U.S. President (D), married to Hillary Clinton
Clinton: "I always tried to keep things moving in the right direction, to give more people a chance to live their dreams, to lift people's spirits, and to bring them together."
Clinton: "I have a good heart. And I mean well."
Clinton: "I am at root not intellectual [and] not conceptual."
Clinton: "The soul: I know what it is - it's where I feel things, it's what moves me, it's what makes me a man."
U.S. President (R)
Reagan: "Whatever else history may say about me ... I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts."
Reagan: "We are the country of tomorrow. ... America remains on a voyage of discovery, a land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming."
Bill Clinton: "He personified ... indomitable optimism ... [and fought] for freedom for people everywhere."
Adam Knowlton: "[He] won over a nation beset by fear and loathing by [standing] for freedom ... self-reliance, earthly happiness, the dreams of the imagination and the desires of the heart."
Sculptor and painter
Michelangelo: "Be of good cheer and be diligent. ... Make the most of every opportunity."
Michelangelo: "Be bold and speak clearly. Let this suffice."
Tamara Smithers: "Contemporary sources reveal his ... sense of humor ... fiery personality, and ... rash conduct."
The Guardian: "Leonardo [was] soft, shadowy, ambiguous; Michelangelo sublimely decisive. [But they] had one thing in common: Neither liked to finish anything."
A.C. Fiorato: "For Michelangelo, art [was] a matter of practical achievement rather than intellectual speculation."
Horace Gray [M.D. and co-author of the Gray-Wheelright Type Indicator] identifies Michelangelo as an S type.
Peter the Great
Tsar of Russia
Peter: "I have conquered an empire but I have not been able to conquer myself."
Peter: "Delay is like death."
Voltaire: "Peter had a goodness of heart [and] an excess of passion."
Robert K. Massie: "His ... liveliness and readiness to be pleased [always] made a favorable impression."
Queen Sophia Charlotte [upon meeting Peter in 1697:] "He has a natural, unconstrained air which pleased me."
Countess Sophia of the Palatinate [upon meeting Peter in 1697:] "He was very gregarious, very talkative. ... He has a very good heart, and remarkably noble sentiments."
Founder of Virgin Group
Branson: "I always had an urge to live life to its full."
Branson: "[I have] a rebellious streak. I have always thought rules were there to be broken."
Branson: "I worry about all the people who have been classified as stupid by [IQ] tests. Little do they know that often these tests have been dreamt up by academics who are absolutely useless at dealing with the practicalities of the outside world."
Branson: "I admire Bill Clinton enormously."
Branson: "I'm proud to say that I [support] Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution."
Founder of Oracle
Ellison: "If you can help others, you will feel great. The more you can help ... the better you will feel about yourself [and] the more joy you will experience."
[Asked if extreme sports don't make him feel fear:]
Ellison: "I hope they can amend the constitution to let Bill Clinton run again. I'm very fond of Bill Clinton personally. ... He's gifted, bright, charming and charismatic."
CEO of Starbucks
Schultz: "The word I would use to describe my relationship to this company isn't a word that is used in business a lot: It's love."
Schultz: "It is my nature to speak from the heart, usually unedited."
Schultz: "[Being in business] is about telling a story, providing excitement, and elevating the emotions."
Schultz: "[I want Starbucks to be a place where] you are swept away by attention to detail. ... [We're a company] that's about multiple sensory experiences, and it's about romance."
Businessman and investor
Cuban: "[I want to] help you to reach your goals and have more fun in your life."
Cuban: "[To succeed in business you have] to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it."
Cuban: "I'm not organized. I have to have ... people around me who dot my i's and cross my t's. ... I'm a ready-fire-aim guy. I need to have people around me who aren't."
Cuban: "[When I was young] I had so many [different] jobs my parents wondered if I would ever be stable."
Daniel Jimenez: "[Cuban is] an ambitious self-made business tycoon who also loves to have fun."
Self-help advocate and author, featured on Oprah
Robbins: "Live with passion!"
Robbins: "The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results."
Robbins: "I was touched so deeply by the emotions in that room that I got choked up. ... As I looked out on my audience and saw 5,000 smiling, cheering, loving faces, in that moment I realized that I am living my dream!"
Bill Clinton: "Tony Robbins has a great gift. ... Since I am supposed to be more buttoned-down ... I can't lead you in cheers and jumping up and down the way Tony did. But in spirit, I'm there, I love it!"
Dyer: "Feeling good ... always boils down to energy."
Dyer: "Every thought you have affects everything in your body."
Dyer: "I [am] a high-energy person who loves what I am doing."
Dyer: "When people ask, 'How do you get to be a great speaker?' I say, 'Be authentic and be enthusiastic.'"
