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People that are brilliant and successful, we think they’ve just always been that way. That’s not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It’s prepared them. I’ve never felt like you could develop character without adversity.
Some of the most brilliant things that someonemight do could happen in three minutes because it’s something that just occurs to them. And then, there’s the example of really chippingaway at something to create something great. I don’t believe that one is more reliable than the other.
One very common thing is that often very brilliant children stop working because they’re praised so often that it’s what they want to live as – brilliant – not as someone who ever makes mistakes. It really stunts their motivation.
In TV writing, Armando Iannucci’s satire ‘The Thick of It’ is brilliant – equalparts hysterically funny, terrifyingly believable, and Oh-my-God-I-can’t-believe-he-actually-said-that – and it’s got the most satisfyingly creative insults ever.
It’s a real gift to be able to have the works of brilliant, great people to learn from and build from. It gives you so much more to draw on, and then you don’t have to be all about three-chord pop songs. I don’t really like that kind of writing.
I’m a collector of experiences and also very impulsive; I get an impulse to do something and my intuition of telling me to do something or if I get this idea and I think it’s brilliant, I just have to do it.
Phil Hartman was brilliant, and Dave Foley is a really funny guy. Phil Hartman was actually even funnier offstage than he was onstage because he would say nasty things. Dave Foley’s very funny, very witty guy, very quick.
I seem to be able to go from part to part without being recognised, which I like. When I was little, I resented it with every fibre of my being when Ma was recognised. Another way of looking at celebrity, though, is it’s being famous for being brilliant at something.
American actors who voice animated movies are so brilliant at it, because by the nature of American speak, it’s full of energy and full of commitment. And as a British actor, we have to kind of learn that.
I came across ‘The Song of Achilles‘ by Madeline Miller in one of the most romantic ways one can find a story. I was digging through a pile of used books at my local library when my hand gravitated toward its brilliant teal and glistening gold cover.
This confidence is not something that happensovernight. I have been working on it for a long time. I look in the mirror and do affirmations: ‘You are bold. You are brilliant. You are beautiful.’ If my lower pooch is really popping out that day, I look at it and say, ‘Pooch, you are cute!’
‘Zoolander.’ Yeah, I mean, I love Ben Stiller; he’s just a brilliant guy. And I love Will Ferrell in it, too. His character, to me, is just insane, and he made such huge choices, and he’s such a weirdo!
I’m really close to my family, and we talk through things. My parents are so amazing, they’re brilliant. We try to take one step at a time and be wise about the decisions we make and keep our values and the things that are important.
There were a number of people who helped me get there, and the one I always mention is Michael Byrne, the great master swordsman and brilliant stuntdouble.
I love working in television, and I’ve been thrilled to be a part of so many wonderful shows. I worked with Lady Gaga on ‘Gossip Girl,’ and the brilliant Felicity Huffman on ‘Desperate Housewives,’ but I think my favorite TV job so far was the pilot I shot for the CW Network this year called ‘Joey Dakota.’
I think Keira Knightley is amazing, and I’ve heard also that she is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth, brilliant girls, and I really look up to her in that respect. She’s got it all, really, and I think she’s made interesting, bold choices in her work.
WilliamShakespeare was a brilliant writer and he only wrote the truth. So, if I don’t believe it, I have to work really hard to see what that truth is so that I do; that’s the only way I can make it believable for the audience.
If there are actors that are brilliant, people often wonder whether it’s intimidating working alongside them, but it really isn’t. It just makes you up your game and want to be better. Rather than cowering in their shadows, it’s very encouraging to see someone who’s incredible; it makes me want to be a bit more like them.
The thing about movie musicals is that there have been some brilliant ones, but when they’re bad, they’re really bad – big white elephants.
I am terrible at doing nothing. I’m not brilliant at doing one thing at a time, either. Ideally, I would fill out my taxreturn while watching a film; peelpotatoes while reading the post; send emails in the bath.
I feel like there’s a voice in my head, always, telling me every idea is brilliant, and another telling me every idea is the worst. And they argue in my head until somebodywins, until I solicit an audience to be, like, ‘Will you help me figure this out? Is this the best or the worst idea?’ And they tell me!
I think Coran Capshaw is such a brilliant entrepreneur and he always thinks about new stuff; the biggest stuff you can imagine. I know he’s working on a lot of things for me at the moment, and I think it will definitely help my career to go to the next level.
I really like funny women. I’m drawn to women like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig, Amy Schumer. They’re writers, they’re producers, they’re actresses. They’re brilliant, funny, excellent women.
I love children and I love family and I love that interaction. Because I had a really close relationship with my mother, I understand that deep powerful love, and it’s so beautiful. To be a mother to a child is the most brilliant gift; it’s gorgeous.
