Philosopher and author
Rousseau: "[My] heart [is] at once haughty and tender [and my] character effeminate, yet invincible."
Rousseau: "[When under stress I thought of] the books I had read [and applied] them to myself.
I [imagined I was] one of the characters [and soon found myself] in made-up circumstances which were most agreeable to my inclinations."
Rousseau: "Reason is greatly indebted to passion. The human race would long since have ceased to be,
had its preservation depended only on reason."
Philosopher and theologian
Kierkegaard: "To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain 'importance' - I can think of nothing more ridiculous."
Kierkegaard: "Whatever you do, never lose your fondness of walking. I walk
myself into my daily well-being, and I walk out of all illness. I have walked myself into my best
thoughts, and I know of no thought so heavy that one cannot outwalk it."
Alan Sandage: "Physicists, by and large, are Platonists who seek reality in
the archetypes behind the scenes. Non-scientists, by and large, are Kierkegaardians for whom the subjectivity of life and
thought is more real than scientific models."
Philosopher and author
Camus: "We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile.
And now we realize that we know where it lives: Inside ourselves."
Camus: "Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
Camus: "To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others."
Paul Gallagher: "While Sartre could separate the world of ideas from his
personal friendship, Camus ... believed friendship was essential [and] united people together in the struggle for a better world."
Author of 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' and 'Animal Farm'
Orwell: "I had the lonely child's habit of making up stories and
holding conversations with imaginary persons."
Orwell: "From ... the age of five or six, I knew that
when I grew up I should be a writer. ... I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness
that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to
settle down and write books."
Orwell: "What I have most wanted to do ... is to make political
writing into an art. My starting point is always a feeling of partisanship, a
sense of injustice."
Orwell: "Politically I would describe myself as a 'conservative Trotskist.'"
Keirsey & son identify Orwell as INFP.
Author of 'The Lord of the Rings'
Tolkien: "I [am] a mere individual ... with intense feelings more than ideas."
Tolkien: "It is difficult [for me] to say anything [about my work] without saying too much: the attempt to say
a few words opens a floodgate of excitement."
Tolkien: "The most improper job of any man ... is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and
least of all those who seek the opportunity."
Tolkien: "I often long to work at my nonsense fairy language and don't let myself 'cause though I love it so it
does seem such a mad hobby!"
Tolkien: "C.S. Lewis was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the
idea that my 'stuff' could be more than a private hobby."
Author of 'The Chronicles of Narnia'
Lewis: "[There is] in me ... a distaste for all that is public, all that
belongs to the collective."
Lewis: "[I have] a boorish inaptitude for formality."
Lewis: "[It is ridiculous] to be concerned about being grown up [and] to admire
the grown up because it is grown up."
Lewis: "Friendship arises ... when two [people] discover that they have in common some ...
interest or taste ...which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure."
Steven Hart: "When C.S. Lewis got his first look at Tolkien's fiction ... [he reacted]
with spontaneous and generous delight."
Woolf: "My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming,
soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?"
Woolf: "The art of writing [is] imagining that one is not oneself, but somebody different."
Woolf: "Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can
only read the title."
Woolf: "The eyes of others [are] our prisons; their thoughts our cages."
Woolf: "If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people."
U.S. Secretary of State (D) and Vietnam war veteran
Kerry: "There's a time ... to be totally in quiet listening
mode when somebody else's mind is open to you."
[When asked why he threw his Vietnam war medals into a river:]
Kerry: "[Never] start a war. ... The USA should only go to war because we have to. And if you live by
that guidance, you'll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up in protest."
Peggy Kerry: "Once you get to know him [he] is really a warm
and open and funny human being."
Jonathan Winer: "[No one] can tell him what to do. You can
suggest it, and maybe he'll do it and maybe he won't. But he is not going to
surrender that personal autonomy that is the core of [his] integrity."
Nixon White House memo [ca. 1971]: "Destroy him
before he becomes another Ralph Nader."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Author of 'The Little Prince'
Saint-Exupery: "One sees well only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
Saint-Exupery: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and
give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
C.G. Jung: "From his wife I learned [that his preoccupation with] flight was
really an act of evasion, an attempt to escape from the world."
