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Figure Quotes

Theatre's still expensive compared to downloading on Netflix; that has to be addressed. It doesn't mean it has to be over-subsidised by the state, but it's something we're trying to figure out.
Compared
Downloading
Expensive
Mean
Netflix
Out
Something
State
Still
Theatre
Trying
Lincoln had no such person that he could talk with. Often, as a result, he debated with himself, and he would draw up a kind of list of the pros and cons of an argument, and carefully figure them out, and he might test them in public.
Argument
Carefully
Cons
Could
Debated
Draw
Had
He
Himself
Kind
Lincoln
List
Might
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
Against
Begins
Clarification
Confusion
Cults
Delight
Ends
Founded
Great
Life
Makes
Momentary
Necessarily
The weird thing is that working within an established story was actually kind of liberating. You know the beginning and middle and end, more or less, so there's less pressure to figure all that out.
Actually
Beginning
End
Established
Kind
Know
Less
Liberating
Middle
More
More or less
Out
Pressure
Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand figure in the history of the art, rarely performed. But he invented magic and had an enormous influence on the whole range of sleight of hand. And so often, the magic he was doing was to fool other magicians.
Art
Doing
Enormous
Fool
Greatest
Had
Hand
He
History
Influence
Invented
Magic
Magicians
It's hard enough to be a middle-school kid, because you're dealing with so many facets of your identity - you're changing socially, you're changing physically, you're changing emotionally, everything is in flux, and to put race on top of that as well and have to figure out your racial identity is extremely hard.
Because
Changing
Dealing
Emotionally
Enough
Everything
Extremely
Facets
Flux
Hard
Identity
Kid
Many
The 'crownd' is still the unit, the favourite coin of the labourers, especially the elder folk. They use the word something in the same sense as the dollar, and look with regret upon the gradual disappearance of the broad silver disc with the figure of 'St. Gaarge' conquering the dragon.
Broad
Coin
Conquering
Disappearance
Disc
Dollar
Dragon
Elder
Favourite
Folk
Gradual
Look
Regret
The challenge for a writer looking at history is to figure out what is history and what is myth. After all, what you are looking at is an interpretation of history, and so at some level, it becomes an interpretation of an interpretation.
After
Becomes
Challenge
History
Interpretation
Level
Looking
Myth
Out
Some
Writer
You
I think it is serious to have good sales. As I learned belatedly, the more you sell, the more publishers pay attention to you, and it took me a very long time to figure that out because I never thought that way.
Attention
Because
Good
I think
Learned
Long
Long time
Me
More
Never
Out
Pay
Pay attention
But 'Memento' was so successful, such a huge cult hit, almost on the scale of a large film. If that had happened, with all the acclaim, before the next job, I'd have found it very difficult to figure out what to do next.
Almost
Before
Cult
Difficult
Film
Found
Had
Happened
Hit
Huge
Job
Large
Memento
The landlady of a boarding-house is a parallelogram - that is, an oblong angular figure, which cannot be described, but which is equal to anything.
Anything
Cannot
Equal
Landlady
Which
I've never had any illusions about being a lead actor in films, because lead actors have to be of a certain kind. Apart from the beauty of looks and figure, which I cannot claim to have, there's just a particular kind of ordinary-Joe quality that a film star needs to have.
About
Actor
Actor
Any
Apart
Beauty
Because
Being
Cannot
Certain
Claim
Film
Film star
In America, we have to learn to be patient enough to figure out what somebody is saying. Somebody might actually be saying something.
Actually
America
Be patient
Enough
Learn
Might
Out
Patient
Saying
Somebody
Something
A non-fiction writer pretty much has the shape of the figure in front of him or her and goes about refining it. A work of non-fiction is not as difficult to write as a work of fiction, but it's not as satisfying in the end.
About
Difficult
End
Fiction
Fiction writer
Front
Goes
Her
Him
In the end
Much
Non-fiction
Pretty
Check the price
for your project
I think the hardest part of writing is revising. And by that I mean the following: A novelist has to create the piece of marble and then chip away to find the figure in it.
Away
Chip
Create
Find
Following
Hardest
Hardest part
I think
Marble
Mean
Novelist
Part
Piece
What I do is put my characters into situations that are so precarious there is no way to get out. And then I figure how to get them out.
Characters
Get
How
Out
Precarious
Put
Situations
Them
Then
Way
I was a controversial figure on my reservation when I was a kid. I was mouthy and opinionated and arrogant. Nothing has changed.
Arrogant
Changed
Controversial
Kid
Nothing
Opinionated
Reservation
Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Art
Arts
Been
Birth
Dance
Decline
Does
Early
Emerged
Future
Genres
Influence
Like
I was once a student in a punk T-Shirt hooked on screwed-up scenarios. That's how I became the esteemed cultural figure that I am today.
Am
Became
Cultural
Esteemed
Hooked
How
I am
Once
Punk
Scenarios
Screwed-up
Student
T-shirt
At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
Attitude
Authority
Avoidance
Habit
Home
Ireland
Towards
If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.