Dyer: "I hope that you'll feel joyously in love ... and that you'll add your light and color to [the world]. ... I can think of no greater vision for you, for our planet, or for our universe."
[Speaking to Tony Robbins:]
Alternative medicine advocate and author
Chopra: "The only belief you need to have is in your infinite potential."
Chopra: "We should be socializing six hours every day ... which means purposeless activity, playful activity."
Chopra: "Love can only blossom with a return to innocence."
Chopra: "[My first book] was written in one long burst of excitement. ... My brain was fired by a revelation, my spirits soared as high as the clouds. ... I had the key! I was going to reveal a secret beyond price."
Celine Dion: "[Deepak Chopra's books are] about being positive and not judging people. I like that."
Author of 'The Alchemist' and self-help advocate
Coelho: "In today's society ... there is a tremendous amount of energy spent on trying to make people conform to established behavior. ... This uniformity ... stifles people's spontaneity."
Coelho: "[We should avoid] working from nine to five at something that does not give us the least pleasure [and] retiring only to discover that we have no more energy to enjoy life."
Coelho: "All we need is to be ... open to people and willing to share our souls."
Coelho: "If you want to capture ideas, you are lost. You are going to be detached from emotions and forget to live your life. You will be an observer and not a human being living his or her life."
Coelho: "Deep within, [people] long to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again."
Tutu: "Our diversity is beautiful - it would be so terribly boring if we were all the same! ... Let's love each other. ... Let's dare to be beautiful in our own truth - and still belong."
Tutu: "The sky is the limit, and we are meant to reach for the stars."
Tutu: "We [should] not judge or label others too hurriedly - because as the philosopher Soeren Kierkegaard said, 'When you label me, you negate me.'"
'Lord Nelson' - U.K. naval officer
Nelson: "If it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive."
Nelson [to a girlfriend:] "It is [the female] sex that make us go forth and seem to tell us, 'None but the brave deserve the fair!' and, if we fall, we still live in the hearts of those females."
Alexander Scott: "[He was] the greatest and most simple of men - one of the nicest and most innocent." [Upon meeting Nelson ca. 1804.]
Jules Maurel: "[Nelson is a] genius, no doubt, but also ... fantastic, violent, and extravagant in all his passions."
Thomas Pettigrew: "[He had a] love of glory and ... honors [but was] contemptful of money. The sincerity and ardor of his character and the simplicity and energy of his sayings give him more the appearance of an ancient hero than a modern one."
Dictator of Fascist Italy
Mussolini: "[Professors] can find arguments to justify the most absurd propositions. That is in fact their job. But I stick to my guns."
Mussolini: "I liked the life of a soldier [and] I can say that in every regard I was an excellent one."
Mussolini: "I have had only one great teacher. ... Life, lived. The teacher is day-by-day experience."
Mussolini: "Pacifism [is] born of ... cowardice. ... War alone brings up to its highest tension all human energy and puts the stamp of nobility upon the people who have the courage to meet it."
Richard Washburn: "Mussolini ... gives the impression of an energy which cannot be bottled [and] which bubbles up and over."
C.G. Jung: "I couldn't help but liking Mussolini! His bodily energy and elasticity are warm [and] human."
Dictator of Uganda
Amin: "Sometimes I know more than PhDs because ... I know how to act. I am a man of action."
[Interviewer: "Do you feel regret?"]
[To Queen Elizabeth II:]
British Intelligence Memo: "[He is] popular and ... as Head of State, he has shown an engaging lack of formality and a disregard for his personal safety. [He is] benevolent but tough."
ESFPs in popular culture
Tarantino: "To me, violence is a purely aesthetic thing. It has nothing political, there is no morality involved."
[Asked to define 'Tarantino-esque':]
Tarantino: "I write movies about mavericks, about people who break rules, and I don't like movies about people who are [punished] for being mavericks."
David Carradine: "Tarantino is more fun than you can imagine to work with. ... He has an awful lot of fun and he transmits that to you."
Uma Thurman identifies Tarantino as an extrovert.
[On studio films versus independent films:]
[On making 'Schindler's List':]
Scott Ross: "[Spielberg has] unbelievable exuberance and [is] incredibly collaborative."
Actor and filmmaker
Gibson: "You can drown in a mire of worry ... but it doesn't pay, because tomorrow always takes care of itself."
Singer, married to Jay-Z
Beyonce: "[I am] bold, unafraid to love, and flaunt [my] sexuality and strength."
Beyonce: "[I am] sexy and energized and fun."
Beyonce: "It's great to ... have the freedom to express my emotions through fashion."
Tom Ford: "She radiates positive energy. ... You feel it when you are around her. ... You feel it when she looks you in the eyes and smiles."
