Quotes with told
She was mostly immensely relieved to think that virtually everything that anybody had ever told her was wrong.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
The story is told (by Kierkegaard) of the absent-minded man so abstracted from his own life that he hardly knows he exists until, one fine morning, he wakes up to find himself dead.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realized those dreams.
In a statement announcing his retirement on May 16, 2013.
When I was a kid, my mother told me that if you could not be a good loser, then there's no way you could be a good winner. And I hope to God I never see these people again.
On accepting her Razzie Award for Worst Actress.
My mother never breast-fed me. She told me she only liked me as a friend.
My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement. Right now I’ve been told that I can’t see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system.
During his Emmy acceptance speech (September 22, 2013)
I went to Sunday School and liked the stories about Christ and the Christmas star. They were beautiful. They made you warm and happy to think about. But I didn't believe them. The Sunday School teacher talked too much in the way our grade school teacher used to when she told us about George Washington. Pleasant, pretty stories, but not true.
God dies (1931)
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
I was never told about menstruation or anything. There was a very rigid rejection of anything sexual. You didn’t talk about it.
Interview with The Time Magazine (May. 25, 1970)
The concept of genetic disease, enthusiastically appropriated by the medical sciences for complex institutional and economic reasons, represents an expansion of molecular biology far beyond its technical successes.. Today we are being told -- and judging from media accounts, are apparently coming to believe -- that what makes us human is our genes. Indeed, the very notion of "culture" as distinct from "biology" seems to have vanished.
"Nature, Nurture, and the Human Genome Project," in Daniel J. Kevles and Leroy Hood, eds. The Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. (1992)
I told them as nicely but firmly as I could that this . . . was not to be an extension of the erotic longings of middle-aged corporation wives whose husbands had acquired interests elsewhere, but maintained the domestic accounts in guilty abundance.
We are told that wealth is a test of character -- few of us have to submit to it. Poverty is the more usual test. It is difficult to be very poor and maintain one's self-respect.
The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections (1918)
The kind who would just nod their heads, pack their bags, and be early if I told 'em we had a game in some shopping-center parking lot, for no money, at 6 A.M. some Wednesday morning.
Explaining 'shopping lot' player
Laughing at his own son, who got his mother, and by his mother's means his father also, to indulge him, he told him that he had the most power of any one in Greece: "For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians, your mother commands me, and you command your mother".
Life of Themistocles
I was told our marriage would be cursed. I thought, 'Don't let this be true'. I've thought about it since, too. I try to put it out of my mind. It was an opinion given straight to my face by someone I trusted. 'You will never be happy', he said. 'Your marriage will end in disaster'.
About her marriage with Liam Neeson in 2003.
If every day of your life you are told by authority figures that the Earth is flat, you will be scared of falling off the edge whether you want to be or not.
I write fiction and I’m told it’s autobiography, I write autobiography and I’m told it’s fiction, so since I’m so dim and they’re so smart, let them decide what it is or it isn’t.
I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
Forgive me, but if someone had told me two decades ago that by 2012, a black president would be endorsing gay marriage, I would have asked where he got that stuff he was smoking.