A. A. Milne
Author of 'Winnie The Pooh'
Milne: "Even now when I see my name in the paper, I feel that the world is intruding unduly on my privacy.
I ought to be anonymous."
Milne: "Sarcasm, directed into the blue in the hope of hitting the person you want, may not be effective,
but it does relieve the feelings."
Milne: "There are people who keep thermometers shut up indoors, which is both cruel and unnecessary.
When you complain that the library is a little chilly ... they look at the thermometer ... and say,
'Oh no; I don't think so. It's sixty-five.' As if anybody wanted a thermometer to know if a room were cold or not."
Cartoonist famous for 'Calvin & Hobbes'
Watterson: "[Doing everything myself] kept the strip very honest and personal - everything having to do with Calvin and Hobbes expressed my own ideas,
my own values, my own way."
Watterson: "I was not prepared for the ... attention [that comes with being famous]. ... Besides disliking the diminishment
of privacy and the inhibiting quality of feeling watched. ... I didn't see how I could write honestly without [seclusion]."
Watterson: "Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless."
Author of the 'Harry Potter' series
Rowling: "The wizards represent all that the [normal person] most fears: They are plainly
outcasts and comfortable with being so."
Rowling: "Nothing is more unnerving to the truly conventional than the unashamed misfit!"
Rowling: "Unlike any other creature on this planet, humans can ... think themselves into
other people's places."
Author of 'The Trial'
Kafka: "You can achieve nothing if you forsake yourself."
Kafka [to his lover:] "In this love you are like a knife, with which I explore myself."
Kafka: "We [humans] are as forlorn as children lost in the woods."
Kafka: "[People are] quite different. What grips me need hardly touch you at all. ... What
is innocence in you may be guilt in me. ... What has no consequences for you may be the last nail in my coffin."
Kafka: "[Growing up, my father asserted] that I had no business sense, that I had lofty ideas in my
head, and the like."
Kafka: "You do not need to leave your room. ... Simply ... be quiet [and] the world
will freely offer itself to you. ... It has no choice."
Edgar Allan Poe
Poet and author
Poe: "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
Poe: "All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream."
Poe: "Science has not yet taught us if madness is or is not the sublimity of the intelligence."
Poe: "With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion."
James Oppenheim: "Everything about him suggests introversion, self-immersion, mood, mystery. Everything
suggests a man seeking his own soul."
Poet and author of 'Paradise Lost'
Milton: "He who reigns within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king."
Milton: "Let truth and falsehood grapple. ... Truth is strong."
Milton: "The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven."
Poet and printmaker, author of 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'
Blake: "A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent."
Blake: "To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit - general
knowledges are those knowledges that idiots possess."
Blake: "When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it
but for the sake of defending those who do."
Blake: "All deities reside in the human breast."
Philosopher and theologian
Augustine: "The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns,
is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but - what is worse - the slave of as many masters as he has vices."
Augustine: "God did not intend that man should have power over his fellow man."
Philip Ball: "Augustine ... did not materialize with a [fixed doctrine] but spent
his life struggling towards some kind of personal truth."
Jung identifies Augustine as an extrovert.
Augustine's adversity to men ruling other men is the same as that of Tolkien: "The
most improper job of any man is ruling over other men..."
More quotes on Augustine
Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh: "Some good must come by clinging to [what is] right."
Van Gogh: "Aren't the wise ones, those who never do anything
foolish, even more foolish?"
Van Gogh: "What a mystery life is; and love is a mystery within a mystery."
Van Gogh: "My
existence is not without reason! I know that I could be a quite different
person! ... There is something inside
me, but what can it be?"
Van Gogh: "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
Van Gogh: "My God, how beautiful Shakespeare is.
... His language and method are like a brush trembling with excitement and ecstasy."
Hans Christian Andersen
Author of 'The Emperor's New Clothes'
and 'The Ugly Duckling'
Andersen: "If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand
fully the source of my longing and - pity me."
Andersen: "Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths."
Andersen: "The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things."
Soeren Kierkegaard: "His novels stand in such a physical
relationship to his own self that their conception is not so much a production as it is an amputation."
