Top 4618 Culture Quotes

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“The university is our culture’s assertion that what is made by the mind has value and can convey values.”

― A. Bartlett Giamatti

“We have not invaded anyone. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it’s Indian or it’s Western.”

― A. R. Rahman

“If you respect a language and culture, it shows in your work.”

― A. R. Rahman

“As technology evolves, it manipulates our culture, and there’s a huge opportunity to push ourselves further. I think it actually makes ourselves maybe more human, or at least human in a different way, that we can connect together in amazingly different ways and powerful new ways.”

― Aaron Koblin

“I think bad politics are incredibly dangerous, so it’s important to make sure that people are communicating well. Culture and morale are super important. It’s best to not force it, but let it happen organically and genuinely.”

― Aaron Levie

“In New Orleans, music is part of the culture. You’re raised with it, from the cradle to the grave, and all in-between.”

― Aaron Neville

“I know it sounds weird, but the food that I eat, it doesn’t make a big difference, and it never has. So, I’ve saved a ton of money not buying a lot of alcohol, not going out to restaurants too much. So, I think it’s part of our culture, and it’s part of a social activity more than anything else.”

― Aaron Patzer

“I wanted to really ingrain myself in the culture and the people. And I apologize about having an allergy to dairy products that gives me some irritable bowels, but other than that, I mean, I’ve embraced just about everything else Wisconsin – especially when it comes to sports, but also the people and the interactions with our fans.”

― Aaron Rodgers

“When I wrote ‘The West Wing,’ the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?”

― Aaron Sorkin

“Indian food has been huge in the UK forever and ever, but that’s because it has a historical rooting. America, I think is really ripe for it. There’s been so much interest in Indian culture.”

― Aarti Sequeira

“The experience of being on a show that is very much in the center of popular culture is exciting. You really feel like you’re reaching people.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“Religion is so much more than the god you pray to. The religion that you associate with, it’s culture, it is family, it is background. That is something that I have always grown up with.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“I worked with Ismail Merchant on ‘The Mystic Masseur,’ I did ‘Sakina’s Restaurant,’ I’ve done plays, I’ve been on Broadway, I’ve done movies, I’ve done TV… but nothing has had the pop culture penetrative impact as ‘The Daily Show’ has. It’s the nature of the beast.”

― Aasif Mandvi

“Film is very much a universal and common voice, and we can’t limit it to one particular culture.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“In order to be universal, you have to be rooted in your own culture.”

― Abbas Kiarostami

“We live in such a celebrity-driven culture, but all those people have to go buy toilet paper, and all those people have products they use and their favorite sweet treats. They all have to write to-do lists, and they’re all reading books – well, hopefully most people are doing those things.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“Well, the most important thing about Islam is that we have to differentiate between two kinds of Islam. The first one is the institution of Islam… second, the culture of Islam.”

― Abdurrahman Wahid

“Indian weddings are elaborate. As a culture, we like to celebrate everything… Our weddings go on for sometimes a week, 10 days.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug ‘Vanity Fair.’ You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.”

― Abigail Spencer

“I love old Hollywood. I love our early film culture.”

― Abigail Spencer

“China was the first time I truly felt like an outsider. I fell in love with the process of trying to become intimate with the culture.”

― Abigail Washburn

“A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.”

― Abraham Joshua Heschel

“I’ve learned that for Indian people, the opportunity for us to succeed is very slim. So acting was a great tool for that. And in the process of learning about my culture, I’ve learned how to connect myself again to my ancestors.”

― Adam Beach

“I go to South Dakota for ceremonies when I have the time. And when you learn what the Indian peoples have gone through to hold onto their culture and traditions… wow, it’s an amazing story.”

― Adam Beach

“I am stoked to go over to Japan and experience that culture.”

― Adam Cole

“At the end of the nineteenth century, a fanatical craze for physical fitness swept through Britain. Millions of men and women took up gymnastics, body building, and other physical exercises. Such a thing had never happened before, and it was given a name – Physical Culture.”

― Adam Curtis

“Holiday binge-buying has deep roots in American culture: department stores have been associating turkey gluttony with its spending equivalent since they began sponsoring Thanksgiving Day parades in the early 20th century.”

― Adam Davidson

“Poverty is not the simple result of bad geography, bad culture, bad history. It’s the result of us: of the ways that people choose to organize their societies.”

― Adam Davidson

“I’m not the first to admit that raising a child in Park Slope, Brooklyn, can bear an embarrassing resemblance to the TV show ‘Portlandia.’ My wife and I try to have some ironic distance from the culture of organic, chemical-free parenting, but we’re often participants.”

― Adam Davidson

“You can’t have a decent food culture without a decent coffee culture: the two things grow up together.”

― Adam Gopnik

“The culture of a workplace – an organization’s values, norms and practices – has a huge impact on our happiness and success.”

― Adam Grant

“When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position, and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture.”

― Adam Grant

“The great thing about a culture of givers is that’s not a delusion – it’s reality.”

― Adam Grant

“The more important argument against grade curves is that they create an atmosphere that’s toxic by pitting students against one another. At best, it creates a hypercompetitive culture, and at worst, it sends students the message that the world is a zero-sum game: Your success means my failure.”

― Adam Grant

“A resilient culture has a certain amount of resistance embedded in it. Not so much to capsize it, but enough so that it doesn’t atrophy.”

― Adam Grant

“Some Christians see the biblical teaching on homosexuality as reflecting the culture and times in which the Bible was written and not reflecting God’s eternal perspective on homosexual people. Others believe these scriptures represent God’s timeless will for how human beings practice intimacy.”

― Adam Hamilton

“Our society is divided by the culture wars into the Left and Right, and the United Methodist Church has always stood historically in the center and has been willing to listen to and to bring together those things that often are found in opposite camps.”

― Adam Hamilton

“I think that being Jewish is in some ways unique because there’s this conflation of race, culture and religion.”

― Adam Mansbach

“Graffiti has an interesting relationship to the broader world of hip-hop: It’s part of the culture, but also in a weird way a stepchild of the culture.”

― Adam Mansbach

“For me, graffiti writers were always the fascinating eccentrics of hip-hop culture. What they do is secretive by definition, and not remunerative in any way.”

― Adam Mansbach

“I don’t want to speak for my movies; you could say my movies are just completely silly and dumb, but in the case of ‘Idiocracy’ and ‘Borat,’ without a doubt there is a really subversive and sophisticated assault on American culture.”

― Adam McKay

“France can never accept that it is no longer a dominating power in the world of culture. This is true both of the French right and the French left. They keep thinking that Americans are primitive cowboys or farmers who do not understand anything.”

― Adam Michnik

“The right people don’t care about a corner office – they care about the culture, if you’re mission-driven, what you’re going to do to make the world a better place.”

― Adam Neumann

“I believe that doing the right thing will not only create the best culture and the best product, but you’ll also make the most money – even if you’re making decisions that lose you money in the short term.”

― Adam Neumann

“Others think their American ways will work in other countries. That’s not always accurate and can be disrespectful to the local culture.”

― Adam Neumann

“In a very real sense, I represent pop culture in an iconic way. It’s been very good to me, so anything I can do to help the fans to tumble along – it’s good.”

― Adam West

“How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.”

― Adam West

“I think the really significant part of it for us, for the western world, is we have a lot to gain from the Tibetans – there are certain lessons that are within Tibetan culture. I mean understandings of compassion and of nonviolence that are things that we really lack in our society.”

― Adam Yauch

“I’m of Nigerian descent, from the Yoruba tribe. Names are very significant in that culture. It basically states your purpose in life.”

― Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

“My formative years were not spent in Hyderabad, so I can only understand Telugu, but I love the culture.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“For us to accomplish our goals, it will be necessary to transform our political culture, to respect plurality, and to build, among ourselves, bridges and more bridges.”

― Adolfo Aguilar Zinser

“Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.”

― Adora Svitak

“I think if you grow up in a culture where the army is out on the street sighting you with rifles, it has to have some kind of psychological impact.”

― Adrian McKinty

“’Luke Cage’ came out in 1972 at the height of the blaxploitation era. It was a literary response to this notion of blaxploitation movies. It was the first time in American culture that Hollywood was embracing black movies.”

― Adrian Younge

“I’m the black dude that loves old black culture. I also love old white culture. I just love history, but I’m the guy that wants to bring things back and push them forward.”

― Adrian Younge

“I grew up around New York, graffiti culture.”

― Adrien Brody

“I did study religion at Northwestern, and it was a very interesting time for me because I think it was the beginning of my personal journey in this understanding of the purpose that religion serves in our culture and in our individual lives. It serves to ground us and be our moral compass.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“The Greeks first identified the Amazons ethnographically, as a nation of men and women distinguished by something outstanding in their gender relations. Later, any ambivalence or anxiety that knowledge of this alternative gender-neutral culture evoked among Greeks was played out in their mythic narratives about martial women.”

― Adrienne Mayor

“How you act, walk, look and talk is all part of Hip Hop culture. And the music is colorless. Hip Hop music is made from Black, brown, yellow, red and white.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“A lot of times, when people say hip-hop, they don’t know what they’re talking about. They just think of the rappers. When you talk about hip-hop, you’re talking about the whole culture and movement. You have to take the whole culture for what it is.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“When you talk about rap you have to understand that rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“House, rap, R&B, disco rock, they are all part of hip-hop culture. Why you ain’t playing Kraftwerk along with Jay-Z? That’s hip-hop.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“I wear anything of culture, from the Earth or beyond. The whole planet is my shop.”

― Afrika Bambaataa

“I have a good connection with people from America that come to my shows. It’s more the American culture. I like the culture, so I want to spend more time there and make more friends and have some fun.”

― Afrojack

“Egypt was the first democracy in the Middle East. Women were unveiled in the 1920s. Egypt is a country of civilization, of culture. It shouldn’t be suffering.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Although the Nasser revolution of 1952 was secular, the culture remained deeply religious – but it was a faith of moderation and tolerance. Women made up nearly half my class at university, and my senior academic adviser there was a woman. In Alexandria, my friends were Christians and Muslims.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“In the 1970s, what I, as a young foreign student studying in the United States, found most dynamic, exciting and impressive about this country is what much of the world continues to value most about the U.S. today: its open intellectual culture, its great universities, its capacity for discovery and innovation.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Widespread state control over art and culture has left no room for freedom of expression in the country. For more than 60 years, anyone with a dissenting opinion has been suppressed. Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity.”

― Ai Weiwei

“China is an old nation with a colourful history. Its booming economy has triggered an appetite and a curiosity around the world for its art and culture, one that continues to grow. I can, however, tell people that it is a show with no actor.”

― Ai Weiwei

“Top creative and innovative talent wants to live in a vibrant, transit-friendly, global city that offers access to not only great jobs but also great food, entertainment and culture.”

― Aileen Lee

“Pop culture hales you and wants you to fail.”

― Aisha Tyler

“Pop culture is great, but it can be bad, at times.”

― Aisha Tyler

“Every culture is very important. Dartmouth has always been dedicated to diversity of culture.”

― Aisha Tyler

“Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp. I had so many different ideas swirling between culture and how to tie things together.”

― Ajay Naidu

“Our organisation and culture is based on professionalism and values. I think my children reflect both.”

― Ajay Piramal

“In any merger, when you have large organisations coming together, there will be challenges in terms of culture.”

― Ajay Piramal

“We have a unique culture.”

― Ajay Piramal

“I used to say, ‘Mad’ takes on both sides.’ We even used to rake the hippies over the coals. They were protesting the Vietnam War, but we took aspects of their culture and had fun with it. ‘Mad’ was wide open.”

― Al Feldstein

“The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.”

― Al Franken

“Science has a culture that is inherently cautious and that is normally not a bad thing. You could even say conservative, because of the peer review process and because the scientific method prizes uncertainty and penalises anyone who goes out on any sort of a limb that is not held in place by abundant and well-documented evidence.”

― Al Gore

“Explain to me what Italian-American culture is. We’ve been here 100 years. Isn’t Italian-American culture American culture? That’s because we’re so diverse, in terms of intermarriage.”

― Al Pacino

“When the culture of police departments is sometimes infused with bias or preconceived ideas against certain groups, there needs to be reform and retraining throughout. And unfortunately, we cannot rely on local departments to police themselves; we need intervention from the top.”

― Al Sharpton

“I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.”

― Al Yankovic

“Pop culture’s gotten much more disposable.”

― Al Yankovic

“I guess my overall life plan is to think about issues that concern me and try to use culture generally to make sense of them. I’m more worried that I’m going to die before I’ve had time.”

― Alain de Botton

“Nurturing an inclusive culture begins in the family. Home is the first place to foster openness and a culture of inclusion.”

― Alain Dehaze

“Diversity requires commitment. Achieving the superior performance diversity can produce needs further action – most notably, a commitment to develop a culture of inclusion. People do not just need to be different, they need to be fully involved and feel their voices are heard.”

― Alain Dehaze

“It is impossible to remain indifferent to Japanese culture. It is a different civilisation where all you have learnt must be forgotten. It is a great intellectual challenge and a gorgeous sensual experience.”

― Alain Ducasse

“I’m in love with the markets of the world. It’s a photograph of a city, a culture.”

― Alain Ducasse

“Marie Curie is my hero. Few people have accomplished something so rare – changing science. And as hard as that is, she had to do it against the tide of the culture at the time – the prejudice against her as a foreigner, because she was born in Poland and worked in France. And the prejudice against her as a woman.”

― Alan Alda

“There is a fetishization of victimization in our culture. And I just am not interested in victimhood.”

― Alan Ball

“We live in a patriarchal culture. It’s okay for women to be objectified but not for men.”

― Alan Ball

“I am so spoiled. I cannot watch a show where it gets interrupted for ads. I have to TiVo it and skip through the ads, because the culture of advertising is so false and phony that I just… ugh, you know?”

― Alan Ball

“Life is infinitely complex, and I feel like we live in a culture that really seems to want to simplify it into sound bites and bromides, and that does not work.”

― Alan Ball

“I think it’s very difficult, and it requires a tremendous amount of spiritual integrity and discipline, to not be a narcissist in a culture that encourages it every step of the way.”

― Alan Ball

“As a culture, we are not comfortable with mortality. We do not accept it the way other cultures do. We cling to youth, and we don’t want to die. It’s like, ‘Well, too bad, we do.’”

― Alan Ball

“It’s hard for me to get interested in stories that ignore death, which is what American marketing culture would like to do: pretend that death doesn’t exist, that you can buy immortality; just buy these products, and you’ll be forever young and happy.”

― Alan Ball

“From sublime affairs of state to the stark and vulgar popular culture of our own contemporary lives, let’s make this descent into the lower registers together and recognize the good, nasty fun of ‘Gone Girl,’ Chicago writer Gillian Flynn’s novel about the mysterious disappearance of a clever and deceptive young Midwestern housewife.”

― Alan Cheuse

“In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics, but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look, we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.”

― Alan Dundes

“Women take great care of themselves in France. It’s a culture dedicated to making women beautiful and to manners.”

― Alan Furst

“The culture of Greece is not the same as the culture of Germany, and to fuse them into a single unit is extremely difficult.”

― Alan Greenspan

“I found a greater identity with my own emotions in the Armenian culture as I grew older, as well as from the beginning, although I didn’t know anything about it.”

― Alan Hovhaness

“When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom.”

― Alan Keyes

“Any musical form that has been around long enough to have cultural resonance beyond just being a cutting edge kind of communication – but, especially, when it begins to reflect on a time and reflect on a culture – is effective in a musical.”

― Alan Menken

“Here’s the thing: If you’re monitoring every single thing that goes on in a given culture, if you have all the information that is there to be had, then that is the equivalent of having none of it. How are you going to process that amount of information?”

― Alan Moore

“Culture is just a shambling zombie that repeats what it did in life; bits of it drop off, and it doesn’t appear to notice.”

― Alan Moore

“One of the things I don’t like about film is its incredible immersive quality. It’s kind of bullying – it’s very big, it’s very flashy, it’s got a lot of weight and it throws it around almost to the detriment of the rest of our culture.”

― Alan Moore

“There’s a widespread cultural barrenness across art and political culture. But there are some pockets of resistance on the extreme margins, like the techno-savvy protest movements, small press, the creator-owned comics, that seem to be getting some signs of hope for the future.”

― Alan Moore

“If you look at that incredible burst of fantastic characters that emerged in the late 19th century/early 20th century, you can see so many of the fears and hopes of those times embedded in those characters. Even in throwaway bits of contemporary culture you can often find some penetrating insights into the real world around us.”

― Alan Moore

“All culture must have arisen from cult.”

― Alan Moore

“I didn’t understand the culture and what Starbucks was really about. It wasn’t a coffee shop. It was really a way of life… we suffer from thinking that since we have it in New York, or it won’t work in New York, that it won’t work some other place. That’s a discipline we keep trying to improve.”

― Alan Patricof

“Geek culture is all about being super passionate about your interests and not afraid to express them, even if your interests are unpopular.”

― Alan Schaaf

“In many ways, products are a reflection of their founders, and I consider myself a geek. But aside from that, Imgur just organically evolved into the epicenter of geek culture.”

― Alan Schaaf

“Among some of the youngsters, I think reality TV has installed that culture into them and inspired a few of them into wanting to be ‘TV celebrities.’”

― Alan Sugar

“There’s too much of a culture that exists out there, what I call an expectancy culture, of things being provided.”

― Alan Sugar

“The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it – aliens.”

― Alan Watts

“For all of her influence on popular culture, and the remarkable performances she left behind, perhaps Farrah Fawcett’s greatest legacy was her raw, intimate, honest portrait of a woman fighting for her life – against cancer.”

― Alana Stewart

“Canada has a passive-aggressive culture, with a lot of sarcasm and righteousness. That went with my weird messianic complex. The ego is a fascinating monster. I was taught from a young age that I had to serve, so that turned into me thinking I had to save the planet.”

― Alanis Morissette

“We live, in North America in general, if I’m given the indulgence of selling us down the river, in a culture of fear of this connective sense of spirit.”

― Alanis Morissette

“There has been a shift to what may be defined as a culture of negativity which goes well beyond coverage of politics.”

― Alastair Campbell

“Almost every collection I do has 200 different references. I don’t have two of the same coat, two of the same dress. I have it in one color, in one fabric. I’ve tried to adapt the culture of couture, and the know-how and the heritage, but I try to update it.”

― Alber Elbaz

“Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.”

― Albert Camus

“Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny.”

― Albert Camus

“Concerning culture as a process, one would say that it means learning a great many things and then forgetting them; and the forgetting is as necessary as the learning.”

― Albert J. Nock

“Diligent as one must be in learning, one must be as diligent in forgetting; otherwise the process is one of pedantry, not culture.”

― Albert J. Nock

“Considered now as a possession, one may define culture as the residuum of a large body of useless knowledge that has been well and truly forgotten.”

― Albert J. Nock

“Learning has always been made much of, but forgetting has always been deprecated; therefore pedantry has pretty well established itself throughout the modern world at the expense of culture.”

― Albert J. Nock

“We seem to live a culture that doesn’t want blemishes. The vision of most beautiful models… airbrushed in order to be seen as perfect, infects our notion of how literature should be written.”

― Alberto Manguel

“It’s typical of Italian culture that we only start to feel emotional about something when we have the possibility to see it in front of us. By February, Italy will have Olympic fever.”

― Alberto Tomba

“I really think that movies are the most popular form of story telling ever and have such a huge impact on culture when they do. So I really want to be a part of those movies that say something good to a lot of people.”

― Alden Ehrenreich

“You can’t just look like one culture and expect to inspire a multitude of people. That doesn’t work over time. Everybody wants somebody to look up to that looks like them so they can truly believe in that reality for themselves.”

― Aldis Hodge

“If men were meant to be a dominant power, men would be on this earth by themselves. So, I don’t understand when women’s rights are challenged – because you’re talking about human rights. You talk about subjugating an entire culture that we heavily depend on for everything we need for survival.”

― Aldis Hodge

“This country is not built on one culture alone. We all make up this industry.”

― Aldis Hodge

“Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.”

― Aldous Huxley

“Now that we’re poisoned with the culture of superheroes, I think it’s important to laugh about it.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I don’t like the ironic tone that our pop culture, in the world, has taken. Everything is ‘ironic.’ Everything is ‘cool.’”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Yes, I am a Mexican, and I have a past and a culture. But what matters is the film itself, not where it was financed or cast.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“It’s different if you’re self-fed by a culture such as the U.S. where it’s so rich, you don’t have to look outside. Everything’s already there. But when you grow up in the desert, you have to be looking all over for inspiration.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Every one of us is a perfect human being, deformed by the family, the society and the culture.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Having arrived in London to seek refuge during the civil war in Sudan, where I was born, the thing I’m most proud of is having totally evolved. I came here not knowing how to speak English, but I went to school and learned; I adapted to this new culture.”

― Alek Wek

“I’ve not been anywhere in Central or South America before. The closest I’ve been is Cancun and Cabo in Mexico. But I think I’d love the culture, the sprit, and the energy of Brazil.”

― Alesha Dixon

“In terms of the culture, you can’t beat Japan. It’s my favourite country. It’s one of those places you never want to leave. I love the people, I love the food, and I love their fashion because they’re not afraid to experiment.”

― Alesha Dixon

“With a brand like Gucci, you have to give something that belongs to beautiful Italian culture in terms of craftsmanship and materials.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I adore the classical pieces of our culture. The Greek and Roman are still inside and everywhere; it’s impossible to disconnect.”

― Alessandro Michele

“My family is from the south of Italy in this little place called Calabria. It’s a big part of my family, the Italian culture. I grew up around it. My parents speak Italian, and I speak Italian.”

― Alessia Cara

“Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians, and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment, have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a significant attitudinal change towards our culture.”

― Alex Campbell

“Every culture loves scatological humour. That’s always a favourite.”

― Alex D. Linz

“Festival culture is all about evolving consciousness and generating a sense of unity, hope, and possibility.”

― Alex Grey

“I put the cult in culture.”

― Alex Grey

“Burning Man is a crowning achievement of freedom in festival culture.”

― Alex Grey

“’Dirtbag’ is just the term we use, like a ‘gnarly dude’ in surfing. Within the climbing culture, it means being a committed lifer: someone who has embraced a minimalist ethic in order to rock climb. It basically means you’re a homeless person by choice.”

― Alex Honnold

“Today it’s not culture; it’s box office.”

― Alex North

“The United States and Turkey are the only two countries that don’t have some kind of subsidy for the Arts. The whole culture in society has made certain films more acceptable. I turned down so many films in the ’60s and ’70s.”

― Alex North

“Most of us don’t think forwarding a racist joke or speaking in an insulting ‘comedic’ accent is appropriate at the workplace. Unfortunately, for those raised in the toxic culture of conservatism, the sort of mentality that leads government employees to do those things is widespread.”

― Alex Pareene

“Conservatives frequently complain of being frozen out of the culture industry, though, like all industries, the culture industry will produce or sell anything it expects to profit from.”

― Alex Pareene

“Vaccine conspiracies, like so much modern cult conspiracy culture, perpetuates itself and lives on indefinitely thanks to the community-building and archiving of the Internet.”

― Alex Pareene

“American pop culture is perpetually in adolescent mode. The notions of what it takes to be a man, as depicted in pop culture, are very superficial, one-dimensional, and adolescent.”

― Alex Tizon

“One of the things I love about wen wu is its encouragement of developing the spiritual and intellectual aspects of the self that are actually more important than the development of the body and the capacity to commit violence – which is how much of Western pop culture defines a man.”

― Alex Tizon

“Like I said about Freaked, people tend to find these films, and I think that in the end the cool thing about a movie is that it can be sort of burnt temporarily, but then it’s burnt into the fabric of your culture.”

― Alex Winter

“The trick of making movies in this culture is how to not give up everything that makes them worthwhile in order to get them made – and that’s a tricky balance.”

― Alex Winter

“People use us for their weddings, their university convocations – you become a part of culture. That’s a big part of people’s lives, and it’s actually a really big honor for us. All their memories around that process are stored in Paperless Post.”

― Alexa Hirschfeld

“Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.”

― Alexander McQueen

“Marketing has supplanted story as the primary force behind the worthiness of making a film, and that’s a very sad thing. It’s film only as a function of consumerism rather than as an important component of our culture, and that’s everywhere around the world.”

― Alexander Payne

“I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat.”

― Alexander Skarsgard

“Retaining culture takes effort and persistence and discipline. It’s a commitment, not a flag. You can’t just pull it out and wave it about when it’s convenient.”

― Alexandra Fuller

“I have heard over and over again that the drilling business is a dangerous business, and death is an expected part of the game, but I’ve also heard of the way that safety violations, human and environmental laws, and a concern for the local culture are flaunted in pursuit of money.”

― Alexandra Fuller

“As a culture, we really like our food passive.”

― Alexandra Kleeman

“We have a political culture of intimidation, of favoring, of patronage, and of fear, and that is no way for a community to be governed.”

― Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“People were expecting Rouge to go bankrupt, so there was a lot of anxiety. The corporate culture problem was even worse than in Russia. And at the same time, the work rules were more difficult.”

― Alexei Mordashov

“We are fighting corruption and all illegal activities and building a culture of transparency and ethical governance.”

― Ali Bongo Ondimba

“Although, at times, soccer is a challenge to mind, body, and spirit, fundamentally, the progression of the U.S. women’s game and those who play it reflects a distinctively American culture, rooted in our struggle, shared aspiration, hard work and self-determination.”

― Ali Krieger

“Doctors and scientists, being part of that two-sex culture, have done everything they can to try to force people who are in-between into one of the two clear types. Intersex people themselves have also generally wanted to fit into one of the two clear categories; most are not interested in being in a ‘third’ type.”

― Alice Dreger

“I love to hang out with boys – I’ve got brothers – but I’m a girl’s girl, in all the ways you can be girlie. Nails and chats and gossip magazines and reality TV and pop culture.”

― Alice Eve

“American culture is very good at interpersonal relationships and people skills, whereas we’re incredibly adept at academics and straightforward 19th-century Victorian education.”

― Alice Eve

“China’s a big tea culture.”

― Alice Eve

“I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than I do by other writers’ works in a way. Or by popular culture, movies – what else is there to write about than love and loss?”

― Alice Hoffman

“Even when writing your own poems, you need to talk to people; you need to magpie around, getting words and things. I’m very against the celebrity culture that wants to say: ‘this is a genius, this is one person who has done something brilliant.’ There are always a hundred people in the background who have helped to make it.”

― Alice Oswald

“I’ve always felt, with ‘The Iliad,’ a real frustration that it’s read wrong. That it’s turned into this public school poem, which I don’t think it is. That glamorising of war, and white-limbed, flowing-haired Greek heroes – it’s become a cliched, British empire part of our culture.”

― Alice Oswald

“Any kind of grieving that is not allowed causes a break. In our culture, grieving in public is not encouraged, but in other cultures, it is done publicly. Some cultures have walls where people can cry. We don’t have that. We have theatre where there’s always the chance for you to face things within yourself.”

― Alice Ripley

“I love the natural world – it comes from my culture, which grew out of a people enslaved.”

― Alice Walker

“I just like to have words that describe things correctly. Now to me, ‘black feminist’ does not do that. I need a word that is organic, that really comes out of the culture, that really expresses the spirit that we see in black women. And it’s just… womanish.”

― Alice Walker

“My parents taught me service – not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family.”

― Alice Walker

“I feel it is an obligation to help people understand the relation of food to agriculture and the relationship of food to culture.”

― Alice Waters

“We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.”

― Alice Waters

“We eat every day, and if we do it in a way that doesn’t recognize value, it’s contributing to the destruction of our culture and of agriculture. But if it’s done with a focus and care, it can be a wonderful thing. It changes the quality of your life.”

― Alice Waters

“I think America’s food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it’s very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.”

― Alice Waters

“Food culture is like listening to the Beatles – it’s international, it’s very positive, it’s inventive and creative.”

― Alice Waters

“There is hope for humanity, but in order for us to get there, we really have to interrogate not just what it takes to change laws, but what it takes to change culture that supports laws that uplift humanity and also supports laws that serve to denigrate it.”

― Alicia Garza

“If you’re quiet, knowing that there’s a culture of racism inside most police departments, and you’re not saying anything, you are on the wrong side of history.”

― Alicia Garza

“Both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile had guns on them, which is part of their Second Amendment right. It is a part of a culture that is largely protected by special-interest groups like the N.R.A., but the right to bear arms, it seems, only exists for white people.”

― Alicia Garza

“A man is a man in every part of the world. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the culture and education that each man has received since he was a child, in his home. It has to do with how he was raised.”

― Alicia Machado

“I guess, like most foreigners, when you’re away, you see your own culture being even more strange. But where I come from and my roots mean a lot. I miss my family and my friends. Something I’ve realized as I’ve been traveling is that it’s more about the actual people than the actual place.”

― Alicia Vikander

“In most places and times in human history, babies have had not just one person but lots of people around who were really paying attention to them around, dedicated to them, cared to them, were related to them. I think the big shift in our culture is the isolation in which many children are growing up.”

― Alison Gopnik

“Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.”

― Alison Gopnik

“Because Bin Laden’s culture doesn’t permit the worship of images, they understand how powerful images are. We wouldn’t have thought of creating a visual bomb. In a way, he’s chopped down two iconic buildings, and used our very truth imagery, to express himself. It’s fascinating… I mean, dreadful.”

― Alison Jackson

“The Southern California arena rock, hair metal, laidback hippie garden culture – for many growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, none of it made us who we were like Lou Reed did.”

― Alissa Quart

“I think cool originates with the jazz culture in the ’40s. There was probably cool before that, but that’s when people started talking about cool – Miles Davis and Charlie Parker and a bunch of other early, cool jazz folk.”

― Alissa Quart

“’The Practical Heart’ was published one week before the World Trade towers collapsed. Book reviewing and all else in our culture stopped dead-still for half a year. I went on the book tour anyway. But I felt like the apostle Paul going unto the catacombs where scared believers hid and prayed.”

― Allan Gurganus

“Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.”

― Allen Ginsberg

“At times, I might have been too young; I might have been too naive at times and didn’t understand who I really was to a whole culture.”

― Allen Iverson

“Movies can tell us about our place, or lack of place, in our culture.”

― Allison Anders

“I worked for three years in a small IT firm in Chicago. I managed our client base, so I translated into human speak for our technicians. But our company was sold, and the atmosphere and the culture really changed, so I quit without having anything else lined up.”

― Allison Tolman

“We’re just a big media family. My mom is always sending us articles throughout the day. My husband now works at Facebook… so it’s just a very high-paced media culture, our texts. It’s links and photos, and all hours of the day, because my dad, my brother, and I are night owls, and my mom and my husband wake up early.”

― Allison Williams

“People in the Middle East may consider the U.S. an evil hegemony that has tainted their culture, but when I look at the growth of racial and ethnic tolerance and understanding in my generation in the U.S., and see those sentiments make it around the world, it makes me feel proud.”

― Aloe Blacc

“I have always regarded global development as a struggle between the forces of good and evil. Not to be simplified as a struggle between Jesus and Satan, since I do not consider that the process is restricted to our own sphere of culture.”

― Alva Myrdal

“Architecture belongs to culture, not to civilization.”

― Alvar Aalto

“Even the smallest daily chore can be humanized with the harmony of culture.”

― Alvar Aalto

“Its roots are in American Negro culture, which is part of the whole country’s heritage, but the dance speaks to everyone… Otherwise, it wouldn’t work.”

― Alvin Ailey

“I wanted to explore black culture, and I wanted that culture to be a revelation.”

― Alvin Ailey

“The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets.”

― Alvin Toffler

“Teen fandom is so potent. Any choice they make in pop culture forces the rest of the world to take notice.”

― Alycia Debnam-Carey

“With any sort of minority, issues of ostracization or misrepresentation are clearly rampant. It’s just so deeply rooted in our culture, and there are so many levels that it trickles down from.”

― Alycia Debnam-Carey

“Aaron Spelling always had his finger on the pulse of pop culture, he knew what the public wanted to see. He was one of the most loyal men in this business and believed in me at a time in my career when no one else would.”

― Alyssa Milano

“Viking women, if they were left behind, were ruling their town. They were earls in their own right; they owned land in their own right. They could divorce their husbands if they wanted to. All of those wonderful allowances that were made for women in the Viking culture weren’t really part of the Christian culture at the time.”

― Alyssa Sutherland

“As women, we may not be a minority, but there is a bond that we all share. It is not a bond of geography. Or religion. Or culture. It is a bond of shared experience – experiences that only women go through and struggles that only women face.”

― Amal Clooney

“Art has often been and continues to be considered transcendent. I see this as misguided and, in fact, a way of subverting the powerful voice art can be in global discussions about politics, economics, society, culture, religion and international relations.”

― Aman Mojadidi

“Contemporary culture is like the weather – we have to be open to it. I don’t like the way it is dismissed or closed down.”

― Amanda Harlech

“’Smart, Funny and Black’ is about celebrating, critiquing and learning about black culture, black history, and the black experience.”

― Amanda Seales

“’Smart Funny and Black’ is basically a live black pop culture game show that I created. We have a live band. We have two contestants that we call ‘blacksperts.’ They come on stage and compete in games that I’ve created that test their knowledge of black culture, black history, and the black experience.”

― Amanda Seales

“I hope people online understand that the celebrity culture we’ve created is not really real. So when they’re speaking to and about me, I’m a person, so I’m going to make mistakes. It’s inevitable because I’m human.”

― Amandla Stenberg

“I’m not a religious person; I’m more of a spiritual person, so I follow the rules of the Bible that coordinate with and connect with the Hebrew culture.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“If you research history, I think we are all Jewish. It’s the original culture.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“I was on an army show, and in the army – especially in Korean culture – there’s a very, very strict hierarchy. Obviously, you would not talk informally or disrespectfully to your commanding officer. But me, in my limited Korean, I basically told my commanding officer, ‘Thou shalt forget!’ The Korean public thought it was really funny.”

― Amber Liu

“Only a well-rounded intellect, a spirit nourished in the eternal sources of intelligence and culture, of justice and wisdom, is a safeguard against both indifference and skepticism.”

― Ameen Rihani

“Am I Latin? Am I American? What the hell am I? I love my culture and I’m very proud of my culture.”

― America Ferrera

“It would be impossible to be a woman in Western culture and not have your own issues about your image and what you look like.”

― America Ferrera

“I struggled with being a Latino growing up in Los Angeles. I felt very American. I still do. I went to 35 bar mitzvahs before I went to a single quinceanera. I could talk all day about my culture and what it means to me.”

― America Ferrera

“My own thinking has evolved. You find Africanisms in American speech. You find an African influence on United States culture. There are all kinds of Africanisms in America, as you would expect, if you really thought about it… That whole thing is much broader; the influence is much broader than I first understood.”

― Amiri Baraka

“Myths are part of our DNA. We’re a civilisation with a continuous culture. The effort to modernize it keeps it alive. Readers connect with it.”

― Amish Tripathi

“Even though many Indians can read or speak English, for most, it is not their first language. At the office, we speak in English, but we consume our culture in our own language.”

― Amish Tripathi

“BJP doesn’t practice the culture of stopping schemes of previous governments.”

― Amit Shah

“Foreigners have no idea of the diversity of India and its culture. We hope to be able to give them a glimpse of that diversity.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“Culture survives in smaller spaces – not in the history books that erect monuments to the nation’s grand history but in cafes and cinema houses, village squares, and half-forgotten libraries.”

― Amitava Kumar

“Our public culture is one in which only the young and the beautiful will succeed. If you’re forty, you’re finished.”

― Amitava Kumar

“It goes without saying that before its culture and literature can continue to evolve, Latvia first must endure the political comedy of creating a stable, functioning and unthreatened democracy.”

― Amity Gaige

“The result of the collaborative culture is that corporations or government institutions focus intensely on internal culture and pour their energy into achieving minuscule policy changes relating to workplace efficiency, gender or race.”

― Amity Shlaes

“In Chinese culture, it wouldn’t occur to kids to question or talk back to their parents. In American culture, kids in books, TV shows and movies constantly score points with their snappy back talk. Typically, it’s the parents who need to be taught a life lesson – by their children.”

― Amy Chua

“There is an element in some of my work that has to do with being an outsider, feeling like not part of the dominant culture.”

― Amy Gerstler

“I think our culture encourages all of us to always put our best foot forward. I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s nice to rise to the occasion, to be kind and considerate, and have self control.”

― Amy Grant

“Teens are the target demographic for everything in pop culture.”

― Amy Heckerling

“Compared to other forms of drama, performance art is often thought of as inaccessible and overly artsy. I prefer to think of it as storytelling, something that has been with us through the ages and a part of every culture.”

― Amy Hill

“As the leadership team, we’re taking bold and decisive action to evolve our organization and culture. This includes difficult steps, but they are necessary to position Microsoft for future growth and industry leadership.”

― Amy Hood

“When I was prosecutor we had truancy and curfew issues and we made a refrigerator magnet, and that was hot with parents. They loved putting it up on the wall and saying, you know, if you don’t follow these rules, you could get prosecuted. Whether or not it actually happens, it changes a culture, and that’s part of what we’re trying to do here.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“I am an American, steeped in American values. But I know on an emotional level what it means to be of the Chinese culture.”

― Amy Tan

“I went to an exhibition at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called ‘The Ten Beauties of Shanghai’.”

― Amy Tan

“At the beginning of my career as a writer, I felt I knew nothing of Chinese culture. I was writing about emotional confusion with my mother related to our different beliefs. Hers was based in family history, which I didn’t know anything about. I always felt hesitant in talking about Chinese culture and American culture.”

― Amy Tan

“Placing on writers the responsibility to represent a culture is an onerous burden.”

― Amy Tan

“I read academic books on courtesan culture at the turn-of-the century in Shanghai such as Gail Hershatter’s ‘The Gender of Memory’. The diaries were mostly in the form of letters from courtesans to a lover who had disappeared or taken their savings.”

― Amy Tan

“I remember learning new words, trying to figure out what common things like cider, finding myself upset that my parents couldn’t help me understand this new culture, that it was up to me to interpret for them as well as myself.”

― An Na

“I think New York is a really wonderful place to raise a child. There’s so much available, and so much diversity and culture, lots of things to see and do. My whole family is here.”

― Ana Ortiz

“I think of digital as a means to an end: How do I service and get more loyal customers, how do I achieve operational excellence, and how do I change my culture?”

― Ana Patricia Botin

“We need to change how we run banks. We need to change the culture. If we get it right, we can have a huge impact.”

― Ana Patricia Botin

“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”

― Anais Nin

“I think Tesla doesn’t sound like it has a very collaborative culture.”

― Anand Mahindra

“I think a CEO lives or dies in whether he’s been able to hold on to elements of culture that are needed in the company.”

― Anand Mahindra

“Influences at home, including classical music, were not all specifically jazz, but the family radio was always on… So there was always some connection to American culture, to American music.”

― Anat Cohen

“The whole celebrity culture thing – I’m fascinated by, and repelled by, and yet I end up knowing about it.”

― Anderson Cooper

“I’m very obsessed with pop culture of the mid-century and it goes hand-in-hand with the music that I studied in school.”

― Andra Day

“What’s that show? ‘TMZ’? They stand there and say, ‘I’ve got this on this person.’ The focus on celebrities can be detrimental because people could be thinking of other things, but it’s a part of the culture and it’s what sells.”

― Andre Leon Talley

“It’s always great to have things from France at a wedding. It’s symbolic of style, of culture, of taste.”

― Andre Leon Talley

“Everybody gets too drunk sometimes; and even if everybody didn’t, I have gotten too drunk sometimes. I haven’t hurt anybody. In Ireland we drink a lot. It’s part of our culture. I like drinking. I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”

― Andrea Corr

“We in the so called ‘Western civilisations’ have so much to learn from other cultures, and they would stand to gain so much by learning from ours. We don’t have all the answers – far from it… but nor do any other culture or religion.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“When I was 11, I went to Puerto Rico for a month to stay with my grandmother. To see the way people lived there and experience my own culture was wonderful.”

― Andrea Navedo

“To demand that people find their assigned narrow corridors of culture or ethnicity or gender, expecting people to forevermore stay in that lane, is to limit our human potential. It’s oppressive.”

― Andreja Pejic

“Australia was a very different world and culture from the one I left in Europe. Life was much more spread out. People drove everywhere. They built higher fences. Neighbours didn’t interact so much.”

― Andreja Pejic

“The first time I came to New York – and the first time I saw the movie ‘Paris Is Burning’ – I learned about the homeless LGBT culture in New York City that goes back to the ’80s. I found that very interesting, and it’s definitely something that I care about.”

― Andreja Pejic

“Mexico and the U.S. are bound not only because of the common border, but by a shared culture and history.”

― Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

“In Australian culture, people are just more laid back, people aren’t as serious, they just take their time with things. It’s just like, whatever, if I don’t get it done I don’t get it done.”

― Andrew Bogut

“Just because I am paying attention to politics and culture doesn’t mean that I should be talking about the health-care bill, talking about the minutiae.”

― Andrew Breitbart

“If there is a person behaving more destructively in popular culture than Mario Lavandeira, I cannot think of one. He has used cruelty as a crass mechanism to build up his own celebrity and has utilized political correctness to protect himself while using it as a weapon to dehumanize those he doesn’t agree with.”

― Andrew Breitbart

“I don’t see why, if you look at how the Australian culture and psyche is, that we can’t be amongst the most generous, from the grassroots up, nations in the world.”

― Andrew Forrest

“I have no interest in being known as a celebrity; ‘celebrity’ is a pretty disgusting word. It’s part of the brainwashing of the culture, part of the false idolatry of those that are only human, and I don’t want to participate in that.”

― Andrew Garfield

“I sincerely want to help create beauty in the world and move a culture of separateness back towards community. I really, really do, and I think art is a powerful way of doing that.”

― Andrew Garfield

“Since I was , I’ve had that feeling of, ‘Am I enough? Am I worthy? Am I supposed to be here?’ And my culture and society is telling me that I’m actually not in a lot of ways – unless I have this amount of money, or I’m in this kind of car and I have this kind of job, or I’m famous, or whatever.”

― Andrew Garfield

“You’re a Catholic in Italy when you’re born, it’s unthinkable to stop being Catholic. You just take the rules a lot more seriously, because it pervades your culture.”

― Andrew Greeley

“I don’t think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living.”

― Andrew Lang

“The culture is about moving to a place where tobacco and smoking isn’t part of normal life: people don’t encounter it normally, they don’t see it in their big supermarkets, they don’t see people smoking in public places, they don’t see tobacco vending machines.”

― Andrew Lansley

“In the first speech I delivered as health secretary, I made one thing perfectly clear: we need a cultural shift in the NHS: from a culture responsive mainly to orders from the top down to one responsive to patients, in which patient safety is put first.”

― Andrew Lansley

“There’s a culture inside the NHS that is highly paternalistic. You know, ‘We give them the service and they are grateful.’ We have to move to shared decision-making.”

― Andrew Lansley

“In western culture, we have ignored death. We’re running the other way – everything is about life and youth. So, there’s something resonant about walking around with our own death masks. Zombies are the visible embodiment of death staring at us with our own faces.”

― Andrew Lincoln

“Biggest lesson I learned my first year in the NFL is no one gives a crap about what you did last week. This league is about what have you done for me now. That’s the NFL. It’s also our culture. So you keep working hard because that’s the biggest truth about football.”

― Andrew Luck

“Groupon as a company – it’s built into the business model – is about surprise. A new deal that surprises you every day. We’ve carried that over to our brand, in the writing and the marketing that we do, and in the internal corporate culture.”

― Andrew Mason

“Once you have something so deeply infused in your culture and your brand, it would be very difficult to reverse that inertia if you wanted to.”

― Andrew Mason

“While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of ‘difficult’ poetry are over, because we live in a pluralist culture and there’s room for ‘difficult’ poetry alongside rap and everything else. And poetry won’t be for everyone, but everyone should have the choice.”