Capacities
Children
Education
Made
Make
Many
Members
Otherwise
Society
Studies
Suited
Useful
Were
I've had it up to my ears with the personal mythology. It's getting kind of personally sickening. The personal stuff just turns out to be misinterpreted. I've had such an earful for so long, it's gotten tedious. I figure if you stay away from it, you're safe.
Away
Ears
Getting
Gotten
Had
Just
Kind
Long
Misinterpreted
Mythology
Out
Personal
Personal stuff
If you start trying to figure out yourself from the image everyone has of you, you run into a dead end.
Dead
Dead end
End
Everyone
Image
Out
Run
Start
Trying
You
Yourself
I'm very moved by chaos theory, and that sense of energy. That quantum physics. We don't really, in Hindu tradition, have a father figure of a God. It's about cosmic energy, a little spark of which is inside every individual as the soul.
About
Chaos
Cosmic
Energy
Every
Father
Father figure
God
Hindu
Individual
Inside
Little
Moved
What I loved about the acting class was that you got to think all day long about a person that wasn't you, and figure out why they were sad and what they wanted, what they dreamed.
About
Acting
Acting class
All day
Class
Day
Dreamed
Got
Long
Loved
Out
Person
Sad
No machines will ever truly fully figure the brain out, because the brain's performance is constantly altered or else constrained by this inanimate, rogue artifact you can't control, namely, speech.
Altered
Because
Brain
Constantly
Constrained
Control
Else
Ever
Fully
Inanimate
Machines
Namely
Out
There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told, and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.
Kinds
Need
Out
People
Themselves
Two
Who
The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.
Admire
Distance
Hope
Inside
Least
Life
Live
Most
Out
Right
Roof
Very
You
I just write stuff down and pile it up, and when I get enough stuff, I spread it out and look at it and figure out how to use it.
Down
Enough
Get
How
Just
Look
Out
Pile
Spread
Stuff
Up
Use
Write
You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story. And often, people who are very self-aware will only sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story.
Often
Only
Out
People
Person
Right
Right person
Sound
Story
Tell
Very
Who
Will
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.
Centuries
Glasses
Looking
Man
Natural
Possessing
Power
Reflecting
Served
Size
Twice
Women
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Doing
Done
Fear
Get
How
Learn
Like
Once
Out
Over
Thing
Third
Three
You explain how it went, and as far as you can figure out how it got that way.
As far as
Explain
Far
Got
How
Out
Way
You
If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.
Artist
Change
Entertaining
He
Images
Important
Important job
Job
Little
Needed
Now
Our
Our world
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Bark
Because
Get
God
Hard
How
Make
Only
Out
Poet
Said
Tree
Seven is the magic figure, because that's a symbolic figure of my favorite deity, Ogun.
Because
Deity
Favorite
Magic
Seven
Symbolic
Jimmy Baldwin was not only a writer, an international literary figure: he was a man, spirit, voice - old and black and terrible as that first ancestor.
Ancestors
Black
First
He
International
Jimmy
Literary
Man
Old
Only
Spirit
Terrible
Voice
Men there have been who have done the essayist's part so well as to have earned an immortality in the doing; but we have had not many of them, and they make but a poor figure on our shelves. It is a pity that things should be thus with us, for a good essayist is the pleasantest companion imaginable.
Been
Companion
Doing
Done
Earned
Good
Had
Imaginable
Immortality
Make
Many
Men
Our
I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.
Brought
Daily
Differently
Each
Fears
How
I think
Other
Out
Own
People
Practical
See
My mother, I suppose, is still a main figure in my life because her life was so sad and unfair, and she so brave, but also because she was determined to make me into the Sunday-school-recitation little girl I was, from the age of seven or so, fighting not to be.
Age
Also
Because
Brave
Determined
Fighting
Girl
Her
Life
Little
Little girl
Main
Make
The landlord of colonial days may not have been the greatest man in town, but he was certainly the best-known, often the most popular, and ever the most picturesque and cheerful figure.
Been
Certainly
Cheerful
Colonial
Days
Ever
Greatest
Greatest man
He
Landlord
Man
May
Most
Even in times when it's difficult to figure out, how do you go forward, art - and books - always help.
Always
Art
Books
Difficult
Even
Forward
Go
Help
How
Out
Times
You
The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend.
Affair
Become
Correction
Dearest
Dearest friend
Faults
Friend
Love
Love affair
Mirror
Practice
Should
Used
True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends - and he accepts it.
Accepts
Become
Boyfriend
Father
Father Figure
Girlfriends
He
His
Man
Maturity
Only
Reached
True
When I was 26, I wrote my first mystery, 'The Thomas Berryman Number', and it was turned down by, I don't know, 31 publishers. Then it won an Edgar for Best First Novel. Go figure.
Best
Down
Edgar
First
Go
Know
Mystery
Novel
Number
Publishers
Then
Thomas
Turned

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