Culture Quotes

I know it sounds weird, but the food that I eat, it doesn’t make a big difference, and it never has. So, I’ve saved a ton of money not buying a lot of alcohol, not going out to restaurants too much. So, I think it’s part of our culture, and it’s part of a social activity more than anything else.

— Aaron Patzer

In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.

— Abbas Kiarostami

Indian weddings are elaborate. As a culture, we like to celebrate everything… Our weddings go on for sometimes a week, 10 days.

— Abhishek Bachchan

I don’t want to speak for my movies you could say my movies are just completely silly and dumb, but in the case of ‘Idiocracy’ and ‘Borat,’ without a doubt there is a really subversive and sophisticated assault on American culture.

— Adam McKay

How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red and white.

— Afrika Bambaataa

A lot of times, when people say hip-hop, they don’t know what they’re talking about. They just think of the rappers. When you talk about hip-hop, you’re talking about the whole culture and movement. You have to take the whole culture for what it is.

— Afrika Bambaataa

Egypt was the first democracy in the Middle East. Women were unveiled in the 1920s. Egypt is a country of civilization, of culture. It shouldn’t be suffering.

— Ahmed Zewail

Top creative and innovative talent wants to live in a vibrant, transit-friendly, global city that offers access to not only great jobs but also great food, entertainment and culture.

— Aileen Lee

I’m in love with the markets of the world. It’s a photograph of a city, a culture.

— Alain Ducasse

It’s hard for me to get interested in stories that ignore death, which is what American marketing culture would like to do: pretend that death doesn’t exist, that you can buy immortality just buy these products, and you’ll be forever young and happy.

— Alan Ball

I am so spoiled. I cannot watch a show where it gets interrupted for ads. I have to TiVo it and skip through the ads, because the culture of advertising is so false and phony that I just… ugh, you know?

— Alan Ball

Almost every collection I do has 200 different references. I don’t have two of the same coat, two of the same dress. I have it in one color, in one fabric. I’ve tried to adapt the culture of couture, and the know-how and the heritage, but I try to update it.

— Alber Elbaz

Having arrived in London to seek refuge during the civil war in Sudan, where I was born, the thing I’m most proud of is having totally evolved. I came here not knowing how to speak English, but I went to school and learned I adapted to this new culture.

— Alek Wek

Most of us don’t think forwarding a racist joke or speaking in an insulting ‘comedic’ accent is appropriate at the workplace. Unfortunately, for those raised in the toxic culture of conservatism, the sort of mentality that leads government employees to do those things is widespread.

— Alex Pareene

Conservatives frequently complain of being frozen out of the culture industry, though, like all industries, the culture industry will produce or sell anything it expects to profit from.

— Alex Pareene

Vaccine conspiracies, like so much modern cult conspiracy culture, perpetuates itself and lives on indefinitely thanks to the community-building and archiving of the Internet.

— Alex Pareene

In most places and times in human history, babies have had not just one person but lots of people around who were really paying attention to them around, dedicated to them, cared to them, were related to them. I think the big shift in our culture is the isolation in which many children are growing up.

— Alison Gopnik

Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.

— Alvar Aalto

I think our culture encourages all of us to always put our best foot forward. I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s nice to rise to the occasion, to be kind and considerate, and have self control.

— Amy Grant

When I was prosecutor we had truancy and curfew issues and we made a refrigerator magnet, and that was hot with parents. They loved putting it up on the wall and saying, you know, if you don’t follow these rules, you could get prosecuted. Whether or not it actually happens, it changes a culture, and that’s part of what we’re trying to do here.

— Amy Klobuchar

The whole celebrity culture thing – I’m fascinated by, and repelled by, and yet I end up knowing about it.

— Anderson Cooper

It’s always great to have things from France at a wedding. It’s symbolic of style, of culture, of taste.

— Andre Leon Talley

What’s that show? ‘TMZ’? They stand there and say, ‘I’ve got this on this person.’ The focus on celebrities can be detrimental because people could be thinking of other things, but it’s a part of the culture and it’s what sells.

— Andre Leon Talley

There’s a great deal of scientific evidence that social connectedness is a very strong protector of emotional well-being, and I think there’s no question that social isolation has greatly increased in our culture in, say, the past 50 years, past 100 years.

— Andrew Weil

I’d like to think that we strive in film and theatre to tell great stories, and I believe in the power of storytelling in our culture.

— Andy Serkis

RSS, as a format and an idea, grew directly out of an internet culture that many people online today know nothing about: Usenet.

— Annalee Newitz

Of necessity, the autobiographical self is not just about one individual but about all the others that an individual interacts with. Of necessity, it incorporates the culture in which the interactions took place.

— Antonio Damasio

Vancouver is an amazing city and luckily, growing up in the Seattle area, I was able to immerse myself into the culture at a young age, traveling back and forth across the border for skating competitions as a youngster.

— Apolo Ohno

Corporate engineers have looked at how women are with each other, borrowing the best tips from female neighborhood culture and then transporting them back into the bosom of capitalism. They’ve feminized capitalism.

— Arlie Russell Hochschild

You get people talking about being worried about their art, and dances… their culture being wiped out or taken over, and yet these same people are taking advantage of their people to use them as cheap labour.

— Arlo Guthrie

Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.

— Arnold Bennett

Our culture already has a number of well known stories about artificial life and non-human intelligence. In ‘Exegesis,’ I’ve tried to not only tell a new and engaging story but also to comment on those well known stories through the details of my novel.

— Astro Teller

In Holland I have seen well-meaning, principled people blinded by multiculturalism, overwhelmed by the imperative to be sensitive and respectful of immigrant culture, while ignoring criminal abuse of women and girls.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The people who believe themselves to be on the left, and who defend the agents of Islam in the name of tolerance and culture, are being rightwing. Not just rightwing. Extreme rightwing. I don’t understand how you can be so upset about the Christian right and just ignore the Islamic right. I’m talking about equality.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The test of our social commitment and humanity is how we treat the most powerless of our fellow citizens, the respect we accord to our fellow human beings. That is what reveals our true culture.

— Azim Premji

We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.

— A. R. Rahman

I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it’s Indian or it’s Western.

— A. R. Rahman

When I wrote ‘The West Wing,’ the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?

— Aaron Sorkin

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

Widespread state control over art and culture has left no room for freedom of expression in the country. For more than 60 years, anyone with a dissenting opinion has been suppressed. Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity.

— Ai Weiwei

Pop culture is great, but it can be bad, at times.

— Aisha Tyler

Science has a culture that is inherently cautious and that is normally not a bad thing. You could even say conservative, because of the peer review process and because the scientific method prizes uncertainty and penalises anyone who goes out on any sort of a limb that is not held in place by abundant and well-documented evidence.

— Al Gore

When the culture of police departments is sometimes infused with bias or preconceived ideas against certain groups, there needs to be reform and retraining throughout. And unfortunately, we cannot rely on local departments to police themselves we need intervention from the top.

— Al Sharpton

I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.

— Al Yankovic

The culture of Greece is not the same as the culture of Germany, and to fuse them into a single unit is extremely difficult.

— Alan Greenspan

One of the things I don’t like about film is its incredible immersive quality. It’s kind of bullying – it’s very big, it’s very flashy, it’s got a lot of weight and it throws it around almost to the detriment of the rest of our culture.

— Alan Moore

Here’s the thing: If you’re monitoring every single thing that goes on in a given culture, if you have all the information that is there to be had, then that is the equivalent of having none of it. How are you going to process that amount of information?

— Alan Moore

Culture is just a shambling zombie that repeats what it did in life bits of it drop off, and it doesn’t appear to notice.

— Alan Moore

If you look at that incredible burst of fantastic characters that emerged in the late 19th century/early 20th century, you can see so many of the fears and hopes of those times embedded in those characters. Even in throwaway bits of contemporary culture you can often find some penetrating insights into the real world around us.

— Alan Moore

There’s too much of a culture that exists out there, what I call an expectancy culture, of things being provided.

— Alan Sugar

Among some of the youngsters, I think reality TV has installed that culture into them and inspired a few of them into wanting to be ‘TV celebrities.’

— Alan Sugar

Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.

— Alanis Morissette

We live, in North America in general, if I’m given the indulgence of selling us down the river, in a culture of fear of this connective sense of spirit.

— Alanis Morissette

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.

— Albert Camus

Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.

— Aldous Huxley

Yes, I am a Mexican, and I have a past and a culture. But what matters is the film itself, not where it was financed or cast.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Now that we’re poisoned with the culture of superheroes, I think it’s important to laugh about it.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don’t like the ironic tone that our pop culture, in the world, has taken. Everything is ‘ironic.’ Everything is ‘cool.’

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Every one of us is a perfect human being, deformed by the family, the society and the culture.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

Dirtbag’ is just the term we use, like a ‘gnarly dude’ in surfing. Within the climbing culture, it means being a committed lifer: someone who has embraced a minimalist ethic in order to rock climb. It basically means you’re a homeless person by choice.

— Alex Honnold

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.

— Alexander McQueen

I love the natural world – it comes from my culture, which grew out of a people enslaved.

— Alice Walker

I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, ‘black feminist’ does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it’s just… womanish.

— Alice Walker

I think America’s food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it’s very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.

— Alice Waters

Food culture is like listening to the Beatles – it’s international, it’s very positive, it’s inventive and creative.

— Alice Waters

Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.

— Allen Ginsberg

At times, I might have been too young I might have been too naive at times and didn’t understand who I really was to a whole culture.

— Allen Iverson

The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.

— Alvin Toffler

I am an American, steeped in American values. But I know on an emotional level what it means to be of the Chinese culture.

— Amy Tan

I went to an exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called ‘The Ten Beauties of Shanghai’.

— Amy Tan

Just because I am paying attention to politics and culture doesn’t mean that I should be talking about the health-care bill, talking about the minutiae.

— Andrew Breitbart

I have two sons in America, and all they care about in Chinese culture is Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

— Ang Lee

These days I’m mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture, and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work, and the Eastside is Chinese – which means my friends.

— Ang Lee

I’m always looking for a cover subject that reflects the magazine, an interest in fashion, in culture, in society. We’re trying to bring the world into the pages of ‘Vogue.’ We do that by tapping into the zeitgeists with our cover subjects.

— Anna Wintour

I got a lot of things that society had promised would make me whole and fulfilled – all the things that the culture tells you from preschool on will quiet the throbbing anxiety inside you – stature, the respect of colleagues, maybe even a kind of low-grade fame.

— Anne Lamott

No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother’s Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture’s bad people and behavior.

— Anne Lamott

According to Inuit culture in Greenland, a person possesses six or seven souls. The souls take the form of tiny people scattered throughout the body.

— Annie Dillard

Design my own line? No, I just like the culture.

— ASAP Rocky

I can’t tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it’s something I never felt a part of. I’ve always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.

— Augusten Burroughs

I’ve been repeating ad nauseam that we in Burma, we are weak with regard to the culture of negotiated compromises, that we have to develop the ability to achieve such compromises.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.

— Ava DuVernay

If you’re doing something outside of dominant culture, there’s not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.

— Ava DuVernay

One of the reasons why I created the podcast called the ‘The Call-In’ that we do through Array – because as a black artist, every time I sit down with mainstream media, I’m asked about issues of race, identity and culture. No one asked what they ask my white male counterparts, which is: ‘Where do you like to put the camera?’

— Ava DuVernay

There was a time when I was knocking on doors and concerned with being recognized in dominant culture. I’ve found a space where the terrain is different, where I’m embraced by people like me, and where I’m building new ways of doing things, as opposed to trying to insert myself in a place that might not be welcoming.

— Ava DuVernay

I worked with Ismail Merchant on ‘The Mystic Masseur,’ I did ‘Sakina’s Restaurant,’ I’ve done plays, I’ve been on Broadway, I’ve done movies, I’ve done TV… but nothing has had the pop culture penetrative impact as ‘The Daily Show’ has. It’s the nature of the beast.

— Aasif Mandvi

I go to South Dakota for ceremonies when I have the time. And when you learn what the Indian peoples have gone through to hold onto their culture and traditions… wow, it’s an amazing story.

— Adam Beach

Poverty is not the simple result of bad geography, bad culture, bad history. It’s the result of us: of the ways that people choose to organize their societies.

— Adam Davidson

Graffiti has an interesting relationship to the broader world of hip-hop: It’s part of the culture, but also in a weird way a stepchild of the culture.

— Adam Mansbach

I think that being Jewish is in some ways unique because there’s this conflation of race, culture and religion.

— Adam Mansbach

Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten.

— Albert J. Nock

Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture.

— Albert J. Nock

Concerning culture as a process, one would say that it means learning a great many things and then forgetting them and the forgetting is as necessary as the learning.

— Albert J. Nock

Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture.

— Albert J. Nock

Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians, and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment, have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a significant attitudinal change towards our culture.

— Alex Campbell

Like I said about Freaked, people tend to find these films, and I think that in the end the cool thing about a movie is that it can be sort of burnt temporarily, but then it’s burnt into the fabric of your culture.

— Alex Winter

Marketing has supplanted story as the primary force behind the worthiness of making a film, and that’s a very sad thing. It’s film only as a function of consumerism rather than as an important component of our culture, and that’s everywhere around the world.

— Alexander Payne

As a culture, we really like our food passive.

— Alexandra Kleeman

Movies can tell us about our place, or lack of place, in our culture.

— Allison Anders

Even when writing your own poems, you need to talk to people you need to magpie around, getting words and things. I’m very against the celebrity culture that wants to say: ‘this is a genius, this is one person who has done something brilliant.’ There are always a hundred people in the background who have helped to make it.

— Alice Oswald

I’ve always felt, with ‘The Iliad,’ a real frustration that it’s read wrong. That it’s turned into this public school poem, which I don’t think it is. That glamorising of war, and white-limbed, flowing-haired Greek heroes – it’s become a cliched, British empire part of our culture.

