Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
U.S. First Lady and fashion icon, married to John F. Kennedy
Onassis: "I always live in a dream world."
Onassis: "I never ... kept a journal. I thought, 'I want to live my life, not record it.'"
Evelyn Lincoln: "[Her] voice was a wedding of innocence and steel."
Hillary Clinton: "Unpretentious elegance characterized everything she did."
[Hillary Clinton: "Should I turn myself over to a stylist?"]
Ulysses S. Grant
U.S. President (R) and Civil War general
Grant: "[I did not rejoice] at the downfall of [the South] who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought. [But] I do not question ... [their] sincerity."
Henry Ward Beecher: "Abhorring show, [Grant was] simple in manner, gentle in his intercourse, modest and even diffident in regard to his own personality."
Steven J. Rubenzer: "Grant was an innocent. ... He was not like any other president."
Steven J. Rubenzer: "Unlike most presidents, Grant ... preferred simply to go his own way rather than be a leader."
Lead designer at Apple
Ive: "I think we are surrounded by multiple, multiple products that testify to companies who don't really care."
Ive: "I'm constantly haunted by thoughts of, 'Is it good enough? Is there any way we could have made it better?'"
Robert Brunner: "He is a consummate designer on all levels, especially around form, detail, materials and refinement."
Leander Kahney: "He's the nicest, politest guy you ever met and very softly spoken."
Clive Grinyer: "He hasn't got where he is because of his ego."
Neil Smith: "He is incredibly self-effacing."
[Steve Jobs' wife]: "Most people in Steve's life are replaceable. But not Jony."
Architect of the Sydney Opera House
Utzon: "The most important thing to me is humility. My buildings should adapt to their surroundings, not impose themselves on the world."
Utzon: "[My architecture] is treating space like music."
Mogens Prip-Buus: "One day, Utzon came into the office pretending to be Frank Lloyd Wright."
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thien Buddhist master
[When asked how do to walking meditation:]
Hanh: "During the [Vietnam] war we young Buddhists ... were able to understand the suffering of both sides. ... That is why we did not take a side even though the whole world took sides."
Hanh: "[During the war] we [young buddhists] tried to tell people our perception of the situation. ... We wanted to stop the fighting, but the bombs were so loud."
Sallie B. King: "[Hanh's] goal was peace and reconciliation, not one side winning over the other."
Emperor of Rome
Edward Gibbon: "Nero excelled ... in the elegant arts of music and poetry [and] we should not despise his persuits."
Napoleon Bonaparte: "The people loved Nero. ... There is a reason for this which [history] omits. ... Nero never burdened the ordinary people. But Tacitus says nothing of this. He [only] speaks of his crimes. ... We, as a result, feel that Tacitus is biased."
Riefenstahl: "I was a dreamy child."
Riefenstahl: "As long as I live, I will say yes to life."
Riefenstahl: "I naturally prefer and capture the beauty in life."
Riefenstahl: "Reality doesn't interest me."
Riefenstahl: "I [seek] a style in the realm of legend. Something that might allow me to give free rein to my juvenile sense of romanticism and the beautiful image."
Deputy Fuehrer in Nazi Germany
Hess: "The conscience of a moral personality is a far greater protection against the misuse of an office than is the supervision of parliament or the separation of powers."
Hess: "Being true ... means being modest and unassuming."
Albert Speer: "Hess did not have the qualities necessary for survival in the midst of a swamp of intrigues and struggles for power. He was too sensitive, too receptive."
Ernst Hanfstaegl: "Hess was a moody introvert."
At the Nuremberg Trials, Hess' IQ was tested to be 120.
ISFPs in popular culture
Jackson: "I am [normally] shy. But once I get up [on stage], I take control of myself. Being onstage is magic. There's nothing like it."
Jackson: "I'm crazy about Steven Spielberg."
Jackson: "[Diana] was my type for sure, and I don't like most girls."
Elton John: "He is a very kind person."
Sufjan Stevens: "He had real vision for [his] show. All the decisions he [made] were based on ... body and movement. I realized ... that all of his music is based on physical ideas. They'd be working through something, and he would explain ... with his body. That was really educational."
Prince: "You gotta live life before you can really talk too much about it."
Prince: "I don't live in a prison. I am not afraid of anything. I haven't built any walls around myself."
Prince: "[I want to be able to] walk around and be me. That's all I want to be, that's all I ever tried to be."