New York Times: "[Throughout his life] he remained an outsider, and it was probably this that
enabled him to empathize with many of the losers who appear in his stories."
Shakespeare: "To thine own self be true."
David Hume: "[Shakespeare] hits upon a striking peculiarity of
sentiment, adapted uniquely [to each] character ... as if by inspiration."
Vladimir Nabokov: "The verbal poetical texture of Shakespeare is
the greatest the world has known."
Author of 'The Iliad'
and 'The Odyssey'
Homer: "The blade itself incites to violence."
Homer: "Hateful to me ... is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another."
Vishwa Adluri: "Evidently, what fascinates Homer about ... language is not its instrumental
precision but its [descriptive] richness."
Aristotle: "For while Homer handles irrationalities, he
disguises them behind other good qualities, so as to allow them to exist. ... This is the excellence of Homer's style."
Schiller: "Philologists who use their knowledge to pick Homer apart
practice a learned barbarism."
Nietzsche: "Goethe was a genius who
fought a battle with himself to try and surpass the genius of Homer."
Lennon: "If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."
Lennon: "Either I'm a genius or I'm mad, which is it? ... I can't be mad because nobody's put me away;
therefore I'm a genius. ... If there's such a thing as genius - I am one. And if there isn't, I don't care."
Lennon: "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
Lennon: "Supposedly [schools] don't want artists. Even in art school, they tried to turn me into a teacher. They try to discourage you from painting."
Lennon: "I was very keen on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland.'"
Lennon: "If you play with the same person all the time ... it comes to a time when you know every move and
you have to find somebody else to play with."
Paul McCartney: "We all looked up to John. He was ... very much the leader; he was ... the
smartest and all that kind of thing."
Morrison: "When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we
really are. ... The most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces."
Morrison: "[In society] you trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your senses for an act. You
give up your ability to feel and in exchange, put on a mask."
Morrison: "There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level.
It's got to happen inside first."
Cobain: "I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn't identify with any of
the guys at all. None of them liked art or music, they just wanted to fight and get laid."
Cobain: "[My youth] gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male."
Cobain: "I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience.
I know they're out there and it really bothers me."
Cobain: "I just can't believe anyone would start a band just to make the scene and be
cool and have chicks. I just can't believe it."
Curtis: "I prefer to think of everyone as an individual."
Curtis: "I like to think that [Joy Division doesn't] belong to any category."
Len Brown: "Tributes paint Curtis as a lost prophet; as [someone] more sensitive, braver,
and perhaps closer to God or godlessness than the rest of us; as if he'd held up his cracked mirror to show
us how hopeless, meaningless and inhuman our world had become."
Filmmaker, married to Helena Bonham Carter
Burton: "I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those
words for me is very personal and subjective."
Burton: "One person's craziness is another person's reality."
Burton: "I always liked strange characters."
Chloe Grace Moretz: "The thing with him is that he really just
focuses on his actors. If the actor says, 'No, I don't feel that's right for the character,' then he takes that
so seriously - and not many directors do that in the same way."
Depp: "The characters I've played, that I've responded to, there has been a lost-soul quality to them."
Depp: "If there's any message to my work, it is ... that it's ok to be different."
Depp: "[In my career] I am doing things that are true to me."
Depp: "The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled."
Ledger: "People always feel compelled to sum you up, to presume that they have you and can describe you. ...
There are many stories inside of me ... outside of [that] one flat note."
Ledger: "I take great pride in my soul and the consistency and longevity of my love."
Cage: "[I've always] been in my own world."
Cage: "My imagination was my savior [in my childhood]. I was able to imagine things weren't bad, or
I could go in the backyard and transform myself into an astronaut or some [other] character and play for hours."
Cage: "When people tell me I can't do something, I've always been compelled to do it."
(Florence and the Machine)
Welch: "I was always that girl growing up who you could find dancing down supermarket aisles.
It's that sense of not feeling inhibited. Dancing in supermarkets is my favorite thing."
Welch: "Love is horrible. ... When you're in love, it's like a sickness. Such madness."
