that should have drawn attention and action.
Sharyl Attkisson
I’m wondering how many elected figures any of us could find who do not, in the front or back of their minds, remember who does them favors, who doesn’t.
Nancy Gibbs
It’s a cliche but I would rather be involved in a winning team than have good figures.
Ben Stokes
I think Sacajawea was caught in a series of tragic situations – her kidnapping as a child, her being passed from tribe to tribe, being sold into marriage. However, I never thought of her as a tragic figure. I do not think she was a victim in the way we think of tragic figures.
Kathryn Lasky
No matter what the figures are in the workplace in terms of wages, you either feel a valued member of your staff, or you don’t.
Robert Green
People come and go, and I’ve certainly had experiences with overbearing figures and conflicts here and there, but for the most part I’ve found the dance community to be really supportive and I’ve formed some lifelong bonds, like with Ethan.
Sascha Radetsky
I’ve always had trouble with male authority figures because my father was such a martinet.
Molly Ivins
In 1995, I proposed the Harvard Arts Medal. The idea was to celebrate the fact that, although it’s rare, Harvard men and women do go into the creative arts. Over the years we’ve had major, major figures, like Jack Lemmon, John Updike, Yo-Yo Ma, and Bonnie Raitt.
John Lithgow
My work sells for £10,000-plus, but my most lucrative piece was a private project that was sold for more than six figures -dollars, that is. The process of the Lego can take weeks, months, or even days. Each one I deliver to specification to each gallery because they want them brought to them fully formed.
Nathan Sawaya
In business, the market gives you feedback in real time. Your sales figures tell you what’s working, what isn’t, and how you need to change. If you don’t listen to the feedback, you go belly up. In philanthropy, there is no market.
Jeff Raikes
Castro has lived almost his entire life as a clandestine revolutionary. To such figures, truth is always malleable, always subservient to political goals.
Stephen Kinzer
I’m not telling people where to give money, but if there is to be a spotlight shed on me, then I’d like to direct that spotlight onto causes I think are worthy or onto interesting, progressive figures.
Scarlett Johansson
Gymnastics is the greatest sport in the world, and one of the hardest, but we have to watch out for domineering male figures who try to belittle and scream at young girls.
Dominique Moceanu
My father figures were my coaches.
Dabo Swinney
Before I met Ayn Rand, I was a logical positivist, and accordingly, I didn’t believe in absolutes, moral or otherwise. If I couldn’t prove a proposition with facts and figures, it was without merit.
Alan Greenspan
I have a trophy case that contains all the action figures ever made of me. It also has items I’ve stolen from my movies, like three guns and holsters from ‘Serenity’.
Nathan Fillion
When you have little girls bringing you your action figures for you to sign, it’s like, ‘Wow, things are happening, and dreams do come true.’
Sasha Banks
To have a film where there’s an evil figure and a good person fights against the evil figure and everything becomes a happy ending, that’s one way to make a film. But then that means you have to draw, as an animator, the evil figure. And it’s not very pleasant to draw evil figures.
Hayao Miyazaki
Pope Francis might turn out to be one of the most popular figures in the world today.
Brian Kilmeade
If I were to give you a list of names of the people, world political figures, who have been assisted by the CIA, and even assisted to office around the world, you’d be astonished and probably wouldn’t believe it. But it’s very long, and the names are very distinguished.
Charles McCarry
I feel like, in a lot of ways, ‘Hidden Figures’ is the book that I wrote and have been waiting to read since I learned to read.
Margot Lee Shetterly
For the past few centuries, we have defined beauty as tall, slender figures, femininity and white skin.
Cameron Russell
Although it is hard to see why any sensible authority would feel threatened by the peaceful expression of one’s point of view, there is a long history of trying to repress subversive depictions of political figures – back in the 19th century, for example, France’s King Louis Philippe was depicted as a piece of fruit.
Nazanin Boniadi
When you think of the great eight-wicket bowling figures in Test history, the names of Michael Holding, Shane Warne and Stuart Broad spring to mind.
Jonathan Agnew
I’m walking around our apartment right now, and I see tons of action figures everywhere. There’s Spider-Man stuff, old 1996 WWF figures, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Marvel stuff.
Johnny Gargano
I could imagine actually being a scientist or a detective, but not a detective who puts his hands into gory, bloody things. But more like someone who figures things out. I like to figure things out.