― Andrew Motion

“High culture isn’t what it used to be.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“Every literary culture has among its first bearings the ‘blether’ of animals who seek to make sense of human existence.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“I don’t believe in the meteoric culture of anxiety, generally. Obviously, some people have it, some people are crippled by it, but most of the novelists I’ve ever known are in love with influence. They thrive on it.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“Bringing back something akin to Glass-Steagall would clearly help limit risk in the system. And that’s a very good and worthy goal. Letting banks sell securities and insurance products and services allowed them to grow too big too fast and fueled a culture that put profit and pay over prudence.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“In truth, Wall Street is in for a radical makeover. Fewer people, lower margins, lower risk, lower compensation – and ultimately, fewer talented people. It is likely to change the culture of an industry that for nearly a century has been the money center of the world.”

― Andrew Ross Sorkin

“What gay culture is before it is anything else, before it is a culture of desire or a culture of subversion or a culture of pain, is a culture of friendship.”

― Andrew Sullivan

“Crime takes the pulse of a culture. It tells us the truth about us as a species.”

― Andrew Vachss

“In European countries and some Asian countries I’ve been to, there’s a lot less hesitation and skepticism when it comes to enjoying culture. People are encouraged to be fans and be passionate about what they like.”

― Andrew W.K.

“Gardening is not trivial. If you believe that it is, closely examine why you feel that way. You may discover that this attitude has been forced upon you by mass media and the crass culture it creates and maintains. The fact is, gardening is just the opposite – it is, or should be, a central, basic expression of human life.”

― Andrew Weil

“Clearly, America’s dysfunctional food culture must bear some of the blame for our excess pounds, but it’s likely our walking-averse lifestyles contribute as well.”

― Andrew Weil

“There’s a great deal of scientific evidence that social connectedness is a very strong protector of emotional well-being, and I think there’s no question that social isolation has greatly increased in our culture in, say, the past 50 years, past 100 years.”

― Andrew Weil

“At Manhattan GMAT, I had done my best to create a positive work environment and culture, and I further believed in rewarding people financially at or above the market rate for a job well done.”

― Andrew Yang

“Technology companies tend to operate in winner-take-all spaces and thus adopt a very high-commitment culture.”

― Andrew Yang

“I’m obsessed with Chinese food and culture. It’s food that I adore above all others.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“I’m into exploring the fringes of a culture.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“Surrounded by a sweltering state known for its staunch conservatism, Austin is an oasis. It’s home to the University of Texas, which continuously fosters a well-educated youth culture who have been funneling their collective creative energy into building a vibrant music, film, and technology scene for decades.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“We will, as Americans, inhale another culture on a fork before we try their music or their art or even, God forbid, hang out with the actual people.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“I know that Boston is one of the great centers of intellectual culture as well as sport. It’s one of the centers of America, with a great orchestra, great sports, great hospitals, and great universities.”

― Andris Nelsons

“We expected that people were just waiting for the collapse of the Soviet Union, or at least for its retreat, and they were going to be full of initiative in all areas of life – in culture, in economy and in politics.”

― Andrzej Wajda

“I wanted to tell a dream-come-true story about going from a closeted gay kid who loved pop culture to an out adult man making pop culture. I went from being told when I was 21 that I should never go on TV because of my crossed eyes to winding up being a ‘Housewives’ whisperer and talk-show host.”

― Andy Cohen

“Culture is an output of a bunch of inputs that have to come together the right way. Specifically, it is the collision of people and their context, how they interact with each other in that context, and then how that context evolves based on those interactions as they multiply.”

― Andy Dunn

“The youngest boy in an Indian family has a good life. Growing up in a matriarchal family where my Indian mom’s culture was dominant, I experienced this first hand.”

― Andy Dunn

“Marc Lore has been a mentor of mine for a long time. He taught me how to hire people and how to do the hardest thing in business, which is to make a great culture. I believe Marc is the most innovative and ambitious e-commerce entrepreneur on the planet.”

― Andy Dunn

“No one gave me a recipe for how to create company culture. I wish I had had one.”

― Andy Dunn

“Most of the time, when you need something at a company, you make it. If you want to sell a product, you create it. If you need a head of marketing, you hire one. If you want to create a great company culture, what do you do? The lack of a clear answer on this is why I believe most companies don’t have a great culture.”

― Andy Dunn

“I got into journalism, actually, when I started my graduate program at Portland State and ended up becoming the multimedia editor of the student paper and covered very uninteresting stories on campus: this culture event, dance night.”

― Andy Ngo

“Because of the mainstreaming of academia’s victimhood culture, we are now in a place where we place more value on being a victim than on being heroic, charitable, or even kind.”

― Andy Ngo

“Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre.”

― Andy Serkis

“I’d like to think that we strive in film and theatre to tell great stories, and I believe in the power of storytelling in our culture.”

― Andy Serkis

“I started to invest in very-early-stage companies where, even though I wasn’t the founder, I could help shape the early strategy and culture.”

― Aneel Bhusri

“The woman’s perspective is like the dark side of the moon: it always exists, but it is never exposed, at least not in my culture.”

― Ang Lee

“I have two sons in America, and all they care about in Chinese culture is Jackie Chan and Jet Li.”

― Ang Lee

“My culture doesn’t regard acting highly.”

― Ang Lee

“These days I’m mostly familiar with two parts of L.A.: one is movie culture, and the other is Asian culture. The Westside is work, and the Eastside is Chinese – which means my friends.”

― Ang Lee

“In my culture, there’s a tradition that when you’re in an overwhelming situation and you don’t know what to do, you put yourself in a woman’s shoes.”

― Ang Lee

“I think it’s one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.”

― Angela Carter

“Controversial disputes are a part of democratic culture.”

― Angela Merkel

“If our culture is so often readily and easily appropriated, imagine what happens when we embrace our full blackness and know that our contributions are just as important to the shaping of the country and, more broadly, the world.”

― Angela Rye

“Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work. It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses.”

― Angela Rye

“I really miss Melbourne food; Melbourne is very snobbish about their caffe culture, and I feel like I’ve become a snob, too.”

― Angourie Rice

“All of youth culture is packaged and sold back to us at this furious rate these days. I think it’s part and parcel to this corporate encroachment on our lives in general.”

― Ani DiFranco

“Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but by their own choice, Puerto Rico is not a state. The relationship has worked well for Puerto Rico – which has strengthened its culture, language and economy – and for the United States, which has helped create in Puerto Rico a showcase of democracy and prosperity for all of Latin America.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“Nobody can doubt Puerto Rico, sociologically, linguistically, culturally, and historically, is a nation. We have our own rich culture, thousand years of history, unique territory, and almost everyone’s first language is Spanish, not English.”

― Anibal Acevedo Vila

“There’s a toxicity within gaming culture, and also in tech culture, that drives this misogynist hatred, this reactionary backlash against women who have anything to say, especially those who have critiques or who are feminists.”

― Anita Sarkeesian

“The power of pop culture stories should not be underestimated, and there is an enormous potential for inspirational stories that can have a positive, transformative effect on our lives.”

― Anita Sarkeesian

“My own contentious relationship with gaming continued through high school and college: I still enjoyed playing games from time to time, but I always found myself pushed away by the sexism that permeated gaming culture. There were constant reminders that I didn’t really belong.”

― Anita Sarkeesian

“The notion that gaming was not for women rippled out into society, until we heard it not just from the games industry, but from our families, teachers and friends. As a consequence, I, like many women, had a complicated, love-hate relationship with gaming culture.”

― Anita Sarkeesian

“I think music is a great way of helping people to get to know a country’s culture.”

― Anitta

“I feel so honored that I’m bringing part of the culture of my country to other countries, you know, like the funk music.”

― Anitta

“I could name a few songs and say exactly what summer they came out and what boy I thought I was in love with when I was fourteen years old, but I think that music used to be really more a part of the culture when people went out dancing in a different way than they do now.”

― Ann Beattie

“The culture of philanthropy is alive and very well in Africa. International aid strengthens and extends it, but in the communities where I have spent time, it is all-pervasive.”

― Ann Cotton

“I feel more European than Belgian. However I do think that my Flemish roots have an impact on my character and culture.”

― Ann Demeulemeester

“I’ve been thinking about the distorted view of science that prevails in our culture. I’ve been wondering about this, because our civilization is completely dependent on science and high technology, yet most of us are alienated from science.”

― Ann Druyan

“I think a lot of times our culture has an attitude toward art and the production of art that separates artists from the rest of us, like making art or music or painting or whatever is some magical thing that you have to be inspired to do, and special people do it.”

― Ann Leckie

“There are a lot of Chinese comics, but the Chinese comics tend to be more historical and conservative. Japanese culture, just the comics are amazing. They’re like films: very few words; they move so much in these books with hundreds of pages.”

― Ann Nocenti

“To live your life well, and have respect for what came before or after – there’s a strong respect for that in African culture.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

“I think a lot of L.A. is something like USC – this incredible white culture living in the midst of color, and no obvious reaction to it at all. I mean, they have guards at the gate at USC – guards at the gate of a major university! And the guards chase young black boys away – I’ve seen it, chasing 8-year-old boys.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

“The future is built on brains, not prom court, as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you’d never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools.”

― Anna Quindlen

“I’m always looking for a cover subject that reflects the magazine, an interest in fashion, in culture, in society. We’re trying to bring the world into the pages of ‘Vogue.’ We do that by tapping into the zeitgeists with our cover subjects.”

― Anna Wintour

“Part of the pleasure of editing ‘Vogue,’ one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it.”

― Anna Wintour

“’Vogue’ has a history of picking up on various TV shows that reflect a moment in popular culture, whether it’s putting Lena Dunham on the cover or Sarah Jessica Parker.”

― Anna Wintour

“RSS, as a format and an idea, grew directly out of an internet culture that many people online today know nothing about: Usenet.”

― Annalee Newitz

“In the 1920s and 30s, when Radio Shack was young, a much earlier generation of nerds swarmed into these tiny shops to talk excitedly about building radios and other transmission devices. You might say that Radio Shack helped define gadget culture for four generations, from radio whizzes up to smartphone dorks.”

― Annalee Newitz

“I’ll be, like, grocery shopping or doing something totally mundane, and once a day, you’ll hear a Cyndi Lauper song on the radio. It is astounding what an icon she is, not just in popular music but in popular culture.”

― Annaleigh Ashford

“I love the simplicity, the ingredients, the culture, the history and the seasonality of Italian cuisine. In Italy people do not travel. They cook the way grandma did, using fresh ingredients and what is available in season.”

― Anne Burrell

“No one is more sentimentalized in America than mothers on Mother’s Day, but no one is more often blamed for the culture’s bad people and behavior.”

― Anne Lamott

“I got a lot of things that society had promised would make me whole and fulfilled – all the things that the culture tells you from preschool on will quiet the throbbing anxiety inside you – stature, the respect of colleagues, maybe even a kind of low-grade fame.”

― Anne Lamott

“I think that there are some teachers that do a very good job of incorporating culture and history. And there are some teachers who could use a little more help in that area.”

― Anne Sullivan

“Our culture has valued closed systems and tries to generate them in all walks of life. Women are better at and more comfortable with open systems, which occur naturally in nature.”

― Anne Wilson Schaef

“According to Inuit culture in Greenland, a person possesses six or seven souls. The souls take the form of tiny people scattered throughout the body.”

― Annie Dillard

“Psychopaths are actually, really, really, really rare in our culture, are people who don’t… Or in society, in the world. They’re people who don’t feel guilt. They’re people who don’t feel fear. I think that most of us feel those things. There’s a kind of… They’re almost like superheroes. Not to glorify them, but you know what I mean?”

― Annie Parisse

“When I first joined the army, I felt I had to be part of the alpha male culture. But I didn’t.”

― Ant Middleton

“Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ video featuring Beyonce is already caught in a heated conversation about cultural appreciation of Indian religion and culture versus cultural appropriation of that culture for the western gaze.”

― Anthea Butler

“Trump, despite his divorces and ‘worldly lifestyle’, appeals to evangelicals because he is wealthy, powerful, and pays them lip service. They support him because they are tired of losing the culture wars and are addicted to the perks of power.”

― Anthea Butler

“The Charleston shooting is a result of an ingrained culture of racism and a history of terrorism in America. It should be covered as such.”

― Anthea Butler

“Nobody in Singapore drinks Singapore Slings. It’s one of the first things you find out there. What you do in Singapore is eat. It’s a really food-crazy culture, where all of this great food is available in a kind of hawker-stand environment.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“Is there a sharper commentary on American culture and the world than The Simpsons?”

― Anthony Bourdain

“One of the things is challenging yourself to do a Rome show when everybody’s done a Rome show. To find some aspect of food culture or chef culture that people can look at in a new way.”

― Anthony Bourdain

“The prominence given to our nation as a rainbow country has its genesis and credence in our ‘Calaloo culture’ of which our East Indian brothers and sisters have played a principal part.”

― Anthony Carmona

“We live in a culture that venerates scores. We affix numbers to how much fat is in our mochachinos, how quickly our telephones suck information from the air, how much pain we’re in. Reading, too, has become a skill to quantifiably assess.”

― Anthony Doerr

“Short stories are not maybe the biggest deal in our culture anymore.”

― Anthony Doerr

“It was just an honor for me to be doing the role of Miguel because I identify with him. I grew up watching Disney movies, and ‘Coco’ shows a wonderful tradition, culture, and celebration that not many movies have shown.”

― Anthony Gonzalez

“I was raised well. My parents are from Nigeria; their culture is respectful. Very respectful. But I learnt that you have to be determined. It’s not violence or aggression. It’s sheer determination.”

― Anthony Joshua

“When I was younger, I used to hate Germany. I hated the country, the people, the language, the culture, everything! But over the years I’ve grown to really appreciate the German people.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“There are values of humanity, culture, beauty, community that may require deviations from the cold logic of market theory.”

― Anthony Lewis

“Ever since studying in Russia as a college student, I had been in a long-distance, one-sided love affair with Chechnya’s remarkable history, culture and rugged natural beauty.”

― Anthony Marra

“Bill Watterson argued with his medium even as he eclipsed it. He was all too aware that no artistic expression better exemplifies our disposable consumer culture than the daily newspaper comic strip: today’s masterpiece is tomorrow’s birdcage lining.”

― Anthony Marra

“I think it’s even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses.”

― Anthony Michael Hall

“In our culture I think most people think of grief as sadness, and that’s certainly part of it, a large part of it, but there’s also this thorniness, these edges that come out.”

― Anthony Rapp

“It’s not worth it, it’s not about money, especially when you’re dealing with a culture. It should be about elevating the idea of what we are and who we are as people in the cinema, and that kind of stuff keeps dragging us back down.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“In our culture, I think that there is no markers anymore. Young men don’t really have something that says you’re a grown up now, until you have a baby.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“Maybe silence is something we’re uncomfortable with as a culture, I don’t know.”

― Anton Yelchin

“After the passing of my personal hero, Anthony Bourdain, I’ve been reflecting a lot on his influence on food culture. He made street food from around the world, that most of us have never heard of, accessible.”

― Antoni Porowski

“Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones.”

― Antonin Artaud

“Don’t tire yourself more than need be, even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones.”

― Antonin Artaud

“I’m nervous about our civic culture. I’m not sure the Internet is largely the cause of it. It’s certainly the cause of careless writing. People who get used to blurbing things on the Internet are never going to be good writers.”

― Antonin Scalia

“Of necessity, the autobiographical self is not just about one individual but about all the others that an individual interacts with. Of necessity, it incorporates the culture in which the interactions took place.”

― Antonio Damasio

“Global coherence demands a permanent strategic cooperation culture at all levels.”

― Antonio Guterres

“I must say I have a personal love affair with India, with its civilisation, its culture.”

― Antonio Guterres

“Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture, someone who can run a magazine or a museum. An administrator, in fact. I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual.”

― Antonio Tabucchi

“Teenagers, especially girl ones, seem like the perfect canary-in-the-coal-mine characters to me. They capture American culture and its perversion, its hypocrisy – how absorbed we are with youth and beauty and sexualized imagery, for instance, while preaching abstinence and modesty.”

― Antonya Nelson

“Japan, not only a mega-busy city that thrives on electronics and efficiency, actually has an almost sacred appreciation of nature. One must travel outside of Tokyo to truly experience the ‘old Japan’ and more importantly feel these aspects of Japanese culture.”

― Apolo Ohno

“Vancouver is an amazing city and luckily, growing up in the Seattle area, I was able to immerse myself into the culture at a young age, traveling back and forth across the border for skating competitions as a youngster.”

― Apolo Ohno

“I think – I know – the normalization of drag and drag culture has definitely opened up people’s minds in some parts of the world.”

― Aquaria

“Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational, existential. Nothing is sacred. After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative, is threatened.”

― Archie Shepp

“There are a lot of things that people learn and live through culture first, and politics comes afterward.”

― Ari Melber

“In a culture fueled by burnout, a culture that has run itself down, our national resilience becomes compromised. And when our collective immune system is weakened, we become more susceptible to viruses that are part of every culture because they’re part of human nature – fear-mongering, scapegoating, conspiracy theories, and demagoguery.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Women process stress differently. If we can change the workplace culture to make it more welcoming for women, we’re also going to improve behavior, and we’re going to improve outcomes.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Women need to lead the way to change our culture of burnout – both for their sake and also for the sake of successful men who desperately need a new model of success. And the still-very-macho world of STEM is a great place to start.”

― Arianna Huffington

“Every league has its own culture, its own identity, and its own type of football. It’s very physical in England, but technical skill comes to the fore in Spain, where everybody wants to play beautiful football. The standards are very high in Germany, too; the teams are physically strong, very disciplined, and very well organised.”

― Arjen Robben

“Any good business is a hobby. We have an integrated company culture, and I can honestly say that many people who come here to work make Yandex a central part of their lives.”

― Arkady Volozh

“I think Yandex is something in between two different cultures. One originated from the old Soviet culture of the scientific institute. It was a free atmosphere of scientists, maybe too free because nobody cared about making money. Another origin is something close to what you usually see in California startups.”

― Arkady Volozh

“Russia has to have a technology company of global meaning sooner or later. We should take the depth of technical culture we have here and make it available worldwide.”

― Arkady Volozh

“In response to our fast-food culture, a ‘slow food’ movement appeared. Out of hurried parenthood, a move toward slow parenting could be growing. With vital government supports for state-of-the-art public child care and paid parental leave, maybe we would be ready to try slow love and marriage.”

― Arlie Russell Hochschild

“Corporate engineers have looked at how women are with each other, borrowing the best tips from female neighborhood culture and then transporting them back into the bosom of capitalism. They’ve feminized capitalism.”

― Arlie Russell Hochschild

“I think we have a rawer version of capitalism and a more fragile community and family base than other nations. We are a more individualistic culture. From the Boston Tea Party on, we’ve had too little faith in government.”

― Arlie Russell Hochschild

“You get people talking about being worried about their art, and dances… their culture being wiped out or taken over, and yet these same people are taking advantage of their people to use them as cheap labour.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“Holland was one of the first countries to adopt dance music into their culture, and we were the first ones to have really big raves. I grew up in that atmosphere in the early 1990s, and I was very interested in how dance music was made.”

― Armin van Buuren

“Very simply, the culture of another people does not have to be accepted when it is subhuman!”

― Armstrong Williams

“Historically, art has always had a market. When one medieval fiefdom defeated another they would drag back its jewels, gold, tapestries and art objects as the spoils of war. Art equaled power, riches and culture.”

― Arne Glimcher

“Does there, I wonder, exist a being who has read all, or approximately all, that the person of average culture is supposed to have read, and that not to have read is a social sin? If such a being does exist, surely he is an old, a very old man.”

― Arnold Bennett

“In my book I don’t just demonstrate that free enterprise is the most efficient way of organizing an economy – which it is. I also show that it’s an expression of American values, and, thus, that a fight for free enterprise is very much a fight for our culture.”

― Arthur C. Brooks

“I plead for conservation of human culture, which is much more fragile than nature herself. We needn’t destroy other cultures with the force of our own.”

― Arthur Erickson

“This great, though disastrous, culture can only change as we begin to stand off and see… the inveterate materialism which has become the model for cultures around the world.”

― Arthur Erickson

“Bankers cannot afford to be concerned with only the economic aspects of projects. There may be serious implications on the natural environment, the urban environment, on human culture.”

― Arthur Erickson

“It is confusing, because in this culture we really don’t have anything that corresponds to geisha.”

― Arthur Golden

“What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates? The American Jewish community is not going to survive by lining up against its common enemy.”

― Arthur Hertzberg

“Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx.”

― Arthur Hertzberg

“I have made more friends for American culture than the State Department. Certainly I have made fewer enemies, but that isn’t very difficult.”

― Arthur Miller

“Culture is a fluid, ongoing process. People tend to look at culture in a fixed time but it’s constantly moving and evolving, as is the conversation between Americans and Cubans.”

― Arturo O’Farrill

“A lot of groups spend their whole cultural and aesthetic identity trying to move away from Africa, which I think is a mistake. One of the reasons I love Cuba and cultures like that is because they’re not trying to move away from their African roots, they’re trying to embrace them. That’s part of the culture.”

― Arturo O’Farrill

“I grew up in an environment with virtually no Hispanics where you see only people in your culture in custodial jobs. I had a messed up image of what we bring to this nation. My father was known as a pioneering figure in Cuban music, but I still associated him with everything that was negative in my neighborhood. I could not have been more mistaken.”

― Arturo O’Farrill

“Waiving debts corrupts the credit culture.”

― Arundhati Bhattacharya

“The whole celebrity culture is super weird, but I’m part of it for some reason, and you kind of have to be as an actor to be successful.”

― Asa Butterfield

“Design my own line? No, I just like the culture.”

― ASAP Rocky

“Before I worked on film, I studied the theatre, and I expected that I would spend my whole career in theatre. Gradually, I started writing for the cinema. However, I feel grateful towards the theatre. I love working with spectators, and I love this experience with the theatre, and I like theatre culture.”

― Asghar Farhadi

“It is kinda strange when people know exactly where I’ve been because they saw it in the newspaper. But this is the culture we live in now, where people are interested in what you’re doing on holiday, so we have to just basically accept it.”

― Ashley Cole

“The sum total of what I learned about African American culture in school was Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and the Underground Railroad. This was more than my mom knew; she didn’t even see a black person in real life until she was 18 years old.”

― Ashley Graham

“It’s up to us to take pop culture back and to express quality and dignity for both boys and girls.”

― Ashley Judd

“Growing older, you respect the whole culture behind Nirvana.”

― Ashton Irwin

“I must admit that i am fascinated by the glories of ancient India. But when will the purveyors of Indian culture realise that not everything about our past was glorious?”

― Ashwin Sanghi

“India is one of the richest civilizations in the world, and we Indians are known for our love of our soil! But somewhere on our way to modernisation, we have been losing the very essence and spirit that we should be proud of – that is, our culture that teaches us to love and respect nature and nurture it.”

― Asin

“While my trips are most often focused on business, I always try to take some time to experience the local culture.”

― Aslaug Magnusdottir

“I was eager to see what Swedish design had to offer and get a sense of its fashion culture, and Altewai Saome was the perfect introduction.”

― Aslaug Magnusdottir

“There are so many women throughout the world who appreciate beautiful design and have the budget to buy designer fashion but sometimes have a hard time finding the things that they really want or that suit their lifestyle or their culture or whatever it may be.”

― Aslaug Magnusdottir

“The family is the single most important institution in Afghan culture. It is described in the country’s constitution as the ‘fundamental pillar of society’.”

― Asne Seierstad

“Our culture already has a number of well known stories about artificial life and non-human intelligence. In ‘Exegesis,’ I’ve tried to not only tell a new and engaging story but also to comment on those well known stories through the details of my novel.”

― Astro Teller

“Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one’s own culture and social organisation.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“Traveling, I’ve met Ghanaian people who have seen me in minor stuff, but they see the name Ato Essandoh, and they recognize it as a Ghanaian name. They come up to me and are always so excited. You don’t think about it, but they really absorb American culture.”

― Ato Essandoh

“I’m so fascinated by YouTube culture. I have no idea how it’s working, but more and more people are becoming Internet famous, and it is because it allows you to have an atmosphere in which you feel comfortable to be yourself, which you might not get otherwise.”

― Aubrey Peeples

“When we create out of our experiences, as feminists of color, women of color, we have to develop those structures that will present and circulate our culture.”

― Audre Lorde

“I can’t tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it’s something I never felt a part of. I’ve always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.”

― Augusten Burroughs

“Moana is such an amazing character. She’s brave; she is so empowered. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to get it, and I think that’s something that I can relate to as well. I just love watching how she goes along in this wonderful movie and grows as a person and helps her culture along the way.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“Moana is definitely a Disney character, which is something that I totally love. She’s totally bad butt: really awesome. I think she really embodies it because I, as someone who has grown up, been born and raised on the island of Hawaii – so, the Big Island – I love my culture.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“I have a lot in common with Moana. I mean, we both grew up on islands. We both are deeply rooted in our culture.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“There are many wonderful themes from ‘Moana’ that people discover, and I also hope they’re inspired to go on their own journeys and to learn more about the Polynesian culture, because we’re pretty great! I’m so proud of the people the filmmakers talked to – the Oceanic Trust.”

― Auli’i Cravalho

“I’ve been repeating ad nauseam that we in Burma, we are weak with regard to the culture of negotiated compromises, that we have to develop the ability to achieve such compromises.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“I think that when a film does its job, it poses questions rather than gives answers. It should act as a frustrating counselor who, at your bidding for advice, says, ‘What do you think?’ I think that’s some of what the culture critic Greg Tate meant by art leaving a ‘metaphysical stain.’”

― Aunjanue Ellis

“I love the U.K. It’s so different over there from America, you know, the culture and stuff. It’s pretty awesome.”

― Austin Mahone

“There’s a constant anxiety that comes from having an innate sense of self, yet existing within a homogenised, aspirational culture.”

― Autre Ne Veut

“There was a time when I was knocking on doors and concerned with being recognized in dominant culture. I’ve found a space where the terrain is different, where I’m embraced by people like me, and where I’m building new ways of doing things, as opposed to trying to insert myself in a place that might not be welcoming.”

― Ava DuVernay

“If you’re doing something outside of dominant culture, there’s not an easy place for you. You will have to do it yourself.”

― Ava DuVernay

“One of the reasons why I created the podcast called the ‘The Call-In’ that we do through Array – because as a black artist, every time I sit down with mainstream media, I’m asked about issues of race, identity and culture. No one asked what they ask my white male counterparts, which is: ‘Where do you like to put the camera?’”

― Ava DuVernay

“Women have been trained in our culture and society to ask for what we want instead of taking what we want. We’ve been really indoctrinated with this culture of permission. I think it’s true for women, and I think it’s true for people of color. It’s historic, and it’s unfortunate and has somehow become part of our DNA. But that time has passed.”

― Ava DuVernay

“Especially when we’re dealing with issues of race, culture, identity, and history, the time has passed for the ‘white savior’ holding the black person’s hand through their own history.”

― Ava DuVernay

“Rap was started by black people and, thus, is at the foundation of black culture. So people cannot always wrap their minds around someone like me being inspired by it. But if you listen to the things we’re saying, they’re authentically us.”

― Awkwafina

“My grandma was very traditional, but she herself is a rebel of that culture.”

― Awkwafina

“The people who believe themselves to be on the left, and who defend the agents of Islam in the name of tolerance and culture, are being rightwing. Not just rightwing. Extreme rightwing. I don’t understand how you can be so upset about the Christian right and just ignore the Islamic right. I’m talking about equality.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“I believe that the dysfunctional Muslim family constitutes a real threat to the very fabric of western life. It is in the family that children are groomed to practise, promote and pass on the norms of their parents’ culture.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“In Holland I have seen well-meaning, principled people blinded by multiculturalism, overwhelmed by the imperative to be sensitive and respectful of immigrant culture, while ignoring criminal abuse of women and girls.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Let us recognize that we can no longer tolerate violent oppression of women in the name of religion and culture any more than we would tolerate violent oppression espoused by any other bully in the name of a twisted rationale.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Ultimately, we will never have a more inclusive and representative delegation – we will not change the complexion, the culture, or the representation – if we do not primary Democrats.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“I think culture is a very challenging thing to reverse.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.”

― Ayn Rand

“I would like to say how much I resent people who say of the Islamic Republic that this is our culture – as if women like to be stoned to death, or as if they like to be married at the age of nine.”

― Azar Nafisi

“In the past 30 years, officials of the Iranian regime and its apologists have labeled criticism, especially with regard to women’s rights, as anti-Islamic and pro-Western, justifying its brutalities by ascribing them to Islam and Iran’s culture.”

― Azar Nafisi

“Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones.”

― Azar Nafisi

“The test of our social commitment and humanity is how we treat the most powerless of our fellow citizens, the respect we accord to our fellow human beings. That is what reveals our true culture.”

― Azim Premji

“It is the strength of our culture that we can have Sonia Gandhi, who is Catholic, a Sikh prime minister, and a Muslim president.”

― Azim Premji

“In Afghan culture, you don’t date – you marry. Even talking to boys before marriage brings great shame to your family.”

― Azita Ghanizada

“Behavior used to be reinforced by great deprivation; if people weren’t hungry, they wouldn’t work. Now we are committed to feeding people whether they work or not. Nor is money as great a reinforcer as it once was. People no longer work for punitive reasons, yet our culture offers no new satisfactions.”

― B. F. Skinner

“I think my novel, ‘Walden Two,’ has made people stop and look at the culture they have inherited and wonder if it is the last word or whether it can be changed.”

― B. F. Skinner

“I don’t think my mother and father ever had any doubts about what I was to be punished for or not. My parents come from a very strictly defined culture.”

― B. F. Skinner

“Everywhere in the world, whether manufacturing, trade or whatever, it is controlled by one apparatus and one policy perspective. Here we have one prime minister with good intentions, and six ministries running their own empires. This creates problems including the import culture.”

― Baba Kalyani

“Because of the Chinese culture of obedience, you don’t ask questions… You follow and obey.”

― Bai Ling

“English is my second language, but in Hong Kong, they don’t know that I’m from China. They think I’m from Hollywood because all the films they see are from here. China and Hong Kong are very different places, but they’re starting to merge. Still the culture is very different.”

― Bai Ling

“If there is something I am arguing, it is a critique of science. Science has consistently denied the existence of consciousness other than human. Only in the last 20 years do we have acknowledgement of animal feeling or culture or experience.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“Motherhood is so sentimentalised and romanticised in our culture. It’s practically against the law to say there are moments in the day when you hate your children. Everyone actually has those moments.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

“Listen: our culture is saturated with irony whether we know it or not.”

― Barbara Kruger

“If most American cities are about the consumption of culture, Los Angeles and New York are about the production of culture – not only national culture but global culture.”

― Barbara Kruger

“Literally everything good about this culture comes from mixing.”

― Bari Weiss

“Culture should be shared, not hoarded.”

― Bari Weiss

“Our culture hasn’t stopped objectifying women. We – men and women both – are just getting better at pretending it’s not happening.”

― Bari Weiss

“I like that part of the culture of ‘MST3K’ is this constant dialog on what movies could be done and what movies should be done. I’ve seen plenty of bad movies and walked out afterward thinking ‘That would have been perfect for ‘MST3K.””

― Baron Vaughn

“Every podcast network has a different culture as far as I can tell. How they run things at Nerdist is totally different than how they run things at Earwolf is totally different than All Things Comedy or Maximum Fun or Feral Audio. And it’s different if it’s independent.”

― Baron Vaughn

“We have to train our kids better and really enforce in them that no matter what mainstream media and pop culture and all of the terrible things around us say – that it’s OK to tear people down, that somehow it will make you feel better, and it’s OK to gossip about people – it won’t make you feel better.”

― Barrett Wilbert Weed

“The electronics industry expanded rapidly and the seeds for the semiconductor and software revolution were planted. The postwar period also saw the suburbanization of America, the rise of the homeowner, the build-out of the interstate highway system, and the rise of automobile culture. Credit availability expanded dramatically.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“The game is the ultimate significance to me because it is so important to a lot of people. It has left a mark on our culture to be voted as one of the best to ever play.”

― Barry Sanders

“I try to communicate in a way that allows people in on what’s going on. What’s better than references to popular culture?”

― Bart Chilton

“We get a lot of raps as Americans for being small-minded, but in fact, when you really drill down to the core of the culture, there’s an enormous amount of compassion and forgiveness and support.”

― Bartlett Sher

“I think dance in any culture, in any form, is a true leveler.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“I think, especially in pop culture, we’re brought up to think that a normal pop star is this pretty, well-kept-together girl.”

― Bebe Rexha

“I wanted to be part of pop culture, so I started songwriting, and I got signed to my first record deal.”

― Bebe Rexha

“I sat out a few years because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do next. So many things were changing in music and in culture, so it seemed like a good time to step back.”

― Beck

“This is a culture filled with perfect images of women and perfect images of movie actresses, and most people can’t live up to them.”

― Beeban Kidron

“An often-repeated assertion in the body of film criticism I have written is the assertion that movies do not just mirror the culture of any given time; they also create it.”

― bell hooks

“In this culture, the phrase ‘black woman’ is not synonymous with ‘tender,’ or ‘gentle.’ It’s as if those words couldn’t possibly speak to the reality of black females.”

― bell hooks

“The working-class black Southern Christian culture I come from still nurtures me, and I mean directly, daily.”

― bell hooks

“In our culture, we get very much into shorthanding people. And I got shorthanded as That Guy: Jennifer Lopez, movies bombed, therefore he must be a sort of thoughtless dilettante, solipsistic consumer blahblahblah. It’s hard to shake those sort of narratives.”

― Ben Affleck

“We live in a youth-obsessed, aesthetically obsessed culture. That is no more evident than in the film industry.”

― Ben Barnes

“Long term, I have a lot of confidence in the United States. We have an excellent record in terms of innovation. We have great universities that are involved in technological change and progress. We have an entrepreneurial culture, much more than almost any other country.”

― Ben Bernanke

“Conservatives recognize that college campuses and their frames of reality have an outsized impact on the culture, training the next generation of leaders.”

― Ben Domenech

“Conservative voters will put up with a lot of things in the culture that disagree with their views. They have proven time and again they will roll their eyes at actors and musicians saying negative things about the presidents and candidates they vote for and still consume their product.”

― Ben Domenech

“If you’re a conservative who thinks the culture wars are over (they’re never really over, of course), then you are a lot more open to the idea of a unprincipled blowhard who promises he’s got your back on political correctness.”

― Ben Domenech

“Jindal’s record in Louisiana is controversial, in part because, in a state which has historically favored patronage culture and a bureaucracy that offered uninterrupted employment for those who backed the right horse, he aimed to destroy the old spoils system.”

― Ben Domenech

“It is unhealthy to live in an environment where every aspect of our culture requires a great sort, where creative talents are for some but not for all, and where performing for the president of the United States becomes a point of regular and significant controversy.”

― Ben Domenech

“Politics is downstream from culture.”

― Ben Domenech

“We must not fall into the trap of thinking speech that offends is speech that must be forbidden. A healthy culture demands that much of us, to equip the next generation of Americans with the knowledge and reason they will need to confront an uncertain future.”

― Ben Domenech

“While mainstream media is led by profit, ratings and popularist culture and filtered by the current political climate, Alternative Media is lead solely by the convictions of the campaign and film maker.”

― Ben Edwards

“There is this peculiar blind spot in the culture of academic medicine around whether withholding trial results is research misconduct. People who work in any industry can reinforce each others’ ideas about what is okay.”

― Ben Goldacre

“I described the CEO job as knowing what to do and getting the company to do what you want. Designing a proper company culture will help you get your company to do what you want in certain important areas for a very long time.”

― Ben Horowitz

“I think now there’s much more of a confessional culture. That’s not my bag. I come from a slightly older school of thought: ‘give ’em nothin.’ You don’t plead guilty.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“I think it’s that thing of growing up all the time watching American movies and listening to American music. It hits you in a way that’s a lot purer because you are not in that culture that you’re watching.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“The Irish and British, they love satire, it’s a large part of the culture.”

― Ben Nicholson

“While the West tries to turn its civilization into cultural variety hour, Islam tries to turn Muslim lands into a cultural monolith. The same West that justifies the rap culture thinks that every Muslim terrorist bombing is an expression of economic angst or social alienation.”

― Ben Shapiro

“Military dictatorship is born from the power of the gun, and so it undermines the concept of the rule of law and gives birth to a culture of might, a culture of weapons, violence and intolerance.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“There’s a huge raft of roles that actors in our culture perform, and you can see any one of about three Hamlets in a year. It’s not something to be completely daunted by.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“We live in a society that, for the most part, is morally and spiritually bankrupt. Our culture is a culture of consumerism. How sustainable is that?”

― Benjamin Bratt

“While I oppose the death penalty as a policy matter, in a legal culture in which we reserve the right to execute people for relatively routine street crimes, it seems quite absurd for the justice system to get squeamish about executing the operational masterminds of Sept. 11.”

― Benjamin Wittes

“I feel like we’ve had a front row seat for the last 20 years to watching culture and youth.”

― Benji Madden

“A film cannot make it into the culture without the support of critics.”

― Bennett Miller

“The more English is heard in the world, the more gratifying it seems to speak French, and above all to know the culture of our country. They find a kind of French social grace in the language and culture.”

― Bernard Pivot

“I don’t think you can in any way export culture with guns or tanks.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“The problem in Hollywood is that they try to become the only kind of cinema in the world, okay? The imposition everywhere of a unique culture, which is Hollywood culture, and a unique way of life, which is the American way of life.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“When I started graduate school I was interested in the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“When the culture is strong, you’ve got this consistency where black people can grow up in these places with this voice just resonating about our special-ness in the universe. And I always say you’re in trouble if you get too far away from that core that grounds you.”

― Bernice Johnson Reagon

“In addition to needed gun control reforms, America urgently needs a stronger protest movement dedicated to reducing the glorification of violence in our culture – in music, film, television, video games, and even the Internet.”

― Bernice King

“Consider all of the possibilities for positive global progress if we utilized nonviolence as the central value of our culture, encompassing our law enforcement and labor practices, which currently include people in numerous nations working for inhumane wages in unhealthy conditions.”

― Bernice King

“For my group of friends is Lady Gaga eye-opening? No. She’s a less dangerous version of what was so cool about pop culture in the ’80s. Back then it was so gay and so punk in so many ways.”

― Beth Ditto

“Because I didn’t have any queer, lesbian, female role models I hated my own femininity and had to look deep within myself to create an identity that worked for me. Pop culture just doesn’t hand us enough variety to choose from.”

― Beth Ditto

“Olympia was a town crawling with music. I was new to the whole punk scene. The culture shock continued; Olympia had bagels! We didn’t have bagels in Arkansas. You could order vegetarian food all over town! It was so crazy to me – a place with so many vegetarians, the restaurants made special dishes for them?”

― Beth Ditto

“You have not quite lived in this ridiculously silly celebrity culture until you’ve been told one day how loved you are and the next day how hated you are – and sometimes by the same individual.”

― Beth Moore

“Faith, culture, structure and guidance are good things.”

― Bethenny Frankel

“I had no words for these feelings. And then people started using the word Ms. Suddenly, there was this handle with which I could identify myself and understand why I felt so out of whack with the culture around me.”

― Betty Buckley

“I’ll tell you, in making film, especially when you’re an actress, you’re always worried about how you look on film, how they light you, always working with your camera people to be at your best, with the expectations of our culture that you always look perfect and beautiful and whatever.”

― Betty Buckley

“This is our culture, and I don’t care who the musician is, if he avoids black people, then he is scared of something. He doesn’t have confidence in himself or else he doesn’t believe in what he’s doing.”

― Betty Carter

“At the Brooklyn Ethical Culture School, we learned to express ourselves, and I’ve been expressing myself ever since.”

― Betty Comden

“Bengalis love to celebrate their language, their culture, their politics, their fierce attachment to a city that has been famously dying for more than a century. They resent with equal ferocity the reflex stereotyping that labels any civic dysfunction anywhere in the world ‘another Calcutta.’”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I want to change the world. I want to be a part of culture. I want to help teach.”

― Big Sean

“I have realized over time that I missed the mark with HyperCard. I grew up in a box-centric culture at Apple. If I’d grown up in a network-centric culture, like Sun, HyperCard might have been the first Web browser. My blind spot at Apple prevented me from making HyperCard the first Web browser.”

― Bill Atkinson

“Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion.”

― Bill Condon

“Fashion is a mirror, reflecting the culture.”

― Bill Cunningham

“It may be no surprise that Pittsburgh has direct flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt, but consider this: many of the tourists here have come from Europe to the capital of culture in the Alleghenies.”

― Bill Dedman

“The National Endowment for the Arts distributes money to all 50 states, and they try to do their best to distribute to rural and suburban areas. It’s one of the great things about the program. It raises the awareness of culture throughout the population.”

― Bill Foster

“From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character.”

― Bill Frist

“If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.”

― Bill Gates

“I don’t think culture is something you can describe.”

― Bill Gates

“One thing I’ve always loved about the culture at Microsoft is there is nobody who is tougher on us, in terms of what we need to learn and do better, than the people in the company itself. You can walk down these halls, and they’ll tell you, ‘We need to do usability better, push this or that frontier.’”

― Bill Gates

“Jazz, rock and roll, movies and comics are the culture of America.”

― Bill Griffith

“The down side of Americans being obsessed with pop culture is that they kind of like it light.”

― Bill Griffith

“For many years, our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters have paid a great price. Other Jews have rejected them, and the Christian church would require they walk away from their traditions to fit into the Gentile culture. We must face these past wrongs.”

― Bill McCartney

“I’ve been to Africa three times. All right? You can’t bring Western reasoning into the culture. The same way you can’t bring it into fundamental Islam.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Saturday night at my house, I often trot out classic movies and force the urchins to watch them. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth, but I think it’s important to teach kids about American culture, and films are certainly a big part of it.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“I came out to Hollywood when I was just 18, and my dad, he was really into Hollywood and theater and art, and I guess growing up, he exposed me to a lot of culture, and I just started making Super-8 films in high school and decided I wanted to be a filmmaker.”

― Bill Paxton

“I always wanted to create a site that was sports and pop culture. ’30 for 30′ had a big impact because I loved how that was about finding, empowering and working with these incredible directors, and I thought the same thing could work for writers.”

― Bill Simmons

“The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years.”

― Bill Toomey

“Creativity is not the property of artists alone. It’s a basic element of the human character, no matter what culture you’re in, no matter where you are on Earth or in history.”

― Bill Viola

“Music is critical in our lives and culture. It’s the inspiration that drives us. It’s also the window to our souls. It’s a reflection as to who we are, what we stand for and where we’re going.”

― Bill Walton

“They’re not put on earth to be martyrs; they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each person’s circumstances are unique.”

― Billie Jean King

“Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature.”

― Billy Corgan

“I mean my point as an artist is I’m on my own little weird journey across the sky here and whether or not anybody’s listening, or listening to the degree I would like them to, at the end of the day has to be an inconsequential thing because I can’t chase this culture.”

― Billy Corgan

“Rock in the mainstream culture has lost a lot of its mojo.”

― Billy Corgan

“Because the stuff that they feed kids now, they’ll have a bunch of idiots in the next millennium as far as art and culture is concerned.”

― Billy Higgins

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

― Billy Joel

“As I look out there and see the culture of baseball, a lot of blacks and Latins, it’s given me a lot of joy to know that Jackie started that. If Jackie hadn’t come in ’47, me and Ron Santo wouldn’t have played in Double-A and all those years in the big leagues.”

― Billy Williams

“I love the ath-leisure look, but I’m also super inspired by anime, and I love Japanese culture so much.”

― Bishop Briggs

“Positive culture comes from being mindful, and respecting your coworkers, and being empathetic.”

― Biz Stone

“For me, I’ve learned about what it means to focus on a culture, to build social responsibility, and the idea of a company as a super-organism.”

― Biz Stone

“We focus a lot on culture specifically at Twitter because of this spotlight, and of the fact that we don’t want to end up like the child actor who found success early and grew up all weird and freaky.”

― Biz Stone

“We hired a CSR person at Twitter, years before we hired our first sales person, to make sure we had a culture and impact of doing good.”

― Biz Stone

“There are still many places I haven’t seen that I’d like to travel to. I’ve never seen the Pyramids, and I’d love to explore the culture in North India. I think walking in the Andes would also be awesome.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“I take a cooking class everywhere I travel. I find it’s the best way to get to know a culture.”