— Alice Oswald

I worked for three years in a small IT firm in Chicago. I managed our client base, so I translated into human speak for our technicians. But our company was sold, and the atmosphere and the culture really changed, so I quit without having anything else lined up.

— Allison Tolman

Aaron Spelling always had his finger on the pulse of pop culture, he knew what the public wanted to see. He was one of the most loyal men in this business and believed in me at a time in my career when no one else would.

— Alyssa Milano

I’m not a religious person I’m more of a spiritual person, so I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture.

— Amar’e Stoudemire

Only a well-rounded intellect, a spirit nourished in the eternal sources of intelligence and culture, of justice and wisdom, is a safeguard against both indifference and skepticism.

— Ameen Rihani

The result of the collaborative culture is that corporations or government institutions focus intensely on internal culture and pour their energy into achieving minuscule policy changes relating to workplace efficiency, gender or race.

— Amity Shlaes

Everybody gets too drunk sometimes and even if everybody didn’t, I have gotten too drunk sometimes. I haven’t hurt anybody. In Ireland we drink a lot. It’s part of our culture. I like drinking. I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

— Andrea Corr

In the first speech I delivered as health secretary, I made one thing perfectly clear: we need a cultural shift in the NHS: from a culture responsive mainly to orders from the top down to one responsive to patients, in which patient safety is put first.

— Andrew Lansley

The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn’t part of normal life: people don’t encounter it normally, they don’t see it in their big supermarkets, they don’t see people smoking in public places, they don’t see tobacco vending machines.

— Andrew Lansley

There’s a culture inside the NHS that is highly paternalistic. You know, ‘We give them the service and they are grateful.’ We have to move to shared decision-making.

— Andrew Lansley

Groupon as a company – it’s built into the business model – is about surprise. A new deal that surprises you every day. We’ve carried that over to our brand, in the writing and the marketing that we do, and in the internal corporate culture.

— Andrew Mason

Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very difficult to reverse that inertia if you wanted to.

— Andrew Mason

We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics.

— Andrzej Wajda

The culture of philanthropy is alive and very well in Africa. International aid strengthens and extends it, but in the communities where I have spent time, it is all-pervasive.

— Ann Cotton

There are a lot of Chinese comics, but the Chinese comics tend to be more historical and conservative. Japanese culture, just the comics are amazing. They’re like films: very few words they move so much in these books with hundreds of pages.

— Ann Nocenti

I think it’s even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses.

— Anthony Michael Hall

It’s not worth it, it’s not about money, especially when you’re dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down.

— Antoine Fuqua

In our culture, I think that there is no markers anymore. Young men don’t really have something that says you’re a grown up now, until you have a baby.

— Antoine Fuqua

Maybe silence is something we’re uncomfortable with as a culture, I don’t know.

— Anton Yelchin

Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture, someone who can run a magazine or a museum. An administrator, in fact. I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual.

— Antonio Tabucchi

Don’t tire yourself more than need be, even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.

— Antonin Artaud

Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.

— Antonin Artaud

This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see… the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.

— Arthur Erickson

I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.

— Arthur Erickson

Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.

— Arthur Erickson

I think bad politics are incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to make sure that people are communicating well. Culture and morale are super important. It’s best to not force it, but let it happen organically and genuinely.

— Aaron Levie

For us to accomplish our goals, it will be necessary to transform our political culture, to respect plurality, and to build, among ourselves, bridges and more bridges.

— Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.

— Ajay Naidu

We seem to live a culture that doesn’t want blemishes. The vision of most beautiful models… airbrushed in order to be seen as perfect, infects our notion of how literature should be written.

— Alberto Manguel

I guess, like most foreigners, when you’re away, you see your own culture being even more strange. But where I come from and my roots mean a lot. I miss my family and my friends. Something I’ve realized as I’ve been traveling is that it’s more about the actual people than the actual place.

— Alicia Vikander

I don’t see why, if you look at how the Australian culture and psyche is, that we can’t be amongst the most generous, from the grassroots up, nations in the world.

— Andrew Forrest

You’re a Catholic in Italy when you’re born, it’s unthinkable to stop being Catholic. You just take the rules a lot more seriously, because it pervades your culture.

— Andrew Greeley

There’s a toxicity within gaming culture, and also in tech culture, that drives this misogynist hatred, this reactionary backlash against women who have anything to say, especially those who have critiques or who are feminists.

— Anita Sarkeesian

The notion that gaming was not for women rippled out into society, until we heard it not just from the games industry, but from our families, teachers and friends. As a consequence, I, like many women, had a complicated, love-hate relationship with gaming culture.

— Anita Sarkeesian

Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational, existential. Nothing is sacred. After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative, is threatened.

— Archie Shepp

A lot of groups spend their whole cultural and aesthetic identity trying to move away from Africa, which I think is a mistake. One of the reasons I love Cuba and cultures like that is because they’re not trying to move away from their African roots, they’re trying to embrace them. That’s part of the culture.

— Arturo O’Farrill

Culture is a fluid, ongoing process. People tend to look at culture in a fixed time but it’s constantly moving and evolving, as is the conversation between Americans and Cubans.

— Arturo O’Farrill

I grew up in an environment with virtually no Hispanics where you see only people in your culture in custodial jobs. I had a messed up image of what we bring to this nation. My father was known as a pioneering figure in Cuban music, but I still associated him with everything that was negative in my neighborhood. I could not have been more mistaken.

— Arturo O’Farrill

I was eager to see what Swedish design had to offer and get a sense of its fashion culture, and Altewai Saome was the perfect introduction.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

There’s a constant anxiety that comes from having an innate sense of self, yet existing within a homogenised, aspirational culture.

— Autre Ne Veut

Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones.

— Azar Nafisi

In the past 30 years, officials of the Iranian regime and its apologists have labeled criticism, especially with regard to women’s rights, as anti-Islamic and pro-Western, justifying its brutalities by ascribing them to Islam and Iran’s culture.

— Azar Nafisi

Rap was started by black people and, thus, is at the foundation of black culture. So people cannot always wrap their minds around someone like me being inspired by it. But if you listen to the things we’re saying, they’re authentically us.

— Awkwafina

My grandma was very traditional, but she herself is a rebel of that culture.

— Awkwafina

Indian food has been huge in the UK forever and ever, but that’s because it has a historical rooting. America, I think is really ripe for it. There’s been so much interest in Indian culture.

— Aarti Sequeira

I’m of Nigerian descent, from the Yoruba tribe. Names are very significant in that culture. It basically states your purpose in life.

— Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

There are values of humanity, culture, beauty, community that may require deviations from the cold logic of market theory.

— Anthony Lewis

I think New York is a really wonderful place to raise a child. There’s so much available, and so much diversity and culture, lots of things to see and do. My whole family is here.

— Ana Ortiz

In Australian culture, people are just more laid back, people aren’t as serious, they just take their time with things. It’s just like, whatever, if I don’t get it done I don’t get it done.

— Andrew Bogut

From sublime affairs of state to the stark and vulgar popular culture of our own contemporary lives, let’s make this descent into the lower registers together and recognize the good, nasty fun of ‘Gone Girl,’ Chicago writer Gillian Flynn’s novel about the mysterious disappearance of a clever and deceptive young Midwestern housewife.

— Alan Cheuse

I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn’t know anything about it.

— Alan Hovhaness

What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship.

— Andrew Sullivan

Traveling, I’ve met Ghanaian people who have seen me in minor stuff, but they see the name Ato Essandoh, and they recognize it as a Ghanaian name. They come up to me and are always so excited. You don’t think about it, but they really absorb American culture.

— Ato Essandoh

Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave she is so empowered. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.

— Auli’i Cravalho

Moana is definitely a Disney character, which is something that I totally love. She’s totally bad butt: really awesome. I think she really embodies it because I, as someone who has grown up, been born and raised on the island of Hawaii – so, the Big Island – I love my culture.

— Auli’i Cravalho

I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.

— Ann Beattie

I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture.

— Alva Myrdal

I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat.

— Alexander Skarsgard

People were expecting Rouge to go bankrupt, so there was a lot of anxiety. The corporate culture problem was even worse than in Russia. And at the same time, the work rules were more difficult.

— Alexei Mordashov

I love to hang out with boys – I’ve got brothers – but I’m a girl’s girl, in all the ways you can be girlie. Nails and chats and gossip magazines and reality TV and pop culture.

— Alice Eve

A man is a man in every part of the world. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the culture and education that each man has received since he was a child, in his home. It has to do with how he was raised.

— Alicia Machado

People in the Middle East may consider the U.S. an evil hegemony that has tainted their culture, but when I look at the growth of racial and ethnic tolerance and understanding in my generation in the U.S., and see those sentiments make it around the world, it makes me feel proud.

— Aloe Blacc

Viking women, if they were left behind, were ruling their town. They were earls in their own right they owned land in their own right. They could divorce their husbands if they wanted to. All of those wonderful allowances that were made for women in the Viking culture weren’t really part of the Christian culture at the time.

— Alyssa Sutherland

There is an element in some of my work that has to do with being an outsider, feeling like not part of the dominant culture.

— Amy Gerstler

Mexico and the U.S. are bound not only because of the common border, but by a shared culture and history.

— Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

I’ve been thinking about the distorted view of science that prevails in our culture. I’ve been wondering about this, because our civilization is completely dependent on science and high technology, yet most of us are alienated from science.

— Ann Druyan

Psychopaths are actually, really, really, really rare in our culture, are people who don’t… Or in society, in the world. They’re people who don’t feel guilt. They’re people who don’t feel fear. I think that most of us feel those things. There’s a kind of… They’re almost like superheroes. Not to glorify them, but you know what I mean?

— Annie Parisse

Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary-in-the-coal-mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy – how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty.

— Antonya Nelson

Well, the most important thing about Islam is that we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam. The first one is the institution of Islam… second, the culture of Islam.

— Abdurrahman Wahid

My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug ‘Vanity Fair.’ You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.

— Abigail Spencer

I used to say, ‘Mad’ takes on both sides.’ We even used to rake the hippies over the coals. They were protesting the Vietnam War, but we took aspects of their culture and had fun with it. ‘Mad’ was wide open.

— Al Feldstein

How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.

— Adam West

Holland was one of the first countries to adopt dance music into their culture, and we were the first ones to have really big raves. I grew up in that atmosphere in the early 1990s, and I was very interested in how dance music was made.

— Armin van Buuren

In my book I don’t just demonstrate that free enterprise is the most efficient way of organizing an economy – which it is. I also show that it’s an expression of American values, and, thus, that a fight for free enterprise is very much a fight for our culture.

— Arthur C. Brooks

It is confusing, because in this culture we really don’t have anything that corresponds to geisha.

— Arthur Golden

Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx.

— Arthur Hertzberg

Growing older, you respect the whole culture behind Nirvana.

— Ashton Irwin

I’m so fascinated by YouTube culture. I have no idea how it’s working, but more and more people are becoming Internet famous, and it is because it allows you to have an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable to be yourself, which you might not get otherwise.

— Aubrey Peeples

I think that when a film does its job, it poses questions rather than gives answers. It should act as a frustrating counselor who, at your bidding for advice, says, ‘What do you think?’ I think that’s some of what the culture critic Greg Tate meant by art leaving a ‘metaphysical stain.’

— Aunjanue Ellis

It’s typical of Italian culture that we only start to feel emotional about something when we have the possibility to see it in front of us. By February, Italy will have Olympic fever.

— Alberto Tomba

In our culture I think most people think of grief as sadness, and that’s certainly part of it, a large part of it, but there’s also this thorniness, these edges that come out.

— Anthony Rapp

When I was 11, I went to Puerto Rico for a month to stay with my grandmother. To see the way people lived there and experience my own culture was wonderful.

— Andrea Navedo

I think Yandex is something in between two different cultures. One originated from the old Soviet culture of the scientific institute. It was a free atmosphere of scientists, maybe too free because nobody cared about making money. Another origin is something close to what you usually see in California startups.

— Arkady Volozh

I think, especially in pop culture, we’re brought up to think that a normal pop star is this pretty, well-kept-together girl.

— Bebe Rexha

In this culture, the phrase ‘black woman’ is not synonymous with ‘tender,’ or ‘gentle.’ It’s as if those words couldn’t possibly speak to the reality of black females.

— bell hooks

Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance.

— Benazir Bhutto

There’s a huge raft of roles that actors in our culture perform, and you can see any one of about three Hamlets in a year. It’s not something to be completely daunted by.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

Faith, culture, structure and guidance are good things.

— Bethenny Frankel

It may be no surprise that Pittsburgh has direct flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt, but consider this: many of the tourists here have come from Europe to the capital of culture in the Alleghenies.

— Bill Dedman

If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.

— Bill Gates

The Cosby Show’ made an impact on comedy, television and culture. We rejected lowering the bar.

— Bill Cosby

One thing I’ve always loved about the culture at Microsoft is there is nobody who is tougher on us, in terms of what we need to learn and do better, than the people in the company itself. You can walk down these halls, and they’ll tell you, ‘We need to do usability better, push this or that frontier.’

— Bill Gates

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character.

— Bill Frist

Saturday night at my house, I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it’s important to teach kids about American culture, and films are certainly a big part of it.

— Bill O’Reilly

They’re not put on earth to be martyrs they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each person’s circumstances are unique.

— Billie Jean King

Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.

— Billy Corgan

I mean my point as an artist is I’m on my own little weird journey across the sky here and whether or not anybody’s listening, or listening to the degree I would like them to, at the end of the day has to be an inconsequential thing because I can’t chase this culture.

— Billy Corgan

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.

— Billy Joel

Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.

— Bob Marley

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.

— Bob Schieffer

Everybody can remember outfits like Celine Dion’s backwards Dior tuxedo… these ‘worst’ dresses become part of pop culture, and we keep referencing them.

— Brad Goreski

The same myths are told in every culture, and they might swap out details, but it’s still the same story. It’s the same story, but with a different face.

— Brie Larson

Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color.

— Brad Goreski

Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what ‘was’ and ‘were,’ we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture.