My own child, one of them, died of AIDS. A brilliant boy.
I cannot step into any day without help. I have a fantastically engaged husband who is very present for his children and our family life. We’ve got a brilliant nanny, other help from parents-in-law, godparents, friends. Also, I’ve had incredible women around me in the business.
I have more faith in doing something creative for a cable station or something like Yahoo or Google or Amazon. What Netflix did with ‘House of Cards‘ and David Fincher was brilliant. That is inspiring to me. I think there is more chance for creativity in animation, it just hasn’t happened there yet.
My dearbrotherBarack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination.
It’s a strange thing, this idea that for some reason, if a lot of people like what you’re doing, it’s therefore not very good. We use the phrase that a band have ‘sold out.’ Just so you know, if you’re doing a gig and you sell all your tickets, that is a brilliant thing to do.
I’m very fortunate in that my parents are artists. My mom is a brilliant poet… She still is a great visual artist. My dad is a jazzdrummer… I’ve been very fortunate in that I’ve had parents who supported and encouraged me and haven‘t really questioned what I’m doing or asked me to question it.
Even modern English people are imperious, superior, ridden by class. All of the hypocrisy and the difficulties that are endemic in being British also make it an incredibly fertile place culturally. A brilliant place to live. Sad but true.
In Wales it’s brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with. And everybody goes ‘So what you doing now?’ And I go, ‘Oh, I’m doing a film with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.’ And they go, ‘Ooh, good.’ And that’s it.
General Giap was one of the most brilliant military strategists of our era, who in Dien Bien Phu was able to place missile launchers in remote, mountainous jungles, something the yankee and European military officersconsideredimpossible.
It’s really, really cool that we’ve been able to have these opportunities to surroundourselves with these people because they’re brilliant. Like, Dolly Parton is legendary, and she’s maybe the nicest person I’ve ever met in my entire life and, like, amazing.
The best of American television is thought-provoking, original, brilliant, exciting – from ‘The Sopranos‘ on, whether it’s ‘The Wire‘ or ‘Breaking Bad‘ or ‘House of Cards,’ they’re fantastic pieces of art.
I have years of saying ideas that are not listened to. Then, weeks after, of producers finding out that I was right when some other guy comes in and says it. Sometimes I just tell my idea to my editor or to some other guy with maybe gray hair to share it, and then it’s brilliant!
Kathy Burke has been a real inspiration. I think she’s brilliant. I like the fact she doesn’t care what she looks like on TV and just gets really into character. Obviously, she can do drama as well, but it’s her comedy I love.
The Austrians are brilliant people. They made the world believe that Hitler was a German and Beethoven an Austrian.
Looking back, I don’t feel that I was the most brilliant mother. I was always very good at giving my children the right food, but it was one of my regrets in life that I didn’t spend more time listening to them or playing with them.
I’m glad to have shown myself able to do other things rather than people thinking, ‘Oh, he’ll just do the same as his dad.’ Dad was a brilliant actor, but it just so happened he was five foot five and a half, fat and bald.
Molecules A and B meet, marry, and beget the species. This takes place in one-millionth of a billionth of a second. This is a fundamental process in nature, and the world was looking for a way to be able to see the process. But many brilliant people said it couldn’t be done.
I played at the Sainte Maxime Beach SoccerTournament, which was brilliant fun as usual.
I can’t pick a favorite animal; I love so many! But I guess if I have to choose, I pick bees! There’s this brilliant documentary called ‘Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?’ I think it’s important for people to be educated about bees – they pollinate almost all the food we eat. They are amazing!
You want to know why Barbra Streisand is so difficult? Because she’s brilliant. She’s a brilliant entertainer, she’s a brilliant lady, and she’s a wonderful human being, and the community doesn’t like it.
I’m a massive fan of the ‘Bourne’ franchise, and I think Damon’s brilliant in it, and I love the films. I’m really into it.
In our culture, good looks are so important, and today he’d head straight for a plasticsurgeon, but in Cyrano’s time, the nose was who he was, and it didn’t matter that he was a brilliant poet, a brilliant swordsman, a brilliant man. His nose defined him.
I’m kind of a horse whisperer; I don’t know what it is. I’m not great on a horse. I’m getting better, but I’m not brilliant. So yeah, I’ve spent a lot of time with horses. They’re great creatures; I love them. I do love riding them when I get the chance to.
American audiences are great. They get what I am doing, but as my band will tell you, nowhere tops the Irish audience. They are just brilliant. They are very open, but the Americans and Spanish come a close second.
I was thrilled when this year’s National Book Award for Young People’s Literature went to Neal Schusterman’s ‘Challenger Deep.’ This brilliant book takes you into the mind of a mentally ill teenager and deserves all the accolades it’s received.
