Quotes with don
When I saw the picture, I was not impressed, and I’m still not impressed. It was just a news picture. I still don’t understand why it was so important.
As part of the documentary An Unlikely Weapon: The Eddie Adams Story (2008). Regarding his most famous photograph depicting General Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing a bound Viet Cong in Saigon.
Recipe for success: Be polite, prepare yourself for whatever you are asked to do, keep yourself tidy, be cheerful, don’t be envious, be honest with yourself so you will be honest with others, be helpful, interest yourself in your job, don’t pity yourself, be quick to praise, be loyal to your friends, avoid prejudices, be independent, interest yourself in politics, and read the newspapers.
As a sky-diver, you can feel the air on your right shoulder and you immediately know what to do. Here you don’t feel the air, so you have to wait until the air pushes you around. Then you think, ‘Oh, it pushed me around clockwise — that means I have to do this.'
I don’t care if Mexicans pile up against that fence … just run a couple of taco trucks up and down the line.
June 18, 2007
Outward things don’t give; they draw out. You find in them what you bring to them. A cathedral makes only the devotional feel devotional; scenery refines only the fine-minded.
I don’t like that world very much. I feel I should apologize because it sounds so prissy and so ungrateful. Of course I have got so much out of it and I’m glad my life has gone the way it has. But I can’t help it: it leaves a slightly bad taste in my mouth.
Talking about 1970s film industry in an interview with New York Times, published April 18, 2007.
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, but from what’s eating you.
Attributed to Dr. Albert Cliffe, however it may have originated with Dr. Joseph F. Montague as Dale Carnegie quotes a similar line in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948).
We cannot be discouraged by a Supreme Court decision that said we don’t need this critical provision of the Voting Rights Act because, look at the states, it made it harder for African Americans and Hispanics and students and the elderly and the infirm and poor working folks to vote. What do you know; they showed up, stood in line for hours and voted anyway. So, obviously we don’t need any kind of law. But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.
Speech on the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington (August 28, 2013)
You do not succeed because you do not know what you want, or you don’t want it intensely enough.
I can understand why the young musicians of the next generation wanted more rigor, but things went too far. I don’t support aesthetic terrorism.
Interview with The New York Times in 1986.
Don’t be a cynic, and bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will help somebody.
If you don’t call it art, you’re likely to get a better result.
On March 24, 1995, A Year With Swollen Appendices (1996)
I wrote it on a Mac. I’ve never used a PC in my life; I don’t like them.
About composing the six-second start-up sound of the Windows 95 operating system (2011)
If it is not conservative to protect the Bill of Rights, then I don’t know what conservatism is today.
When discussing balanced budget and flag burning amendments to the Constitution.
Old men are always advising young men to save money. That is bad advice. Don’t save every nickel. Invest in yourself. I never saved a dollar until I was forty years old.
From tomorrow, families collect your children, leave your homes, all of you who love Muammar Gaddafi, go out the streets, secure the streets, don’t be afraid of [protesters].
It is a belief that says small businesses in the United States simply do not work; the people who own them do. And what we have also discovered is that the people who own small businesses in this country work far more than they should for the return they’re getting. Indeed, the problem is not that the owners of small businesses in this country don’t work; the problem is that they’re doing the wrong work.
The E-Myth Revisited
The problem with most failing businesses I’ve encountered is not that their owners don’t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations—they don’t, but those things are easy enough to learn—but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know.
The E-Myth Revisited
Their research suggestes that once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.
Outliers: The Story of Success
I don’t want any yesmen around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth-even though it costs him his job.
When I first started under LSD, I found myself turning and turning on the couch. I said to the doctor, ‘Why am I turning around on this sofa?’ and he said ‘Don’t you know why?’ and I said I didn't have the vaguest idea, but I wondered when it was going to stop. ‘When you stop it,’ he answered. Well, it was like a revelation to me, taking complete responsibility for one’s own actions. I thought ‘I’m unscrewing myself.’ That’s why people use the phrase, ‘all screwed up.’
