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I'm a huge fan of 'The Lost Weekend.' I have this dog-eared copy of the 1963 Time Reading Program edition, which was a series of contemporary classics reprinted as a quality paperback.
My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics.
I didn't want to be a catcher. It was thrust upon me, as they say in the classics.
I like songs that sound like classics. There are songs that might be cooler or have better production, but I like songs that sound like they're timeless.
Alexa Ray Joel
I don't repeat that many styles if I can help, although some have become classics. I try not to repeat. I'd rather surprise people.
Professors of classics - not even a professor of English - professors of classics, they're something sacred; it's almost like being a priest.
My mum is great for keeping hold of old classics - pieces of clothing that never age and never go out of fashion.
Amber Le Bon
'King Lear,' I've been seeing all my life. I mean, the great actors of my lifetime... to join their company, as it were, by playing a part that's challenged them, is one of the great joys of being an actor who does the classics.
Classics are constantly being re-imagined and transformed, and the originals are none the worse for it; they endure.
I owe the little formal education I got to my drama teacher, Mr. Pickett, who got us to read Shakespeare, Moliere, and other classics.
I was really exposed to great old-time literature - the classics, the poetic realists like Strindberg and Ibsen and all those guys. I was really inspired by all those guys. That's when writing became a primary focus.
I've never studied the classics, but I'd like to. My teacher offered to show me how the Greeks were able to sculpt someone perfectly. From there, you can go off and experiment - sort of like jazz. Once you learn to play anything, you can break the form and go and do something even bigger.
You have to know the classics if you want to cook modern food.
Songs like Reach and S Club Party are pop classics. I'm really proud that I had a part in them.
When I tour with the new album, I still do the classics, and I love the atmosphere it creates with the whole audience singing along.
In my high-minded and naive way, I believed the only books worth reading were the classics.
Negative books can be bestsellers, but seldom classics.
I loved watching classics such as 'Casablanca' and goofball comedies such as 'How To Murder Your Wife' on WGN-TV.
I like the classics!
The title song of David Bowie's 'Young Americans' is one of his handful of classics, a bizarre mixture of social comment, run-on lyric style, English pop and American soul.
I think all writers of my age who are brought up on films probably by the age of 16 have seen many more films than they have read classics of literature. We can't help but be influenced by film. Film has got some great tricks that it's taught writers.
For the best part of my childhood I visited the local library three or four times a week, hunching in the stacks on a foam rubber stool and devouring children's fiction, classics, salacious thrillers, horror and sci-fi, books about cinema and origami and natural history, to the point where my parents encouraged me to read a little less.
My mom was one of the original designers for Coach in the eighties, and she designed some classics, including the City Bag. It's the only bag I use!
The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky.
The novel is about five students of classics who are studying with a classics professor, and they take the ideas of the things that they're learning from him a bit too seriously, with terrible consequences.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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