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My mother wanted me off her hands. She was a working woman. She designed clothes, and she was a celebrity collector. It's my mother's ambition to be a celebrity.
Creole is New Orleans city food. Communities were created by the people who wanted to stay and not go back to Spain or France.
Adoption has been a part of my life and a part of my family, so it was how I wanted to start. It felt natural and right to me.
I got a scholarship to Seattle University and I was writing arrangements for singers and everybody. But the music course was too dry and I really wanted to get away from home.
For much of my life there was no place where the things I wanted to investigate were of interest to anyone.
I'm very independent. I'm not sure how I'd deal with someone who wanted to be with me 24/7.
Nathan Lane always wanted to play Oscar. When he came in the first day, he already knew his lines. He said he'd known them since he was 18.
I made 'Batman' the way I made every other film, and I've done it to my own satisfaction - because the film, truly, is exactly the way I wanted it to be.
Leadership has become a heavy industry. Concern and interest about leadership development is no longer an American phenomenon. It is truly global. Though I will probably be in less demand, I wanted to move on.
I was born with this love for music, and I say 'born with' because I don't really remember a day waking up and deciding that I'm going do to music. It's been all I've ever done and all I've ever wanted to do.
I have done everything I have ever wanted to do. I have swum with tiger sharks, been charged by lions and elephants. I have been shot three times, chased by crocodiles and, God be praised, I've made enough money that I can continue to do all the things I want to for as long as I am able.
All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say 'No' and said 'Yes'.
After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion, I wanted nothing whatever to do with it. I felt disgusted with it. If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train, I'd think, how awful.
Write that novel. Start that business you've always wanted to. The ultimate high of life is the commitment to pursuing something.
My dad wanted to name me after Rainier Maria Rilke, the poet.
We decided to speak publicly about suicide because we wanted to make a difference in other people's lives.
I was really proud that I was named after Thomas Edison and wanted to be called Edson. I thought Pele sounded horrible. It was a rubbish name. Edson sounded so much more serious and important.
I never wanted to be an actor. I got stuck in it and kind of liked what I was doing.
For English assignments I was constantly coming up with these strange adventure stories... But I actually wanted to be an artist, or maybe work in the comic book industry.
When I started recording, I thought I'd be able to do all kinds of records: jazz, country, dance - and I've always wanted to do a gospel album.
The important thing to know is that life will always deal us a few bad cards, but we have to play those cards the best we can. And we can play to win. This was one lesson I picked up when I was a teenager. It has been my guiding principle ever since. When I wanted something, the best person to depend on was myself.
I wanted to serve. It was Desert Storm. I thought, 'I was a rich kid, and America's been good to me.'
I so wanted to perform, and I grasped every opportunity.
I didn't want the Ramones being told what to be doing, and I wanted the Ramones being presented in the right light - the remaining Ramones.
When you do a record like 'Talk,' and you're happy with it, and it reaches your ambitions and then doesn't sell as well as you wanted, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails a little.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas A. Edison
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