School Quotes

I remember in high school thinking that I wanted to be a lawyer, and now I realize I saw that movie ‘And Justice for All’ when I was a kid and thought, ‘That’s what lawyers do, and I want to get up and yell and scream in the middle of a courtroom.’

— Aaron Douglas

I’ve actually started a number of businesses in my career. So I’m 28 currently, but when I was about 16, I started building Websites, and that’s how I put myself through school. I went to Duke with a degree in electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and then to Princeton.

— Aaron Patzer

I’m typically a ‘just drink water’ kind of guy. I was a bodybuilder in high school, so I used to – food to me was, ‘there are this many grams of carbohydrates and proteins, and I need these micronutrients in order to grow and be fit,’ and I ate in order to live and not live in order to eat, and I think most people are the opposite.

— Aaron Patzer

Yeah, I left Idaho at 17. You know, I graduated high school a year early and just, you know, the typical story, packed up my car and moved out.

— Aaron Paul

Through the Internet, I’ve developed a strong social network – something I could never do if I had to keep my choice of peers within school grounds.

— Aaron Swartz

We’re used to the characteristics of social media – participation, connection, instant gratification – and when school doesn’t offer the same, it’s easy to tune out.

— Adora Svitak

Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.

— Adora Svitak

My parents homeschooled my sister and me for many years. Why? Because the local school insisted that I, being three, should go to preschool, and my sister, being five, should go to kindergarten. The problem? You learn your alphabet in preschool, and I was already reading chapter books.

— Adora Svitak

The mosque was the neighbourhood house of worship, but it was also the place where my high school friends and I came to study.

— Ahmed Zewail

There was a year between school and getting going as an actor when I basically just watched films. Video shops were the new thing, and there was a good one round the corner and me and my brother just watched everything, from the horror to the European art-house.

— Aidan Gillen

I grew up in a town with a great wrestling tradition. Then I was a team sport queen in high school I played softball, volleyball, and soccer. Oh, and I also did ski racing.

— Aimee Mullins

I’ve been performing since I was a child my mother would have to pull me aside and tell me that I wasn’t onstage. I was a cheerleader, president of choir, and in the school play.

— Aja Naomi King

The bits I most remember about my school days are those that took place outside the classroom, as we were taken on countless theatre visits and trips to places of interest.

— Alan Bennett

When I went to acting school, the kids that got the best grades were the kids that could cry on cue. But it didn’t really translate into careers for any of them, because the external is the easy part.

— Albert Brooks

I guess I was the class clown – with a name like Albert Einstein, you don’t hide in the back. I’d read the school bulletin to the class, and I’d add activities and make stuff up. It was good, a good 10 minutes every morning.

— Albert Brooks

London is like my second home. I’ve still got friends there from school and from when I first started in the modelling business – people such as Karen Elson, Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt.

— Alek Wek

When I was 14, I came to school in London. I remember it was very cold, but also having to adjust and become fluent in English.

— Alek Wek

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

In second grade, I told a bunch of kids there was a homeless person living between the portable classrooms outside our school. It caused panic, and the principal had to announce on the P.A. system that no one was living there. I pretended I didn’t know who started the rumor.

— Alessia Cara

You don’t meet that many people that you can talk about Roots Manuva with, but that was my favorite in school, this record of his called ‘Run Come Save Me.’ When I first started writing lyrics, it came from that.

— Alex Turner

Songwriters always reminded me of that kid at school who would go around with his guitar, like, ‘Yeah, songwritin’ man,’ looking wistful. That wasn’t me – those kinds of people put me off. In the early days, I’d write a bunch of lyrics and almost look at them as a sort of joke, to make the rest of the boys laugh.

— Alex Turner

There will always be someone being picked on at school, and it’s not going to go away.

— Alexa Vega

Having to go back and forth between school and filming would sometimes be frustrating because I loved school. It was my chance to be around other people my age. But when you’re leaving school to go to a set that’s filled with kids your age, then it’s fine.

— Alexa Vega

My singing voice had rescued me from the scene I was in at school – I was an unpopular, bookish kid who had an indeterminate ethnic background. I became fascinated with women sopranos because they had a future that I didn’t as a singer.

— Alexander Chee

When I’m identified as a fiction writer at parties, the question comes pretty quickly. ‘Did you go to school for it?’ someone asks. ‘Yes,’ I say. ‘Where?’ they ask, because I don’t usually offer it. ‘I went to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,’ I say.

— Alexander Chee

I started out as a Cold Warrior, even my last years in grade school.

— Alexander Haig

I never thought about writing a novel until I was 13, and that happened by chance. I was on school holidays, and I was bored, and I thought I just wanted to do something to occupy myself instead of asking, ‘What can I do, mum? Entertain me.’ I started, and it really just took over, and I realised, ‘Wow, this is an amazing experience.’

— Alexandra Adornetto

At one school I visited, everyone had read ‘Halo,’ and they were all dressed up as angels – with halos!

— Alexandra Adornetto

I went to an all-girls school for part of high school, and the idea of boys was amazing to me like, all I ever wanted to do was kiss boys and be around boys.

— Alexandra Daddario

I go into work and get my hair and makeup done, go into wardrobe. I have to do three hours of school a day.

— Alia Shawkat

Right when I turned 18, I moved to New York, originally for school, and then dropped out and just lived in New York.

— Alia Shawkat

In grammar school I read ‘Act One’ by Moss Hart, and being a playwright struck me as the most magical and romantic career anyone could have… But I never did write a play.

— Alice McDermott

It worries me that undergrads and high school students are forced into books they aren’t ready for, like Faulkner’s, and then they are afraid of putting their toes in the water again.

— Alice McDermott

One is lucky to be born in a place where no one is doing it, because then you can say, ‘Well, obviously I can write better than everyone else in high school.’ You have no idea of the competition.

— Alice Munro

Historically, absolute IQ scores have risen substantially as we’ve changed our environment so that more people go to school longer.

— Alison Gopnik

Putting together philosophy and children would have been difficult for most of history. But very fortunately for me, when I started graduate school there was a real scientific revolution taking place in developmental psychology.

— Alison Gopnik

When nobody read, dyslexia wasn’t a problem. When most people had to hunt, a minor genetic variation in your ability to focus attention was hardly a problem, and may even have been an advantage. When most people have to make it through high school, the same variation can become a genuinely life-altering disease.

— Alison Gopnik

I came from a small town and at school in one class there was me, a member from Depeche Mode and someone who went on to join The Cure. That was all in one class of 30 kids.

— Alison Moyet

I wanted to act when I was young. When I was 12, I asked the head of English at my school, ‘Can I audition?’ and he said, ‘What would we want you for?’ And I remember going, ‘Oh yeah. Why would they want me?’

— Alison Moyet

After leaving law school, I intentionally said that I never wanted to hold a job more than six years.

— Alphonso Jackson

My school friends are really understanding and still want to hang out with me. Ever since I was in sixth grade, I was at the gym every day to work out while my friends were getting their nails done or going to the mall. I used to feel left out, but I don’t anymore.

— Aly Raisman

I went to art school when I was little. I took ballet lessons. I played a little kick ball. I was sort of into everything because I had too much energy and I didn’t know where to put it. When I was a preteen, I got into singing, and became really obsessed with it.

— Amanda Seyfried

Hollywood is just like high school. The popular people only like the other popular people. And the thing is, some people aren’t nice – or they’re nice, but only to your face, not elsewhere.

— Amanda Seyfried

To join or not to join films was the biggest choice I had to make. I’d done two years of biogenetic engineering, was an economics graduate and a gold medalist. I had also been a Bharatanatyam dancer from age five, always won the best actress award in school. Finally, I decided to do things for my soul, chose to act.

— Amisha Patel

School was hard for me. If there had been a school for the creative arts, I might have thrived, but… I needed that creative outlet so much. Also, I’m just bad with numbers.

— Amy Adams

In high school, I was so painfully self-aware that how I thought of myself was probably very different from what other people thought of me. I thought of myself as just painfully awkward and dorky. I had a lot of hair and was kind of weird. I sang a lot in the hallways.

— Amy Adams

I didn’t necessarily fit in in high school. I felt very awkward. I still feel completely awkward and weird in my body sometimes. I’m hoping that’s going to go away, but I’ve just embraced it as reality.

— Amy Adams

When Evanescence took time off, I bought a big concert harp and started taking lessons like I was in high school again, which was really, really fun. I felt like I was learning again.

— Amy Lee

When I was in high school, I listened to a lot of death metal bands.

— Amy Lee

I love contrast in music. Being inspired by classical, actually – in high school especially – classical and metal both, I remember having this cool realization that they are really similar. It’s just different instrumentation.

— Amy Lee

Like now what Urban Outfitters has become is very much how I always dressed in high school by going to garage sales and getting stuff for 50 cents. Cost a little more now, to look like crap.

— Amy Lee

If I’m hip, we’ve got a problem in this country. I really shouldn’t be held up as any model of hipness. If anything, I think I’m sort of old school in my approach to objective reporting and not wearing my opinion on my sleeve. There’s a lot of that in American TV news these days. Too much, in fact.

— Anderson Cooper

I didn’t start playing drums until I was 12, for school band they didn’t have any saxophones left. My step-pops had a kit at the house, and I had never done anything that I understood so quick. It was so natural. It was the most fun and consistent thing in my life.

— Anderson Paak

I danced for a while, and I knew I could sing, so I just began singing in a praise band at church and doing musical theater and jazz vocal performance in school. One didn’t really lead to another I was just always interested in the performance arts.

— Andra Day

I went to a performing arts school, and we studied musical theater, jazz vocal performance, and they kind of start you out on those things because they feel like it is a good foundation, and it was.

— Andra Day

The elementary school I went to, Valencia Park, was focused on the arts.

— Andra Day

My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was – it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.

— Andre Agassi

Often, I went in love with some friends in school. And, no, I suffered. Only later, things went better.

— Andrea Bocelli

I always knew I would sing. I just didn’t know if I would be successful or not. But I sang at school, I sang at parties, I sang at church. Everyone always asked me to sing. I’d be playing football with my friends, and my parents would ask me to sing for their guests. I was never very happy about that because I wanted to play football.

— Andrea Bocelli

Michael Sanchez and I grew up in New Jersey, not far from here, playing soccer together. When I was in high school, I worked to start an organization to help senior citizens, which I learned a great deal from.

— Andrew Shue

I loved doing problems in school. I’d take them home and make up new ones of my own. But the best problem I ever found, I found in my local public library. I was just browsing through the section of math books and I found this one book, which was all about one particular problem – Fermat’s Last Theorem.

— Andrew Wiles

When people ask where I studied to be an ambassador, I say my neighborhood and my school. I’ve tried to tell my kids that you don’t wait until you’re in high school or college to start dealing with problems of people being different. The younger you start, the better.

— Andrew Young

I’m quite contrary. If people agree on something, I tend to gravitate the other way by my nature. I don’t like to be told what to do. I think it goes back to school. I like to do things I want to do and I really don’t like doing what I don’t want to do.

— Andy Serkis

I didn’t go to business school, didn’t care about financial stuff and the stock market.

— Anita Roddick

Well, the terrible thing right now, and I don’t know the statistics, but there’s a growing concern in some communities about how rapidly people are sent from school to jail, how quickly they’re put into the criminal justice system. And of course the rapidly growing number of brown people, both men and women, in prison. And this is terrible.

— Anna Deavere Smith

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.

— Anna Deavere Smith

When I got out of acting school, I was lucky to have gotten any job at all. A lot of people hiring African American actresses – it was right after ‘Roots,’ and for society, not me, it was great. Nice richly dark-skinned people was the fashion, and I was not.

— Anna Deavere Smith

I talk about race a lot. It’s been my work ever since I came out of acting school. But it’s true that in a way talking about race is a taboo. Because so many of our debates about race have to do not with race but with what we are willing to see, what we will not see and what we don’t want to see.

— Anna Deavere Smith

By the time I was in high school, Roe v. Wade had passed, so that was also happening girls were getting pregnant and getting abortions – and that happened in my school too.

— Annette Bening

LaGuardia High School is a place of acceptance. You have every type of kid there, performing. The outcast girl would not have been made fun of in my high school.

— Ansel Elgort

As soon as I left school at 16, I worked in a factory making aircraft components.

— Anton du Beke

When I was a child I had something called Perthes’ Disease which meant I was on crutches, so I was bullied at school and all that sort of stuff.

— Antony Beevor

I was 16 when I got admission in Hans Raj College. I completed school when I was 16, so everyone in my class – Zoology Honours batch 92 – was 18, and I was often treated like a kid.

— Anurag Kashyap

I always knew I wanted to be in films but didn’t want anyone to taunt my parents. So I excelled in studies. I was a topper in school and college, so when I decided to become a model, people said, ‘Oh your daughter is modeling,’ so at least my parents could say, ‘Yeah but she also came first in class.’

— Anushka Sharma

Once, I was coming back from school, and there was this guy who was eve-teasing me and my friend. I had a Milton water bottle that I flung it at his face. My dad told me if you are in a crowded place and a guy eve-teases, you should make noise. I did exactly that and got people on the road to beat up the guy.

— Anushka Sharma

In school I studied international business and marketing, so I’ve always been attracted to business.

— Apolo Ohno

I went to acting school, and I polished my dancing, but I didn’t really learn how to fight.

— Arjun Kapoor

Whether it’s in an inner-city school or a rural community, I want those students to have a chance to take A.P. biology and A.P. physics and marine biology.

— Arne Duncan

About two-thirds of bachelor’s degree holders borrow to go to school, and on average they’re graduating with more than $26,000 in debt.

— Arne Duncan

When I was eight or nine, I wrote a new version of ‘Peter Pan’ for the school play. They didn’t use it – I imagine it was unperformable – but as recompense for not doing my script, I was offered any role, and instinctively went for Captain Hook. I came on trying to be terrifying, but everyone laughed at me.

— Arthur Smith

Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you’re not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like ‘What did you do to yourself?’ I was so embarrassed.

— Ashley Tisdale

In high school, it was all about popularity, being with the boyfriend and all the girls thinking he’s cute.

— Ashley Tisdale

In high school, I had a gold 1992 Ford Explorer. It was a gift. I used to have a terrible habit of locking the keys in the car when I used leave the car running to help it start on a cold morning. I think the local locksmith became used to me calling him.

— Ashton Eaton

My local newspaper, the ‘Bend Bulletin,’ interviewed me while I was at high school after I had just signed with the University of Oregon. I remember I wore a University of Oregon hooded sweatshirt, and they took a picture of me in the long jump pit. I was freezing!

— Ashton Eaton

I dated my first girlfriend for, like, two weeks in high school, and when you’re in high school, it’s so much different. I wanted to hang out with my friends and play video games and play paintball and do guy stuff. Girls were never around for my friends group.

— Ashton Eaton

I am a part of the old school where I feel that purity of the language should be retained. But English is a constantly evolving language where new words are being added to the dictionary, so I don’t see any harm in experimenting with the language. Only poor editing standards need to be improved.

— Ashwin Sanghi

During the 1942 Quit India Movement, I was a student at Gwalior High School. I was arrested by the British for participating in the movement. My parents then sent me off to my village where, again, I jumped into the movement.