I think Don Henley is a brilliant contemporary rock writer. He would have been a fabulous poet if he weren’t a musician. He was a literarymajor, and not only that – he’s gifted with a brilliant voice. To me, Don could sing the New York CityYellowPages and I’d buy it. I just love the sound of his voice.
People have this idea that if you’re not brilliant like Einstein, you can’t be a scientist. And that’s just a myth. He was the one out of a million scientists, but there were 999,999 other scientists who were not as brilliant but who just do great science, as well.
Charles Bean is a brilliant director. I come in with an idea and try to do it, but I fall on my face. And then, he says, ‘Wait a minute, there was a little moment in there. Let’s try that moment and expand in that direction.’
I had a brilliant time working with the entire cast and crew at ‘Return To Nim’s Island.’ It’s amazing how, after working on a film, you really become a family, and you build these really special bonds together.
I love the Coen brothers. They’re so brilliant, and they always surprise you in one way or another. ‘A Serious Man’ was awesome. I like stuff like that, that kind of throws you for a loop. It takes you on a journey that is unexpected.
I lived a pretty chaotic life. I went to England, and I moved around, and there were a lot of things that I was interested in. I wrote poetry. I took photographs. I was a musician and all sorts of things. Nothing brilliant, but I did all these different things.
As a child, I was tortured because my mother was a brilliant seamstress who made most of my clothes. I was despised by the children at school because I looked like I was going to an opening every day. We weren’t wealthy at all; we lived in a row house in Philadelphia.
But you know we couldn’t compare what we do with what the British athletes did at the Olympics. We are very proud to be British and if we have done our bit to promote Britain in a historic year for the country that’s brilliant.
We have got too many kids around the house to have a romantic meal at home. But Danielle is a fantastic cook. She does a brilliant lasagne, great roasts and a great chilli dish. She knows the way to my heart.
There are certainly good examples of incredibly brilliant, beautiful music that has been made commercially available and sold everywhere. But I would say that, for the most part, quantity certainly does not speak well for quality.
I worked in a number of high schools in New York, and I wound up at Stuyvesant High School, which is known nationally for producing brilliant scientists and mathematicians, but I had writing classes. I thought I was teaching. They thought I was teaching, but I was learning.
Bill Clinton was a brilliant politician. If President Obama was a brilliant politician he would have come out before the election and said ‘Hey we’re gonnacuttaxes, grow the economy, what I’m doing’s not working, and we’re gonna change course’ like Clinton did.
I saw ‘Sleeping Beauty’ when I was, like, 6 years old at the Mercury Theatre. Then, when I came to Disney, I was in the company of these wonderful artists. People like Glen Keane, like Mark Henn, who were brilliant animators who could really bring these things to life.
The serendipitous nature of hypertext links is just brilliant for a curious mind. I love it.
I loved being in the film called ‘Carnal Knowledge’ – the one with Jack Nicholson, which was very dark but a really brilliant movie. I loved being in ‘The Ritz.’ ‘The Ritz’ I think is just hilarious. I just saw it again recently and by God, it’s still funny!
Theo does comedy now, and he’s traveling around the country doing comedy, and I actually just saw him, he’s from Louisiana, and I just saw him when I went home to visit my family in Louisiana. I saw his comedy show and he was brilliant.
As I understand the American Founders, the most brilliant and daring idea they had was that it’s possible to create a free society that could stay free forever.
I really love ‘Real Housewives.’ It’s like the, you know, comedy stuff that’s, like, intentionally funny. Like, I love ‘Nathan for You,’ that Comedy Central show. It’s just brilliant. My friend Bill Eichner has a show called ‘Billy on the Street‘ that I write for, and even if I didn’t write for it, I’d still love it.
Like every artist that comes out, you want to make a mark; you want to be a household name and you want to be someone that people are going to look back in ten years/fifteen years’ time and go, ‘I love this guy Olly Murs. He was brilliant back in the day; he was someone I really, really liked.’
What is amazing to me as an archaeologist is that the more and more I study, I realize we are resilient, we are creative, we are brilliant, and this is what makes us human, and that hasn’t changed since we’ve been human.
I really enjoy working with people who have come into this industry for what I think are really admirablereasons. People who really want to tell brilliant stories and do it in the most effective way possible.
I think ‘The Wire’ is my all-time favorite TV show. It’s so brilliant, the way it critiques society, and how it handles that everybody who gets power loses their moral code and stops going to the root of the problem and just tries to maintain their own power.
I knew acting was what I wanted to do. I don’t know if I was brilliant at it, but when I was doing school plays, I loved it so much I didn’t want it to end. I feel like I’m exactly the same as when I was doing plays at school, to be honest.
There is so much to be celebrated about mental illness. I do believe that there is something to be said about the truly artistic, the truly brilliant, those of us who have been ‘touched by fire’ that should be celebrated, not stigmatized.