Barbara Sukowa
I’m against unanswerable concentrations of power, whether that be government or private industry or religious figures – anybody who is not accountable to the larger social climate or society for the power they wield, that concerns me. I’m very pro-democracy.
Daniel Suarez
I just remember that pivotal moment when you’re a young adult, and you realize that these authority figures are human beings, too, and they’re figuring out their lives just as you are, and they’re flawed.
Gia Coppola
My wife handles all of our technology. So if something goes wrong with the computer, I throw up my arms and step aside while the IT gal figures it out.
Ty Burrell
It’s easy for me to care about Toronto, because Toronto is a community that cares about itself. It represents the world. It talks to itself, and because it does, it figures out that there must be a music garden as part of its existence.
Yo-Yo Ma
In my generation, history was taught in terms of grand figures, men on whom the destiny of the nation hinged, quintessential heroes.
Barry Unsworth
I have a strong say in how my books are marketed, and the covers – I am very firm that I don’t want pink and fluffy, or stick figures sitting drinking cocktails. That’s simply not appealing to me.
Jane Fallon
African Americans are concerned about the scourge of abortion in their community, and respond to related facts and figures. Large majorities agree that every life should have a chance, regardless of race, socioeconomic status or circumstance.
Kellyanne Conway
There is so much talent among our young people; I hope the women in ‘Hidden Figures’ inspire them.
Margot Lee Shetterly
Even arch-isolationists, such as former President Herbert Hoover and Senator Robert Taft of Ohio – two of the most right-wing figures in the Republican Party – insisted on being called liberal.
Tom Reiss
It’s known as the Livingstone Formulation. It’s a cunning rhetorical device routinely deployed to shield avowedly left-wing establishment figures from any scrutiny that might expose their ‘anti-Zionist’ obsessions as redolent of a bigotry of that older and more unambiguously unsanitary type: antisemitism.
Terry Glavin
You can criticize any news staff in some ways, but the one thing that you couldn’t call the Village Voice staff was a staff of stenographers, taking notes from public figures and just passing them on.
Sydney Schanberg
I talk a lot about the men in my family because my mother died when I was little, and my grandmother died when my aunts were little, so we didn’t have those kinds of heads of household. But all the members of our household who were female were sort of living as equal and as wise as the male figures in our family.
Ilhan Omar
When you’re training to be a pro wrestler, you don’t think about these things like video games and action figures and things like that, but when those opportunities come along, it sort of validates all the hard work that you put into the ring.
Christopher Daniels
In my house, there is an old Chinese cabinet full of little figurines on two shelves. They are for my daughter, to tell stories. We have told hours and hours or stories using these figures. There are all kinds of people, children and adults, and all kinds of animals – elephants, tigers, snakes.
Caterina Fake
As a Canadian, I’ve always approached international history as an outsider, neither attacking nor defending key decisions – those were made by actors who are also major figures within national historical traditions for American and British scholars.
Margaret MacMillan
Anyone who faults Romney or Obama or any public figure for demanding quote approval is missing the point. The journalists were no abused weaklings here. They made a bargain for access to these newsworthy figures that they thought was in their favor – they’re only complaining because they got caught.
Ryan Holiday
I have written things that Republicans and Democrats and all kinds of figures have either hated or felt very uncomfortable about. Because in doing these long projects and books, you get close to the bone. And they’re not calling me up and asking me for dinner.
Bob Woodward
Well, when I wasn’t playing with a football I used to play with ‘Star Wars’ figures as a kid. Hanging out with Chewbacca and Luke Skywalker is how I passed the time when I wasn’t kicking a ball around.
Jamie Carragher
We didn’t like the idea of Dixie Chick action figures. I mean that’s just the kiss of death for a group. How could a hip teenager enjoy the Dixie Chicks while their little sister is playing with a Martie doll in the other room?
Martie Maguire
Jazz music creates so many phenomenal figures.
Wynton Marsalis
Since 1775, when the first Continental Congress called for a national day of prayer, there have been such events called for by almost every President. I saw the figures – 34 out of 44 Presidents have called for a national day of prayer. Some of those who didn’t have died in office.
James Dobson
The thing about ‘CD:U.K.’ was, because the show started quite small with small viewing figures and it built and built, the bigger the figures got, the better and bigger the pop star you got.
Ant McPartlin