― Blake Lively

“Within a language, you have your roots, your culture, and I think and dream in Bassa. We have 260 languages in Cameroon, but the official ones are French and English.”

― Blick Bassy

“I just have a problem with youth culture.”

― Bo Burnham

“I didn’t want to bash young people. I don’t want to bash a kid for dreaming or wanting something or being slightly ambitious – that’s not the problem. The actual problem is with the culture surrounding him.”

― Bo Burnham

“My pop culture ended somewhere north of Elvis but not too far.”

― Bob Beckel

“If someone can’t behave with their colleagues and can’t be part of the culture, it doesn’t matter how good they are at what they do; they have to be asked to leave.”

― Bob Diamond

“Look, when I started out, mainstream culture was Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Sound of Music. There was no fitting into it then and of course, there’s no fitting into it now.”

― Bob Dylan

“As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation’s economy and culture.”

― Bob Filner

“Rastafari not a culture, it’s a reality.”

― Bob Marley

“I think the more we embrace the culture of life and respect life, the better that we do.”

― Bob McDonnell

“The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It’s part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy.”

― Bob Schieffer

“The Beatles’ story is all of our stories. It is about how the youth culture emerged, the drug culture emerged, how politics rose to the fore as a universal debate. It’s about rebellion, it’s about the growth of the British entertainment system, the growth of the rock n’ roll entertainment system.”

― Bob Spitz

“There is a garbage culture out there, where we pour garbage on people. Then the pollsters run around and take a poll and say, do you smell anything?”

― Bob Woodward

“Clinton feels a profound alienation from the Washington culture here, and I happen to agree with him.”

― Bob Woodward

“I have high heels in my bags if I need them for a shoot. But I like sneakers. I like being comfortable. I like to sit on the floor with my team and work. I don’t like to sit in fancy chairs. It’s really important to the culture of my company that people understand who they’re working for.”

― Bobbi Brown

“You have to realize that, when it comes to the South, we carry around a lot of baggage. The South lost the war, and I spent years denying my culture.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“In the 1980s, Vietnam emerged in our culture as a legitimate and compelling topic for discussion rather than something to be hidden in shame.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“I love the culture of grilling. It creates an atmosphere that is festive but casual.”

― Bobby Flay

“Our culture, language, history, and values are vital to uniting us as a nation.”

― Bobby Jindal

“I don’t think anybody should be expanding Medicaid. I think it’s a mistake to create new and more expensive entitlement programs when we can’t afford the ones we’ve got today. We’ve got to stop this culture of government dependence.”

― Bobby Jindal

“It’s about really being considerate of the culture in the game studios that Activision buys. That’s the biggest difference between us and any of our competitors.”

― Bobby Kotick

“Successful business leaders who have helped build institutions of lasting value – all are committed to talent and a culture of excellence. This is usually accomplished by the identification, retention, and development of great people.”

― Bobby Kotick

“If you want to retain your identity and culture, we’re a really great mothership. If you want to sell out… there are definitely other companies to talk to.”

― Bobby Kotick

“What I have a problem with is money and name at the expense of talent and culture.”

― Bojana Novakovic

“I’m sure mothers are important across every culture, but particularly in Korean society, the role of the mother is of great importance.”

― Bong Joon-ho

“E! needs to be and really wants to be the pulse of popular culture.”

― Bonnie Hammer

“Elvis might have compromised his musical style a bit towards the end, but that doesn’t mean that artists from the rock n’ roll/folk-roots culture – of which he was not really a part – shouldn’t get better as they get older, like the great jazz or blues artists.”

― Bonnie Raitt

“I think it’s important for us not just to edit the culture that capitalism creates but to create the material basis for a culture that we want.”

― Boots Riley

“Sometimes in the black culture, being raised as an independent woman is misconstrued as someone who doesn’t need a man. I think that’s wrong. I think we all need someone.”

― Boris Kodjoe

“The Southern Baptist Church is a specific culture in itself. So, I had to study, talk to people, watch tape and go to performances to see how Gospel artists move compared to secular artists.”

― Boris Kodjoe

“When Culture Club broke up, I hadn’t been going out a lot because we’d been working all the time, so I suddenly had this period of leisure. And it was just around the time that the whole acid house thing kicked off in London.”

― Boy George

“Bands like Culture Club and artists like me, you tend to concentrate on the live arena because that’s where you can be your most authentic. That’s where you have the most power.”

― Boy George

“I don’t listen to the radio, so I don’t really know what’s going on in current pop culture. I know about the obvious things, like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran and Adele, because I hear them. They’re everywhere.”

― Boy George

“My audience here in America is so eclectic. It’s a real mix of people, which is great. Like what I was doing with Culture Club – world music, multiculturalism – not defining everything in terms of sexuality or color. It was about everyone coming together and being part of something.”

― Boy George

“Pop culture and entertainment can be dismissed as surface, but it’s not. It’s the language we all speak, and it’s the connection point between people all over the world.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“Companies can change. Culture can change.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“For me, pop culture is very fluid: it’s music, it’s movies, it’s books, it’s art, it’s tech, it’s so many things – and as marketing and brand advocates, we should be able to to take products and services and match them to what’s happening in pop culture.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“I think it is harder to scare young people because there is an ironic hipster stance that you have to take in relation to pop culture. You know you’re being manipulated. People are so aware of the manipulation. We’re all aware that movies toy with us and pull our strings. There was a time when people just didn’t acknowledge that as much.”

― Brad Anderson

“And it’s not only films, I’m pretty unaware of anything that’s going on in popular culture right now.”

― Brad Bird

“Intuit’s mission, values, and culture of innovation set us apart as a great place to work. Our 8,000 employees are innovators and entrepreneurs that are inspired by the important work they do that is delighting customers and improving the financial lives of millions of people.”

― Brad D. Smith

“To me, if we’re not failing a little bit, we’re not trying hard enough. I think great cultures encourage risk and are tolerant of failure. If you don’t do that, you’re going to end up with a culture that is stagnant and not thinking about the next generation of products and experiences.”

― Brad Garlinghouse

“I think any great culture is born out of transparent, authentic communication. You almost can’t overcommunicate. You can try, and you might think, ‘Oh, do I really have to say this again?’ And the answer is yes.”

― Brad Garlinghouse

“Trends in fashion, design and pop culture are taking on more global influence, and of course, one thing that’s always in style is color.”

― Brad Goreski

“Everybody can remember outfits like Celine Dion’s backwards Dior tuxedo… these ‘worst’ dresses become part of pop culture, and we keep referencing them.”

― Brad Goreski

“I’ve never understood why artists, who so often condescend to the cliches of their own culture, are so eager to embrace the cliches of cultures they know nothing about.”

― Brad Holland

“When I made ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ my first album, I had been west of the Mississippi River one time in my life, and that was in fourth grade. We traveled to California for vacation and stayed with some friends of my parents. It was culture shock, and it was different.”

― Brad Paisley

“I loved ‘Saturday Night Fever’ when I was a kid. I couldn’t believe people talked that way. It was just a whole new culture I didn’t understand. I snuck into it. It was an R-rated film. So it holds a special place.”

― Brad Pitt

“Sioux was always a horse culture, especially the Lakota Sioux. My mom is from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; my dad is from a Sioux Indian reservation. Both tribes are Lakota.”

― Brady Jandreau

“Horsemanship and the cowboy lifestyle and my culture as a Native American are all three things that are very, very important to me.”

― Brady Jandreau

“I am interviewing people with a spirit of genuine interest and compassion, and therefore, the general tone of the site is one of genuine interest and compassion. The moment that culture changes, ‘Humans of New York’ is no longer viable.”

― Brandon Stanton

“Telling diverse stories is at the heart of our culture.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“I gave up my base in popular culture when I left the Tonight Show.”

― Branford Marsalis

“Burroughs was never really that pleased with the way popular culture and society treated his character. He tried to make a few movies of his own as a result, but they weren’t very good.”

― Brendan Fraser

“I’d never had any problem finding inspiration; Ireland was always just there, you know? All this richness of culture was there to tap into.”

― Brendan Gleeson

“Winston was a bit of a challenge, all right, from a lot of different perspectives. It wasn’t just the culture or the class divide or the historical baggage – it was also the age difference. We had to see if I could be aged-up legitimately, without it becoming some sort of hokey acting challenge.”

― Brendan Gleeson

“For those who struggle with anti-pagan prejudices and stereotypes, Humanist Paganism might be a powerful educational tool. It can show that a pagan can be a sophisticated, cosmopolitan, and enlightened person, and that a pagan culture can be artistically vibrant, environmentally conscious, intellectually stimulating, and socially just.”

― Brendan Myers

“I want to go back home and make movies in Australia. There’s so many stories that we haven’t captured yet. In Australia, we cling on to whatever culture we have. We’re such a multicultural country.”

― Brenton Thwaites

“In Australia, we cling on to whatever culture we have. We’re such a multicultural country.”

― Brenton Thwaites

“I love ‘Guitar Hero,’ and I think it’s a part of pop culture.”

― Brett Ratner

“You know, when it was done originally, they always had to fight to keep it going at the end of each season. Now, The Odd Couple has become part of our language and culture.”

― Brett Somers

“The culture is what creates the foundation for all future innovation. If you break the culture, you break the machine that creates your products.”

― Brian Chesky

“Culture is a thousand things, a thousand times. It’s living the core values when you hire; when you write an email; when you are working on a project; when you are walking in the hall.”

― Brian Chesky

“Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with passion.”

― Brian Chesky

“Our culture is the foundation for our company.”

― Brian Chesky

“People don’t use Airbnb overtly to trust people more. They use it because they want to get a better sense of the culture and to save money. A by-product was that they live in someone else’s shoes.”

― Brian Chesky

“No matter how certain I am about some culture or some group of people, my opinions are only as accurate as the amount of time I’ve spent with them.”

― Brian Chesky

“I used to think that, given enough goodwill, anybody would be able to ‘get’ any music, no matter how distant the culture from which it came. And then I heard Chinese opera.”

― Brian Eno

“Curiosity at work isn’t a matter of style. It’s much more powerful than that. If you’re the boss, and you manage by asking questions, you’re laying the foundation for the culture of your company or your group. You’re letting people know that the boss is willing to listen.”

― Brian Grazer

“I think the global mass culture is either consciously or unconsciously sensitized to how vulnerable we are here on the planet.”

― Brian Grazer

“I don’t believe in an ‘all-about-me’ culture. It’s about the group.”

― Brian McDermott

“As a comic, I used to know more about pop culture.”

― Brian Posehn

“I saw the first ‘House Party’ – not the other 10. I love pop culture references. If you saw ‘Moneyball’, watch it again, looking for all the Clash posters.”

― Brian Shactman

“In the mid-1980s, there was a grassroots desire for American culture. Maybe it was not a definite harbinger to what was to come in terms of the fall of the Soviet Union, but it certainly gave a heads up to the global merging of the retail culture.”

― Brian Shactman

“I still think there’s a big part of the population that has a lot of misinformation about sharks. But I think it’s beginning to change a little bit. As good information about sharks permeates popular culture, things may start to change.”

― Brian Skerry

“There is a built-in appreciation for music that is so much a part of the LDS culture. Utahns know that music can be divine and can touch a person’s spirit in a unique way.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“Despite the efforts of some parents, children still tend to act out the traditional sex roles of our culture. The child’s peer group may have more of an influence over this than the parents.”

― Brian Sutton-Smith

“I think that Atlanta has this huge well of black culture and openness to share all the things that we have made there.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“Atlanta’s the hub of black culture, and it’s OK to be you there – it’s the city that really shaped me to be who I am.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“The cool thing about doing a voice-over into a different language is that you get to bring the character of your own culture into it.”

― Bridgit Mendler

“The same myths are told in every culture, and they might swap out details, but it’s still the same story. It’s the same story, but with a different face.”

― Brie Larson

“My mother left Hungary as a refugee, and she is not nostalgic for the life that she had back in Hungary, and yet Cubans certainly want the economic opportunity in the United States, but they’re desperately homesick for the culture that they left behind.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“I moved to San Francisco when I was 20 years old. I couldn’t even drink yet. My friends in college thought I was so stupid for missing out on the four best years of my life. But I was so ready to start living my own life and absorb Silicon Valley culture.”

― Brit Morin

“What does ‘home’ really mean? Is it merely geography, where you were born? Could it include straddling two continents and cultures? Or perhaps it’s a place with a spiritual magnetism – a feeling toward a culture or people – that’s tough to put into words?”

― Brooke Baldwin

“When I was 24 I went to Nigeria and it was such a culture shock, growing up in Australia and suddenly being the only white man in this unit full of black men.”

― Bruce Beresford

“Our ‘convenience culture’ translates into too-available entertainment options, fast food, sedentary transportation, and the like. The fact is, if you want to eat right and live a healthy lifestyle, you have to work at it.”

― Bruce Broussard

“Like it or not, I am part of the pop culture of films in Hollywood.”

― Bruce Willis

“I come from a farming culture, where we valued raw materials above all.”

― Brunello Cucinelli

“I say to my industrialist friends, when you have guests from out of town, I don’t care how important they are, you should feed them the essence of Italian culture: spaghetti, bread and olive oil.”

― Brunello Cucinelli

“Scientists are very much entangled in their culture and this culture is not pristine, untouched by other cultures and practices.”

― Bruno Latour

“’The Good Guy’ is a totally differently-looking New York than ‘How To Make It’ portrays. ‘The Good Guy’ is all about Wall Street and that culture, which ‘How To Make It’ touches on, but ‘How To Make It’ also is downtown, Lower East Side loft parties, cool clubs, Brooklyn and that world.”

― Bryan Greenberg

“When I was in the middle of the ‘Scott Pilgrim’ series, and it was slowly becoming more popular, though still not financially solvent, I had this real bratty instinct to turn around and do something super arty and dark. I felt dismissed by comics culture, stuck in between the artcomix world and the nerdcomix world, and I was cranky about it.”

― Bryan Lee O’Malley

“Tumblr culture and the whole reappropriation-without-context thing are a double-edged sword in that they both raise awareness of my work and also kind of devalue it at the same time.”

― Bryan Lee O’Malley

“Culture is evolving, and I’m along for the ride.”

― Bryan Lee O’Malley

“For a composer of concert music, 40 is actually very young. But for a rock musician, 40 is almost past due, where you think of rock music as really part of more youth-oriented culture.”

― Bryce Dessner

“Instead of kids just hearing about beads and baskets and fringe, and about what ‘was’ and ‘were,’ we present Native American culture as a living contemporary culture.”

― Buffy Sainte-Marie

“If you apologize to me, I look at it as an insult because my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, like every other culture out there, did exactly what they needed to do. They worked hard, and they became part of the American way, and they earned the respect of Americans across the board. We need to do the same.”

― Burgess Owens

“Dig into the roots of culture, and it will grow. It’s like a grass that is growing, and it cannot stop, and music is like the fertilizer for that.”

― Burning Spear

“My thinking is that if we’re going to take from a culture, let’s take from a culture that has exemplified success for thousands of years.”

― Busta Rhymes

“I really only respect the Arab culture. I ain’t really trying to pay no attention to, ya know, these little people in political positions and executive positions that ain’t Arab culture oriented people because a lot of the times, what are you really showing all of this concern for?”

― Busta Rhymes

“I really think more fledgling novelists – and many current and even established novelists – should get out into the real world and cover local politics, sports, culture, and crime and write it up on deadline.”

― C. J. Box

“Culture is how biology responds and makes its living conditions better.”

― C. J. Cherryh

“I come from an immigrant culture. I’m only a couple of generations away from having been a servant girl myself.”

― Caitlin Flanagan

“Every great culture has cared a lot, one way or another, about the fate of its girls.”

― Caitlin Flanagan

“The doughy-faced woman has been forced to sit on the sidelines of culture for too long, and it’s now time for us to stand up with our big round faces like the moon and say we have things to say, too. We have a round-faced agenda we want to push.”

― Caitlin Moran

“I connect with my culture through my family. I speak Portuguese to my parents so that I can practice. I stay engaged with my extended family through a lively group chat on WhatsApp. That sense of community and family is the heart of Brazilian culture, and staying engaged with my family is what keeps me connected.”

― Camila Mendes

“Popular culture – above all rock ‘n’ roll, with its African-American R & B roots – did far more to radicalize us than did any feminist leader.”

― Camille Paglia

“A serious problem in America is the gap between academe and the mass media, which is our culture. Professors of humanities, with all their leftist fantasies, have little direct knowledge of American life and no impact whatever on public policy.”

― Camille Paglia

“All objects, all phases of culture are alive. They have voices. They speak of their history and interrelatedness. And they are all talking at once!”

― Camille Paglia

“I’m a professor of media studies as well as humanities, and I’m an evangelist of popular culture, but when there’s only media, then there’s going to be a slow debasement of language, and that’s what I think we’re fighting.”

― Camille Paglia

“Students are very gullible about the web. The only way you can really sort out information on the web is if you’ve had a prior training in book culture.”

― Camille Paglia

“My mom was very much the product of a very paternalistic, deep-southern culture, but also a repressed feminist. Her way of being defiant was to raise us to be rebellious ourselves – basically, the opposite of who she had to be in her own life.”

― Campbell Brown

“I have lived my life in a culture that hates fat people.”

― Camryn Manheim

“So instead of beating myself up for being fat, I think it’s a miracle that I laugh every day and walk through my life with pride, because our culture is unrelenting when it comes to large people.”

― Camryn Manheim

“People in this country haven’t stopped hating fat people, but they’ve become more kind to me, since in our culture, even though we hate our fat people, we love our celebrities even more.”

― Camryn Manheim

“We have the sort of beautiful older woman here in Paris. People like Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux, all these beautiful looking women over 60… So there is culture here in France that even if you are older, you can stay beautiful.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.”

― Carl Bernstein

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.”

― Carl Bernstein

“John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls – indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans.”

― Carl Bernstein

“I got overwhelmed by the magnitude of the celebrity culture in America. My background is as a news journalist, and newsrooms in the US are shrinking – investigation teams are being terminated or shrunk on newspapers all around the country. The one aspect that’s expanded is coverage of celebrity culture.”

― Carl Hiaasen

“We live in a culture that’s been hijacked by the management consultant ethos. We want everything boiled down to a Power Point slide. We want metrics and ‘show me the numbers.’ That runs counter to the immensely complex nature of so many social, economic and political problems. You cannot devise an algorithm to fix them.”

― Carl Honore

“Slow travel now rivals the fly-to-Barcelona-for-lunch culture. Advocates savour the journey, travelling by train or boat or bicycle, or even on foot, rather than crammed into an airplane. They take time to plug into the local culture instead of racing through a list of tourist traps.”

― Carl Honore

“In our fast-forward culture, we have lost the art of eating well. Food is often little more than fuel to pour down the hatch while doing other stuff – surfing the Web, driving, walking along the street. Dining al desko is now the norm in many workplaces. All of this speed takes a toll. Obesity, eating disorders and poor nutrition are rife.”

― Carl Honore

“We’re so marinated in the culture of speed that we almost fail to notice the toll it takes on every aspect of our lives – on our health, our diet, our work, our relationships, the environment and our community.”

― Carl Honore

“The diffusion of a universalist culture and of a pedagogy of peace appears more than ever to be the path that we must follow for the salvation of all nations on earth.”

― Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

“The return to the Organization of the United States of America, the bearers of a great and diversified democratic culture that has inspired many other peoples.”

― Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

“Here’s the American situation – we have moved from a culture of independence to a culture of dependence. We have moved from capitalism into the direction of socialism. We have moved from being a beacon of strength internationally to a position of weakness.”

― Carlos Beruff

“Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.”

― Carlos Fuentes

“Good is somebody who delivered and allowed the company to overcome obstacles, without leaving a profound impact on its culture. Great is somebody who leads his company to achievements and performance and value that nobody was expecting it had.”

― Carlos Ghosn

“War implies a lack of comprehension of mutual national interests; it means the undermining and even the end of culture.”

― Carlos Saavedra Lamas

“My parents weren’t artistic, but I was always surrounded by beautiful things. And Mexico is a country which has experienced thousands of years of art and culture.”

― Carlos Slim

“In high school, I loved history. I also loved cosmography, algebra. Mexico is so rich in culture and history, and I have always enjoyed that.”

― Carlos Slim

“Our philosophy is you need to give nonprofit money for health, nutrition, education, culture, and sports.”

― Carlos Slim

“At the end of the day, you want to be always the one that’s one step ahead of everybody, and when it comes to hip-hop, culture and art, you want to be that signature guy.”

― Carmelo Anthony

“I really feel that I had a genuinely diverse, multicultural upbringing, and I just don’t find New York to be quite as diverse. Maybe I’m romanticising, but I feel that I was exposed to a real melting pot in terms of culture and pop culture. My kids are essentially middle-class, but I do try to remind them that they come from humble beginnings.”

― Carmen Ejogo

“It’s very, very hard to affect culture. And you can get surprised thinking you’re farther down the path of change than you really are because, frankly, most of us like the way things are.”

― Carol Bartz

“Chinese culture is already telling children to work hard. That’s not growth mindset because they’re working hard for the product, not for the growth or the joy of learning.”

― Carol S. Dweck

“People have to identify with their own stories, with their own lives, so a movie belongs to a country and to a culture. Sometimes we can share, but it’s very rare.”

― Carole Bouquet

“Well, I think, you know, the arts are really what – one of the things that make this country strong. We always think it’s our economy or our military power, but in fact, I think it’s our culture, our civilization, our ideas, our creativity.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“Cottage cheese is one of our culture’s most visible symbols of self-denial; marketed honestly, it would appear in dairy cases with warning labels: this substance is self-punitive; ingest with caution.”

― Caroline Knapp

“Our culture thrives on black-and-white narratives, clearly defined emotions, easy endings, and so, this thrust into complexity exhausts.”

― Caroline Knapp

“My creativity for making women feel beautiful is one of the reasons I love being Latina. Just making people feel more attractive was always a goal of mine; the creativity – I think it has a lot to do with my culture as well.”

― Carolyn Aronson

“While women across the globe have many differences – language, culture, environment – our similarities are undeniable, and the impact of abuse and oppression affects us all.”

― Carre Otis

“When I was a kid, I don’t think I even knew what being gay was, and now it’s just part of our culture. It’s changing so rapidly right now. It’s great.”

― Carrie-Anne Moss

“Celebrity culture is… it’s not something that I’m attracted to. I guess I don’t think of myself in that way, but potentially other people do. I feel I’m at the far periphery of that.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“There is a certain comfort that comes from feeling intellectually apart from phenomena. That you have the luxury of time to reflect or apply scholarly thinking to art and culture.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“I grew up outside of Seattle and have lived here my whole life, and I think that there is a culture of questioning and guilt. Almost an ‘anti-ambition.’”

― Carrie Brownstein

“An asteroid impact in the worst case scenario is a terrifying thing. It seems very uncontrollable: in popular culture, it’s often a metaphor for human powerlessness over the world.”

― Carrie Nugent

“On the whole, asteroids tend to leave Earth alone. And day to day, there really isn’t cause for most people to give them any thought. But despite being remote objects that most people have never seen, asteroids, and the threat they pose, come up an awful lot in popular culture.”

― Carrie Nugent

“We have a culture at NDSU that’s about the team first.”

― Carson Wentz

“What is acceptable in our culture, I think, is really detrimental. I think we ought to have a little more ownership over the kind of material and the content that we put in front of people, especially young people.”

― Casey Affleck

“I think the arc of history is long, and it bends toward justice. And I think that’s what the ‘Star Wars’ message is. You know, the dark side is in the human heart. And chaos is very troubling for an individual or for a culture, which can lead you to authoritarian leaders. But the arc of history is on the right side. I believe that.”

― Cass Sunstein

“One of the issues we face here in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is a sense that the people all around us are as conversant in startup and tech culture as we are. But we need to remember, and remind ourselves repeatedly, that we’re a small minority in a larger population.”

― Caterina Fake

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find kids to hang out with that don’t consume a lot of commercial culture.”

― Caterina Fake

“Now most of ‘Alice’ isn’t really a political social commentary, but I think a big message is here is that the culture we’re involved in is fascinated with very quick fixes and instant gratification.”

― Caterina Scorsone

“As you study vampire legend throughout history, it goes back to almost every culture. South Africa, Indonesia, crazy places have that legend and that idea of immortality.”

― Catherine Hardwicke

“People are nervous about their kids, and they’re worried about the disintegration of families and the type of media culture they’re living in.”

― Catherine Hardwicke

“I’m very empathic to the construction of masculinity within our culture and how we build these identities up.”

― Catherine Opie

“Monsters almost always are culture’s way of working out their fears and are thus inherently incredibly interesting and powerful.”

― Catherynne M. Valente

“In addition to encouraging failure, I would also encourage companies to broadly create a culture of innovation. That should mean more than just technology and invention; it should mean something millennials know well: Ingenuity.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“That is the culture at Deloitte: To make sure we are all maximizing the capabilities that we have.”

― Cathy Engelbert

“German is more familiar now since I live part of the year in Rome and part in the German part of Switzerland. But it’s not difficult to sing in German; it’s difficult to feel in German. This takes time. It’s a culture.”

― Cecilia Bartoli

“If you’re looking for a book that’s not been influenced by 21st century popular culture and that’s guaranteed to be a good read because it’s stood the test of time, you can’t go wrong with the classics.”

― Cecilia Dart-Thornton

“I think women have always been funny. But when Tina Fey became head writer at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ the culture shifted, and women gained a bigger voice in comedy. It’s not as if Hollywood producers are feminists. It’s more that Hollywood said, ”Bridesmaids’ made us so much money, all we want now is funny women.’”

― Cecily Strong

“Browse Amazon reviews, and you’ll see a surprising number of readers who believe one novel can summarize a country, its culture, and its people.”

― Celeste Ng

“It’s the bedsit culture: people get a cat, and then, in a few months, when they move on or go travelling, they just throw the animal out. It’s so discouraging.”

― Celia Hammond

“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.”

― Cesar Chavez

“I realize that having a style would be very beneficial for my practice from a marketing standpoint, but I can’t do it. I believe my responsibilities as an architect are to design the most appropriate building for the place. Each place has a distinct culture and function, which for me requires an appropriate answer.”

― Cesar Pelli

“To see how YouTube has become part of pop culture, it’s been just amazing.”

― Chad Hurley

“I’m always at the opposite end of the spectrum, the opposite of hipster culture, and I enjoy that.”

― Chad Kroeger

“I majored in directing. However, I did spend some time at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, so I am somewhat well-versed in African Studies.”

― Chadwick Boseman

“Because of both hipster culture and Facebook culture, the human race is starting to resemble a school of hairy piranhas.”

― Chael Sonnen

“If you call a Brazilian out publicly, you’re going to be fighting that Brazilian. That’s in their culture.”

― Chael Sonnen

“Every man who has shown the world the way to beauty, to true culture, has been a rebel, a ‘universal’ without patriotism, without home, who has found his people everywhere.”

― Chaim Potok

“It is impossible to fuse totally with a culture for which you feel a measure of antagonism.”

― Chaim Potok

“Well, one hopes that if you’re really related to the core of your particular culture, you have profound commitments to it, and that you are aware of how much you can strain it before you do violence to its essential nature.”

― Chaim Potok

“My taste in music originates from my culture and heritage, and from traveling the world and listening to all kinds of fun sounds and bits.”

― Chanel Iman

“No place is perfect, but I admire Oahu for its offering of the tropical and the urban, and then its Asian-inflected culture and cuisines.”

― Chang-Rae Lee

“It doesn’t matter what tradition you come from, what religion you have or don’t, what culture you were brought up in or what God you ascribe to: Faith is worthwhile as it helps us to be kinder, more generous, more loving and forgiving people.”

― Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick

“People are really interested in the concept of eternal youth in this plastic-surgery culture.”

― Charlaine Harris

“I feel like we’re in the era now where politics is pop culture. Everybody has an opinion that’s politically based. We see what the Trump administration has done, and I’ve never seen my culture this engaged in the political process.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“Learning is a critical part of our mission and organizational culture.”

― Charles Best

“KIPP schools would be just a shining example of schools where students aren’t just given homework and taught imaginative ways, but they’re really brought into a culture of education.”

― Charles Best

“More students have a better knowledge of pop culture than of the Constitution.”

― Charles Bowen

“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”

― Charles Darwin

“It’s always a challenge whenever you have to nurture more than one culture inside an organization. When I say culture, you have one group that will have one set of priorities, and another with another set. It creates a different cultural environment.”

― Charles Giancarlo

“You know, Darwin said through natural selection things go gradually, and he was talking about pigeon’s evolution or horses evolving, getting faster. But in fact if you look at evolution on a bigger scale, cosmic evolution and you look at culture evolution you see it jumps, it goes through phase changes, and that’s very exciting.”

― Charles Jencks

“I’ve always had an interest in the fashion side of pop culture.”

― Charles Koppelman

“People may be prepared to buy services from Apple and Amazon if they feel these companies do a good job, but we need to ensure that we can speak up when our content is used by other people for their profit. An activist amateur culture will constantly challenge and say, ‘This is mine, you’re not doing that with it.’”

― Charles Leadbeater

“I’m trying to illuminate how perilously narrow we draw the concepts of masculinity and sexuality in our male culture – particularly in black male culture – and to help people to see that there’s room enough for everyone.”

― Charles M. Blow

“As an old man who remembers the intellectual exhilaration and the pleasure of having done good work that characterized the CIA when it was young, I wonder if it might not be better to speak and think in terms of restoring its culture.”

― Charles McCarry

“Media corporations have a civic responsibility not only to prevent fraud and financial abuse, but also to not corrupt or degrade our culture.”

― Charles W. Pickering

“It’s more important to promote a culture of life. What I mean by that is that I believe what we need to do is not change the law, but change hearts.”

― Charlie Crist

“Academic culture is not merely indifferent to teaching, it is actively hostile to it.”

― Charlie Sykes

“Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture.”

― Charlotte Bunch

“I’d had a French education for three years, my father being in the army. From 9 to 12, I went to French school. I’ve been sort of part of the culture, part of the geography, since I was quite young – the imprint was there.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“It’s just amazing to do something that’s part of a pop culture phenomenon.”

― Chaske Spencer

“Growing up in Southern California, it’s all car culture. When I was a kid, I knew every single model of every single car dealer; I knew every style of every year.”

― Cheech Marin

“People see technology as something that will ruin society and culture, but I’ve always embraced technology.”

― Chelsea Peretti

“The question was heatedly debated of how much Western culture should be brought into China.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“I think America is a new country. It is a young culture. The spirit of the opening of the West is still with the Americans. It’s a very practical and individual-based kind of philosophy that had worked in America for a long time, had been very successful. And the spirit is very much there.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“In the latter half of the last century the impact of the expanding influence of Western culture and economic system brought about in China a severe conflict.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“Even though I’m not Jamaican, I’ve always loved Jamaican culture because, to me, it’s the island of magic, it’s the island of politics, of resistance.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“As long as black people preserve their culture in Harlem, Harlem will always be alive.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“Harlem has always been the nexus of music, politics, culture, criminal figures.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“Growing up around people with the same culture as me made me a lot tougher.”

― Cher Lloyd

“There is usually an ‘X factor’ that is hard to define. For HTC, I think it is our culture. We embrace the best of our Eastern roots and combine it with the best of the Western cultures where we have leadership and offices. It makes the culture colorful as well as energetic and creative.”

― Cher Wang

“Indeed, in a world of the BlackBerry, remote access and Wi-Fi hotspots on every street corner, it feels particularly outdated that much of our working culture is still dominated by the need to be at our desk for long hours of the day.”

― Cherie Blair

“That’s the thing. in medicine, you’re used to saying there’s a problem within the person, and saying there’s a problem within the culture, that’s not a medical answer. Medicine has to look in one direction, so there’s only one type of answer that they can find.”

― Chester Brown

“SK will evolve and develop based on its corporate culture and human resources.”

― Chey Tae-won

“We must teach our people the greatness of China’s historical culture. In our educational program we must stress Chinese history and geography so that all may know and appreciate China’s civilization of five thousand years and the far-flung boundaries of our ancient race. This will engender a greater faith in our own future.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“I get interested in the various ways that music is being done in the culture, and some of it I like thoroughly enough to want to learn about it. The way I have been successful at doing that is to become part of it.”

― Chick Corea

“If I had to look at ‘Now He Sings’… from outside myself, I see it as a natural part of the growth of the jazz culture, which I’ve always been so happy – honored, really – to be a small part of.”

― Chick Corea

“Perhaps it is time to debate culture. The common story is that in ‘real’ African culture, before it was tainted by the West, gender roles were rigid and women were contentedly oppressed.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Strong women, when respected, make the whole society stronger. One must be careful with such rapid changes, though, and make an effort to preserve, at the same time, the positive traditions of Indian culture.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I have a variety of readers from across the diasporic community, not just from South Asia. I like to write large stories that include all of us – about common and cohesive experiences which bring together many immigrants, their culture shocks, transformations, concepts of home and self in a new land.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I interviewed a lot of people in India, and I asked my mother to send me a lot of Bengali books on the tradition of dream interpretation. It’s a real way for me to remember how people think about things in my culture.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I’m a very senses-oriented person, and I want to bring readers in on the level of the senses, so they can experience another culture and another place.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“The ancient world is always accessible, no matter what culture you come from. I remember when I was growing up in India and I read the ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey.’”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“India has been a very accepting culture. We pride ourselves on that. That is a global truth. In fact, it forms a major theme in my books.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I’m so used to America, used to the traffic in L.A., and I don’t really feel it click with the Korean culture. But obviously, I have a Korean face, and I feel like that’s just – you know, I can’t walk around people like I’m, like, straight-up American. It’s like, I’m Korean American. My parents are from Korea.”

― Chloe Kim

“I just grew up in the States, so I feel like I identify more with the American culture.”

― Chloe Kim

“Some of the substance of English words, I just don’t understand at all because the culture’s so strange to me.”

― Chow Yun-Fat

“On the one hand, I’m this guy who grew up in the suburbs of New York City to very conservative parents, and the other side of me is fascinated by the peripheries of our culture, maybe because that’s where our culture is most in transition and where there’s likely to be conflict.”

― Chris Bohjalian

“I describe my years in Los Angeles as 12 years of culture shock.”

― Chris Carmack

“What I like to do when I get to a new place is buy local music early on and listen to it while we’re driving around. I think it helps explain and illuminate the culture of where you are if local music is playing.”

― Chris Hadfield

“Traditionally nerd-based culture is now a big sector of pop culture.”

― Chris Hardwick

“I grew up in a culture of motorbikes. So I like racing just fine. Quite a lot, actually. That was when I was a boy in Australia. And I never really made the jump to cars after that.”

― Chris Hemsworth

“By 2007, we were finally living in a culture where people get what networks are and what technology can do to connect people.”

― Chris Hughes

“One culture I find fascinating to juxtapose against American culture is the culture of Germany. They’ve gone through a long process through their art, poetry, public discourse, their politics, of owning the fact of their complicity in what happened in World War II. It’s still a topic of everyday conversation in Germany.”

― Chris Jordan

“American culture is not about experiencing our shame, it’s about denying it. It’s been that way our whole history.”

― Chris Jordan

“I think there’s a tremendous amount of unacknowledged hostility in American culture.”

― Chris Jordan

“How do we change as a culture, and how do we each individually take responsibility for the one piece of the solution that we are in charge of, and that is our own behavior?”

― Chris Jordan

“We’ve lost our sense of outrage, our anger, and our grief about what’s going on in our culture right now, what’s going on in our country, the atrocities that are being committed in our names around the world. They’ve gone missing; these feelings have gone missing.”

― Chris Jordan

“I’m interested in youth culture – when your parents are running your life, but you think you’re the big man – but I’m not trying to make a statement.”

― Chris Lilley

“I have to accept the fact that the time I was on, ‘Project Runway’ was already becoming a pop culture phenomenon.”

― Chris March

“Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything.”

― Chris Martin

“I was pulled out of school for every moratorium day and every rally for a left-wing candidate… from Ed Koch in his heyday to Eugene McCarthy. That’s the culture that I came from.”

― Chris Meledandri

“My biggest fear was public speaking, and then having everyone know who I was, it was definitely weird at first. When I first won, it was definitely a culture shock, it was something I wasn’t quite ready for.”

― Chris Moneymaker

“I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, at a time that I’d argue was the absolute golden age of American popular culture. Because not only did we have all of the fantastic new stuff in print and on screens, but we had a constant supply of everything that came before, as well.”

― Chris Roberson

“When I think about the real pioneers of the psychedelic movement in a musical sense, not just the culture, everything had a handmade sort of vibe to it. We’re inventing our culture as we move along into this.”

― Chris Robinson

“Right now, I’ve never been more impressed by the new bands that we meet. I may be 10, 20 years older, but we’re all on the same page about culture, music and life.”

― Chris Robinson

“My first year on ‘SNL’, I made $90,000 dollars. And I bought a red Corvette for $45,000 dollars. I’m thinking, ‘I’ve got 45 grand left!’ Taxes didn’t even come into my equation. At the end of the first year of making 90 grand I was 25, 30 in the hole. We live in this baller, spend-money culture.”

― Chris Rock

“We currently live in a culture where outrage is a bit of a hobby for some people. If they’re not outraged about something, they’re totally bored.”

― Chris Sullivan

“Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.”

― Chris Van Allsburg

“I think, for the most part, our culture embraces that artists are born, not made.”

― Chris Van Allsburg

“I’m dying to go to India… because the culture seems so vastly different from what I’m used to in the States. I would love to do some yoga there. And be amongst people who are so different than myself. There’s so much you can learn from people who grew up in a different environment.”

― Christa B. Allen

“The European leagues have been there a long time, the coaches have been there, the clubs have been there, there’s history to the teams. There’s already that football support culture.”

― Christen Press

“I think the American sports culture has the idea that professional athletes need so much, like flying private planes, which obviously we don’t, but that’s the American sports culture when they think of the NFL and the NBA.”

― Christen Press

“Even if you don’t like colours, you will end up having something red. For everyone who doesn’t like colour, red is a symbol of a lot of culture. It has a different signification but never a bad one.”

― Christian Louboutin

“A lot of my friends have tattoos; I realized that it’s not only just a part of pop culture, but a bit of a map on someone’s body, which says something about people. A part of their life, like an armor or a crest.”

― Christian Louboutin

“I admire the abstract expressionists and pop artists so right now I’m referencing American ’60s art and at the same time referencing Japanese manga culture.”

― Christian Marclay

“Partial culture runs to the ornate, extreme culture to simplicity.”

― Christian Nestell Bovee

“’We Are Pop Culture’ is my clothing line for women that started with just T-shirts. The clothing line is urban street wear. It’s for women that feel confident in their own skin and want to express themselves. The whole idea is to play with modern pop culture and previous pop culture using art and sayings.”

― Christina Milian

“Violet speaks Spanish and understands it. She loves Cuban food! My mom is very good at teaching her about our culture, whether it be the food or Spanish or explaining to her that she’s Cuban.”

― Christina Milian

“Tapping into a more masculine, macho culture, I got in touch with my femininity, but differently. Macho culture is also pride of the body and showing it off – a relationship to theatricality, to construction. It’s about owning your narrative again.”

― Christine and the Queens

“I think, from the beginning, I was healed and inspired by queer culture, and Christine and the Queens, as an idea from the beginning, is queer because it questions the norm.”

― Christine and the Queens

“I’m sad to say that stardom is a commodity in our culture.”

― Christine Baranski

“Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty and our way of life, not apologize.”

― Christine O’Donnell

“Mitt Romney has won the 2012 presidential nomination by promising Republicans that he would end a so-called ‘culture of dependency’ on welfare – welfare defined as ‘free stuff’ and food stamps for poor folks, not tax breaks for Big Oil or tax shelters for Bain executives.”

― Christine Pelosi

“Values are the foundation of a company. Culture is the manifestation of values – the day to day actions and behavior. Adapt tactical cultural behavior that helps you execute on your values.”

― Christine Tsai

“I’m not really all that familiar with comic book culture.”

― Christoph Waltz

“I know from my experience in theater that the crowd is different every night; the reactions, the tension. But it’s true for film as well, going from country to country and culture to culture. The difference between California and New York responses, for example. It’s really fascinating.”

― Christoph Waltz

“Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in theorder of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being.”

― Christopher Dawson

“No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion.”

― Christopher Dawson

“For humanism also appeals to man as man. It seeks to liberate the universal qualities of human nature from the narrow limitations of blood and soil and class and to create a common language and a common culture in which men can realize their common humanity.”

― Christopher Dawson

“As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism.”

― Christopher Dawson

“Moreover, behind this vague tendency to treat religion as a side issue in modern life, there exists a strong body of opinion that is actively hostile to Christianity and that regards the destruction of positive religion as absolutely necessary to the advance of modern culture.”

― Christopher Dawson

“It is true that Christianity is not bound up with any particular race or culture. It is neither of the East or of the West, but has a universal mission to the human race as a whole.”

― Christopher Dawson

“It is impossible for us to understand the Church if we regard her as subject to the limitations of human culture. For she is essentially a supernatural organism which transcends human cultures and transforms them to her own ends.”

― Christopher Dawson

“I think fans are so brought up in a culture of rooting for a team since they were kids, ostensibly, and are blind to this idea that people might take offense.”

― Christopher Guest

“’WASP’ is the only ethnic term that is in fact a term of class, apart from redneck, which is another word for the same group but who are in the lower social strata, so it’s inexplicably tied up with social standing and culture and history in a way that the other hyphenations just are not.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“It’s considered acceptable in our culture to approach perfect strangers, as often or not who may be in extremis, and evangelise. I don’t see why that’s considered a normal thing.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“In an individualistic culture, the narcissist is God’s gift to the world. In a collectivist society, the narcissist is God’s gift to the collective.”

― Christopher Lasch

“’The Green Lantern’ seems a little calculated to me. It’s like, ‘We’ve got to get on this gay bandwagon and make this character gay.’ Like anything else, there’s earnest expressions in the culture and then there’s kind of bandwagoning.”

― Christopher McCulloch

“My generation has a hard time being genuine and enthusiastic. There’s a lot of irony in our culture.”

― Christopher McCulloch

“I’m saying, let’s learn to reacquire a respect for the power of guns. This culture is so indifferent and disrespectful of guns that we should be terrified.”

― Christopher McQuarrie

“Superheroes fill a gap in the pop culture psyche, similar to the role of Greek mythology. There isn’t really anything else that does the job in modern terms. For me, Batman is the one that can most clearly be taken seriously.”

― Christopher Nolan

“It is a culture voice, but it is a very American culture voice, and I am very used to English culture voice. So I had to work like hell to flatten those R’s.”

― Christopher Plummer

“For a lot of people, 4chan is their tree house – they go there to hang out. You can actually see the culture shift with time zone. Seeing how threads unwind and unravel is just a thrill, and you can’t really share that magic.”

― Christopher Poole

“When we think of memetic culture, it is the ‘sausage factory’ of the old days.”

― Christopher Poole

“Because there’s no structural barrier to joining 4chan, the community is really dynamic; for every five people that leave, five new people join, bringing their perspective and culture. A lot of other communities get set in their ways.”

― Christopher Poole

“4chan’s culture is unique and spreads and draws people in like no other. It’s also important to realize that 4chan wasn’t some overnight success, and there was never ‘hockey stick’ – like growth.”

― Christopher Poole

“Our culture is a very diverse one, and I think now it is incredibly dangerous and very wrong to persecute Muslims and say there is something wrong with being a Muslim.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“I lived in Moscow for four years and really, really enjoyed it, and I have a really deep love for the Russian language and Russian culture.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“Music and art and culture is escapism, and escapism sometimes is healthy for people to get away from reality. The problem is when they stay there.”

― Chuck D

“Hip-hop is a part of rock & roll because it comes from DJ culture. DJ culture is the embodiment of all genres and all recorded music, if you actually pay attention to it.”

― Chuck D

“Government and culture are two diametrically opposed forces – the one blinds and oppresses, the other uplifts and unites.”

― Chuck D

“I grew up on a farm, and we didn’t have cable and only limited radio stations, so I wasn’t inundated with culture the way people in other parts of the country were. But I was really interested in it.”