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

When I was in high school I was a really huge ‘SNL’ fan. I remember the cast around the time I started watching it – Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri O’Teri, Tracy Morgan. I did research to find out how people got on the show. Their bios always said they came from an improv team, so I started taking classes.

— Aubrey Plaza

In elementary school, I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school, I failed all my courses.

— Avi

I am grateful to my father for sending me to school, and that we moved from Somalia to Kenya, where I learned English.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

How can you contribute towards building the Indian society and the Indian nation? No better way than to upgrade the quality of young people in school, particularly the schools which are run by the state government in the villages.

— Azim Premji

If I can help a kid feel more comfortable in their skin because they’re struggling with maybe the things I struggled with in high school, that’s great.

— Abby Wambach

I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I can say this: that among my earliest recollections, I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand.

— Abraham Lincoln

Students undergo a conversion in the third year of medical school – not pre-clinical to clinical, but pre-cynical to cynical.

— Abraham Verghese

Certainly when I got to medical school, I had role models of the kind of physicians I wanted to be. I had an uncle who, looking back, was probably not the most-educated physician around, but he carried it off so well.

— Abraham Verghese

I’m a championship handball player. I’m a championship softball and baseball player. I used to be an extremely talented center in high school in football. I also dabbled in lacrosse and soccer. I’m really good at billiards, darts, shuffleboard.

— Action Bronson

I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it. You don’t have a lot of options in Indiana anyway, though, so I didn’t want to stay there. I graduated early and worked a bunch of really odd jobs, and then I joined the Marines.

— Adam Driver

I mean, I did plays in high school, but I was convinced you couldn’t make a living doing it.

— Adam Driver

Through theater and acting school, I found a way to articulate myself.

— Adam Driver

When I happened to get into school, I felt like I could approach it as aggressively as things in the military.

— Adam Driver

I never wore full-on eyeliner in high school, but I wanted to.

— Adam Lambert

My grandmother used to embarrass me more, when she would pick me up from school wearing a big fuzzy hat. I didn’t like that.

— Adam Sandler

When I take my kid to school, all the parents stop and stare.

— Adam Sandler

I went to private school for two years, then Aptos Middle School, and I finished at McAteer. Several of my classmates at those schools are my friends today.

— Aisha Tyler

My parents were vegetarians. I’d show up at school, this giant black kid, with none of the cool clothes and a tofu sandwich and celery sticks.

— Aisha Tyler

And I was the only black kid in my school for almost all of my childhood, until I was a teenager. So imagine, if you will, being 6 feet tall by third grade, so essentially being a living maypole.

— Aisha Tyler

I acted out a lot. I was very nerdy. I was very isolated, which I made up for by kind of talking and trying to entertain people and get them to like me, so I did theatre and improv in high school and college, but always as a hobby.

— Aisha Tyler

Dartmouth is a small school with high-caliber teaching. Our classes were all taught by professors, not teaching assistants. I felt like that was a school where I could make a big splash. The opportunities would be grander and more robust for me there than at a school with 40,000 students.

— Aisha Tyler

I didn’t mind being in a school with a small African-American population. The African-American-community was very tight, and that was great. But I also wanted to interact with other types of folks.

— Aisha Tyler

I hated, when I was a kid, being told that ‘Black people don’t do that.’ And the white kids at school didn’t accept me because I was black, and the black kids in my neighborhood didn’t accept me because they thought I thought I was white.

— Aisha Tyler

For a little while, my mom was a school teacher. And I went to the school that she taught.

— Aisha Tyler

My dad never graduated high school. He was a printing salesman. We lived in a two-bedroom, one-bath house in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. We weren’t rich – but we felt secure.

— Al Franken

Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government asked me to serve as a fellow at its Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. After my varied and celebrated career in television, movies, publishing, and the lucrative world of corporate speaking, being a fellow at Harvard seemed, frankly, like a step down.

— Al Franken

You tell me one other person that graduated from Yale that is as inarticulate as Bush. Yale’s a great school, and here’s this idiot.

— Al Jourgensen

The right wing always mobilizes around constitutional amendments: the right to bear arms, school prayer.

— Al Sharpton

Not graduating high school on time leads to fewer chances of attending college and obtaining good paying jobs, and creates instead higher chances of incarceration and unemployment.

— Al Sharpton

I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like?

— Al Pacino

You wouldn’t want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.

— Alan Alda

When I was in high school, I fell under the spell of that crazy idea that if you’re interested in the arts, you can’t be interested in science.

— Alan Alda

I was foreign and Jewish, with a funny name, and was very small and hated sport, a real problem at an English prep school. So the way to get round it was to become the school joker, which I did quite effectively – I was always fooling around to make the people who would otherwise dump me in the loo laugh.

— Alain de Botton

I came from a poor family, so working and going to school at the same time was natural. It taught me multi-tasking, although we didn’t call it that back then. I learned I could never be idle, I need to be doing many things at once.

— Alan Dershowitz

When I was 14 or 15, a camp counselor told me I was smart. I had never been very good in school, but he told me once that I was smart but my mind operated a little differently.

— Alan Dershowitz

We all learn in school that the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government must check and balance each other. But other non state institutions must participate in this important system of checks and balances as well. These checking institutions include the academy, the media, religious institutions and NGOs.

— Alan Dershowitz

When I was growing up, my mother would always say, ‘It will go on your permanent record.’ There was no ‘permanent record.’ If there were a ‘permanent record,’ I’d never be able to be a lawyer. I was such a bum in elementary school and high school… There is a permanent record today, and it’s called the Internet.

— Alan Dershowitz

I’ve never studied anything formally. I was excluded from school at the age of 17, so I am an autodidact, which is a word that I have taught myself.

— Alan Moore

I have always been an honest trader. I come from a school of traders where there was honour in the deal. No contracts, just a handshake and that’s it, done. That’s the way I prefer to do business but it’s not always possible these days, sadly.

— Alan Sugar

I think the sense of family and family achievement, plus the discipline which I received there from that one-room school were really very helpful in what I did later on.

— Alan Shepard

Of course, in our grade school, in those days, there were no organized sports at all. We just went out and ran around the school yard for recess.

— Alan Shepard

But when I was selected, after my very first tour of squadron duty, to become one of the youngest candidates for the test pilot school, I began to realize, maybe you are a little bit better.

— Alan Shepard

I live with some of my best friends from high school, very commune-like, in my house. It’s my hippie way of life.

— Alanis Morissette

I was in college in Washington, D.C. I did three years full-time. I did all my requirements, and my senior year was really a gut year. And I said, ‘Law school will always be there.’ I was in no hurry to get right into that.

— Alec Baldwin

My father would chaperone at high-school dances, and the toughest guy in the high school used to want to fight my father. My father broke his hand on a guy’s head once in school.

— Alec Baldwin

I never wanted to study art. And I don’t think you need to study art if you are an artist. It’s even dangerous to go to school. You need to do whatever you want, as you want.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

When I entered the pros, I was a young kid in the major leagues. I was 18 years old, right out of high school. I thought I knew everything, and I clearly didn’t.

— Alex Rodriguez

At school, a careers adviser asked me what I wanted to be, and I said ‘fashion journalist,’ so writing for ‘Vogue’ has provided me with the opportunity to fulfill a dream.

— Alexa Chung

When I was younger, I used to play mind games in which I’d try to finish tasks in minutes. My favorite was when I would shower, lay out my school clothes, then devour my dinner – in 15 minutes flat.

— Alexa Von Tobel

Without any formal personal finance instruction in our high school or college curricula, many college seniors who graduate in the red will continue to make common financial mistakes that only exacerbate their debt burdens.

— Alexa Von Tobel

I have been skiing since I was in school, but I’m not great. I am never going to break an Olympic record, I just want to go down the hills, on red or blue runs, but not… black.

— Alexander McQueen

My fastest time in high school was a 4:29 mile. I think cross-country has something to do with my longevity in my business. When you’re in an eight-mile race, you never give up.

— Alice Cooper

As you know from school, it’s when you have not prepared for the test that you have the fear of failing. And if you have prepared, even if you fail, you’ve done your best.

— Alice Walker

I really am at a place where I think we need to feed every child at school for free and feed them a real school lunch that’s sustainable and nutritious and delicious. It needs to be part of the curriculum of the school in the same way that physical education was part of the curriculum, and all children participated.

— Alice Waters

I want every child in America to eat a nutritious, delicious, sustainably sourced school lunch for free.

— Alice Waters

I believe there should be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, all for free and for every child that goes to school. And all food that is good, clean and fair.

— Alice Waters

I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident happened in high school, and all that was taken away. No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore.

— Allen Iverson

The thing that helped me get into the film business was that I went to school in Athens, Georgia and managed to get on, um, working on music videos for a band called R.E.M. and that kind of opened up a lot of doors for me.

— Alton Brown

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

— Ambrose Bierce

I’ve said this before, that, when you’re in school and you’re the class clown, men are really good at making fun at other people and women are really good at making fun of themselves.

— Amy Poehler

I was the daughter of teachers, so school was always very important. I liked it.

— Amy Poehler

I always liked my teachers, and I was in a lot of after-school projects. I was a Girl Scout until my senior year, when I couldn’t be a Girl Scout anymore. I was in clubs like Junior Achievement, and I ran track and field. My grades were good, but then toward 11th grade they were nothing. I always went to summer school.

— Amy Sedaris

I never really take shortcuts. I was always one of those people who, instead of cutting across someone’s yard on the way home from school, I would go to the end of the block and turn.

— Amy Sedaris

I’m of the school of thought where, if you can’t sort something out for yourself, no one can help you. Rehab is great for some people but not others.

— Amy Winehouse

My high school experience was kind of like ‘Mean Girls.’ It was very much like a bad B movie. ‘This is where the jocks sit, and this is where the cheerleaders sit.’ And I never really fit in. I guess I was sort of a theatre geek, but the activity that I was most invested in was speech and debate.

— Andie MacDowell

And it sort of jogged a memory of something that I read at school and I read it, and I thought God this is it. So you never can tell. I could find something this afternoon.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

School of Rock’ is fun. Hopefully, I’ve fleshed it out with a few catchy songs and kept the spirit of the original movie.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

I remember playing a high school basketball game where I didn’t eat anything for breakfast. I ate, you know, like a PB and J and some chips for lunch and nothing before the game. I didn’t make it through the first quarter. I wish I hadn’t have learned that way, but it did leave a lasting impression.

— Andrew Luck

It was nice to finish up Stanford. I think I always felt that I would be there for four years and graduate, and definitely didn’t want to leave early. A degree was definitely a plus, and I was having a lot of fun in school. But after football, you know, I don’t know. I really did enjoy studying architecture it was a blast.

— Andrew Luck

I have three younger siblings, so the four of us were outside all the time after school playing games, making up games. My sister made up a game called ‘roof ball.’ We’d play that constantly. She always beat me in it, and it made me very mad. But we were outside all the time.

— Andrew Luck

A lot of people say, ‘AC/DC – that’s the band with the little guy who runs around in school shorts!’

— Angus Young

I never bothered with cars. I was probably one of the few kids in school who didn’t run around with hot-rod magazines. As I would be at home fiddling with my guitar, they would be fiddling with a car engine.

— Angus Young

Everything that we used to think got taught at home now seemingly has to be taught in the public school system, and something is going to get lost in the process.

— Ann Richards

While I wouldn’t wish being teased on anyone, I think it eventually leads to a kind of solidarity in adult life. The few people I know who weren’t picked on in school are people I find I can’t relate to on much more than a surface level. There’s a sensitivity that comes with feeling like an outsider at some point in your life.

— Anna Kendrick

Because of reality television and all these celebrities thinking they can be designers, everyone imagines that they can just become a designer, photographer, or model, but that’s not the way things work. People have to go to school, learn their craft, and build a brand – that’s the right, healthy way to do things.

— Anna Wintour

I went to school at the San Francisco Art Institute, thinking I was going to become an art teacher. Within the first six months I was there, I was told that I couldn’t be an art teacher unless I became an artist first.

— Annie Leibovitz

When you go to Africa, and you see children, they’re usually barefoot, dirty and in rags, and they’d love to go to school.

— Annie Lennox

I hated the Naked Chef. Fine, yes, he did good things for school food or whatever, but, you know, I don’t want my chefs to be cute and adorable.

— Anthony Bourdain

I tried acting, liked it, and stuck with it. I saw it as the way I would keep that promise to myself of getting back at those who had made my school life a misery.

— Anthony Hopkins

If my children were as unhappy as I was at school, I’d send them somewhere else, but it never occurred to my parents.

— Anthony Horowitz

I didn’t make the most of school, but boxing has given me discipline.

— Anthony Joshua

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African-Americans to get them into the University of Texas where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.

— Antonin Scalia

My hero when I was 14 was Sonny Liston. No matter what kinds of problems you were having with your parents or at school, whatever, Sonny Liston would go and knock guys out, and that made it all right.

— August Wilson

I dropped out of school, but I didn’t drop out of life. I would leave the house each morning and go to the main branch of the Carnegie Library in Oakland where they had all the books in the world… I felt suddenly liberated from the constraints of a pre-arranged curriculum that labored through one book in eight months.

— August Wilson

I was a very awkward high schooler, especially in early high school.

— Aaron Tveit

I was born in Evanston, Illinois. I spent my elementary and part of my junior high school years in a D.C. suburb. And then I spent my high school years in Minnesota. And then I spent my college years in Colorado. And then I spent some time living in China. And then I spent three years in Vermont before moving down to Nashville.

— Abigail Washburn

I sang in a reggae band. And then there was a soul band where I sang back-up vocals and some lead. And I was also in a women’s a capella group. And I was in the gospel choir at school. Actually, I’ve always been in choirs. Or some kind of group. Just because I love singing so much. But I truthfully never thought of it as a career.

— Abigail Washburn

My kindergarten teacher encouraged me to learn, as did my school headmaster, who gave me a grant to study.

— Ada Yonath

I was in high school. A couple of my friends and I decided we had to be in a class together where we could fool around, and drama was it because we’d do improvs, beating each other up. They left a year later, and I stayed in and got a knack for it, and enjoyed the whole process.

— Adam Beach

I think making friends is not being afraid to look stupid, because everyone wants a friend who is willing to be stupid and fun. If you try and be too cool, it only works in high school. After that, being uncool is a very cool thing to do. So just have fun, and don’t worry what other people think of you and people will want to be your friends.

— Adam DeVine

I tried out for my basketball team every year and I never made it. You had to buy the shoes before you knew if you were on the team because it took a few weeks for them to ship. I bought the shoes every year, never once made the team, had a ton of high school basketball shoes.

— Adam DeVine

My senior year of high school, I got into UCLA, but my family couldn’t afford it.

— Adam DeVine

When you think about little league football, high school, and even on to college even more so, you’re dealing with a lot of guys that are prideful, that think they’re the best – a lot of alpha males. So, typically, you’ve got to have a guy that can control those guys, and, when he talks, they know he means business. He’s a serious guy.

— Adrian Peterson

If you really want to be a music producer, stop watching ‘Friends’ when you get home from school. Start trying to make music. If you’re not going to try, then it’s impossible. When you try, it’s always possible.

