Hunter S. Thompson
Journalist, author of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'
Thompson: "I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that my instincts were right."
Thompson: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."
Thompson: "I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours."
Thompson: "[Nixon was] a man with no soul, no inner convictions,
with the integrity of a hyena and the style of a poison toad. ... [He was] absolutely humorless."
Frank Kelly Rich: "There was always a powerful comfort in knowing he was out there somewhere ...
guzzling high-octane whiskey and railing against a world amok with complacency and hypocrisy."
Frank Kelly Rich: "Hunter didn't have to seek out adventure, he was adventure."
Journalist and author
Twain: "I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up."
Twain: "I have been told that Wagner's music is better than it sounds."
Twain: "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
Twain: "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. ... I've done it
thousands of times."
Twain: "Who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to
pray for the one sinner that needed it most?"
Andrew Carnegie: "The public only knows one side of [Mark Twain] - the
amusing part. Little does it suspect that he was a man of strong convictions upon political and social questions and a
moralist of no mean order."
Wilde: "I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best."
Wilde: "America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up."
Wilde: "Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."
Wilde: "Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is
Wilde: "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that
he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
Wilde: "I can resist everything except temptation."
Author of 'Brave New World'
Huxley: "[I am not] the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger."
Huxley: "Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life."
Huxley: "Genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."
Huxley: "A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he
is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves."
The Guardian: "[He is the] prophet of our present. ... Even his casual asides have a surprising
Keirsey & son identify Huxley as INFP.
Huxley's disdain for consistency is the same as that of Oscar Wilde: "Consistency is the last refuge..."
Semiotician and author of 'The Name of the Rose'
Eco: "[In my writing] I know that I have made a caricature out of [others' academic] theories
[but] I think that caricatures are frequently good portraits."
Eco: "[I am fascinated by stupidity] because normal intelligence is boring.
Two plus two makes four - finished. You have no possibilities! Stupidity is infinite. Two plus two
can make billions of different numbers."
Eco: "Socrates ... did not write. It seems
academically obvious that he perished because he did not publish!"
Nassim Nicholas Taleb: "Umberto Eco is the owner of a large personal library of almost
30,000 books that he has not read. [To him] read books are far less valuable than unread ones."
Author of 'The Satanic Verses',
condemned to death by Ayatollah Khomeini
Rushdie: "'The Satanic Verses' celebrates hybridity, impurity, intermingling, the transformation that comes of new and unexpected
combinations of human beings, cultures, ideas, politics, movies, songs."
Rushdie: "[In literature] I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination of the heart."
Rushdie: "[My work] is a love song to our mongrel selves."
Rushdie: "Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself."
Rushdie's results on a Jungian type test score him as ENFP.
Founder of WikiLeaks
Assange: "Every time we witness an act that we feel to be unjust and do not act, we become
a party to injustice."
Assange: "Those who are repeatedly passive in the face of injustice soon find their character corroded."
Assange: "The sense of perspective that interaction with multiple cultures
gives you I find to be extremely valuable because it ... gives you a sense of mental independence."
Assange: "I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable."
Keirsey & son identify Assange as NT.
Assange's results on a Jungian type test score him as ENFP.
Unusually for ENFPs, Assange also has Paranoid traits.
Leader of the U.S. Green Party and author
Nader: "The only true aging is the erosion of one's ideals."
Nader: "Every time I see something terrible, it's like I see it at age 19. I keep a freshness that way."
Nader: "[As a child] I was very interested in books that detailed injustice and how people who are underdogs
were mistreated throughout history."
Nader: "The only difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party
is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when the big corporations come asking."
Author of 'The Diary of a Young Girl' and Holocaust victim
Frank: "It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and
impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart."
Frank: "During the third class [my teacher had] finally had enough. 'Anne Frank, as punishment for talking [so much] you will
write an essay entitled, 'Quack, Quack, Quack, Said Miss Chatterback.''"
Nelson Mandela: "[I] read Anne Frank's diary [while imprisoned] on
Robben Island and derived much encouragement from it."
Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post
Huffington: "I'm passionate. I find if I really believe something, I want to put my entire
being behind it."
Huffington: "I don't like the idea of [having] a thick skin. I think we [should] be more childlike."
[On why she left the right wing:]
Huffington: "[I] realized that corporate
America was never going to step up to the plate and help society's disadvantaged by itself. Other people had
to force [them to do] it."