― Chuck Klosterman

“I never think I’m making fun of my culture. In fact I’m making fun of myself, because I catch myself doing some very stupid things.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“To merely observe your culture without contributing to it seems very close to existing as a ghost.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“Some day, the public might actually revolt against the undemocratic system of seniority that allows Congress to keep the old ways of Washington ingrained into the culture of Congress.”

― Chuck Todd

“My vision is to make Seoul the center of East Asia in terms of economy, culture and tourism.”

― Chung Mong-joon

“We live in a culture that wants to put a redemptive face on everything, so anger doesn’t sit well with any of us. But I think women’s anger sits less well than anything else.”

― Claire Messud

“When you move around a lot, there are little bits of you from everywhere. I mean, my father’s French, and I speak French, and there’s a kind of struggle in me that says, ‘I’d like to be French.’ But I’ve never been fully part of that culture, that role.”

― Claire Messud

“The thing I love about Rome is that is has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it.”

― Claire Tomalin

“I was very surprised when I first started spending time in America. The culture shock was something I wasn’t prepared for. I had a lot of work to do to try to begin to understand this enormous and complex country that I thought would be an easy process.”

― Clare-Hope Ashitey

“The Black Lives Matter movement can be read as an attempt to keep mourning an open dynamic in our culture because black lives exist in a state of precariousness. Mourning then bears both the vulnerability inherent in black lives and the instability regarding a future for those lives.”

― Claudia Rankine

“Every country is different, every league is different – all the culture.”

― Claudio Ranieri

“If you go in Spain, you have to play with another style. The English culture is the English culture. If you come here, you have to play in this style.”

― Claudio Ranieri

“I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn’t really there yet.”

― Claudio Reyna

“Big successful corporations have established their own culture by the time you come along, so you have as high of a chance of changing their overall culture as you have of convincing the U.S. Marines to adopt the ‘long-haired look’ as their standard military haircut.”

― Clay Clark

“Startup culture fosters laughter, debate, and a passionate, non-politically-correct focus on getting things done. And this startup of culture is something entrepreneurs struggle to maintain as the business grows. To ensure this environment continues, create a strong foundation and ensure everyone is on board.”

― Clay Clark

“We don’t see ourselves as just a place where we come to worship but as a beacon and a bearer of the culture and a bearer of what makes us a people. But I like to say that this is not necessarily unique to us. It is really what America is all about.”

― Clementa C. Pinckney

“As we walked through the National Museum of African American History and Culture, I pushed my grandfather in a wheelchair he had reluctantly agreed to sit in. He is a proud man who also knows that his knees aren’t what they once were – that years of high school and college football had long accelerated the deterioration of his aging joints.”

― Clint Smith

“In an effort to create a culture within my classroom where students feel safe sharing the intimacies of their own silences, I have four core principles posted on the board that sits in the front of my class, which every student signs at the beginning of the year: read critically, write consciously, speak clearly, tell your truth.”

― Clint Smith

“America’s economy cannot be disentangled from the free labor that built it, just as America’s culture cannot be unbound from the black artists who cultivated it.”

― Clint Smith

“He was an original, an innovator, and his influence will forever live on in our culture. Whether they know it or not, all DJs have been influenced by him. Thank you, DJ AM.”

― Clinton Sparks

“Television is the first truly democratic culture – the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.”

― Clive Barnes

“There’s not a big gun culture in England at all still.”

― Clive Owen

“As an older dad who grew up in a rural culture in the South, certain things were expected of women, and that included raising the children. But I think it’s just as important for the father to give the baths, to hug, to change the diapers, to tell the stories.”

― Clyde Edgerton

“Pro wrestling has always been ingrained into American culture. It was one of the first things that was ever on television, so everybody watched it. Countless people tell me, ‘I got into wrestling because my grandfather watched it.’ It was always there.”

― CM Punk

“We want to uplift the culture of Filipino – our respect to our elders, how we pray before we eat and sleep. These are things the younger generations tend to forget because of our exposure to other cultures.”

― Coco Martin

“When you get a record attendance for What Culture Pro Wrestling – or just recently with Matt Cross, we did a record attendance for Next Gen in Tennessee. These are various brands. They’re not rinky-dink. They’re small – they’re not WWE – but their soul is there.”

― Cody Rhodes

“To have a record crowd for What Culture, to be in there with Kurt Angle and not to be just, like, Kurt Angle plus garnish, for it instead to be Kurt Angle v. Cody Rhodes, our second match, actually – it was very vindicating. It’s also nice, you know: the greatest revenge in all the world is success, so it’s nice to be vindicated.”

― Cody Rhodes

“It’s easy to get swept up in the trappings of that sort of lifestyle, but I’ve been doing it for long enough that I know how easy it is to fall victim to that sort of arrogance and cockiness that celebrity culture can bring about, in young men especially.”

― Cole Sprouse

“Caltech is a very adventurous place. Part of the culture is that we tolerate people doing things that seem impossible, and also synthesizing and borrowing ideas across very kooky and unusual boundaries.”

― Colin Camerer

“Early on my career, I figured out that I just have to write the book I have to write at that moment. Whatever else is going on in the culture is just not that important. If you could get the culture to write your book, that would be great. But the culture can’t write your book.”

― Colson Whitehead

“Access to information, to music or any kind of culture, is getting faster and faster and more streamlined. At each juncture, people are thrown into tumult and have to adapt or die.”

― Colson Whitehead

“I’m raising kids, and so much of American culture sustains me and gives me things to think about and work on.”

― Colson Whitehead

“I was always into comic books and horror stories and a huge consumer of pop culture. And then I worked for awhile for ‘The Village Voice’.”

― Colson Whitehead

“Towns are suffering from all these things, we should unite until we are all satisfied, man cannot be killing each other as if we were animals, as if we had no culture; that is a lack of culture.”

― Compay Segundo

“As long as we suspect female actors of being somehow complicit in their own victimization, as willing participants in their own humiliation, we shame the victim and enable the culture of silence that allows predators to act with impunity.”

― Connie Nielsen

“On Common Culture, you’ll find coffee, clothing, and compilations. So many C’s!”

― Connor Franta

“I wanted to share my love of coffee with a wider audience and also continue to raise money for The Thirst Project through Common Culture Coffee.”

― Connor Franta

“I think there’s so much about Rasta culture that’s interesting. Just the idea of preaching one-ness, that we’re all in this together.”

― Conor Oberst

“A lot of times, people think of Asian culture as some mythical world instead of modern people with modern occupations with modern problems, modern tools. Like, we’re not all just talking Taoism and kung fu – some people are just trying to get over their breakup with their boyfriend, and they’re Facebook-stalking.”

― Constance Wu

“If you watch any show that stars white people, white people aren’t coming up to them like, ‘Thank you for showing my face on the big screen.’ Because they see their faces in popular culture all the time.”

― Constance Wu

“As much as I would like to be the one who saved hip-hop culture, it’s pretty much nigh-on impossible.”

― Coolio

“You have to stay updated on trends, social things and pop culture, you need to stay with the times and keep evolving.”

― Corey Feldman

“I do think we have a long way to go in terms of the culture around women still being career women, and asking a woman about her career and her work, just seeing them as fully validated human beings in the workplace.”

― Corin Tucker

“I think there’s a huge lack of political artists in America, and I think it really speaks to our consumeristic culture and how people are driven to be financially successful here. It’s such a shame that we don’t have people who are more inspired than that.”

― Corin Tucker

“It’s never a question of skin pigmentation. It’s never a question of just culture or sexual orientation or civilization. It’s what kind of human being you’re going to choose to be from your mama’s womb to the tomb and what kind of legacy will you leave.”

― Cornel West

“Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people’s culture and working people’s culture and so forth.”

― Cornel West

“I think if education was celebrated in pop culture, we’d live in a better place.”

― Cote de Pablo

“We’re a very success-driven culture, which is such a downer at times. Even if you don’t think that way, you’re forced to think that way. Everyone is trying to subconsciously out-do everyone else.”

― Courtney Barnett

“Coming from having absolutely nothing to having a few grand in the bank, it was a big culture leap. I think that’s why I went off the rails a bit really, ’cause there was no training for it. They didn’t do fame in schools.”

― Craig Charles

“I come from a very critical culture. You know the Scots. They’re always saying: ‘Oh, no. It will never work. You’ll never amount to anything. You’ve got to know your place in the world.’”

― Craig Ferguson

“Our culture reflects back what is true. It doesn’t always reflect it back reliably. It can distort things.”

― Craig Mazin

“In the case of ‘Chernobyl,’ we’re telling a story of a government that runs on lies the way cars run on fuel, and there are people who ultimately end up paying the price for those lies – and a certain culture of denial is in place, and the degradation of expertise is in place.”

― Craig Mazin

“I do like things that are not necessarily a reflection of what is considered the right thing by this culture. Somehow, promoting that status quo I find uninteresting.”

― Crispin Glover

“It might sound dramatic and a little grandiose, but as a Latina, I would like to be someone that gives a voice to my culture.”

― Cristela Alonzo

“My goal has always been to just kind of show how my family, we might be a different culture, but we’re completely like everybody else.”

― Cristela Alonzo

“It’s cool to see a bunch of brown kids in the crowd. I wanna be a brown artist that they look up to. I didn’t see that many artists with my same culture that I looked up to when I was growing up. The industry has always been whitewashed.”

― Cuco

“Puffy’s contribution to hip-hop culture was the remix. He offered us the music that his mom played in front of him, with newer drums and younger artists. That worked, and will consistently be there. The remix comes right after the original record, that’s something Puffy did to influence the culture.”

― Curtis Jackson

“There’s a small group of guys in hip-hop that really have money. The whole culture talks about money, but it’s a small group that actually has it.”

― Curtis Jackson

“The opportunity and the concept of merging music culture with actual boxing is exciting. It’s bringing a younger demographic to the sport.”

― Curtis Jackson

“In a lot of Western science fiction, you need some form of conflict, whether it’s aliens or robots. I think in Western culture, being more suspicious of science, and hubris, you’ll see a lot of fear of creating something that goes out of control.”

― Cynthia Breazeal

“In a school where everyone is famous or rich or whatever, you have a culture, ‘What does your dad do?’ ‘What does your mom do?’”

― Cynthia Nixon

“I’m fairly out of the loop when it comes to pop culture.”

― Cynthia Nixon

“People often ask how I can reject the phrase ‘woman writer’ and not reject the phrase ‘Jewish writer’ – a preposterous question. ‘Jewish’ is a category of civilization, culture, and intellect, and ‘woman’ is a category of anatomy and physiology.”

― Cynthia Ozick

“Richard Holbrooke is known for many things, but I will remember him as an impressive, sometimes even intimidating diplomat who understood the value of culture in diplomacy.”

― Cynthia P. Schneider

“No man is born believing that he has dominion over women. Instead, this view is handed down from generation to generation and amplified through social custom, culture, and popular media.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“Fantasy is sort of a blank slate that everybody can project their own culture onto. Everybody can read it in their own way.”

― D. B. Weiss

“When you are culture, you’re forever young, like Snoop. When you’re on that level, it’s just contributing to the gangsta.”

― D.R.A.M.

“Fans can have whatever mindset they want to have. But I don’t want anything to creep into the culture of our program, because our players, they get stuff pushed at them – social media.”

― Dabo Swinney

“I believe that the arts of a culture are terribly important and yet almost indefensible.”

― Dakin Matthews

“I think really, China, Chinese, I think they really have a long history of civilization, rich culture.”

― Dalai Lama

“When pastors don’t have rich spiritual lives with Christ, they become victimized by other models of success – models conveyed to them by their training, by their experience in the church, or just by our culture.”

― Dallas Willard

“We Christians should be aware that there’s something at stake in cultural participation that we wouldn’t have been concerned about if all we did was worry about the messages in culture.”

― Dallas Willard

“The insidious aid culture has left African countries more debt-laden, more inflation-prone, more vulnerable to the vagaries of the currency markets and more unattractive to higher-quality investment.”

― Dambisa Moyo

“Many Africans succumb to the idea that they can’t do things because of what society says. Images of Africa are negative – war, corruption, poverty. We need to be proud of our culture.”

― Dambisa Moyo

“I’m interested in visual vocabulary, like Warhol was interested in that vocabulary of advertisements and television and pop culture.”

― Damian Loeb

“The cartoon is a metaphor really for the fact that it’s almost impossible in our celebrity obsessed culture to move around genres and sort of change you ideas, change your face, you know?”

― Damon Albarn

“In urban culture, Larry Davis is something of a legend.”

― Damon Dash

“The reason why Roc-A-Fella crossed and became so essential to pop culture is that we were probably the most authentic people that were also so sophisticated.”

― Damon Dash

“The thing that’s going to make artificial intelligence so powerful is its ability to learn, and the way AI learns is to look at human culture.”

― Dan Brown

“I think we live in a culture that relentlessly pursues comfort. Ease is related to disease. We shouldn’t always be fleeing hardship. Hardship also brings people together. We should welcome it.”

― Dan Buettner

“We want to make the Cleveland Cavaliers a perennial champion and contender. We want people to be part of the franchise for long periods of time if they fit our culture, no matter who they are, whether it’s LeBron or anybody that contributes.”

― Dan Gilbert

“The truth is, we are a culture built on a reward system, and our instinctive pursuit of pleasure can often lead us astray. We will rationalize anything into an excuse to indulge in whatever it is that makes us feel temporarily satiated.”

― Dan Levy

“To me, the decathlon is its own little society and I am part of that culture.”

― Dan O’Brien

“Really, when it comes to gay rights, there’s two wars going on. The first war is political. But the culture war is over.”

― Dan Savage

“Too many people go into existing organizations and define success as recreating what is there. To be successful as a startup organization within a large, established culture, you really need to think about how you leverage the assets that are there.”

― Dan Schulman

“Food is a lens for culture.”

― Dana Goodyear

“I’m never interested in the painting being a mirror to culture. I think that’s really boring. What I’m interested in is painting as an affective space. The place where the hierarchies of the world can be rearranged within the space of a painting. And they can be articulated in different ways.”

― Dana Schutz

“Coming up, the music of my era was very conscious. I grew up on Public Enemy, and it was popular culture to be aware. People were wearing Malcolm X T-shirts and Malcolm X hats. It was a very cool thing to know who Malcolm X was. It was all in the lyrics. It was trendy to be conscious and aware.”

― D’Angelo

“In Arab culture, music is for celebration. You don’t play music at funerals.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“I did all of California from north to south. I did Florida from north to south. I went to the Midwest. I spent time discovering the culture because I thought I was going to stay in America for only two years. Then I decided to come to New York.”

― Daniel Boulud

“Natural selection is not gene centrist and nor is biology all about genes; our comprehending minds are a result of our fast evolving culture.”

― Daniel Dennett

“In traditional schools, you’re penalized for making a mistake. But that won’t work in the new information culture, in the digital world we live in today.”

― Daniel Greenberg

“Whenever culture has gone through a radical change, as ours has – from industrial age to information age – there are people who will deny that things have changed; they resist it and refuse to change.”

― Daniel Greenberg

“If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace.”

― Daniel H. Wilson

“Human reactions to robots varies by culture and changes over time. In the United States we are terrified by killer robots. In Japan people want to snuggle with killer robots.”

― Daniel H. Wilson

“Through some combination of culture and biology, our minds are intuitively receptive to religion.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“Whenever I’m in a film that’s from a perspective that is dominant within western culture… I’m always trying to prove myself. When it’s from a black perspective, I don’t have to – they get it.”

― Daniel Kaluuya

“The history of science and culture is filled with stories of how many of the greatest scientific and artistic discoveries occurred while the creator was not thinking about what he was working on, not consciously anyway – the daydreaming mode solved the problem for him, and the answer appeared suddenly as a stroke of insight.”

― Daniel Levitin

“To maintain our entrepreneurial spirit, we have to create a culture in which everyone remembers that every order, big or small – and every interaction, every moment – will define what our company is today and what it will become tomorrow.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“We strive for a culture of constant communication. Team members know in real time if there are performance issues. Team leaders know in real time if a team member is unhappy.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“I try hard to always question myself and wonder, ‘What could I have done better? What did I do wrong?’ The culture at our company is to be self-critical, but you have to balance that as a leader with praise for your team.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“The ideal is to build a culture of healthy discussion, where everyone’s ideas are valued. At KIND, we want everyone to be comfortable challenging my or anyone else’s ideas without ever feeling or making someone else feel that the questioning is a personal attack.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“I believe that everyone in a company should pitch in to foster a culture of ownership and respect. At KIND, this belief translates to everyone being in the trenches – from team members just starting out to executives who have been with the company for years.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“Every culture has contributed to maths just as it has contributed to literature. It’s a universal language; numbers belong to everyone.”

― Daniel Tammet

“There are people so alienated from the mainstream of American culture that it’s like a parallel universe. They don’t expect anything but trouble from the square world. Every time they interact with that world, they’re given a ticket, sent to jail, drafted. It’s never good. So they live by a separate value system.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I was a hyperactive kid, and it took awhile for me to find the right teacher. My master was a Shaolin kung fu teacher, but he also taught tai chi, Chinese medicine, brush painting – he was adept at all facets of Chinese culture.”

― Daniel Wu

“There’s a difference between expanding someone’s potential and expanding their actual performance. Performance may measure other things, whether one’s culture supports education, other socio-economic factors.”

― Dannel Malloy

“I’ve sort of escaped my background, as people often do, through art and culture.”

― Danny Boyle

“In our culture, I feel like everyone just wants the good life, the dream life, but I’m learning to embrace suffering because with suffering there’s so much good that comes out of it.”

― Danny Gokey

“Culture is central to what makes us human.”

― Danny K. Davis

“Restaurants and chefs have become followed by such a broad swath of the public, in a way that used to be reserved for sports stars, movie stars, and theater actors. Restaurants are in the firmament of today’s common culture.”

― Danny Meyer

“I’m entranced by the idea of reading the culture back to itself, because I’m conscious that we as people and also as a culture are myth-making machines. So I’m interested in a resistance to that: What we can bend, what we can break.”

― Daphne Gottlieb

“I started in investment banking at Allen & Company in 1991. It was the go-go days of media mergers, and we were incredibly busy with one deal after another. Unlike typical investment banking groups, even in the midst of merger mania, we didn’t have a formal face-time culture – and I felt empowered by that.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“Even before Europe was united in an economic level or was conceived at the level of economic interests and trade, it was culture that united all the countries of Europe. The arts, literature, music are the connecting link of Europe.”

― Dario Fo

“Although, this is often used with negative connotations, I see ideology as an inherent part of culture.”

― Dario Fo

“We are a categorically obsessed culture, where we have to compartmentalize everything in reference to another thing, like, ‘What does it sound like? Does it sound like this?’”

― Darren Criss

“I know black kids who don’t even know any other black kids except their cousins. And that’s enough. You wouldn’t look at these kids and say that they are Uncle Toms or self-hating or fleeing or trying to be white, given the culture in which they live, which is very natural to them as kids.”

― Darryl Pinckney

“The whole American pop culture started in Philadelphia with ‘American Bandstand’ and the music that came out of that city.”

― Daryl Hall

“Most museums in Moscow, like Tretyakov, were established by philanthropists, whose passion for art allowed the development of culture on many levels.”

― Dasha Zhukova

“We give the podium to a lot of people who shouldn’t have the podium. The message that’s delivered the loudest and in the most entertaining way is the one that we’re going to put on because that’s what we want. We want ratings more than we want to deliver information. That’s just where the culture’s gotten.”

― Dave Matthews

“Due to the world I’ve been part of in creating art for so many years, I feel really connected to pop culture and what younger people are talking about.”

― Davey Havok

“Being a musician has actually surrounded and immersed me in pop culture and youth culture from a very young age. But even before I was singing in bands and creating any kind of art, I was always fascinated by pop culture.”

― Davey Havok

“The idea of the peace movement and of people who spent their entire lives trying to have a more egalitarian, just society, suddenly became swamped by the record industry, by the new rock and roll culture, and by the idea of not trusting anyone over thirty.”

― David Amram

“There are a lot of wonderful things created in our culture that have been ignored that can speak to them.”

― David Amram

“I really wanna do a Spanish album. I have that Latin culture background. It’s a part of me. I’m not the best Spanish speaker, but I have a longing to connect with that. I just think how supportive the Latin community has been, even during ‘Idol.’ I’d like to give back with something like that.”

― David Archuleta

“The Home Office culture was one of being just above the problem, of hovering just out of reach of knowing what was going on on the ground, whether it was crime or immigration.”

― David Blunkett

“Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture.”

― David Bohm

“I suppose for me as an artist it wasn’t always just about expressing my work; I really wanted, more than anything else, to contribute in some way to the culture that I was living in. It just seemed like a challenge to move it a little bit towards the way I thought it might be interesting to go.”

― David Bowie

“Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It’s happened many times in the past. It could happen to us.”

― David Brin

“Certainly going back to 2008 during the primary, Secretary Clinton was subjected to various forms of sexism – overt, subtle – that were detrimental. Fortunately, Senator Obama was not subjected to something similar; the culture seemed to tolerate sexism and not racism. We ought not tolerate either.”

― David Brock

“America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams.”

― David Brooks

“I encourage people not to be passive consumers of music and of culture in general. And feeling like, yeah, you can enjoy the products of professionals, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to completely give up the reins and give up every connection to music or whatever it happens to be.”

― David Byrne

“So there’s no guarantee if you like the music you will empathize with the culture and the people who made it. It doesn’t necessarily happen. I think it can, but it doesn’t necessarily happen. Which is kind of a shame.”

― David Byrne

“Movies are such an integral part of American culture. We’re so spread out in this country, and movies offer us a chance to come together and have a communal experience.”

― David Call

“When I first started my graphic design career, and ‘Beach Culture’ magazine, I pretty much ran from the surfer label. It was hard to get people to take you seriously.”

― David Carson

“Once they began doing ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ apparently the audience wasn’t that keen on the ordinary apprentice. That is probably the best indictment with our fascination with celebrity in our culture, which drives me crazy.”

― David Cassidy

“I hitched up to Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love, you know? And I was very much politically aligned with that whole mentality, the whole ideology of that generation, the music, the culture, the behavior.”

― David Cassidy

“America is a country of abundance, but our food culture is sad – based on huge portions and fast food. Let’s stop with the excuses and start creating something better.”

― David Chang

“I think that the Japanese – and I do love Japanese cuisine and adore Japanese food culture – I think that they’re going to plow through the entire world’s fishing. They’re going to eat everything anyways.”

― David Chang

“People don’t think that bread is part of Asian culture or Asian food culture, but it’s quite prevalent in Northern China, and you see it throughout Japan and as you go to Taiwan.”

― David Chang

“In Britain, we’ve tended to replace the kind of architectural culture valued in much of Europe with an in-flight magazine lifestyle – all branding, marketing and ‘accessibility’, a word that usually means dumbing-down.”

― David Chipperfield

“Anybody who comes to the cinema is bringing they’re whole sexual history, their literary history, their movie literacy, their culture, their language, their religion, whatever they’ve got. I can’t possibly manipulate all of that, nor do I want to.”

― David Cronenberg

“The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are.”

― David Dinkins

“Long before social media existed, the proto-tweets of advertising had penetrated American popular culture: ‘A mind is a terrible thing to waste.’ ‘Where’s the beef?’ ‘A diamond is forever.’ ‘Think different.’ You’d be hard pressed to find a writer’s craft that has more directly influenced the vernacular.”

― David Droga

“Flame mails and offensive Internet activities are not classy. It doesn’t fit with our culture here, where we respect the gender, race, opinions, ear-lobe apparel and choice of clothing of all employees.”

― David Duffield

“If the Latterday Saints had not abandoned plural marriage, they would have remained a fringe religion and would never have moved into mainstream American culture. Today, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints thrives. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the country and is the most successful American-born religion.”

― David Ebershoff

“In an industry that celebrates personal sacrifice as a symbol of commitment, you might not consider ‘making sure everyone gets home for dinner’ to be a mark of success, but creating and maintaining that culture is one of the things I’m most proud of.”

― David Einhorn

“We want people to experience art and think about it. The art reflects our time, it is about our culture.”

― David Elliott

“I really want to institute a culture that has nothing to do with shots or minutes or anything like that. It starts with a foundation of service.”

― David Fizdale

“I’m a great pop culture lover, and I’m not a snob.”

― David Furnish

“In the past, a great library was the result of librarians functioning as guardians of culture, tending and caring, selecting and recommending works that maintained and nurtured a cultural heritage.”

― David Gerrold

“What’s interesting about the shift from an industrial age to a technological age is that we keep inventing new media: movies, records, radio, television, the Internet, and now ebooks – and one of the things that’s most interesting about the invention of a new medium is watching it reinvent itself as it penetrates the culture.”

― David Gerrold

“Firemen have a culture of death. There are rituals, carefully constructed for the living, to process the dead.”

― David Grann

“I’ve created a bridge between European electronic culture and urban American culture, and I’ve worked with established brands.”

― David Guetta

“We have developed a culture in which we eat with our taste buds, not our brains.”

― David H. Murdock

“Ballet is certainly appreciated in New York, but it has been a part of the Russian culture, history and heritage for hundreds of years, so it’s much more instilled in the Russian blood.”

― David Hallberg

“I remember coming back to the U.K. after spending five months in Charlotte for ‘Homeland,’ and I just found myself just wandering around London. There’s nothing like it – the buildings, the architecture, the sense of history, the sense of culture – there really is nothing like it.”

― David Harewood

“I like America; I enjoy being there. Some people can’t stand the insincerity – I love the waiter asking me how my day has been, the can-do culture there. I love the fact that again, you are visible in America. You turn the TV on, there are black politicians, black policemen, black soldiers.”

― David Harewood

“My first plays were amazingly bad, but I had a teacher who thought I had promise, and he kept working with me. I finally went to a summer workshop before my senior year with people like Sam Shepard and Maria Irene Fornes who encouraged me to write from my subconscious, and suddenly all this material about culture clash came out.”

― David Henry Hwang

“Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they’re dead.”

― David Henry Hwang

“Richard Hoggart’s cultural analysis ‘The Uses of Literacy’ was published in 1957, but its influence still hovers over anyone setting out to write seriously about people’s affection for things that aren’t serious, such as the products of pop culture.”

― David Hepworth

“Once you get over the culture shock, Filey is a pleasant spot, particularly at the beginning or end of the summer, when the hotels are half full. The brave go in winter, when the wind can be bitter and biting and Filey resumes its real life as a tiny, introverted fishing community.”

― David Hewson

“Movies have a way of distilling moments in our culture, and ‘Gravity’ may be the defining film for the lost-in-space year of 2013: Nothing works.”

― David Ignatius

“Puerto Rican culture is very lively; very lively people; very warm people; and the food is really great. We’re all about cooking a lot of food and having family around, we’re kind of loud. It’s that sort of vibe and it’s great.”

― David Lambert

“When I was in Taiwan, we were there for about 8 months, and I was 11 at the time, so it was definitely a culture shock. But it was a really interesting time to be there. I didn’t entirely realize how different it is from the States. I just accepted it because I was there and my parents needed to be there.”

― David Lambert

“Sportswear and activewear have been evolving over the years, and what makes it interesting is how you reflect the culture in which we’re living in – whether it’s creating clothing for a certain sport or creating new materials that we think athletes or people who are physical want to wear.”

― David Lauren

“I am saying that while popular culture usually portrays practitioners of magic as separate from ordinary people, often biologically different, many people have habits or customs or superstitions that show magic was once a whole lot more democratic.”

― David Liss

“The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it; it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way.”

― David Lloyd

“With ‘Stillness’, I don’t think I appreciated how very codified all the different genres were in radio formats and the various constituencies of the culture. But music is music, too.”

― David Longstreth

“Most of the creative industries have been deskilled by these really powerful ideologies of punk in music and Warhol in the visual arts. I think it would be great for us collectively to ask whether it’s had a negative or positive effect in contributing imaginative stuff to our culture.”

― David Longstreth

“Dirty Projectors has always been a band that’s been card-carrying modernists in terms of pushing different kinds of abstraction to the fore and trying to take them to the center of the culture or something like that.”

― David Longstreth

“Culture exists and evolves to relegate to habit categories of interactions the constant conscious reference to which would make human interaction impossible.”

― David Mamet

“Each culture has its own form of staged combat, evolved from its particular method of street fighting and cleaned up for presentation as a spectacle, e.g. savate, Cornish wrestling, karate, kung-fu.”

― David Mamet

“Americans are pragmatic; we want quick, clean, simple solutions to vast problems. The paradox is that we’re a deeply confessional culture, but we’re not often contemplative.”

― David Means

“Wars never simply end, not for those in combat and not for the culture, and one way or another, they shape-shift from generation to generation.”

― David Means

“Today, Labour has a disruptive economic narrative – that Britain needs fundamental change in its market structure and culture to compete in the modern world.”

― David Miliband

“In all my shows, I’m not interested in the iconic shots of the Capitol and the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. I’m always interested in trying to get the culture of the place – trying to get it right.”

― David Nevins

“Whatever country you go to, you need to definitely follow the rules. So I believe it’s very important for people, wherever they go, any immigrant should know or should try to learn something about the culture.”

― David Ortiz

“’Liberal Fascism’ is less an expose of left-wing hypocrisy than a chance to exact political revenge. Yet, the title of his book aside, what distinguishes Goldberg from the Sean Hannitys and Michael Savages is a witty intelligence that deals in ideas as well as insults – no mean feat in the nasty world of the culture wars.”

― David Oshinsky

“At its best, cinema does retain a remarkable ability to speak to people of every age, from every background, and in ways that almost any other art form in popular culture struggles to compete with.”

― David Puttnam

“I’m interested in Russian language, culture, history… and I lived there, for four years, as a reporter for the Washington Post and have visited many times since.”

― David Remnick

“Think of the sushi trend that started in the ’80s. It was as much about the Nintendo entertainment system in your living room as it was about the availability of good-quality raw fish. The Japanese food trend rose as the world of Japanese business and culture was becoming a bigger part of American life.”

― David Sax

“If I were given a choice between two films and one was dark and explored depraved, troubled or sick aspects of our culture, I would always opt for that over the next romantic comedy.”

― David Schwimmer

“People ask if I miss it, but they don’t understand that American culture is so ubiquitous that there’s nothing to miss. I don’t see myself moving back. It’s not that I hate the United States. I just always thought it would be a shame not to live in a foreign country.”

― David Sedaris

“Our culture is obsessed with real events because we experience hardly any.”

― David Shields

“I think of sports writers as mediating between two worlds. Athletes probably think of sports writers as not macho enough. And people in high culture probably think of sports writers as jocks or something. They are in an interestingly complex position in which they have to mediate the world of body and the world of words.”

― David Shields

“I like having a paperback original. And until literature catches up with the culture – the violence, language, syntax, compression, concision, complexity and diversity that the Internet offers – books still make sense.”

― David Shields

“I try to be as honest as I possibly can about the contradictions within my own heart and thereby get to something ‘true’ and revealing and important about contemporary American culture and human nature.”

― David Shields

“Immanence, or complicity, allows the writer to be a kind of shock absorber of the culture: to reflect back its ‘whatness,’ refracted through the sensibility of his consciousness.”

― David Shields

“I’m really interested in the new nonfiction. I think the hyper-digital culture has changed our brains in ways we cannot begin to fathom.”

― David Shields

“The reigning mythology of the Northwest is obviously nature, and the reigning mythology of the Northeast corridor is culture.”

― David Shields

“When you’re in New York City or Boston or something, you feel surrounded by cities and by culture.”

― David Shields

“When you experience playing in two different leagues, you learn to adapt; you pick up elements from the best virtues of each culture.”

― David Silva

“I’d love to make films in England, and I tried to. I think there’s a wealth of amazing talent and astonishing writing over here; there just seems to be more of a culture of developing films than actually making them.”

― David Slade

“Film is our literature, so we should tell stories that are apropos of our culture, in that we can learn something about ourselves.”

― David Strathairn

“I think nowadays it doesn’t really matter where we are physically located. We create our own culture around us to a large extent, whether it’s what we’re listening to, what we’re watching, what we’re reading – it can have very little to do with one’s immediate cultural environment. We are in a global culture in that respect.”

― David Sylvian

“We sort of expect to see men in women’s clothes. It’s part of our culture. The key thing is, it has to be done quite badly.”

― David Walliams

“Hair pieces and head dresses have always been something that’s been part of my culture.”

― Dawn Richard

“We manufacture a culture in the movie business, and whatever we put out creates a dark side and a bright side, too.”

― Dawn Steel

“Though music transcends language, culture and time, and though notes are the same, Indian music is unique because it is evolved, sophisticated and melodies are defined.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“No human heart is denied empathy. No religion can demolish that by indoctrination. No culture, no nation and nationalism – nothing can touch it because it is empathy.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“We have a culture in Freeport, especially in our football department. We feel that we’re the best team on Long Island, in New York, hands down.”

― D’Brickashaw Ferguson

“I think we have a culture that creates heroes and then needs to knock them down, and then you have to see what the third act brings.”

― Dean Devlin

“You have more real truth to draw from if you are playing evil. We see so much of it around us in our culture, and we also have so much of it in our nature, which we are always warring against, as it were.”

― Dean Jones

“Pink is not a color – it’s a culture to me.”

― DeAngelo Williams

“I’m a culture vulture, and I just want to experience it all.”

― Debbie Harry

“Design and branding are inextricably linked to the way in which society, culture, the environment, and business interact.”

― Debbie Millman

“In design-led organizations, design permeates every initiative and expression. It’s embedded in the culture.”

― Debbie Millman

“American popular culture, like individuals in daily life, tends to either romanticize or demonize mothers. We ricochet between ‘Everything I ever accomplished I owe to my mother’ and ‘Every problem I have in my life is my mother’s fault.’”

― Deborah Tannen

“The meanings of words and the uses of words come from practice from the way people in a given culture use those words.”

― Deborah Tannen

“The culture of critique undermines the spirit not only of people in public roles but of those who read about them, afraid to believe in anyone or anything because the next story… will tell them why they shouldn’t.”

― Deborah Tannen

“Our spirits are corroded by living in an atmosphere of unrelenting contention – an argument culture.”

― Deborah Tannen

“I’m interested in the lives of Americans for whom the ways this culture has tried to define itself – that is, self-esteem defined by material wealth – they have nothing to do with that.”

― Debra Granik

“We are a very youth-driven culture, and I don’t really know why because wisdom tends to come with more years, not fewer.”

― Dede Gardner

“Women have a lot of power in private life. There are many men who would say, ‘Hey, women already rule my life.’ But with women, more is more. The more there are, the more the world gets used to seeing them. We change the culture. We begin to expand options and lead and manage.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“Many differences are rooted in biology and reinforced through culture, so it’s important to acknowledge that. Because if you say men and women are the same and if male behaviour is the norm, and women are always expected to act like men, we will never be as good at being men as men are.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“Washington is still very much a male-oriented culture. Being from Los Angeles, I think it is less so there – there is less attachment to tradition, perhaps, there is more flexibility, more acceptance of change generally. That is partly because of Hollywood.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“The Obamas have changed the culture of the White House.”

― Dee Dee Myers

“Throughout history, it took centuries for the habits of one culture to materially affect another. Now, that which becomes popular in one country can sweep through others within months.”

― Dee Hock

“When I first started going out to lesbian clubs, I felt a very binary recreation of hetero culture. There are butches and femmes, and I felt like I was neither of those things. I’m in a turtleneck and jeans and just learning to be comfortable in that space. I realized I don’t have to be a certain way.”

― Dee Rees

“Culture – art, music, literature – is the long game, because it’s the way to change people’s ideas in a more personal way.”

― Dee Rees

“New Age values are conscious evolution, a non-sectarian society, a non-military culture, global sharing, healing the environment, sustainable economies, self-determination, social justice, economic empowerment of the poor, love, compassion in action, going beyond religious fundamentalism, going beyond nationalism-extreme nationalism, culture.”

― Deepak Chopra

“What gets in our way is history and culture and religion and economic conditions. It is part of the hypnosis of our social conditioning.”

― Deepak Chopra

“A lot of times, in our culture and our society, we put romantic love somehow on a higher plane than self-love and friendship love. You can’t do that. You have to honor and really fully invest in all these different loving relationships.”

― Delilah

“It’s important to celebrate the monogram. It’s the DNA of Vuitton. I think – I hope – there is an interest in the philosophy and culture of the Vuitton name. It’s quite coherent and intellectual, and the products are great. These are things you will want to pass on – things you treasure.”

― Delphine Arnault

“This is more in regards to celebrities. What we’ve got to understand is that we are the influencers of the hip-hop culture, the black culture. We are the way out, you feel what I’m sayin’? As far as who we look to and where we get stuff from – hip-hop culture is influencing the world, really, but especially the black communities.”

― Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

“I think the idea of the social construction of beauty – this idea that beauty is simply whatever culture or society says it is – is on the run. Of course, beauty does arise in a cultural context. No one ever denies that. But there’s also a natural response people have to it.”

― Denis Dutton

“Dumbing down takes many forms: art that is good for you, museums that flatter you, universities that increase your self-esteem. Culture, after all, is really about you.”

― Denis Dutton

“Cinema is an art form that is designed to go across borders. And as a filmmaker, the only way I can direct a movie is when I feel close to my culture.”

― Denis Villeneuve

“In a way, the truth is that I was dreaming to do a movie in the United States just because, as a filmmaker, I always loved the idea of trying to make movies in a different culture, in a different way. It’s always interesting to make a movie abroad.”

― Denis Villeneuve

“The first step in changing a culture, I believe, starts with the senior leadership team – and with the CEO.”

― Denise Morrison

“Evolving our culture to operate and think differently is no small task. We are challenging our employees to be the best of both small and big companies – they should operate with the soul and spirit of a startup, while leveraging the scale, resources and capabilities of Campbell – with the goal of ultimately becoming the biggest small company.”

― Denise Morrison

“I’ll miss the comments from the people on the street who love the show and who have felt its impact on the culture. I won’t miss the shooting schedule, though!”

― Dennis Franz

“It’s ironic that in our culture everyone’s biggest complaint is about not having enough time; yet nothing terrifies us more than the thought of eternity.”

― Dennis Miller

“That vision of a common culture is now simply a remote wistfulness.”

― Dennis Potter

“The Left is doing to America what it has done to almost everything it has deeply influenced – the arts, the university, religion, culture, minorities, Europe: ruining it.”

― Dennis Prager

“Black culture is something I don’t relate to much at all.”

― Dennis Rodman

“I think people who are not from here think the Inner Harbor is the only center for culture or fun in the city, and there’s so much more to Baltimore. The Harbor’s a beautiful place, but there are so many gems embedded in other communities that don’t get as much visibility.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“There is a force of exultation, a celebration of luck, when a writer finds himself a witness to the early morning of a culture that is defining itself, branch by branch, leaf by leaf, in that self-defining dawn, which is why, especially at the edge of the sea, it is good to make a ritual of the sunrise.”

― Derek Walcott

“For so long, the world has viewed West Indian culture as semiliterate and backward, which it is not. In my work, I have tried to give that world an exposure so the world can better understand it.”

― Derek Walcott

“A culture, we all know, is made by its cities.”

― Derek Walcott

“I think a lot of us are increasingly recognizing that the dominant culture is killing the planet.”

― Derrick Jensen

“My audience consists mainly of people who already recognize how bad this culture is, and I want to push them to become more radical. It doesn’t really matter to me if they are Left or Right.”

― Derrick Jensen

“Mythology is a subjective truth. Every culture imagines life a certain way.”

― Devdutt Pattanaik

“It was a culture shock at first, moving from Michigan to Mississippi. But it ended up being the best decision I ever made.”

― Devin Booker

“I love travelling, but I have to admit I didn’t initially take to Agra in India. As soon as you arrive, someone wants to show you around, take your bags or sell you something – and it’s just a bit of a culture shock. You just have to make the necessary mental adjustment to the setting.”

― Dexter Fletcher

“What better way to get to know a culture than to go there and learn their sports? And I say to people who tell me they can’t travel, ‘How much did you spend at the mall this year? How many times did you eat out? Take that money and go.’”

― Dhani Jones

“I watch reality TV, but unless you have been part of that crew, unless you’ve sort of been immersed in that culture in what’s happening, unless you have been in that concentrated moment, you wont believe it unless you’re there. And with ‘Ton of Cash’ we just hope that we captured all of the best moments.”

― Dhani Jones

“Everybody knows that I’m not a snob when it comes to pop culture, obviously. I love reality shows.”

― Diablo Cody

“If I want to get a taste of beach culture, I’ll fire up my season 2 DVD of ‘Beverly Hills, 90210.’”

― Diablo Cody

“I believe that you should not be just raised on what the music is right then. You should be raised on what is from your past, what your parents have grown up with, because it’s a really big piece of your culture that you need to know about, and I’m glad my mother has done that for me.”

― Diana DeGarmo

“My parents really did believe in the Golden Rule. They really did believe that all people should be treated equally. They had friends of every culture, we celebrated different holidays, but really, secretly behind it, they had no problem telling me who I couldn’t marry.”

― Diane Farr

“You have to think about why you’re asking an audience to come to the theater. It’s not that they should come because it’s good for them, because it’s the vegetables that they should eat and the culture shot that they should get… It’s about experience and building community and catalyzing dialogue and bringing people together.”

― Diane Paulus

“In Elizabethan England or classical Athens… theater was at the center of, not culture, but society and politics and religion and civic engagement. Those things have a different audience.”

― Diane Paulus

“I think in our culture there’s been a tendency for people to blame the audience. There is a tendency in our industry to say, ‘The audience has left the building. People don’t want culture anymore.’”

― Diane Paulus

“High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.”

― Diane Wakoski

“Art and culture and all of these things – they really matter. They shape your individuality.”

― Dianne Reeves

“I don’t think parents can protect their kids in this media-nut culture.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“I love and admire the American culture and the American dream. I learnt so many things about the American shoe industry and marketing strategies. I caught the secrets of American casual wear, that is elegant and wearable, retro and modern, and mixed it with an Italian touch, luxurious and handmade.”

― Diego Della Valle

“I went to Japan to experience a new culture, and I would recommend that any footballer does that. But the main reason I went was to play football.”

― Diego Forlan

“We should be biased toward action. We are trying to be a nimble and cohesive culture where people can be heard and there is openness and innovation.”

― Dinesh Paliwal

“At Harman, we had to reinvent ourselves so that we can compete on a global playing field. We did it by instituting a culture where teams can take calculated risks. But to inspire such a shift in mindset requires meaningful rewards across the ranks and freedom to experiment and innovate. I like to think of it as our courage culture.”

― Dinesh Paliwal

“Selling MP3s or physical copies, it’s still cool, but I think it’s slowly becoming outdated to where people just want to build a culture.”

― Diplo

“The traditional media never gave Bernie Sanders the time of day. But he went viral the same way hip-hop and new dances go viral. And I’m part of that culture.”

― Diplo

“Snapchat’s the place where people are hearing and learning about culture.”

― Diplo

“The lack of diversity, specifically in genre films and the superheroes our kids grow up watching and emulating, they can’t really identify with. When you see the same thing, over and over again, and it seems not to speak of you and your heritage and your culture, it leaves you out of this world a little bit.”

― Djimon Hounsou

“I feel like Africans are too often portrayed as people on the National Geographic channel: the image is of an African man in a loincloth chasing a gazelle. It’s not intentionally racist; I wouldn’t call it racist at all. It’s a lack of understanding another culture.”

― Djimon Hounsou

“We have to look at levels of migration. We are in a world that is quite chaotic. Some people are really frightened about it. Some people are quite despairing. They don’t believe our country is capable of providing a good quality of life. That feeds into why people voted Ukip and induces a culture of despair.”

― Dominic Grieve

“Apathy in youth culture is pretty stark.”

― Dominic Holland

“The something-for-nothing culture has been championed by a minority of militant union leaders, who threaten strikes with impunity to secure unjustifiable pay hikes.”

― Dominic Raab

“I was raised into the Romanian Orthodox culture by my parents, and most notably my mother, who is a profoundly religious and spiritual woman.”

― Dominique Moceanu

“It’s no accident that my first novel was called Americana. This was a private declaration of independence, a statement of my intention to use the whole picture, the whole culture.”