I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it’s definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs. I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place. As a writer, I’ve always gravitated towards that feeling.
I’ve worked with some brilliant coaches, and I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use and the choices they make. And I can tell you that Moyes’s sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot on.
When you have a brilliant idea, nobody is going to ask to see your diploma.
The Police, they were the guys that were like the gateway to the mainstream. In England, there was a very strong reggaemovement that was going on. Anything that was happening in reggae happened out of England. They were brilliant. They could spot a sound that was cool, the ‘it’ sound.
I’m always involved with the Aerospace Program and NASA and Goddard Space Flight Center. And if kids feel so inclined, they can logonto NASA and the Optimus Prime Spinoff Award, which we present every year to some of the brilliant young minds that are taking up into the academics of space, science, technology, math.
‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’ not only applies to the deeply personal subject matter of ‘To the Bone’ but to simply getting a film about people with eating disorders made. Without the brilliant Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, and Karina Miller producing, there’s no way this project would be coming to fruition.
I have everything that I could possibly want in life, from a gorgeous granddaughter and a wonderful wife, brilliant students, the best job anyone could hope for, and about half of my hair. Not the half I would have kept, but no one consulted me.
I grew up surrounded by these strong, brilliant women who showed me what it meant to show up in the world with purpose and intention.
I love Kathy Griffin, I think she’s brilliant, but for me, there is a line when I go OK, that’s too much.
I’m often asked, ‘What was, for you, your greatest film experience?’ And it always comes back to ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest,’ aside from being a film that really handled subject matter in such a brilliant, brilliant way.
It’s a bloody shame that all the videostores have gone, I’ll tell you. Everything’s so mechanical now. It’s all so if-you-liked-this-then-you’ll-like-this. There’s no picking something out, or finding some brilliant person to open up new worlds for you.
To portray an iconic character has been brilliant in itself, and to be able to do that on a show like ‘Once Upon a Time’ enhances that because the show puts a spin on characters and makes them very different and puts core values that are very different that aren’t in the original fairytales a lot of people relate to.
Mum had regular mental tests with her specialist, but because of her academic background, she became brilliant at manipulating them.
Hopefully I’ve given something back to darts, which has been brilliant to me. Hopefully I made it a bit popular when I first started; I was part of the breakaway, and I also created a monster, so I think I’ve done a little bit.
I think. as a child, there’s something frightening about certain adults, particularly when you’re in their clutches or power. That must be the reason why Roald Dahl creates such brilliant characters: He taps into something in the collectivememory of people.
I think Google’s a brilliant company, filled with brilliant people who have done brilliant things.
I come from West London. I support a football team there called Queens Park Rangers, whom I’d like to give a shout-out to. I’m a die-hard Rangers fan. I think that I would always hopefully have a strong connection to and live in London, because it’s a brilliant city.
I guess some people are brilliant enough to be brilliant on their own and never doubt anything and come up with fabulous things. But I think it’s good to get into arguments with people and have them say, ‘That sucks‘ or ‘You’re crazy‘ or ‘That’s cheesy‘ or ‘What do you think of this?’
I exercise about 40 minutes a day, and I’ll run one day and do circuit training the next day. I live in an area where there are brilliant hills and mountains, so I get a good hill run with my dog. At home, I’ll do the circuit training with old weights, along with pull-ups in the trees and that sort of stuff.
I’ve changed for the better. I’m much more selfless and humble and you’re reminded about what life’s really about. You love your kid so much that you just want to be a brilliant role model for them. It cleans up your act a bit.
I saw Al Foster with Miles Davis the other week. It was beautiful. But, the whole thing was, Al Foster played as well as everybody else, but all of them were quite brilliant under Miles Davis’ direction.
I had seen ‘Do the Right Thing’ when I was at college, and it was incredibly inspiring as a piece of cinema. Just brilliant, I thought. But saw ‘Malcolm X’ with a crowded audience. It was my first time in an American cinema, hearing an audience respond. You know, in England, everyone is so restrained.
I’m very grateful to have had many brilliant students and post-docs who have worked with me. Potential is often hard to spot, but a key factor is whether they express a genuine interest in the problem and how they have thought about it.
McGeorge Bundy was a brilliant man who’d had a meteoric academic career and was the youngest man ever to be dean of the Harvardfaculty. But he was also arrogant and looked upon all sorts of people and politicians as not to be taken all that seriously.
In Britain, eponymous lifestyle branding as we know it started in the late 1960s, with two fascinating families – the Conrans and the Ashleys – who in increasingly brilliant settings and catalogues sold rather different visions of what the new ideal upper-middle-y life looked like.