The Observer: "Hurricane Arianna never stops blowing. ... She has been called the most upwardly
mobile Greek since Icarus."
Founder of The Walt Disney Company
Disney: "I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be
six or sixty."
Disney: "The worst of us is not without innocence. ... In my
work I try to reach and speak to that innocence."
Disney: "[In my work I show] the fun and joy of living ... that laughter is healthy [and] that the human
species ... is still reaching for the stars."
Cory Doctorow: "Disney is a delight, someone who
... sweeps those around him along on his dream."
Author of 'Slaughterhouse-Five'
Vonnegut: "[I write] intuitively, reflexively, as if skiing down a steep mountain slope
with no time to think."
Vonnegut: "I don't know about you, but I practice a dis-organized religion. I belong
to an un-holy disorder. We call ourselves 'Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment.'"
Vonnegut: "The only difference between Bush and
Hitler is that Hitler was elected."
Philip Trent: "Vonnegut was much like Mark Twain [in] outlook.
He loved life and had high ideals which often caused him disappointment."
Osho: "It is beautiful that there are three hundred religions in the world; more are needed.
... Each person should have his own religion - there should be as many religions as there are people!"
Osho: "Mohammedans say there is only one God and only one prophet of God, that is Muhammad.
Then God seems to be very poor - just ONE prophet?"
Osho: "Ordinary society is like a paperweight on you: It won't allow you to fly."
Osho: "In the West, if the husband is dead, the widow goes back to being 'miss' again.
[Under Indian law] this is impossible. Once you have missed, you cannot miss again!"
Author of 'The Shock Doctrine'
Klein: "Anybody who claims that they know where this whole thing is all going is just lying."
Klein: "Communication is my thing."
Klein: "We are looking to [corporate] brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're
not getting those things from our communities or from each other."
[Her husband:] "Naomi is a pattern recognizer. ... Her great strength is helping people recognize
patterns in the world, because that's the fundamental first step toward changing things."
Rachel Maddow: "['The Shock Doctrine'
is] the only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read."
Kaku: "To become a theoretical physicist ... you need to have a
passionate love affair with the universe."
Kaku: "Scientists are embarrassed by science fiction; they want to distance
themselves as much as possible. ... I think there's nothing to be ashamed of [and that] we should take science
Beth Starbuck: "He has an almost child-like enthusiasm for science."
Colin Blundell: "He has a poetic sensibility."
Cox: "What [I'm] attached to are journeys into the unknown and discovering
things that are completely unexpected and baffling and surprising."
Cox: "I don't need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find."
Cox: "I enjoy [being on] television because there is an artistic side to my character."
Cox: "Ideas make me emotional."
Jane Fryer: "There's something about his ... poetic descriptions [and] bubbling emotions ... that
demystifies science and makes it fascinating."
Professor of mythology, author of 'The Hero With a Thousand Faces'
Campbell: "I don't believe in being interested in a subject. ...
I believe in being caught by it somehow or other."
Campbell: "[I am not] a specialist, but a generalist. ... [I see] something
over here [and] something over there. [And no specialist] has considered ... why this occurs
here and also there."
George Lucas: "[With 'Star Wars']
I set out to [create] a modern fairy tale. ... I stumbled across
'The Hero With a Thousand Faces'
[and] I began to understand how I could do this."
James Hillman: "No one in our century - not
Freud, not Jung, not Thomas Mann ... has so brought the
mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our consciousness."
Writer and speaker on Buddhism
Watts: "Being brought up and 'educated' is a form of hypnosis, brainwashing, and indoctrination
that is extremely difficult to survive with one's senses intact."
Watts: "For me, being literate and articulate is a form of judo, of overcoming the [system] by its own method."
Watts: "I made to myself the solemn vow that I would never be an employee or put up with a 'regular job.'
... [And in my life] I have been a free lance, a rolling stone."
Watts: "I want ... to consort with people whose emotions are not ... cold and standoffish."
Derrida: "I love language as I love life itself!"
Derrida: "I say things that contradict each other, that are in real tension with each other, that
compose me, that make me live, and that will make me die."
Mark Lilla: "He is more performance artist than logician. [He has a] flamboyant style - using
free association, rhymes and near-rhymes, puns, and maddening digressions."
Barry Smith: "His work consists in no small part of elaborate jokes and puns [like] 'logical phalluses.'"