— Buffy Sainte-Marie

Everywhere in the world, whether manufacturing, trade or whatever, it is controlled by one apparatus and one policy perspective. Here we have one prime minister with good intentions, and six ministries running their own empires. This creates problems including the import culture.

— Baba Kalyani

I am interviewing people with a spirit of genuine interest and compassion, and therefore, the general tone of the site is one of genuine interest and compassion. The moment that culture changes, ‘Humans of New York’ is no longer viable.

— Brandon Stanton

If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.

— Barbara Kruger

The electronics industry expanded rapidly and the seeds for the semiconductor and software revolution were planted. The postwar period also saw the suburbanization of America, the rise of the homeowner, the build-out of the interstate highway system, and the rise of automobile culture. Credit availability expanded dramatically.

— Barry Ritholtz

I used to think that, given enough goodwill, anybody would be able to ‘get’ any music, no matter how distant the culture from which it came. And then I heard Chinese opera.

— Brian Eno

I think dance in any culture, in any form, is a true leveler.

— Baz Luhrmann

In our culture, we get very much into shorthanding people. And I got shorthanded as That Guy: Jennifer Lopez, movies bombed, therefore he must be a sort of thoughtless dilettante, solipsistic consumer blahblahblah. It’s hard to shake those sort of narratives.

— Ben Affleck

We live in a youth-obsessed, aesthetically obsessed culture. That is no more evident than in the film industry.

— Ben Barnes

The Irish and British, they love satire, it’s a large part of the culture.

— Ben Nicholson

The problem in Hollywood is that they try to become the only kind of cinema in the world, okay? The imposition everywhere of a unique culture, which is Hollywood culture, and a unique way of life, which is the American way of life.

— Bernardo Bertolucci

When the culture is strong, you’ve got this consistency where black people can grow up in these places with this voice just resonating about our special-ness in the universe. And I always say you’re in trouble if you get too far away from that core that grounds you.

— Bernice Johnson Reagon

I thought to be feminine was to give in to straight culture, or the beauty standard, but in my heart I had a flair for fashion and style. They were passions I kept secret because I didn’t understand I could love clothes and hair and makeup and still like girls.

— Beth Ditto

Because I didn’t have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn’t hand us enough variety to choose from.

— Beth Ditto

Olympia was a town crawling with music. I was new to the whole punk scene. The culture shock continued Olympia had bagels! We didn’t have bagels in Arkansas. You could order vegetarian food all over town! It was so crazy to me – a place with so many vegetarians, the restaurants made special dishes for them?

— Beth Ditto

Bengalis love to celebrate their language, their culture, their politics, their fierce attachment to a city that has been famously dying for more than a century. They resent with equal ferocity the reflex stereotyping that labels any civic dysfunction anywhere in the world ‘another Calcutta.’

— Bharati Mukherjee

Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.

— Bill Griffith

In the 1980s, Vietnam emerged in our culture as a legitimate and compelling topic for discussion rather than something to be hidden in shame.

— Bobbie Ann Mason

Our culture, language, history, and values are vital to uniting us as a nation.

— Bobby Jindal

And it’s not only films, I’m pretty unaware of anything that’s going on in popular culture right now.

— Brad Bird

Burroughs was never really that pleased with the way popular culture and society treated his character. He tried to make a few movies of his own as a result, but they weren’t very good.

— Brendan Fraser

I love ‘Guitar Hero,’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture.

— Brett Ratner

I came out to Hollywood when I was just 18, and my dad, he was really into Hollywood and theater and art, and I guess growing up, he exposed me to a lot of culture, and I just started making Super-8 films in high school and decided I wanted to be a filmmaker.

— Bill Paxton

I always wanted to create a site that was sports and pop culture. ’30 for 30′ had a big impact because I loved how that was about finding, empowering and working with these incredible directors, and I thought the same thing could work for writers.

— Bill Simmons

Music is critical in our lives and culture. It’s the inspiration that drives us. It’s also the window to our souls. It’s a reflection as to who we are, what we stand for and where we’re going.

— Bill Walton

Positive culture comes from being mindful, and respecting your coworkers, and being empathetic.

— Biz Stone

There are still many places I haven’t seen that I’d like to travel to. I’ve never seen the Pyramids, and I’d love to explore the culture in North India. I think walking in the Andes would also be awesome.

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

The Good Guy’ is a totally differently-looking New York than ‘How To Make It’ portrays. ‘The Good Guy’ is all about Wall Street and that culture, which ‘How To Make It’ touches on, but ‘How To Make It’ also is downtown, Lower East Side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world.

— Bryan Greenberg

I think the more we embrace the culture of life and respect life, the better that we do.

— Bob McDonnell

Dig into the roots of culture, and it will grow. It’s like a grass that is growing, and it cannot stop, and music is like the fertilizer for that.

— Burning Spear

I really only respect the Arab culture. I ain’t really trying to pay no attention to, ya know, these little people in political positions and executive positions that ain’t Arab culture oriented people because a lot of the times, what are you really showing all of this concern for?

— Busta Rhymes

My thinking is that if we’re going to take from a culture, let’s take from a culture that has exemplified success for thousands of years.

— Busta Rhymes

Because of the Chinese culture of obedience, you don’t ask questions… You follow and obey.

— Bai Ling

English is my second language, but in Hong Kong, they don’t know that I’m from China. They think I’m from Hollywood because all the films they see are from here. China and Hong Kong are very different places, but they’re starting to merge. Still the culture is very different.

— Bai Ling

I had no words for these feelings. And then people started using the word Ms. Suddenly, there was this handle with which I could identify myself and understand why I felt so out of whack with the culture around me.

— Betty Buckley

Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion.

— Bill Condon

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.

— Bill Toomey

As I look out there and see the culture of baseball, a lot of blacks and Latins, it’s given me a lot of joy to know that Jackie started that. If Jackie hadn’t come in ’47, me and Ron Santo wouldn’t have played in Double-A and all those years in the big leagues.

— Billy Williams

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture.

— Bob Filner

When I talk about rock n’ roll, to me, that goes back to the beginning of the 1950s. Blue suede shoes and sideburns, man. Pink and black coloured clothes. Turn your collar up, comb your hair in ducktails. And the music was cool. It was a whole culture then – a different world.

— Bobby Keys

I’m sure mothers are important across every culture, but particularly in Korean society, the role of the mother is of great importance.

— Bong Joon-ho

Sometimes in the black culture, being raised as an independent woman is misconstrued as someone who doesn’t need a man. I think that’s wrong. I think we all need someone.

— Boris Kodjoe

The Southern Baptist Church is a specific culture in itself. So, I had to study, talk to people, watch tape and go to performances to see how Gospel artists move compared to secular artists.

— Boris Kodjoe

I’ve never understood why artists, who so often condescend to the cliches of their own culture, are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about.

— Brad Holland

Winston was a bit of a challenge, all right, from a lot of different perspectives. It wasn’t just the culture or the class divide or the historical baggage – it was also the age difference. We had to see if I could be aged-up legitimately, without it becoming some sort of hokey acting challenge.

— Brendan Gleeson

For those who struggle with anti-pagan prejudices and stereotypes, Humanist Paganism might be a powerful educational tool. It can show that a pagan can be a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and enlightened person, and that a pagan culture can be artistically vibrant, environmentally conscious, intellectually stimulating, and socially just.

— Brendan Myers

In Australia, we cling on to whatever culture we have. We’re such a multicultural country.

— Brenton Thwaites

I want to go back home and make movies in Australia. There’s so many stories that we haven’t captured yet. In Australia, we cling on to whatever culture we have. We’re such a multicultural country.

— Brenton Thwaites

As a comic, I used to know more about pop culture.

— Brian Posehn

When I was in the middle of the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ series, and it was slowly becoming more popular, though still not financially solvent, I had this real bratty instinct to turn around and do something super arty and dark. I felt dismissed by comics culture, stuck in between the artcomix world and the nerdcomix world, and I was cranky about it.

— Bryan Lee O’Malley

If you apologize to me, I look at it as an insult because my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, like every other culture out there, did exactly what they needed to do. They worked hard, and they became part of the American way, and they earned the respect of Americans across the board. We need to do the same.

— Burgess Owens

While mainstream media is led by profit, ratings and popularist culture and filtered by the current political climate, Alternative Media is lead solely by the convictions of the campaign and film maker.

— Ben Edwards

We are living in a culture where we are so led by the visual, and what is promoted in the media, that the attitude becomes, ‘I don’t have to go through normalcy in life – I can look for exemptions. And I expect them, and when I look for them and they are not there, I am angry.’

— Ben Harney

The more English is heard in the world, the more gratifying it seems to speak French, and above all to know the culture of our country. They find a kind of French social grace in the language and culture.

— Bernard Pivot

Because the stuff that they feed kids now, they’ll have a bunch of idiots in the next millennium as far as art and culture is concerned.

— Billy Higgins

If someone can’t behave with their colleagues and can’t be part of the culture, it doesn’t matter how good they are at what they do they have to be asked to leave.

— Bob Diamond

This is our culture, and I don’t care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn’t have confidence in himself or else he doesn’t believe in what he’s doing.

— Betty Carter

At the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School, we learned to express ourselves, and I’ve been expressing myself ever since.

— Betty Comden

I have realized over time that I missed the mark with HyperCard. I grew up in a box-centric culture at Apple. If I’d grown up in a network-centric culture, like Sun, HyperCard might have been the first Web browser. My blind spot at Apple prevented me from making HyperCard the first Web browser.

— Bill Atkinson

For many years, our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters have paid a great price. Other Jews have rejected them, and the Christian church would require they walk away from their traditions to fit into the Gentile culture. We must face these past wrongs.

— Bill McCartney

Despite the efforts of some parents, children still tend to act out the traditional sex roles of our culture. The child’s peer group may have more of an influence over this than the parents.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

I still think there’s a big part of the population that has a lot of misinformation about sharks. But I think it’s beginning to change a little bit. As good information about sharks permeates popular culture, things may start to change.

— Brian Skerry

When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock, growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in this unit full of black men.

— Bruce Beresford

The Beatles’ story is all of our stories. It is about how the youth culture emerged, the drug culture emerged, how politics rose to the fore as a universal debate. It’s about rebellion, it’s about the growth of the British entertainment system, the growth of the rock n’ roll entertainment system.

— Bob Spitz

The doughy-faced woman has been forced to sit on the sidelines of culture for too long, and it’s now time for us to stand up with our big round faces like the moon and say we have things to say, too. We have a round-faced agenda we want to push.

— Caitlin Moran

A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.

— Camille Paglia

I’m a professor of media studies as well as humanities, and I’m an evangelist of popular culture, but when there’s only media, then there’s going to be a slow debasement of language, and that’s what I think we’re fighting.

— Camille Paglia

All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once!

— Camille Paglia

Popular culture – above all rock ‘n’ roll, with its African-American R & B roots – did far more to radicalize us than did any feminist leader.

— Camille Paglia

I got overwhelmed by the magnitude of the celebrity culture in America. My background is as a news journalist, and newsrooms in the US are shrinking – investigation teams are being terminated or shrunk on newspapers all around the country. The one aspect that’s expanded is coverage of celebrity culture.

— Carl Hiaasen

Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.

— Carlos Fuentes

Good is somebody who delivered and allowed the company to overcome obstacles, without leaving a profound impact on its culture. Great is somebody who leads his company to achievements and performance and value that nobody was expecting it had.

— Carlos Ghosn

In high school, I loved history. I also loved cosmography, algebra. Mexico is so rich in culture and history, and I have always enjoyed that.

— Carlos Slim

I think the arc of history is long, and it bends toward justice. And I think that’s what the ‘Star Wars’ message is. You know, the dark side is in the human heart. And chaos is very troubling for an individual or for a culture, which can lead you to authoritarian leaders. But the arc of history is on the right side. I believe that.

— Cass Sunstein

Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a ‘universal’ without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere.

— Chaim Potok

Well, one hopes that if you’re really related to the core of your particular culture, you have profound commitments to it, and that you are aware of how much you can strain it before you do violence to its essential nature.

— Chaim Potok

Perhaps it is time to debate culture. The common story is that in ‘real’ African culture, before it was tainted by the West, gender roles were rigid and women were contentedly oppressed.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I grew up in a culture of motorbikes. So I like racing just fine. Quite a lot, actually. That was when I was a boy in Australia. And I never really made the jump to cars after that.

— Chris Hemsworth

Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything.

— Chris Martin

My biggest fear was public speaking, and then having everyone know who I was, it was definitely weird at first. When I first won, it was definitely a culture shock, it was something I wasn’t quite ready for.

— Chris Moneymaker

My first year on ‘SNL’, I made $90,000 dollars. And I bought a red Corvette for $45,000 dollars. I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got 45 grand left!’ Taxes didn’t even come into my equation. At the end of the first year of making 90 grand I was 25, 30 in the hole. We live in this baller, spend-money culture.

— Chris Rock

Even if you don’t like colours, you will end up having something red. For everyone who doesn’t like colour, red is a symbol of a lot of culture. It has a different signification but never a bad one.

— Christian Louboutin

A lot of my friends have tattoos I realized that it’s not only just a part of pop culture, but a bit of a map on someone’s body, which says something about people. A part of their life, like an armor or a crest.

— Christian Louboutin

WASP’ is the only ethnic term that is in fact a term of class, apart from redneck, which is another word for the same group but who are in the lower social strata, so it’s inexplicably tied up with social standing and culture and history in a way that the other hyphenations just are not.

— Christopher Hitchens

It’s considered acceptable in our culture to approach perfect strangers, as often or not who may be in extremis, and evangelise. I don’t see why that’s considered a normal thing.

— Christopher Hitchens

Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn’t really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously.

— Christopher Nolan

Government and culture are two diametrically opposed forces – the one blinds and oppresses, the other uplifts and unites.

— Chuck D

Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture. DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it.

— Chuck D

Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.