I’d always try to get a C, maybe a B. Other girls would trot off a brilliant essay and go off to Oxford; I’d think: ‘Where is the justice?’ I took A-levels in English, history and theatre studies and got three Bs.
I love ‘Jaws,’ and I think Robert Shaw’s performance in ‘Jaws’ is one of the best screen performances of all time. I am a massive Robert Shaw fan. I think he’s a brilliant, brilliant talent and we lost him way before his time.
Questions matter. In business, remarkableperformers are brilliant at getting to the right question: the one that speeds them to the place they need to get to and offers them the missing piece they need to find.
I’ve been lucky that I’ve performed with a lot of the classical people I’ve wanted to work with so I’d like to do something that people didn’t see coming. Like Madonna, or being Welsh – the Tom Jones thing. Or somebody suggested N-Dubz – that would be brilliant!
There have been some brilliant and very successful standalone books that work in themselves and also seem to refresh a series. Anyone who writes a series lives in fear of it becoming stale, so you do whatever you can to keep it fresh – although it does feel a bit nerve-racking to write outside of your comfort zone.
I came down successfully through Picasso and Braque, down through Pollock, I guess, but I began to stop at Franz Kline and the Abstractionists. I like their design, brilliant design, marvelous color layers. But I don’t find any human content there. I’m from an old school, and painting has to have human content for me.
There are over 50 brilliant scientists working at my lab, and being sensitive to their needs is among the top skill sets that scientists like me have to learn.
The Browning love story? It is an ideal, all too rare, and yet I hardly think it strange. It would have been far stranger had the fates allowed those two brilliant passionate souls to beat themselves out in silence.
A few of Ellison’s short stories from the 1940s and 1950s were widely anthologized over the years. After a while, it became generally known that he was at work on another novel. Though he remainedaware ever afterward of the authority ‘Invisible Man’ gave to him, no second novel followed his brilliant debut in 1952.
If you look at the Qur’an with the eyes of a sound heart, you will see that its six aspects are so brilliant and transparent that no darkness, no misguidance, no doubt or suspicion, no trickery could enter it or find a fissure through which to enter and violate its purity.
Genius is a potential that lives within you and every other human being. You have many moments of genius in your lifetime. These are the times when you have a uniquely brilliant idea and implement it even if only you are aware of how fantastic it is.
In the second grade, I would just get bored and a joke would pop into my head and I would have to say it. It was almost like I had some brilliant novel in my head that I had to get down, and I would interrupt class all the time and get in trouble.
When I was 16, I played Tallulah in ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the Queen’s Theatre. Me and five others shared a flat together in Blackheath. It was brilliant being 16 and living in London with my mates.
My dream, dream acquisition would probably be a Twombly chalkboard. I’ve been fortunate to see one or two in a private context, and I think it’s just sort of quintessentially brilliant, timeless, modern.
Men have made the world. And they’ve made a brilliant job of it. I love men. You know, men, you builtParis and you invented The Beatles, and, you know, and you’ve taught dogs to say ‘sausages.’ You know, I love your world. Thank you for it.
I think there are some songwriters who are just brilliant who can write and then I think there are some songwriters who can like me I have a problem writing chorus lyrics but I can write a song in a story like that.
There isn’t really a theatre culture in L.A., which is odd when there are so many brilliant actors there.
During his brilliant campaign, President Obama wove a powerful narrative about the American we all hope for. And that hope was grounded in a very powerful reality: President Obama’s own inspiring life story.
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I was being flirted with for ‘Modern Family,’ which my wife still hasn’t let me live down, but it’s one of those things where that show is so brilliant because the casting couldn’t be any more perfect. It wouldn’t have been right for me, and I wouldn’t have been right for it.
I’m the joke of the family with cooking because I’ve never done it – primarily because I’ve been surrounded by people who are so good at it. Mum’s brilliant. Boyfriends have always been good at it. I’m waiting for my inner chef to be released.
I’m terrified of getting what I’m not deserving of, feeling that I’ve got something for nothing… at the expense of brilliant starving writers all over the world. But I have to hope these people who are helping me have integrity.
‘Death of a Salesman‘ is a brilliant taxonomy of the spiritual atrophy of mid-twentieth-century white America.
I want to do roles that take women a step farther. I don’t want to be slotted into anything. But if I get a brilliant role which requires me to be a mother, then I will do it. But I want people to see that a woman could be anything at whatever age, even if she is married or has two kids.
It’s brilliant having loads of girls running after you. It’s also a shock when you realise just how much attention you’re getting. Eventually, you start to think, ‘I’d rather settle down and be normal.’
It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m going to be in Coronation Street. Everything about the role is brilliant and I’m working with some great people.
When I was young, my mum was part of a brilliant puppet theatre that toured all over the world.