Julia Wells: "To Derrida, writing is the orphaned 'son' of living speech."
Diarist and author
Nin: "In [me] there's always movement, renewal, surprises. I have never known stagnation."
Nin: "[For me] not even introspection has been a still experience."
Nin: "The poet is the one who is able to keep the fresh vision of the child alive."
Nin: "Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles
me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls."
Nin: "I am an excitable person ... in whom feelings are much
stronger [than] reason."
Angie A. Kehagia identifies Nin as an example of the
Guevara: "If you tremble with indignation at every injustice, then you are a comrade of mine."
Guevara: "At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great
feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality."
Guevara: "We should not go to the [poor countries] and say: 'We come to ... teach you our science, to
show you your errors.' ... We should go instead with an inquiring mind and a humble spirit to learn [from] these people."
Guevara: "[I have] mourned comrade Stalin."
Jon Lee Anderson: "Che stands up as the perennial Icarus, a self-immolating figure who represents
the romantic tragedy of youth."
Jon Lee Anderson: "Che is not just a potent figure of protest, but the idealistic, questioning kid
who exists in every society and every time."
Dictator of Cuba
Castro: "Revolutionaries must proclaim their ideas courageously ...
and express their intentions so that no one is deceived."
Castro: "What heart is not set aflame by the promise of freedom?"
Ignacio Ramonet: "He is ... anti-dogmatic ... subversive [and]
Ignacio Ramonet: "Brilliant and baroque, Castro has a visceral need to communicate."
Ignacio Ramonet: "The pursuit of a subject leads him, through an association of ideas ... to call up a
parallel subject, and another, and another, and another..."
Tim Berry: "He [is] a showman, a performer, extremely charismatic. ... He [is] side-splittingly
funny [and] always warm, always sincere."
David Sandison: "To observers it seemed as if Fidel Castro and Che Guevara
'recognized' each other as kindred spirits - even long-lost soul brothers - from the moment they were introduced."
Dictator of Libya
Gaddafi: "Boxing and wrestling are evidence that mankind has not rid itself of all savage behavior."
Gaddafi: "[The] type of education now prevailing all over the world is directed against
human freedom. State-controlled education ... deprives people of their free choice, creativity and brilliance."
Gaddafi: "To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act."
[On Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize after less than one year in office:]
Gaddafi: "I do believe that he deserves it, but [for it to be given] right now ... is sycophancy and premature."
Gaddafi: "I do not support Arafat. He is a stupid, incompetent fool!"
BBC: "In the early days, Gaddafi was seen by some as an 'African Che Guevara.'"
President of Venezuela
Chavez: "I didn't plan to become president. I am here because of a hurricane. I am the son
of a revolution."
Chavez: "[I have] a passion, a fire burning inside myself."
Chavez: "The United States should be less concerned with being an empire and more concerned
with their people who don't have health insurance."
Chavez: "Capitalism is ... injustice. A tyranny of the richest against the poorest, [as]
Chavez: "[In Venezuela] neoliberalism had to face the anger of the people. ... [We're the] only country where an alternative project is in process."
Chavez: "Fox News ... [their news] is artificious [and their] minds have many confusions."
Stephen Sackur: "Many people have likened [Chavez] to Fidel Castro."
Talk show host
Ellen: "There's nothing I know for sure, because I know for sure that things change."
Ellen: "I like to try new things because I get bored so easily."
Ellen: "I want people to like me - but not at my expense."
Ellen: "You're not supposed to shove your feelings under the rug."
Ellen: "I care passionately about equal rights [and] animal rights."
Couric: "I knew I had to be a journalist because I'm deeply curious about
Couric: "[I am enthusiastic about journalism because] it's a craft that can ... galvanize an often complacent citizenry, and make a difference."
[On criticism of her reporting style:]
Couric: "Some said I lacked gravitas, which I've since decided is Latin for 'testicles.'"
Talk show host
Maddow: "I'm all about bringing the bad guy into sharper relief."
Maddow: "Nothing about me wants to write. I reject it like a transplanted organ. ... I find it hard to commit to a sentence."
[On Republican opposition to Obama:]
Maddow: "Congressional Republicans had a collective war-gasm trying to make the president's budget seem scary."
Knightley: "The thing I love about acting is getting to change and look at different people in
different lives and do different projects."