Gwyneth Paltrow: "She is clear and honest and true to herself. ... She is so full of love and she knows who she is."
Washington: "You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise."
Washington: "I've found that nothing in life is worthwhile unless you take risks."
Washington: "Becoming an artist you can lose touch with what real people want. I'm intrigued by appealing to a mass number of people."
Washington: "Some things should be left alone. Not everything needs to be categorized, analyzed, and understood."
Washington: "Look in the mirror and say ... 'There is opportunity; you can make it. Whatever it is that you choose ... you can do it.'"
Actor and rapper
Smith: "I have a great time with my life and I want to share it. I love living. I think that's infectious. It's something that you can't fake."
Smith: "If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making others' lives better."
Eva Mendes: "He's so full of light. We all want to be next to him and root for him. People want to be around [him]. He's a light force."
The Observer: "[He has an] ability to charm his way out of any given situation. ... [He truly is] The Fresh Prince."
Oliver: "[What I do is] far more natural, and less strategic than [people] seem to think."
[On crafting things himself:]
Oliver: "[Schools] are not doing enough for those [children who] need a more physical, tactile approach, involving people skills, team-building [and] building things."
The Observer: "[It is enjoyable] when Oliver swears. His swearing is gleeful, malice-free, charming. It is an insight into his excitable ... brain."
Williams: "When you're 13, 14, 15 ... then the possibility of being exactly who you want to be is at its strongest."
Williams: "[When you're young] your expectation of sex and of drinking and of ... being in a loving relationship ... is just so beautiful and perfect."
Williams: "I suppose there's still a big child in me that likes the magic of it all."
The Observer: "[He is] uncommonly warm when he wants to be [and] carries his emotions [on] the surface."
The Observer: "He is always alert and yet somehow constantly bored."
Singer-songwriter, dated John Mayer
Perry: "I'm a jokester prankster - I'm an open book. And my boobs are real!"
Perry: "I know I have sex appeal in my deck of cards."
Perry: "I never want to be boring, so therefore I aspire to always be interesting, experimental and entertaining."
Perry: "People overthink things."
Minaj: "I was always like a comedian to my friends and family."
Minaj: "My music is a way for me to have fun. Sometimes I'll say things and I'll laugh. But it's all love."
Vibe Magazine: "Nicki has never had a hard time getting attention. ... [Even at her performing arts school] Nicki was hard to miss. She was loud and friendly."
Pink: "When I was little, I was like, 'I'm going to grow up [and] hitch-hike across the country and get discovered [while] singing on the boardwalk in Venice Beach.'"
Pink: "I'm a very honest person. Sometimes I put my foot in my mouth, but ... everybody will always know where [I'm] coming from."
(Marina and the Diamonds)
Diamandis: "It's just my nature [that] I'm really overly dramatic."
Diamandis: "I'm a bigmouth and I like to say ridiculous things."
Diamandis: "I like using fashion for humor. ... [Without] fashion ... I feel like everything is really 2D, and I can't ever imagine style and image not being a part of what I do."
Diamandis: "Britney Spears is a big influence [on me]. Huge."
Diamandis identifies herself as an introvert.
DiCaprio: "I was always the kid in school who tried to get attention. ... I'd do little unexpected performances."
DiCaprio: "School, I never truly got the knack of. I could never focus on things I didn't want to learn."
DiCaprio: "I want to be a jerk like the rest of my friends ... but I just can't."
Singer, dated Selena Gomez
Bieber: "I want my world to be fun. No parents, no rules, no nothing."
Bieber: "I'm not afraid to show my emotions. If you love someone, you should tell them. If you think a girl is beautiful, you should say that."
(One Direction) - dated Taylor Swift
Styles: "I get such a thrill when I'm in front of people singing."
Styles: "I think if you like someone, then ... you shouldn't play games. You should ask them out."
Styles: "I am quite flirty. Maybe I'm too flirty."
Styles: "I don't mind getting a black eye or a broken arm for a girl as long as she's there to kiss it after."
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood: "I love [when] everything I do is fresh and in the moment."
Wood: "I never study [my lines] because then I overthink them. ... The less I read them the better."
Wood: "I always feel like one of the guys and very unintimidated."
Wood: "You don't have to take yourself so seriously all the time."
Wood: "I'm a big karaoke fan and I also love Justin Bieber unashamedly."
Macklemore: "[I'm] about being fresh, being creative, being original."
Macklemore: "I just love fashion, I've always loved it. ... I don't want to dress like every other rapper, I want to ... be true to who I am."
AXS Magazine: "[He has shown] a rare bit of pure cheerful indulgence for the hip-hop world. ... [With him] the fun [is] infectious."