— Afrojack

I’m not the coolest person in the world. I’m not the sexiest Diva or the strongest Diva. I know who I am. I’m not the most popular person, and I’m kind of dorky, and I’m someone you can see at your school or as your neighbor, and I think people like that.

— AJ Lee

I’ve always wanted to entertain people, and when I was in school, I was interested in creative writing, but wrestling was always there. When I ran into financial problems, I just figured when life gives you lemons, you have to make lemonade.

— AJ Lee

After boarding school in Switzerland, at, like, 14 or 15, my life clicked, and I just realized, ‘I don’t want to be like anyone around me at my school. I don’t think the world revolves around money.’

— Albert Hammond, Jr.

The business of a scientific school is the dissemination of useful knowledge, and this is a noble enterprise and indispensable withal society can not exist unless it goes on.

— Albert J. Nock

Well, I’ve never been in a touring rock band, it was all just high school and college, playing toga parties in frat houses.

— Alessandro Nivola

I enjoyed art in school. I’ve always done little drawings and stuff like that. I don’t really know what I’m doing with the painting, but I experiment.

— Alex Lifeson

I’ve learned by watching films that inspired me and people who inspired me like Robert Redford and Paul Newman. I love old school acting. I love subtlety, and I also love being spontaneous, and that’s really what works for me.

— Alex Pettyfer

When I started binge-watching TV, when that became a thing due to Netflix a few years ago, the first thing I watched was ‘Lost.’ It was summer break from grad school, and I watched it all in a row, like as many hours a day as I could, as though I were clocking in at a job.

— Alexandra Kleeman

There wasn’t a lot of discipline in my life, and I hated it being imposed on me at school.

— Alfie Allen

When I was 18 years old I went to Shakespeare Company, the school, and I wrote a poem about my leaves – I felt like a tree that had no leaves. That is the life at 18.

— Alicia Silverstone

When I was a kid, there was teasing in school. Then when I was a teenager on ‘Days of Our Lives,’ I certainly experienced hurtful comments from ‘fans’ of the show.

— Alison Sweeney

I didn’t go to drama school, so I didn’t really have many true friends in the business ‘Game Of Thrones’ has definitely brought me that.

— Alfie Allen

The common Notions of Liberty are not from School Divines, but from Nature.

— Algernon Sidney

After I dropped out of college at the age of 19, I became a mortgage broker, and when I went back to school I thought about going into real estate law.

— Alice Dreger

I do work half time as a historian of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and I started my career with work in the 19th century.

— Alice Dreger

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 was always in trouble at school for what I was wearing I was never made a prefect because of the way I used to dress – I ripped my tights, my skirts were too short, all sorts of things.

— Alice Temperley

I went to New York for the first time when I was in college for a school trip and, uh, it did not appeal to me. It was too much hustle and bustle.

— Allison Tolman

When I first got out of school, I went on a children’s theater tour, and I went around the country a little bit that fall, and it was the first time I went to Chicago. We spend a couple of days in Chicago, and I was really struck viscerally by the city.

— Allison Tolman

I did a lot of commercial and theater work when I got out of school and was living in Dallas, and I moved to Chicago to go through the Second City Conservatory Program.

— Allison Tolman

I went to New York for the first time when I was in college for a school trip and, uh, it did not appeal to me. It was too much hustle and bustle. And I have since now found a New York where if I lived there now, I know where I would want to live.

— Allison Tolman

I put so much pressure on myself to be perfect. Between homework and sports and drama and being social, I slept about four hours a night through high school and college.

— Allison Williams

I’ve done so many funny jobs. I worked at a farmer’s market through high school. I worked in the stock room of Ralph Lauren. I graduated to salesperson at Ralph Lauren, which was a big deal to me. I’ve been a P.A. I’ve been a stand-in. I’ve been an assistant’s assistant.

— Allison Williams

I have an incredible amount of basketball knowledge, and I think a lot of that is derived from having a Hall of Fame college basketball coach who was very knowledgeable of the game and I had a great high school coach who was also very knowledgeable.

— Alonzo Mourning

I loved history in my school days, and I have always been a voracious reader. But in India, you end up doing MBA, engineering or medicine.

— Amish Tripathi

I never really wanted to be a writer. I know it sounds strange, but I honestly believe that I didn’t pick the story the story has picked me. I’ve written absolutely no fiction before ‘The Immortals of Meluha.’ Not even a short story in school – absolutely nothing.

— Amish Tripathi

I do believe that when your child does poorly on a test, your first step should not necessarily be to attack the teacher or the school’s curriculum. It should be to look at the idea that, maybe, the child didn’t work hard enough.

— Amy Chua

When I was little, my parents really only wanted me to be a scientist or a doctor they had never even heard of law school. I think even these days if you were to tell your mother you want to be a fashion designer, or an artist or a writer, a lot of Asian parents would be alarmed because they don’t think that’s a secure career.

— Amy Chua

I think if you’re a ‘tiger parent’ early on, you don’t need to be a ‘helicopter parent’ in high school.

— Amy Chua

I went to art and design high school with a lot of people taking fashion. They would get up in the morning, and what they put on meant a lot to them.

— Amy Heckerling

I attended Art & Design High School, and at one point, you had to write about what you wanted to be when you grew up. I wrote that I wanted to be a writer for ‘Mad’ magazine.

— Amy Heckerling

When I got into high school, clarinet was not really in fashion. Everybody had electric bands.

— Anat Cohen

I love watching people, and that’s what I do just go for a walk at about 4 o’clock, and go down a busy street, where you see people coming out of school and you get a glimpse of their lives, what they’re talking about.

— Andrea Corr

The highest praise is when a kid says, ‘This book feels so real this could have happened at my school.’

— Andrew Clements

Jamie Oliver, quite rightly, was talking about trying to improve the diet of children in schools and improving school meals, but the net effect was the number of children eating school meals in many of these places didn’t go up, it went down.

— Andrew Lansley

I can still remember the first time I heard a Beatles song. It was the fall of 1964, my second year in an American school after my family moved back from overseas, and I was standing on the corner of 64th street and First Avenue with my friend Larry Campbell.

— Andrew Rosenthal

On the one hand, we had great filmic spectacles that brought in big audiences, adults as well as primary and secondary school students. On the other hand, there were attempts to create contemporary Polish film.

— Andrzej Wajda

The book is called ‘Most Talkative,’ because I was voted most talkative in high school. And I’ve never stopped talking. My mouth has been my greatest asset and my biggest Achilles’ heel.

— Andy Cohen

I grew up Presbyterian, just a basic Protestant upbringing. There were years in my life when I would go to church every Sunday and to Sunday school. Then I just phased out of it.

— Andy Dick

I played basketball in high school, and I love watching sports – I’ll watch everything except maybe hockey.

— Andy Roddick

We teach about how to drive in school, but not how to manage finances.

— Andy Williams

I’m used to getting up at 7, getting breakfast, getting the kids off to school, and doing the mommy thing and the wife thing and the daughter thing.

— Anita Baker

Right now I’m just thinking about school and trying to get those grades and keep them up! In case I become a Norma Desmond when I grow up, I can have something to fall back on!

— Anna Chlumsky

I remember a moment when the Prince went back to his old school, Grammar School in Melbourne, and slightly to his horror his old music teacher produced a cello.

— Anthony Holden

The Golden State has lost its luster. We’ve got to change our tax system and how we fund government. We’re going to have to make it easier to create jobs in California, incentivize manufacturing, really put more in the way of investment in our public school system and our institutions of higher learning if we’re going to stay the Golden State.

— Antonio Villaraigosa

Our school not only makes you an actor, it makes you understand who you actually are as well… it gives you discipline and punctuality. It also teaches you a way of life.

— Anupam Kher

I’ve done 480-odd films, have my own acting school, won awards, etc. and now host a successful TV chat show – what else can I ask for? Yes, of course, every journey has its ups and downs, but that’s part of life.

— Anupam Kher

Drama school, you know, I own an acting school, Actor Prepares.

— Anupam Kher

I’m the co-chair of the PTA at my kids’ school, Ashmount Primary, in north Islington, London.

— Arabella Weir

There is so much that is positive, wonderful even, about state schools. At a state school your kids will learn to live alongside and appreciate other kids from many diverse and different cultures.

— Arabella Weir

I know a lot of people fear the rougher types who might be at a state school, but surely it is better to know who they are and how to deal with them than for that kind of child to appear as a completely different species to yours.

— Arabella Weir

Like most of my friends in school, I was a member of multiple circulating libraries and all of us, to begin with, borrowed and read the same things.

— Aravind Adiga

I was definitely a thespian of sorts in elementary school. I went to a real small private school, and every year, I participated in the talent shows and the school plays – all of ’em.

— Ariel Pink

Besides, I think that when one has been through a boarding school, especially then, you have some resistance, because it was both fine comradeship and a fairly hard training.

— Arne Jacobsen

Maybe I’ll work for a label someday, write some fiction, nonfiction. Someday I’d like to go back to school and get my teaching degree. I want to be a grandpa. I want to have more kids.

— Art Alexakis

I like acting, but I like filmmaking better. I went to film school. I want to make films.

— Art Alexakis

As a songwriter, I do kind of look at ‘Santa Monica’ as a thing outside of itself, because it isn’t just my song. This is a song a lot of people tell me is a part of their high school or college years. That means a lot to me.

— Art Alexakis

I have no ax to grind. I was lucky. I played. How many guys play high school, college football never play pro football?

— Art Donovan

I went to a public high school with a magnet program for law and psychology. But right before my junior year, I decided that I wanted to leave and become an actress, so I graduated early and moved out to L.A.

— Ashley Greene

When I was growing up, I cheered and danced and ran and stuff like that. I’m probably thinner now than I was in high school. I had a lot of muscle – a lot of muscle in high school.

— Ashley Greene

I grew up in London. My parents and I lived in West Norwood, then we moved to Norbury, and I went to the Brit School. I’m a South London girl at heart.

— Ashley Madekwe

Some skaters, they live for skating, and they are home-schooled. I’m very lucky my parents let me go to school and have a normal life.

— Ashley Wagner

My parents told me, ‘Skating is a privilege, not a right, and school always comes first.’

— Ashley Wagner

I hate homework. I hate it more now than I did when I was the one lugging textbooks and binders back and forth from school. The hour my children are seated at the kitchen table, their books spread out before them, the crumbs of their after-school snack littering the table, is without a doubt the worst hour of my day.

— Ayelet Waldman

Towards the end of the military service, I had to make what I assume has been the most important decision in my career: to start a residency in clinical medicine, in surgery, which was my favorite choice, or to enroll into graduate school and start a career in scientific research. It was clear to me that I was heading for graduate school.

— Aaron Ciechanover

When I lived in Baltimore, I would come down fairly often to go to the Hirshhorn, and one of my good friends from high school went to Georgetown. I actually ended up going to Annapolis a lot. I had a car, and it was such a serene place to drive.

— Abbi Jacobson

When I was in high school, my mom worked at Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I was always there.

— Abbi Jacobson

So I went to English school, secondary English school, so forget going to Mecca for my religious education.

— Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

I was actually pretty shy in school. My defense mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the headteacher, who said: ‘What’s going to happen to you what are you going to do when you grow up?’ and I said: ‘Well, I’m obviously going to be a comedian.’

— Adam Clayton

I was 19 years old, pumping gas and going nowhere. I was kind of a high school dropout at that point because I had left school to play hockey, but no one drafted me.

— Adam Oates

People, when they come up to me, are like, ‘Did we go to high school together? Or did I make out with you at sleepaway camp?’ And oftentimes, yes, that is the answer, because I went to a giant high school and made out with everybody.

— Adam Pally

When I came to New York, I was really awkward. I went to military academy for high school, so I didn’t have the socialization that most kids do. When I got here, I was five years behind everybody. Talking to women was weird for me.

— Adam Rapp

I was born in Chicago, then I spent most of my youth in Joliet, Illinois which is about thirty minutes south, and I went to a military academy for high school in Wisconsin. Then I went to college, on a basketball scholarship to a small school in Iowa, so I’m like Mr. Midwest.

— Adam Rapp

I was a jock in college and high school, but I didn’t hang out with the jocks. I was sort of a nerd who didn’t look like a nerd. I never really fit into any social set.

— Adam Rapp

You can decide at 17 that you want to be a professional player. In Argentina, they start very young. They go to school in the morning and then do polo in the afternoon.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

I want to finish high school, but that will be it.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

I would love, more than anything, to do an out-and-out farce with huge physical energy. Just because you’re from the minimalist school, it doesn’t mean you can’t go big.

— Aidan Quinn

I developed a prejudice in high school that it was all going to be boring. That kind of teenage, why-do-I-have-to-read-these-goddamn-classics feeling. And then you discover that the classics are classics because they’re lively. They don’t stick around because they’re boring. If they’re boring, they go away.

— Aimee Bender

I noticed, when I taught elementary school, how true the squeaky wheel thing is, and how endearing squeaky wheels can be! Because when you’re being a squeaky wheel, you’re also really letting people know who you are.

— Aimee Bender

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

Most of the Amazon basin is as flat as a pancake and laced with extravagantly meandering waterways. One school of thought holds that more than 145 million years ago, when Africa and South America were joined, the Amazon’s main stem was connected to the Niger River and actually flowed in the opposite direction, toward the Pacific Ocean.

— Alex Shoumatoff

You know, when you go to high school or, you know, when kids are younger and there’s not an understanding of differences. But I built up a very strong, thick skin.

— Alexander Wang

When I was younger I was always big I was a fat boy at school. I had an early growth spurt, and when I went to secondary school I was tall enough to be a policeman.

— Alfred Molina

If I had to do a lot of promotion as a kid, it would have been very intense. I’m really glad I got to go through high school, have a college experience, and have the last five years since then, just… being a person.

— Alden Ehrenreich

I have to be careful, as I don’t want to offend Midlanders, but growing up, it wasn’t like growing up in London. Anything you were interested in, you’d be able to find someone also interested in it. In the Midlands, nobody came out as gay at my school at all.

— Alice Lowe

I push myself hard. I don’t like pain, exactly, but as a ballerina, I lived in constant pain. At ballet school in Stockholm, I remember we had a locker where if someone had been to the doctor and gotten painkillers, we divided them among us. In a sense, we were all addicted.

— Alicia Vikander

I grew up in a school that had a big music program, and it was incredible. It’s what I looked forward to during the day. I had chorus, strings, band.

— Alison Krauss

I wanted to be an endurance athlete from a young age. I remember being in a careers class at school and saying I wanted to be a professional athlete and the teacher replying, ‘You’re not going to make it it’s not possible.’

— Alistair Brownlee

I was lucky enough to go to a school which gave flexibility around education and sport. We had a 1-hour, 30-minute lunch break, and were able to train during this time.

— Alistair Brownlee

My school career was absolutely crucial to me. As an endurance athlete, some of the most important years are maybe when you are 16, 17, and 18. For me, getting that right was very important, and my school allowed me to do that.

— Alistair Brownlee

I read everything I could find in English – Twain, Henry James, Hemingway, really everything. And then after a while I started writing shorter pieces in English, and one of them got published in a literary magazine and that’s how it got started. After that, graduate school didn’t seem very important.

— Aleksandar Hemon

When I was in Taiwan, I was taught in school that Taiwan is part of China.