Knightley: "The most important thing in playing any character is not judging."
Knightley: "I'm ... incredibly open with my mates. Or even people I just meet."
Elle Magazine: "[The] press adores her because she's fun company - a woman with a gift for verbal sparring."
Welles: "[I have a] fondness for telling stories, like the Arab storytellers on the marketplace. ... I will never grow tired of [telling] stories [and] I make the mistake of
thinking that everyone has the same enthusiasm!"
Welles: "I must be sincere towards what I am. ... Experimenting is the only
thing that fills me with enthusiasm. ... It is the only sphere where I feel really honest and sincere."
Welles: "I love moving around from town to town. I never got on a train in my life without my spirits rising."
Jean Cocteau: "He has the manner of a giant with the look of a child. [He is] an active idler and a
Stone: "[When making movies I] set out to be authentic to [myself] and to put it down
the way [I] feel it and know it and interpret it. And then others sometimes key into it and get it."
Stone: "Reagan and Thatcher [came] into
office ... and they kicked off an international deterioration ... of values."
Stone: "Nixon was psychologically disturbed."
Stone: "[Fidel Castro] has a very good [human rights] record."
Stone: "What Chavez has done [in Venezuela] is that he has brought
extreme poverty to an end."
Stone: "I couldn't despise a man more than George W. Bush."
White: "Passion, for me, is like a shark - it never stops moving."
White: "In all my songs, I take on roles and play characters. It's a unique way to explore
ideas and decisions I might not think or make in real life."
Stefani: "I love that contradiction of being feminine but playing in the boys' treehouse. My
whole life's been like that."
Stefani: "No one can force me to do something unless I'm passionate about it."
Elizabeth Constance: "Stefani's persona [is] alternately an embrace of little-girl-lost innocence
and riot grrrl feminism."
USA Today: "[She has] youthful enthusiasm [and] breathless energy."
Actor and stand-up comedian
Williams: "I started doing comedy because that was the only stage that I could find. It was the pure idea of being on stage."
Williams: "The Second Amendment! It says you have the right to bear arms, or the right to arm
bears, [to do] whatever ... you want to do!"
Williams: "George W. Bush was in Bigfoot's National Guard unit.
[They had the] same number of sightings."
Actor and stand-up comedian
Seinfeld: "To me, if life boils down to one thing, it's movement. To live is to keep moving."
Seinfeld: "There are more social skills required to talk one-on-one [than to an audience].
You don't have to be socially fluid to talk to two thousand people."
Actress and vegetarian activist
Silverstone: "[I] educate people to be kinder to each other, and to other life-forms. There has
been racism, sexism and now there is 'species-ism.' People think that they are better than other creatures."
Silverstone: "One of the things I love best about [my] 'Kind Diet'
is that you will actually become part of the solution to our global problems."
Keirsey & son identify Silverstone as ENFP.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gellar: "Being outspoken has always gotten me into trouble. I'm just this little thing
and then all of a sudden it comes out."
Gellar: "You need to keep your creative juices flowing and keep [your] character interesting."
Gellar: "[My character] Buffy
is very similar to me. ... A child in an adult world, sort of trapped between the two."
Stone: "I think for a long time people just did not know what to do with me. I looked like a
Barbie doll ... and I ... had ideas [that were unconventional and] that didn't make sense."
Stone: "A woman has many faces as she goes through her life. ... We have [experiences], we learn, and we grow;
we view life differently, and life views us differently."
Bullock: "I don't ever want to come home saying, 'I should have spoken my mind. I
shouldn't have let someone say something that I didn't feel was right.'"
Bullock: "I just want people to admit that there's no one way to live your life."
Keirsey & son identify Bullock as ENFP.
Elfman: "Since I was born I wanted to entertain and communicate. I wanted to communicate so
badly ... My sixth-grade math teacher taped my mouth. I'm still out to get her [for that]. It was very traumatizing!"
Elfman: "I [have] love for others and love for life."
Radcliffe: "I have described myself as being 'gently eccentric.'"
Radcliffe: "I might like to be an actor, but there are loads of other things I'm interested
in as well, like music and writing. ... I want to keep my options open."
Mercer: "I tend to [have] a lot of ideas but then just leave them in that infant form and kind of move on."
Mercer: "I really [enjoy] working with new people and just sort of the freshness of it. ... I [want]
to have those new conversations, musically and otherwise."