If I had the gift of Jerry Seinfeld, of Bill Cosby, of Lewis Black, these instinctively brilliant comic minds, then you go that route! But you gotta know your limitations. I’m more of an actor, more of a process guy. I did Tom Snyder, just as Danny Aykroyd did on ‘SNL.’ I did it in the club.
I was really so excited when it came back on air and I saw all three of the actors who played ‘Doctor Who’ in the new version and they’ve all been absolutely brilliant in their own special way, as all the Doctors always are.
Keynes was a very good economist. He was brilliant. He had wonderful insights. His work has inspired me many times.
It’s a nonsense because, as we all know, there are brilliant 15-year-old readers and hopeless 50-year-old readers. All that categorisation is a matter of bookshop shelves rather than literary categories, I think.
I love getting dressed up. Being a pop star is the most brilliant job for that. A lot of girls love shopping, but they might see the most amazingoutfit and think, ‘When am I going to wear that?’, so it’s my duty to exploit the fact I do have events I can wear these things to.
A successful entrepreneur is one who recognizes her blindspots. You may be the world’s best engineer, but you probably have never run a 10-person sales force. You may be a brilliant marketer, but how do you structure a cap table?
I think it’s really rare to see women on television who are brilliant, selfish, vain, fallible – and I feel like I have all those capacities in myself, so it’s good to see people in the media representing all of those things.
Famous people I’ve interviewed – powerful people, brilliant people, people whom you look at and think, ‘Seriously, do you not have pores?’ – have turned to me after interviews and asked, ‘Was I okay? I hope I was okay.’
I had a brilliant trip to Mexico with my friend Ellie during my gap year. We thought we were being really cool and going off the beaten track while all our friends went to Thailand and Australia. The first beachside bar we walked into – there were two girls from my sixth form in there.
If you just, pretty much, take a random 15-month-old, just sit and watch them for 10 minutes and count out how many experiments, how much thinking you see going on, and it will put the most brilliant scientist to shame.
When I was working on ‘Night Falls Over Kortedala,’ I was listening a lot to ‘Graceland,’ the Paul Simon record. I really got into the lyrics on that album. The opening line is so brilliant, the way he sets the scene.
In 2004, one of my books, ‘Whale Talk,’ was chosen as an all-school read in Fowlerville, Michigan, a rural town not far from Detroit. They had done what I thought was a brilliant and innovative thing: decided to teach the book in every discipline, sophomores through seniors.
Just a whole different style, just a whole different way of going about an audience and a way about skating. And they are so brilliant in their own way, which is great, and that’s what Brian was saying; is the styles are different, and it’s the whole mentality.
People ask me about ‘The Hurt Locker‘ a lot, and it’s an incredible piece of filmmaking – as are ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘Platoon‘ and ‘Full MetalJacket‘ and ‘Apocalypse Now.’ But they’re not necessarily true to war in a literal sense. What they are, really, are brilliant movies about Hollywood‘s idea of war.
I realised when I sang at family parties and Christmases I’d suddenly get everyone’s attention, and, being the youngest of three, I thought what a brilliant attention-seeking ploy it was.
I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan. I literally love every single film. He hasn’t made a bad film; I’ve seen every single one. They’ve all been brilliant, from ‘BottleRocket‘ up to ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ they’ve all been wonderful.
I made ‘Heading Out’ with a lot of love and surrounded myself with brilliant people who challenged me to do my best and also gave a great deal of love and support back. As a result, the experience was blissful.
If you grow up in Britain, you just do Shakespeare. If you go and work in a theater once or twice or three times in your life, you’re going to end up doing a Shakespeare, because he’s obviously such a brilliant, brilliant writer.
Even before I went to the UN, I often would want to say something in a meeting – only woman at the table – and I’d think, ‘OK well, I don’t think I’ll say that. It may sound stupid.’ And then some man says it, and everybody thinks it’s completely brilliant, and you are so mad at yourself for not saying something.
A lot of my writer friends – some of whom are brilliant – work when the Muse calls them, for lack of a better description. You know, days of nothing, then this creative burst where they write for 36 hours straight fueled by caffeine and idealism.
It was brilliant in LA. The kids were young enough for it not to disturb their education and it was an incredibly healthy lifestyle. The weather‘s so good that you’re up every morning, walking in the canyons, playing tennis three times a week.
R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’ – that’s probably one of my favourite records – Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller‘ – that’s some record – Crowded House’s ‘Together Alone’ – that’s brilliant, fantastic record.
I loved ‘Matilda.’ The kids are so brilliant and uninhibited. They were inspiring. Seeing them onstage, just going wild, reminded me of when I was that age. I was excited for them and completely taken by their innocence and hard work.
Matthew James Thomas
I lost my son in late 2011. He had been totally incapacitated from his neck down for the last eight years of his life, but his mind was alive and brilliant in those years. He even wrote a book, ‘Allegheny Mountain,’ lying at home in his hospital bed.