— Alex Chiu

Strangely enough, through all those school years I decided at 13 or 14 I was going to be a musician and so school was just something to get out of the way, a waste of time and not to bother with it.

— Alvin Lee

I think once I was in high school – I had boyfriends and stuff like that, but I think when I was younger, I went through a period where I looked like a boy, and people thought I was a boy.

— Amanda Peet

I work during the days and have night classes on Wednesday and Thursday and live with my partner, who is in school during the days and works Wednesday through Saturday nights. Monday and Tuesday are therefore our nights, and we both get our work out of the way so we can actually spend time together.

— Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

I lean toward anything with a dark sense of humor. And since I’ve been out of school, the majority of my books have been contemporary basically, I like my characters to have electricity – even better, a TV.

— Andrea Seigel

I was a writer for ‘New York’ magazine. I had been to business school, but what did I know? Still, everybody from the receptionists on up to the editor would ask me what they should do with their money.

— Andrew Tobias

The first time I acted was in high school in Florida, and when I heard that applause I felt so alive and felt that electricity go up my spine.

— Angela Bassett

I didn’t feel the need to rebel as a teenager. From age nine to 16, I went to school in Montreux in Switzerland, and it was heaven. I went to England for the Easter holidays, Cyprus for Christmas and summer holidays, and I was delighted to have that independence.

— Angela Bowie

Back when I was 8 or 9 and wanted to be a nun, I would often stop at church on my way home from school.

— Ann Hood

At Juilliard, I couldn’t afford to have fun. I went to school and stayed home.

— Anthony Mackie

I remember sitting in school and thinking, ‘I don’t know why I’m here, because I know I’m going to act and I know I’m going to America.’

— Archie Panjabi

I grew up in the Cayman Islands. I didn’t play video games or watch TV. I would basically come home from school, throw down my backpack, grab my machete, and go hike and chop down trees to make a fort.

— Armie Hammer

After school, my mom would pick me up and I would just go to visit my dad in the recording studio, and I would see him working with Mark Hamill or hear him doing the ‘Transformers’ or a ‘G.I. Joe’ or the ‘Rugrats.’

— Ashley Bell

I was a good student, but I didn’t like school.

— Ashley Benson

Having grown up in Iceland and Los Angeles, gone to school in Europe and America, and lived and worked in London and New York, my insatiable appetite for travel has informed many of my life decisions.

— Aslaug Magnusdottir

I’m very sensitive. I remember, as a kid at school, if someone in the classroom was sad or angry, it could have a great impact on me.

— Aurora

I did a lot of choral music in high school, and that was kind of my primary, stable outlet for music because I didn’t feel comfortable being a soloist. It was a cool, safe space for me musically.

— Autre Ne Veut

I developed a mania for Fitzgerald – by the time I’d graduated from high school I’d read everything he’d written. I started with ‘The Great Gatsby’ and moved on to ‘Tender Is the Night,’ which just swept me away. Then I read ‘This Side of Paradise,’ his novel about Princeton – I literally slept with that book under my pillow for two years.

— A. Scott Berg

Was Sen. Barack Obama a Muslim? Did he ever practice Islam? The presidential candidate officially rejects the claims, but the issue of Obama’s personal faith has re-emerged amid conflicting accounts of his enrollment as a Muslim during elementary school in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

— Aaron Klein

Widely distributed reports have noted in January 1968, Obama was registered as a Muslim at Jakarta’s Roman Catholic Franciscus Assisi Primary School under the name Barry Soetoro.

— Aaron Klein

Catholic schools in Indonesia routinely accept non-Catholic students, but exempt them from studying religion. Obama’s school documents, though, wrongly list him as being Indonesian.

— Aaron Klein

I was always told at school that you had to have a back-up plan, but all I ever wanted to do was act. There was no plan B for me.

— Aaron Johnson

The philosophy of the school was quite simple – the bright boys specialised in Latin, the not so bright in science and the rest managed with geography or the like.

— Aaron Klug

That’s the great thing about university: you’ve got people around you who are taking a risk and trying things out themselves. It gives you the confidence to try and take it to the next step, which was drama school.

— Adam Rayner

My mother is American. I first went to school in America, and we came back when I was about six to rural Norfolk. In primary school, I was teased immediately and mercilessly. I probably dropped that accent within about 10 days.

— Adam Rayner

Your chemistry high school teacher lied to you when they told you that there was such a thing as a vacuum, that you could take space and move every particle out of it.

— Adam Riess

During my time at Watchung Hills Regional High School, I was fortunate to have a number of teachers who inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm for learning.

— Adam Riess

I mean, the acting school I went to, we did have a social experience, but you know, when it’s a bunch of actors, it’s everyone self-consciously having a social experience rather than just having a social experience.

— Adam Scott

I ran track. I ran cross country. But I did not play organized basketball in high school, at least on our team. But I played a lot of sports.

— Adam Silver

The reason why I found acting is because my father passed away. He passed away really young. I was going to go to med school. My father’s dream was that all of his kids become doctors. I realized in school I didn’t like it. When he died, it was like a wake-up call. Life is too short to do something you don’t want to do.

— Adepero Oduye

At 12 I dropped out of school but I had lost interest in it at a much earlier age. For me, school was very very stressful.

— Ahmet Zappa

I left the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin in 2004, and I did five years of theater after that.

— Aidan Turner

I did tons of theater in school, and then when I was 16 and got my driver’s license, I started driving to Los Angeles, along with my friend Eric Stoltz, who was a year ahead of me and was doing the same thing. So we had the same manager, and we started auditioning for things and doing commercials when we were 16.

— Anthony Edwards

I was a weak kid, not good at what all the boys at school were good at and I found that by acting, by being other people, I could liberate myself from those inadequacies.

— Antony Sher

I’m so fortunate in that I’ve never had another job to pay a bill but acting, since the day I got out of high school.

— Amy Ryan

When I was in school, and even after, I did a lot of classic plays, and I guess it sort of extended into film.

— Andre Holland

Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves.

— Arrian

In primary school when I was 6-7 years old, I always go to theater with my uncle, and I don’t know why I like the atmosphere, dark only. The screen has some lighting, that kind of things, you can see the movie star and so that’s why I like movies.

— Andrew Lau

Looking so cool, his greed is hard to conceal, he’s fresh out of law school, you gave him a license to steal.

— Al Stewart

My high school years were fun and frustrating, typical of the teen years. The most important accomplishment was meeting my wife, Ruth.

— Alan J. Heeger

My dad, when he was young, did Shakespeare in school, and my mom was a little bit of an artist, but everybody was pragmatic.

— Ato Essandoh

I was a chemical engineer in school. And, randomly, an ex-girlfriend dared me to do a play.

— Ato Essandoh

Even when I was at school, I wanted to be liked by everyone, even the bullies. I didn’t like them, but I needed to know that they liked me.

— Alex Kingston

The old fiction room at my high school was a small box of wonders, and no matter how long I spent investigating its seven and a half overstuffed shelves, I never stopped discovering treasures.

— Alaya Dawn Johnson

My brother is an electrical engineer and went to computer science grad school at Stanford, and he’d tell me stories about the happy hours he’d organize.

— Alec Berg

Many of the differences that cause students to be excluded in school are actually the same qualities or skills that other people are going to admire, respect or value about that person in adulthood.

— Alexandra Robbins

Adults tell students that it gets better, that the world changes after school, that being ‘different’ will pay off sometime after graduation. But no one explains to them why.

— Alexandra Robbins

J. K. Rowling has said that she was bullied in school. She was a daydreamer and had her nose in books all the time, much like some of her characters today.

— Alexandra Robbins

When I was in high school, I didn’t feel like I had to pile on the APs in order to look good to colleges. High-achieving classmates didn’t use private tutors.

— Alexandra Robbins

I would hate to be in high school now. Psychologists talk about the ‘imaginary audience’ that teens seem to feel they have around them and that makes them think they have to keep up their image all the time. Now with Facebook and MySpace and 24/7 online access, that imaginary audience has become real.

— Alexandra Robbins

When you’re in school until you’re 25 and you get out and suddenly structure is not handed to you, if you’re smart you realize that you need to create structure for yourself.

— Anson Mount

I’d been gearing up to working in theatre since coming out of drama school, but it was an exciting time for TV drama – it was the birth of Channel 4, and Brookside was very cutting-edge at the time.

— Amanda Burton

In high school ethics, they went around and asked what everyone thought their classmates were qualified to do. For me, everyone said actress. But to me it was very much ‘if it happens, it happens.’

— Amanda Schull

Everyone needs a creative outlet to express themselves, and the arts in school provides that.

— Amber Riley

Back in high school, I went on dates, but I was too focused on my career. My parents were like, ‘It’s nice to have a boyfriend, but it’s even nicer to own your house when you’re 21.’

— Amber Riley

I was born and raised in California and benefited from California’s excellent public schools, from kindergarten through medical school.

— Ami Bera

When I talk to people, their concern is, how are you going to create jobs? How are you going to help turn this economy around? How are we going to make sure that when my kids get out of high school or college there will be some job there? Those are the concerns that are on their minds.

— Alexi Giannoulias

Well, I think every film student goes into film school thinking they want to write and direct their own movies, and they don’t realize how much goes into it, and what a process it is.

— Alexis Bledel

I moved to Seattle when I was two or three years old. Had my early education there, and would spend summers on the farm in Maryland. Then I went to boarding school in New Hampshire, to St. Paul’s School. From there, I moved to London.

— Alexis Denisof

By the time I had finished my studies at St. Paul’s School, I knew I wanted to be an actor.

— Alexis Denisof

Everyone’s parents were famous actors at my school, pretty much! I think I went to school with Paris Hilton when I was three. That’s what L.A. is, though – it’s an industry town. You go to school with kids and you think, ‘Well that’s normal, they make movies.’

— Alice Eve

I’ve always loved clothes, especially handbags and shoes. I’d rather save my money on clothing and wear crap, but have the handbags and shoes. I used to buy a Ferragamo or Louis Vuitton bag every job that I got. Now I have a child, and we pay for private school, so I’ve had to scale back!

— Alicia Coppola

I’d never been to a prom, I had never had the whole high school experience. I think I was kind of an anomaly. I don’t think they knew where to put me.

— Alicia Witt

I wasn’t a great student. Just give me a school with no grades, and I’ll be happy.

— Alison Elliott

At school, up to the age of sixteen, I found history boring, for we were studying the Industrial Revolution, which was all about Acts, Trade Unions and the factory system, and I wanted to know about people, because it is people who make history.

— Alison Weir

In school, I studied psychology, linguistics, neuroscience. I understand that there is a real lack of respect for the brain.

— Aloe Blacc

I went to a regular school, not one of those fame academy things.

— Alyson Hannigan

I had a hard enough time in high school, fitting in without having to keep up with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook – all these ways you have to keep up your image.

— Amanda Crew

I did television a lot in my earlier years, so to do the high school student that’s just the pretty girl, I’ve done that before, so I don’t have any interest in that.

— Amanda Crew

I’ve taken every writing class I’ve had available. I took classes in high school, and I took English and writing classes in community college, but I dropped out of college. I also attended a local writing workshop two years ago.

— Amanda Hocking

I was a prefect at school, I never had a tattoo, got a detention or pierced my ears more than once.

— Amanda Holden

The curriculum of the school did not neglect India’s cultural, analytical and scientific heritage, but was very involved also with the rest of the world.

— Amartya Sen

In film, I don’t think I’d try directing. Maybe one day, but I’d certainly want to go to film school or something before I tried to do something like that. That would be quite scary.

— Amelia Warner

By junior high, I was a horrible student. But during my sophomore year of high school, I did have a fabulous English teacher, and I would go to school just for her class and then skip out afterwards. That’s actually when I started writing, although I didn’t think of it then as something I might someday do.

— Andrea Barrett

As kids, we traded ‘I like Ike’ and ‘All the way with Adlai’ buttons in elementary school.

— Andrea Mitchell

I would like to get back to making people laugh. Before drama school, I did nothing but comedy.

— Andrew Buchan

In secondary school I was floating – I wasn’t passionate about anything. I did a little sport, but it was pretty joyless because the competitiveness was too much to bear.

— Andrew Garfield

Britain, today, educates 4.8 million primary school children in Britain. And we educate five million primary school children around the developing world, at a cost of 2.5 per cent of what we spend on British children.

— Andrew Mitchell

I’ve been studying on my own. I’m not really trained. I went to school for about a year and a half. I never really studied music, but, I mean, I did. I studied for two years, maybe.

— Andrew Wyatt

I studied classical music for a year. Then, I studied jazz for a year at the New School, and then I got kicked out. You had to go to your class, so I don’t know if that counts as studying. I didn’t study jazz. I was supposed to.

— Andrew Wyatt

I put everyone in my school on to Nicki Minaj before she blew up. I was obsessed with her and I was like, ‘If she’s the best female rapper then I’ve got to be better than her.’

— Angel Haze

People think it must be wonderful being in movies or on television, but it can be very tough on a child. I had two friends in elementary school. That was it. There was a clique of girls that were brutal to me. They pulled some very mean stuff. My two friends got me through it. Without them, I would have been all alone.

— Angela Cartwright

I went to night school and summer school, I made that whole year up and I actually graduated on time. Also, I got a part-time job at the radio station.

— Angie Martinez

Ever since I could first write I have been doing so. When I was taught how to write and read at school, I made up my mind that this was what I love to do best and this was the world I was going to occupy.

— Anita Desai

I got the writing bug in the fourth grade when a poem of mine was published in the school newspaper. Music criticism came a little later, when I was in high school.

— Ann Powers

I went to School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and we had a bunch of singing classes. My first job in New York was an Off-Broadway musical.

— Anna Camp

I went to college at North Carolina School of the Arts and took a lot of singing classes, and it really is so connected to emotions.

— Anna Camp

As a young girl, I was too intent on getting to London and drama school and out of east Yorkshire to think about winning Oscars. I did win a Bafta once, and was so unprepared for it I jabbered on for a minute – a minute too long.

— Anna Maxwell Martin

When I’m at home or at school, I’m casual and comfortable. I tend to wear work out clothes and lots of sweaters.

— AnnaSophia Robb

High school was so much fun, and it wasn’t a wreck at all.

— AnnaSophia Robb

I started to learn Greek when I was in high school, the last year of high school, by accident, because my teacher knew Greek and she offered to teach me on the lunch hour, so we did it in an informal way, and then I did it at university, and that was the main thing of my life.

— Anne Carson

I definitely don’t think of myself as someone identified by region. It’s too far-flung a region, for starters, and southern New Mexico is very isolated. I wouldn’t think of my identity as generational, either, but maybe as more stylistic, in the school of realism and domestic issues.

— Antonya Nelson

I had teachers in high school to point me in the direction of the University of Indiana School of Music, and after IU, I went on to study at the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia. I graduated in 2006.

— Ailyn Perez

I’ve always had strong ties with Delhi, and I do stay in touch with my friends and periodically visit the capital. I started my schooling at St. Columbus High School before I went to Mayo College. Delhi, for me, is a historical city with all its beautiful monuments.

— Ajay Mehta

Mayo College, where I got my grounding, is a private boarding school. It is a traditional school with brilliant teachers including some from overseas.