Welch: "[I] always want things to be perfect, magical or exciting. Things can't be that way all the time so
I'm constantly disappointed as well."
Bjork: "I am one of the most idiosyncratic people around."
[To an interviewer:]
Bjork: "I've looked in my [diaries] and I only get angry once every seven years [so] you're safe tonight."
Amos: "I think you have to know who you are. Get to know the monster that lives in your soul.
Dive deep into your soul and explore it."
Trent Reznor: "Tori Amos ... I always respected her work a lot."
Apple: "[I didn't like the fact that representatives from Sony Music wanted to okay my tracks because]
then they're in on the songwriting. And if I start doing that, then I'm dead."
Apple's 'dying' from not having final say is the same as that of David Lynch: "I
couldn't and wouldn't work in a studio if I didn't have final cut..."
Cocker: "It's ok to grow up, just as long as you don't grow old."
Cocker: "[I've] always been a bit out of touch with reality."
Cocker: "I think I'm getting more male as I'm getting older."
Yorke: "The whole point of creating music for me is to give voice to things that aren't
normally given voice to."
Yorke: "The West cannot shake its need to control the rest of the
planet in any way it can. They cannot shake off this colonial attitude."
Yorke: "The difference between me and Bono is that he's quite
happy to go and flatter people to get what he wants and he's very good at it, but I just can't do it. ...
In a way it would help if I could, but I just can't. I admire the fact that Bono can, and can walk away from
it smelling of roses."
Morrissey: "Age shouldn't affect you. It's just like the size of your shoes - they don't determine
how you live your life!"
Morrissey: "I'm lying in my bed and I think about life and I think about death and neither one
particularly appeals to me."
Creator of 'The Wire'
Simon: "I am cynical about institutions but I am affectionate about people."
Simon: "Statistics always lie. ... Statistics can be made to say anything."
Lynch: "It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings. ... Because the meaning is a very
personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for someone else."
Lynch: "All my movies are about strange worlds that you can't go into unless you build them and film them.
That's what's so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds."
Lynch: "I couldn't and wouldn't work in a studio if I didn't have final cut. ... How
could anyone do that? Absolutely pure suicide. Sadness. Ridiculousness. ... Never in a million years.
A person's voice is what's critical."
Lynch: "Spielberg is a very lucky human being, because
the things he likes, millions and millions of people like. The things I like, maybe thousands and thousands of people like."
Malick: "What I find patronizing is people ... stacking
the deck for [other people], not respecting their integrity, their difference."
Malick: "When people express what is most important to them, it often comes out in cliches. That doesn't
make them laughable; it's something tender about them."
Edoardo Nolfo: "Terrence Malick loves innocence and anything that celebrates it."
Daily Telegraph: "He's the J.D. Salinger of the movie business."
Warhol: "I usually accept people on the basis of their self-images, because their
self-images have more to do with the way they think than their objective-images do."
Warhol: "'In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.' I'm bored with
that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is, 'In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous.'"
Warhol: "Being alive is so much work. ... Being born is like being kidnapped. And then
sold into slavery. People are working every minute. The machinery is always going. Even when you sleep."
Warhol: "I've never met a person I couldn't call a beauty."
Warhol's seeing beauty in everyone is the same as that of Andrew
Garfield: "I don't believe anyone is ugly."
Magician, partner of Penn Jillette
Teller: "I live in my own little world ... hoping
that every once in while, something really beautiful will gleam out like a penny in the sand. ... That's what I live for."
Teller: "My love of gothic ideas ... seems inborn; I loved
Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' and Poe's short stories
from the first page of them I turned."
Teller: "As a kid ...
I cared about the dark side of things. I had no interest in comedy, I still don't. That's more
Teller: "The thing I dislike most in magic is piracy. I know how many years can go into one
beautiful idea. And to see somebody simply lift that idea (invariably doing it badly or insincerely) makes my blood boil."
Time Out: "[Penn and Teller] appear utterly incompatible: the tall
shouty one who thinks and laughs; the small quiet one who feels and cries."
Louis C.K.: "With movies, [what] I really loved [was] moments and tones and feelings in a
scene, and I loved creating those."
