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 never serious."
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 relevance."
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 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."
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: "I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable."
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:]
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.'"
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."
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 fiction seriously."
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."
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."
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."
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 having Histrionic traits.
Terrorist and founder of Rote Armee Fraktion
Meinhof: "[I provoke] the system [to] show its true face ... so that through its own acts of terrorism ... the masses will rise against it."
Meinhof: "I can be a subversive element."
Meinhof: "Protest is when I say, 'I don't like this.' Resistance is when I put an end to what I don't like. Protest is when I say, 'I refuse to go along with this anymore.' Resistance is when I make sure everybody else stops going along too."
The Brooklyn Rail: "What Meinhof does so well in [her] columns is remind us that it is possible to discuss the complex and profound injustices around us in ways that are both clear and direct."
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] anti-authoritarian."
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 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] Rousseau said."
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."
ENFPs in popular culture
Dali: "[I am a] contradictory and paradoxical man."
Dali: "[My art is] capable of liberating man from the tyranny of the 'practical, rational world.'"
Dali: "It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself."
New York Times: "He wanted ... to systematize confusion and to discredit the world of everyday reality. He did this in his paintings, but also in life."
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 mad sage."
Carlin: "Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist."
Carlin: "I have a lot of things [in me] that are childlike and innocent and sweet."
Carlin: "What counted to me [was being] true to myself. ... I just had to be who I felt like I was."
Carlin: "I definitely have a gift for language that is rhythmic and attractive to the ear, and I have interesting [verbal] imagery which I guess is a poetic touch."
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: "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."
Couric: "I knew I had to be a journalist because I'm deeply curious about the world."
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:]
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:]
Talk show host
DeGeneres: "There's nothing I know for sure, because I know for sure that things change."
DeGeneres: "I like to try new things because I get bored so easily."
DeGeneres: "I want people to like me - but not at my expense."
DeGeneres: "You're not supposed to shove your feelings under the rug."
DeGeneres: "I care passionately about equal rights [and] animal rights."
DeGeneres identifies herself as an introvert.
Comedian and actor
Gervais: "I never had a plan. I just sort of ambled along, doing exactly what I wanted every day of my life."
Gervais: "With 'The Office' and 'Extras' I've always snuck in a little bit of heart and pathos - and drama, which is fun."
Gervais: "I've got the attention span of a child."
Gervais: "I remember the first check I got for 'The Office,' and it made me feel sad. It ruined it. ... Because there was sort of a nobility in poverty."
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."
Seinfeld: "[I like to] engage with funny people, or weird people, or, you know, kind of off people. [Whereas when I meet] anybody who's ... normal ... I'm not curious, I'm not interested."
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."
Aniston: "I love the unknown. I love the discovery of what will be happening."
Aniston: "It gets so boring to do the same thing over and over."
Aniston: "I always say: 'Don't make plans, make options.'"
Aniston: "I will always speak my mind."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Woodley: "I have a tendency to talk extremely fast. ... I think the fastness comes from the fact that I get very excited about things and I just want to spit them out."
Woodley: "You really can't prepare for anything in life. The second you know what's going to happen, there's always a curve ball, so I'm just chillin', cruising along for the ride."
Woodley: "Everything is out of your control, and you can only be truthful about how you feel."
Woodley: "[I'm] the girl at a hippie festival in the middle of the forest with war paint on my face, dancing around with hairy armpits."
Woodley identifies herself as an introvert.
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."
Radcliffe: "[I] take inspiration from kids. ... They're very honest in how they act and how they are in the world."
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."
White: "I'm one of those people that you have to keep your eye on or I'll wander off into the woods and forget to come back."
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."
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."
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."
Cecilia Bartoli: "When I heard Philippe Jaroussky for the first time, I was struck by his ... sensibility. ... There is a ... delicacy, if not fragility in his soul, that touches the listener profoundly."
Andreas Scholl: "I experienced, for the first time, what other people feel when I heard [him sing]. ... I got goosebumps!"
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."
Abrams: "What I love ... is a sense of unlimited possibility, the sense that life could bring you anything, that around every corner could be something amazing."
Abrams: "I don't try and look at things from the outside in and apply some kind of logic - there's no strategy or game plan."
Stephen McPherson: "He manages to maintain an almost childlike thrill to what he's doing."
Damon Lindelof: "His brain can be in 15 places at once. ... He has an X-Men version of ADD, where it's ... a superpower."
Jeff Melvoin: "His versatility puts one in mind of Orson Welles."
McDiarmid: "Serious work gets done ... in congenial surroundings, which tend to make you laugh."
McDiarmid: "If you're any kind of artist, you've got to ... keep opening yourself to new possibilities."
McDiarmid: "[Not relating to] the world as it is, but the world as [one] would like it to be. ... That ... strikes a chord in me."
McDiarmid: "I think the greatest thing about being an actor is that you can become other people. ... You have the opportunity to explore ... alternative ways of living for a brief time."
The Guardian: "At 57, there is definitely something young and quietly anarchic about McDiarmid."
LaBeouf: "When the ship is sinking and you're forced to choose sides, the new solution is to jump from island to island to island. You don't have to pick."
LaBeouf: "I'm constantly jumping off cliffs and developing my wings on the way down. ... It's a gamble, a ... spiritual gamble. You are who you choose to be."
LaBeouf: "There's beauty in people who reinvent themselves. Actors live a thousand lives, as do hackers ... the personality can play around forever."
GQ Magazine: "[He has] a big, bulletproof laugh - young, infectious, beyond prosecution ... as much sinner as saint."
Gordon-Levitt: "Being willing to change what you think you know can introduce entirely new possibilities."
Gordon-Levitt: "[People get] treated like objects on a shelf sometimes. ... You can tell they have already decided what you are and put you in a box with a label on it."
Gordon-Levitt: "No category ever really describes a person because every person is unique."
Gordon-Levitt: "Young actors can be the best actors! They are closer to the days when you can [be] completely uninhibited."
Out Magazine: "[He is on a] restless quest for authenticity and connection."
Stand-up comedian and actress
Schumer: "I never had any plan. I didn't even have a plan for performing. ... Even now ... I don't know what's going to happen."
Schumer: "I love communicating and I love having an open door."
Schumer: "[Much of my comedy is] about injustice and things I feel are unfair."
Schumer: "I love Gloria Steinem and could not be more grateful for her work."
GQ Magazine: "One of Amy Schumer's many comedic gifts is the way she has turned oversharing into a majestic art."
Schumer identifies herself as an introvert.
Larson: "Life's not fun when you're serious all the time."
Larson: "[I am] easily adaptable and ready to be in whatever is happening."
Larson: "I love [being] in contact with many different ways of living and different perspectives."
Larson: "[What] is honest to me is not necessarily honest to anybody else. ... There's so many different ways to be honest. ... Someone ... said 'art is a lie to tell the truth.' I think that's an interesting concept."
Zimmer: "Answers are usually boring. The answers should always ask the next question."
Zimmer: "The great thing about my life is that I go from project to project and each is vastly different. The opportunity for something unexpected always exists."
Zimmer: "Whatever ... [I] do, I want you to expect the unexpected. ... [I am] trying to reinvent [myself] every chance [I] get."
Zimmer: "All I wanted to do is say to the audience: It's not what you expect it to be. But it's going to be an adventure, and just come along! Just come along."
Zimmer: "The operative word of music is 'play.' It's so important not to forget that in your life."
Christopher Nolan: "I have never worked with someone so dedicated to the idea that the real risk is in playing it safe."