— Ajay Mehta

I like running and swimming, and exercise four or five times a week, but not for long – about 30 minutes. I just exercise by myself and find that as I get older it becomes easier. In school I remember not enjoying running at all.

— Arizona Muse

I started quite young at school, compering a charity event at an old people’s home. I would do stand up and impressions and enjoyed the laughter. It’s very addictive. It’s a lovely sensation to say something and hear a whole room laugh.

— Armando Iannucci

Now almost every artist outside of New York is connected with some school or some museum school, and even in New York the majority are. That’s an interesting fact when you take the idea of making money, making a living selling paintings. Only a dozen or two painters do that.

— Ad Reinhardt

When I was in high school, there’s no doubt I was trying to swing like Tiger Woods when he first came on tour.

— Adam Derek Scott

I feel like a lot of my past career was going to film school, making a lot of different kinds of movies. I made a bunch of comedies, I made one drama and I made a couple musicals.

— Adam Shankman

When I was 10 years old, a cousin of mine took me on a tour of his medical school. And as a special treat, he took me to the pathology lab and took a real human brain out of the jar and placed it in my hands. And there it was, the seat of human consciousness, the powerhouse of the human body, sitting in my hands.

— Aditi Shankardass

A church is an incubator, a nursery, a grade school. You start where people are and move them to where they need to be.

— Adrian Rogers

I’m very grateful I went to school to study law, particularly tax law, which really is interesting to me and very useful to me now with my position. Music, however, will always be my number one passion I like how it connects everyone.

— Armin van Buuren

I recommend everyone who DJ’s to do it as a hobby and make sure you have a day job or are going to school. Only 100 DJ’s in the world make a living doing this, by that I mean making a good, comfortable living.

— Armin van Buuren

I was a student at Columbia College, actually, in the Architecture school. Paul would drive in from Queens, showing me these new songs. I can’t remember us working it out.

— Art Garfunkel

For the 95 per cent whose only means of schooling is the district or the city school, we must provide what we are not now providing, an education that will better fit them for the struggle of life.

— Arthur Capper

I was born in St. Lucia on January 23, 1915. My parents, who were both school teachers, had immigrated there from Antigua about a dozen years before.

— Arthur Lewis

When I was seven, I had to stay home for several weeks because of some ailment, whereupon my father elected to teach me so that I should not fall behind. In fact, he taught me in three months as much as the school taught in two years, so, on returning to school, I was shifted from grade 4 to grade 6.

— Arthur Lewis

I live a very normal life. I have friends, and I’ve always gone to school. The part that’s not normal is that I’ve been working since I was 9 months old, but at the same time, it’s completely normal to me.

— Ashley Olsen

I look up to a lot of old school drummers from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

— Ashton Irwin

I grew up in Cleveland and started doing plays in high school. And I went to the University of Illinois, and I majored in drama. And after school, I went up to Chicago, because I didn’t really know anybody in New York or Los Angeles, and I knew people who were doing plays in Chicago.

— Alan Ruck

When school children start paying union dues, that ‘s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.

— Albert Shanker

When I was in high school, I got bullied through social media – on the Internet, on my Facebook. That was hard for me, and I think social media has made it easy for people to bully other people on-line because they can just post anything they want anonymously.

— Alexia Fast

I was not the hot, popular girl in school.

— Alexis Knapp

When I was in school, I really thought about soul a lot. I was listening a lot to Bjork and to the Commodores. I really wanted to know how they felt. And especially with Bjork, the music there told me wow, that’s really her soul there.

— Alice Smith

I loved it. I just thought I wanted to stay in college forever. I came to New York all by myself I didn’t have any friends there. But it was fine. I felt comfortable. I started thinking, ‘Maybe graduate school?’ I was really cool with people who were smart, who knew stuff. It’s very romantic and stimulating.

— Alice Smith

My mom dressed me in silk to go to elementary school. In kindergarten, they sent me home because I couldn’t do finger painting in my dress.

— Allegra Versace

I know, as an overachiever straight-A student in school, I always responded to smart, strong, women represented on screen.

— Allison Scagliotti

Luckily, the public school system that I was in had a really great drama program, so I plunged into that. It really sort of kept me afloat because I was bored in school.

— Allison Scagliotti

I was an undergraduate at Princeton, and I was pressed by the math department to go on to graduate school. Actually they gave me fellowships that paid my way, otherwise I would not have been able to continue.

— Alonzo Church

I had a strong propensity, which I still have, to be invisible. In grade school, I’d try to disappear and become formless. I lived in a very imaginary world. I loved poetry and wrote my first novel when I was 9. It was about a little girl and the people she met in the woods.

— Amanda Plummer

When I was ten, I caught glandular fever and had to have a year off school. My parents arranged for a tutor to keep me on track with my studies.

— Anne Sebba

I come from a very musical family. My dad taught me to play guitar. I play violin and drums as well. Violin, I started in elementary school. Drums actually came when I was in a program called ‘Rock Star,’ which was really awesome. We were doing a song by the Ramones, so I thought, ‘Why not play the drums?’

— Amandla Stenberg

You can’t generalise, of course, but there is a school of American acting where there is a kind of pride in the number of takes you can do.

— Antonia Bird

If you’re going to school, you should do what you enjoy.

— April Bowlby

People are always judging you based on where you’re from, where you went to school, how you look, how you talk. But at the end of the day, you’re going to have to look into the mirror and accept who you are. It’s all about being authentic.

— Andre Carson

I love being a student, if I could, I’d stay in school forever.

— Andrea Barber

I went to grad school in San Francisco, and then left for New York City with my eye on Broadway. I had saved $5000, which seemed like a lot of money in my mind… until I realized it was going to take $2500 to get to New York and then the first and last month’s rent.

— Anika Noni Rose

Jazz is the big brother of the blues. If a guy’s playing blues like we play, he’s in high school. When he starts playing jazz it’s like going on to college, to a school of higher learning.

— B. B. King

Back when we was in school in Mississippi, we had Little Black Sambo. That’s what you learned: Anytime something was not good, or anytime something was bad in some kinda way, it had to be called black. Like, you had Black Monday, Black Friday, black sheep… Of course, everything else, all the good stuff, is white. White Christmas and such.

— B. B. King

Apparently when I went to school, I had a Glasgow accent.

— Annalena McAfee

Frankly speaking, I don’t know much about rock music. But I enjoyed some when I was in college or high school. But I stopped listening after Elvis Presley!

— Ban Ki-moon

That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we’ll still have coverage.

— Barack Obama

I hadn’t learned to read by third grade, which wasn’t unusual for some kids. I knew something was wrong because I couldn’t see or understand the words the way the other kids did. I wasn’t the least bit bothered – until I was sent back to the second-grade classroom for reading help after school.

— Barbara Corcoran

Just like my father, I’ve always loved education. In school I was a member of the honor society.

— Barbra Streisand

A man who graduated high in his class at Yale Law School and made partnership in a top law firm would be celebrated. A man who invested wisely would be admired, but a woman who accomplishes this is treated with suspicion.

— Barbra Streisand

When I was working a lot, I felt guilty as a parent. I couldn’t pick up my son every day from school, bake him cookies and that kind of thing.

— Barbra Streisand

I started going to acting school when I was 14, and I would always have my own take on things.

— Barbra Streisand

Apparently nobody really read it, it was a cheap movie, it fit their schedule in terms of things so fine, let the guy make that high school comedy. I used to work with Mel Brooks so they figured oh it’s going to be one of those really silly movies and that’s how it got made.

— Barry Levinson

I don’t want to get too detailed into it, but when you’re a good high school running back, you can almost be whatever type of runner you want to be. If you’re a good size and a good athlete, you can be whatever type of runner you want.

— Barry Sanders

I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do in school, but I definitely didn’t have adequate time to reach my full potential as a student.

— Barry Sanders

I quit high school on my birthday. It was my senior year and I didn’t see the point. This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.

— Barry White

We demand that segregation be ended in every school district in the year 1963! We demand that we have effective civil rights legislation – no compromise, no filibuster – and that include public accommodations, decent housing, integrated education, FEPC and the right to vote.

— Bayard Rustin

I’ve had many a player tell me all through high school and right up until signing day that they were coming to Alabama, then they signed with somebody else.

— Bear Bryant

If I miss coaching that much, I could go to some little school where they didn’t recruit, where all the kids wanted to go. I believe I could find somewhere to coach.

— Bear Bryant

I played the trumpet for nine years, and then I joined the choir after that, and then I was in musicals in high school.

— Bebe Rexha

High levels of homeownership have been shown to foster greater involvement in school and civic organizations, higher graduation rates, and greater neighborhood stability.

— Ben Bernanke

I came home from school one day, and there was a phone call for me. And I picked up the phone. They said, ‘This is the Harvard Admissions Department. We’d like to let you know that you’re accepted in the freshman class.’ And I said, ‘Come on, who is this really?’

— Ben Bernanke

When I entered high school I was an A-student, but not for long. I wanted the fancy clothes. I wanted to hang out with the guys. I went from being an A-student to a B-student to a C-student, but I didn’t care. I was getting the high fives and the low fives and the pats on the back. I was cool.

— Ben Carson

I first wanted to be a psychiatrist. I decided against that in medical school when I discovered that psychiatrists didn’t, in reality, do what they did on TV.

— Ben Carson

When you start getting jobs, and see your mates from drama school, you don’t really want to talk about it, because you have this innate sense of guilt that it’s not fair that others aren’t doing exactly what you’re doing. I do have that.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

I had a real yearning to make use of the opportunities I had at school. When I heard about the gap year of teaching English at a Tibetan monastery, I knew I had to do something about it really quickly, otherwise it was going to get allocated.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

I did a lot of acting at school and university, then I went to drama school. It was quite a normal route.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

My first, big, silly role at school was as Arthur Crocker-Harris in Rattigan’s ‘The Browning Version,’ where my job was to make school-masters’ wives weep with recognition.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.

— Benjamin Franklin

I think we should bring up our children with much less pressure to compete and get ahead: no comparing one child with another, at home or in school no grades. Let athletics be primarily for fun, and let them be organized by children and youths themselves.

— Benjamin Spock

My son is 6. I wouldn’t let my six-year-old son near any football field. And if any coach asks my son to play football, I’ll sue that coach, and I’ll sue the school.

— Bennet Omalu

I first read about hypnotism at school, and I used to do tricks like getting a really skinny guy to arm wrestle the local bully.

— Bernard Sumner

By the time I was leaving school, there were no factories. There was no industry.

— Bernard Sumner

I was no good at anything else at school. But I was good at one thing, which was creativity.

— Bernard Sumner

I was interested in philosophy before I knew I was. That’s to say, when I was at school, I used to argue with my friends about issues that turned out to be philosophical ones of some kind.

— Bernard Williams

My girlfriend Rhonda, who’s now my wife, I graduated from high school, she got pregnant. My grandfather said, ‘You’ve got to do the right thing.’

— Bernie Mac

I decided blacks should not have to experience the difficulties I had faced, so I decided to open a flying school and teach other black women to fly.

— Bessie Coleman

The next thing I wrote was in a writing class at night school. It was about a poor woman who worked at a dime store and who was all alone for Christmas in Laurel, Mississippi.

— Beth Henley

Then, when I was a senior in high school, I was kind of bereft and she put me in an acting class.

— Beth Henley

I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music, but who would have me?

— Bette Midler

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.

— Beverly Cleary

I grew up in a very nice house in Houston, went to private school all my life and I’ve never even been to the ‘hood. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ‘hood.

— Beyonce Knowles

Kids that I went to school with didn’t know how to interact with black people like that. There were only, like, three or four black kids in the class.

— Big Sean

I grew up on the west side of Detroit – 6 mile and Wyoming – so I was really in the ‘hood. And I would go to school at Detroit Waldorf, and that was not the ‘hood. Growing up in Detroit was good. I had a good perspective, a well-rounded one, and not being one-sided.

— Big Sean

My mom graduated from the University of Michigan, which is a great school. Then she got her Master’s from NYU. She wanted to be an actress, so when she graduated, she had a dream, and she started following it. She moved to New York and took acting classes with people like Denzel Washington.

— Big Sean

The thing was, at a young age, my mom and my grandma always tried to keep me out of the streets as much as they could, so they put me in a private school when I was super young.

— Big Sean

Do you know, every yoga school in India is free?

— Bikram Choudhury

When I was in high school at Northeast Catholic in Philadelphia in the late ’30s, I found that drawing caricatures of the teachers and satirizing the events in the school, then having them published in our school magazine, got me some notoriety.

— Bil Keane

Brand names are well known to business school professors, but only one professor is a brand name herself. Call her Professor Oprah.

— Bill Dedman

What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.

— Bill Gates

I went to a public school through sixth grade, and being good at tests wasn’t cool.

— Bill Gates

When you introduce competition into the public school system, most studies show that schools start to do better when they are competing for students.

— Bill Cosby

When I look at 55 percent of our black men dropping out of school, how bad off are we going to be when we need some lawyers?

— Bill Cosby

It was hard for me, being in school. And nobody was there to tell me how important it was.

— Bill Cosby

Living on $6 a day means you have a refrigerator, a TV, a cell phone, your children can go to school. That’s not possible on $1 a day.

— Bill Gates

There is no accurate or useful ‘profile’ of students who engage in targeted school violence. Some come from good homes, some from bad. Some have good grades, some bad.

— Bill Dedman

After every massacre in a school, Americans grasp at quick cures. ‘Let’s install metal detectors and give guns to teachers’ Let’s crack down on troublemakers, weeding out kids who fit the profile of a gunman. Let’s buy bulletproof whiteboards for the students to scurry behind, or train kids to throw erasers or cans of soup at an attacker.’

— Bill Dedman

By 2018, an estimated 63 percent of all new U.S. jobs will require workers with an education beyond high school. For our young people to get those jobs, they first need to graduate from high school ready to start a postsecondary education.

— Bill Gates

In high school, all my friends’ older brothers had these cars. I had a number of friends whose brothers collected Dodges and Plymouths and some of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen when I was a kid. I was just flabbergasted.

— Bill Goldberg

I started making little short films with friends, and then I decided I wanted to get into the school play in high school.

— Bill Hader

The first time I ever acted was in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in high school, and my first line was, ‘I didn’t know Shakespeare had a sister.’

— Bill Hader

As a former high school teacher and a student in a class of 60 urchins at St. Brigid’s grammar school, I know that education is all about discipline and motivation. Disadvantaged students need extra attention, a stable school environment, and enough teacher creativity to stimulate their imaginations. Those things are not expensive.

— Bill O’Reilly

Growing up under the heavy hand of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, it was drummed into me that attending weekly mass was not an option. It was a must to avoid eternal damnation, which was not a prospect filled with many positives. Hell fire was perpetual, and no parole would be offered.

— Bill O’Reilly

That’s my advice to all homosexuals, whether they’re in the Boy Scouts, or in the Army or in high school: Shut up, don’t tell anybody what you do, your life will be a lot easier.

— Bill O’Reilly

School is practice for the future, and practice makes perfect. But nobody’s perfect, so why practice?

— Billie Joe Armstrong

People think of poetry as a school subject… Poetry is very frustrating to students because they don’t have a taste for ambiguity, for one thing. That gives them a poetry hangover.