Louis C.K.: "I never viewed money as being 'my money,' I always saw it as 'the money.' ...
If it pools up around me then it needs to be flushed back out into the system."
Louis C.K.: "There's been a lot of simple vilification of right-wing people. It's really
easy to say, ... 'You're anti-this and that, and I hate you.' But to me, it's more interesting to say, 'What
is this person like and how do they really think?'"
Louis C.K.: "When I read [that] the foundations of capitalism are shattering, I'm like:
'Maybe we need that. Maybe we need some time where we're walking around with a donkey with pots clanging on the sides.'"
Stephen Deusner: "[He has a] genial stage presence, and a starkly honest style that blends relentless
self-deprecation with a genuine sense of wonder at the world."
Law: "I honestly have no interest in celebrity whatsoever. If anything, I always cringe at it
because it takes away from what I am."
Law: "I would never know how to sell myself as a sex symbol. That's not how I'm programmed."
Law: "It's a bit of a minefield being 20 because you've got all these aspirations and ideals. Well,
Law: "I've always liked what Thomas More said in 'Utopia':
... Every person is allowed their own lifestyle ... but no one is allowed to stand on a soapbox
and tell others that theirs is right. I thought that was brilliant."
Actor, dating Emma Stone
Garfield: "I've always been sensitive and had difficulty containing my feelings."
Garfield: "I don't believe anyone is ugly."
[Asked what he would do if he were not an actor:]
Garfield: "A street clown? A juggler? That would be cool. ...
I'd go wandering and get lost for a minute, like Jack Kerouac."
Garfield: "The thing I get out of [acting] is ... inhabiting the world [of]
the role. ... If I can keep losing myself - and finding parts of
myself ... then that's all I can really ask for."
Time Out: "He's a serious, self-effacing young man more interested in art than adulation."
Actor, dated Kristen Stewart
[Asked if he was ready for his life to change:]
Pattinson: "I'm always ready for my life to change. I'm always waiting for it to change."
Pattinson: "I have a romantic soul."
Pattinson: "[Kristen Stewart] will decide [what she thinks of] someone a lot
quicker [than I will]. ... She's like, 'You're an idiot and I don't want to talk to you,' [whereas] I'm like,
'I'm an idiot too!' So I'll talk to an idiot for days before deciding."
Actress, dating Jesse Eisenberg
Wasikowska: "I definitely identify with [the characters I've played], and I really love them
for the certain amount of outsider-ness about them."
[Asked about her hobby of photography:]
Wasikowska: "[With acting] you are relying on and waiting on other people. ... To have [another outlet] that I have full
creative control over is really very therapeutic."
Wasikowska: "[I hated drama class] because it felt like ... it was for the loud, outgoing kids. ... But I don't think
acting is really about that."
Wasikowska: "[I found Johnny Depp] easy to talk to."
Wasikowska's results on a Jungian type test score her as INFP.
Actress and fashion icon
Sevigny: "I feel like I was always embraced by fashion. Fashion embraces the weirdos."
Sevigny: "I never felt like an insider in Hollywood in any way, shape, or form. ... It's not
really my world."
Sevigny: "I attract eccentrics."
The Guardian: "[She is noted for] her quirky looks [and] iconic sense of style."
Actress and fashion designer, sister of Ashley Olsen and
Olsen: "I would never wish my upbringing on anyone ... but I wouldn't take it back for the world."
Olsen: "[None of the] things [that people say about me] have anything to do with who I [really] am."
Olsen: "I think that creating different environments is an art in itself. ... Thinking of someone like
Tim Burton and his films - he has had his own singular vision."
Olsen: "I'm not great at communicating my vision - I think I use fragments instead of full sentences.
Or when I try to explain ... [it comes out] wrong."
- Idiosyncratic dreamers with strong imaginations
- Strongly linked to the Avoidant personality
- Somewhat linked to the Dependent, Histrionic and Negativistic personalities
- More common in women than in men
- Repress their Extroverted Thinking function, meaning they sometimes preserve their own
opinion in the face of facts and evidence to the contrary
- Test: INFP or INFJ?
- The difference between INFP and INFJ
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