― Don DeLillo

“I’ve been around the surf culture since I was a kid. I grew up in a beach town in Rhode Island. Then eventually I lived in Dana Point, Calif., a real surf hotbed.”

― Don Winslow

“Police departments are always a reflection of the society that they serve. Is there such a thing as ‘police culture?’ Absolutely. Is that culture isolated form the surrounding society? Absolutely not.”

― Don Winslow

“Black culture is a fight. We want to hold on to what we are, but sometimes the things that we are can be totally negative. You have to think: can’t we try something new and not be seen as suspect?”

― Donald Glover

“I grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut – during the school time of year – but I preferred it in New Hampshire. I preferred the culture, the landscape, the relative solitude. I’ve always loved it.”

― Donald Hall

“Evolution explains our biological evolution, but human beings are very unique creatures. As the Dobzhansky said, all animals are unique; humans are the uniquest. And that uniqueness of being human, language, art, culture, our dependency on culture for survival, comes from the combination of traditional biological evolution.”

― Donald Johanson

“Well, I don’t think anyone now would say that they’re painting the state of the culture of America. I think that’s too grand and pompous a thing for anybody to claim.”

― Donald Judd

“There is no Polish culture without Jewish culture.”

― Donald Tusk

“Before they got vengeful, conservatives had some useful points to make about welfare. Government ‘help’ is too often guilt-assuaging gesture. It creates layers of wasteful bureaucracy. Too much help of the wrong sort creates a culture of dependency that swamps our ability to provide.”

― Donella Meadows

“A white-boy attitude is ‘I must exclude, denigrate, and leave behind.’ They don’t see it or think about it. It’s a culture.”

― Donna Brazile

“A man always has to leave his homeland, go to another time zone, another culture, to get a different recognition – to be accepted as someone who’s following a different path, who’s moving into a different mode.”

― Donovan

“In bohemian circles, we were very aware that poetry was missing from popular culture.”

― Donovan

“Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon… We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our culture is. The artist is a professional see-er.”

― Dorothea Lange

“I always thought about ‘Station to Station’ as an approach. It was about creating an alternative platform for culture where different mediums could co-exist.”

― Doug Aitken

“Our culture is not this thing to be seen from a distance. We need to be embracing the friction of it all – that is where the energy is.”

― Doug Aitken

“’Station to Station’ came out of a sense of urgency – a sense that culture, be it art, film or architecture, has become so compartmentalised. For this project, we wanted to break that and create a language that is more nomadic and less materialistic and really empowering for the creators and the audience.”

― Doug Aitken

“’Station to Station’ is a series of happenings that go across the landscape. What is a happening? A happening is a moment in time. A moment in time that is not choreographed, where you don’t know precisely what’s going on. Where there are aspects of different layers of culture.”

― Doug Aitken

“When I graduated, I was going to go to school for law, but had such an affinity for hip-hop. It was like walking into a casino and I decided to bet everything on hip-hop, and I hit! My hit wasn’t just a hit for me, it was a hit for everyone in this culture.”

― Doug E. Fresh

“Under Ed Miliband’s leadership, we are changing both our party’s structures and culture.”

― Douglas Alexander

“Wall Street has played a role in everyone’s life, and it has been vilified by everyone, but I think that the average trader didn’t have a sense of what was coming. The culture is so vacuous, it’s possible to come to it straight out of college and never have a real adult life, even if you have the wife and kids.”

― Douglas Brunt

“I have a foundational belief that business results start with culture and your people.”

― Douglas Conant

“I strongly believe that you can’t win in the marketplace unless you win first in the workplace. If you don’t have a winning culture inside, it’s hard to compete in the very tough world outside.”

― Douglas Conant

“I think way back, the ’20s or the ’30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a list of instructions on the box, like how to use this thing, I think someone arbitrarily said, ‘Make sure the person in the photograph is smiling.’ And we went from that one sort of set of industrial instructions to this whole culture of perkiness.”

― Douglas Coupland

“I’m starting to wonder if pop culture is in its dying days, because everyone is able to customize their own lives with the images they want to see and the words they want to read and the music they listen to. You don’t have the broader trends like you used to.”

― Douglas Coupland

“High school is such a shared experience in North American culture.”

― Douglas Coupland

“When future archaeologists dig up the remains of California, they’re going to find all of those gyms their scary-looking gym equipment, and they’re going to assume that we were a culture obsessed with torture.”

― Douglas Coupland

“To have a healthy culture, you have to have stable health care financing and stable arts financing and stable sports financing, and if you don’t have that, your culture becomes a parking lot.”

― Douglas Coupland

“In our culture, good looks are so important, and today he’d head straight for a plastic surgeon, but in Cyrano’s time, the nose was who he was, and it didn’t matter that he was a brilliant poet, a brilliant swordsman, a brilliant man. His nose defined him.”

― Douglas Hodge

“As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends of the far-off centuries fade and pass away. No one sees their influence upon culture; no one sees their educational power.”

― Douglas Hyde

“Chanel is here forever. She changed fashion, she changed culture, and she changed how people dress.”

― Douglas Kirkland

“Since the 1960s, mainstream media has searched out and co-opted the most authentic things it could find in youth culture, whether that was psychedelic culture, anti-war culture, blue jeans culture. Eventually heavy metal culture, rap culture, electronica – they’ll look for it and then market it back to kids at the mall.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“Once a teen has been identified as part of the ‘target market,’ he knows he’s done for. The object of the game is to confound the marketers, and keep one’s own, authentic culture from showing up at the shopping mall as a prepackaged corporate product.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“When digital culture first came along, it was supposed to create more time, by allowing us to shift time around. Somehow instead we’ve strapped devices to ourselves that ping us all the time.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“As popular culture becomes more presentist, we move away from entertainment as the vicarious experience of a narrative – as watching someone else’s story – and much more toward enacting one’s own story. Moving away from myths and toward fantasy role-playing games, away from movies and toward videogames.”

― Douglas Rushkoff

“If you just hold your cell phone for 30 seconds and think backwards through its production, you have the entire techno-industrial culture wrapped up there. You can’t have that device without everything that goes with it.”

― Douglas Tompkins

“I fell in love with ’50s hot-rod, pinup-girl culture.”

― Drake Bell

“Although I was born in Idaho and now live in New York, I definitely identify with the European aesthetic. Paris is my mecca; it’s where I discovered my flair for fashion. But I pay rent and work in New York, so that is my home – I love the culture clash of the city.”

― Dree Hemingway

“The Madden NFL franchise holds a special place in popular culture and the cover is a coveted position for players all over the league. I’m honored to be the first cover athlete chosen by Madden NFL fans and it’s a great way to cap off an amazing year for the Saints and the city of New Orleans.”

― Drew Brees

“I’m always going to use music, use culture as a tool to engage people to have this dialog, to enable others. That’s very important.”

― Du Yun

“In the Middle Eastern culture, it is looked upon with very high regard to get the best deal possible, no matter what it takes, and that includes lying.”

― Duncan D. Hunter

“My second record was all about big ideas – I was trying to make big statements about the culture, about life. I think in a certain way, I was a 27 year old kid with a guitar.”

― Duncan Sheik

“I’ve been known to have a good step or two. I’m half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“I’d love to do a musical. I’ve been known to have a good step or two. I’m half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“When I started Dylan’s Candy Bar in 2001, I wanted it to be a place that merged my love of pop culture, fashion, art and music with candy. Since then, we have been fortunate to pioneer artistic partnerships with many legends.”

― Dylan Lauren

“Before I got married, I never really watched TV. Now, my husband and I watch ‘The Bachelor’ together. I love ‘The Soup’ – that’s where I get a lot of my pop culture – and ‘Chelsea Lately.’”

― Dylan Lauren

“I believe that Ryan Murphy is a genius. His instincts remind me of Andy Warhol. I recently went to the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh, and you can see a lot of echoes of Andy in Ryan’s work. Like Andy, Ryan’s finger is so on the pulse of culture that he’s ahead of culture. Their aesthetic and their vision of the world are very similar.”

― Dylan McDermott

“America is this incredible mosaic of immigrants, so people really want to be anchored in some kind of culture as well as the one they are living in.”

― Dylan Moran

“If you offshore, if you telecommute, if you do anything to minimize your company’s physical real estate, there are real consequences to its culture and cohesion.”

― Dylan Taylor

“L.A. is so much about ratings and box office; that defines everything. And here, of course it’s important, but it’s not part of the culture – there’s too much else going on in New York. They’re not going to let one industry monopolize your attention, you know? You’re likely to have best friends who are architects or newspaper reporters.”

― Dylan Walsh

“I did have a feeling then that the culture of factuality was so dominating that storytelling had lost all its authority.”

― E. L. Doctorow

“But I feel music has a very important role in ritual activity, and that being able to join in musical activity, along with dancing, could have been necessary at a very early stage of human culture.”

― E. O. Wilson

“Lil B opened up the floodgates for Odd Future, and now rap has a huge Internet culture.”

― Earl Sweatshirt

“I know now that I began writing in a country where the word ‘woman’ and the word ‘poet’ were almost magnetically opposed. One word was used to invoke collective nurture, the other to sketch out self-reflective individualism. Both states were necessary – that much the culture conceded – but they were oil and water and could not be mixed.”

― Eavan Boland

“If you live only in one culture for the first 20 years of your life, you become conditioned without knowing it.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“Lots of human-rights tragedies deserve concerts, but there’s something extra with Tibet. It’s a spiritual culture, a country rooted in humility and compassion. And among artists, there’s a lot of Buddhists, people who want an alternative to basic Christianity, which doesn’t offer much.”

― Ed Kowalczyk

“The fans, man, the fans have a little different way of thinking. They really applaud the spirit of fighters, and that put a huge influence on the type of energy I fought with, rather than if I won or lost. America’s a real win-or-lose culture, where with the Japanese, fighting with spirit is enough.”

― Eddie Alvarez

“I like a walking culture; I need to be in a city where you can walk everywhere.”

― Eddie Huang

“Black culture has been a huge influence in my life.”

― Eddie Huang

“But what I’m very interested in, whether it’s writing, whether it’s hosting a show, whether it’s cooking food, I’m just into the discussions of identity, culture and the politics of culture.”

― Eddie Huang

“There is a lot of food culture that goes on in the home and in the community in non-traditional ways. Food is a lot more than restaurants.”

― Eddie Huang

“I used to be the hippest of them all. I used to know everything about everything. I used to read about everything that was going on, and I knew everybody’s name and anybody in pop culture. Anything that was written about me, I would read.”

― Eddie Murphy

“The land and the ocean are living, breathing entities that supported us, clothed us, fed us, and nurtured our culture from time immemorial.”

― Eden Robinson

“My father was military, so I traveled a lot, so I had 13 to 15 first days in new schools. Bullies transcend culture, unfortunately, and I had to deal with them wherever I went. I knew how to defend myself. But I didn’t know how to fight.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“Feminism is nothing but equality, and actually, feminism benefits men because it liberates us and it releases us from many stigmas imposed by the macho culture on us as well. So if more of us could understand that it’s nothing but equality, I think many agendas in terms of equality would have advanced quicker because it really helps us as well.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“The community that stands behind a culture as a comprehensively productive personality must be so extensive that in it, to a certain degree, all partialities balance out and work together.”

― Edith Stein

“A community having the breadth and scope of a people still cannot claim to be an ethnic community unless and until there emerges from its mentality a distinctive culture particularized by the community’s special character.”

― Edith Stein

“I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had no room for a colored sculptor.”

― Edmonia Lewis

“The colonial period has been the proving ground in America for the new social history, which concentrates on the ordinary doings of ordinary people rather than on high culture and high politics. Unfortunately ordinary people, almost by definition, leave behind only faint traces of their existence.”

― Edmund Morgan

“In Puerto Rico, there has developed a culture of taking out loans and not paying them back. That has ended.”

― Eduardo Bhatia

“The world is organised by the war economy and the war culture.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Our culture runs on coffee and gasoline, the first often tasting like the second.”

― Edward Abbey

“Civilization is a youth with a molotov cocktail in his hand. Culture is the Soviet tank or L.A. cop that guns him down.”

― Edward Abbey

“Our culture has become increasingly intolerant of that acute sorrow, that intense mental anguish and deep remorse which may be defined as grief. We want to medicate such sorrow away.”

― Edward Hirsch

“There’s never been a culture without poetry in the history of the world.”

― Edward Hirsch

“In every culture, in every language, there is expressive play, expressive word play; there’s language use to different purposes that we would call poetry.”

― Edward Hirsch

“You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.”

― Edward James Olmos

“Culture is not made up but something that evolves which is human.”

― Edward T. Hall

“We should never denigrate any other culture but rather help people to understand the relationship between their own culture and the dominant culture. When you understand another culture or language, it does not mean that you have to lose your own culture.”

― Edward T. Hall

“My idea here is that, inasmuch as certain cognitive tasks and principles are tied to nature’s laws, these tasks and principles are indifferent to language, culture, gender, or the particular mode of information that is provided.”

― Edward Tufte

“Samurai culture did exist really, for hundreds of years and the notion of people trying to create some sort of a moral code, the idea that there existed certain behaviors that could be celebrated and that could be operative in a life.”

― Edward Zwick

“Stories are one of the means by which a culture preserves its identity.”

― Edward Zwick

“I think every culture – you can call it an American Ronin, a medieval knight errant, you could talk about ‘Shane.’ There is an archetype that I think is actually common to a lot of cultures, and even the Clint Eastwood stuff was probably as influenced by the Japanese stuff, and yet done by an Italian.”

― Edward Zwick

“A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Our decision-making is better when we draw on the collective knowledge and unvarnished opinions of the group.”

― Edwin Catmull

“One of the effects Pixar University has on the culture is that it makes people less self-conscious about their work and gets them comfortable with being publicly reviewed.”

― Edwin Catmull

“Pastors can lead the way in motivating the faithful to wise stewardship of their citizenship responsibilities. Without a healthy culture and civil society, limited government and ordered liberty will be impossible.”

― Edwin Meese

“I love Canada, and I dated someone who was Canadian a few years ago, and she brought me into a deeper understanding of the greatness of the culture.”

― Eileen Myles

“Success in math and the hard sciences, far from being a matter of gender, is almost entirely dependent on culture – a culture that teaches girls math isn’t cool and no one will date them if they excel in physics.”

― Eileen Pollack

“There’s this moment happening in our culture where the power of the audience and the influence that people of color have is undeniable at this point.”

― Elaine Welteroth

“The way that I see astrology is as a repository of thought and psychology. A system we’ve created as a culture as way to make things mean things.”

― Eleanor Catton

“Looking at female candidates today, other women are the hardest on them, especially older women who were brought up in a different culture.”

― Eleanor Clift

“I was born into a Greek family, and it was instilled in me not only to be passionate about the culture but also to be freaky loyal.”

― Elena Kampouris

“London has this culture of the theatre that is so big, it was a like a dream – but I never had a thought to be able to play here because my English was not very good. So being given the opportunity to come work here was like a gift.”

― Elena Roger

“Possession and exorcism is something that’s in every religion and every culture. It’s a real primal fear: Is the body a vessel for our spirits? What happens if something else takes over it? Where does the spirit go?”

― Eli Roth

“Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.”

― Elie Wiesel

“The problems in the Russian novel are quite similar to the problems of Turkish nationalism and Turkish culture, which was something that I grew up thinking didn’t affect me very much because my parents didn’t really talk about it.”

― Elif Batuman

“There’s definitely a culture of Russian literature in Turkey. And in the U.S. too, to an extent – especially Dostoevsky.”

― Elif Batuman

“Turkey is a complex country. Most readers are women, of all generations, and they are passionate about books. However, the written culture is mostly patriarchal. In general, men write; women read. I would like to see this pattern changing. More women should write novels, poems, plays, and hopefully, more men will read fiction.”

― Elif Safak

“Our country is slowly but surely moving – and I’ve seen it over and over again in many instances in government – toward a culture of mediocrity.”

― Elijah Cummings

“Iowa City is okay as Midwestern cities go, but there’s no food, no culture, no ocean.”

― Elin Hilderbrand

“It is my hope that as we commemorate Black History Month in the future, we will continue to celebrate the many achievements and rich culture of African-Americans.”

― Eliot Engel

“I don’t think ‘Cocktail’ was a perfect critical success, but it touched a vein in our culture.”

― Elisabeth Shue

“At Cambridge, there was a completely unintimidating culture, and there were no class divisions among the students.”

― Elizabeth Blackburn

“Climbing is an understated culture.”

― Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“Majorca is this destination where, you know, you have a lot of money, but you want to go somewhere quite exclusive. And the culture of the island is still traditionally Spanish. It hasn’t been infested by tourists. I think, in the ’20s or something, an extremely wealthy person built this little kingdom of villas.”

― Elizabeth Debicki

“What compels the Hindu right’s volcanic reaction to Valentine’s Day? Some of its members have protested that the holiday is the product of a ‘rotten imported culture’ from the West.”

― Elizabeth Flock

“I don’t think anyone could write about another culture and get it 100 percent accurate.”

― Elizabeth George

“When somebody has an enormous success in this culture, people start asking two questions, which are ‘What are you doing now?’ and ‘How are you going to beat that?’ And I have to say, I love the assumption that your intention is to beat yourself constantly – that you’re in battle against yourself.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“I’ve come to realize that the contemporary creative culture is not generating the best possible outcome.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

“I didn’t read much SF as a kid – I was a total Tolkien geek – but I started reading Samuel Delany and Angela Carter and Ursula LeGuin in high school, and I was definitely taken with the notion that here was a literature that could explore various notions of gender identity and how it affects the culture at large.”

― Elizabeth Hand

“England as a culture has endured so much more than America has as a culture, so it’s given them a different perspective.”

― Elizabeth McGovern

“Anyone could be in the orchestra, or sports team, or arts club at my school. It was precisely the kind of inclusivity that now meets with a sort of scorn and derision as a prizes-for-all culture that generates only mediocrity. There’s something so insulting about the idea that including lots of people means mediocrity.”

― Elizabeth Price

“It was such a culture shock for me, being plucked from this diverse neighborhood in London into Jamaica Queens. I’m in this new environment, and I had an English accent.”

― Ella Mai

“If, in the coming thousand years, a feminine culture shall really supplement the masculine, then this will be exactly in the measure in which women have the courage to create and to act as most feminists now do not even dare think.”

― Ellen Key

“The struggle of democratic secularism, religious tolerance, individual freedom and feminism against authoritarian patriarchal religion, culture and morality is going on all over the world – including the Islamic world, where dissidents are regularly jailed, killed, exiled or merely intimidated and silenced.”

― Ellen Willis

“For the most part, Americans speak of culture and politics as if they were two separate realms.”

― Ellen Willis

“The artificial separation of politics and culture is nowhere more pronounced than in the discourse of foreign policy and international affairs.”

― Ellen Willis

“The Asian culture has to be a part of what we see on TV and in movies.”

― Elodie Yung

“The United States is definitely ahead in culture of innovation. If someone wants to accomplish great things, there is no better place than the U.S.”

― Elon Musk

“What makes ‘Pootie Tang’ the motion picture enjoyable is its no-brow ambitions; it’s a joke action film. It slides through enough African-American pop culture signifiers to raise laughs out of those who will appreciate the references; it revels in more cheese per square inch than a soul food diner.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“We do want to be diverted and be interested and be provoked by popular culture – by art, if we’re lucky. And it’s amazing how often people have lost sight of this.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“If you start off as a fearsome figure in pop culture, it’s almost axiomatic that at some point, years under the lights softens you into a cuddly family figure.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“I’ve enjoyed living in New York for the last 10 years, where there’s a real film culture, with the Film Forum and Lincoln Center.”

― Elvis Mitchell

“I’m a wonderful disaster. So are you. We’re all a mess. We’re in this culture that says take this pill and you’ll be happy, go on this diet and you’ll be thinner, have your teeth whitened, people will love you more.”

― Emilio Estevez

“Being from Australia, I’ve never even touched a gun. It’s so not a part of our culture.”

― Emily Browning

“People will say, ‘How do I get abs like you?’ I don’t know. We’re all different. If my girlfriend did what I did, hiking and yoga for a workout, it would affect her body in a different way. That’s the message that I really want to get out there. I’m trying to counteract that culture.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“My high school didn’t have a football team; we just had like a surf team, because I grew up in Encinitas, California, which is the ultimate place where everyone skated or surfed, so it was a very different culture. It was, like, cool to be the art kid.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“I like books that explore identity and youth culture or rites of passage.”

― Emily Weiss

“A lot of people in my world – in the acting world – have either lost friends to Aids or live with HIV because its origin in our culture, in New York for instance, was in the gay community.”

― Emma Thompson

“I understand what it’s like to come with your family, and to uproot yourself and come to another culture. You need a lot of support. People say, ‘She’s got her daughter; she’s got her husband.’ Yeah, but she hasn’t got anyone else.”

― Emma Thompson

“Through work, education, and culture, I will give hope to our country.”

― Emmanuel Macron

“Given the growing popularity of pop culture conventions, many of them are selling out, leaving a lot of fans out in the dark and having to trawl the Internet for bits and pieces of news that relate to these events.”

― Emmett Shear

“The 1970s, the decade of my teenage years, was a transitional period in American youth culture.”

― Eric Allin Cornell

“When you fight something like cancer, you not dealing with a person that looks at where you come from or what’s your background or what race you are or what ethnicity or whatever. Whatever your culture is, it doesn’t care about that. It doesn’t sleep – it doesn’t get tired – so if you make it about yourself, you’re going to fail every time.”

― Eric Berry

“I remember hearing Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Big Bill Broonzy, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley and not really knowing anything about the geography or the culture of the music. But for some reason it did something to me – it resonated.”

― Eric Clapton

“Modernism in Vienna brought together science and culture in a new way to create an Age of Insight that emphasized a more complex view of the human mind than had ever existed before.”

― Eric Kandel

“I guess I’m concerned that vulgarity has now officially entered the mainstream of our culture, and I think people have to respectfully stand up and say, ‘No thanks.’”

― Eric Metaxas

“If the main contribution that Christians make to culture is complaining about it, we’re doing something wrong.”

― Eric Metaxas

“Many in our increasingly secular culture want to chase Christians out of the public square altogether.”

― Eric Metaxas

“Part of my life’s thesis is that we live in a culture that has bought into the patently silly idea that there is a divide between the secular world and the faith world.”

― Eric Metaxas

“For proof that our culture has gone to the dogs, look no further than the bizarrely parental ways many Americans talk about our furry friends.”

― Eric Metaxas

“I think that’s something that we as black people in this country have been robbed of. I compare it to my brother’s wife, who is Hispanic. She was born in America but her parents are from Honduras. She speaks Spanish. She knows the culture. But most black people, we were robbed of that. We don’t know our heritage.”

― Eric Reid

“You get a culture of entrepreneurship after you have successfully changed the accountability system so that people can use a better process. Process drives culture, not the other way around, so you can’t just change the culture, you have to change the system.”

― Eric Ries

“The beginnings of the hacker culture as we know it today can be conveniently dated to 1961, the year MIT acquired the first PDP-1.”

― Eric S. Raymond

“People who study primate societies make a distinction between two kinds of cultural interactions, agonic and hedonic. In agonic societies, you gain status by asserting dominance over others. In hedonic societies, you gain status by drawing attention to yourself. Open source is a hedonic culture.”

― Eric S. Raymond

“If you think about the history of the PC industry, the PC industry has essentially been nothing but acquisitions by one company or another. Dell is the outlier. Dell built its own culture. They automated themselves to be the most efficient manufacturer.”

― Eric Schmidt

“Google is very much a not-invented-here, build-it-ourselves culture.”

― Eric Schmidt

“I support gun safety measures, and I’ll tell you, I grew up in a family of gun owners and hunters, and I went hunting with my dad as a kid, and you know, I have deep respect for the Second Amendment and the culture of our country.”

― Eric Swalwell

“I’m not a culture snob. So while, of course, I think the Mozart ‘Requiem’ or, say, Beethoven’s ‘Ninth’ are some of the greatest works of art in the history of humankind, that’s not to say the Beatles or Queen or Simon and Garfunkel aren’t brilliant, beautiful, important works of art that should be sung without a sense of irony.”

― Eric Whitacre

“I don’t think that I had any idea that ‘Fear of Flying’ would become a part of the culture. I had no idea that it would go all over the world and be published in Chinese and Serbo-Croat and so on.”

― Erica Jong

“What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.”

― Erich Fromm

“Man’s biological weakness is the condition of human culture.”

― Erich Fromm

“This happens to a lot of kids from different backgrounds – they lose a lot of their parents’ and grandparents’ teachings, language and culture because they have to deal with another language and culture 24/7. By the time I was 44, I was terrible at Spanish. I was always intimidated whenever I had to speak it.”

― Erik Estrada

“The one place where I do think our culture today has to be extremely careful is this whole thing about illegal aliens. Because any time you start defining a significant block of the population as ‘others,’ or as less than you, you start getting into dangerous waters.”

― Erik Larson

“If I’d been living in Berlin in 1933-34, could I possibly have foreseen the Holocaust and all the corollary horrors of World War II? And if I had, would I have done anything about it? I also started to wonder: how does a culture slip its moorings?”

― Erik Larson

“I’ve been to Australia several times, and I just like the earthiness; it’s part of the culture. That’s a really good vibe to be around.”

― Erin Heatherton

“I feel like I was hit by all of geek culture at once while I was growing up in the ’70s and ’80s. Saturday morning cartoons like ‘Star Blazers’ and ‘Robotech.’ Live action Japanese shows like ‘Ultraman’ and ‘The Space Giants.’”

― Ernest Cline

“I’m incredibly nostalgic for the ’80s, because I think that’s when Geek Culture really kicked in to high gear.”

― Ernest Cline

“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”

― Ernest Gaines

“I just think music is so intrinsically linked with images in the culture that we live in that you’ll be hard-pressed to have an experience with the music without a preconceived notion.”

― Esperanza Spalding

“Reddit, which calls itself ‘The Front Page of the Internet,’ is more influential in shaping Internet culture than its comparatively small reach would lead you to believe.”

― Ethan Zuckerman

“I wanna show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are the American music and that is the American culture.”

― Etta James

“American culture is probably the least Christian culture that we’ve ever had because it is so materialistic and it’s so full of lies. The whole advertising world is just, it’s just intertwined with lies, appealing to the worst of the instincts we have.”

― Eugene H. Peterson

“Politics separate men by bringing them together only superficially. Art and culture unite us in a common anguish that is our only possible fraternity, that of our existential and metaphysical community.”

― Eugene Ionesco

“Good priests never look for awards and, perversely enough in the clerical culture universe, do not receive many. Like the aged nuns who taught selflessly and nearly anonymously all their lives, these servants of the People of God only get into the papers when their obituaries are printed.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“It’s a classic error in American discourse: the conflation of race with culture.”

― Euny Hong

“Basically, I feel like people have always taken photos of themselves. When I was in college, I had these Polaroid cameras my friends and I would have so much fun with. Today, we’d be taking those pictures on our phones. I think it’s just part of culture today… Why not have fun with it?”

― Eva Chen

“In the Mexican culture, we never miss a baptism, a birthday, a baby shower, a wedding shower, a wedding. You must show up. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble.”

― Eva Longoria

“It is very challenging to have a kind of data-driven, performance-oriented culture and to do progressive pedagogy. These things don’t naturally, or easily, go together.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“I took my teaching responsibilities very seriously… I taught some great courses: Legal history to feminist theory, courses in American mass culture… I love teaching – I mean really love it.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“Whatever culture, whatever country, girls are taught to please others as opposed to pleasing themselves.”

― Eve Ensler

“I live in a neighborhood where there’s a lot of West Indian culture, so it’s nice.”

― Eve

“Creative experimentation propels our culture forward. That our stories of innovation tend to glorify the breakthroughs and edit out all the experimental mistakes doesn’t mean that mistakes play a trivial role. As any artist or scientist knows, without some protected, even sacred space for mistakes, innovation would cease.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“North Korea aside, most authoritarian governments have already accepted the growth of the Internet culture as inevitable; they have little choice but to find ways to shape it in accord with their own narratives – or risk having their narratives shaped by others.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“This is a coca leaf. This is not cocaine. This represents the culture of indigenous people of the Andean region.”

― Evo Morales

“Dialogue is the basis of Indian culture, and we don’t want to make any enemies. Political and ideological adversaries, perhaps, but not enemies.”

― Evo Morales

“I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for.”

― Ezra Miller

“We didn’t have much money growing up, so we hopped around L.A. a lot in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. I’m very familiar with the shifting culture there.”

― F. Gary Gray

“I taught a master class in film in France, and that was a great experience because I got a chance to study the French film culture and the French film history, so to add… just to expand myself just personally and professionally was really helpful.”

― F. Gary Gray

“Japan is very cosmopolitan – it values its origins, but a world view hovers above this narrow perspective. The interest of the Japanese in their folk culture is transcendental.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“Although I grew up as a fan of the culture from the disco D.J. era as a young kid and hearing the beginnings of hip-hop, I’m hearing it all from another borough in Brooklyn.”

― Fab Five Freddy

“I want to plug back into the hip-hop audience. Whether it be fans who grew up watching ‘Yo!’, or people who have become familiar with the culture via the Internet.”

― Fab Five Freddy

“In case you don’t watch much TV or spend time with anyone under 40, ‘Really?’ is pop culture’s pithiest way to deliver a withering put-down.”

― Faith Salie

“Art and culture are the greatest weapons against hate agendas, entrenched ideologies, and power structures that harbor and promote the business of divisiveness.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“Slaves and the descendants of slaves created world pop culture. Let’s keep it real and be very respectful about that.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“Sometimes stereotyping happens not because of any nefarious reasons but rather because people don’t know who you are or where you come from, so they go for the broad strokes about you, your culture, your faith, all that.”

― Faran Tahir

“Culture follows power.”

― Fareed Zakaria

“We go after legacies because we just know that, sooner or later, people will understand what we bring to this culture and bring to the game.”

― Fat Joe

“The biggest misconception in the hip-hop industry is that people are only focused on the money. We should just be happy for everybody that is working in the hip-hop culture.”

― Fat Joe

“Latinos been a part of hip-hop culture and every other culture; we’ve been influential in every aspect of life.”

― Fat Joe

“We gotta be proud to be Latino. It’s almost like we cheating because we’re American and we live by American customs, but at the same time, we got that Latino culture. We cheating; we double dipping.”

― Fat Joe

“I always remember that I am a representative of my country, and I always think about the culture I’m bringing to people.”

― Fedor Emelianenko

“In Malaysia, where Western culture was extremely influential, I’d grown up listening to Elvis and the Beatles and watching American movies. People wanted to be like Americans. In contrast, when I got here, I saw prosperous middle-class American college students wanting to somehow join the Third World.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“When I arrived in America, I experienced serious culture shock. For someone with a religious upbringing, the 1960s were an extremely difficult time. Even though religion was a big part of the civil rights and peace movements, in my college religion was treated as irrelevant, hopelessly stodgy, and behind the times.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“There’s real potency in metal. Metal fans love metal as if it’s a nation they would fight for. It’s not diluted by pop culture.”

― Feist

“At no point am I ever threatened by people who question who I am, or why I like the things I do, or my legitimacy. Because I know who I am very strongly, and I think that’s what geek culture can reinforce.”

― Felicia Day

“From the early days of the Raj, Shakespeare had been woven into the fabric of India’s education, and my father understood that in a culture rich with storytelling and fantastical tales, Shakespeare’s characters and storylines resonated in a powerful way.”

― Felicity Kendal

“Labor is the source of all wealth and all culture.”

― Ferdinand Lassalle

“I am very proud of what we have built in Spain, because it is not a traditional Formula 1 country. I think we have found passionate fans, and built up a strong culture for the sport – and things are improving every day, with more and more people getting interested.”

― Fernando Alonso

“Expression without culture is flat. Many artists come out of art school and start doing things that don’t last. They are audacious because of ignorance. They are irresponsible.”

― Fernando Botero

“Lula’s political culture translated into a government project that sought to include the poor in the budget with minimal efforts in terms of structural transformation. The inclusion of the poor would trigger the economy, creating a virtuous cycle of mass consumption market, increased tax collection, more investments, and more benefits.”

― Fernando Haddad

“Why not mix this and that? If soy goes well with fish, how come no one does beef carpaccio with soy? Why do we have such a taste and not another? It’s all about culture. There is something, however, that I really don’t like: bell peppers.”

― Ferran Adria

“Chinese combatants, men and women, inheritors of a millennial culture, are people of uncommon intelligence and an invincible spirit of struggle.”

― Fidel Castro

“New York has a deep culture of house and dance music, and to be able to tap into that is my way of shutting off. I go to friends’ parties and local spots around the area: places I can go to, have a dance, and forget about being an actor and the attention.”

― Finn Jones

“Ryan Murphy, he basically tries to find something that’s a pulse, a pressure point in our culture, and he grabs it, and he squeezes it. I think ‘Freak Show’ has a lot to do with the entertainment industry and the way we entertain ourselves: the objectification of people and the lengths we’ll go for our own amusement.”

― Finn Wittrock

“I think we live in a culture where it is really difficult to get privacy because everything is so accessible. It’s very difficult to maintain your comfortable life with a sort of mystique.”

― FKA twigs

“For me it’s the high-water mark of American culture – not so much contemporary jazz, which has become kind of academic, but the jazz from the ’20s on through the ’70s.”

― Flea

“There’s a lot of creativity in the industry, but I don’t necessarily think that the most creative DJs or producers are always the biggest ones. I think it would be nice to see more of an open culture to different music. I think that’s happening. With Spotify, I think people are discovering a lot of artists they might not discover otherwise.”

― Flume

“I think it would be nice to see more of an open culture to different music.”

― Flume

“I’m just a fan of art and culture.”

― Flying Lotus

“As human beings, we all have reasons for our behavior. There may be people who have certain physiological issues that dictate why they make certain choices. On the whole, though, I think we’re dictated by our structure, our past, our environment, our culture. So once you understand the patterns that shape a person, how can you not find sympathy?”

― Forest Whitaker

“I think culture precedes politics, and I think the attempts to try and legislate people’s behavior… isn’t going to be productive until the culture decides what they want to achieve.”

― Foster Friess

“If we don’t change our culture, the politics is going to migrate more and more to statism.”

― Foster Friess

“VW has held a beloved place in American culture. When I graduated from college, many of my friends drove across the country, and most hit the road in a VW van or Bug. Through the years, these cars have represented youth, freedom and quirkiness.”

― Frances Beinecke

“A single person doesn’t change an organization, but culture and good people do.”

― Frances Hesselbein

“If you are building a corporate culture of greatness, you have to define culture on your own terms and with the people you work with.”

― Frances Hesselbein

“I find that other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history. Just everything to me comes together there.”

― Frances Mayes

“I like to think my work is furthering black culture by educating and empowering black people.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“Black women are so very often stereotyped in pop culture.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“Religion is one dimension of culture, a transcendent element of it.”

― Francis Arinze

“There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.”

― Francis Arinze

“Our culture is all about shallow relationships. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking each other in the eye and having deep conversations.”

― Francis Chan

“When I read the statements of Christ, there seems to be this urgency and intensity. I guess that’s what I get out of it when I read the tone of the Scriptures, which is very different from the tone of our culture.”

― Francis Chan

“I could fill my whole time doing interviews, speaking to crowds, and there’s this natural human tendency because of our culture to think that the more people I talk to, the bigger the impact I’ll have, and yet Jesus didn’t spend His time just speaking to the masses. He spent the bulk of his time with a small group of people.”

― Francis Chan

“As a culture, we’re so worried about what’s going to happen to us 30 years from now that we are not taking care of our brothers and sisters who need help today.”

― Francis Chan

“Being around a church culture, even leading a gathering of believers, I’ve gotten pretty good at predicting what’s going to happen in a church service.”

― Francis Chan

“I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people’s dreams.”

― Francis G. Slay

“Belief demands that you dispense with illusion after illusion, while contemporary common sense requires continual, fluffy pretending – pretending that might as well be systematic, it’s so thoroughly incentivised by our culture.”

― Francis Spufford

“You don’t have to become an investment banker as a way of demonstrating that education has worked for you. But librarians have to believe in the values of high culture. Not just high culture but middle culture, low culture, kinds of exciting eye-catching crap of all kinds. Everyone needs that.”

― Francis Spufford

“Between France and Senegal there’s a history. There’s a language that we both speak. There’s a culture that we share and to which both of our peoples have contributed. But beyond our history, beyond our language, beyond the links that have united us for so long, what unites us today is the future.”

― Francois Hollande

“The wonderful thing about delivering sports commentary on NPR was that because it has such a broad audience, I was able to reach people who otherwise had little or no interest in sport – especially as an important part of our human culture.”

― Frank Deford

“NPR allowed me to treat sports seriously, as another branch on the tree of culture.”

― Frank Deford

“Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“I make pop culture.”

― Frank Ocean

“When you are writing for the Christian culture, there is a whole gamut of expectations.”

― Frank Peretti

“After 9/11, we realized that all these silly culture wars, and arguing about rock lyrics… who cares? You know, we, for some reason, remembered what our real problems are.”

― Frank Rich

“History is cyclical, and it would be foolhardy to assume that the culture wars will never return.”

― Frank Rich

“Feckless as it was for Bush to ask Americans to go shopping after 9/11, we all too enthusiastically followed his lead, whether we were wealthy, working-class or in between. We spent a decade feasting on easy money, don’t-pay-as-you-go consumerism and a metastasizing celebrity culture.”

― Frank Rich

“We can’t just rail against crime. We must speak of the root problems – devastating family breakup, an insidious culture of violence that cheapens human life, skyrocketing prisoner recidivism rates that rob our communities of husbands and fathers – and recognize that there is a societal role in rehabilitation and restoration.”

― Frank Wolf

“A secular worldview hostile to biblical values has overrun our culture and permeated our government.”

― Franklin Graham

“Popular culture bombards us with examples of animals being humanized for all sorts of purposes, ranging from education to entertainment to satire to propaganda. Walt Disney, for example, made us forget that Mickey is a mouse, and Donald a duck. George Orwell laid a cover of human societal ills over a population of livestock.”

― Frans de Waal

“It is vital that a company’s culture shows a willingness to invest in employee wellbeing with no stigma or penalty attached to prioritising good health.”

― Frans van Houten

“We undertook a huge internal transformation to sharpen our customer focus, step up innovation, improve productivity to ensure competitiveness, change our culture, and simplify our ways of working so that our size and scale became a competitive advantage rather than a bureaucratic hangover after years of diversification.”

― Frans van Houten

“I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.”

― Frantz Fanon

“When people say that L.A. doesn’t have a culture, I think it really does: a very old culture, and very specific. There’s streets named after entertainers, and statues of entertainers, and it’s great. Entertainment is still art, even if it makes billions of dollars. So it’s like a city built on entertainment, and art in a way.”

― Fred Armisen

“By and large, we’re a bread-eating culture. People like sandwiches. We don’t really over-think that one.”

― Fred DeLuca

“I want to contribute to the culture and keep great writers alive by telling the stories of their lives.”

― Fred Kaplan

“There are aspects of Asian culture in my work, but it’s really rooted in an American experience – transcendentalism, ’60s counterculture, punk rock.”

― Fred Tomaselli

“The type of fig leaf which each culture employs to cover its social taboos offers a twofold description of its morality. It reveals that certain unacknowledged behavior exists and it suggests the form that such behavior takes.”

― Freda Adler

“The standardization of world culture, with local popular or traditional forms driven out or dumbed down to make way for American television, American music, food, clothes and films, has been seen by many as the very heart of globalization.”

― Fredric Jameson

“Often, these downplay the power of cultural imperialism – in that sense, playing the game of US interests – by reassuring us that the global success of American mass culture is not as bad as all that.”

― Fredric Jameson

“And this fear that US models are replacing everything else now spills over from the sphere of culture into our two remaining categories: for this process is clearly, at one level, the result of economic domination – of local cultural industries closed down by American rivals.”

― Fredric Jameson

“Traditional paintings have few figures in them and value negative space. Japanese calligraphy and brush paintings are in black and white. Haiku is the shortest poem form in the world. These are a few examples of a minimalistic aesthetic in Japanese art and culture.”

― Fumio Sasaki

“Artists can most definitely control the culture of fashion. Kids and different fans look up to us for dressing pointers.”

― Future

“When you’re from the Bay Area, there’s this chip on your shoulder that you inherently come up with, because us, as a region, we’ve been overlooked in the grand scheme of the history of the genre and the culture.”

― G-Eazy

“When I started making music, I was so heavy into the hyphy movement. That’s something you only know so much about if you were right there living in it, submerged in the culture.”

― G-Eazy

“London, from the architecture to the culture to the fashion to the accents, feels like it’s a special place.”

― G-Eazy

“I fell in love with hip-hop at an early age as a culture, as a sound, both from the perspective of a fan and a creative outlet.”

― G-Eazy

“As we’ve added players to the team, like a videographer, a drummer, or a sound guy, we’re trying to keep a bus full of A players and keep a culture where everybody is comfortable enough to push each other in their areas to be great.”

― G-Eazy

“Growing up, I heard as much E-40 and Mac Dre on the radio as I did 50 Cent. It’s in our culture to support our own.”

― G-Eazy

“With the Internet and social media being a huge part of today’s culture, I think it’s super important to promote staying smart online.”

― G. Hannelius

“That’s something the head scarf, in a symbolic way, is meant to do in Arabic culture: it defines your relationship to your husband and the men of your family differently than your relationship to the average guy on the street you’ve never met.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“I think all these pop cultural media often reflect conversations we’re having in the real world at that moment in time. I think one of the big conversations we’re having as a culture is we thought we’d solved sexism and racism, and we’re realizing more and more that we haven’t.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“There’s a burden of representation that comes into play when there aren’t enough representatives of a certain group in popular culture.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“I tend to deal with characters who are sort of at that same point of wrestling with, ‘Who am I going to be as an adult? What do I believe? How am I defining myself in the context of my culture and my peer groups, my family?’”

― G. Willow Wilson

“The culture at Valve is pretty much crowdsourced. The handbook is a wiki. One of the first things we say to new hires is, ‘You have to change something in the handbook.’”

― Gabe Newell

“The Islamic culture is a question mark for many people across the world, but Qatar opens its doors to supporters all over the world so they can learn from this old culture.”

― Gabriel Batistuta

“I want to broaden my horizons, speak a new language, meet new people, and experience a different culture.”

― Gabriel Batistuta

“I’m a product of my Irish culture, and I could no more lose that than I could my sense of identity.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“Generally speaking, I don’t think people know a great deal about the Viking culture, apart from the label that is usually attached to them, either pillagers or deviants who came and brought back loot to Norway. It was an incredibly sophisticated, complex and layered culture. They had their own laws, many of which protected women.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“I think that when we look at something that’s well acted and a story that’s well told, it allows us to be a mirror of who we are as human beings and as a culture, and offers a glimpse of where we’re headed.”

― Gabriel Byrne

“We seem, as a culture, to start to adhere to these antiheroes and have grown tired of the traditional, straight-up-and-down good guy.”

― Gabriel Luna

“I’m interested in people. I’m curious about people, and of course we’re curious about people whose work we respond to. So I’m not saying that I don’t understand fascination with other people. But as it’s dealt with in this American, modern-day culture, I find it not just boring but actually sort of destructive, really.”

― Gaby Hoffmann

“I was never as famous as all these kids. There was no social media. We weren’t celebrity-obsessed as a culture. I feel like these kids are under a crazy microscope; they’re basically brands. And they eventually implode and act out. They need a break, and they’re not getting one.”

― Gaby Hoffmann

“There’s so many funny things to say about being with Charlotte. I’ve worked on a few bits about it – not to be indiscreet but because the shock of culture and values is so interesting.”

― Gad Elmaleh

“There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student’s unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture.”

― Gad Saad

“As someone who escaped religious persecution in Lebanon and whose parents were kidnapped in Beirut, I fully support the protection of all individuals from institutional discrimination. That said, I am weary of the ethos of victimhood that has parasitized our culture.”

― Gad Saad

“In no culture ever studied have women repeatedly preferred to mate with pear-shaped, low-status, tepid men possessing high-pitched, nasal voices.”