— Billy Collins

I was a per diem floater in the same junior high school I went to. I sat in the office and made $42.50 a day, and whenever a teacher was absent, I’d substitute. I taught everything from English to auto shop.

— Billy Crystal

The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower. They’re monumental. They’re straight out of Page 52 in your school history book.

— Billy Crystal

Even when I was in school shows, in elementary school doing plays, I’d always go off book and start improvising.

— Billy Crystal

I never missed a birthday. I never missed a school play. We carpooled. And the greatest compliment I can ever get is not about my career or performance or anything it’s when people say, ‘You know, your girls are great.’ That’s the real thing for me.

— Billy Crystal

There can be a lot of pressure on girls to dress the way they wouldn’t normally dress: on social media, at school, among friends.

— Bindi Irwin

I had a lot of friends in high school, but I was never the wild party girl. Never have been, never plan to be!

— Blake Lively

In high school, there are so many cliques. You’re never safe.

— Blake Lively

I went straight from high school to ‘Gossip Girl,’ and both were very structured, scheduled environments, so I never had freedom to explore and carve my own path.

— Blake Lively

In high school, I worked eight hours a day just so I could get into the college of my dreams and say that I got in – and I never went.

— Bo Burnham

As a 9th grader, I competed with the high school kids and out of 600 people, I finished 10th.

— Bo Jackson

I was a pitcher, shortstop and outfielder, and the Yankees tried to sign me out of high school as a first-round draft pick in 1981. I turned them down to go to college.

— Bo Jackson

I still connect with original emotions. ‘Night Moves’ was written about 1961 or 1962 when I was in high school, and it was about what my friends and I did in that period.

— Bob Seger

Growing up, if I hadn’t had sports, I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble.

— Bobby Orr

Another example of the educational inequality is the current debate over publicly financed school vouchers which will provide educational opportunities to a privileged handful, but deprive public schools of desperately needed resources.

— Bobby Scott

I went through a period at boarding school when my coaches wanted me to switch to snowboarding because they thought I was no good at skiing. I was too skinny. I had terrible technique. They were saying I should be a snowboarder, and luckily, I resisted.

— Bode Miller

I still have my bad days when I think I’m not getting everything I deserve. But those pass quickly once my Mother gets on the phone and says, ‘listen, we used to eat rocks and walk 80 miles a day to school.

— Bonnie Hunt

When I was in high school, I hid in the back seat of an old boyfriend’s car when he was out with another girl. He finally found me, but not until after he had made out with her for an hour.

— Bonnie Hunt

Playing guitar was one of my childhood hobbies, and I had played a little at school and at camp. My parents would drag me out to perform for my family, like all parents do, but it was a hobby – nothing more.

— Bonnie Raitt

I used to draw stickmen with star glasses when I was at school. I didn’t realise that would end up being me! The whole idea was that the glasses had mirrors, and if a youngster looked at me, they’d see themselves. Everybody is a star.

— Bootsy Collins

I’m made up of immigrant stock. I went to a primary school in London. I grew up eating Spangles, why shouldn’t I be as well placed to speak for Londoners as anyone else?

— Boris Johnson

Sometimes when I’m being photographed, I hear the voice of this photographer who told me when I was about six while he was taking my school photo that I didn’t have a nice smile, and I shouldn’t smile in photos.

— Brad Goreski

I was in martial arts starting at the age of 14, and I got my black belt by the time I was 18. Soon after, I was teaching an entire school, with about 150 students. It was unbelievably intense because of the self-awareness part of becoming a black belt.

— Brad D. Smith

I wasn’t interested in going to the school dances. I wasn’t interested in going to the football games. What I wanted was to be in my room painting my walls and doing weird stuff. That’s what I wanted and I got to do what I wanted, so that, to me, is my high school experience.

— Brie Larson

I had a tough time fitting in, as I guess most kids do. I felt like school was kind of a grand opportunity to figure yourself out and to figure out what you wanted.

— Brie Larson

For me, the dumbest rule is that you can’t chew gum in school.

— Brie Larson

For the most part, I’ve stayed as far away as possible from high school movies. I just don’t find them to be that relatable to everybody? They become like this: ‘Look at that period of time. Isn’t that interesting?’

— Brie Larson

I went to school to be an actor in Canada and realized I hated auditions once I left, which is a huge problem if you want to get a part.

— Brad Goreski

One of my earliest ventures was when I was nine years old. I realized there was a shortage of pencils at school, so I started Rent-a-Pencil. But I made a fundamental mistake. Everybody stole my pencils.

— Bruce Dickinson

I had tried to go to college, and I didn’t really fit in. I went to a real narrow-minded school where people gave me a lot of trouble, and I was hounded off the campus – I just looked different and acted different, so I left school.

— Bruce Springsteen

I guess I just don’t see America as separate from Vietnam or Ethiopia. This mentality of ‘our team’s better than yours’ – it’s a high school idea. My kids don’t see those dividing lines, and I don’t want to either.

— Brad Pitt

All through my life, I was hated on. When I was in middle school, they used to write in my rhyme book, ‘You suck’ or ‘This sucks.’

— B.o.B

I was always too afraid to slow dance. But I do remember watching people slow dance. I was the guy on the sidelines. At the school dance, I was usually in the band, playing.

— Babyface

There is definitely a comeback of the idea of dressing well every day. Nowadays, suits can be worn for many occasions – to work or to school, to a dinner party or red carpet event.

— Brunello Cucinelli

If you buy a sweater for €1,000 and you know that the funds you are paying are also going to help to build a hospital and a school, wouldn’t you think better about it?

— Brunello Cucinelli

When you’re an actor in grade school, high school, college, whatever, you start to realize what you’re really good at, what you’re kinda good at, what you’re okay at, and you start to compartmentalize. But if you know yourself and what you’re capable of, it’s just a matter of opportunity.

— Bryan Cranston

I went to school, but nobody really noticed me. I just came to school, didn’t dress up or anything – just a ghost. I just worked out and went out to the field and went the baseball route. That’s how I’ve always been my whole life.

— Bryce Harper

My senior year of high school, I was voted ‘Wittiest.’ So, several years later, I decided to try my hand at writing humor to see if I could be witty enough to make some money.

— Barbara Park

I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we’re all the same.

— Brene Brown

Most of my contemporaries at school entered the World of Business, the logical destiny of bores.

— Barry Humphries

In the 1960s when the recording studio suddenly really took off as a tool, it was the kids from art school who knew how to use it, not the kids from music school. Music students were all stuck in the notion of music as performance, ephemeral. Whereas for art students, music as painting? They knew how to do that.

— Brian Eno

When general relativity was first put forward in 1915, the math was very unfamiliar to most physicists. Now we teach general relativity to advanced high school students.

— Brian Greene

I was a nursery school teacher, and I worked with youth groups. I loved that job. It was exhausting, but you got a lot back – all their purity and insight and innocence is so on the surface, and they’re so unrepressed they’d really scream at you and then give you a massive kiss.

— Bat for Lashes

Yes, I took up the guitar when I was about 14 or 15, in high school.

— Beau Bridges

I once gave a talk at a girls’ school and, once I’d finished, 29 out of the 30 girls wanted to be film directors. I think that’s where we need to get girls interested in making films. We need to give them the idea that they can, that it’s one of the things on their horizon.

— Beeban Kidron

I come from the school who thought the Internet could be the great democratising force, that getting rid of the gatekeepers was a positive move.

— Beeban Kidron

I have suffered from bullying in many ways, from bullying in school due to my disability in reading, to digital abuse that I deal with on a daily basis. I’d like to tell the kids that are being bullied that no one should have to deal with the abuse, ever!

— Bella Thorne

My father is Cuban. Spanish was my first language, but I don’t speak it that much anymore because I had dyslexia, and in school they work with you only in English. But I’m proud to be Latina, and most people don’t know I am.

— Bella Thorne

People decided that I was the frat guy, even though I’ve never been inside a fraternity, or the guy who beat them up at school, even though that wasn’t me at all.

— Ben Affleck

My mother taught public school, went to Harvard and then got her master’s there and taught fifth and sixth grade in a public school. My dad had a more working-class lifestyle. He didn’t go to college. He was an auto mechanic and a bartender and a janitor at Harvard.

— Ben Affleck

I went to the University of Vermont because I had a kind of unrequited love for this high school girlfriend. She wasn’t even at the University but at another school nearby. But I thought if went to a school near her, just maybe… I was really remedial about girls in so many ways.

— Ben Affleck

My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger.

— Ben Barnes

I was heavily into sport from 10 to 15, I was in all the teams, and it was everything to me. But I was very young for my school year and when puberty kicked in for my classmates I got left behind.

— Ben Barnes

When I was at school, I was in choirs more than anything else, from a very young age, about 9 years old. And then I started taking drum lessons.

— Ben Barnes

I would come home from school every Wednesday, order pizza, and watch ‘X-Files.’ I was devoted.

— Ben Foster

When I left school I went on trip around the world – I only got as far as Australia, but like a bloody fool I cut it short because of a girl. It’s probably one of my big regrets in life.

— Ben Nicholson

There will always be hard times. Use adversity to fuel your fire. In high school, I wanted to play quarterback but couldn’t until I was a senior. I played wide receiver instead, and this ultimately helped me because I learned more about the game.

— Ben Roethlisberger

I was in school to play basketball I wasn’t trying to be a doctor. It’s hard to talk about the NCAA rules and everything that happened in the past because I’ve just been focused on practicing and getting ready… I was trying to reach my dreams, and that’s to play in the NBA.

— Ben Simmons

I look at the N.B.A. as a job, a great job to have, so I think, for me, I would have loved the opportunity to go to the N.B.A. out of high school. If you’re not ready, you’re not ready. If you are ready, I think you should be able to go.

— Ben Simmons

Before I was ever in high school, I had dark circles under my eyes.

— Benicio Del Toro

You learn history in school, and you have a reverential feeling toward it. But by being irreverent, it feels current.

— Benjamin Walker

I think the Civil Rights Movement changed that trajectory for me. The first thing I did was leave school. I was suspended for my participation in Movement demonstrations in my hometown, December, 1961.

— Bernice Johnson Reagon

I started graduate school in 1971, I started working at the Smithsonian in the festival in 1972. I went full-time at the Smithsonian in 1974. And I got my doctorate in 1975.

— Bernice Johnson Reagon

High school wasn’t so bad though because, by then, I had worked out that there were far more nerdy kids and poor kids than there were rich, popular kids, so, at the very least, we had them outnumbered.

— Beth Ditto

When you’re going back to school, you want something fresh and new, and perfume is the best way to do that.

— Bethany Mota

The first day back to school, you never want to wear your best outfit. You’re setting the bar too high for yourself! Then the rest of the school year, you’ll feel so much pressure! Wear something cute, but save your best outfit for a day when no one expects it.

— Bethany Mota

Growing up in an old-fashioned Bengali Hindu family and going to a convent school run by stern Irish nuns, I was brought up to revere rules. Without rules, there was only anarchy.

— Bharati Mukherjee

As somebody who thinks Tennessee history is important, I want to make certain that’s still a part of the curriculum. I think that’s critical for the people growing up in our school system.

— Bill Haslam

In Country’ is about a high school girl’s quest for knowledge about her father, who died in Vietnam just before she was born.

— Bobbie Ann Mason

I unloaded planes for UPS in Louisville, Kentucky. It only was bad because it was called ‘Earn to Learn,’ where you pay for your tuition for college, but you have to work graveyard shift – midnight to eight A.M. – and then go to school at nine or 10 A.M. I was a zombie after two semesters.

— Boyd Holbrook

I sort of tried to get a basketball scholarship out of high school, but that didn’t happen. Then I started working for UPS, and that paid for tuition for school. I moved to a bigger town, Louisville. I did it for a year. I had to work the graveyard shift. And then you get off at eight for classes, so that sucked. Then I dropped out.

— Boyd Holbrook

When I got into high school, I got really into basketball. I had this itch that I wanted to just move. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew that if basketball became a scholarship or something, it would be a means to that. It turned out I couldn’t jump that high.

— Boyd Holbrook

I’m not deeply involved in politics, but about 25% of the people I interact with in politics went to law school.

— Brad Feld

I was a bit of a loner at school because I was into what I was into, that sort of scene that is where the whole mod thing started, when I was 14-15.

— Bradley Wiggins

I went to a public high school and most of the comedy was coming from the black kids and the Asian kids and the Hispanic kids. And, the coolest kids to me where always the black kids. They were always fashion forward and they always dressed the coolest. They were always the best dancers, and just the coolest people.

— Brett Ratner

I wasn’t good at examinations, but I went to a very good secondary school – Bolton-on-Dearne – with wonderful teachers, who taught me drama and encouraged me in every way.

— Brian Blessed

However, ironically, I was baptized Presbyterian, and went to a Quaker school for twelve years.

— Brian De Palma

However, I spent most of my time in a Quaker school.

— Brian De Palma

I had my guitar at the set of ‘Lost in Space’ every day. I was the only one in the cast who had a stereo in his dressing room. So while I was in school or when I was in there working with Dr. Smith and the robot, half the rest of the cast was in my trailer listening to their records that they would bring.

— Bill Mumy

I know how tough engineering school can really be, but it’s worth it.

— Brian Krzanich

If I have a talent for making some fourth-grader who hates school and reading to hate it a little less, then I have to do the most with what I’ve been issued.

— Brian P. Cleary

As state leaders, I think its important for us to provide our perspectives on issues we face every day – like access to school spending, access to health care and governing in a global economy.

— Bill Richardson

The very first video experience I had was in high school. They brought a black-and-white closed-circuit surveillance camera into the classroom. I will never forget, as a kid, looking at that image.

— Bill Viola

I never had a problem with social situations. A lot of times, when people are in school, they can have a little hesitancy because people are mean sometimes. I never had that problem because I never had that experience. So, I had a pretty easy transition.

— Britt Robertson

I know from my own personal experience. I was bullied in middle school and high school and went through my fair share of hard times thereafter. Also, one of my really good friends committed suicide when I was in high school.

— Brittany Snow

I’ve always been a leader. If someone was getting picked on in school, I’d try to deflate that situation by inviting that kid to eat lunch with me. I’ve always tried to be a uniter.

— Brock Osweiler

I was a good student – a geek, really – editor of the school paper, thought I was going to go to university.

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

Right before I graduated from the national theatre school, I got the part of Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’ in Copenhagen. That led to me playing it here in London. I was 26 when I came over for that. It was the first thing I did as a professional, and it is still the experience of my life.

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

We live in New York. To be able to have a steady job and take your kids to school, and be around and work hard, is the perfect life.

— Brooke Shields

We only got clothing once a year, like, right before school began. It’s like, that’s when you got your clothing.

— Bruce Eric Kaplan

James Thurber was an inspiration because his drawings were so primitive. I am self-taught – I didn’t go to art school – so I thought when I started doing them, ‘If James Thurber can be a cartoonist, I can,’ because his stuff is very raw.

— Bruce Eric Kaplan

It’s frightening, the way life speeds up. When you’re at school, time can’t go fast enough.

— Bruce Forsyth

When you teach, you need to give the students incentives by grades or by other factors. I went to the Bible to find that topic in Scripture. I was shocked that after college and graduate school I had no idea that Jesus Christ had talked so much about rewards.