My interest in PrincessMargaret comes through Vanessa Kirby’s brilliant portrayal of her in ‘The Crown.’ Rather than do the classic story from beginning to end, this book gives you many different glimpses. You get a much more intimate sense of the person through little incidents, stories, and gossip.
If I played badly as a kid, my dad would tell me, and my mum would say, ‘You were brilliant today’. It’s nice to have both: when I need a bit of confidence, I’ll see her, and if I need to hear it straight, I’ll see my dad.
I think there’s escapist moviemaking, and we want to be captivated and taken away. If it’s done right, you can craft an incredible film. There have been superhero films that I think are brilliant pieces of art.
It’s amazing that you can listen to any song and you can always tell when there’s some substancebeneath it and when there isn’t. Even if it’s poetically written and technically brilliant, I’d rather hear something that’s all over the place but has some soul to it.
From space, the earth appears predominantly blue; the clouds are brilliant white. Surprisingly, you don’t see much green, although Ireland looks green, and so do Scandinavia and New Zealand. The deserts are brick red and really stand out.
The ideal job letterstarts with a brilliant light. Then we realize that this brilliant light is actually sunlight, shafts of it, pouring through trees onto a thick bed of pineneedles. Softdusty resin floats in the sun shafts, invitingly. The smell of pine and saprises from the forest floor. A twig snaps underfoot.
I went to a very posh school, I had a very privileged upbringing with parents who were incredibly loving and brilliant. I’ve never tried to hide that; I’m not going to change my accent or talk in a different way.
Tesla has humiliated established carmakers with its brilliant vision. But Detroit, Turin, Stuttgart, and so on have understood scale as well as capital allocation for decades. Such gargantuan tasks could yet humiliate Tesla.
I had the chance to work with Michael Jackson who was as brilliant as they come.
I try to do a variety of physicalactivities. I spin, take classes at Barry‘s Boot Camp, go to the gym, use home DVD’s of ChaLEAN Extreme workouts, which I think are brilliant, and I run around after my three girls. Also, let’s be honest. The amount of laundry I do is an exercise in and of itself!
I think ‘Breaking Bad’ is brilliant. Good drama in the U.S. is also so funny and blurs the line between light and dark.
I have everything that I could possibly want in life, from a gorgeous granddaughter and a wonderful wife, brilliant students, the best job anyone could hope for, and about half of my hair. Not the half I would have kept, but no one consulted me.
I never mind talking about my dad. I’m proud of who he is, and being his son is one of the things I’m most proud of. To be constantlycompared to someone so brilliant, who happens to be your dad, is cool.
I wasn’t a particularly brilliant student, but on the other hand, I was very active in Student Union affairs and in student politics.
What is so brilliant about the gadgets is their simplicity.
I haven’t been somebody who’s been smart about his money. There are a couple of actors who are quite brilliant with the way they’ve handled their money. But they’re not very good actors.
If my favourite director gives me a role that is very sparkly? A very brilliant character? I’ll do it.
Ben Kingsley was my ideal choice for Gandhi, and he really lived up to the expectations of an international audience. I did not find any Indian actor worthy to perform the role of Gandhi in the early Eighties, though there were brilliant performers like Naseeruddin Shah in India.
Even the thunderous master-blasters, like Andre Russell and MS Dhoni, men who now make scoring more than 20 runs per over look simple, often thrive on the right side of an incredibly slender gap between six and out. They are not more lucky than anyone else. They are more brilliant.
Here’s the thing: When you become brilliant at listening, people feel that you care about them. When they feel you care about them, they begin to care about you. And when people care about you, your success becomes a part of how they define their success.
During the Second Boer War, from 1899 to 1902, Britain was rampantly jingoistic: anyone who opposed the war was cast as a traitor. The ‘Guardian‘ stood against it and ran a campaign for peace while the brilliant ‘Guardian’ reporter Emily Hobhouse exposed the concentrationcamps for the Boers run by the British.
I give Bill Gates an A for vision because, as a business person and a strategist, he’s brilliant. His flaw is that his view is not informed by a humanistic or compassionate vision of how to make computers work for people.
Yes, but I view Frank‘s music as fully composed. In other words, the arrangements can work for any idiom such as a rock band or an orchestra. Frank was a brilliant arranger and could make his music work in any context. He proved that tour after tour and album after album.
Even the most brilliant accomplishments on the Internet are essentially cold. Google has changed the world, but you don’t snuggle up to it. YouTube is a giantcarnival, filled with freaks and mountebanks, a place to gawk and laugh and get bored. Certainly not a place to feel anything.
The best thing I ever heard was in the ’60s. I heard Jimi Hendrix play ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’ after a rehearsal, and it was brilliant.