― Gad Saad

“Los Cabos has been an amalgam of many cultures that have been coming here. There have been beautiful Jesuit missions for example, in many places around this area. The towns are incredible. But there is a very strong Mexicanized culture here that exists because people from different parts of Mexico have come to live here.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I think country needs to have a sporting culture. I think if sports were taken as curriculum in school and are encouraged in right way like government of Maharashtra and Haryana have done given Marks for Sports and encouraging them with good jobs.”

― Gagan Narang

“Sporting culture is needed where marks are given to students for sports in schools, jobs are assured for sportsperson, and sponsors are willing to support them through rough times.”

― Gagan Narang

“As a field archeologist, one usually has to specialize in a particular part of the world or specific culture, whereas if one is a materials specialist, one can jump around to different areas. So I’ve had experience on excavations all over the place.”

― Gail Carriger

“Contemporary fiction is the hardest for me because I am not really in the popular culture – I don’t watch TV.”

― Gail Carson Levine

“The destruction of Chinese traditional culture didn’t start in 1949. It started long before that, with the succession of revolutions. It was particularly bad during the Cultural Revolution, the destruction of traditional Chinese culture.”

― Gao Xingjian

“I started my career in an era when footballers were different. There was a different culture.”

― Gareth Barry

“Lives have been altered in fundamental ways, and later, after they acquire a more complete understanding of what goals are actually attainable, many are left facing a lot of pain and frustration. And yet, there’s no culture of complaint.”

― Garry Trudeau

“In their heyday, comics were a dominant force in popular culture, but that’s over.”

― Garry Trudeau

“All the culture war issues will be settled by the court.”

― Gary Bauer

“There is something wrong with our culture when the view that marriage is between one man and one woman, a view shared by half the nation, is portrayed as evidence of hatred.”

― Gary Bauer

“Today’s children are taught by our culture that we are a cosmic accident. Something slithered out of the primal slime and over billions of years evolved into a human being. We are cousins, ten times removed, to the ape at the zoo eating his own excrement.”

― Gary Bauer

“Guided by nothing but pop culture values, many children no longer learn how to think about morality and virtue, or to think of them at all. They grow up with no shared moral framework, believing that the highest values are diversity, tolerance and non-judgmentalism.”

― Gary Bauer

“I think it’s our job to create a culture and an environment where a gay player knows he is safe and welcome. If and when that happens, believe me – that person will have the full support of the commissioner’s office.”

― Gary Bettman

“It is universal to give gifts as an expression of love. My academic background is anthropology, the study of cultures. We have never discovered a culture where gift-giving is not an expression of love.”

― Gary Chapman

“When you’re in a movie with Will Ferrell, well, it’s time to at least sometimes throw the script away. And that character in ‘Talladega Nights’ I found a lot easier to kind of riff with because I related to it more, those kind of Southern, almost rednecky guys. That’s a culture that I’m familiar with, that makes sense for me to spew.”

― Gary Cole

“We almost need a revolution in the culture of our thinking about football.”

― Gary Lineker

“Diversity of thought and culture and religion and ideas has been the strength of America.”

― Gary Locke

“Family entertainment is really very necessary in our culture. Look how profitable they are. It’s almost not discretionary. You need to take your family to the movies.”

― Gary Ross

“Most modern science fiction went to school on ‘Dune.’ Even ‘Harry Potter’ with its ‘boy protagonist who has not yet grown into his destiny’ shares a common theme. When I read it for the first time, I felt like I had learned another language, mastered a new culture, adopted a new religion.”

― Gary Ross

“People don’t want to embrace culture shifts because it’s not going to happen in the next 20 minutes.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I hate recording all the shows for the week in one day, because I want to be able to mention current events and pop culture. If Madonna punches Britney in the face today, I want to reference that on ‘Wine Library TV’ tomorrow. Monday’s episode is always the best, because it’s hot off the press.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I’m concerned a little bit with the culture of celebrating the fundraise. My dad taught me that when you borrow money it’s the worst day of your life.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I really chess-play culture shifts. I’m really good at understanding what worldwide cell-phone use means. That’s what I do. I try to picture it three to four to five steps ahead.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“Just learning to think in another language allows you to see your own culture in a better viewpoint.”

― Gates McFadden

“I love being white, and I think it’s something to be very proud of. I don’t want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life.”

― Gavin McInnes

“I’m a Western chauvinist. I’m all about the culture. Now, part of that is recognizing that white males seem to be the ones who made it and respecting that, but it doesn’t mean you’re not invited to the party.”

― Gavin McInnes

“I don’t even see it as disputable that any other culture is in the same league as the West – that’s why everyone wants to emigrate here: because we’re simply better.”

― Gavin McInnes

“The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.”

― Gaylord Nelson

“Italy – I love the late-night culture, hanging around the square at midnight with everyone, catching up and having a drink.”

― Gemma Chan

“During the Cultural Revolution, the communists came in, and what they wanted to do was eradicate all sense of traditional Chinese culture.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Religion and culture are two important ways in which we as humans find our identity. That’s certainly true for me.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“My first job was as a programmer. So I feel like I’m familiar with the information technology sector and the information technology culture.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“My experience of Chinese culture is indirect, through echoes. When I approach the cashier at my local Chinese supermarket, they switch to English before I’ve even said a word. They somehow know that I’m not quite Chinese enough.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Never underestimate the power of being popular in pop culture. You have to be able to do something. You can have a good seat at the restaurant, but you still have to pay for the meal. Fame is important, but to be rich is more important.”

― Gene Simmons

“We were already, in 1981, bemoaning the fact that people were using certain accessorised ideas and images that they connected with us – sort of strange buildings and neo-fascist regimes and the ‘dark side’ of human culture.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“All culture, all important culture, is always linked to how people express and experience being alive.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“Writing is a recording that you can cut up and reassemble. Sound is something you can cut up and reassemble. Film, video – you know, the main tools of culture – can all be cut up and reassembled.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“In the old days, maybe we’d come across Captain Beefheart, buy a record, go, ‘This is great!’ and notice how his music is evolving, changing, and becoming more complex, more radical. And we would follow that progression and see it reflected in the alternative culture it came from.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“Certainly in my youth there was lots of singing, lots of storytelling, and whenever we went to a party, you had to do a party piece, like sing songs, recite poems, or tell stories. That sort of narrative musical culture was my upbringing.”

― Genevieve O’Reilly

“Everyone knows Aquaman, probably from all the animation he’s been in over the years from the ’70s and the ’80s, entering him into the pop culture.”

― Geoff Johns

“One effect of an individualistic culture that’s poor at instilling mutual respect is that people jump more quickly to anger or violence.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“The really interesting moment will be when you have a critical mass of people engaging through the networks, more than through the press and TV. When that happens, the culture of politics has to change, moving away from controlled one-way messages towards a political culture that is more questioning.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Conflicts are never caused in any simple way by identity, culture or economics. Where resources are scarce, or there are strong historical memories of conflict, small events are more likely to inflame passions.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It’s a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically.”

― Geoffrey Rush

“I live in Australia, and I am Australian, and because I grew up in an era where we didn’t have a film industry, and now we do, it’s just really exciting for me to be able to say that I work in my own culture in a medium that I find fascinating.”

― Geoffrey Rush

“One of the remarkable things about slums is that they do develop their own social organization and economy and even culture that is, on some level, functional and in some cases, remarkably resilient. This is kind of amazing.”

― Geoffrey West

“The deepest problems of modern life derive from the claim of the individual to preserve the autonomy and individuality of his existence in the face of overwhelming social forces, of historical heritage, of external culture, and of the technique of life.”

― Georg Simmel

“Modern culture is constantly growing more objective. Its tissues grow more and more out of impersonal energies, and absorb less and less the subjective entirety of the individual.”

― Georg Simmel

“Of the many forms of false culture, a premature converse with abstractions is perhaps the most likely to prove fatal to the growth of a masculine vigour of intellect.”

― George Boole

“Doing any kind of culture in America in which you are not trying to affirm a European aesthetic is war.”

― George C. Wolfe

“I viewed black musicals before ‘Jelly’ as a form of cultural strip mining. The exterior remained, but all the culture that signified where the people had come from and their connection to the earth was absent.”

― George C. Wolfe

“In the ’60s, when I was growing up, one of the great elements of American culture was the protest song. There were songs about the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement, the antiwar movement. It wasn’t just Bob Dylan, it was everybody at the time.”

― George Clooney

“One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture – some might say the supremely important aspect – is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past.”

― George Crumb

“Unquestionably, our contemporary world of music is far richer, in a sense, than earlier periods, due to the historical and geographical extensions of culture to which I have referred.”

― George Crumb

“Always, some great culture is dying to enrich the soil of new harvests, some civlization is crumbling to rubbish to be the hill of a more beautiful city, some race is spending itself that a lower and more barbarous world may inherit its stored treasure house.”

― George Edward Woodberry

“Poets are accepted in Canada as practically nowhere else in the West because of their place in an officially supported and popularly endorsed Canadian culture. Yet, they are still bitter and argumentative, as poets elsewhere are, because they have no audience as such, only a sanctioned role in the cultural scheme of things.”

― George Fetherling

“The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part of the family; he feels dispensable, his wife knows he is dispensable, his children sense it.”

― George Gilder

“It’s an old ploy of the bourgeoisie. They keep a standing ‘art’ to defend their collapsing culture.”

― George Grosz

“The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, ‘culture.’”

― George Grosz

“There’s something unique about the United States, a sense of individual rights and freedoms, and a sense of social and civic responsibility that we contributed to so much of the world. We lost that mission in the 1980s and 1990s, when we entered a gilded age, and the culture of individualism became a culture of avarice.”

― George Hickenlooper

“When I did ‘Esquire,’ I did a lot of celebrity covers, but the celebrity cover was Hubert Humphrey as a dummy, sitting on Lyndon Johnson’s lap and aping his feelings about the war. I did celebrity covers that made a difference in what was going on in American culture.”

― George Lois

“I may have destroyed world culture, but MTV wouldn’t exist today if it wasn’t for me.”

― George Lois

“Before I became a film major, I was very heavily into social science, I had done a lot of sociology, anthropology, and I was playing in what I call social psychology, which is sort of an offshoot of anthropology/sociology – looking at a culture as a living organism, why it does what it does.”

― George Lucas

“I was 15 years old in 1972, and yeah, when the 1970s broke, I was out there. Everything was kinda swirling around me – the music, women, cars, the culture.”

― George Pelecanos

“The universal human laws – need, love for the beloved, fear, hunger, periodic exaltation, the kindness that rises up naturally in the absence of hunger/fear/pain – are constant, predictable, reliable, universal, and are merely ornamented with the details of local culture.”

― George Saunders

“When something really bad is going on in a culture, the average guy doesn’t see it. He can’t. He’s average and is surrounded by and immersed in the cant and discourse of the status quo.”

― George Saunders

“There is something terribly wrong with a culture inebriated by noise and gregariousness.”

― George Steiner

“The only people that ever stand up and tell the truth are who? Intelligence officers. Because our culture is, never break faith with the truth. We’ll tell you, you don’t have to drag it out of us.”

― George Tenet

“The designs of the paper euros, introduced in 2002, proclaim a utopian aspiration. Gone are the colorful bills of particular nations, featuring pictures of national heroes of statecraft, culture and the arts, pictures celebrating unique national narratives. With the euro, 16 nations have said goodbye to all that.”

― George Will

“Within the media, the way that women are portrayed – especially young women – sometimes there is a lot of sexual objectification and, I would say, ‘lad culture.’ These are all things that connect with domestic abuse.”

― Georgina Campbell

“Of course you want a better culture of cycling in the U.K. Better roads. More respect.”

― Geraint Thomas

“I like the idea of bringing cartoon characters to life… and although the Americans have already attempted this, their culture is not sufficiently humane to make it work.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“It’s our culture, Christian history, that’s what formed me. Even as an atheist, I believe. We’re just built that way.”

― Gerhard Richter

“People won’t stop painting, just as they won’t stop making music or dancing. This is a facility we have. Children don’t stop doing it or having it. On the other hand, it seems we don’t need painting anymore. Culture is more interested in entertaining people.”

― Gerhard Richter

“I do see myself as the heir to a vast, great, rich culture of painting – of art in general – which we have lost, but which places obligations on us.”

― Gerhard Richter

“English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men.”

― Germaine Greer

“Food is never static; culture is never static.”

― Gil Marks

“In any culture, if information is to maximise in a contextual space, and new meanings be born, the original story has to have substance – there’s gotta be gold in them thar hills.”

― Giles Foden

“The history of ideas is littered with the corpses of those who have tried to define culture.”

― Giles Foden

“We’re into this barrage of pop culture – you know, TV, movies, the Internet. We become creatures that we’ve made up, made of certain different flotsam from pop culture and certain different personas that are in style.”

― Gillian Flynn

“We are a bottom-up culture, and we need a communications platform that can facilitate that.”

― Gillian Tans

“The culture of has been very good for me because it’s a culture where you’re allowed to fail. When you think about taking risks, if it’s OK to fail, you actually do a lot more. And you learn a lot quicker.”

― Gillian Tans

“Understand tipping culture. Whereas Americans tip 15-20% when dining out, most European countries don’t tip, as a service charge is typically included in the bill. Make sure you’re not over-tipping by doing research before traveling.”

― Gillian Tans

“To me, I learned along the way, you know, culture is behavior. That’s all it is; culture is people’s behaviors.”

― Ginni Rometty

“Oh, my, yes. I was raised in this Southern culture where if a guy was sarcastic, that just meant he didn’t know how to show his love – but secretly he cared! I completely bought that. The men I chased and the things I put up with – it was criminal.”

― Ginnifer Goodwin

“It’s an honor to represent a Latin culture.”

― Gio Gonzalez

“We need to create technologies – and a culture of respect, and an updated legal doctrine, too – that allow creative folks to make money from their own efforts.”

― Glenn Kelman

“There is an imagined thing called black culture. But culture is a construction. It is learned behavior, not innate. The black American experience is the American experience.”

― Glenn Ligon

“Claudia Rankine’s book-length poem ‘Citizen’ was nominated for National Book Critics Circle awards in the categories of poetry and criticism. It is one of the most devastating takes on American culture I have read in a long time, laying bare the stakes of being black in a country long ambivalent about our presence here.”

― Glenn Ligon

“Sex and drugs were simply not discussed in our culture at that time.”

― Gloria Estefan

“I ask the educational system, the parents, the church, and pillars of the community to help shape a new culture of honesty, patriotism, respect, discipline and service for young Filipinos.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“Pop culture shapes our ideas of what is normal and what our dreams can be and what our roles are. Politics, of course, decides how the power and the money in the country is distributed. Both are equally important, and each affects the other.”

― Gloria Steinem

“Perfectionism attaches to what is valued in the culture.”

― Gloria Steinem

“The origins of violence against women by men are not biological. If that were the case, it would exist in every culture. And it doesn’t exist in every culture.”

― Gloria Steinem

“I like a lot of food. I like Taiwanese food, of course. I like baguettes, especially the ones that my dad buys. Vancouver has a lot of variety, with pizza, hot dogs, Italian, Indian, seafood – a great combination of culture.”

― Godfrey Gao

“I like Taiwanese food, of course. I like baguettes, especially the ones that my dad buys. Vancouver has a lot of variety, with pizza, hot dogs, Italian, Indian, seafood – a great combination of culture.”

― Godfrey Gao

“It all sounds almost silly, but the fact is that the only way to change a corporate culture is to just change it.”

― Gordon Bethune

“The motto of the old order in the City of London was, ‘My word is my bond,’ but the financial crisis revealed a culture quite alien to that heritage. The stewards of people’s money were revealed to have been speculators with it.”

― Gordon Brown

“Jewish students, by culture and by ability and by the very nature of their liveliness, make a university a much more habitable place in terms of intellectual life.”

― Gordon Gee

“What other culture could have produced someone like Hemingway and not seen the joke?”

― Gore Vidal

“Living the life I have lived – being raised by deaf parents, assimilating to a different culture, and the challenges I have faced over time – has given me insight to the fact that each person has their own complex, intricate story, and it’s rarely what I suspect it is. We must have compassion and grace for each other. We must.”

― Grace Gealey

“There’s competition among women everywhere you go. But back home, we understand that you can look like a variety of things and still be from the same culture. What I’m saying is that I’ve never felt like I was a light-skinned black woman. Never felt that way because we shared the same culture back home.”

― Grace Gealey

“The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism’s anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot.”

― Graham Joyce

“Our literary culture is marinated in deep traditions of the fantastic and the supernatural, and we export those rich qualities in films and books on a spectacular industrial scale.”

― Graham Joyce

“Moving to England, again it’s a new language to learn, and I’ve got to get use to the mentality, the culture, but I think I’ve integrated myself really well into this team, and I’m happy so far.”

― Granit Xhaka

“You have to talk about ‘The Terminator’ if you’re talking about artificial intelligence. I actually think that that’s way off. I don’t think that an artificially intelligent system that has superhuman intelligence will be violent. I do think that it will disrupt our culture.”

― Gray Scott

“I don’t think that an artificially intelligent system that has superhuman intelligence will be violent. I do think that it will disrupt our culture.”

― Gray Scott

“After the collapse of Wall Street in the 1920s, the culture stopped being all about money, and the country survived and ultimately flourished.”

― Graydon Carter

“I think Americans, more so than any other culture, love second and third acts.”

― Graydon Carter

“I think being Canadian helps you as a journalist in America, because you’re sort of on the outside watching this big party going on, and you’re sort of taking mental notes as it goes on. I think if you’re in the party the whole time, you don’t notice it as much. And I think Canadians are very good observers of American culture.”

― Graydon Carter

“There aren’t any looks or customs I wish would come back. Today almost anything goes. Culture constantly devours the past so there’s not much that’s missing.”

― Graydon Carter

“My hunch is that pop culture began to stagnate the moment Americans started to love the past more than they did the future.”

― Graydon Carter

“What I really appreciated about Obama in the last campaign was that he was not reactive, and we’re such a reactive culture… It takes a certain strength to be patient and have a plan.”

― Greg Berlanti

“Anything my dad says about what I say about him, I can remind him of ten examples where he publicly humiliated me. We’re really close. The culture of mickey-taking is well established in my family.”

― Greg Davies

“The thread of culture that runs through the entire history of punk is also a dedication to challenging the authoritarian.”

― Greg Graffin

“Every place has its own punk flavor, but they all borrowed ideas from SoCal. It’s still a vibrant scene creeping into every crevasse of youth culture. When you hear grunge, you think of the ’90s, but when you hear L.A. punk, it’s timeless.”

― Greg Graffin

“At issue when professional sports teams take the name of Native Americans is the problem of mimicry: having appropriated the land and wealth of America’s vanquished peoples, settler culture then appropriates the supposed values and spirit of the vanquished as well.”

― Greg Grandin

“If pop culture is a pool, it never hurts to dive into the deep end once in a while.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“For years, we talked about how the only way to really win the political battles was to win the cultural ones. And rather than simply ignore pop culture, it would be far better to give it a big fat bear hug.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“It’s the great deception in modern culture: Bad things call for noble names to cloak their evil outcomes.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“Progressive music probably wouldn’t even really exist if not for the people of the United States having picked up on it and nurtured it in the way they did. It really is an American form of music in the sense that it was nurtured here. So it belongs here. It has become part of the fabric of American musical culture.”

― Greg Lake

“Seattle is very similar to Minneapolis. I like the culture; I like the people. I raced a bike and won a national championship on Lake Washington in 1977, so I’ve had a connection there for a long time.”

― Greg LeMond

“I really like the pop culture materials of everyday life, but used in some way that elevates them to something you notice and care about.”

― Greg Lynn

“’Hollywood Don’t Surf!’ is really about how Hollywood’s superficial view of surfing culture has influenced popular culture and the story of what happened when real surfers tried to change that.”

― Greg MacGillivray

“My own personal geek culture years were when I was much younger. I collected comic books up until a certain age. I wanted to be a comic book artist when I was younger.”

― Greg Mottola

“In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA.”

― Gregory Bateson

“The Matrix itself is not some external evil, but rather an outcome of our own error, our karmic payoff of past actions. Not merely illusion, it is an allusion to a founding myth of our culture.”

― Gregory Benford

“It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.”

― Greil Marcus

“People often ask why I left CNN – I didn’t like management. I liked my colleagues in the news gathering but the corporate culture that seized management when AOL came in (Steve Case and Gerry Levin) was disgusting.”

― Greta Van Susteren

“I am particularly distressed when people in the public eye who influence our culture perpetuate sexism.”

― Gretchen Carlson

“Everyone knew how powerful Roger Ailes was. I certainly felt intimidated by that; the culture of ‘Fox and Friends’ was intimidating to me.”

― Gretchen Carlson

“One of my key realizations about happiness, and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists, given its emphasis in popular culture, is that outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“In America there’s lot of cool cities, but in Canada there’s, like, well, Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax may be cool, but they’re so expensive. Montreal is the only city that’s affordable but also has buses and culture.”

― Grimes

“The environment of San Francisco has so much history to it that I really appreciate. Musically, socially, and culturally. There’s this new culture of people; it’s a crazy place to be.”

― GRiZ

“I think we’re finally in a culture now where being gay is normalized.”

― GRiZ

“I think we live in a culture that is actually hedging all of it towards comfort and immediacy, things that scare me. All the things that they sell us as a way of life scare me.”

― Guillermo del Toro

“Compared with members of other nations of Western civilization, the ordinary American is a rationalistic being, and there are close relations between his moralism and his rationalism. Even romanticism, transcendentalism, and mysticism tend to be, in the American culture, rational, pragmatic and optimistic.”

― Gunnar Myrdal

“And it is this sense that some of us have to contribute to the culture, to the society in ways that may hurt financially, so what? We do it because we are born to do it, we feel we have no other choice and so be it.”

― Gunther Schuller

“It’s not simply that British films do well at the box office and generate revenue, it’s that they provide a window to the world of what Britain and its culture is about.”

― Gurinder Chadha

“For British cinema to survive, you really need a British film culture, and it’s got to start down there, with young kids watching films in the cinema – so they can be transported to a different world.”

― Gurinder Chadha

“We are trying our best to spread the culture of Punjabi music all over the world. With the traditional rigid Punjabi music, people always had a myth that the music is very conventional, but nowadays, we are really thrilled to see how people are loving the tunes and beats of Punjabi music.”

― Guru Randhawa

“When I grew up in the ’60s, we were actually dominated by this, you know, sort of conforming ’50s culture, even though we were like trying to express our own culture, like, the dominant culture was the thing that was forming us. And I think that that’s true today.”

― Gus Van Sant

“The things that inform student culture are created and controlled by the unseen culture, the sociological aspects of our climbing culture, our ‘me’ generation, our yuppie culture, our SUVs, or, you know, shopping culture, our war culture.”

― Gus Van Sant

“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.”

― Guy Fieri

“I have a fond appreciation for the Canadian culture and the Canadian food scene in general.”

― Guy Fieri

“Once they have actually left office, we seem to grow fonder of our ex-presidents – and they of each other. That’s why so many sighed in approval at Michelle Obama’s public display of affection with George W. Bush at last month’s dedication of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.”

― Gwen Ifill

“I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture.”

― Gyorgy Ligeti

“The man or nation of high culture may acknowledge to great lengths the restraints imposed by conventions and honour, but beyond a certain point, primitive will or desire cannot be curbed.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“Indeed, there is much in pure humanitarian culture, as opposed to rigid scientific training, which encourages absorption in the affairs of mankind, and more or less indifference to the unfathomed abysses of star-strown space that yawn interminably about this terrestrial grain of dust.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“I never thought I would go to Gaza. It’s incredibly difficult to get into, and when you get there, it’s a war zone. Then they have this beach, and there’s this incredible, vibrant beach culture there, which is something that I grew up with in Southern California.”

― Hailey Gates

“When I look at the system here and look at my position – not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from – I feel so blessed to be from Africa.”

― Hakeem Olajuwon

“Rap culture is interesting and different and has purpose but it has a non-romantic view of life and of social feelings. There may be a void in that.”

― Hal David

“But what is more, if we have succeeded in adding to the basic understanding of our universe and ourselves, we will have made a contribution to the totality of human culture.”

― Haldan Keffer Hartline

“Scientists care deeply about their place in that culture, and their contribution to it.”

― Haldan Keffer Hartline

“I want to go see Somalia because I’ve never been there, and I feel like I’m missing out. I want to learn that heritage; I want to learn about my culture.”

― Halima Aden

“I mix things from my Somali culture and my American side.”

― Halima Aden

“I’m trying to write about serious issues, about Iceland’s journey into modernity, about the soul of Iceland – on how people react when they get too much money too quickly and how it affects our culture.”

― Hallgrimur Helgason

“Democracy is not just constitutional and legislative rules; it is a culture and practice and adhering by the law and respecting international human rights principles.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That’s leadership.”

― Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

“Blog culture has a hard time digesting narratives, but it has an easy time digesting ‘big ideas’ pieces.”

― Hanna Rosin

“Pop culture is like our subconscious.”

― Hanna Rosin

“We’ve heard that the hookup culture is destroying us. We’ve heard that it’s saving us. We’ve heard that it’s racist. We’ve agonized over which one of these is true.”

― Hanna Rosin

“Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life.”

― Hannah Arendt

“My whole shtick is that I want to contribute to New York’s culture via restaurants, nightlife, whatever… but to be more conscious, more aware, more sustainable. It’s more than just ‘being responsible as a culture.’ It’s having an ethical chain of production.”

― Hannah Bronfman

“Self-deprecation runs right through queer culture. It was seen as a badge of honor. I started to feel like perhaps it was destructive as well.”

― Hannah Gadsby

“Growing up in South London, we went to a school where there were not that many Jewish kids. I love being Jewish in L.A.; it feels really normal. The culture seems to be integrated into Hollywood. Everyone uses Yiddish words like ‘schlep’ and ‘schmooze.’ That’s what I love about New York, too.”

― Hannah Ware

“I have a particular interest in corporations that give themselves a cultural aura and are in other areas suspect. Philip Morris presents itself in New York as the lover of culture while it turns out that if you look behind the scenes, it is also a prime funder of Jesse Helms, someone who is very hostile to the arts.”

― Hans Haacke

“Culture is a little like dropping an Alka-Seltzer into a glass – you don’t see it, but somehow it does something.”

― Hans Magnus Enzensberger

“I was really into emo and scene culture in middle school.”

― Hari Nef

“Culture is a part of basic human nature, of deep humanity.”

― Haris Pasovic

“’Hamlet’ is a universal story that concerns us all. These issues do not concern only Muslims, but all people equally, showing that we all share the same problems regardless of religion, nation and culture.”

― Haris Pasovic

“I always wanted the films to play in malls, and I wanted as many people as possible to see them. I never want them to be marginalized in the kind of rarefied, elitist world. I always have hopes that the films will permeate culture in a big way. A lot of times, I’m wrong, but it’s always the hope.”

― Harmony Korine

“The music is just so rich and part of the culture there. I suddenly felt like I needed to go on this mission to make sure we save New Orleans because – not that I can save anything – but it’s so much part of what this country is, this whole mix of people coming together and doing this thing.”

― Harold Perrineau

“Chicago still remains a Mecca of the Midwest – people from both coasts are kind of amazed how good life is in Chicago and what a good culture we’ve got. You can have a pretty wonderful artistic life and never leave Chicago.”

― Harold Ramis

“The purpose of education is to keep a culture from being drowned in senseless repetitions, each of which claims to offer a new insight.”

― Harold Rosenberg

“It was on a bulletin board that I first learned about hacker culture, the ‘Let’s just break through this wall and see what’s on the other side’ mentality.”

― Harper Reed

“If you want to go and build a company that exists in Silicon Valley, then you should go and do it there. But if you want to build a company that is Australian, that represents your culture and your being, then you should do it in Sydney.”

― Harper Reed

“Nature doesn’t need people – people need nature; nature would survive the extinction of the human being and go on just fine, but human culture, human beings, cannot survive without nature.”

― Harrison Ford

“I think there’s no city quite like New York, and I’ve seen most of the developed cities of the world. I admire this place, its energy. It’s the repository of so much history and culture and diversity.”

― Harry Belafonte

“California is full of Mexican culture and Mexican music.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don’t think so… I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.”

― Haruki Murakami

“Well unfortunately I didn’t work with Andre much. But rap is a strong presence in the culture and anyone is going to grateful for its appearance, grateful for any kind of music that has the kind of effect that rap has had on us all.”

― Harvey Keitel

“A smart manager will establish a culture of gratitude. Expand the appreciative attitude to suppliers, vendors, delivery people, and of course, customers.”

― Harvey Mackay

“When you grow up as a minority in a majority culture, a lot of times, you’re just trying to fit in.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“I’m a first-generation kid in this country. I so identify with America and its culture. I’m a citizen, I was born here. I’m American. At the same time, like most first-generation kids, I have this other identity to another country back home, which is India.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“One thing I found very interesting about comedians around the world was their knowledge of stuff outside of their own culture and comfort zone. That’s not very common in the States. We produce our own soft power, which is pop culture, but we rarely try to absorb and learn information from other cultures and countries.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“The movies ‘Dope’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’ blew me away. I love seeing directors and writers of color make amazing slices of pop culture.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“Political culture has become popular culture.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“My biggest inspiration is black America and what they’ve done in the arts. I have always felt like an outsider in America, and what black Americans have done to add their chapter to this book called the American dream, and to be so unapologetic and true, and have added so much to art and culture in the world.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“The nation will benefit in the long term if it continues to be open to foreign expertise. This will help the country to establish its business culture and environment faster, based on international best practice.”

― Hassanal Bolkiah

“When I came to India, it’s just a different country, but the culture was same that I grew up in.”

― Hazel Keech

“There is a very intense culture of secrecy in Britain that hasn’t yet been dismantled. What passes for transparency here would serve any secret society well.”

― Heather Brooke

“Why are we so obsessed with celebrity culture? We have front-page news about divorces instead of front-page news about global warming, about women being abused, about children being abused. We’re going on a downward spiral.”

― Heather Mills

“I love California. It has such a strong contribution to the history of culture, and popular culture. For better and worse, of course. Even the worst can be interesting to some degree sometimes for somebody creative.”

― Hedi Slimane

“I didn’t choose Russia but Russia chose me. I had been fascinated from an early age by the culture, the language, the literature and the history to the place.”

― Helen Dunmore

“There exists no culture in which adultery is unknown, no cultural device or code that extinguishes philandering.”

― Helen Fisher

“I think every woman in our culture is a feminist. They may refuse to articulate it, but if you were to take any woman back 40 years and say, ‘Is this a world you want to live in?’ They would say, ‘No.’”

― Helen Mirren

“I don’t feel there’s a difference between the real world and the fairy-tale world. They contain psychological truths and, I guess, projections of what the culture that tells them thinks about various things: men, women, aging, dying – the most basic aspects of being human.”

― Helen Oyeyemi

“Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a wonderful little island with beautiful beaches, a great restaurant culture and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.”

― Helena Christensen

“The evangelical movement has become just a bit victimized by a success-oriented culture, wanting the church – like the corporation – to be successful.”

― Henri Nouwen

“The Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor what may be regarded as the truly essential features of the Roman culture as it still existed in the 5th century, at a time when there was no longer an Emperor in the West.”

― Henri Pirenne

“Every person has to keep in mind that they can grow up and reach the top, no matter where they are born, whether it’s in Russia, in Ukraine, in Europe; they’ve still got the opportunity to show their talent and the culture of their people.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Spanish is actually my first language, growing up, and I understand the culture. I understand the culture; I understand what the people want.”

― Henry Cejudo

“If you are building a culture where honest expectations are communicated and peer accountability is the norm, then the group will address poor performance and attitudes.”

― Henry Cloud

“A culture is like an immune system. It operates through the laws of systems, just like a body. If a body has an infection, the immune system deals with it. Similarly, a group enforces its norms, either actively or passively.”

― Henry Cloud

“It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“I began demonstrating against serious culture. In hindsight, the actual course of events has been very humiliating for me, because no one picked up on the intellectual critique I made.”

― Henry Flynt

“The whole drive of western culture, the part of it which is serious, is towards an extreme objectification. It’s carried to the point where the human subject is treated almost as if it’s dirt in the works of a watch.”

― Henry Flynt

“Bali is one of those places you can just keep going back to, and everything is there: the infrastructure, the culture, the art, the beautiful villas. My wife Liv and I go there quite often because we know that when we do arrive, it’s like an instant holiday.”

― Henry Golding

“I’ve lived 16, 17 years of my life in Asia, and that’s most of my life. I was born in Asia – I’ve lived cultures that are synonymous with Asian culture – but it’s still not Asian enough for some people.”

― Henry Golding

“So, Mexico, Brazil, they wanted their national culture to be ‘blackish’ – really brown, a beautiful brown blend. And finally, I discovered that in each of these societies the people at the bottom are the darkest skinned with the most African features.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“It’s important to debunk the myths of Africa being this benighted continent civilized only when white people arrived. In fact, Africans had been creators of culture for thousands of years before. These were very intelligent, subtle and sophisticated people, with organized societies and great art.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“I want to get into the educational DNA of American culture. I want 10 percent of the common culture, more or less, to be black.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“People who own property feel a sense of ownership in their future and their society. They study, save, work, strive and vote. And people trapped in a culture of tenancy do not.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“Dream study impacts culture. We are put in touch with the inner poet who dreams. We hear our inner, subjective response to the outer world. That helps spiritualize our lives.”

― Henry Reed

“Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice.”

― Henry Rollins

“Anything in this culture that stands still long enough eventually becomes okay if a person can derive an income from it. Eventually, pay-per-view public execution will happen, and it will be half-time entertainment.”

― Henry Rollins

“A team may have some great players, but typically, the team that works best together does the best. I look at running Broadcom in the same way. We have a culture where people have different skill sets, but they are happy to leverage their skills to help others and to help the company.”

― Henry Samueli

“I’m meant to be an animation director. That world, and the culture of stop-motion, is where I want to live. It’s more my problem than Hollywood’s. I’m not attuned to Hollywood.”

― Henry Selick

“Science as an intellectual exercise enriches our culture, and is in itself ennobling.”

― Henry Taube

“Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why.”

― Henry Van Dyke

“Culture is intangible. It’s spiritual. You can’t buy it.”

― Herb Kelleher

“Nothing kills your company’s culture like layoffs.”

― Herb Kelleher

“Generally, the French highly promote culture and the arts, and photography is in their blood.”

― Herb Ritts

“Regardless of whether you speak the language or are familiar with a culture, the picture should hold up.”

― Herb Ritts

“The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals – its philosophers, its poets and its artists.”

― Herbert Read

“But the further step, by means of which a civilization is given its quality or culture, is only attained by a process of cellular division, in the course of which the individual is differentiated, made distinct from and independent of the parent group.”

― Herbert Read

“I hope to use dialogue and culture as a means of bringing people of various cultures together, and using that as a way to resolve conflict.”

― Herbie Hancock

“It’s a great culture to be a part of: there are hockey players all over the world. It has taken me to an education, getting an education at Wisconsin. I’ve been able to travel the world.”

― Hilary Knight

“My favorite country that I have visited would have to be Sweden. I’m such a sucker for the Swedish culture, and I learned Swedish in college, so I like to try and navigate my way around.”

― Hilary Knight

“When I traveled as secretary of state, I was deluged with thick briefing books full of information about the politics, economy, and culture of each destination, so those took up most of my reading time.”

― Hillary Clinton

“While I appreciated the educational advantages I enjoyed in the school and was proud of what I could show in mental culture, I had an earnest desire for something more than a mere business education… I desired to study for a profession, and this prompted me to leave my native state.”

― Hiram Rhodes Revels

“A lot of my personality and my affinity for certain pieces of pop culture and art all stem from a sort of Japanese aesthetic and way of thinking.”

― Hiro Murai

“Your understanding of culture can be very skewed sometimes, depending on what you’re taking in!”

― Hiro Murai

“I grew up listening to hip hop and embracing black culture, probably because it was ‘outsider art.’”

― Hiro Murai

“Directing while overcoming differences of language and culture is a stimulating challenge.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“The only way to make something cheaply today is to have it mass-produced. For example, you wear the same shoes as everyone else. If you had a fabber, you could custom-make shoes that perfectly fit your feet. Three-dimensional printing will help us move away from the mass consumption that is so deeply ingrained in our culture.”

― Hod Lipson

“I don’t want to cancel the South out in my life. I carry my Southernness with me. God knows, it’s a great place to come from. It’s also a place I had to get away from. It is just an endless world for me, so much culture and eccentricity.”

― Holly Hunter

“I’m not allowing my perspective to be dictated by the dominant culture.”

― Holly Near

“In time, foods such as hamburgers and ice cream became more than just meals. They became part of American history and culture, touchstones that are almost immediately nostalgic and sentimental no matter how old you are or what part of the country you are from.”

― Homaro Cantu

“Sweet treats are as much a part of our culture as they are our taste palettes, and it can sometimes seem as though sugary snacks are everywhere.”

― Homaro Cantu

“I love films that aren’t just speaking to certain moments in the culture but are something that people can revisit.”

― Hong Chau

“My job as artistic director at the Brighton digital agency Lighthouse is all about trying to show that digital culture is about more than just tools and gadgets – it’s about perceiving the societal transformations being brought about by technology.”

― Honor Harger

“I grew up thinking of myself as an American but also, because of my parents and the Iranian culture that was in our home, as an Iranian. So if there’s any such thing as dual loyalty, then I have it – at least culturally.”

― Hooman Majd

“A lot of knowledge in any kind of an organization is what we call task knowledge. These are things that people who have been there a long time understand are important, but they may not know how to talk about them. It’s often called the culture of the organization.”

― Howard Gardner

“This is now the way our culture prioritises. Look up ‘Steppenwolf,’ and you’ll get the band before the novel. Look up Jesus Christ, and you’ll get the musical. Look up Princess Link-a-din and you’ll get LinkedIn, the business-oriented social network.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Box-set culture inclines to the hyperbolic.”

― Howard Jacobson

“It isn’t only in the name of free speech that the views of an itchy polemicist should be tolerated – and I say itchy polemicist promoting thought, not itchy ideologue promoting violence – but because provocation is indispensable to the workings of a sound, creative culture.”

― Howard Jacobson

“A healthy culture doesn’t memorialise only those it agrees with.”

― Howard Jacobson

“I never believe any politician talking about popular culture.”

― Howard Jacobson

“It is a nonsense to me when people come along and tell me not to be pessimistic; or that culture has always been going to the bad. Well, yes, it has, and it is an author’s job to point it out.”

― Howard Jacobson

“One thing we didn’t know in 1996 is that it’s very, very difficult, if not impossible, to sustain a culture with online advertising.”

― Howard Rheingold

“When we began Starbucks, what I wanted to try to do was to create a set of values, guiding principles, and culture.”

― Howard Schultz

“People have come to me over the years and said to me: ‘I admire the culture of Starbucks. Can you come give a speech and help us turn our culture around?’ I wish it were that easy. Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.”

― Howard Schultz

“Turning a culture around is very difficult to do because it’s based on a series of many, many decisions, and the organization is framed by those decisions.”

― Howard Schultz

“I’ve traveled around the world, and what’s so revealing is that, despite the differences in culture, politics, language, how people dress, there is a universal feeling that we all want the same thing. We deeply want to be respected and appreciated for our differences.”

― Howard Schultz

“People ask me what’s the most important function when you’re starting an organization or setting up the kind of culture and values that are going to endure. The discipline I believe so strongly in is H.R., and its the last discipline that gets funded.”

― Howard Schultz

“Some version of ‘Deal or No Deal’ airs in 120 countries. And they play it exactly the same way, with models and briefcases. It crosses language and culture and gender, because it’s the simplest game in the world, and everyone wants to press their luck.”

― Howie Mandel

“We have such a culture of discrimination and hatred, and one that has scapegoats and affects people so extremely. That’s something that very easily crosses borders.”

― Hozier

“There’s not a lot of room for thinking in popular culture; there’s not a lot of room for being conflicted.”

― Hozier

“I think all that we would know of America back home is foreign policy, and maybe the snippets of the madness of political culture.”

― Hozier

“Truth be told, I’m not all that comfortable with celebrity culture. That was always something that baffled me, the obsession over fame. I don’t think that’s a reason why anyone should get into making music.”

― Hozier

“The Chinese culture belongs not only to the Chinese but also to the whole world.”

― Hu Jintao

“The overall strength of Chinese culture and its international influence is not commensurate with China’s international status. The international culture of the West is strong while we are weak.”

― Hu Jintao

“In such diffused changes of culture two factors are necessary: contact and understanding.”

― Hu Shih

“The Jesuits had learned that a Christian mission to China could never succeed if it were not in a position to show and convince the Chinese intelligentsia of the superiority of the European culture.”

― Hu Shih

“After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.”

― Hu Shih

“Asia is rich in people, rich in culture and rich in resources. It is also rich in trouble.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“But one of the most fantastic things about Ireland and Dublin is that the pubs are like Paris and the cafe culture. And Dublin, in many ways, is a pub culture.”

― Hugh Dancy

“I’m quite jealous of my Scottish relations, in whose culture everyone, in a Jane Austen kind of way, got married very young, when you’re too young to be cynical or jaded and just started having children.”

― Hugh Grant

“When I went to India, I became absolutely obsessed with the idea of building a hotel in India. I’ve never done a hotel, and I’d love to do public spaces in that culture.”

― Hugh Hardy

“The question is, will we continue to fight what may be a rearguard action to defend universal literacy as a central goal of our education system, or are we bold enough to see what’s actually happening to our culture?”

― Hugh Mackay

“Although we love the idea of choice – our culture almost worships it – we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable.”

― Hugh Mackay

“Is it possible that literacy standards are falling because young Australians are growing up in a culture in which they can be entertained and informed, and in which they can communicate effectively, without having to master any but the most rudimentary literacy skills?”

― Hugh Mackay

“I just came from South Africa, a place that had been in a perpetual uprising since 1653, so the uprising had become a way of life in our culture and we grew up with rallies and strikes and marches and boycotts.”

― Hugh Masekela

“I’ve got to where am in life not because of something I brought to the world but through something I found – the wealth of African culture.”

― Hugh Masekela

“It’s obvious that the rest of the world loves high African culture – African culture, period.”

― Hugh Masekela

“But again, we, I think, over the years have set the example for a lot of nations that may not have had the same values, the same type of coming out of the same culture that we as Americans have and enjoy. But we can be an example, a role model for them.”

― Hugh Shelton

“It’s important to get to know people, to get an idea of the culture of a club, and to understand how it works.”

― Hugo Lloris

“I’m from Louisiana, and that’s where I got my start, in Cajun music. There’s a huge music scene down there centered around our culture. Those are people that are not making music for a living. They are making music for the fun of it. And I think that’s the best way I could have been introduced to music.”

― Hunter Hayes

“Quacks are a part of our culture, and we all fall prey to them. Who among us can say, for sure, that even our own personal physicians are honest and competent?”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“A lot of what the ‘Culture’ is about is a reaction to all the science fiction I was reading in my very early teens.”

― Iain Banks

“If you look at the footballers, you look at our celebrity culture, we seem to be saying, ‘This is the way you want to be’. We seem to be a society that celebrates all the wrong people.”

― Iain Duncan Smith

“Look, I’ve always said from the word go many years ago that I felt the whole bonus culture, they need to think very carefully about being detached from the rest of the British public.”

― Iain Duncan Smith

“Being uprooted from your own culture, provided you take with you the way of thinking and being that characterises the more integrated social culture from which you come, is not as disruptive to happiness and well-being as becoming part of a relatively fragmented culture.”

― Iain McGilchrist

“In Poland, the whole saying is, ‘You’ve got one eye to Morocco and the other to the Caucasus.’ That’s the heart of the culture. In England, they say it less romantic: ‘You’ve got a wandering eye.’ The saying means my main stream in life must be Deep Purple. That’s my main job. Then every now, and I can wander off and have one eye to Morocco.”

― Ian Gillan

“I do feel like I have always, in my life, been inclined to be on the outside, walk a different path or something. Because of that, and increasingly over the years, my sense of distance from mainstream society or from the way culture works, I have a different kind of perception of it.”

― Ian MacKaye

“What I find interesting as a 40-year-old is the idea of trying to be a part of a pronounced, continuing independent culture. The basic tenet of America is that you rebel and then you get real.”