Mercer: "I do like talking with friends about big concepts, you know, the stuff that will ruin a party. To me,
the party hasn't begun until we're talking about the nonexistence of God."
Mercer: "I'm not really excited about the idea of committing to anything permanently."
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jepsen: "Life's too much fun to have it go in just one direction."
Jepsen: "I'm ... free-spirited. Maybe a little too free-spirited."
Jepsen: "What I like is a life that is full of surprises and [that has] no routine."
Jaroussky: "[I] want to keep
something of childhood, the pure innocence."
Jaroussky: "For me it's difficult when someone proposes a project because I'm always
enthusiastic [and want to say yes to it even if] it's too much."
Andreas Scholl: "I experienced, for the first time, what
other people feel when I heard [Philippe Jaroussky sing]. ... I got goosebumps!"
[Asked how to teach chess to children:]
Polgar: "Show them your enthusiasm! ... It's important to teach in a playful way!"
Polgar: "Life isn't logical."
[Asked what she thinks of chess journalism:]
Polgar: "Talking more about the personal insights of the players would interest me. ... [Journalists] should be more interested in us!"
Polgar: "It was amazing to meet [Bobby Fischer] in person.
Unfortunately that meant I could see his paranoia, and I had real pity for him."
Inventor and author
Kurzweil: "[My projects are] kind of a great adventure. You don't know what you're going to find."
Kurzweil: "Technology builds on science, but it really applies it [in] a way that moves people,
and it is a form of magic. ... [It] delights people, or maybe even helps them. ... And that's
the exciting aspect of inventing for me."
Kurzweil: "[When I was a child] there was this little island in the middle of our street, an
island of untamed bushes where we would create little fantasy worlds."
Kurzweil: "[As a child] I liked to create different worlds."
[Interviewer: "What do you say to young people who ask for your advice?"]
Kurzweil: "Follow your passion."
P. J. O'Rourke
Journalist and author
O'Rourke: "Some people are worried about the difference between
right and wrong. I'm worried about the difference between wrong and fun."
O'Rourke: "A steady job is at least as deleterious to the spirit of bachelorhood as a steady date."
O'Rourke: "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys."
Politician, journalist and author
Galloway: "If I am against [something], I must act against it, using all my powers of
persuasion and any platform at my disposal."
Galloway: "I have spent my life on the side of the underdog, whether it's a football
game or a political struggle. This can be wrong; the underdog is not always right. ... But ... I cannot help it!"
Galloway: "I believe we can build a world without war or exploitation. ... You may say
I'm a dreamer. But I'm not the only one."
Galloway: "My support for the Palestinian cause didn't arise from a cautious and
considered analysis of every relevant fact. I saw a righteous cause and espoused it. [And] my initial instinct
Louisa May Alcott
Author of 'Little Women'
Alcott: "My quick tongue is always getting me into trouble."
Alcott: "The jocosity of my nature will gush out when it gets a chance."
[Her cousin:] "[She was] full of spirit and life, impulsive and moody, and at
times irritable and nervous."
Clara Gowing: "[She was] a strange combination of kindness ... and daring ...
full of energy and ... full of fun. [She always had a] ready wit."
Feminist writer and journalist
Dowd: "[When I was young] I didn't fit in with the brazen new world of
hard-charging feminists. I was more of a fun-loving ... Carrie Bradshaw type."
Dowd: "When a man marries his mistress, he creates a job opening."
Dowd: "Sheryl Sandberg doesn't understand the difference between a social movement
and a ... marketing campaign. ... Sandberg has co-opted the vocabulary and romance of a
social movement not to sell a cause, but [to sell] herself."
Feminist writer and author of 'Fear of Flying'
Jong: "Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. [But] actually ... it is
innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage."
Jong: "Exceptional people are often called crazy by the ordinary world."
Jong: "[Anais Nin] lived what most women cannot even admit
[to themselves] that they dream."
Jong: "[Anais Nin's] diary
constitutes one of the landmarks in twentieth century literature."
Keirsey & son identify Jong as ENFP.
Butler: "It [is] ethically imperative to speak up and to speak out. ... [I refuse]
to keep silent in the face of egregious wrongs."
Butler: "When I was 14 [my teacher] said, 'You are too talkative in class.
You talk back, you are not well behaved.' ... I think he thought of me as unserious."
Butler: "[People say:] 'I don't know if [this person is] really Jewish.'