When I tell people that I lost my baby weight through breastfeeding, they think I’m exaggerating. But it was brilliant for that. It is great for bonding with your baby. It is hard when no one else can feed her, but it was worth it for me. I loved it.
You see an absolutely brilliant film later, as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner. Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me. If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight, but no.
I’ve just finished reading a book about the brilliant Margaret Rutherford. She wasn’t a beauty, but inside she was absolutely blazing and passionate about her work. She’s one of those life-affirming characters.
I believe food is the most brilliant invention ever.
My sister was brilliant: she was in the 25 top math students in the country. When she finished college, I said, ‘Spend a couple of months here in Europe. You’ll get another take on life.’ She never came – married some schmuck who made clothes for fat women on SeventhAvenue.
I hope it’s always going to be a mix between theatre, film and radio. I’ve been very lucky living in London that you can do all that – in New York and L.A., there’s more of a structure for film in L.A. and theatre in New York. In London, our industry is smaller, but it produces brilliant work all in one place.
I had a few really bad years in school, just from not fitting in and being bullied. It was kind of brilliant being a military brat, though, because when you’re in that kind of situation, you just think, ‘I only have to hang on for another year, because then we’ll move. It’ll be fine if I can just get out of here.’
I love ‘X Factor,’ and I love Sharon: she’s brilliant.
If I was a research scientist, I’d want people to say, ‘You know what, he’s a great research scientist, that Ricky Gervais. He’s really good, really good.’ You know, I’d go to awardceremonies for research scientists and go, ‘Yeah, I really worked hard, yeah.’ It’s brilliant.
I went to see ‘KinkyBoots‘ to see my friend Billy Porter in his groundbreaking performance. But while backstage, I was hoping for a chance to meet this young, dynamic performer Annaleigh Ashford. Her comic timing was brilliant. And she is obviously a triplethreat.
Online is such a brilliant, brilliant way to connect with young readers – even if they just want to tweet, ‘Hey, I read your book!’ – that, absolutely, I connect with that. But I also treat writing as solitary and keep it to myself as long as I can.
Take Tom Sachs as an artist. His brain is more brilliant than anything, so of course, anything he puts out over a ten-year period is going to continue to be super relevant. But if you look at some artists, they have one good idea, but unless you know where it’s coming from, it’s not going to be lasting.
My mother was a mother. She didn’t really work, apart from bringing us up, which a job in itself, but at an age where lots of people are thinking of retiring, so is having up to 20 or 30 engagements a day, and she’s brilliant at it – she has always been brilliant with people.
I think so much of young adult literature sort of gets ghettoized – the title ‘young adult’ makes people immediatelydiscount it. And just like with books that get written for adults, there is plenty of young adult literature that is bad. But there is also plenty of young adult literature that is brilliant.
I like Jay-Z. I love Luda. I love Ledisi. I like Beyonce, of course. I think she’s just brilliant. She’s a triple threat. But my favorite – my all-time rapper is Tupac. See, I could have been Tupac’s girlfriend.
My nature is feminist. How could you not be a feminist and be alive? The world is full of brilliant, interesting women.
The death of any man aged 56 is very sad for his widow and family. And no one would deny that Steve Jobs was a brilliant and highly innovative technician, with great business flair and marketing ability.
The most pressure I’ve ever felt to be brilliant was in drama school – those were the toughestauditions. I really wanted to prove myself.
When you constantly revisit things, it’s hard to know if you’re freezing in time or if you’re a brilliant adult who’s working through it. I think about that in therapy, talking about the same things over and over again.
I like men who are very cool but who are also so brilliant that they are almost insane. Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits – men who would be flipping burgers if they hadn’t found an outlet for their brilliant mind-sets.
Two of my dramas, ‘Unforgotten’ and ‘River,’ were airing at the same time, and Dad had read about my ‘success’ in a newspaper – he thought it was brilliant. I was thinking, ‘Does this mean I’m going to be put in a box for a bit now?’
One day, my youngest uncle – the other one who was first to go to college, Randy – and I were sitting out on the front porch. And he was brilliant. He ended up – he just retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.
Although many of his other novels are brilliant there is a power in ‘OliverTwist‘ that I believe Dickens never managed to retrieve. It is as if he was sent to this earth with the sole purpose of writing this book.
SOLOSHOT is such a brilliant idea and an athlete’s dream. It has given me the ability to film myself training without anyone’s help – it’s perfect because I can go to the beach, set up my SOLOSHOT, and not have to rely on anyone to stand there and film me from the beach for hours.
I’m often asked how I write books, but I don’t think my approach is suitable for everyone. If I walked into a creative writing class, all I could say to them was ‘I tend to make it up as I go along.’ I’m not sure that’s brilliant advice.