― Ian MacKaye

“As regards literary culture, it fascinates me that it has been so resilient to the Union. For example, when T.S. Eliot wanted to become poet in these lands, it wasn’t as an English poet, it was an Anglian poet he wanted to be.”

― Ian Mcewan

“Something is missing in our culture. We can’t quite celebrate the scientific literary tradition.”

― Ian Mcewan

“Bill Gallagher’s new version of ‘The Prisoner’ is an enthralling commentary on modern culture. It is witty, intelligent and disturbing. I am very excited to be involved.”

― Ian Mckellen

“I don’t think that acting is as youth-obsessed as the general culture. In acting, as you get older, you get better, and the parts you get improve, too. But that’s only true for a man, not a woman.”

― Ian McShane

“Debate and divergence of views can only enrich our history and culture.”

― Ibrahim Babangida

“Well, I am very happy that I was able to play a part in bringing music from the streets onto the radio and into modern culture, I worked very hard and always believed in the sounds I was creating.”

― Ice T

“I started rapping before anybody had ever bought a car from it. It was truly about the art form and the culture, more so than now, where it’s a successful way to make money. Back then you had to be doing it because you liked it.”

― Ice T

“I was kind of influenced by the hip-hop culture.”

― Ichiro Suzuki

“The one album I can’t live without is called ‘Cumbolo’ by a band called Culture. Every song on their album is deep, but there’s one in particular called ‘This Train.’ I have a tattoo of the lyrics on my left arm.”

― Idris Elba

“I’m not interested in making all-black films – I come from a very diverse culture; I want to work with every type of person. I work a lot with women executives because they seem to be a lot more open minded about that and a lot more progressive in that way.”

― Idris Elba

“I lived in America for a long time before I started working as an actor. Some actors show up on set and have never done an American accent before, so they rely on a slew of technical mechanisms. Part of what makes an accent is understanding why people speak that way – you have to understand the culture.”

― Idris Elba

“I always felt really alone because no one wanted to talk about the things that I enjoyed, and that was really rap music and hip-hop as a culture. You know, having the shoes, using the words, buying the magazines, seeing the videos. And I had nobody to share it with, so I feel like I lived a lot online.”

― Iggy Azalea

“I always thought that there was something in hip-hop culture that was the misfit of all the musical styles, where they didn’t really belong. They’re kind of like, ‘No, we’re a real culture! We’re not going anywhere, you can’t get rid of us!’ I really liked that there was a rebelliousness about it. I connected with that.”

― Iggy Azalea

“On a group of theories one can found a school; but on a group of values one can found a culture, a civilization, a new way of living together among men.”

― Ignazio Silone

“The running joke about the Premio Cervantes, the most coveted literary prize in the Spanish-speaking world, which was established by Spain’s Ministry of Culture in 1976, is that Cervantes himself wouldn’t have received it. This is because he was, in his heart, the most anti-Spanish of Spanish writers.”

― Ilan Stavans

“As women, and as people, we’re often forced to choose between pop culture and tearing down celebrities or a show about politics.”

― Iliza Shlesinger

“We never wore burkas because Somalis had our own culture.”

― Iman

“There are some people who have helped to advance me and other girls, but the fashion industry is always behind popular culture. They think they understand the zeitgeist. They don’t know anything about the zeitgeist.”

― Iman

“I’m a culture guy. I sort of know all the familiar ingredients to get something going. Once everyone starts to buy in collectively, then that culture can start being built.”

― Iman Shumpert

“We all must support the arts, as it is our culture. It makes us better people. It makes us happy; it gives us empathy and shows us how to live. It is so important.”

― Imelda Staunton

“I always wanted to do creative things, but I was really interested in entrepreneurship. My family comes from a very entrepreneurial culture, so business was always something I was interested in.”

― Imran Amed

“Look at the way sports, music and film have become driving forces of popular culture. Fashion is the fourth pillar.”

― Imran Amed

“It’s not my place to say how Zoe Saldana perceives herself, and I can’t say how anybody else perceives her, either. I see her as a black person of Hispanic origin, but I don’t even know what that really means, because I don’t know anything about race and Hispanic culture.”

― India Arie

“This celebrity culture that hypnotizes people into thinking a person is literally not real because you see them on television is a spell the watcher him- or herself must break.”

― India Arie

“Historically, our culture has not made room for the nuances of humanity. People have not been kept safe: women, people of colour, queer people, transgender people.”

― Indya Moore

“Narcissism is a strong word, but it is narcissistic to expect everybody in a culture to reflect your own image back at you.”

― Indya Moore

“Describing passive violence in this culture is kinda like someone who is drowning in the middle of the ocean giving you the low-down on water. The only way you can really understand passive violence is by going somewhere far, far away from phones, news, TV, the Internet.”

― Inga Muscio

“As my parents are from India, I am told a lot of positive things about the country, the culture and traditions of Muslims in India. I don’t remember anything nasty told to me by my parents.”

― Inzamam-ul-Haq

“It’s a wonderful thing to see a segment of our population that is open and eager to learn more about Chinese culture. It has filtered into the mainstream. You see credit-card ads on TV with white couples and Chinese babies.”

― Iris Chang

“We don’t have a culture of realistic acting in India.”

― Irrfan Khan

“In India, therapy is not part of the culture; it has not become such a big need.”

― Irrfan Khan

“Culture is important. Wars are fought over culture. It’s not just about folks showing up and being hoity-toity. Culture is about definition.”

― Irvin Mayfield

“Sometimes there’s a snobbery among literary types that these people don’t really get it, but in a lot of ways they get it more than the literati. There’s a culture in the background that they understand and know. They get that deeper level.”

― Irvine Welsh

“Writing is about culture and should be about everything. That’s what makes it what it is.”

― Irvine Welsh

“It’s like nothing’s really happening. Our culture is almost dead.”

― Irvine Welsh

“People should be able to express their culture without getting into all that chauvinistic thing.”

― Irvine Welsh

“Even some of us who make movies underestimate their influence abroad. American movies sell American culture. Foreigners want to see American movies. But that’s also why so many foreign governments and groups object to them.”

― Irwin Winkler

“One of the characteristics of North American culture is that you can always start again. You can always move forward, cross a border of a state or a city or a county, and move West, most of the time West. You leave behind guilt, past traditions, memories.”

― Isabel Allende

“I lived for a couple of years when I was 9 years old on beautiful Aboriginal sacred land in a town of a thousand people in northwestern Australia. It’s where the Aborigines are still very connected to their culture, the Dreamtime culture. It was really quite a special experience.”

― Isabel Lucas

“I was heartily sorry to leave Leh, with its dazzling skies and abounding colour and movement, its stirring topics of talk, and the culture and exceeding kindness of the Moravian missionaries. Helpfulness was the rule.”

― Isabella Bird

“Food is a big part of my culture, so everyone knows how to cook. When I came to America and asked a babysitter to softboil an egg for my son and she didn’t know how, I was shocked.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“A few words of Hindi appear here or there, but it’s all Urdu. I feel that if the popular culture, which is what Hindi films are, uses Urdu, it’s not going to diminish.”

― Ismail Merchant

“The mixture of the Trinidadian people and the Indian people has caused a new culture to emerge.”

― Ismail Merchant

“The music industry is more singles-driven, and the attention span of culture becomes shorter and shorter, but we still grew up in the era where buying an album, looking at the artwork, putting it on and listening to it top to bottom, those were the experiences that really changed our lives. That’s what we aim to make.”

― Isom Innis

“It’s one thing when other African-Americans try to threaten my race card, but when people outside of my ethnicity have the audacity to question how ‘down’ I am because of the bleak, stereotypical picture pop culture has painted for me as a black woman? Unacceptable.”

― Issa Rae

“I don’t like to be overexposed. Too many articles, too many tweets, too many posts, I just don’t like that. But at the same time, we live in a culture where that’s almost necessary. People want content and they want their stuff when they want it.”

― Issa Rae

“I am very interested in the culture of paper.”

― Issey Miyake

“Design is a vital component to the enrichment of our everyday lives. Japan has a very rich history and culture of design, and I feel it is a very important dialogue to open and keep evolving.”

― Issey Miyake

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values, and Jewish culture.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“I thought if we could put our hard-working culture as traders into the asset management, it will be a great combination, and we did do that.”

― Ivan Glasenberg

“The iconic Doral was once a beacon for the ultimate in luxury golf resorts, and we have fully restored it to its prior grandeur – and then some. Besides the sun, golf, and amazing Latin food, Miami is a city of culture that has something for everyone.”

― Ivanka Trump

“To end the pervasive culture of sexual harassment, it can no longer be the norm that men look the other way. It only ends when men actively participate in ending it.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“It’s important that we start conversations about changing the culture of sexual harassment and discrimination in politics, state capitols, and our larger communities with an acknowledgment of the courage of so many women who have chosen to speak up and speak out.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“By definition, startups are not constrained by the limits of established company culture. And so they push boundaries and develop new technologies and ways of doing things.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“’Mi Gente’ is a song that embodies a special moment in music – a new sound of a Latino culture on the rise and being embraced globally.”

― J Balvin

“I’m still in love with New York. It’s like a dream: there’s so much to do, so much culture.”

― J Balvin

“Colombian culture has a lot of music – it’s in our blood; it’s in our DNA.”

― J Balvin

“For complicated historical and political reasons, we associate ‘poor’ in our public consciousness with ‘black.’ Terms such as ‘welfare queen’ and ‘culture of poverty’ became associated uniquely with the social maladies of African Americans in urban ghettos, despite the fact that poor whites outnumbered poor blacks.”

― J. D. Vance

“As a culture, working-class white Americans like myself had no heroes. We loved the military but had no George S. Patton figure in the modern army. I doubt my neighbours could even name a high-ranking military officer.”

― J. D. Vance

“In communities like mine, we send our best and brightest to our armed forces. Our culture’s elites, on the other hand, encourage their children to do just about anything else.”

― J. D. Vance

“There’s a kind of numbness, a sameness, a lack of motivation in ‘good job’ culture.”

― J. K. Simmons

“There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.”

― J. M. Coetzee

“I grew up in a Mauritian bubble in France… I had the feeling of not belonging, but still living with French culture.”

― J. M. G. Le Clezio

“I’ve always felt very much from a mixed culture – mainly English and French, but also Nigerian, Thai, Mexican. Everything’s had its influence on me.”

― J. M. G. Le Clezio

“Overall, the anarchy was the most creative of all periods of Japanese culture for in it there appeared the greatest landscape painting, the culmination of the skill of landscape gardening and the arts of flower arrangement, and the No drama.”

― J. M. Roberts

“You go down South, and they’re quirky; they have culture, and it’s not uniformly true of our country. Our country has gotten a little blanded out, big sections of it. Even if you disagree with the politics, you have to appreciate the cuisine, the music, the literature.”

― J. Smith-Cameron

“The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world.”

― J. William Fulbright

“It really is true that when an issue becomes pop culture, it changes faster, and it’s really great for the issue.”

― Jack Antonoff

“I love connected culture.”

― Jack Antonoff

“Basically the school system sets you up with what it wants to set you up with. They’re really good at it. I think they’re too good. Problem is, what they’re doing is conditioning kids to merely accept the culture at hand. But the rebels won’t accept it.”

― Jack Bowman

“I’m still very aware of the violence in our culture, more so than other people. I know where it comes from when someone is trying to suppress someone else, sometimes they fight back.”

― Jack Bowman

“I used to define success as being able to produce any result you wanted, whether it was a relationship, weight-loss, being a millionaire, impacting the culture, changing society, whatever it might be – it might be homelessness, whatever – and lately, I’ve redefined success as ‘fulfilling your soul’s purpose.’”

― Jack Canfield

“The world is getting so small. Young people are mobile; they want to travel around the world. When you travel around the world, you exchange culture, you want to make friends, you want to exchange things.”

― Jack Ma

“In South Carolina, the Confederate flag flies high on countless flagpoles. Those who defend this practice by saying it is part of Southern culture are lying to themselves.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“Culture drives great results.”

― Jack Welch

“Public hangings are teaching moments. Every company has to do it. A teaching moment is worth a thousand CEO speeches. CEOs can talk and blab each day about culture, but the employees all know who the jerks are. They could name the jerks for you. It’s just cultural. People just don’t want to do it.”

― Jack Welch

“CEOs can talk and blab each day about culture, but the employees all know who the jerks are. They could name the jerks for you. It’s just cultural. People just don’t want to do it.”

― Jack Welch

“If you don’t have public hangings for bad culture in a company, if you don’t take people out and let them say, they went home to spend more time with the family. It’s crazy.”

― Jack Welch

“In Australia, I grew up watching ‘The Mickey Mouse Club,’ my son grew up watching ‘Sesame Street,’ my grandson’s growing up watching ‘Dora The Explorer.’ So we are sort of saturated with American culture from the day we’re born, and to those of those who do have an ear for it, it’s second nature.”

― Jacki Weaver

“It’s a very generous culture, American culture. I know you can’t generalize 300 million people, but everyone I’ve met here has been so lovely to me.”

― Jacki Weaver

“Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.”

― Jackie Chan

“The South is a place for music, dance, and culture.”

― Jackie Shroff

“If the KKK was smart enough, they would’ve created gangsta rap because it’s such a caricature of black culture and black masculinity.”

― Jackson Katz

“In corporate culture, in sports culture, in the media, we honor those who win at all costs.”

― Jackson Katz

“New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.”

― Jackson Pollock

“In government, things do not move too quick. That is why I am trying to introduce a new culture: so that things move more quickly.”

― Jacob Zuma

“Everything is arranged so that it be this way, this is what is called culture.”

― Jacques Derrida

“Action roles – or any role – should go to the best guy for the job. People obsess about nationality. Hollywood and America might be the hub for pop culture and cinema for the Western world, but that shouldn’t suggest that all the roles should go to young American men.”

― Jai Courtney

“I’m more of a culture hummingbird.”

― Jai Rodriguez

“In Mexic,o the concept of a sitcom doesn’t actually exist – even if you do a sitcom, technically speaking, because it airs from Monday to Friday, they put it in the telenovela category. But, of course, I am from Mexico and grew up with the telenovela culture.”

― Jaime Camil

“The secret to the city is integration. Every area of the city should combine work, leisure and culture. Separate these functions and parts of the city die.”

― Jaime Lerner

“What I want to tell people is that you can mix the culture a little bit and it’s not always appropriation.”

― Jain

“When I was little, I was listening to the Beatles, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, and stuff. I had a big soul music culture, and not so much a French one.”

― Jain

“Moving from Dubai to the Congo was one of the best things that happened to me, it’s a shock to be confronted by the contrast in wealth and culture, and it’s hard, but I loved it and it influenced me a lot.”

― Jain

“Any city that’s worth a dang certainly has a musical heartbeat, a culture, and a scene that can stand on its own.”

― Jake Peavy

“Most of my ukulele heroes were traditional players from Hawaii, like Eddie Kamae and Ohta-san. There may not be uke stars in popular culture, but there are certainly pop stars that play uke – George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Train, and Paul McCartney.”

― Jake Shimabukuro

“Blues, rock and hip hop are more about a lifestyle and culture than notes on a page.”

― Jake Shimabukuro

“You have to be respectful of pop culture, because people interpret it in the way they want.”

― Jaleel White

“I want to be a part of a winning culture.”

― Jalen Brunson

“Wrestling has grown so big… it’s almost a culture. And it’s a culture of all types of vibes, just like hip-hop has all kinds of vibes and rap has all kinds of vibes.”

― Jam Master Jay

“When once I got to America I fell in love with hippie culture, and I’ve always wanted to live in the country and grow organic vegetables.”

― Jamaica Kincaid

“I suppose you could say I love outlaw American culture.”

― Jamaica Kincaid

“Back in the 1500s, the culture that we had built in the West embraced multigenerational projects quite easily. Notre Dame. Massive cathedrals were not built over the course of a few years, they were built over a few generations. People who started building them knew they wouldn’t be finished until their grandson was born.”

― Jamais Cascio

“I’m aware that people enjoy creating categories that make it easier to digest pop culture or the media or entertainment or whatever. But I really have too much to do to fit into any easy category.”

― James Adomian

“No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.”

― James Baldwin

“Everything in culture moves in a cyclical way.”

― James Bobin

“That the potential to become Level 5 exists in you and me and the people we work with and that it is then a process or a journey to nurture that seed… in a culture by and large that doesn’t reinforce it.”

― James Collins

“There is something intrinsically, systemically wrong with white, western culture, and if we don’t fix it, it won’t continue.”

― James Cromwell

“In addition to the research, I enjoyed learning French and assimilating the culture of another country.”

― James Cronin

“I think up until that time a lot of focus on Internet coverage was either sort of the bits and bytes aspect of it, sort of the high-tech aspect of it, and the sociological aspect of it, which is how it was transforming culture.”

― James Daly

“’Dare to Discipline’ was published in 1970 in the midst of the Vietnam War and a culture of rebellion. The book was written in that context, but the principles of child rearing have not changed.”

― James Dobson

“We have to change our culture so you can create wealth from making things and don’t just try to make money out of money.”

― James Dyson

“Nevada has a world-class economy. It will only build a world-class culture with world-class research universities coupled with the Desert Research Institute.”

― James E. Rogers

“America was first colonized by Puritans. Most of our earliest immigrants, and many since, have come here in order to practice their religious beliefs as they please. Our culture has always been, and will most likely always be, profoundly influenced by religion.”

― James Frey

“A good part of ‘The Information’ is about the transition from an oral to a literary culture. Books effected such a great transformation in the way we think about the world, our history, our logic, mathematics, you name it. I think we would be greatly diminished as a people and as a culture if the book became obsolete.”

― James Gleick

“I’m in favor of anything that will give strong women more visibility in popular culture.”

― James Gunn

“By 3000 B.C. the art of Egypt was so ripe and so far advanced that it is surprising to find any student of early culture proposing that the crude contemporary art of the early Babylonians is the product of a civilization earlier than that of the Nile.”

― James Henry Breasted

“The culture is going into a psychological depression. We are concerned about our place in the world, about being competitive: Will my children have as much as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world?”

― James Hillman

“Neurologically, people have a need to feel oriented, to know where they are, not just in terms of a compass and not just in terms of geography, but in terms of their culture and history. To be informed about where they’re coming from and to have some glimpse towards a hopeful future.”

― James Howard Kunstler

“Students of American glass must always keep in mind that the creations they collect are truly examples of our American culture… and thus have historical significance.”

― James Lafferty

“Everybody blames the culture without taking responsibility.”

― James Levine

“In Europe they call geeks ‘smart people,’ and frankly I think we live in a culture that doesn’t value intelligence enough; so I am very proud in saying that I am a geek.”

― James Marsters

“I don’t want to be subsumed into popular culture and played on the radio next to some garbage music.”

― James Murphy

“I didn’t much like Las Vegas. The noise of the place and the whole 24-hour, ‘let’s play the slot machines all night’ culture of the place just left me cold.”

― James Nesbitt

“When you’re brought up in a Unionist culture, you can’t help but feel Unionist.”

― James Nesbitt

“We live in secular world now, but most of our art and culture is rooted in religion.”

― James Norton

“I’m married to a health-conscious American. I try to eat well, but definitely, as an Australian, you have some of the red meat, lamb, steak, barbecues as part of your culture.”

― James P. Gorman

“Popular culture isn’t a freeze-frame; it is images zapping by in rapid-fire succession, which is why collage is such an effective way of representing contemporary life. The blur between images creates a kind of motion in the mind.”

― James Rosenquist

“If we refuse to accept as inevitable the irresponsibility and educational unconcern of the adolescent culture, then this poses a serious challenge.”

― James S. Coleman

“Richie Rich, Keoki, Amanda LaPore are really successful. They’ve joined the culture at large.”

― James St. James

“What they will try to do is get symbolic victories. Symbolism is important to them. They have little else. But they will strike, I believe, at centers of media, of financial, of American power, of American culture; and that is where we should place our bet.”

― James T. Walsh

“I’ve always thought of Las Vegas as Los Angeles on its day off. There’s not any hierarchy of taste, and that’s what L.A. always was to me: It’s not really a town of culture – it’s a town of entertainment.”

― James Turrell

“The people in L.A. do orient themselves to light. I used to call it ‘Tan Fascist Culture.’ Everyone there is tanned, wears dark sunglasses, looks like a movie star even when they’re not.”

― James Turrell

“My aunt was Frances Hodges, who in the Fifties was the editor of ‘Seventeen’ and later one of the creators of ‘Mademoiselle.’ She was my Auntie Mame; she loved culture. She was a Quaker, but she became a milliner against all Quaker logic – they feel that fashion and art are vanities – because she loved fashion.”

― James Turrell

“A lot of these types of films – the vigilante or revenge drama – were so popular in the ’70s because there was a feeling in the culture of loss of control.”

― James Wan

“Our culture today that we live in is getting so diverse, yet in Hollywood, there’s not a lot of diversity.”

― James Wan

“Popular culture no longer craves archangels and new dawns. Pop culture traffics in vampires and deads of night.”

― James Wolcott

“Like ‘Twin Peaks,’ ’24,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and ‘The Sopranos’ before it, ‘Downton Abbey’ enriches the iconography and collective lore of pop culture. It replenishes the stream.”

― James Wolcott

“It seems to me, in this culture, you need to have a subsidy to do theatre, not that I put theatre above anything else.”

― Jamey Sheridan

“In England, we’re around so much American culture and TV anyway, so it’s an accent that’s always in our ear.”

― Jamie Blackley

“There are a lot of things about Russian culture, art, music, photography and literature that I’m love with.”

― Jamie Hince

“It will be interesting to see if Seoul’s urban vocabulary of numerous, ever-present interactive screens will translate to other cities such as Beijing, London, and New York. It will also be intriguing to see if smaller cities and towns adopt aspects of Seoul’s screen culture throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.”

― Jan Chipchase

“No military contractors should have a ‘shoot first’ culture that puts civilians or our brave military service members in danger.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“I think that three-act fundamentalism in film culture is a problem sometimes, because it’s almost too obvious, or it’s too expected. And it’s not the only way to fill two hours, or to phrase things, or to order thoughts, or order ideas.”

― Jane Campion

“All English people have a fascination with Jack the Ripper. I don’t know why, because it’s so dreadful, but such a strange, endearing part of our culture. Morbid fascination sums it up.”

― Jane Goldman

“A lot of comic conventions go way beyond comic books and include other parts of pop culture, like celebrities and science fiction and movies and books. So I go to them either as a celebrity, or as a fan, because I’m a big sci-fi geek.”

― Jane Wiedlin

“Sometimes people say I’m a political comedian, which, actually I’m not. I’m a comedian who sometimes discusses politics, culture – again, the word ‘politics’ to me is just life.”

― Janeane Garofalo

“I was a mixed black girl existing in a westernized Hawaiian culture where petite Asian women were the ideal, in a white culture where black women were furthest from the standard of beauty, in an American culture where trans women of color were invisible.”

― Janet Mock

“Our culture often demeans and devalues the work, the pleasures, and the contributions of women and feminine people. This is, in part, why beauty culture is dismissed as unimportant and frivolous.”

― Janet Mock

“Popular culture is most powerful when it offers us a vision of how our society should look – or at least reproduces our reality.”

― Janet Mock

“We exist in a culture where trans people are constantly delegitimized.”

― Janet Mock

“I don’t feel as if I’m typecast – like any writer, the difficulty is that one facet of my identity becomes louder, obscuring the fact that I’m also a woman, a writer, a lover of pop culture and other things.”

― Janet Mock

“I feel like in Atlanta, if you were a female dancer, the more you can dance like the boys, the more respect you get. I was thrust into that kind of dance culture, and it was in my body.”

― Janina Gavankar

“I grew up in Africa surrounded by a lot of culture. It’s made me aware that the world is a big place.”

― Jann Klose

“Good buildings make and are made by their settings, and they are appropriately different in different locations. Climate, culture, topography and materials have helped create regional architectural languages that seem curiously right for their locations and for all times.”

― Jaquelin T. Robertson

“New York City is the most important location in the world… it is the center for fashion, culture and finance.”

― Jared Kushner

“People who live in SoHo want to be close to the energy, culture, and eccentricities of New York’s most charming neighborhoods.”

― Jared Kushner

“A remarkable thing about the Silicon Valley culture is that its status structure is so based on technical accomplishment and prowess.”

― Jaron Lanier

“The mass culture of childhood right now is astonishingly technical. Little kids know their Unix path punctuation so they can get around the Web, and they know their HTML and stuff. It’s pretty shocking to me.”

― Jaron Lanier

“I wasn’t a fanboy of horror. I didn’t grow up on horror movies. I grew up loving all movies. I still love all movies, but I particularly love scary movies – as much for the culture around them as the movies themselves.”

― Jason Blum

“Fire fast: Fire people who do not fit into the culture of your company and who are negative.”

― Jason Calacanis

“We are fortunate to have collectively built a culture that matters, a brand that matters, a business that matters. It is impossible to state in words how much this team means to me, how much Hulu means to me.”

― Jason Kilar

“You can’t be Eazy-E and not move a certain way, basically. So, I studied the culture of it, and also, one of my uncles is from L.A., and he’s great. He was like my performance coach. He helped me get the lingo down pat. He helped me get a lot of things down pat because I would talk in that accent for 10 hours a day.”

― Jason Mitchell

“I’ve been fascinated with Maori culture since I was a kid.”

― Jason Momoa

“When I found out more about the Maori culture, I fell in love with it, and with the people, too.”

― Jason Momoa

“Growing up sucks, doesn’t it? I understand why people wouldn’t want to get old – but it’d be one thing if we became a culture obsessed with eating right, doing yoga, going to therapy and becoming at one with ourselves. That be great. But we don’t do that. We seem to be obsessed with all the wrong ways to stay young.”

― Jason Reitman

“I think there’s this tradition of a culture of NDAs that has spanned all the way back to the ’70s and ’80s when game developers where very paranoid about cloning and people copying one another’s ideas and business sabotage.”

― Jason Schreier

“To avoid long-term deleterious effects, game developers must commit to stop facilitating a culture in which crunch is the norm. The occasional long night or weekend at the office can be useful and even exhilarating, but as a constant, it is damaging.”

― Jason Schreier

“One of the interesting things I’ve found is that crunch is the result of crunch culture rather than the result of managers coming and saying, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta work overtime.’”

― Jason Schreier

“There are so many canceled games that people don’t know about and so many stories people can’t tell because they’re restricted by this ridiculous culture of secrecy.”

― Jason Schreier

“A lot happened in Vancouver. It was my first Western experience. I learned English, which is my second language. I became very acquainted with Western culture. I had my first sewing machine when I was 9. I trained in fashion illustration when I was in school.”

― Jason Wu

“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“With a far-future setting merging Chinese and American culture, ‘Firefly’ also saw high-tech futurism blended with the traditional Wild West.”

― Jay Kristoff

“I feel that there’s a lot of would-be guardians of the culture who think that high-minded literary purpose and the life that gets chronicled in the gossip columns, that these two things are incompatible.”

― Jay McInerney

“There’s been an unquestionable decline in American culture. The education system is thin on the ground. People don’t read as deeply and at length as they used to. And the media has been scattered into so many cable channels.”

― Jay Parini

“I just love making music and entertaining. I really do live for this culture. I don’t think about the other stuff.”

― Jay Park

“Most companies overlook the most basic of all training functions: the onboarding of new employees into their corporate culture.”

― Jay Samit

“For a startup to overcome obstacles and succeed, it must foster limitless thinking. By hiring students into their first career job, you get to set their framework for how a company functions and instill them with your values for your company’s culture.”

― Jay Samit

“Wherever I go, I bring the culture with me, so that they can understand that it’s attainable. I didn’t do it any other way than through hip-hop.”

― Jay-Z

“All my businesses are part of the culture, so I have to stay true to whatever I’m feeling at the time, whatever direction I’m heading in.”

― Jay-Z

“My passion is music, you know, and music influences culture, influences lifestyle, which leads me to ‘Roc-A-Wear’. I was forced to be an entrepreneur, so that led me to be CEO of ‘Roc-A-Fella’ records, which lead to Def Jam.”

― Jay-Z

“At Berkeley, you wore a hoodie and pajamas and Birkenstocks, and that’s swag. I was so thrown off. What I thought was cool wasn’t cool no more, so I thought about what I actually liked. I started experimenting. I started wearing Birkenstocks. I wanted to dive into the culture.”

― Jaylen Brown

“I did work at a mall in college – I think retail/customer service is just one of the most hideous jobs in the world. So I always try to be extra nice when I go into a store. But malls are part of our culture, if you watched any teen comedy in the ’80s. it’s clear that malls are where we live!”

― Jayma Mays

“It helps being on a good team with a winning culture and just being confident in myself.”

― Jayson Tatum

“Our culture highlights the desire to always have more, even when we should be grateful for what we have.”

― Jean Chatzky

“For people in London, Asian flavors are always part of the culture, more than in New York.”

― Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“America is the only country capable of producing national movies: its culture has become a global culture.”

― Jean-Jacques Annaud

“I respect the British a lot – their history, their past, their culture. I think it’s beautiful, what they have with the monarchy.”

― Jean-Marc Vallee

“When you think after 25 years of Mao, Chinese people had no idea about western music or even western culture. They had no idea about James Dean or the Beatles or Charlie Chaplin, modern music or modern cinema.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Creating a flexible working culture is about trust. How much can your employees rely on each other to get the job done without the benefit of supervision?”

― Jean-Philippe Courtois

“True flexibility is a symbiotic partnership between employer and employee and between technology and culture.”

― Jean-Philippe Courtois

“I don’t think you lose culture because you act different cultures.”

― Jean Reno

“I had been an eyewitness to a truly historic moment in American pop culture.”

― Jean Shepherd

“Florida is a place of unparalleled diversity of backgrounds, experiences and vision. It makes our culture unique, but it can also make it difficult to define a common identity and create a sense of community that reaches beyond our neighborhoods to all corners of our state.”

― Jeb Bush

“Part of company culture is path-dependent – it’s the lessons you learn along the way.”

― Jeff Bezos

“When traveling, we continually are ‘discovering’ what our day will be. We are in a new environment, perhaps a different culture, interacting with strangers who might have different priorities than we ourselves have.”

― Jeff Kober

“Specifically, in Canada, the First Nations are often overlooked in pop culture or in general, and when things are reported about our First Nations, it’s often negative things – about the hardships they face and what-not.”

― Jeff Lemire

“The thing about Canada is that it’s a very large country, and the population’s very spread out among different regions. Each region in the country really has its own personality and its own culture, you know? From West Coast to East Coast – wherever you go, it’s almost like it’s its own country.”

― Jeff Lemire

“It’s not hard to look at our own world and draw parallels between 9/11, for example, and how Muslims are viewed or treated by North American culture since then. Just to see the way fear can breed hatred and intolerance for people who aren’t the same as us – and that’s certainly part of what’s at the heart of ‘Descender.’”

― Jeff Lemire

“In general, I feel so much of pop culture is set in the generic big city, particularly comics. I feel like there are so many other stories to tell.”

― Jeff Lemire

“You have to maintain a culture of transformation and stay true to your values.”

― Jeff Weiner

“Getting to see new places, their culture, and getting away from what I am used to is so rewarding.”

― Jeffree Star

“After pop art, graffiti is probably the biggest art movement in recent history to have such an impact on culture.”

― Jeffrey Deitch

“When our culture shifts, it tends to overcorrect, throwing out everything associated with an era we’ve moved past, rather than saving what was good and combining it with what is new.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“Shaft was a pop culture figure along t he lines of, I guess, Dirty Harry – except that he wasn’t as much of a racist. So yeah, I was always a fan.”

― Jeffrey Wright

“Any alternative culture that inspires a lot of passion and inspiration is also in danger of being set in its ways, almost from the moment it’s born.”

― Jello Biafra

“I guess my most prized pop culture possession is a signed first edition of the book ‘Fight Club’ by Chuck Palahniuk.”

― Jen Lancaster

“We still have this prudish, puritanical culture, but we also have so little exposure to a diversity of bodies. Bodies are beautiful and great and compelling.”

― Jenji Kohan

“We are being conditioned, as a population, to never wait, to never delay our gratification, to accept thoughtless, constant consumption as the new norm. But how we think about consumption and willpower carry enormous implications for the environment and the culture of society as a whole.”

― Jenna Wortham

“Drag has been featured in popular culture for decades. Movies like ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Tootsie,’ ‘The Birdcage’ – even ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ – have showcased men, some gay, some not, who dress and perform as women.”

― Jenna Wortham

“When ‘Drag Race’ first began, it seemed like a fun window into an underground culture, but over the nine years it has aired, the show has evolved to reflect America’s changing relationship to queer rights and acceptance.”

― Jenna Wortham

“The American understanding of China is filtered through years of politics; we rarely see the culture on its own terms.”

― Jenna Wortham

“As digital culture becomes more tied to the success of the platforms where it flourishes, there is always a risk of it disappearing forever.”

― Jenna Wortham

“As a lonely teenager growing up in Virginia, I fed off any pop culture that could show me different ways of being from what I saw on ‘The Cosby Show’ reruns or read about in an Ann M. Martin book.”

― Jenna Wortham

“The thing that really matters to me is well-being and happiness. Maybe it comes from knowing people who have tortured themselves trying to meet these strangely narrow and rigorous definitions of what our culture thinks is beautiful.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“’Look at Me’ started with Rockford, Illinois and New York and the question of how much image culture was changing our inner lives. That’s an abstract idea; you don’t think that’s going to be a rocking work of fiction, but it seemed to fuse in a way that was interesting.”

― Jennifer Egan

“We live in a moment and a culture when reading is really endangered. There’s simply no way to write well, though, if you’re not reading well.”

― Jennifer Egan

“I’ve been interested in terrorism from the very beginning. My first novel is about that, too, and I think one reason I’ve been so interested in terrorism is because I have a deep interest – one of my deepest interests – in image culture and how it works. And terrorism is an epiphenomenon of image culture.”

― Jennifer Egan

“To some degree, we’re all thinking about the same things. It’s the zeitgeist. The trick, in a way, as a writer, is to hope that your interests in some sense link up with the culture around you.”

― Jennifer Egan

“Why does everyone think they need to be a star? It’s ridiculous. The celebrity culture is so silly, and the fact that people grow up thinking that it’s something to aspire to just seems wrong. I don’t mean to bash my life. I love my life; I just think it’s not the only way to go.”

― Jennifer Garner

“It’s amazing how much misinformation there is about pregnancy and how many myths are still ingrained into our culture.”

― Jennifer Hyman

“There are a lot of subtle things that are harder to stamp out of a culture in terms of male entrepreneurs being mentored more than female entrepreneurs… male entrepreneurs getting several strikes against them before they’re kind of let go, whereas female entrepreneurs, it’s kind of one strike and you’re out.”

― Jennifer Hyman

“I like to say, ‘Chop suey’s the biggest culinary joke that one culture has ever played on another,’ because chop suey, if you translate into Chinese, means ‘tsap sui,’ which, if you translate back, means ‘odds and ends.’”

― Jennifer Lee

“I had a friend write me that our music was being played at Gay Pride in New York, which is a big compliment. In the biggest city in the country with the most culture and the most grit – I love it.”

― Jennifer Nettles

“When we were first creating the look of ‘Kung Fu Panda,’ we wanted to pay tribute to the beautiful tradition and culture of China.”

― Jennifer Yuh Nelson

“Food is a way to explore culture and ground the story in a specific time and place. I still remember the meals and snacks from my first novel, ‘Shug’: pork chops and applesauce and Coca-Cola and peanuts, which are very Southern. When a character has roots elsewhere, food is a way to connect with home and another culture.”

― Jenny Han

“I think in L.A., every night they’re going out somewhere. So you have this culture of dressing up.”

― Jenny Packham

“You don’t realize it until you go out and take a look, but there are so many ways in which sexism is just allowed in our culture, not just in the entertainment industry. It’s just allowed to be there, and that’s not acceptable anymore. And I think it’s really important to be very vocal.”

― Jenny Slate

“I think that our language, culture, age, fortune, property, and our fame is all a facade. In the end, we’re all the same.”

― Jenova Chen

“I was not grown up in the U.S., nor in Japan. In order to create a video game that people around the globe can enjoy and relate to, I can’t draw things deeply rooted in the local culture that I’m not familiar with. That’s why we are not doing games about football or samurai.”

― Jenova Chen

“Goteborg used to be a not very cool place to live. The culture centered around shrimp and bingo. Bands played Copenhagen and Stockholm and skipped Goteborg.”

― Jens Lekman

“Australia’s beautiful, but I’m not too into Australian culture.”

― Jens Lekman

“I’m not too fond of the typical Australian activities or culture. I’m not into surfing – that’s what I’m trying to say.”

― Jens Lekman

“The main experience, I think, is that we have managed: people moving to Norway has made Norway richer, economically, but also our culture has become more rich in many ways.”

― Jens Stoltenberg

“I’ve noticed that a lot of people, subsequently, when they introduce me are very careful not to say the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. A lot more people are saying Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport.”

― Jeremy Hunt

“New York is fast paced, with enthusiastic fans and lots of media attention. Houston’s slower paced, and there’s more of a southern culture to the city. But both cities have unbelievable food.”

― Jeremy Lin

“In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn’t have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture.”

― Jeremy Rifkin

“I don’t think the distinction between high and low culture exists anymore.”

― Jeremy Scott

“I love the low-rider cars and that whole culture.”

― Jeremy Scott

“Education must, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them.”

― Jerome Bruner

“I think people respond to truth. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ made $60 million over the weekend, right? That’s not just a black audience. ‘Empire’ grew every single week. That’s not just a black audience. Black culture is American culture, you know what I mean? They’re becoming more and more one in the same.”

― Jerrod Carmichael

“With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world.”

― Jerry Costello

“Mr. Speaker, genocide is the most potent of all crimes against humanity because it is an effort to systematically wipe out a people and a culture as well as individual lives.”

― Jerry Costello

“Teenagers especially are very, very conscious about what is hip and what is lame and what is square and what is out and what is in, you know. And, I mean, I grew up right there in the middle of a black culture. And I knew dead-on what it was.”

― Jerry Leiber

“Baseball and its teams are proud of the sport’s long-standing role as a change agent in American culture and society.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“New Yorkers only cross water for visual culture if the water is an ocean. The East River throws us for a huge loop. If we started going to Queens and the Bronx for visual culture, many of our rent, space, and crowding problems would be over indefinitely.”

― Jerry Saltz

“Our culture now wonderfully, alchemically transforms images and history into artistic material. The possibilities seem endless and wide open.”

― Jerry Saltz

“In the seventies, a group of American artists seized the means not of production but of reproduction. They tore apart visual culture at a time of no money, no market, and no one paying attention except other artists. Vietnam and Watergate had happened; everything in America was being questioned.”

― Jerry Saltz

“Biennial culture is already almost irrelevant, because so many more people are providing so many better opportunities for artists to exhibit their work.”

― Jerry Saltz

“If the Frieze Art Fair catches on, I imagine at least two great things happening. First, we will once again have a huge art fair in town that isn’t too annoying to go to. More importantly, Frieze may finally show New Yorkers that we can cross our own waters for visual culture. That would change everything.”

― Jerry Saltz

“You don’t even really need a place. But you feel like you’re doing something. That is what coffee is. And that is one of the geniuses of the new coffee culture.”

― Jerry Seinfeld

“I will continue to focus on global strategy and to do everything I can to help Yahoo! realize its full potential and enhance its leading culture of technology and product excellence and innovation.”

― Jerry Yang

“I celebrate my blackness. I love the artistic vibrancy of the culture I was born to.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“In American culture at large, but especially in African American culture, it’s a sign of weakness to ask for help.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“As a white teen, I was very drawn to hip-hop culture, almost to the point of disappearing in it – there was a sense of having no sense of authenticity except this one that wasn’t mine.”

― Jess Row

“I doubt the terrorists saw 9/11 as a teaching opportunity. And we’re not really a culture geared to anything as humble as ‘learning.’ But I was disappointed in how quickly everyone wanted to get back to normal. It was as if we watched terrorism on TV for a while, then got bored and turned back to ‘American Idol.’”

― Jess Walter

“The culture of the U.S. military is such that human enhancement is accepted as a goal, taking people beyond the norm. There are so many resources going into that kind of research.”

― Jessa Gamble

“I don’t go to movies, I don’t own a television, I don’t buy magazines and I try not to receive mail, so I’m not really aware of popular culture.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“Before I left for American University, my mother told me to sign up for everything I could: to take advantage of everything from on-campus lectures to sports and social events to the amazing D.C. culture.”

― Jesse Itzler

“There are a few blacks who have the courage to speak honestly about immorality within the black culture, and whites should work with them to help unite the races with truth.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“In Eastern culture, people see ghosts, people talk about ghosts… it’s just accepted. And in Western culture it’s just not.”

― Jessica Alba

“There is such a rich sporting culture in Western Sydney, one that nurtured my sporting aspirations. Having Penrith Whitewater Stadium right at my doorstep was such an amazing advantage. It was a springboard to my success as an athlete, and I feel really fortunate to have grown up in this part of the world.”

― Jessica Fox

“I’m not going to date a crazy party animal; I’m more into culture. I’d rather go to a museum, travel somewhere, or go to a play. That’s more interesting to me than partying at the hottest club.”

― Jessica Lucas

“Obviously, my Indigenous culture is very special to me.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“Looking at younger artists, like Varda Caivano and Kerstin Bratsch, I see that their work has something in common that is new to my generation. There’s an effort to value the evidence of the hand and the handmade thing while also acknowledging the way in which the making of things with hands has such a complex, alienated place in our culture.”

― Jessica Stockholder

“My work participates in that really quick and easy and inexpensive material that’s part of our culture. In that way, my work engages the means of production that we live with, even while it’s classical and embodies some things from a very long time ago.”

― Jessica Stockholder

“There’s something missing in all this new new media craziness, and that is something that uses celebrity news as a way to get into a really serious analysis of our culture.”

― Jessica Williams

“I want young people to know that they can belong – whatever your culture, your religion, your sexuality – that you can live life how you want to live it and feel comfortable how you are.”

― Jessie J

“I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Hatred or hurt or pain isn’t specific to a religion. I think it’s a matter of acceptance. The one thing the world has to accept is everybody is different. What is normal to us is different and unusual to somebody else.”

― Jessie J

“I think Ang Lee is a very, very talented director. He used martial arts to talk about love and girl, you know… But Zhang Yimou tried to use martial arts film to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese people. What do they think, what do they want and what do they hope the world will become.”

― Jet Li

“I need to talk about Chinese culture. We have deep, strong philosophy and culture. I want to share some information, tell the worldwide audience.”

― Jet Li

“Zhang Yimou tried to use martial arts to talk about Chinese culture, Chinese people. What do they think, what do they want and what do they hope.”

― Jet Li

“My wife wanted my children to have some Chinese culture and education. She believes the children need to learn two languages and two cultures.”

― Jet Li

“Hong Kong film audiences are very quiet. It’s their culture.”

― Jet Li

“My grandmother valued her Southern roots, folk culture, and healing.”

― Jewell Parker Rhodes

“Goth culture, as mired in the past as it is, even it goes through changes, so Goth when I was growing up is not what it is now. When I think of Goth culture as it is at the moment I think of mall culture.”

― Jhonen Vasquez

“I feel that Italy’s a country that’s constantly looking out and constantly following what’s happening in other cultural centers. What is being written in America, what is being published in England, what is being published in France. It’s a culture that’s always wanting to absorb and inform itself of other works, other writers, etc., etc.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“I think there are a lot of misconceptions on both sides, the developing vs. the developed world, especially about America. I’ve felt the frustration in my lack of belonging to any one place, but I’ve also felt it liberating to be able to appreciate something without feeling disloyal to my own culture.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“I try to represent specific experiences of specific characters, and that’s all I want to try to do. I don’t ever try to think about representing a culture, because its impossible, and someone will fault you. And it just doesn’t interest me.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, ‘Ah, ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.’ My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence.”

― Jidenna

“All across this world, especially within the African diaspora, we feel like there is a constant devaluing of our culture and our livelihood.”

― Jidenna

“My whole British culture in growing up is still with me for sure. I’m very grateful for that.”