— Chuck D

I never think I’m making fun of my culture. In fact I’m making fun of myself, because I catch myself doing some very stupid things.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I think there’s so much about Rasta culture that’s interesting. Just the idea of preaching one-ness, that we’re all in this together.

— Conor Oberst

Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people’s culture and working people’s culture and so forth.

— Cornel West

I believe that we can, in a deliberate way, articulate the kind of people we want to become. We can articulate the culture that we would want to exist in our family, and you can then, as the rest of life happens to you, you can utilize those things to help you become the kind of person you want to be.

— Clayton Christensen

Puffy’s contribution to hip-hop culture was the remix. He offered us the music that his mom played in front of him, with newer drums and younger artists. That worked, and will consistently be there. The remix comes right after the original record, that’s something Puffy did to influence the culture.

— Curtis Jackson

There’s a small group of guys in hip-hop that really have money. The whole culture talks about money, but it’s a small group that actually has it.

— Curtis Jackson

My mom was very much the product of a very paternalistic, deep-southern culture, but also a repressed feminist. Her way of being defiant was to raise us to be rebellious ourselves – basically, the opposite of who she had to be in her own life.

— Campbell Brown

In our fast-forward culture, we have lost the art of eating well. Food is often little more than fuel to pour down the hatch while doing other stuff – surfing the Web, driving, walking along the street. Dining al desko is now the norm in many workplaces. All of this speed takes a toll. Obesity, eating disorders and poor nutrition are rife.

— Carl Honore

At the end of the day, you want to be always the one that’s one step ahead of everybody, and when it comes to hip-hop, culture and art, you want to be that signature guy.

— Carmelo Anthony

Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts.

— Caroline Knapp

Cottage cheese is one of our culture’s most visible symbols of self-denial marketed honestly, it would appear in dairy cases with warning labels: this substance is self-punitive ingest with caution.

— Caroline Knapp

What is acceptable in our culture, I think, is really detrimental. I think we ought to have a little more ownership over the kind of material and the content that we put in front of people, especially young people.

— Casey Affleck

I’d had a French education for three years, my father being in the army. From 9 to 12, I went to French school. I’ve been sort of part of the culture, part of the geography, since I was quite young – the imprint was there.

— Charlotte Rampling

Indeed, in a world of the BlackBerry, remote access and Wi-Fi hotspots on every street corner, it feels particularly outdated that much of our working culture is still dominated by the need to be at our desk for long hours of the day.

— Cherie Blair

I get interested in the various ways that music is being done in the culture, and some of it I like thoroughly enough to want to learn about it. The way I have been successful at doing that is to become part of it.

— Chick Corea

I’m a very senses-oriented person, and I want to bring readers in on the level of the senses, so they can experience another culture and another place.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I have a variety of readers from across the diasporic community, not just from South Asia. I like to write large stories that include all of us – about common and cohesive experiences which bring together many immigrants, their culture shocks, transformations, concepts of home and self in a new land.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The ancient world is always accessible, no matter what culture you come from. I remember when I was growing up in India and I read the ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey.’

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

India has been a very accepting culture. We pride ourselves on that. That is a global truth. In fact, it forms a major theme in my books.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

I’m interested in youth culture – when your parents are running your life, but you think you’re the big man – but I’m not trying to make a statement.

— Chris Lilley

I don’t care what anybody says, there’s nothing like the cultural influence of hip-hop. For me, hip-hop culture is involved in everything – it’s in me, in who I am, in how I dress, how I talk. It’s in my son and my wife.

— Chris Paul

When I think about the real pioneers of the psychedelic movement in a musical sense, not just the culture, everything had a handmade sort of vibe to it. We’re inventing our culture as we move along into this.

— Chris Robinson

Right now, I’ve never been more impressed by the new bands that we meet. I may be 10, 20 years older, but we’re all on the same page about culture, music and life.

— Chris Robinson

Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.

— Chris Van Allsburg

We’re a very success-driven culture, which is such a downer at times. Even if you don’t think that way, you’re forced to think that way. Everyone is trying to subconsciously out-do everyone else.

— Courtney Barnett

In a school where everyone is famous or rich or whatever, you have a culture, ‘What does your dad do?’ ‘What does your mom do?’

— Cynthia Nixon

The thing I love about Rome is that is has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.

— Claire Tomalin

In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God’s gift to the world. In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God’s gift to the collective.

— Christopher Lasch

I’m saying, let’s learn to reacquire a respect for the power of guns. This culture is so indifferent and disrespectful of guns that we should be terrified.

— Christopher McQuarrie

On Common Culture, you’ll find coffee, clothing, and compilations. So many C’s!

— Connor Franta

You have to stay updated on trends, social things and pop culture, you need to stay with the times and keep evolving.

— Corey Feldman

I think there’s a huge lack of political artists in America, and I think it really speaks to our consumeristic culture and how people are driven to be financially successful here. It’s such a shame that we don’t have people who are more inspired than that.

— Corin Tucker

It’s very, very hard to affect culture. And you can get surprised thinking you’re farther down the path of change than you really are because, frankly, most of us like the way things are.

— Carol Bartz

People have to identify with their own stories, with their own lives, so a movie belongs to a country and to a culture. Sometimes we can share, but it’s very rare.

— Carole Bouquet

I’m always at the opposite end of the spectrum, the opposite of hipster culture, and I enjoy that.

— Chad Kroeger

I majored in directing. However, I did spend some time at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, so I am somewhat well-versed in African Studies.

— Chadwick Boseman

My taste in music originates from my culture and heritage, and from traveling the world and listening to all kinds of fun sounds and bits.

— Chanel Iman

No place is perfect, but I admire Oahu for its offering of the tropical and the urban, and then its Asian-inflected culture and cuisines.

— Chang-Rae Lee

Some of the substance of English words, I just don’t understand at all because the culture’s so strange to me.

— Chow Yun-Fat

On the one hand, I’m this guy who grew up in the suburbs of New York City to very conservative parents, and the other side of me is fascinated by the peripheries of our culture, maybe because that’s where our culture is most in transition and where there’s likely to be conflict.

— Chris Bohjalian

By 2007, we were finally living in a culture where people get what networks are and what technology can do to connect people.

— Chris Hughes

American culture is not about experiencing our shame, it’s about denying it. It’s been that way our whole history.

— Chris Jordan

You know, Darwin said through natural selection things go gradually, and he was talking about pigeon’s evolution or horses evolving, getting faster. But in fact if you look at evolution on a bigger scale, cosmic evolution and you look at culture evolution you see it jumps, it goes through phase changes, and that’s very exciting.

— Charles Jencks

As an old man who remembers the intellectual exhilaration and the pleasure of having done good work that characterized the CIA when it was young, I wonder if it might not be better to speak and think in terms of restoring its culture.

— Charles McCarry

Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in theorder of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.

— Christopher Dawson

It is true that Christianity is not bound up with any particular race or culture. It is neither of the East or of the West, but has a universal mission to the human race as a whole.

— Christopher Dawson

As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.

— Christopher Dawson

No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion.

— Christopher Dawson

The Green Lantern’ seems a little calculated to me. It’s like, ‘We’ve got to get on this gay bandwagon and make this character gay.’ Like anything else, there’s earnest expressions in the culture and then there’s kind of bandwagoning.

— Christopher McCulloch

I grew up on a farm, and we didn’t have cable and only limited radio stations, so I wasn’t inundated with culture the way people in other parts of the country were. But I was really interested in it.

— Chuck Klosterman

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.

— Carl Bernstein

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.

— Carl Bernstein

John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls – indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans.

— Carl Bernstein

I really feel that I had a genuinely diverse, multicultural upbringing, and I just don’t find New York to be quite as diverse. Maybe I’m romanticising, but I feel that I was exposed to a real melting pot in terms of culture and pop culture. My kids are essentially middle-class, but I do try to remind them that they come from humble beginnings.

— Carmen Ejogo

I think if education was celebrated in pop culture, we’d live in a better place.

— Cote de Pablo

I realize that having a style would be very beneficial for my practice from a marketing standpoint, but I can’t do it. I believe my responsibilities as an architect are to design the most appropriate building for the place. Each place has a distinct culture and function, which for me requires an appropriate answer.

— Cesar Pelli

It might sound dramatic and a little grandiose, but as a Latina, I would like to be someone that gives a voice to my culture.

— Cristela Alonzo

My goal has always been to just kind of show how my family, we might be a different culture, but we’re completely like everybody else.

— Cristela Alonzo

It’s more important to promote a culture of life. What I mean by that is that I believe what we need to do is not change the law, but change hearts.

— Charlie Crist

People see technology as something that will ruin society and culture, but I’ve always embraced technology.

— Chelsea Peretti

That’s the thing. in medicine, you’re used to saying there’s a problem within the person, and saying there’s a problem within the culture, that’s not a medical answer. Medicine has to look in one direction, so there’s only one type of answer that they can find.

— Chester Brown

People often ask how I can reject the phrase ‘woman writer’ and not reject the phrase ‘Jewish writer’ – a preposterous question. ‘Jewish’ is a category of civilization, culture, and intellect, and ‘woman’ is a category of anatomy and physiology.

— Cynthia Ozick

If you’re looking for a book that’s not been influenced by 21st century popular culture and that’s guaranteed to be a good read because it’s stood the test of time, you can’t go wrong with the classics.

— Cecilia Dart-Thornton

It’s the bedsit culture: people get a cat, and then, in a few months, when they move on or go travelling, they just throw the animal out. It’s so discouraging.

— Celia Hammond

I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, at a time that I’d argue was the absolute golden age of American popular culture. Because not only did we have all of the fantastic new stuff in print and on screens, but we had a constant supply of everything that came before, as well.

— Chris Roberson

Every great culture has cared a lot, one way or another, about the fate of its girls.

— Caitlin Flanagan

When we think of memetic culture, it is the ‘sausage factory’ of the old days.

— Christopher Poole

For a lot of people, 4chan is their tree house – they go there to hang out. You can actually see the culture shift with time zone. Seeing how threads unwind and unravel is just a thrill, and you can’t really share that magic.

— Christopher Poole

Because there’s no structural barrier to joining 4chan, the community is really dynamic for every five people that leave, five new people join, bringing their perspective and culture. A lot of other communities get set in their ways.

— Christopher Poole

4chan’s culture is unique and spreads and draws people in like no other. It’s also important to realize that 4chan wasn’t some overnight success, and there was never ‘hockey stick’ – like growth.

— Christopher Poole

Some day, the public might actually revolt against the undemocratic system of seniority that allows Congress to keep the old ways of Washington ingrained into the culture of Congress.

— Chuck Todd

Caltech is a very adventurous place. Part of the culture is that we tolerate people doing things that seem impossible, and also synthesizing and borrowing ideas across very kooky and unusual boundaries.

— Colin Camerer

Towns are suffering from all these things, we should unite until we are all satisfied, man cannot be killing each other as if we were animals, as if we had no culture that is a lack of culture.

— Compay Segundo

I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.

— C. J. Box

It is a culture voice, but it is a very American culture voice, and I am very used to English culture voice. So I had to work like hell to flatten those R’s.

— Christopher Plummer

My vision is to make Seoul the center of East Asia in terms of economy, culture and tourism.

— Chung Mong-joon

I do like things that are not necessarily a reflection of what is considered the right thing by this culture. Somehow, promoting that status quo I find uninteresting.

— Crispin Glover

I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn’t really there yet.

— Claudio Reyna

Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.

— Charlotte Bunch

Richard Holbrooke is known for many things, but I will remember him as an impressive, sometimes even intimidating diplomat who understood the value of culture in diplomacy.

— Cynthia P. Schneider

I think America is a new country. It is a young culture. The spirit of the opening of the West is still with the Americans. It’s a very practical and individual-based kind of philosophy that had worked in America for a long time, had been very successful. And the spirit is very much there.

— Chen-Ning Yang

The return to the Organization of the United States of America, the bearers of a great and diversified democratic culture that has inspired many other peoples.

— Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

Now most of ‘Alice’ isn’t really a political social commentary, but I think a big message is here is that the culture we’re involved in is fascinated with very quick fixes and instant gratification.

— Caterina Scorsone

Big successful corporations have established their own culture by the time you come along, so you have as high of a chance of changing their overall culture as you have of convincing the U.S. Marines to adopt the ‘long-haired look’ as their standard military haircut.

— Clay Clark

He was an original, an innovator, and his influence will forever live on in our culture. Whether they know it or not, all DJs have been influenced by him. Thank you, DJ AM.

— Clinton Sparks

Early on my career, I figured out that I just have to write the book I have to write at that moment. Whatever else is going on in the culture is just not that important. If you could get the culture to write your book, that would be great. But the culture can’t write your book.

— Colson Whitehead

Coming from having absolutely nothing to having a few grand in the bank, it was a big culture leap. I think that’s why I went off the rails a bit really, ’cause there was no training for it. They didn’t do fame in schools.

— Craig Charles

It’s always a challenge whenever you have to nurture more than one culture inside an organization. When I say culture, you have one group that will have one set of priorities, and another with another set. It creates a different cultural environment.

— Charles Giancarlo

People may be prepared to buy services from Apple and Amazon if they feel these companies do a good job, but we need to ensure that we can speak up when our content is used by other people for their profit. An activist amateur culture will constantly challenge and say, ‘This is mine, you’re not doing that with it.’

— Charles Leadbeater

Media corporations have a civic responsibility not only to prevent fraud and financial abuse, but also to not corrupt or degrade our culture.

— Charles W. Pickering

There is usually an ‘X factor’ that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.

— Cher Wang

Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty and our way of life, not apologize.

— Christine O’Donnell

Even before Europe was united in an economic level or was conceived at the level of economic interests and trade, it was culture that united all the countries of Europe. The arts, literature, music are the connecting link of Europe.

— Dario Fo

Although, this is often used with negative connotations, I see ideology as an inherent part of culture.

— Dario Fo

I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.

— Dalai Lama

In Arab culture, music is for celebration. You don’t play music at funerals.

— Daniel Barenboim

The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment.