Speaking to a reporter about his experience taking LSD.
I try to focus on running the very best that I can, literally moment by moment. If I’m in pain or tired, I don’t have to fight it. I can be in myself, in the environment. It’s amazing what you can do running moment to moment.
History is not only the most important subject, it’s the only subject. If you don’t know it, you don’t know anything.
Los Angeles Times, July 26, 1979
I went to bed last night thinking we’re outnumbered. I went to bed last night thinking all this discussion we’d had about this election being the election that will tell us whether or not we’ve lost the country. I went to bed last night thinking we’ve lost the country. I don’t know how else you look at this.
On his radio show on 11/7/2012.
I know that they don’t like the Yankees to win, not even in Nintendo games.
About Boston Red Sox fans during an interview on November 3, 2009.
I don’t mourn the loss of any terrorist’s life. What I do mourn is what we lose when by official policy or official neglect we confuse or encourage those who fight this war for us to forget that best sense of ourselves. Through the violence, chaos and heartache of war, through deprivation and cruelty and loss, we are always Americans, and different, stronger and better than those who would destroy us.
In The Washington Post (May 11, 2011)
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.
When questioned on Israel's future, in The New York Times (December 12, 1974)
We don’t thrive on military acts. We do them because we have to, and thank God we are efficient.
Vogue (July 1969)
It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them. We don’t want victories anymore.
As quoted in LIFE magazine (October 3, 1969)
When I mount the scaffold at last these will be my farewell words to the sheriff: Say what you will against me when I am gone, but don’t forget to add, in common justice, that I was never converted to anything.
Baltimore Evening Sun (12 June 1922)
Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.
You don’t know how to handle anything today, because you have to go to jail to get some press or fall down drunk.
October 26, 2007. The Washington Blade.
I don’t want kids to think it’s O.K. to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too. But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it.
You’re never going to make it in politics, Len. You just don’t know how to lie.
Spoken in 1966 to his attorney, Leonard Garment.
I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.
During a statement on race in America following Zimmerman verdict, July 19, 2013.
I expect consequences. I don’t want just more speeches or, you know, awareness programs or training, but ultimately folks look the other way. If we find out somebody’s engaging in this stuff, they’ve got to be held accountable, prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged — period. It’s not acceptable.
About sexual assault in the military during a press conference on May 7, 2013.
I never deliberately set out to shock, but when people don’t walk out of my plays I think there is something wrong.
Before we work on artificial intelligence why don’t we do something about natural stupidity?
What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; the ability to endure; the ability to love, to carry on, to make the best of what we have — and you don’t have to be a ‘Superman’ to do it.
Don’t shed a tear for me, nigga I ain’t happy here, I hope they bury me and send me to my rest, headlines reading murdered to death, my last breath.
I don’t advocate senseless violence of any human being. I’m the one who’s been beat down. But I will not be a victim again.
My raps are a decision, rabble rousing, spiritual, like gospel music. I don’t want to dance. We have so many things to deal with, we need to talk straight up and down.
Jews don’t proselytize. But if Woods did convert to Judaism, he would immediately become the best athlete we’ve ever had.
We don’t want any child to go without seeing Santa, but it’s not worth bringing your child to the mall, infecting the Santa and infecting the other children.
The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.
Cutting for Stone
I questioned God’s silence. So I questioned. I don’t have an answer for that. Does it mean that I stopped having faith? No. I have faith, but I question it.
Interview in The Daily Beast (August 27, 2012)
Racin’, it don’t scare you. At Indy I got on fire, and it damn sure hurts, but it don’t scare you or you wouldn’t of got there. What it is, if we know one of us is gonna be dead when we come out this room, you try to fix things on the outside first, before you come in.
Appeared in a story by Pete Dexter in Inside Sports (May 31, 1980)
You don’t like it, there are exits on every floor.
House, Dying Changes Everything. By Dr. Gregory House.
If you don’t get a lawyer who knows law then get the one who knows the Judge!