— Bruce Wilkinson

I didn’t always want to act. My passion was writing, and it still is one of my primary passions to this day, but it wasn’t until high school when I started acting in plays that it became a thought of something I might want to do. And when I applied to colleges, at NYU, I was able to study both writing and acting.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I shouldn’t have acted. I didn’t exhibit any ability. I was one of the kids in the school play who was just mouthing words, and they weren’t the actual words of the song. I was pretty lame!

— Bryce Dallas Howard

After I did ‘Orchids,’ I enrolled back in film school and did a million and a half workshops and worked with great professors and people, trying to hopefully get better.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

Kids below 10 or 12, I think they just need to learn by playing at golf. Later on, in high school, when they develop muscles and everything, that’s when they need to see about getting lessons.

— Bubba Watson

It’s been three years since I last performed here so I’m dying to tear the roof off Wembley Arena with some old school joints and brand new bangers. When I’m done, you’re gonna remember it for a long time to come.

— Busta Rhymes

In high school I had some famously egregious fashion missteps. I was really out there in fashion, I think because I wanted attention. I would wear crazy patterns, skin-tight pants and giant platform shoes.

— Busy Philipps

Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they’re opposed to it.

— B. D. Wong

And that had a powerful appeal, particularly to those who had been denied the choice to stay on at school, to go to university, to be something else, other than going down the pit.

— Barbara Castle

For the next approximately three years, I have got Nathan to take care of. I know that once he graduates from high school, he will be off doing whatever it is he is going to be doing – probably playing ice hockey.

— Barbara Mandrell

With my time in the limelight, I regret that I didn’t use it more to push vegetarianism. I support vegetarian options in the school lunch program.

— Bernhard Goetz

In medical school, it’s quite possible to get taught that you can diagnose everybody and treat everything. But then you get out in the real world and find that for most patients walking through your door, you have no idea what’s causing their symptoms.

— Barry Marshall

In high school I had B’s and C’s, not too many A’s, but I must have done well on that medical school test, and I must have had some charisma in the interview, so I ended up in medicine. Being a general practitioner was all I aspired to.

— Barry Marshall

I am told by others that I have a lateral-thinking, broad approach to problems, sometimes to my detriment. In school, my grades always suffered because I was continually mucking about with irrelevant side issues, which I often found to be more interesting.

— Barry Marshall

I was pretty strict in high school about who I would listen to. Musicians like Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell… who were, in my opinion, great writers. The music mattered, but it held hands with the lyrics, and the personality was, overall, unsullied.

— Bill Clegg

When I decided I wanted to go to drama school, I realized that a lot of the actors whose careers I really admire and whose work I really admire were English and English trained. I felt there was a real vocational feel to work in the U.K.

— Ben Schnetzer

I didn’t start drama school until I was 20, and I don’t think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it had I gone when I was 18.

— Ben Schnetzer

I didn’t start drama school until I was 20, and I don’t think I would have gotten nearly as much out of it had I gone when I was 18. I didn’t show up there to please anyone. After I was accepted, I wrote, ‘The Audition’s Over’ and put it on the door of my dorm.

— Ben Schnetzer

If you talk to the Whites in Mississippi they will tell you, ‘You can go to any school you want to we don’t see race.’ Biggest lie ever told.

— Bennie Thompson

Going back to high school and college, I believed I would be involved in public service. I literally could not conceptualize anything else.

— Bill de Blasio

Most of the people that I went to school with – I went to secondary school – we were educated to go and work in the line at Ford’s, and if we were lucky, technical skilled labor. I sort of rejected that, and thought I wanted to do something else.

— Billy Bragg

I was a choir boy for 3 years in high school at St. George’s in Newport, Rhode Island.

— Billy Bush

I went to acting school, and there were twenty other actors in my class who were exceptional. It’s hard for anybody to get work. When I was trying to get jobs, I felt a responsibility to be respectful of the opportunities and take challenging things that could be interesting both for me as an actor and for the audience.

— Billy Crudup

I just went to Harvard a little while, because I graduated from Armstrong High School in Washington and then I went up there but I didn’t stay that long because I went into show business.

— Billy Eckstine

Even when I was coming through school, I was a loner and I used to study music and play it and play it, and I was in bands.

— Billy West

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a civil engineer. No joke. I would come home from school and build bridges out of toothpicks and see how much weight they would hold before falling.

— Bitsie Tulloch

My dad was the baby. When he was born they were already successful. They sent him to business school – he probably would have loved to have been a poet or a writer or something, and he was very creative.

— Bob Balaban

I was on the San Diego school board for 4 years, where I watched children successfully matriculate into elementary schools from Head Start programs from all around our city.

— Bob Filner

If you want to get a good seat at a Texas A&M game or a University of Texas game, it depends on how much money you give the school.

— Bob McNair

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra – besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.

— Bobby McFerrin

I’d actually been making my living as an organist with bands since I was probably 15 or 16 years old, and then as a senior in high school I put together a jazz quintet called The Bobby Mack Jazz Quintet.

— Bobby McFerrin

Then I left that school and I went to Cerritos College, which was in southern California they had one of the best big band programs in the country at the time.

— Bobby McFerrin

Hey, we’ve all been to high school We’ve seen the in-crowds. Most of us have been in the outer crowds, the people who weren’t in. Although I was never in, I was selling records and was very happy.

— Bobby Vinton

Once, Naseeruddin Shah told me that the wafer shop was the best acting school that I could have attended. And I completely agree. I observed every customer very minutely and picked up some quirk or the other. Later, I used those experiences while playing different characters.

— Boman Irani

Until the end of elementary school, I lived in a suburban area, so the type of village I used to live in is borderline between village and the city, so I’m familiar with the rustic environment.

— Bong Joon-ho

I didn’t want to go to college – I was bored by junior high. So I was in church one day, staring at the stained glass windows and thinking about things, when suddenly I decided that if I could start selling cartoons to magazines, they’d let me quit high school.

— Brad Holland

I was the kid who always liked to take the ball down to the school even in my free time, kick it against the wall, juggle it in the front yard and so it was kind of a perpetual state of playing soccer for me.

— Brandi Chastain

For me, when you put a MakerBot in a school, you add a manufacturing education to the environment where I think we can really empower the next generation to compete in the global economy.

— Bre Pettis

When I left drama school, there were dozens of rep theatres you could apply to where you got a good training.

— Brenda Blethyn

My earliest interest in game design came when I was in primary school, and my parents bought a Commodore 128 computer. I taught myself to write programs in BASIC, and then I made my own games.

— Brendan Myers

I studied drama at the Queensland University of Technology, which was amazing. I can’t speak highly enough of that school.

— Brenton Thwaites

I went to Baltimore School of the Arts, which is known for discovering Tupac and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

— Bresha Webb

A little bit about my family: We didn’t really come from much, and we didn’t take family trips to California, so my first trip to California was actually my first day of school.

— Bresha Webb

If you really want to be an actress, go to school. I think it’s great what people are doing on YouTube, but don’t forget to go to class. Have a vision for yourself, but don’t forget to do the work.

— Bresha Webb

I got into Kiss before I got into anybody. The first thing I heard was ‘Detroit Rock City.’ I heard it in the school library, where I lived.

— Brian Posehn

Being bullied is something I experienced in school, and it is not fun.

— Bridgit Mendler

Looking at me now, it might be hard to believe that I didn’t even have hair in my armpits when I graduated from high school. I guarantee you I was the last guy to go through puberty in my class.

— Brock Lesnar

I felt I ought not to be wasting time, and I hurried to graduate from high school to enroll at UCSD. I also hurried to finish college, to go on to higher studies. By the time I was in my teens, I had a strong sense of mission, wanting to discover something important or solve a major problem in biology or medicine.

— Bruce Beutler

I’m too young to have experienced firsthand the ’70s rock, but when I was in high school, me and my friends were super into Neil Young. That was the grunge era, and he was considered cool again.

— Bryan Lee O’Malley

Unfortunately, I have been a little disappointed that we have issues out there like traditional marriage, abortion, school education, and we have so much silence from the black community, from black preachers, because they understand first hand the impact of all that.

— Burgess Owens

I felt alienated at school, and I never did well with girls.

— Burt Bacharach

I started playing piano with a little band in high school. I was terrible. I thought I had absolutely no talent. I couldn’t keep time. I only got into McGill, which was a lousy music school, because they were taking American music students.

— Burt Bacharach

I’m originally from Fort Lauderdale: that’s my home town in Florida. So when I’m on location, I just get the packets from schools in Florida. And when I go to Florida, I go to Christ Church School.

— Bailee Madison

I remember actually liking a girl in high school who was kind of an outcast and weird, and people made fun of her. I remember hanging out with her, but I was apprehensive about telling anyone I really liked her.

— Beau Mirchoff

I missed a lot of school for auditions, but other than that I had a very normal childhood.

— Beau Mirchoff

I was really quite geeky at school. At one point, I wanted to be prime minister or a mathematician.

— Bel Powley

I was quite academic, quite geeky when I was a kid. I was more interested in going to school than I was in becoming a film star or something.

— Bel Powley

With Yale, my world got so big all of a sudden. At school, if you could dream it, someone would make it so that you could do it. It was magical. I had a lot going on, as you do when you’re 17, and didn’t necessarily capitalize on all of it, but it made me see possibility in a way that I hadn’t before.

— Bellamy Young

I was a huge nerd in high school. Sure, I socialized – but I was definitely a nerd.

— Bella Heathcote

I did dancing and singing when I was little, and then when I was 12 years old my friends were taking speech and drama at school. They were private lessons, and I started doing that. Over the years everyone else dropped out and I just kept going. I loved it.

— Bella Heathcote

I really focused on three things in high school – my company, basketball and my school work.

— Ben Casnocha

It got a little stressful in my first two years of high school, trying to make conference calls with investors in between classes, but I definitely learned a lot of important time-management lessons.

— Ben Casnocha

I always wanted to be a photographer. While I was at school, I got a lab-monkey holiday job in the darkrooms at the ‘Independent.’ What they taught me there was: you need to get the whole story in one frame.

— Ben Schott

When I was coming up in high school, if you wanted to be in the musical it was during the winter, so I had to choose between playing basketball or being in the musical. And I ended up playing basketball.

— Ben Schwartz

I never went to acting school, so improv was my training. Just being quick on your feet helps in everyday life.

— Ben Schwartz

I went to school in Gainesville because it was a huge punk and folk town. So I went to class twice a week, and then I went to shows and wrote. I did a lot of music writing before I actually started playing music.

— Benjamin Booker

I didn’t study science beyond high school level, but I’d been reading a lot of science books by people like Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley and Daniel Dennett. I also spent a year working on a fellowship in a research centre – the Allan Wilson Centre – where I got a hands-on look at their work sequencing DNA.

— Bernard Beckett

I moved from Minnesota to Las Vegas when I was 13, so I spent my high school years there and did some things I’m not proud of.

— Beth Riesgraf

In high school, a teacher’s friend in the police department asked me to go into a bar and flash a fake ID saying I was 21 even though I wasn’t. They were assuming the bar wasn’t carding people. Anyway, she forgot to ask for it back. I used it all freshman year in college.

— Betsy Brandt

I’m very much half-American – my mom is American. I grew up in Australia until I was 16, then I finished high school over here because I got into this performing arts high school.

— Betty Who

Actually, the kids at school don’t treat me any differently at all just because I’m on television.

— Beverley Mitchell

I did not like prizes at school. I didn’t like tests or exams, or the 11+, or O-levels. Later I hated B.A.s and M.A.s. The reason I hated them is that I don’t like being tested, failed or falsely praised by anyone.

— Billy Childish

I keep three framed photographs on my desk: the latest school picture of my daughter a photo of my wife getting her diploma from the University of Chicago and Lytton Strachey, looking serenely self-possessed.

— Blake Bailey

My father was a golden boy from a very small town. He won a very prestigious law scholarship to NYU Law School, and there in Greenwich Village, he met my mother, who was very young, fresh off the boat from Germany.

— Blake Bailey

Tyga takes King to school, I take him to school – we pretty much split our time with him down the middle. So, co-parenting isn’t bad at all with Tyga.

— Blac Chyna

In Jamaica High School in New York, my coach was Larry Ellis, and he said I could probably make the Olympic team. He gave me something to shoot for.

— Bob Beamon

I had never, ever drunk beer in high school, and by the time I got to Tech we were having these parties out in the cotton fields and getting so drunk. I was the champion beer drinker suddenly I was pouring it down my throat… Insane! Insane!

— Bob Livingston

I did organize something in high school like a school walkout. These kids were locked up in their school, they weren’t allowed out, but 3,000 school kids from Sydney walked out and protested. And I organized it from my mom’s office at work. And I was 12.

— Bojana Novakovic

At college age, you can tell who is best at taking tests and going to school, but you can’t tell who the best people are. That worries the hell out of me.

— Barnaby C. Keeney

While in medical school, I was drafted into the U.S. Army with the other medical students as part of the wartime training program, and naturalized American citizen in 1943. I greatly enjoyed my medical studies, which at the Medical College of Virginia were very clinically oriented.

— Baruj Benacerraf

In 1970, Dean Robert Ebert offered me the Chair of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. I moved to Harvard because I missed the university environment and, more particularly, the stimulating interaction with the eager, enthusiastic, and unprejudiced young minds of the students and fellows.

— Baruj Benacerraf

I used to put on sketch shows at boarding school when I was eight. I’m not sure about the material, but it did used to get a laugh.

— Belinda Stewart-Wilson

When I first left drama school, I was too posh for the working-class parts and not posh enough for the upper-class roles. You know what England is like: the gradations of accent and how you’re judged by them are still there. I discovered that to get a break you have to lie about where you’re from.

— Ben Chaplin

The smartest thing I did in law school: asking my future wife to go out dancing with me. The smartest thing I did when practicing law: quitting. The smartest thing I’ve done in writing: following my own head and writing what I wanted to write, and nothing but.

— Ben Fountain

I had a place at university to study theology and philosophy. I got the divinity prize at my school two years in a row. Probably because there were only 10 of us, but still.

— Ben Lloyd-Hughes

The books I used to love as a kid, I used to read football books – and by that I mean soccer books – stories about boys in school who started to play football and then became the captain. I’d read them cover to cover. I just got lost in them.

— Ben Lloyd-Hughes

I did grow up in France, and even though I didn’t go to the school or dance with the Paris Opera Ballet, I absorbed similar ideas in my training. I understand the scale of a big company. I danced for one for almost 20 years.

— Benjamin Millepied

My first love of jazz came from joining the Chilliwack Middle School band – it was like an 18-piece jazz band, and I wanted to join just because the older kids looked like they were having so much fun.

— Bria Skonberg

I’m really a product of an excellent school system and supportive parents. My high school band director gave me recordings of Louis Armstrong, Kenny Ball, and contemporaries like Nicholas Payton.

— Bria Skonberg

I always liked airplanes, and I decided I was going to go to school to study them.

— Brian Binnie

If somebody had told me when I was in graduate school, ‘Brian, in 35 years you’ll get a chance to fly the first commercial spacecraft with no computers,’ I’d have said, ‘I don’t think so. People are not going to be that stupid.’

— Brian Binnie

I seem to get totally wrapped up in teaching and working with students during the school year. During the summer, I try to spend time in the real world, writing code for therapy and perhaps for some useful purpose.