Mick Jagger: "I think Prince is a great artist. ... Prince has been overlooked. ... I've seen great performances by Prince. He's outperformed almost everyone. I'd rate him at the top."
[Asked about the meaning of his songs:]
Dylan: "You can't be wise and in love at the same time."
Dylan: "I don't know if I call myself a poet or not. ... It's more of a visual type of thing for me. I could picture the color of the song."
[On his songwriting:]
McCartney: "How I wrote depended on my mood. The only way I would be sort of biting ... like [John Lennon] was if I was in a bad mood!"
Jagger: "In the beginning Brian ran the band. He really wanted to be called the leader of the band. I didn't particularly want to be the leader. There wasn't a leader."
Jagger: "[John Lennon] was educated and very smart and cynical and funny. ... [But] you always knew with John, you're gonna be on the end of a lot of sarcastic remarks that you weren't always in the mood for."
Jagger: "I was never crazy about [Kurt Cobain and] Nirvana - too angst-ridden for me."
L'Wren Scott: "Mick really has his own style, and he is quite opinionated about how he wants to look."
Rolling Stone Magazine: "[Mick is] difficult [to] interview, not only because of his natural reserve and lack of interest in the past but also because he communicates as much with his ... body ... as he does verbally: Half of what he says never makes it to the page."
Richards: "I don't think I'm cool. It's other people that tell me I'm cool. I'm just being who I am."
Richards: "Just be yourself is all I can say. ... If you've gotta think about being cool, you ain't cool."
Richards: "For myself and Mick [songwriting is] a matter of, almost, necessity."
Richards: "Mick and I are still great friends and still want to work together. Both of us know things about each other - and are still finding out. There is no final judgment on one or the other."
Hendrix: "People ... have to rely on music to get peace of mind, satisfaction, or direction. More so than politics, the big ego scene. [Politics is] an art of words ... meaning nothing. ... You ... have to [rely on] an earthier substance, like music or the arts."
Hendrix: "I just want to do what I feel."
Hendrix: "I like [music] that is easier on the mind. There are too many heavy songs nowadays. Music ... has been getting too heavy, almost to the state of unbearable."
[Upon hearing Hendrix on the guitar:]
U.S. Army Report: "[He] is unable to conform to military rules and regulations."
Bush: "I really like the idea of my work speaking for me, not me speaking for me."
Bush: "People's preconceptions [of me] don't concern me. I am who I am. ... People's conceptions of what I am - in a way that's their problem and not mine."
Bush: "[I] feel strongly about what I want [in my work and] how I want to see it presented. It is an expression of me at some point, and it seems wrong that as soon as it goes out into the world it should leave me and my expression behind."
Bowie: "My music [expresses how I feel] for me. There, in the chords and melodies, is everything I want to say. The words just jolly it along."
Bowie: "I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things."
Bowie: "[My music has] always been my way of expressing what for me is inexpressible by any other means."
Lady Gaga: "How I love David Bowie!"
Gaga: "You have to be unique and different and shine in your own way."
Gaga: "I try to not focus on what people expect from me."
Gaga: "I'm half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times."
Gaga: "Every bit of me is devoted to love and art."
Monae: "Embrace the things that make you unique, love yourself, and redefine what it means to be beautiful."
Monae: "I will never ever suppress who I am for anyone."
Monae: "When you go on stage, it's like you're in your own world, in a different world."
Monae: "I [am] not even going to talk with anyone in the music industry if they [are] not supportive. ... Taking away my creative freedom is like chopping out my soul."
(Nine Inch Nails)
Reznor: "I am [sometimes] written off as aloof or stand-offish when I'm [really] shy and don't know what to say."
Reznor: "When I did ['Head Like a Hole'] that was how I felt in my head. When I did 'Downward Spiral' that is where I was for that. I try not to be too concerned about ... what [people] are expecting from me."
[Interviewer: "What is the significance of the name 'Nine Inch Nails?'"]
Timberlake: "Every relationship I've been in, I've overwhelmed the girl. They just can't handle all the love."
[On being compared with Michael Jackson:]
[On making hit music:]
Ocean: "When I'm trying to make a song ... I'm trying to make a photograph out of something you can never see."
Ocean: "My aim is to make something that represents where I am at that time."
Pitt: "I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right. What's more important to me is being honest about who you are."