[Or:] 'Is that person lesbian? Maybe she had a relationship with a man.' ... I can't live in a
world in which identity is being policed in this way!"
[Addressing Occupy Wall Street:]
Butler: "They say that the demands for social equality and economic justice are impossible. ...
If it is impossible to demand that those who profit from the recession redistribute their wealth
and cease their greed, then yes, we demand the impossible."
Journalist, author of 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'
Ronson: "I don't go in [to a project] knowing exactly what I believe and [nor do I want to] tell
people [who disagree with me that] they're wrong."
[Asked why he empathized with conspiracy theorists in his book 'Them':]
Ronson: "You don't want to go toward these [conspiracy theorists] and say, 'Well, I just don't believe
you. ... I think you've just wasted your time.'"
Journalist, author of 'The Undercover Economist'
Harford: "It's not hard to identify the price-blind customers in Starbucks. They're the ones buying enough latte to bathe Cleopatra."
Harford: "Brilliant scholars with strong, clear views, such as Milton
Friedman, John Maynard Keynes and Paul Krugman, enjoy larger followings than
brilliant scholars who deal in doubts and complications, such as Elinor Ostrom and Thomas Schelling."
Author of popular philosophy books
Baggini: "Many lines of thought can be started from [my] book. But none ends in it."
Baggini: "Don't worry about whether [my] book is serious or not. ... As Wittgenstein
said, a serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes."
Baggini: "[With] the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator ... you get too fixed a view of yourself. You're not actually being true to the way we are,
which is that we are more in flux than that."
Psychologist and author of '59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute'
Wiseman: "While Freud considered himself a scientist, many of his ideas are in fact completely untesticle."
Wiseman: "[There is a theory] that people may be unconsciously drawn to occupations
related to their names. As a professor of psychology called Wiseman, I am in no position to be skeptical."
Journalist and author
Barry: "[Women should get hamsters instead of guys] ... a hamster is much more capable
[of commitment than a guy]. ... As soon as [a guy] senses ... true intimacy, he'll ... scamper across
the kitchen floor of uncertainty and hide under the refrigerator of non-readiness."
Barry: "Barry: "I'll mature when I'm dead."
Christine Harris: "He's so fast-paced and funny [that] you can barely keep up. His observations touch
upon everything [and] he has a fresh view of life."
New York Times: "[He] makes his living by taking prosaic ideas to incongruous extremes [and he is]
sillier than just about everyone."
Author of 'A Short History of Nearly Everything'
Bryson: "[I have contemplated] the question of which [is] worse: To lead a life so
boring that you are easily enchanted or a life so full of stimulus that you are easily bored."
Teresa D. Jones: "He has a sense of humor as well as a sense of adventure. He has the
ability to make anything entertaining."
Tracy Weiss: "[Bryson has] a penchant for digressing from the main point to muse on
various tidbits of history, factoids and trivia. ... His ... witty observations about everything
he encounters ... often inspire a hearty chuckle."
Author of 'The Twilight Saga'
Meyer: "I love blurring the lines between the different genres and categories - because in my
head, a good book won't fit inside the lines."
[Oprah: "Have you always had a crazy imagination?"]
Meyer: "I did, but I didn't know that about myself. I thought everybody was telling themselves stories
all the time. ... Apparently that's not normal."
Meyer: "[When writing my books] I did no plotting or planning, I just let the story tell itself, and
my only challenge was typing fast enough to keep up."
Meyer: "I am constantly surprised by my characters when I write - it's really one of my favorite
parts. When a character refuses to do what I had planned for him or her, that's when I know that character is really alive."
Journalist and author of 'The Game',
student of Mystery, coauthored the autobiographies of Marilyn Manson
and Jenna Jameson
Strauss: "[I never really had] a plan. I just try not to follow any rules.
I just follow whatever I'm interested in."
Strauss: "[Looking back] I've had people be rude [to me], but generally it was just a wall,
and once I got through it, they turned out to be a great person."
Strauss: "We [might] think someone is [an asshole], but ... if we see them with empathy, in most cases, we realize
they're just as insecure as we are, if not more so."
Empedocles: "Mortals are fallen and punished gods."
Empedocles: "Humans hold true only that which affects them directly. Everyone vainly declares to have
found the whole. But that is not for human sight or hearing."