— Dambisa Moyo

Through some combination of culture and biology, our minds are intuitively receptive to religion.

— Daniel Kahneman

I’ve sort of escaped my background, as people often do, through art and culture.

— Danny Boyle

I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.

— David Bowie

I encourage people not to be passive consumers of music and of culture in general. And feeling like, yeah, you can enjoy the products of professionals, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to completely give up the reins and give up every connection to music or whatever it happens to be.

— David Byrne

So there’s no guarantee if you like the music you will empathize with the culture and the people who made it. It doesn’t necessarily happen. I think it can, but it doesn’t necessarily happen. Which is kind of a shame.

— David Byrne

Once they began doing ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ apparently the audience wasn’t that keen on the ordinary apprentice. That is probably the best indictment with our fascination with celebrity in our culture, which drives me crazy.

— David Cassidy

I hitched up to Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love, you know? And I was very much politically aligned with that whole mentality, the whole ideology of that generation, the music, the culture, the behavior.

— David Cassidy

America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad – based on huge portions and fast food. Let’s stop with the excuses and start creating something better.

— David Chang

I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.

— Debbie Harry

The Left is doing to America what it has done to almost everything it has deeply influenced – the arts, the university, religion, culture, minorities, Europe: ruining it.

— Dennis Prager

Each culture has its own form of staged combat, evolved from its particular method of street fighting and cleaned up for presentation as a spectacle, e.g. savate, Cornish wrestling, karate, kung-fu.

— David Mamet

The culture of critique undermines the spirit not only of people in public roles but of those who read about them, afraid to believe in anyone or anything because the next story… will tell them why they shouldn’t.

— Deborah Tannen

Throughout history, it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another. Now, that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months.

— Dee Hock

People ask if I miss it, but they don’t understand that American culture is so ubiquitous that there’s nothing to miss. I don’t see myself moving back. It’s not that I hate the United States. I just always thought it would be a shame not to live in a foreign country.

— David Sedaris

Cinema is an art form that is designed to go across borders. And as a filmmaker, the only way I can direct a movie is when I feel close to my culture.

— Denis Villeneuve

We sort of expect to see men in women’s clothes. It’s part of our culture. The key thing is, it has to be done quite badly.

— David Walliams

A white-boy attitude is ‘I must exclude, denigrate, and leave behind.’ They don’t see it or think about it. It’s a culture.

— Donna Brazile

Before they got vengeful, conservatives had some useful points to make about welfare. Government ‘help’ is too often guilt-assuaging gesture. It creates layers of wasteful bureaucracy. Too much help of the wrong sort creates a culture of dependency that swamps our ability to provide.

— Donella Meadows

When future archaeologists dig up the remains of California, they’re going to find all of those gyms their scary-looking gym equipment, and they’re going to assume that we were a culture obsessed with torture.

— Douglas Coupland

To have a healthy culture, you have to have stable health care financing and stable arts financing and stable sports financing, and if you don’t have that, your culture becomes a parking lot.

— Douglas Coupland

I’m starting to wonder if pop culture is in its dying days, because everyone is able to customize their own lives with the images they want to see and the words they want to read and the music they listen to. You don’t have the broader trends like you used to.

— Douglas Coupland

Once a teen has been identified as part of the ‘target market,’ he knows he’s done for. The object of the game is to confound the marketers, and keep one’s own, authentic culture from showing up at the shopping mall as a prepackaged corporate product.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Since the 1960s, mainstream media has searched out and co-opted the most authentic things it could find in youth culture, whether that was psychedelic culture, anti-war culture, blue jeans culture. Eventually heavy metal culture, rap culture, electronica – they’ll look for it and then market it back to kids at the mall.

— Douglas Rushkoff

When digital culture first came along, it was supposed to create more time, by allowing us to shift time around. Somehow instead we’ve strapped devices to ourselves that ping us all the time.

— Douglas Rushkoff

As popular culture becomes more presentist, we move away from entertainment as the vicarious experience of a narrative – as watching someone else’s story – and much more toward enacting one’s own story. Moving away from myths and toward fantasy role-playing games, away from movies and toward videogames.

— Douglas Rushkoff

Black culture is a fight. We want to hold on to what we are, but sometimes the things that we are can be totally negative. You have to think: can’t we try something new and not be seen as suspect?

— Donald Glover

Evolution explains our biological evolution, but human beings are very unique creatures. As the Dobzhansky said, all animals are unique humans are the uniquest. And that uniqueness of being human, language, art, culture, our dependency on culture for survival, comes from the combination of traditional biological evolution.

— Donald Johanson

I’ve been known to have a good step or two. I’m half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily.

— Dwayne Johnson

Before I got married, I never really watched TV. Now, my husband and I watch ‘The Bachelor’ together. I love ‘The Soup’ – that’s where I get a lot of my pop culture – and ‘Chelsea Lately.’

— Dylan Lauren

America is this incredible mosaic of immigrants, so people really want to be anchored in some kind of culture as well as the one they are living in.

— Dylan Moran

The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it’s almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?

— Damon Albarn

I know black kids who don’t even know any other black kids except their cousins. And that’s enough. You wouldn’t look at these kids and say that they are Uncle Toms or self-hating or fleeing or trying to be white, given the culture in which they live, which is very natural to them as kids.

— Darryl Pinckney

Really, when it comes to gay rights, there’s two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over.

— Dan Savage

Many differences are rooted in biology and reinforced through culture, so it’s important to acknowledge that. Because if you say men and women are the same and if male behaviour is the norm, and women are always expected to act like men, we will never be as good at being men as men are.

— Dee Dee Myers

Washington is still very much a male-oriented culture. Being from Los Angeles, I think it is less so there – there is less attachment to tradition, perhaps, there is more flexibility, more acceptance of change generally. That is partly because of Hollywood.

— Dee Dee Myers

Most museums in Moscow, like Tretyakov, were established by philanthropists, whose passion for art allowed the development of culture on many levels.

— Dasha Zhukova

I remember coming back to the U.K. after spending five months in Charlotte for ‘Homeland,’ and I just found myself just wandering around London. There’s nothing like it – the buildings, the architecture, the sense of history, the sense of culture – there really is nothing like it.

— David Harewood

The Home Office culture was one of being just above the problem, of hovering just out of reach of knowing what was going on on the ground, whether it was crime or immigration.

— David Blunkett

A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.

— Derek Walcott

My audience consists mainly of people who already recognize how bad this culture is, and I want to push them to become more radical. It doesn’t really matter to me if they are Left or Right.

— Derrick Jensen

Certainly going back to 2008 during the primary, Secretary Clinton was subjected to various forms of sexism – overt, subtle – that were detrimental. Fortunately, Senator Obama was not subjected to something similar the culture seemed to tolerate sexism and not racism. We ought not tolerate either.

— David Brock

If I were given a choice between two films and one was dark and explored depraved, troubled or sick aspects of our culture, I would always opt for that over the next romantic comedy.

— David Schwimmer

I like having a paperback original. And until literature catches up with the culture – the violence, language, syntax, compression, concision, complexity and diversity that the Internet offers – books still make sense.

— David Shields

Immanence, or complicity, allows the writer to be a kind of shock absorber of the culture: to reflect back its ‘whatness,’ refracted through the sensibility of his consciousness.

— David Shields

The reigning mythology of the Northwest is obviously nature, and the reigning mythology of the Northeast corridor is culture.

— David Shields

When you’re in New York City or Boston or something, you feel surrounded by cities and by culture.

— David Shields

Everybody knows that I’m not a snob when it comes to pop culture, obviously. I love reality shows.

— Diablo Cody

If I want to get a taste of beach culture, I’ll fire up my season 2 DVD of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’

— Diablo Cody

Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they’re whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they’ve got. I can’t possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to.

— David Cronenberg

There are people so alienated from the mainstream of American culture that it’s like a parallel universe. They don’t expect anything but trouble from the square world. Every time they interact with that world, they’re given a ticket, sent to jail, drafted. It’s never good. So they live by a separate value system.

— Daniel Woodrell

What’s interesting about the shift from an industrial age to a technological age is that we keep inventing new media: movies, records, radio, television, the Internet, and now ebooks – and one of the things that’s most interesting about the invention of a new medium is watching it reinvent itself as it penetrates the culture.

— David Gerrold

In the past, a great library was the result of librarians functioning as guardians of culture, tending and caring, selecting and recommending works that maintained and nurtured a cultural heritage.

— David Gerrold

I was a hyperactive kid, and it took awhile for me to find the right teacher. My master was a Shaolin kung fu teacher, but he also taught tai chi, Chinese medicine, brush painting – he was adept at all facets of Chinese culture.

— Daniel Wu

We manufacture a culture in the movie business, and whatever we put out creates a dark side and a bright side, too.

— Dawn Steel

No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.

— Dayananda Saraswati

Though music transcends language, culture and time, and though notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and melodies are defined.

— Dayananda Saraswati

Coming up, the music of my era was very conscious. I grew up on Public Enemy, and it was popular culture to be aware. People were wearing Malcolm X T-shirts and Malcolm X hats. It was a very cool thing to know who Malcolm X was. It was all in the lyrics. It was trendy to be conscious and aware.

— D’Angelo

I’m interested in visual vocabulary, like Warhol was interested in that vocabulary of advertisements and television and pop culture.

— Damian Loeb

Well, I don’t think anyone now would say that they’re painting the state of the culture of America. I think that’s too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.

— Donald Judd

Selling MP3s or physical copies, it’s still cool, but I think it’s slowly becoming outdated to where people just want to build a culture.

— Diplo

When I graduated, I was going to go to school for law, but had such an affinity for hip-hop. It was like walking into a casino and I decided to bet everything on hip-hop, and I hit! My hit wasn’t just a hit for me, it was a hit for everyone in this culture.

— Doug E. Fresh

I strongly believe that you can’t win in the marketplace unless you win first in the workplace. If you don’t have a winning culture inside, it’s hard to compete in the very tough world outside.

— Douglas Conant

To me, the decathlon is its own little society and I am part of that culture.

— Dan O’Brien

I fell in love with ’50s hot-rod, pinup-girl culture.

— Drake Bell

I grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut – during the school time of year – but I preferred it in New Hampshire. I preferred the culture, the landscape, the relative solitude. I’ve always loved it.

— Donald Hall

Whenever culture has gone through a radical change, as ours has – from industrial age to information age – there are people who will deny that things have changed they resist it and refuse to change.

— Daniel Greenberg

In traditional schools, you’re penalized for making a mistake. But that won’t work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today.

— Daniel Greenberg

There’s a difference between expanding someone’s potential and expanding their actual performance. Performance may measure other things, whether one’s culture supports education, other socio-economic factors.

— Dannel Malloy

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It’s happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.

— David Brin

I’ve created a bridge between European electronic culture and urban American culture, and I’ve worked with established brands.

— David Guetta

Once you get over the culture shock, Filey is a pleasant spot, particularly at the beginning or end of the summer, when the hotels are half full. The brave go in winter, when the wind can be bitter and biting and Filey resumes its real life as a tiny, introverted fishing community.

— David Hewson

I believe that Ryan Murphy is a genius. His instincts remind me of Andy Warhol. I recently went to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, and you can see a lot of echoes of Andy in Ryan’s work. Like Andy, Ryan’s finger is so on the pulse of culture that he’s ahead of culture. Their aesthetic and their vision of the world are very similar.

— Dylan McDermott

I watch reality TV, but unless you have been part of that crew, unless you’ve sort of been immersed in that culture in what’s happening, unless you have been in that concentrated moment, you wont believe it unless you’re there. And with ‘Ton of Cash’ we just hope that we captured all of the best moments.

— Dhani Jones

I’m interested in Russian language, culture, history… and I lived there, for four years, as a reporter for the Washington Post and have visited many times since.

— David Remnick

Flame mails and offensive Internet activities are not classy. It doesn’t fit with our culture here, where we respect the gender, race, opinions, ear-lobe apparel and choice of clothing of all employees.

— David Duffield

In Elizabethan England or classical Athens… theater was at the center of, not culture, but society and politics and religion and civic engagement. Those things have a different audience.

— Diane Paulus

I think in our culture there’s been a tendency for people to blame the audience. There is a tendency in our industry to say, ‘The audience has left the building. People don’t want culture anymore.’

— Diane Paulus

I love and admire the American culture and the American dream. I learnt so many things about the American shoe industry and marketing strategies. I caught the secrets of American casual wear, that is elegant and wearable, retro and modern, and mixed it with an Italian touch, luxurious and handmade.

— Diego Della Valle

When I was in Taiwan, we were there for about 8 months, and I was 11 at the time, so it was definitely a culture shock. But it was a really interesting time to be there. I didn’t entirely realize how different it is from the States. I just accepted it because I was there and my parents needed to be there.

— David Lambert

I am saying that while popular culture usually portrays practitioners of magic as separate from ordinary people, often biologically different, many people have habits or customs or superstitions that show magic was once a whole lot more democratic.

— David Liss

In all my shows, I’m not interested in the iconic shots of the Capitol and the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. I’m always interested in trying to get the culture of the place – trying to get it right.

— David Nevins

Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that are apropos of our culture, in that we can learn something about ourselves.

— David Strathairn

I think nowadays it doesn’t really matter where we are physically located. We create our own culture around us to a large extent, whether it’s what we’re listening to, what we’re watching, what we’re reading – it can have very little to do with one’s immediate cultural environment. We are in a global culture in that respect.

— David Sylvian

You have more real truth to draw from if you are playing evil. We see so much of it around us in our culture, and we also have so much of it in our nature, which we are always warring against, as it were.

— Dean Jones

It’s important to celebrate the monogram. It’s the DNA of Vuitton. I think – I hope – there is an interest in the philosophy and culture of the Vuitton name. It’s quite coherent and intellectual, and the products are great. These are things you will want to pass on – things you treasure.

— Delphine Arnault

I’ll miss the comments from the people on the street who love the show and who have felt its impact on the culture. I won’t miss the shooting schedule, though!