— Brian Kernighan

My childhood was really comfortable and secure, but school was a nightmare. I was a lot taller than the other girls and they called me Gitte the giraffe.

— Brigitte Nielsen

It’s that way all the way down the line. I’ve got a boy coaching college ball and another son coaching high school. All the way down to summer leagues, all the way down to kids who are 14 years old. All those teams have a closer.

— Bruce Sutter

Juarez had become a failed city. The mayor of Juarez lived in El Paso. Not only did he not live in his own city, he didn’t live in his own country. You had all these kids out of school who didn’t want to work because they saw their mothers toiling in jobs for hardly any cash.

— Beto O’Rourke

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

— Betty Comden

I was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and I would go to school in Texas. I lived on the border, so I was very fortunate to grow up between two worlds and both cultures and both languages and traditions.

— Bianca Marroquin

Athletics provided a life preserver for me, and that maybe kept me out of trouble. I never partied in high school. I mostly just dated.

— Bill Fagerbakke

School Daze’ was one of the highlights of my life because it was the first chance I had to act on screen. I would have been happy if that had been it, because I proved that I could do it.

— Bill Nunn

The first time I met Ray, I was going to school around the corner from his house. One day, he was playing the piano. I eased up on the porch to listen to him.

— Billy Preston

In the male homosexual community, we love to label and categorize and organize each other as if we are in a never-ending high school biology class.

— Blake McIver Ewing

My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C, I learned everything else on my own, including studying computational complexity on my own. That’s more a function of my age than anything else though – back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.

— Bram Cohen

You know, I was a nerdy kid going through high school, and then I got to college and that all vanished. I mean, a lot of my good friends – when we were in high school, we would never have been able to hang out together because we were in such different cliques or whatever. Now, who cares?

— Brandon Sanderson

I shaved my head when I was 14 – is that bad? I asked my dad’s permission first. He said, ‘You’re gonna look like a boy.’ And I said, ‘OK’… then I did it anyway. All through high school, I had a shaved head and I’d dye it crazy colors – it was fun.

— Brea Grant

I grew up in Bellport, Long Island where I attended Gateway Acting School and met Robin Allan. She was the school’s director who took me under her wing and was the one who told me that I could do this for real.

— Brendan Dooling

I was in high school in 1953 when the Committee of One Million circulated a petition urging that Red China – one third of the world’s population – be excluded from the United Nations. And I remember I refused to sign it, at 14 or 15 years old.

— Brian Dennehy

I majored in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, although I never had any intention of being an illustrator and didn’t take any classes in illustration there. It was just that the illustration degree had no requirements.

— Brian Selznick

I went through a rebellious phase, and was super into doing crazy hair things. I did only wear black for my junior year of high school. I was one of those kids.

— Brianna Hildebrand

I, at high school, had a very select group of friends. I am still pretty tight with them now. I definitely have a lot more friends than I remember when I go back home!

— Brianna Hildebrand

I am lucky to say now that it is not frightening for me, living in L.A., to be gay. Even when I was in Texas, I wasn’t afraid. I was kind of out in high school. I just could never decide on what label. I am glad that I am public about it, and I think I should be.

— Brianna Hildebrand

I’m from the Bob Wills and the Little Richard school of music. Bob Wills did what the hell he thought, Little Richard did what he thought, and those were my big influences.

— Buck Owens

You can not do what you want to do unless you know the correct technique. The only other way you can learn how to do it is by doing it yourself, which would take twice as long than if you went to school.

— Boris Vallejo

If I wasn’t serving in Congress, I’ve always wanted to be a high school teacher. Specifically, I want to teach a course on modern American history and use Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury as a primary text.

— Brad Schneider

I didn’t only have a perceptual problem, I was also so nervous and so upset. The process just didn’t work. I lost enthusiasm for school and I flunked second grade. The teachers said I was lazy.

— Caitlyn Jenner

When I was 15 years old, I left school and became a professional boxer.

— Canelo Alvarez

I wish my school days could have dragged on a little longer, or that I could go back and do it later in life.

— Cara Delevingne

I love talking to my friends at uni and seeing what they are doing. They’re just finishing their dissertations, and I kind of wish I could live their life for a second. I wish my school days could have dragged on a little longer, or that I could go back and do it later in life.

— Cara Delevingne

At school, I was a tomboy, and it would be me and all my guy friends.

— Cara Delevingne

In school, I was Martha in ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ I loved that.

— Cara Delevingne

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 did most of my volunteer work when I was in college because I knew of more ways to get involved. In high school, we’d do things like, there was a homeless shelter near our hometown and our church group decorated one of the rooms. In college, I was in a sorority, and we did a lot of things, like pick up trash on the highway.

— Carrie Underwood

When I got into all the grunge stuff, I really liked Hole. I actually saw them in concert when I was a sophomore in high school. It was kind of rare to see a successful female rocker get down and dirty with the guys. And Courtney Love did. It was fun to be a fan of something different.

— Carrie Underwood

I’m about the only person in my family that’s made it to 24 without being married. That’s the way it works where I’m from. Most people, if you find someone to marry in high school, you do that, and if you don’t find that, then you find someone in college.

— Carrie Underwood

On the weekends, I would go down and play these clubs in Key West or West Palm Beach or surrounding areas of Florida and then I’d go back to school for the week.

— Carrot Top

When I emerged from drama school, I had no expectation that I would ever work in film.

— Cate Blanchett

I always dressed as a man when I was at school. I loved wearing a tie and a shirt, and I was always wearing suits. Annie Lennox was my hero. I was always playing men in high school.

— Cate Blanchett

I love dressing up, although that doesn’t mean necessarily on the school run.

— Cate Blanchett

When I came out of drama school, I was in a shared house in Sydney.

— Cate Blanchett

In Wales it’s brilliant. I go to the pub and see everybody who I went to school with. And everybody goes ‘So what you doing now?’ And I go, ‘Oh, I’m doing a film with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins.’ And they go, ‘Ooh, good.’ And that’s it.

— Catherine Zeta-Jones

When I started running cross-country and track in high school, literally every race was a failure.

— Chad Hurley

Both of my parents graduated from high school, both attended college, both have government jobs now. They’ve always been very adamant about me finishing high school and finishing college.

— Chance The Rapper

I had an all right high school, even though I hated school. I wasn’t massively popular, but I was okay. But I wouldn’t want to do it again.

— Channing Tatum

I have had playmates, I have had companions In my days of childhood, in my joyful school days – All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

— Charles Lamb

I bought all the books, but I probably knew on the first day that law school wasn’t for me. I didn’t give up until about ten days. I don’t think I really told my father. I really didn’t like my father knowing my things were not successful.

— Charles Schwab

I did all kinds of things as a young person to try to make money. I had a chicken operation – I sold chickens. I can remember going to high school football games as a ten-year-old and gathering Coca-Cola bottles, ’cause you’d turn them in and get a nickel. I wanted not to remain idle.

— Charles Schwab

I took the obligatory economics classes in school, but I’ve long been a fan of the Milton Friedman philosophy and its libertarian bent: One must be free to do what one wants to do, as long as you don’t harm another. This is the seminal treatise on free-market economics.

— Charlie Trotter

The very first time I got to drive by myself, I took a bunch of my friends to school and was caught by a motorcycle cop going 90 miles an hour on a back street.

— Cheech Marin

I was tortured, and probably half of it was deserved, but I was bullied – so much so that there were days when I was like, ‘I can’t go to school today.’ I was too scared.

— Chelsea Handler

Can you imagine peaking as a teen? I think if you peak in high school, there’s a problem. That’s what my sister always said: ‘Don’t worry, you’ll peak later.’

— Chelsea Handler

In primary school in south-eastern Nigeria, I was taught that Hosni Mubarak was the president of Egypt. I learned the same thing in secondary school. In university, Mubarak was still president of Egypt. I came to assume, subconsciously, that he – and others like Paul Biya in Cameroon and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya – would never leave.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I look young. I heard this said so often that it became irritating. I once worked as a babysitter for a woman who, the first time we met, said she didn’t want somebody in high school. I was 22. Later, I realised that in certain places being female and looking ‘young’ meant it was more difficult to be taken seriously, so I turned to make-up.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When I began going to school and learned to read, I encountered stories of other people and other lands.

— Chinua Achebe

Our house was like a hotel. It was a loony-tunes household. If you got arrested in high school, everyone knew: ‘Call Mrs. Evans she’ll bail you out.’

— Chris Evans

We have never lost a crew member on the space station, but of course, the Columbia accident. I was – I’d already been an astronaut for a decade when the crew of Columbia was killed. And I went through test pilot school. Rick Husband and I were out at Edwards at test pilot school together. He was the commander of Columbia.

— Chris Hadfield

In high school, I once sang ‘Let’s Get It On’ and ‘Brown Sugar’ with a band that included my English teacher and my math teacher.

— Chris Pine

I used to hang out with grandfather all the time because he used to pick me up from school sometimes, or drive me to my mother’s, so I’d be with my grandfather a lot. I used to watch him write his sermons.

— Chris Rock

After I left high school and got my GED, I studied broadcast journalism for a year at a community college.

— Chris Rock

NASA was going to pick a public school teacher to go into space, observe and make a journal about the space flight, and I am a teacher who always dreamed of going up into space.

— Christa McAuliffe

My dad was a theater actor, so I would follow him backstage. And my mom was a casting director. The moment I heard the applause and realized it would get me out of school, I was hooked.

— Christian Slater

I did regret not graduating high school, but I made a point of going back and getting my GED later. It was important for my kids.

— Christian Slater

My parent’s divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn’t necessarily have had otherwise.

— Christina Aguilera

I got along better with the guys than with the girls. Only two girls came up to talk to me. Later I found out they were telling their boyfriends, ‘If you talk to her, I’ll kill you.’ It’s always rough with that high school thing.

— Christina Aguilera

For one year I did go to Performing Arts School, and I had very weird friends.

— Christina Milian

You know, you can make a small mistake in language or etiquette in Britain, or you could when I was younger, and really be made to feel it, and it’s the flick of a lash, but it would sting, and especially at school where there’s not much privacy, and so on. You could, yes, undoubtedly be made to feel crushed.

— Christopher Hitchens

I did my first apprenticeship when I was 15, then joined the union when I was 17. I worked every summer in high school and college.

— Christopher Reeve

By the time I was 7, I did walk-ons, catalogue modeling, you name it. In the Queens where I grew up, you didn’t go bowling on Saturday you went to dancing school.

— Christopher Walken

If your child is starting a new school, walk around your block and get to know the neighborhood children.

— Chuck Norris

At school I was lazy. But I started working when I was 15, washing dishes at a local truck stop restaurant. I was really, really bored with school, and I wanted to get a job as fast as I could. School was just so easy. There was just no challenge to it.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I fantasized about being a psychology major when I first started school, and I took a handful of Psych 101 classes.

— Claire Danes

I was born in Harlem, raised in the South Bronx, went to public school, got out of public college, went into the Army, and then I just stuck with it.

— Colin Powell

Earlier today, Arnold Schwarzenegger criticized the California school system, calling it disastrous. Arnold says California’s schools are so bad that its graduates are willing to vote for me.

— Conan O’Brien

I remember, when I was 6 years old, we were having an event at school where different dolls were on display. I said that the tallest doll needed to be on the end, and my little friend said to me, ‘Oh, you’re just so bossy.’ I remember thinking that wasn’t a good thing. But I kept insisting the doll had to be on the end anyway.

— Condoleezza Rice

In theory, I always think I should totally go back to school, because I don’t want to start sinking slowly… I want to learn, blah blah blah. Then I think about actually going and sitting in classes and, man, it sounds terrible.

— Conor Oberst

I remember having to quit school and quit my job. I just sort of moved all my stuff into other people’s places. Within, like, six months, I was able to earn enough money from touring to rent a place again.

— Conor Oberst

Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.

— Constance Baker Motley

After Yale Law School, I was proud to try to live up to my parents’ example and began my career working for The Urban Justice Center in the streets of Newark, organizing residents to fight for better housing conditions.

— Cory Booker

There was a small point in my life in law school, right before I moved to Newark, when I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I felt so lost.

— Cory Booker

Being famous is just like being in high school. But I’m not interested in being the cheerleader. I’m not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She’s the cheerleader, and I’m out in the smoker shed.

— Courtney Love

I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word ‘existentialism.’

— Craig Ferguson

I promise my students that if they take the time to figure out their life purpose, they’ll look back on it as the most important thing they discovered while at school. If they don’t figure it out, they will just sail off without a rudder and get buffeted in the very rough seas of life.

— Clayton Christensen

By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.

— Clifton Fadiman

In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.

— Clint Eastwood

You know when you’re young and you see a play in high school, and the guys all have gray in their hair and they’re trying to be old men and they have no idea what that’s like? It’s just that stupid the other way around.

— Clint Eastwood

When I was growing up, I wasn’t an extrovert. If anything, I was an introverted kid and a very average pupil at school. I was very quiet.

— Clint Eastwood

You know, in the 1970’s, when I was in high school, I belonged to a band called the Happy Funk Band. Until an unfortunate typo caused us to be expelled from school.

— Colin Mochrie

I wasn’t really geeky. In terms of the high school hierarchy, I was very much in the middle ground. You have the really popular guys, you have the nerdy guys, and then you have the people who really don’t care – and that was me. I wasn’t really picked on or anything like that.

— Callan McAuliffe

In 2010, I was doing pretty well. I was going to go to graduate school.

— Cam

When I was in first grade, some psychologist told my mom if I didn’t go to graduate school, she basically failed as a parent, because I had the aptitude to do it. Which is so dumb. Huge pressure!

— Cam

My last two years of high school, I think I went to Burger King every day for lunch.

— Cameron Russell

My first day of high school, I wore brown boys’ corduroys that my mom had sewn Sesame Street elastic into – they were my coolest pants – and a lime green Patagonia fleece that my mom found at Goodwill. I loved fleece.

— Cameron Russell

My kids love going to school. When my son started going to kindergarten, we asked him, ‘How was it?’ and his only complaint was that he didn’t get to stay in there longer.

— Camila Alves

There have been periods of my life when I was heavier, like right after high school I definitely gained that freshman 15. It was tough to lose. Ever since then, I know that I can gain weight, so I try to be careful.

— Camilla Luddington

To some people, Common Core means what it actually is, which is a set of standards. That’s not necessarily most people. To other people, Common Core is a new curriculum that’s been implemented at their school that they don’t understand. It’s applying new teaching tools.

— Campbell Brown

On my best days, such as when I was a junior in high school coming off a 42-point performance and near triple-double, my dad was there to tell me I haven’t arrived yet and bring me back to reality.

— Candace Parker

At school I got teased because I was so thin and awkward-looking. But the girls on TV looked similar to me. I would say to my mum, ‘The girls at school are teasing me, but I look like those girls on TV.’

— Candice Swanepoel

At school, I got teased because I was so thin and awkward-looking.

— Candice Swanepoel

I didn’t like playing with dolls I didn’t like getting dressed up. A lot of my friends and people I went to school with were into fashion and their clothes, so I lacked a bit of self-belief and confidence… I wasn’t really comfortable.

— Carli Lloyd
School Quotes

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