Friedrich Nietzsche: "[Empedocles] was so rich that he could provide
dowries for the poorer maidens of his city. He sought a resolution to the differences in wealth between people."
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Innermost his drive [was] the search for equality
and [the battle against] inequality."
Greek playwright, boyfriend of Pausanias
Agathon: "I would rather appraise a person's character before I speak of his deeds. This is always
the right way of approaching something."
[When Socrates teased him that he was confident
about speaking to crowds, but nervous about speaking to intellectuals:]
Agathon: "Don't think that my head is so full of the public admiration as not to know how much more
intimidating a few good judges are than many ordinary ones."
Gordon Craig: "His speeches sing with rhetorical luxury and effeminacy."
Aristides: "I stumble onto [my] arguments unintentionally, in the course of my speech,
rather than because I plan to."
Nicolai Lenz: "When the city of Smyrna was destroyed by an earthquake in 178 AD,
Aristides' vivid and poetic description of the destruction moved Marcus
Aurelius to tears, and to generously assist the inhabitants in rebuilding their town."
Nicolai Lenz: "Aristides [makes use of mythology] not only in full [but also] in passing
allusions, comparisons, examples, asides [and as] illustrative allegories."
Nicolai Lenz: "In the antagonism between myth and logic, Aristides is clearly on the
side of myth. But he pulls the myth out of the realm of ornament and validates it; makes it appear germane."
Psychotherapist and author, dated Ayn Rand
Branden: "The idea that a highly rational person is not at the same time a
passionately emotional one is completely false. ... In my work as a psychotherapist I tell
clients, 'Feel deeply to think clearly.'"
Branden: "[Ayn Rand saw me as] the closest thing on earth to John Galt."
Branden: "Ayn Rand used to say to me,
'I don't know anything about psychology, Nathaniel.' I wish I had taken her more seriously."
Activist for human rights in the Islamic world
Eltahawy: "I have much more in common with a feminist who's fighting patriarchy anywhere than
I do with the ultra-orthodox misogynistic zealots of my own religion."
Eltahawy: "I understand what [young Muslim women who wear makeup and sexy clothes along
with the Muslim veil] are doing. You can compare it to being punk: You want to do something very visible
to show people that, 'I am against whatever you think a young person is. ... And I will not be cowed into
Diane Neeson: "She has got a tattoo of Sekhmet, the fierce ancient Egyptian goddess of
retribution on one forearm. A woman with the head of a lion, she was an aggressive, yet protective goddess."
Psychologist, author of 'Delusions of Gender'
Fine: "Some people claim that the female brain prioritizes child rearing over a career.
... Sexism, so long as it's dressed up in scientific finery, is still socially acceptable."
Miranda Jacobs: "She really wants you to re-think a lot of your beliefs. ... [She calls] out
scientists like Steven Pinker and Simon Baron-Cohen as
'neurosexists' and she is even sardonically funny [while] doing so!"
Economist and author of 'The Silent Takeover'
Hertz: "[Politics under our form of capitalism] has become [like] the rows and rows of homogenized clothes,
standard T-shirts and cardigans, folded in your local Benetton store."
Hertz: "One of Marx's biggest flaws was trying to find
a unifying theory for every aspect of the world. I don't think that's possible."
Bono: "The Hertz brain is hardwired to the Hertz heart."
The Guardian: "She has been dubbed the British Naomi Klein."
Sheldon B. Kopp
Psychotherapist and author
Kopp: "One of the reasons why a man should pick a path with heart [is] so that he can find his laughter."
Kopp: "The May fly lives only a few hours ... The eggs the May fly leaves hatch after the parent has died
... What's the point? There is no point. ... Life is mainly simply inevitable."
Author of 'When Elephants Weep'
Masson: "I am used to being considered eccentric."
Masson: "I'm quick. I understand things quickly, and I get bored easily. When
I've understood something, I don't want to have it repeated to me a hundred times. ... I was always searching for new things."
Masson: "What one person feels is never entirely available to another. ... [It is uncertain] whether
or not anyone understands the landscape of anyone else's inner life."
- Quirky and verbally fluid people persons
- Strongly linked to the Histrionic personality
- Somewhat linked to the Narcissistic, Hypomaniac and Borderline personalities
- More common in women than in men
- Repress their Introverted Sensing function, meaning they sometimes
experience flighty and inconsistent cognitive states and neglect to reflect on their past
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