— Dennis Franz

I love travelling, but I have to admit I didn’t initially take to Agra in India. As soon as you arrive, someone wants to show you around, take your bags or sell you something – and it’s just a bit of a culture shock. You just have to make the necessary mental adjustment to the setting.

— Dexter Fletcher

I’ve been around the surf culture since I was a kid. I grew up in a beach town in Rhode Island. Then eventually I lived in Dana Point, Calif., a real surf hotbed.

— Don Winslow

L.A. is so much about ratings and box office that defines everything. And here, of course it’s important, but it’s not part of the culture – there’s too much else going on in New York. They’re not going to let one industry monopolize your attention, you know? You’re likely to have best friends who are architects or newspaper reporters.

— Dylan Walsh

Wall Street has played a role in everyone’s life, and it has been vilified by everyone, but I think that the average trader didn’t have a sense of what was coming. The culture is so vacuous, it’s possible to come to it straight out of college and never have a real adult life, even if you have the wife and kids.

— Douglas Brunt

Chanel is here forever. She changed fashion, she changed culture, and she changed how people dress.

— Douglas Kirkland

The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty.

— David Amram

I really wanna do a Spanish album. I have that Latin culture background. It’s a part of me. I’m not the best Spanish speaker, but I have a longing to connect with that. I just think how supportive the Latin community has been, even during ‘Idol.’ I’d like to give back with something like that.

— David Archuleta

In Britain, we’ve tended to replace the kind of architectural culture valued in much of Europe with an in-flight magazine lifestyle – all branding, marketing and ‘accessibility’, a word that usually means dumbing-down.

— David Chipperfield

My first plays were amazingly bad, but I had a teacher who thought I had promise, and he kept working with me. I finally went to a summer workshop before my senior year with people like Sam Shepard and Maria Irene Fornes who encouraged me to write from my subconscious, and suddenly all this material about culture clash came out.

— David Henry Hwang

I’m entranced by the idea of reading the culture back to itself, because I’m conscious that we as people and also as a culture are myth-making machines. So I’m interested in a resistance to that: What we can bend, what we can break.

— Daphne Gottlieb

The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way.

— David Lloyd

The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world a little bit.

— Djimon Hounsou

America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.

— David Brooks

Movies are such an integral part of American culture. We’re so spread out in this country, and movies offer us a chance to come together and have a communal experience.

— David Call

When you are culture, you’re forever young, like Snoop. When you’re on that level, it’s just contributing to the gangsta.

— D.R.A.M.

High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.

— Diane Wakoski

I think the idea of the social construction of beauty – this idea that beauty is simply whatever culture or society says it is – is on the run. Of course, beauty does arise in a cultural context. No one ever denies that. But there’s also a natural response people have to it.

— Denis Dutton

Dumbing down takes many forms: art that is good for you, museums that flatter you, universities that increase your self-esteem. Culture, after all, is really about you.

— Denis Dutton

My parents really did believe in the Golden Rule. They really did believe that all people should be treated equally. They had friends of every culture, we celebrated different holidays, but really, secretly behind it, they had no problem telling me who I couldn’t marry.

— Diane Farr

Lil B opened up the floodgates for Odd Future, and now rap has a huge Internet culture.

— Earl Sweatshirt

The community that stands behind a culture as a comprehensively productive personality must be so extensive that in it, to a certain degree, all partialities balance out and work together.

— Edith Stein

If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.

— Eckhart Tolle

I used to be the hippest of them all. I used to know everything about everything. I used to read about everything that was going on, and I knew everybody’s name and anybody in pop culture. Anything that was written about me, I would read.

— Eddie Murphy

Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.

— Edward Abbey

In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play there’s language use to different purposes that we would call poetry.

— Edward Hirsch

Our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief. We want to medicate such sorrow away.

— Edward Hirsch

My father was military, so I traveled a lot, so I had 13 to 15 first days in new schools. Bullies transcend culture, unfortunately, and I had to deal with them wherever I went. I knew how to defend myself. But I didn’t know how to fight.

— Edgar Ramirez

Feminism is nothing but equality, and actually, feminism benefits men because it liberates us and it releases us from many stigmas imposed by the macho culture on us as well. So if more of us could understand that it’s nothing but equality, I think many agendas in terms of equality would have advanced quicker because it really helps us as well.

— Edgar Ramirez

My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature’s laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.

— Edward Tufte

Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code, the idea that there existed certain behaviors that could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life.

— Edward Zwick

I think every culture – you can call it an American Ronin, a medieval knight errant, you could talk about ‘Shane.’ There is an archetype that I think is actually common to a lot of cultures, and even the Clint Eastwood stuff was probably as influenced by the Japanese stuff, and yet done by an Italian.

— Edward Zwick

I love Canada, and I dated someone who was Canadian a few years ago, and she brought me into a deeper understanding of the greatness of the culture.

— Eileen Myles

Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.

— Elie Wiesel

If, in the coming thousand years, a feminine culture shall really supplement the masculine, then this will be exactly in the measure in which women have the courage to create and to act as most feminists now do not even dare think.

— Ellen Key

When somebody has an enormous success in this culture, people start asking two questions, which are ‘What are you doing now?’ and ‘How are you going to beat that?’ And I have to say, I love the assumption that your intention is to beat yourself constantly – that you’re in battle against yourself.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

People will say, ‘How do I get abs like you?’ I don’t know. We’re all different. If my girlfriend did what I did, hiking and yoga for a workout, it would affect her body in a different way. That’s the message that I really want to get out there. I’m trying to counteract that culture.

— Emily Ratajkowski

My high school didn’t have a football team we just had like a surf team, because I grew up in Encinitas, California, which is the ultimate place where everyone skated or surfed, so it was a very different culture. It was, like, cool to be the art kid.

— Emily Ratajkowski

A lot of people in my world – in the acting world – have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because its origin in our culture, in New York for instance, was in the gay community.

— Emma Thompson

The United States is definitely ahead in culture of innovation. If someone wants to accomplish great things, there is no better place than the U.S.

— Elon Musk

I remember hearing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and not really knowing anything about the geography or the culture of the music. But for some reason it did something to me – it resonated.

— Eric Clapton

You get a culture of entrepreneurship after you have successfully changed the accountability system so that people can use a better process. Process drives culture, not the other way around, so you can’t just change the culture, you have to change the system.

— Eric Ries

If you think about the history of the PC industry, the PC industry has essentially been nothing but acquisitions by one company or another. Dell is the outlier. Dell built its own culture. They automated themselves to be the most efficient manufacturer.

— Eric Schmidt

Google is very much a not-invented-here, build-it-ourselves culture.

— Eric Schmidt

North Korea aside, most authoritarian governments have already accepted the growth of the Internet culture as inevitable they have little choice but to find ways to shape it in accord with their own narratives – or risk having their narratives shaped by others.

— Evgeny Morozov

Dialogue is the basis of Indian culture, and we don’t want to make any enemies. Political and ideological adversaries, perhaps, but not enemies.

— Evo Morales

I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.

— Etta James

American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had because it is so materialistic and it’s so full of lies. The whole advertising world is just, it’s just intertwined with lies, appealing to the worst of the instincts we have.

— Eugene H. Peterson

In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble.

— Eva Longoria

I know now that I began writing in a country where the word ‘woman’ and the word ‘poet’ were almost magnetically opposed. One word was used to invoke collective nurture, the other to sketch out self-reflective individualism. Both states were necessary – that much the culture conceded – but they were oil and water and could not be mixed.

— Eavan Boland

I don’t think ‘Cocktail’ was a perfect critical success, but it touched a vein in our culture.

— Elisabeth Shue

You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.

— Edward James Olmos

We should never denigrate any other culture but rather help people to understand the relationship between their own culture and the dominant culture. When you understand another culture or language, it does not mean that you have to lose your own culture.

— Edward T. Hall

Pastors can lead the way in motivating the faithful to wise stewardship of their citizenship responsibilities. Without a healthy culture and civil society, limited government and ordered liberty will be impossible.

— Edwin Meese

We do want to be diverted and be interested and be provoked by popular culture – by art, if we’re lucky. And it’s amazing how often people have lost sight of this.

— Elvis Mitchell

England as a culture has endured so much more than America has as a culture, so it’s given them a different perspective.

— Elizabeth McGovern

I’m a wonderful disaster. So are you. We’re all a mess. We’re in this culture that says take this pill and you’ll be happy, go on this diet and you’ll be thinner, have your teeth whitened, people will love you more.

— Emilio Estevez

Being from Australia, I’ve never even touched a gun. It’s so not a part of our culture.

— Emily Browning

The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced.

— Ellen Willis

For the most part, Americans speak of culture and politics as if they were two separate realms.

— Ellen Willis

This happens to a lot of kids from different backgrounds – they lose a lot of their parents’ and grandparents’ teachings, language and culture because they have to deal with another language and culture 24/7. By the time I was 44, I was terrible at Spanish. I was always intimidated whenever I had to speak it.

— Erik Estrada

I’ve been to Australia several times, and I just like the earthiness it’s part of the culture. That’s a really good vibe to be around.

— Erin Heatherton

Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?

— Ernest Gaines

Good priests never look for awards and, perversely enough in the clerical culture universe, do not receive many. Like the aged nuns who taught selflessly and nearly anonymously all their lives, these servants of the People of God only get into the papers when their obituaries are printed.

— Eugene Kennedy

Basically, I feel like people have always taken photos of themselves. When I was in college, I had these Polaroid cameras my friends and I would have so much fun with. Today, we’d be taking those pictures on our phones. I think it’s just part of culture today… Why not have fun with it?

— Eva Chen

I live in a neighborhood where there’s a lot of West Indian culture, so it’s nice.

— Eve

I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for.

— Ezra Miller

Iowa City is okay as Midwestern cities go, but there’s no food, no culture, no ocean.

— Elin Hilderbrand

I’m incredibly nostalgic for the ’80s, because I think that’s when Geek Culture really kicked in to high gear.

— Ernest Cline

The land and the ocean are living, breathing entities that supported us, clothed us, fed us, and nurtured our culture from time immemorial.

— Eden Robinson

Looking at female candidates today, other women are the hardest on them, especially older women who were brought up in a different culture.

— Eleanor Clift

The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years, was a transitional period in American youth culture.

— Eric Allin Cornell

The beginnings of the hacker culture as we know it today can be conveniently dated to 1961, the year MIT acquired the first PDP-1.

— Eric S. Raymond

People who study primate societies make a distinction between two kinds of cultural interactions, agonic and hedonic. In agonic societies, you gain status by asserting dominance over others. In hedonic societies, you gain status by drawing attention to yourself. Open source is a hedonic culture.

— Eric S. Raymond

I didn’t read much SF as a kid – I was a total Tolkien geek – but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large.

— Elizabeth Hand

Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There’s something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.

— Elizabeth Price

Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the Internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events.

— Emmett Shear

I want to plug back into the hip-hop audience. Whether it be fans who grew up watching ‘Yo!’, or people who have become familiar with the culture via the Internet.

— Fab Five Freddy

Although I grew up as a fan of the culture from the disco D.J. era as a young kid and hearing the beginnings of hip-hop, I’m hearing it all from another borough in Brooklyn.

— Fab Five Freddy

Sometimes stereotyping happens not because of any nefarious reasons but rather because people don’t know who you are or where you come from, so they go for the broad strokes about you, your culture, your faith, all that.

— Faran Tahir

After 9/11, we realized that all these silly culture wars, and arguing about rock lyrics… who cares? You know, we, for some reason, remembered what our real problems are.

— Frank Rich

History is cyclical, and it would be foolhardy to assume that the culture wars will never return.

— Frank Rich

Feckless as it was for Bush to ask Americans to go shopping after 9/11, we all too enthusiastically followed his lead, whether we were wealthy, working-class or in between. We spent a decade feasting on easy money, don’t-pay-as-you-go consumerism and a metastasizing celebrity culture.

— Frank Rich

We can’t just rail against crime. We must speak of the root problems – devastating family breakup, an insidious culture of violence that cheapens human life, skyrocketing prisoner recidivism rates that rob our communities of husbands and fathers – and recognize that there is a societal role in rehabilitation and restoration.

— Frank Wolf

I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.

— Frances Mayes

Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it.

— Francis Arinze

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people’s dreams.

— Francis G. Slay

There are aspects of Asian culture in my work, but it’s really rooted in an American experience – transcendentalism, ’60s counterculture, punk rock.

— Fred Tomaselli

We didn’t have much money growing up, so we hopped around L.A. a lot in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. I’m very familiar with the shifting culture there.

— F. Gary Gray

Japan is very cosmopolitan – it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their folk culture is transcendental.

— F. Sionil Jose

I always remember that I am a representative of my country, and I always think about the culture I’m bringing to people.

— Fedor Emelianenko

At no point am I ever threatened by people who question who I am, or why I like the things I do, or my legitimacy. Because I know who I am very strongly, and I think that’s what geek culture can reinforce.

— Felicia Day

I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport – and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested.

— Fernando Alonso

Why not mix this and that? If soy goes well with fish, how come no one does beef carpaccio with soy? Why do we have such a taste and not another? It’s all about culture. There is something, however, that I really don’t like: bell peppers.

— Ferran Adria

Chinese combatants, men and women, inheritors of a millennial culture, are people of uncommon intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle.

— Fidel Castro

Ryan Murphy, he basically tries to find something that’s a pulse, a pressure point in our culture, and he grabs it, and he squeezes it. I think ‘Freak Show’ has a lot to do with the entertainment industry and the way we entertain ourselves: the objectification of people and the lengths we’ll go for our own amusement.

— Finn Wittrock

For me it’s the high-water mark of American culture – not so much contemporary jazz, which has become kind of academic, but the jazz from the ’20s on through the ’70s.

— Flea

I think culture precedes politics, and I think the attempts to try and legislate people’s behavior… isn’t going to be productive until the culture decides what they want to achieve.

— Foster Friess

If we don’t change our culture, the politics is going to migrate more and more to statism.