Pitt: "I trust actions. I don't put much trust in words."
Pitt: "My frustration with acting is that I can't do quite what music does. Music has its own language."
Pitt: "I go a little insane with [buying furniture]. It's my thing."
Pitt: "I've found that the best things always happen when you throw yourself into a situation and you don't know what you're doing. If you take too much control over it, it can become dank and moldy - no bubbles."
Pitt: "I am pretty much mush. ... I wish I could be tougher."
Gosling: "I have my own taste, and I just try and stick with that."
Gosling: "If I have any particular appeal to women ... it's because I listen more than other guys do and appreciate how they think and feel about things."
Gosling: "Show me [a man] that wouldn't give it all up for Emma Stone, and I'll show you a liar."
Nicolas Winding Refn: "Ryan has a wonderful gift for design, especially clothes - much better than I."
Nicolas Winding Refn: "Ryan likes detail in how he looks and how he dresses. He builds his character a lot through his wardrobe."
Emma Stone: "[I] really like hearing [Ryan Gosling's] viewpoint because I know that it's never going to be tainted. He's very much his own person."
Hepburn: "I think life is all about ... children and flowers."
Hepburn: "I never think of myself as an icon. What is in other people's minds is not in my mind. I just do my thing."
Hepburn: "I've [always] followed my instincts and they've brought me nothing but blessings and good fortune and terribly kind people to work with."
Sophia Loren: "Audrey was meek, gentle and ethereal, understated both in her life and in her work. She walked among us with a light pace, as if she didn't want to be noticed."
Taylor: "I've always admitted that I'm ruled by my passions."
Taylor: "[Michael Jackson and I] had so much in common and we had such loving fun together."
Bellucci: "[My] acting process [is] very difficult to explain. It's something very intimate, very private."
Bellucci: "Acting is not words."
Bellucci: "I'm not scared of nudity, because for me, nothing is more beautiful than a body. You can have such an amazing emotion from a body."
Actress, was married to Tom Cruise
Kidman: "What interests me most is love. People who fall in love. Fall out of love. Hopefully we can survive, and that is what my films say."
Kidman: "I was a highly sensitive child."
Kidman: "I am really spontaneous."
Kidman: "I love the beauty of clothes. I collect antique clothes."
Kidman: "I have no sense of what's fashionable; I just know what I like to wear."
Kidman: "I like sticking to my own self."
Kidman: "[Being in love is] incredibly raw, incredibly dangerous and you're very much out at sea. You're exposed. You could drown."
Diana: "I lead from the heart, not the head."
Diana: "I don't go by a rule book."
Prince William: "She loved dancing so much. It was a real way that she got through life - by dancing. ... It was a big release for her."
Michael Jackson: "She was very kind, very loving, very sweet."
Monroe: "I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy."
Monroe: "I restore myself when I'm alone."
[Asked if she considered herself a sex symbol:]
Mick Jagger: "I'm not sure why, but I identify with her."
Singer, dated Justin Timberlake
Spears: "I don't like defining myself. I just am."
Spears: "Justin Timberlake just understands. I get him, and he gets me."
The Mirror: "[When performing, Britney demands a] framed photo of ... Princess Diana [backstage]. ... Diana [is] in many ways her inspiration."
Hilton: "I'm very easy to get along with."
Hilton: "When I was little I looked up to Princess Diana."
[Asked what she personifies:]
[Larry King: "[When you were in jail] did you hear a lot about what people
were saying on the outside?"]
[On cutting her hair short:]
Rihanna: "The hardest thing for me is to say no."
Aguilera: "I've never watched an entire episode of 'American Idol.' It's too mean."
Aguilera: "I stray away from the formulaic, the formatted."
Aguilera: "I think you can really gauge my state of mind by listening to my albums."
Aguilera: "I'm not a judgmental person."
Aguilera: "It's so easy to get bulldozed [by others]."
Lavigne: "I'm ... very clear on who I am and what I like and don't like."
Lavigne: "I've written every single song on all my records, and that's really important because then they're me."
Lavigne: "I have to fight to keep my image really me. ... I rejected some gorgeous publicity shots because they just didn't look like me."
Lavigne: "I love having fun and I'm young at heart ... [I] love to enjoy life and live in the moment."
Lavigne: "When [you are] having a special moment ... it's all about making the best of it and losing yourself in that moment, being carefree."
