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A lot of people can have a lot of different influences, everyone can be compared in some way to someone whether they are from 60 years ago or more recent.
The best scientific way to discover if one factor influences another is to do a controlled experiment.
My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors.
Kids are naturally curious about what they don't know, or don't understand, or what is foreign to them. They only learn to be frightened of those differences when an adult influences them to behave that way and censors that natural curiosity.
As far as rap goes, I grew up in Hollis, Queens, so early influences were people like Run DMC and LL Cool J.
I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
I keep saying I am an auto-didact, but I have a lot of outside influences. One I could cite is juggler Francis Brunn, who was the first man to throw ten rings in the air; he was really an amazing juggler who showed onstage the quest for perfection.
It is easy to club people together, but there are bound to be influences of authors you've read. I grew up reading fast paced authors such as Sidney Sheldon and Jeffrey Archer, but to say I'm one of them isn't true; my style is intrinsically my own.
Daphne Guinness, who makes couture seem wearable, is an icon who influences what I wear.
Hinduism has an enormous capacity to absorb from outside influences and accept it in a peaceful and steady manner without perturbing the system.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
One of the reasons I never had a problem handing over my characters to other creators is that I knew that they would add their own influences and takes on the characters and make them better for it.
Whether it be in comics, games or film, you can trace the art direction and influences back to some earlier, real-life historic period or artistic movement.
My earliest influences were things I heard in my household.
A lot of young chefs today get carried away by trends, by influences, by movements.
As I've gotten older, I've found that I'm not afraid anymore to throw my influences into making a record.
I'd say that my musical influences are anywhere from pop-rock electronica, new age and classical. But I think that specifically, bands - I love Jem, I love Sigur Ross, I love David Gray, I love Elliot Smith... a lot of different people. But I don't find lyrical inspiration from anybody.
I still credit Adrian Lester with being one of my biggest influences.
I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can, in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach put their influences together.
I think that what happens is that all of my modern influences blend together with the older soul influences and you get Mayer Hawthorne.
Latin music has many international influences - pop, rock, country, Brazilian sounds, and alternative styles.
I got my influences from '70s bands - Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, blah blah blah. When I was growing up, we had all these crazy bands on the Top 40. Today, if Pink Floyd released 'Money,' it wouldn't even get played.
There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.
Guillermo Cabrera Infante
I definitely get affected by new stuff. There's a lot of older influences, but there's also newer stuff too.
My influences are Alice in Chains and Elton John.
In every book I write, I try to name-check the most prominent influences, or the most prominent conscious influences.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
John F. Kennedy
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