— Foster Friess

VW has held a beloved place in American culture. When I graduated from college, many of my friends drove across the country, and most hit the road in a VW van or Bug. Through the years, these cars have represented youth, freedom and quirkiness.

— Frances Beinecke

I could fill my whole time doing interviews, speaking to crowds, and there’s this natural human tendency because of our culture to think that the more people I talk to, the bigger the impact I’ll have, and yet Jesus didn’t spend His time just speaking to the masses. He spent the bulk of his time with a small group of people.

— Francis Chan

When I read the statements of Christ, there seems to be this urgency and intensity. I guess that’s what I get out of it when I read the tone of the Scriptures, which is very different from the tone of our culture.

— Francis Chan

Being around a church culture, even leading a gathering of believers, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen in a church service.

— Francis Chan

Belief demands that you dispense with illusion after illusion, while contemporary common sense requires continual, fluffy pretending – pretending that might as well be systematic, it’s so thoroughly incentivised by our culture.

— Francis Spufford

You don’t have to become an investment banker as a way of demonstrating that education has worked for you. But librarians have to believe in the values of high culture. Not just high culture but middle culture, low culture, kinds of exciting eye-catching crap of all kinds. Everyone needs that.

— Francis Spufford

Often, these downplay the power of cultural imperialism – in that sense, playing the game of US interests – by reassuring us that the global success of American mass culture is not as bad as all that.

— Fredric Jameson

The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.

— Fredric Jameson

And this fear that US models are replacing everything else now spills over from the sphere of culture into our two remaining categories: for this process is clearly, at one level, the result of economic domination – of local cultural industries closed down by American rivals.

— Fredric Jameson

I’m a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity.

— Gabriel Byrne

When people say that L.A. doesn’t have a culture, I think it really does: a very old culture, and very specific. There’s streets named after entertainers, and statues of entertainers, and it’s great. Entertainment is still art, even if it makes billions of dollars. So it’s like a city built on entertainment, and art in a way.

— Fred Armisen

As a field archeologist, one usually has to specialize in a particular part of the world or specific culture, whereas if one is a materials specialist, one can jump around to different areas. So I’ve had experience on excavations all over the place.

— Gail Carriger

Lives have been altered in fundamental ways, and later, after they acquire a more complete understanding of what goals are actually attainable, many are left facing a lot of pain and frustration. And yet, there’s no culture of complaint.

— Garry Trudeau

In their heyday, comics were a dominant force in popular culture, but that’s over.

— Garry Trudeau

Today’s children are taught by our culture that we are a cosmic accident. Something slithered out of the primal slime and over billions of years evolved into a human being. We are cousins, ten times removed, to the ape at the zoo eating his own excrement.

— Gary Bauer

Guided by nothing but pop culture values, many children no longer learn how to think about morality and virtue, or to think of them at all. They grow up with no shared moral framework, believing that the highest values are diversity, tolerance and non-judgmentalism.

— Gary Bauer

There is something wrong with our culture when the view that marriage is between one man and one woman, a view shared by half the nation, is portrayed as evidence of hatred.

— Gary Bauer

Oh, my, yes. I was raised in this Southern culture where if a guy was sarcastic, that just meant he didn’t know how to show his love – but secretly he cared! I completely bought that. The men I chased and the things I put up with – it was criminal.

— Ginnifer Goodwin

The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.

— Gaylord Nelson

Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred.

— George Crumb

Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It’s a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically.

— Geoffrey Rush

It all sounds almost silly, but the fact is that the only way to change a corporate culture is to just change it.

— Gordon Bethune

I like the idea of bringing cartoon characters to life… and although the Americans have already attempted this, their culture is not sufficiently humane to make it work.

— Gerard Depardieu

At issue when professional sports teams take the name of Native Americans is the problem of mimicry: having appropriated the land and wealth of America’s vanquished peoples, settler culture then appropriates the supposed values and spirit of the vanquished as well.

— Greg Grandin

The Matrix itself is not some external evil, but rather an outcome of our own error, our karmic payoff of past actions. Not merely illusion, it is an allusion to a founding myth of our culture.

— Gregory Benford

It’s not simply that British films do well at the box office and generate revenue, it’s that they provide a window to the world of what Britain and its culture is about.

— Gurinder Chadha

For British cinema to survive, you really need a British film culture, and it’s got to start down there, with young kids watching films in the cinema – so they can be transported to a different world.

— Gurinder Chadha

When I grew up in the ’60s, we were actually dominated by this, you know, sort of conforming ’50s culture, even though we were like trying to express our own culture, like, the dominant culture was the thing that was forming us. And I think that that’s true today.

— Gus Van Sant

The things that inform student culture are created and controlled by the unseen culture, the sociological aspects of our climbing culture, our ‘me’ generation, our yuppie culture, our SUVs, or, you know, shopping culture, our war culture.

— Gus Van Sant

Once they have actually left office, we seem to grow fonder of our ex-presidents – and they of each other. That’s why so many sighed in approval at Michelle Obama’s public display of affection with George W. Bush at last month’s dedication of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

— Gwen Ifill

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.

— Gyorgy Ligeti

When I started making music, I was so heavy into the hyphy movement. That’s something you only know so much about if you were right there living in it, submerged in the culture.

— G-Eazy

I tend to deal with characters who are sort of at that same point of wrestling with, ‘Who am I going to be as an adult? What do I believe? How am I defining myself in the context of my culture and my peer groups, my family?’

— G. Willow Wilson

I think all these pop cultural media often reflect conversations we’re having in the real world at that moment in time. I think one of the big conversations we’re having as a culture is we thought we’d solved sexism and racism, and we’re realizing more and more that we haven’t.

— G. Willow Wilson

The culture at Valve is pretty much crowdsourced. The handbook is a wiki. One of the first things we say to new hires is, ‘You have to change something in the handbook.’

— Gabe Newell

During the Cultural Revolution, the communists came in, and what they wanted to do was eradicate all sense of traditional Chinese culture.

— Gene Luen Yang

Never underestimate the power of being popular in pop culture. You have to be able to do something. You can have a good seat at the restaurant, but you still have to pay for the meal. Fame is important, but to be rich is more important.

— Gene Simmons

The really interesting moment will be when you have a critical mass of people engaging through the networks, more than through the press and TV. When that happens, the culture of politics has to change, moving away from controlled one-way messages towards a political culture that is more questioning.

— Geoff Mulgan

Conflicts are never caused in any simple way by identity, culture or economics. Where resources are scarce, or there are strong historical memories of conflict, small events are more likely to inflame passions.

— Geoff Mulgan

The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.

— Georg Simmel

Modern culture is constantly growing more objective. Its tissues grow more and more out of impersonal energies, and absorb less and less the subjective entirety of the individual.

— Georg Simmel

Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.

— George Lucas

When something really bad is going on in a culture, the average guy doesn’t see it. He can’t. He’s average and is surrounded by and immersed in the cant and discourse of the status quo.

— George Saunders

The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn’t exist in every culture.

— Gloria Steinem

The designs of the paper euros, introduced in 2002, proclaim a utopian aspiration. Gone are the colorful bills of particular nations, featuring pictures of national heroes of statecraft, culture and the arts, pictures celebrating unique national narratives. With the euro, 16 nations have said goodbye to all that.

— George Will

The motto of the old order in the City of London was, ‘My word is my bond,’ but the financial crisis revealed a culture quite alien to that heritage. The stewards of people’s money were revealed to have been speculators with it.

— Gordon Brown

Jewish students, by culture and by ability and by the very nature of their liveliness, make a university a much more habitable place in terms of intellectual life.

— Gordon Gee

To me, I learned along the way, you know, culture is behavior. That’s all it is culture is people’s behaviors.

— Ginni Rometty

I think Americans, more so than any other culture, love second and third acts.

— Graydon Carter

I think being Canadian helps you as a journalist in America, because you’re sort of on the outside watching this big party going on, and you’re sort of taking mental notes as it goes on. I think if you’re in the party the whole time, you don’t notice it as much. And I think Canadians are very good observers of American culture.

— Graydon Carter

After the collapse of Wall Street in the 1920s, the culture stopped being all about money, and the country survived and ultimately flourished.

— Graydon Carter

Seattle is very similar to Minneapolis. I like the culture I like the people. I raced a bike and won a national championship on Lake Washington in 1977, so I’ve had a connection there for a long time.

— Greg LeMond

In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.

— Gregory Bateson

One of my key realizations about happiness, and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists, given its emphasis in popular culture, is that outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.

— Gretchen Rubin

In America there’s lot of cool cities, but in Canada there’s, like, well, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax may be cool, but they’re so expensive. Montreal is the only city that’s affordable but also has buses and culture.

— Grimes

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.

— Guy Fieri

We seem, as a culture, to start to adhere to these antiheroes and have grown tired of the traditional, straight-up-and-down good guy.

— Gabriel Luna

Sporting culture is needed where marks are given to students for sports in schools, jobs are assured for sportsperson, and sponsors are willing to support them through rough times.

— Gagan Narang

The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, ‘culture.’

— George Grosz

There’s something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered a gilded age, and the culture of individualism became a culture of avarice.

— George Hickenlooper

People won’t stop painting, just as they won’t stop making music or dancing. This is a facility we have. Children don’t stop doing it or having it. On the other hand, it seems we don’t need painting anymore. Culture is more interested in entertaining people.

— Gerhard Richter

It’s our culture, Christian history, that’s what formed me. Even as an atheist, I believe. We’re just built that way.

— Gerhard Richter

In any culture, if information is to maximise in a contextual space, and new meanings be born, the original story has to have substance – there’s gotta be gold in them thar hills.

— Giles Foden

We’re into this barrage of pop culture – you know, TV, movies, the Internet. We become creatures that we’ve made up, made of certain different flotsam from pop culture and certain different personas that are in style.

— Gillian Flynn

The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism’s anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot.

— Graham Joyce

Our literary culture is marinated in deep traditions of the fantastic and the supernatural, and we export those rich qualities in films and books on a spectacular industrial scale.

— Graham Joyce

With the Internet and social media being a huge part of today’s culture, I think it’s super important to promote staying smart online.

— G. Hannelius

Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect.

— George Boole

Poets are accepted in Canada as practically nowhere else in the West because of their place in an officially supported and popularly endorsed Canadian culture. Yet, they are still bitter and argumentative, as poets elsewhere are, because they have no audience as such, only a sanctioned role in the cultural scheme of things.

— George Fetherling

The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part of the family he feels dispensable, his wife knows he is dispensable, his children sense it.

— George Gilder

What I really appreciated about Obama in the last campaign was that he was not reactive, and we’re such a reactive culture… It takes a certain strength to be patient and have a plan.

— Greg Berlanti

I really like the pop culture materials of everyday life, but used in some way that elevates them to something you notice and care about.

— Greg Lynn

Compared with members of other nations of Western civilization, the ordinary American is a rationalistic being, and there are close relations between his moralism and his rationalism. Even romanticism, transcendentalism, and mysticism tend to be, in the American culture, rational, pragmatic and optimistic.

— Gunnar Myrdal

And it is this sense that some of us have to contribute to the culture, to the society in ways that may hurt financially, so what? We do it because we are born to do it, we feel we have no other choice and so be it.

— Gunther Schuller

The man or nation of high culture may acknowledge to great lengths the restraints imposed by conventions and honour, but beyond a certain point, primitive will or desire cannot be curbed.

— H. P. Lovecraft

When I look at the system here and look at my position – not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from – I feel so blessed to be from Africa.

— Hakeem Olajuwon

Blog culture has a hard time digesting narratives, but it has an easy time digesting ‘big ideas’ pieces.

— Hanna Rosin

Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don’t think so… I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.

— Haruki Murakami

A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.

— Harvey Mackay

Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.

— Harrison Ford

There exists no culture in which adultery is unknown, no cultural device or code that extinguishes philandering.

— Helen Fisher

I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, ‘Is this a world you want to live in?’ They would say, ‘No.’

— Helen Mirren

Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a wonderful little island with beautiful beaches, a great restaurant culture and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

— Helena Christensen

Every person has to keep in mind that they can grow up and reach the top, no matter where they are born, whether it’s in Russia, in Ukraine, in Europe they’ve still got the opportunity to show their talent and the culture of their people.

— Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The evangelical movement has become just a bit victimized by a success-oriented culture, wanting the church – like the corporation – to be successful.

— Henri Nouwen

If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.

— Henry Cloud

A culture is like an immune system. It operates through the laws of systems, just like a body. If a body has an infection, the immune system deals with it. Similarly, a group enforces its norms, either actively or passively.

— Henry Cloud

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

— Henry David Thoreau

Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice.

— Henry Rollins

Anything in this culture that stands still long enough eventually becomes okay if a person can derive an income from it. Eventually, pay-per-view public execution will happen, and it will be half-time entertainment.

— Henry Rollins

I’m meant to be an animation director. That world, and the culture of stop-motion, is where I want to live. It’s more my problem than Hollywood’s. I’m not attuned to Hollywood.

— Henry Selick

It’s important to debunk the myths of Africa being this benighted continent civilized only when white people arrived. In fact, Africans had been creators of culture for thousands of years before. These were very intelligent, subtle and sophisticated people, with organized societies and great art.

— Henry Louis Gates

So, Mexico, Brazil, they wanted their national culture to be ‘blackish’ – really brown, a beautiful brown blend. And finally, I discovered that in each of these societies the people at the bottom are the darkest skinned with the most African features.

— Henry Louis Gates

I want to get into the educational DNA of American culture. I want 10 percent of the common culture, more or less, to be black.

— Henry Louis Gates

People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They study, save, work, strive and vote. And people trapped in a culture of tenancy do not.

— Henry Louis Gates

Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.

— Herb Ritts

Regardless of whether you speak the language or are familiar with a culture, the picture should hold up.

— Herb Ritts

I hope to use dialogue and culture as a means of bringing people of various cultures together, and using that as a way to resolve conflict.