Lewis: "I'm not a loud, extravagant person. ... I don't show off or boast."
[On why she parted ways with Simon Cowell:]
Lewis: "I've stayed true to myself and I've followed what my heart says is right."
Gilmour: "I don't find it easy to express my feelings in words."
Gilmour: "I thought [Roger Waters'] songs were very wordy and that ... the music [that he wrote] became a mere vehicle for lyrics, and not a very inspiring one."
[Interviewer: "How did Roger Waters become the leader of Pink Floyd?"]
Enya: "I am really a very shy person. If I [do publicity], it is because of the music, not because I want to be seen."
Enya: "My core beliefs revolve around the idea that ... we should live and let live."
Bird: "[Before performing] I walk around the [theater] and imagine ... what it's like to sit in the audience. I have to go into the lobby; I have to get a sense of the experience."
Bird: "I find it boring [when] lyrics are dark and brooding."
Bird: "I got out of ... classical [music because I wanted] a more comfortable, enjoyable, social-music atmosphere."
[On Bob Dylan being booed for using an electric
guitar at an acoustic festival:]
Jonsi: "When I am writing music, it is magical. I don't know why I write songs, I don't know where it comes from and I don't know why [I am] doing it."
Jonsi: "Reporters want to know why I sing like this, why do I use a bow on my guitar. ... I really don't know. And I can't make something up about it. I can only speak the truth."
Jonsi: "[It takes] a big toll on [me] ... that there's a business side of the music industry [that has] nothing to do with writing songs and creating music."
Jonsi: "[I am] so spontaneous ... and everything [I] do has a huge amount of soul, but no meaning."
Travolta: "All I can control is my response to input. If you come around me and tell me bad news all the time, I can say, 'You know what? I don't want to hear it.'"
Travolta: "Dancing's part of my soul. I enjoy it, it makes people happy, and it makes me happy."
Travolta: "I'm a big mush ball, which is just part of my personality."
Actor, dated Vanessa Hudgens
Efron: "I'll never try to put on a fake image. I'm just Zac."
Efron: "I don't judge anyone and I never have."
Efron: "Every day is a new experience and I take it as it comes."
Efron: "[Nicole Kidman] is fun to work with. ... [When we were acting together] we went with the moment."
Soccer player, married to Victoria Beckham
Beckham: "I love football. I love being in front of that crowd performing. I think that's where I feel safest, actually, believe it or not."
Beckham: "I'm a big fan of tattos. Each one has a meaning."
Beckham: "I've always loved clothes and liked to dress up."
Beckham: "I've never wanted to be a manager. It's not a passion of mine."
Filmmaker and fashion icon
Coppola: "I'm superopinionated about what I do and don't like."
Coppola: "Acting isn't for me. I don't like being told what to do. I'm more interested in ... design, more visually driven."
Marc Jacobs: "She's very feminine. ... She loves fashion and music and art and film, and she is able to combine them in a way that all seems [natural]. I'm sure she works quite hard, but it all seems effortless."
Marc Jacobs: "She doesn't have that gritty hunger to prove what she knows."
Zoe Cassavetes: "You want to protect her. She sees the world a certain way, and you don't want the world to let her down."
Tyler: "There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me."
Barrymore: "Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy."
Anderson: "Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful."
Dita von Teese
Burlesque dancer and model, was married to Marilyn Manson
Von Teese: "[A common misperception about me is] that I can't possibly be shy and do what I do. [I] have confidence about certain things and not about others."
Von Teese: "I'd rather be naked in a room of 300 people than talking in front of them."
Skrillex: "The key moments in a performance [are] when you're singing [and] going back to the place where you wrote those lyrics. ... You're actually feeling [where it came from]."
Skrillex: "I wouldn't say I'm a heavy guy. I just feel what I feel."
Skrillex: "I never try to overthink things."
Harry: "Wherever you are, different places, different people - you've just got to roll with it."
[On visiting Britain's Caribbean dominions along with
NBC News: "William [is] dutiful [and] proper [while] Harry [is] volatile and carefree."
Diana: "Harry's the naughty one, just like me."
Crown Prince of Denmark, married to Mary
Frederik: "I often choose to perceive the light of a new day as the rebirth of the untouched, the inexperienced and the innocent."
Frederik: "It is wonderful to pretend that everything begins anew each day."
[Asked about being an elite soldier, a marathon runner, a parachutist, and more:]