AXS Magazine: "On stage [he brings] boisterous energy [that flows] so freely. ... Macklemore [bounces his] way through each concert, drawing audiences in through ... sheer boyish charm and energy."
Tyler the Creator
Tyler: "I just do things that I think are cool and it works out."
Tyler: "[Great people] are themselves no matter what."
Tyler: "I want everyone to win. ... I don't like telling people what they can or cannot do, because I think everybody can do whatever they want, if they really believe it."
Tyler: "I've just always been really energetic. ... I don't have a process. I just react."
Tyler: "Sometimes I think people are in their head too much and never take a step back and just look."
Casablancas: "I just like making cool things and helping others make inspiring things, and it's not just about money or anything."
Casablancas: "I've always had the energy to do more than one thing. ... I'd always be thinking of five video ideas at once and twenty t-shirt ideas."
Casablancas: "What I really [want] to do [is to] make positive things."
Casablancas: "You have to have passion and joy."
Casablancas: "I like improvising [and] making stuff up on the spot."
Starr: "If I do do something, I want it to be positive."
[Interviewer: "Why did you give up drugs?"]
John Lennon: "He's every ... bit as warm, unassuming, funny and kind as he seems - he was quite simply the heart of the Beatles."
Actress, dated Justin Timberlake
Diaz: "I love the feeling that you get when you can really laugh with a man and be natural."
Diaz: "For me, flirting means making fun of myself [and being] very unpretentious."
Kate Winslet: "Cameron is always smiling and laughing. Life, to her, is about having fun."
Lohan: "Never say never. The things that you don't plan are the best. I'm a very spontaneous person."
Lohan: "Being comedic and happy and lighthearted is who I am as a person."
Lohan: "I just love fashion. I think it just expresses who you are so much."
Roger Ebert: "She has ... sunny charm ... and a sense of mischief."
Mark Waters: "[She has] this amazing turbulence and energy."
Owner of the UFC along with Lorenzo Fertitta
White: "I love being in contact with the fans. ... [The greatest thing is] feeling out ... what everybody's doing and what's going on and just talking to people."
White: "I say whatever I want to say. I don't filter."
White: "The way I handle things [is] everything is on a case-by-case basis and [I'll] deal with stuff as it comes."
Danielle de Niese
De Niese: "I absolutely adore being on stage."
De Niese: "Dance is integral for me ... because [it] helps me embody a character and helps me feel comfortable."
[Interviewer: "How does it feel that people aren't just talking about your singing,
but also about what a sex bomb you are?"]
Isaac: "I was always ... very confident. ... When I was first getting out of school I always thought, 'If they just give me that one shot ... I know I can show 'em.'"
Isaac: "You can't try to be authentic. You either are or you aren't."
Isaac: "[I'm not one to] take things overly seriously. ... I'm not a very dogmatic person."
Isaac: "Sometimes [it's] better not to know how you do what you do. [You become too] self-aware, and that's no good. ... If [the subconscious] becomes too conscious, it defeats the purpose."
The Guardian: "[In person he] is a cheerful, vigorous presence. ... His energy and good humor are ... commendable."
The Guardian: "He is easy, peachy company. ... Unselfconsciously, campily tactile [and] eager to connect."
Mikkelsen: "I was always a very energetic person; I am still a very energetic person."
Mikkelsen: "I’m a very physical person ... it's a big part of me to throw myself into all the stunts."
Mikkelsen: "I try to eliminate words as much as possible. There is a tendency to underestimate the power of what we can do without words. Sometimes you can make [things] more powerful and precise without dialogue."
The Telegraph: "He is refreshingly unaffected."
Esquire Magazine: "Mikkelsen [plays] villains on [screen]. ... But in real life [he] is upbeat and enthusiastic about life."
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Hefner: "[We at Playboy] prefer to approach sex ... with a smile and a song in our heart. ... I guess we don't really believe that sex is nearly as serious as some people would like us to."
Hefner: "Playboy is dedicated to the enjoyment of 'the good life' that is every American's heritage, if he's willing to display a little of the initiative and dering-do that made the country great in the first place."
Hefner: "[Too many people] settle for job security, conformity, togetherness, anonymity and slow death."
Samberg: "I've always found it worthwhile to make something completely stupid just to prove that you can. People in general are too stressed out, even though most things are pretty ridiculous."
Samberg: "[As a kid] I was a little bit rambunctious."
Samberg: "So much of stand-up is convincing people - without anything but your energy and your body language - that you're confident and comfortable."
Peter Smith: "He's a shaggy-haired sincere-ist, and impossible not to like. ... [He] comes off as completely unaffected, humble and most of all grateful, eager to throw props in every direction."