— Herbie Hancock

When I traveled as secretary of state, I was deluged with thick briefing books full of information about the politics, economy, and culture of each destination, so those took up most of my reading time.

— Hillary Clinton

I’m quite jealous of my Scottish relations, in whose culture everyone, in a Jane Austen kind of way, got married very young, when you’re too young to be cynical or jaded and just started having children.

— Hugh Grant

While I appreciated the educational advantages I enjoyed in the school and was proud of what I could show in mental culture, I had an earnest desire for something more than a mere business education… I desired to study for a profession, and this prompted me to leave my native state.

— Hiram Rhodes Revels

I’m from Louisiana, and that’s where I got my start, in Cajun music. There’s a huge music scene down there centered around our culture. Those are people that are not making music for a living. They are making music for the fun of it. And I think that’s the best way I could have been introduced to music.

— Hunter Hayes

Quacks are a part of our culture, and we all fall prey to them. Who among us can say, for sure, that even our own personal physicians are honest and competent?

— Hunter S. Thompson

Growing up in South London, we went to a school where there were not that many Jewish kids. I love being Jewish in L.A. it feels really normal. The culture seems to be integrated into Hollywood. Everyone uses Yiddish words like ‘schlep’ and ‘schmooze.’ That’s what I love about New York, too.

— Hannah Ware

I have a particular interest in corporations that give themselves a cultural aura and are in other areas suspect. Philip Morris presents itself in New York as the lover of culture while it turns out that if you look behind the scenes, it is also a prime funder of Jesse Helms, someone who is very hostile to the arts.

— Hans Haacke

The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.

— Harold Rosenberg

A lot of knowledge in any kind of an organization is what we call task knowledge. These are things that people who have been there a long time understand are important, but they may not know how to talk about them. It’s often called the culture of the organization.

— Howard Gardner

This is now the way our culture prioritises. Look up ‘Steppenwolf,’ and you’ll get the band before the novel. Look up Jesus Christ, and you’ll get the musical. Look up Princess Link-a-din and you’ll get LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network.

— Howard Jacobson

It isn’t only in the name of free speech that the views of an itchy polemicist should be tolerated – and I say itchy polemicist promoting thought, not itchy ideologue promoting violence – but because provocation is indispensable to the workings of a sound, creative culture.

— Howard Jacobson

One thing we didn’t know in 1996 is that it’s very, very difficult, if not impossible, to sustain a culture with online advertising.

— Howard Rheingold

I was immediately smitten with an attraction to this culture, not in the sense of high culture but of the basic way people behaved towards one another.

— Harry Mathews

People have come to me over the years and said to me: ‘I admire the culture of Starbucks. Can you come give a speech and help us turn our culture around?’ I wish it were that easy. Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.

— Howard Schultz

When we began Starbucks, what I wanted to try to do was to create a set of values, guiding principles, and culture.

— Howard Schultz

Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.

— Howard Schultz

People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure. The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and its the last discipline that gets funded.

— Howard Schultz

I’ve traveled around the world, and what’s so revealing is that, despite the differences in culture, politics, language, how people dress, there is a universal feeling that we all want the same thing. We deeply want to be respected and appreciated for our differences.

— Howard Schultz

One thing I found very interesting about comedians around the world was their knowledge of stuff outside of their own culture and comfort zone. That’s not very common in the States. We produce our own soft power, which is pop culture, but we rarely try to absorb and learn information from other cultures and countries.

— Hasan Minhaj

You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That’s leadership.

— Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

Some version of ‘Deal or No Deal’ airs in 120 countries. And they play it exactly the same way, with models and briefcases. It crosses language and culture and gender, because it’s the simplest game in the world, and everyone wants to press their luck.

— Howie Mandel

The nation will benefit in the long term if it continues to be open to foreign expertise. This will help the country to establish its business culture and environment faster, based on international best practice.

— Hassanal Bolkiah

Why are we so obsessed with celebrity culture? We have front-page news about divorces instead of front-page news about global warming, about women being abused, about children being abused. We’re going on a downward spiral.

— Heather Mills

I didn’t choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place.

— Helen Dunmore

I don’t feel there’s a difference between the real world and the fairy-tale world. They contain psychological truths and, I guess, projections of what the culture that tells them thinks about various things: men, women, aging, dying – the most basic aspects of being human.

— Helen Oyeyemi

Dream study impacts culture. We are put in touch with the inner poet who dreams. We hear our inner, subjective response to the outer world. That helps spiritualize our lives.

— Henry Reed

The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists.

— Herbert Read

Is it possible that literacy standards are falling because young Australians are growing up in a culture in which they can be entertained and informed, and in which they can communicate effectively, without having to master any but the most rudimentary literacy skills?

— Hugh Mackay

The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what’s actually happening to our culture?

— Hugh Mackay

I just came from South Africa, a place that had been in a perpetual uprising since 1653, so the uprising had become a way of life in our culture and we grew up with rallies and strikes and marches and boycotts.

— Hugh Masekela

It’s obvious that the rest of the world loves high African culture – African culture, period.

— Hugh Masekela

But again, we, I think, over the years have set the example for a lot of nations that may not have had the same values, the same type of coming out of the same culture that we as Americans have and enjoy. But we can be an example, a role model for them.

— Hugh Shelton

But what is more, if we have succeeded in adding to the basic understanding of our universe and ourselves, we will have made a contribution to the totality of human culture.

— Haldan Keffer Hartline

Scientists care deeply about their place in that culture, and their contribution to it.

— Haldan Keffer Hartline

Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass – you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.

— Hans Magnus Enzensberger

The music is just so rich and part of the culture there. I suddenly felt like I needed to go on this mission to make sure we save New Orleans because – not that I can save anything – but it’s so much part of what this country is, this whole mix of people coming together and doing this thing.

— Harold Perrineau

After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.

— Hu Shih

But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture. And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.

— Hugh Dancy

I do feel like I have always, in my life, been inclined to be on the outside, walk a different path or something. Because of that, and increasingly over the years, my sense of distance from mainstream society or from the way culture works, I have a different kind of perception of it.

— Ian MacKaye

The whole drive of western culture, the part of it which is serious, is towards an extreme objectification. It’s carried to the point where the human subject is treated almost as if it’s dirt in the works of a watch.

— Henry Flynt

I began demonstrating against serious culture. In hindsight, the actual course of events has been very humiliating for me, because no one picked up on the intellectual critique I made.

— Henry Flynt

Bill Gallagher’s new version of ‘The Prisoner’ is an enthralling commentary on modern culture. It is witty, intelligent and disturbing. I am very excited to be involved.

— Ian Mckellen

The only way to make something cheaply today is to have it mass-produced. For example, you wear the same shoes as everyone else. If you had a fabber, you could custom-make shoes that perfectly fit your feet. Three-dimensional printing will help us move away from the mass consumption that is so deeply ingrained in our culture.

— Hod Lipson

The running joke about the Premio Cervantes, the most coveted literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world, which was established by Spain’s Ministry of Culture in 1976, is that Cervantes himself wouldn’t have received it. This is because he was, in his heart, the most anti-Spanish of Spanish writers.

— Ilan Stavans

When I went to India, I became absolutely obsessed with the idea of building a hotel in India. I’ve never done a hotel, and I’d love to do public spaces in that culture.

— Hugh Hardy

If you look at the footballers, you look at our celebrity culture, we seem to be saying, ‘This is the way you want to be’. We seem to be a society that celebrates all the wrong people.

— Iain Duncan Smith

Look, I’ve always said from the word go many years ago that I felt the whole bonus culture, they need to think very carefully about being detached from the rest of the British public.

— Iain Duncan Smith

Being uprooted from your own culture, provided you take with you the way of thinking and being that characterises the more integrated social culture from which you come, is not as disruptive to happiness and well-being as becoming part of a relatively fragmented culture.

— Iain McGilchrist

Well, I am very happy that I was able to play a part in bringing music from the streets onto the radio and into modern culture, I worked very hard and always believed in the sounds I was creating.

— Ice T

We all must support the arts, as it is our culture. It makes us better people. It makes us happy it gives us empathy and shows us how to live. It is so important.

— Imelda Staunton

I always wanted to do creative things, but I was really interested in entrepreneurship. My family comes from a very entrepreneurial culture, so business was always something I was interested in.

— Imran Amed

The one album I can’t live without is called ‘Cumbolo’ by a band called Culture. Every song on their album is deep, but there’s one in particular called ‘This Train.’ I have a tattoo of the lyrics on my left arm.

— Idris Elba

I always thought that there was something in hip-hop culture that was the misfit of all the musical styles, where they didn’t really belong. They’re kind of like, ‘No, we’re a real culture! We’re not going anywhere, you can’t get rid of us!’ I really liked that there was a rebelliousness about it. I connected with that.

— Iggy Azalea

I always felt really alone because no one wanted to talk about the things that I enjoyed, and that was really rap music and hip-hop as a culture. You know, having the shoes, using the words, buying the magazines, seeing the videos. And I had nobody to share it with, so I feel like I lived a lot online.

— Iggy Azalea

Describing passive violence in this culture is kinda like someone who is drowning in the middle of the ocean giving you the low-down on water. The only way you can really understand passive violence is by going somewhere far, far away from phones, news, TV, the Internet.

— Inga Muscio

In India, therapy is not part of the culture it has not become such a big need.

— Irrfan Khan

Sometimes there’s a snobbery among literary types that these people don’t really get it, but in a lot of ways they get it more than the literati. There’s a culture in the background that they understand and know. They get that deeper level.

— Irvine Welsh

One of the characteristics of North American culture is that you can always start again. You can always move forward, cross a border of a state or a city or a county, and move West, most of the time West. You leave behind guilt, past traditions, memories.

— Isabel Allende

I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish culture.

— Itzhak Perlman

I thought if we could put our hard-working culture as traders into the asset management, it will be a great combination, and we did do that.

— Ivan Glasenberg

I was heartily sorry to leave Leh, with its dazzling skies and abounding colour and movement, its stirring topics of talk, and the culture and exceeding kindness of the Moravian missionaries. Helpfulness was the rule.

— Isabella Bird

The iconic Doral was once a beacon for the ultimate in luxury golf resorts, and we have fully restored it to its prior grandeur – and then some. Besides the sun, golf, and amazing Latin food, Miami is a city of culture that has something for everyone.

— Ivanka Trump

The world is getting so small. Young people are mobile they want to travel around the world. When you travel around the world, you exchange culture, you want to make friends, you want to exchange things.

— Jack Ma

Food is a big part of my culture, so everyone knows how to cook. When I came to America and asked a babysitter to softboil an egg for my son and she didn’t know how, I was shocked.

— Isabella Rossellini

A few words of Hindi appear here or there, but it’s all Urdu. I feel that if the popular culture, which is what Hindi films are, uses Urdu, it’s not going to diminish.

— Ismail Merchant

Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.

— Jackie Chan

It’s one thing when other African-Americans try to threaten my race card, but when people outside of my ethnicity have the audacity to question how ‘down’ I am because of the bleak, stereotypical picture pop culture has painted for me as a black woman? Unacceptable.

— Issa Rae

New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.

— Jackson Pollock

Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.

— Jacques Derrida

Design is a vital component to the enrichment of our everyday lives. Japan has a very rich history and culture of design, and I feel it is a very important dialogue to open and keep evolving.

— Issey Miyake

Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it’s attainable. I didn’t do it any other way than through hip-hop.

— Jay-Z

My thing is related to who I am as a person. The clothes are an extension of me. The music is an extension of me. All my businesses are part of the culture, so I have to stay true to whatever I’m feeling at the time, whatever direction I’m heading in. And hopefully, everyone follows.

— Jay-Z

All my businesses are part of the culture, so I have to stay true to whatever I’m feeling at the time, whatever direction I’m heading in.

— Jay-Z

That’s exactly why I came into music in the first place: to be inspired by what I hear to make it something else, to make it my own. That’s how culture, creativity, moves, isn’t it?

— Jimmy Page

You’re sort of programmed a certain way because of your environment. That’s all you know. But we don’t have that anymore because of the internet. Because of the internet we’re all communicating with each other all across the board, so you’re getting information from people all around the world, hitting a much more diverse slice of culture.

— Joe Rogan

We live in a culture that relishes tearing others down. It’s ultimately more fulfilling, though, to help people reach their goals. Instead of feeling jealous, remember: If God did it for them, He can do it for you.

— Joel Osteen

I love having different cultures around, but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you’re left thinking, ‘Well, what’s going on?’

— John Cleese

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.

— John F. Kennedy

I mean, the genuine roots of culture is folk music.

— John Lydon

Listen, you know this: If there’s not a rebellious youth culture, there’s no culture at all. It’s absolutely essential. It is the future. This is what we’re supposed to do as a species, is advance ideas.

— John Lydon

I love consumerism, TV culture, shopping malls. There’s nothing I’d ever buy, but I like being there. It’s wacky.

— John Lydon

With science, there is this culture of experimentation, and most of the time, those experiments fail.

— John Lasseter

If you watch wrestling, you now know the hip-hop culture is being represented with wrestling. For the longest time, the cultures have almost been parallel.

— John Cena

I was an English major in college who concentrated in African-American literature and culture. So I read quite a few slave narratives and stories of escape, and I grew up in Ohio, which was a common stop on the Underground Railroad.

— John Legend

If the culture you have is radically different from an ‘experiment and take-risk’ culture, then you have a big change you going to have to make – and no little gimmicks are going to do it for you.

— John P. Kotter

France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.

— Johnny Depp

The emphasis and value on ideas and original thinking is an innate part of British culture, and in many ways, that describes the traditions of design.

— Jonathan Ive

The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.

— Joseph Addison

Wherever I go throughout the world – no matter the language, no matter the culture – I thrill to hear the testimonies of the Saints.

— Joseph B. Wirthlin

Today we read books ‘extensively,’ often without sustained focus, and with rare exceptions we read each book only once. We value quantity of reading over quality of reading. We have no choice, if we want to keep up with the broader culture.

— Joshua Foer

Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory.

— Joshua Foer
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