― Jill Ellis

“Weirdly, there have been a lot of critics of conservatism, but very few critics of innovation. As a culture, we are deeply paranoid about politics, but we gaze upon innovation with rapturous adulation.”

― Jill Lepore

“I’ve noticed that women are always punished for their sexuality in popular culture.”

― Jill Soloway

“My purpose as an artist is to heal the divided feminine in our culture. Well, okay wait, that sounds incredibly cheesy and like something a massage therapist might do at Esalen.”

― Jill Soloway

“We’re a whole culture of people who have a really hard time seeing beyond themselves.”

― Jill Soloway

“I have watched as a people and as a country and a culture over the course of my teenage-into-adulthood life, and I do still think there is a tremendous amount of homophobia that exists.”

― Jillian Michaels

“Major Lazer has always been a culture mashup, and to us, India feels like some kind of special creature with one foot in history and one firmly in the future.”

― Jillionaire

“I like reflecting the culture I understand best, spotting the idiosyncrasies of British people and revealing them to an audience in a way that amuses is what I find fun.”

― Jim Broadbent

“Occasionally, I’ve been asked to do American roles, and once or twice I have, but I don’t understand Americans. I don’t have any real feeling for American culture.”

― Jim Broadbent

“You have to put money in its proper perspective. The way it is positioned in the culture is like it is the most important thing. But something is missing.”

― Jim Brown

“Education, family, character, intelligence, humility, okay? These are the things that make a culture live.”

― Jim Brown

“The Democrats have essentially decided to move more toward central power, control of just about every aspect of our culture and economy.”

― Jim DeMint

“Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives.”

― Jim Hightower

“I was looking for a new challenge and got an interest in trying to make a difference for families. You become more aware of how important families are. They are the key institution in our culture. The reason I got into politics was to try to make a difference for that key institution, whether it was tax policy, education policy, or whatever.”

― Jim Jordan

“Our culture is more shaped by the arts and humanities than it often is by politics.”

― Jim Leach

“Jerry Robinson illustrated some of the defining images of pop culture’s greatest icons. As an artist myself, it’s impossible not to feel humbled by his body of work. Everyone who loves comics owes Jerry a debt of gratitude for the rich legacy that he leaves behind.”

― Jim Lee

“Events such as the 1991 Tailhook debacle have been seized upon and used by feminists to attack the military culture and bring about major concessions.”

― Jim Webb

“I just like the people and the culture of Southeast Asia.”

― Jim Webb

“I never thought that I would ever go over to China for any reason – then to be able to go over there and play basketball, embracing the culture.”

― Jimmer Fredette

“I want to be a part of a winning culture.”

― Jimmer Fredette

“Music is always going to be only as sophisticated as the culture that consumes it.”

― Jimmy Chamberlin

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is move the needle on popular culture.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“Apple Music is trying to create an entire pop culture experience that includes audio and video. If South Park walks into my office, I’m not going to say, ‘You’re not musicians.’ We’re going to do whatever hits pop culture smack on the nose.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“Elvis Presley was the big bang. He was the most influential single figure in the history of American pop culture. He changed the way we looked, thought, dressed, held a guitar. He didn’t invent rock & roll, but he defined it in a way that everyone who followed him owes him a debt.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“Having a hit is nice, having some success, but when you move popular culture, that’s a high.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“I’m trying to help Apple Music be an overall movement in popular culture, everything from unsigned bands to video.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“Interscope Records has always been a heat-seeking missile when it comes to shifts in popular culture, whether inciting them or reacting to them swiftly.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“There’s just no way to stop a movement in popular culture. It’s going to happen, with or without you. There’s absolutely no way to stop that train.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“There are geniuses, savants; I’m not one of them. I work hard, I see where popular culture’s going to move, but I’ve gotta keep having information pumped into me. I look under every rock.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“I think gossip and scandal is something from Western culture that has pervaded the rest of the world.”

― Jimmy Lai

“That’s exactly why I came into music in the first place: to be inspired by what I hear to make it something else, to make it my own. That’s how culture, creativity, moves, isn’t it?”

― Jimmy Page

“The Latino population has become such a presence. We are part of the American tapestry in a very profound way, in every area you can think of, and are very significant in popular culture.”

― Jimmy Smits

“An actor tries to be versatile, to immerse himself in a different culture.”

― Jimmy Smits

“You gotta find that hook so everybody can grab on to it. So that you’re true to the culture but, at the same time, how it relates to the larger tapestry.”

― Jimmy Smits

“A good culture in a hospital can absorb and manage a few bad nurses, but once the culture becomes bad in itself, bad nursing practice is much harder to hide.”

― Jo Brand

“Going to Cambridge was a bit of a culture shock, I was a working class lass from Batley who hadn’t been anywhere apart from the odd holiday on the Costa Del Sol.”

― Jo Cox

“What I enjoy the most about being Filipino is our culture.”

― Jo Koy

“Whenever I talk about my culture, I want to shine a light on it. Even though I’m having fun, I want to make sure it’s uplifting. I’m proud of it, and that’s always been the foundation of my jokes.”

― Jo Koy

“I’m not a big crime reader, but I’m reading Michael Connelly’s ‘The Reversal.’ I’m going back to his novels. I’m also reading Keith Richards’ ‘Life.’ I’m always fascinated by the transition from the innocent late ’60s and early ’70s and the youth culture becoming an industry.”

― Jo Nesbo

“When you go visiting countries, you start reading the history of the place and you start getting into the culture, and then you have to leave. In my experience, all countries have hidden treasures.”

― Jo Nesbo

“Being transparent about parental leave and pay policies will help build a workplace culture where men also feel supported in taking on their fair share of caring responsibilities.”

― Jo Swinson

“There are five main barriers to women entering politics – I like to think of them as the five Cs: cash, caring, culture, confidence, and the closed club.”

― Jo Swinson

“Fashion is part of our culture, and it’s about more than just a pretty dress.”

― Joan Smalls

“I always knew that whenever you go out there, you’re not just representing yourself. You’re representing a heritage that’s behind you, your culture, so you always have to do things, like, bigger, badder, better.”

― Joan Smalls

“When I was 18, I took it for granted and was eager to move on to the bigger cities like Boston and then New York. But I’ve been to enough places to have gained a greater appreciation for the beauty and rich culture of all of Rhode Island. I am grateful for all that it offered during my childhood.”

― Joanna Going

“Every country has its own culture and sensitivities.”

― Joanna Krupa

“If you want to know what’s important to a culture, learn their language.”

― Joanne Harris

“If you look at other countries, you’ll find lots of girls doing physics, engineering, and science. It’s something to do with the kind of culture we have in the English-speaking world about what’s appropriate for each of the two sexes.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“There are some countries where there is not an issue with women in physics. Malaysia, for example, has physics departments where 60 per cent of undergraduates are female, and France and Italy are strong, too. It is not about ability but more about what the culture says is appropriate.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“Most people in America want an easy read. I call it McFiction – books which pass right through you without you even digesting them. I don’t mean a book that has two-syllable words. I mean chapters you can read in a toilet break. Happy endings. We are more of a TV culture.”

― Jodi Picoult

“I love pubs and I love pub culture.”

― Jodie Whittaker

“There’s one more thing I want to say. It’s a touchy subject. Black beauty. Black sensuality. We live in a culture where the beauty of black people isn’t always as celebrated as other types. I’d like to help change that if I can!”

― Jody Watley

“We do believe in an inside-out culture. If we hold our hosts and guests to an expectation of acceptance and belonging, it has to start within our company. Otherwise, how on earth do we have the credibility to hold them accountable if we’re not doing it to ourselves?”

― Joe Gebbia

“What if cities embraced a culture of sharing? I see a future of shared cities that bring us community and connection instead of isolation and separation.”

― Joe Gebbia

“At Airbnb, we’re trying to build a culture that supports details, celebrates them, and gives our teams creative license to pursue them.”

― Joe Gebbia

“Staying at Airbnb listings gives me the opportunity to truly understand and experience the local culture of the countries I visit.”

― Joe Gebbia

“A deep concern of mine is that leaders in the technology sector have not developed a culture that insists upon courage, honor, duty, and humility – what we might call a culture of virtue.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“I think that the culture at Stanford really shapes how you view the world, and you get a lot more out of an entrepreneurial mindset.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“My personal experience with companies in the PayPal ecosystem taught me that a superb engineering culture is indispensable to building a winning business.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“America has the greatest military in the world, and it’s up to our leaders to set the bar for what a 21st century military culture of innovation with transparent, collaborative leadership looks like.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“A great leader should make it clear to her team members that as a matter of culture, her job is to replace herself. A new hire should know from the outset that she will ultimately have to bring in new talent to replace herself so that she can personally better herself and achieve loftier goals.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“A policy of knowing your replacement is one of the best ways to drive a growth culture. It anticipates and eliminates the most harmful politics in leadership for an expanding company and instantly sets the right tone for a high-talent, growth-mindset executive team.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“In their infancy, startups need geniuses who fit their current tight-knit culture and will iterate quickly as they push towards an ambitious vision – and they need a scaffolding of advisors, strategists, early users, and product-thinkers around these savants to guide them.”

― Joe Lonsdale

“We have to change the culture of mass violence we have.”

― Joe Manchin

“I wouldn’t be surprised if some day, they put the Simpsons in the Smithsonian. It’s become part of our culture, those characters.”

― Joe Mantegna

“Our laws are a reflection of our culture. Our culture does not condone the torture of innocent and defenseless creatures. And we as a society believe all God’s creatures should be treated humanely.”

― Joe Moore

“There are lots of stories about my culture that I think bring a whole other perspective to who we are and where we have been and how we got here that I think need to be done.”

― Joe Morton

“I think it talks about that there needs to be some proactive attack against drugs infiltrating our culture.”

― Joe Morton

“In my opinion, it would be a lot better for the culture – meaning the culture of America – if there was more diversity in terms of storyline. In terms of the kind of content that you see about Americans of African descent on the screen.”

― Joe Morton

“India brings out so many different feelings in me. I’ve been fascinated with India and Indian culture as long as I can remember – ever since the ’60s with the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.”

― Joe Perry

“You’re sort of programmed a certain way because of your environment. That’s all you know. But we don’t have that anymore because of the internet. Because of the internet we’re all communicating with each other all across the board, so you’re getting information from people all around the world, hitting a much more diverse slice of culture.”

― Joe Rogan

“Besides, it doesn’t make any sense to have these characters living in the year 3000 when all their points of reference are from the pop culture of the 80’s and the 90’s.”

― Joel Hodgson

“I don’t feel any pressure to joke about #MeToo – in fact, I’d say you shouldn’t, because it’s a great movement that is exposing some really awful behavior and hopefully changing the culture.”

― Joel McHale

“We live in a culture that relishes tearing others down. It’s ultimately more fulfilling, though, to help people reach their goals. Instead of feeling jealous, remember: If God did it for them, He can do it for you.”

― Joel Osteen

“We would be a much healthier culture if the government had never told us how to eat.”

― Joel Salatin

“You know, in our culture today, our Western, reductionist, Roman, linear, fragmented… culture, we don’t ask how to make a pig happy. We ask how to grow it faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper, and that’s not a noble goal.”

― Joel Salatin

“I see myself today as Sitting Bull trying to bring a voice of Easternism, holism, community-based thinking to a very Western culture.”

― Joel Salatin

“Our culture doesn’t ask about preserving the essence of pig; it just asks how can we grow them faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper. We know that’s not a noble goal.”

― Joel Salatin

“If we are to preserve culture we must continue to create it.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Culture means control over nature.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Culture must have its ultimate aim in the metaphysical or it will cease to be culture.”

― Johan Huizinga

“The second fundamental feature of culture is that all culture has an element of striving.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.”

― Johan Huizinga

“An aristocratic culture does not advertise its emotions. In its forms of expression it is sober and reserved. Its general attitude is stoic.”

― Johan Huizinga

“Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Hatred is something peculiar. You will always find it strongest and most violent where there is the lowest degree of culture.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every man’s ability may be strengthened or increased by culture.”

― John Abbott

“The FBI. is a massive culture. It’s been a culture that served America well, and it’s been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention.”

― John Ashcroft

“A culture of intimidation has no justification in any administration.”

― John Barrasso

“As our society tips toward one based on data, our collective decisions around how that data can be used will determine what kind of a culture we live in.”

― John Battelle

“It seems there is no area in our culture that is not touched, changed, even swallowed by the Internet. It’s both medium and message, mass and personal, social and solitary.”

― John Battelle

“The Web 2.0 world is defined by new ways of understanding ourselves, of creating value in our culture, of running companies, and of working together.”

― John Battelle

“Publicity is the life of this culture – in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive – and at the same time publicity is its dream.”

― John Berger

“The industrial society… recognises nothing except the power to acquire… No other kind of hope or satisfaction or pleasure can any longer be envisaged within the culture of capitalism.”

― John Berger

“The Cro-Magnons lived with fear and amazement in a culture of Arrival, facing many mysteries. Their culture lasted for some 20,000 years.”

― John Berger

“We live in a dominant culture of ceaseless Departure and Progress that has so far lasted two or three centuries.”

― John Berger

“You know, urban culture is fun; it’s lovely.”

― John Boyega

“In a sense, all of my books have been about a ‘poisonous pedagogy,’ which engenders a culture of obedience, this underlying theme of patriarchal systems.”

― John Bradshaw

“It’s that invasive and puerile curiosity to feed a tabloid culture. I don’t subscribe to it.”

― John Byrne

“It’s that experienced eye that knows what the public loves and how to create that Hollywood magic that drives pop culture.”

― John Cabrera

“It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of ‘culture.’”

― John Cage

“I remember seeing a stage version of Plato’s ‘Symposium’ and being really moved because it was written by a man rather than a culture.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“User-comments culture is not useful for creating original work, I think.”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“I quickly found that I didn’t really fit into ‘gay culture,’ as identified by many gay people, and that it can be just as confining as straight culture, not least in the way that bisexual people are told that ‘they can’t make up their mind.’”

― John Cameron Mitchell

“If you watch wrestling, you now know the hip-hop culture is being represented with wrestling. For the longest time, the cultures have almost been parallel.”

― John Cena

“America itself has been through so many challenges since that fateful day back in 1776. Our culture has been a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-go-to-work culture.”

― John Cena

“I’ve thought for years, sometimes against my will, about what kind of son I’m supposed to be, what’s expected. Being Korean, that’s a particularly charged question. Is your duty to your culture or to your parent? Is your life your own, or the second half of your parents’ life? Who owns your life?”

― John Cho

“It’s hard in America as a writer of color, an actor of color, not to get caught up in race and culture. But you’re also supposed to be able to write characters and scenes in a way where it’s just a matter of fact, a component.”

― John Cho

“I think Hollywood acts like followers of culture and is constantly seeking to follow trends.”

― John Cho

“Movies may be as close to a document of our national culture as there is; they’re supposed to represent what we believe ourselves to be. So when you don’t see yourself at all – or see yourself erased – that hurts.”

― John Cho

“Culture is this thing that exists apart from our real life but is something we all have tacitly agreed to in America. And what film and television do, particularly in this country, is lay out the characters involved in this invisible agreement and dictate who and what can participate.”

― John Cho

“I don’t know what the next frontier is, but good comedy should put its toe into taboo waters. You have to transgress a little bit, and that area shifts with culture and with the year.”

― John Cho

“I love having different cultures around, but when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you’re left thinking, ‘Well, what’s going on?’”

― John Cleese

“Culture is what happens when the CEO isn’t in the room.”

― John Collison

“Jazz is not the popular culture. Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music. A very small minority of people really love it.”

― John Corigliano

“I find it significant that, even though contemporary philosophy tends towards forms of determinism, in the wider culture people are deeply into naming, shaming and blaming each other. So we haven’t lost that sense of conscience.”

― John Cornwell

“The present aristocracy of western culture, at the moment when it most clearly dominates the world, is being imitated rapidly and successfully in every eastern country.”

― John Desmond Bernal

“The culture of undermining sends signals of disrespect. This approach not only saps motivation and undermines teamwork, it also lowers the motivation to work extra hours anticipating what can go wrong.”

― John Dickerson

“There are some liberals eager to embrace a culture void of morals, but the majority of America is made up of honest, hard-working families who turned out in droves to protect the traditional way of life.”

― John Doolittle

“You have to build your core nucleus of your team through your draft. What that does is you basically introduce them to your culture and your environment. Then, as guys begin to perform and play to that level, then you say, ‘You know what? You guys deserve an extension, so here it is.’”

― John Dorsey

“I think the most important thing is not only do you want to build a roster, but you also want to establish a culture within any given organization.”

― John Dorsey

“To the brains of our predecessors we owe all of our inheritance of civilization and culture.”

― John Eccles

“My particular lifetime, my individual profile, represents something very basic to African-American history and culture because I was a second generation immigrant, so to speak, from the South. My grandfather was born in South Carolina – well, both grandfathers were born in the South.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“My books are not about how it feels to be a black man. My books are about how it feels to be a human being, and part of what I’m trying to sort out is what we mean – what I mean, what you mean, what everybody in the culture means – when they say ‘black man,’ or they say ‘white person.’”

― John Edgar Wideman

“For a young person, anybody who’s sorting out and trying to make a life for himself or herself, to have the opportunity each day to set down – sit down and then set down thoughts, words – it’s a crucial, crucial way of staying alive, of not allowing yourself and not allowing the culture outside yourself to totally dominate your life.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“It was only after 20 years of being dunked in the religious culture that I got caught up in ‘religion.’ I had no exposure to Christianity as a child. I was not raised in a Christian home. I became spiritually hungry in high school.”

― John Eldredge

“Avoiding the all-too-typical divisive trappings of a takeover and creating instead a shared transnational culture – this is one of the most important lessons learned from combining Fiat and Chrysler to create FCA.”

― John Elkann

“We think the ownership culture is very important, so we like to invest in businesses whose leaders are also owners.”

― John Elkann

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

― John F. Kennedy

“The way we make sense of a realistic text is through the same broad ideological frame as the way we make sense of our social experience or rather, the way we are made sense of by the discourses of our culture.”

― John Fiske

“In terms of Republicans, we have got to get to our cohorts in the Republican Party to get them to understand if we are going to get this country to its traditional values… we’re going to have to control our borders and manage this huge change in our culture that’s occurring.”

― John Fleming

“Being on the ground in Mongolia and traveling with the horse culture and sleeping in yurts, I was able to pick up a lot of detail. But I brought in advisors to work with our horse master to make sure the fighting strategies both on the Chinese and Mongolian sides were very accurate.”

― John Fusco

“It all goes back to ‘Wow, I never knew this about Marco Polo.’ This is an incredible story and an incredible character, and such a rich world of Mongolian and Chinese culture.”

― John Fusco

“Modern culture is a tremendous force.”

― John Gresham Machen

“What is the relation between Christianity and modern culture; may Christianity be maintained in a scientific age? It is this problem which modern liberalism attempts to solve.”

― John Gresham Machen

“Not as many people watch ‘Doctor Who’ as watch the Super Bowl, obviously, but the tropes that attract nerds are no longer a secret cult. It’s a much larger culture, in the specific sense.”

― John Hodgman

“I do not think that a museum needs to engage with pop culture in order to make itself interesting to museumgoers. Museums are already interesting and engaging with pop culture for its own sake is just a quick way to seem and become dated.”

― John Hodgman

“Information and inspiration are everywhere… history, art, architecture, everything an illustrator needs. Europe is, after all, the land that has generated most of the enduring myths and legends of Western culture.”

― John Howe

“This call for a new culture is not a new idea.”

― John Hutton

“I want to stay in touch with what I have in common with my subjects, with the places where are equally implicated with whatever is wrong with the culture.”

― John Jeremiah Sullivan

“The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“It’s part of the culture at ILM and at Lucasfilm that the work is better when you collaborate, you know. There’s this culture of open exchange, a wonderful ego-free sharing of ideas and talent.”

― John Knoll

“As I looked across the company, there are three things that keep coming up that we need to work on: culture, our operating rigor, and capital allocation.”

― John L. Flannery

“Celebrity farmer. Now there’s a phrase that should be an oxymoron. There are farmers on both sides of my family, and I can attest that the overlap between the way farmers live, work and think, and celebrity culture, is exactly 0%.”

― John Lanchester

“With science, there is this culture of experimentation, and most of the time, those experiments fail.”

― John Lasseter

“In overseeing both Disney and Pixar Animation, each studio has a unique culture.”

― John Lasseter

“Obviously, Kanye and I are very different in the way we express ourselves publicly. He’s so passionate… about art, about culture, about creativity. And he’s really good at it. And that honesty manifests itself in ways that are not politically correct, not socially acceptable sometimes.”

― John Legend

“I was an English major in college who concentrated in African-American literature and culture. So I read quite a few slave narratives and stories of escape, and I grew up in Ohio, which was a common stop on the Underground Railroad.”

― John Legend

“Anytime a culture is in economic stress, ugly things start happening.”

― John Lithgow

“A soil, exhausted by the long culture of Pagan empires, was to lie fallow for a still longer period.”

― John Lothrop Motley

“I mean, the genuine roots of culture is folk music.”

― John Lydon

“Listen, you know this: If there’s not a rebellious youth culture, there’s no culture at all. It’s absolutely essential. It is the future. This is what we’re supposed to do as a species, is advance ideas.”

― John Lydon

“I love consumerism, TV culture, shopping malls. There’s nothing I’d ever buy, but I like being there. It’s wacky.”

― John Lydon

“Well, it’s an adventure story, and a Bildungsroman, of course, but there was also the intention to describe a culture that had been seen in rather narrow terms.”

― John M. Ford

“The way yogurt works is you take the old yogurt culture and you put it in milk. You have to put enough of the old culture in, and then that old culture will convert the milk into yogurt.”

― John Mackey

“The great thing about a culture is that once you really get it going, it evolves on its own. It’s self-organizing. It’s dynamic. It just feeds on itself.”

― John Mackey

“When we start a new store, we make sure that we transfer enough starter culture from other stores that are already Whole Fooders, who’ve already incorporated our values and our culture within themselves into the… into the store.”

― John Mackey

“Good leaders need to be able to connect to all of those around them. This is especially true at Whole Foods, where we have a very team-oriented culture.”

― John Mackey

“Private communication systems have been around since the beginning of human culture.”

― John McAfee

“The mathematics of rhythm are universal. They don’t belong to any particular culture.”

― John McLaughlin

“I have a great affection for Indian culture and music.”

― John McLaughlin

“I’ve been studying the cultures of Asia for many years, and I’m very attracted to the culture of Japan, in particular to the impact Zen has had on the Japanese mind and spirit.”

― John McLaughlin

“Music was so important to the culture when I was growing up in the Sixties and Seventies. We just expected that Bob Dylan was going to make a great record, and it was normal. It was like, ‘Okay, here’s another great record by Bob Dylan; here’s another great record by Led Zeppelin.’”

― John Mellencamp

“Hopefully, when people watch ‘Lucha Underground’ and WWE, Ring of Honor, New Japan, AAA, and any other promotion out there, they fall in love with pro wrestling. Pro wrestling, as it affects pop culture, is bigger than any one promotion.”

― John Morrison

“The last time I saw Dad alive, he was in the hospital. He was watching ‘Hell Drivers,’ a crummy B-movie about truckers, on TV and reading the ‘Daily Record.’ This seems scarcely believable, but I actually said, ‘Dad, you’ve not got long to go – don’t you think you should be imbibing the culture a bit more?’”

― John Niven

“Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ spread the gospel of American pop music and teenage style that transcended the regional boundaries of our country and united a youth culture that eventually spread its message throughout the entire world.”

― John Oates

“With his passing, Dick Clark deserves to take his place at the top in the pantheon of popular culture icons.”

― John Oates

“If the culture you have is radically different from an ‘experiment and take-risk’ culture, then you have a big change you going to have to make – and no little gimmicks are going to do it for you.”

― John P. Kotter

“The target market is for people who have not been entrenched in Web culture.”

― John Patrick

“Many dotcoms recruited people from existing companies who were quite experienced in finance, marketing, distribution and other disciplines but not necessarily experienced in the Web culture.”

― John Patrick

“When the National Security Agency recruited me, they put me through a day of lie detector tests. They found out all my weaknesses and immediately seduced me. They used the strongest drugs in our culture, sex, power and money, to win me over.”

― John Perkins

“You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.”

― John Perry Barlow

“Human beings were put on the planet to depend upon their Creator and to worship their Creator at every point in every sphere of culture.”

― John Piper

“The absence of God in most spheres of life is perceived to be normal, and even Christians feel it as normal – which is why absorbing the culture all around us and its priorities is so dangerous.”

― John Piper

“Reading and understanding the Bible involves lots and lots of interpretation. Not just in light of the world and culture around us, but in reference to other parts of the Bible.”

― John Piper

“Pop culture is a reflection of social change, not a cause of social change.”

― John Podhoretz

“You want a culture where citizens are free to express themselves and so live in the openness necessary to the functioning of a successful economy? Israel has a free press, much of it openly hostile to the parties in power.”

― John Podhoretz

“I don’t feel alienated from American culture, but I understand people who do.”

― John Podhoretz

“You want a political culture that works to create conditions under which an economy can thrive? Since signing the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, Israel has spent two decades working to unshackle its economy from its socialist roots, with remarkable results.”

― John Podhoretz

“Of course, nobody would deny the importance of human beings for theological thinking, but the time span of history that theologians think about is a few thousand years of human culture rather than the fifteen billion years of the history of the universe.”

― John Polkinghorne

“Languages and cultures are disappearing at an enormously fast rate, and many of them are in Canada. These are extreme examples of removal of freedom of expression – to actually lose a language and the ability to express that culture.”

― John Ralston Saul

“People of color grow up steeped in ‘white’ culture. The reverse is not true. And, no, listening to hip-hop on the way to work does not count as immersion.”

― John Ridley

“Bad news: Complainers are rewarded for complaining. Indicative of the victim culture in which we live, people have not only come to expect something for nothing, but are then rewarded for how loudly they can ventilate their sense of having been victims of fraud.”

― John Ridley

“There remains a degree of anti-black intellectualism in entertainment. Middle and upper-middle class blacks have often been portrayed as buffoons in popular culture; witness the characters of Carlton Banks on ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and Braxton P. Hartnabrig on ‘The Jamie Foxx Show.’”

― John Ridley

“Why do we cling to bigotry? Because bigotry, plainly, is convenient. It is a near-effortless way to both elevate one’s stature and make a pity grab in this culture of victims that we have become.”

― John Ridley

“In the Everybody-Give-Me-A-Hug victim culture in which we live, the obese want a spot at the table along with those who face discrimination based on the way that God or Nature or our Intelligent Designer created us.”

― John Ridley

“I was a newspaper editor in the Army, and I know something about the Army PR culture.”

― John Sandford

“I know a little bit about deaf culture because a friend of mine has been in the deaf culture for awhile. Over the course of 25 years, she and I have talked about many of the issues and concerns for deaf people and deaf culture.”

― John Scalzi

“I’m trying to trick people into thinking about the unthinkable by using pop culture images.”

― John Shirley

“We want a culture where it is unacceptable not to share what you know.”

― John T. Chambers

“What makes Silicon Valley really work? It’s a unique combination of great educational institutions – especially at Stanford – that generate engineers and a culture that starts companies.”

― John T. Chambers

“Better than anything else in our culture, it enables fathers and sons to speak on a level playing field while building up from within a personal history of shared experience – a group history – that may be tapped into at will in years to come.”

― John Thorn

“When one lives in a society where people can no longer rely on the institutions to tell them the truth, the truth must come from culture and art.”

― John Trudell

“The whole point is to take from our native culture and from contemporary culture without using one art form to mimic the other, so that our native identity remains the native identity, the contemporary identity remains the contemporary identity, and the mixing of these two musical identities creates a third musical identity.”

― John Trudell

“When I left politics in the early Eighties and started writing and recording, my idea was that I could have an influence further down into other generations. That Natives could come into the culture through arts and music.”

― John Trudell

“I have a real interest in working with younger Native artists. I think it’s a very important way for Native people to communicate the realities of our culture and remember our ancestors.”

― John Trudell

“Some of these pro-drug messages come from popular culture.”

― John Walters

“The times in my life I’ve felt the most alive is when I’m having a connection with people. We need to hack cities in a way to bring back that community culture.”

― John Zimmer

“I started the label Tzadik to support an entire community of musicians, not just Jewish musicians. But the radical Jewish culture movement was begun in a lot of ways because I wanted to take the idea that Jewish music equals ‘klezmer’ and expand it to, ‘Well, Jewish music could be a lot more than that.’”

― John Zorn

“Seriously, American pop culture must be the most predominant force on the planet, next to pollution and poverty.”

― Johnny Colt

“France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing though is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.”

― Johnny Depp

“Scientists are not these guys in lab coats deep in the inner bowels of universities and hospitals with their Bunsen burners. They’re the people molding the culture that we live in, the future of our culture, and the technology we rely on every day.”

― Johnny Galecki

“I explored rock culture and what the guitar can do though people like Jimmy Page and John McLaughlin, and the music moves away from pop.”

― Johnny Marr

“I’m not suggesting our music is the only music, but I am suggesting that there are certain elements in America’s culture that are so precious that it would be a shame for them to go down the drain.”

― Johnny Otis

“When I got near teen age, I was so happy with my friends and the African-American culture that I couldn’t imagine not being part of it.”

― Johnny Otis

“I want to create things while I have time on Earth, and the art of costume and culture has always inspired me.”

― Johnny Weir

“Imagine if you grew up in a place where your lineage was there for a hundred years, and part of the culture was to play music 50 percent of the time. You’d probably have a lot of musicians in your family too.”

― Jon Batiste

“Jazz has a tradition that has enriched the culture in America. The intellectualism of it does nothing but make you think on a higher level and make you a better person if you engage in the music and let it do what it does when it is played at its highest level.”

― Jon Batiste

“When Ron Howard does ‘Rush,’ he has to learn and steep himself in F1 culture and European racing culture, and that’s part of the fun of the gig. You learn to learn. Your real skill as a director is being a learner and an observer. You’re constantly learning another thing in context.”

― Jon Favreau

“We’re in business to relieve human suffering, to help feed the poor, to provide education and culture – but above all else, we’re concerned with the relief of human suffering.”

― Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“It’s easy to see why dog rescue is a mushrooming culture. Turning a troubled person’s life around is difficult, but rescuers with commitment and time and a few dollars can radically alter the fate of a dog. And there are millions of dogs – nearly 10 million in the shelter system, many others mistreated in private homes – in need of rescuing.”

― Jon Katz

“To her audience, Janis Joplin has remained a symbol, artifact and reminder of late Sixties youth culture. Her popularity never derived from her musical ability, but from her capacity to link her fantasies of freedom and immortality with ours.”

― Jon Landau

“James Taylor may be an all-American boy but he isn’t Horatio Alger, and the lionizing of many rock stars by the rock press has as much to do with old fashioned rags-to-riches stories as does the straight culture’s deification of its idols.”

― Jon Landau

“The American culture is pursue your own happiness, follow your dreams. The Chinese side is sacrifice everything for your family; it’s all about the group. Those conflicting ideas were always a battle in my head.”

― Jon M. Chu

“It’s called ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ but it’s really not about crazy rich Asians. It’s about Rachel Chu finding her identity and finding her self-worth through this journey back into her culture. Which, for me as a filmmaker, exploring my cultural identity is the scariest thing.”

― Jon M. Chu

“While we remain a nation decisively shaped by religious faith, our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago. I think this is a good thing – good for our political culture.”

― Jon Meacham

“I hadn’t really worked in an office before Shutterstock, so I didn’t have the experience of building a culture, nor did I understand how important that is for attracting and retaining the best talent.”

― Jon Oringer

“I’m trying to make the case to voters across the political spectrum that someone who brings a younger perspective – a fresher perspective… can change the culture in Washington more effectively than someone who has run for office 9 or 10 times.”

― Jon Ossoff

“One out of four hundred and thirty-five members of the House is not going to transform the culture of the institution, but we’ve got to start somewhere.”

― Jon Ossoff

“Of course there’s systemic misogyny in certain parts of our culture and systemic racism and a wider range of insults women have to face.”

― Jon Ronson

“Our culture is just a series of checks and balances. The whole idea that we’re in a battle between tyranny and freedom – it’s a series of pendulum swings.”

― Jon Stewart

“The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like ‘Mad Men’ is disgusting. It’s a super disgusting part of our culture, but I still find it funny to make a joke about it.”

― Jonah Hill

“Once you make a movie like ‘Superbad,’ when it’s popular and you’re the lead, you get offered all kinds of things and there’s a temptation to make bad movies either for the money or to maintain your relevance in pop culture.”

― Jonah Hill

“I think our culture has gotten so skewed. People assume that because you’re an actor you want to write a book to exploit your celebrity, but my celebrity is only a byproduct of me making movies. I have no intention of being a celebrity.”

― Jonah Hill

“I brought Yoko Ono to New York and gave her her first job there. I was editing a magazine called ‘Film Culture.’”

― Jonas Mekas

“We need to articulate luxury differently. We live in the world of the ‘like’ culture. As a society, we’re consuming so much imagery, it’s like gorging on sugar, and the only way to find depth in a ‘like’ culture is by presenting the unknown.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“During the 1990s, luxury became something exclusive and elitist. I think fashion got lost. It forgot about craft and culture.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“We’re a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we’re here to stay.”

― Jonathan Cain

“I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair’s Britain, but I can’t work up much affection for the culture we’ve created for ourselves: it’s too cynical, too knowing, too ironic, too empty of real value and meaning.”

― Jonathan Coe

“It’s really cool to see glowsticks at the show, to see dance music culture infiltrating and becoming one with the metal community.”

― Jonathan Davis

“Those who know New York City primarily through tourism or mass culture may think of us natives as possessing certain shared characteristics, not all of them flattering. But the true, volatile charisma of New York lies in how balkanised it is.”

― Jonathan Dee

“I have no desire to write historical anything or futuristic anything – I want to find a way to get at the essence of what it’s like to be alive now. The reason why great novels from centuries ago are still great is because that’s what they were doing; it’s like a message from another culture.”

― Jonathan Dee

“The challenge is the culture. You have to have a vision for the BBC-it can’t merely be that it’s big and has a place in the market.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“The thing that happened with the music business, there are no stores anymore where you can buy music. It’s all an online business now, and that’s, you know – the bookstore culture is a very vibrant part of the American experience that we’re very reluctant to see go away.”

― Jonathan Galassi

“I got interested in the American culture war back in 2004, and it’s one of the only growth stocks I’ve ever invested in.”

― Jonathan Haidt

“The emphasis and value on ideas and original thinking is an innate part of British culture, and in many ways, that describes the traditions of design.”

― Jonathan Ive

“Deep in the culture of Apple is this sense and understanding of design, developing, and making. Form and the material and process – they are beautifully intertwined – completely connected.”

― Jonathan Ive

“A culture in which guilt is automatically assumed to be neurotic and unhealthy has devised a remarkably clever way of protecting its self-interest.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“Stabilizing the euro is one thing, healing the culture that surrounds it is another. A world in which material values are everything and spiritual values nothing is neither a stable state nor a good society. The time has come for us to recover the Judeo-Christian ethic of human dignity in the image of God.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it’s rarely driving the car.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“There’s never been a culture that wasn’t obsessed with food. The sort of sad thing is that our obsession is no longer with food, but with the price of food.”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“I’m just waiting for the first #MeToo moment to happen from a salon because the culture of how assistants are treated, especially in salons in L.A. and New York, is, like, truly unbelievable. You’re expected to clock out for lunch and never get paid. You’re expected to be there an hour early, stay two hours late.”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“None of us, in our culture of comfort, know how to prepare ourselves for dying, but that’s what we should do every day. Every single day, we die a thousand deaths.”

― Joni Eareckson Tada

“When you’re trying to pass on the best of the stuff you’re culling to what should be a hungry culture but you have it diminished… that’s kind of disappointing.”

― Joni Mitchell

“I am a keen medievalist and like going around museums and ruins and finding out about the people and local culture. I’m not one for sitting by a pool or lying on a beach. I also like to sketch while I’m on holiday, if I have time.”

― Jools Holland

“I think Americans, as a nation and culture, once something is recognized for a week or two, people kind of forget about.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“I’ve always been a huge, huge gamer in general, and I definitely grew up with all Nintendo products, and the Super Mario franchise has been a franchise that has shaped culture.”

― Jordan Fisher

“Toronto is actually way more fast-paced than L.A. – I find the fast-paced nature of Toronto a bit obtrusive. In L.A., I love getting up and going hiking and going to the beach – that’s L.A. culture and it’s awesome and I miss it. Toronto culture is wonderful, but I miss L.A.”

― Jordan Gavaris

“The people who hold that our culture is an oppressive patriarchy, they don’t want to admit that the current hierarchy might be predicated on competence.”

― Jordan Peterson

“We’re so immaturely cynical as a culture. We’re not wise enough to look at an institution like marriage and to really things about what it means and what it signifies. It signifies a place where people can tie the ropes of their lives together so that they’re stronger. It signifies a place where people can tell the truth to one another.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink.”

― Jose Andres

“The culture of modern Spain is something many people are still discovering.”

― Jose Andres

“The Christmas market at the Barcelona Cathedral sells all kinds of things for your Nativity scene. It will also give you a good idea of Catalan culture.”

― Jose Andres

“In Tagalog, we call undocumented people ‘TNT,’ which means tago ng tago, which means ‘hiding and hiding.’ So that’s literally what undocumented means in Tagalog. And that kind of tells you how Filipinos think of this issue, and really any culture, right?”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“We cannot change the politics issue until we change the culture around it; until we talk about what parents do for their kids as an act of love. That’s a cultural conversation.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“As a newcomer to America who learned to ‘speak American’ by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture – the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“As a gay man, I think the role of culture is central to how you change politics – culture is politics.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“I am undoubtedly one of the more, if not the most, privileged undocumented immigrants in America. And for us at Define American, which is this culture campaign group that I founded with some friends, culture trumps politics.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“To me, politics is culture. I became a journalist, and later a filmmaker, to get to know my new country and my volatile place in it as a gay, undocumented Filipino-American.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“Culture is about humanizing people. You look at the African-American civil rights movement, you look at the LGBT rights movement – the culture changed before the politics did.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“If you were a Colombian, you would have your version of an empanada. If you are an Argentinean, you might find a dough that’s baked and has a butter sheen on it. And then in Ecuador, you’ll find more crispy-fried empanadas. So, yeah, every culture has their own version of empanadas.”

― Jose Garces

“Culture, which makes talent shine, is not completely ours either, nor can we place it solely at our disposal. Rather, it belongs mainly to our country, which gave it to us, and to humanity, from which we receive it as a birthright.”

― Jose Marti

“My mother is not a woman of ordinary culture. She knows literature and speaks Spanish better than I do. She even corrected my poems and gave me advice when I was studying rhetoric.”

― Jose Rizal

“The Mind that lies fallow but a single Day, sprouts up in Follies that are only to be killed by a constant and assiduous Culture.”

― Joseph Addison

“Wherever I go throughout the world – no matter the language, no matter the culture – I thrill to hear the testimonies of the Saints.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Poems, novels – these things belong to the nation, to the culture, and the people.”

― Joseph Brodsky

“Culture means, I think, that you have widened your experience enough through reading and through being a little bit thoughtful about these things that it has changed your outlook in some ways. And not necessarily made you a better human being but made you see things.”

― Joseph Epstein

“Permanent bonds of culture began to be formed between the extreme East and the extreme West of Europe by intermarriage, by commerce, by the admission of the nobles of Byzantium within the orders of chivalry.”

― Joseph Jacobs

“I am who I am. In politics when you treat people well and they know you’re honest, straight and sincere, I think it’s an advantage. Just because somebody comes from a hard-boiled political culture doesn’t make him a good U.S. senator.”

― Joseph M. Kyrillos

“Culture is the air we breathe all around us.”

― Josh Fox

“’Memorial Day’ is about ‘spring break’ girls-gone-wild culture which is the seedy underbelly of our American Puritanism, the inverse side of the coin. It’s also about how we forcefully exported that culture and then pretended to not know what we were doing.”

― Josh Fox

“I think that things like Twitter and the blogosphere are so instantaneously critical that I think it’s actually created a bit of a culture of artistic fear to branch out too much because you don’t want to be slammed.”

― Josh Groban

“I said I would be part of the solution in Jefferson City, not part of the problem. And I said I’d take on the culture of corruption.”

― Josh Hawley

“I know about hip-hop culture, whether it’s graffiti writing or DJ-ing or being an MC.”

― Josh Peck

“I believe people think as a group more often than we might realize or care to admit. We like to believe that we act as individuals and nothing more, but time and again – in corporations and business, in politics and religion, in fashion and culture, and in friendships and social circles – we think and do as one.”

― Joshua Ferris

“Today we read books ‘extensively,’ often without sustained focus, and with rare exceptions we read each book only once. We value quantity of reading over quality of reading. We have no choice, if we want to keep up with the broader culture.”

― Joshua Foer

“Our ability to find humor in the world, to make connections between previously unconnected notions, to create new ideas, to share in a common culture: All these essentially human acts depend on memory.”

― Joshua Foer

“Our culture constantly inundates us with new information, and yet our brains capture so little of it. I can spend half a dozen hours reading a book and then have only a foggy notion of what it was about.”

― Joshua Foer

“With our blogs and tweets, digital cameras, and unlimited-gigabyte e-mail archives, participation in the online culture now means creating a trail of always present, ever searchable, unforgetting external memories that only grows as one ages.”

― Joshua Foer

“I think pop culture would have survived without me!”

― Joshua Jackson

“People always say I write a lot of pop culture references. Can somebody please count the pop culture references in ‘Firefly?’ Because I don’t know how to put this to you, but there was one. I referenced The Beatles in the pilot.”

― Joss Whedon

“I think it’s always important for academics to study popular culture, even if the thing they are studying is idiotic. If it’s successful or made a dent in culture, then it is worthy of study to find out why.”

― Joss Whedon

“The misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it.”

― Joss Whedon

“Whether on guns, race, culture or feminism, there really are two Americas.”

― Joy Reid

“America is, in many ways, as much an idea as it is a country. And Americans have long marketed that idea around the world through our popular culture.”

― Joy Reid

“From jazz, the blues, country and rock to Hollywood movies, culture has in many ways been our greatest export (or our most obnoxious one, depending on your point of view).”

― Joy Reid

“I wrote a novel called ‘Blonde,’ which is about Norma Jean Baker, who becomes Marilyn Monroe, which I called a fictitious biography. That uses the material as if it were myth – that Marilyn Monroe is like this mythical figure in our culture.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Often in gothic novels there’s a large house, an estate, and it’s symbolic of that culture. Usually it’s sort of moldering or rotted or something, and sometimes it’s a whole community.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Many people in the western world are spoiled by the conveniences of our culture.”

― Joyce Meyer

“Olympism is a philosophy which, by blending sport with culture, seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal ethical principles.”

― Juan Antonio Samaranch

“Olympism is the marriage of sport and culture.”

― Juan Antonio Samaranch

“Mexico is a very mom-centered culture. You’ll find stores open on Father’s Day, but never on Mother’s Day. For us, mothers are very important.”

― Juan Gabriel

“Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.”

― Juan Ramon Jimenez

“My act’s not heavy on pop culture or stories, just lots of jokes.”

― Judah Friedlander

“There are people who wish to do us harm in the most heinous way. They want to kill Americans simply because they are Americans. They wish to destroy our culture and Nation because they don’t like our freedoms, they don’t like the fact that we are prosperous.”

― Judd Gregg

“Soft addictions are an alluring, seductive aspect of our culture – they are easy to attain and socially acceptable, they are even encouraged in many cases. Yet they are lethal to the spirit.”

― Judith Wright

“Breaking down barriers, succeeding away from home, living in another country, another culture, different football, makes you much stronger.”

― Julen Lopetegui

“Creating a strong company culture isn’t just good business. It’s the right thing to do, and it makes your company better for all stakeholders – employees, management, and customers.”

― Julia Hartz

“My goal is to create one of the greatest companies that’s ever existed, and that has everything to do with the people, the culture, and what our core values are versus what we build or how we’re perceived out in the market.”

― Julia Hartz

“For a global company, it is imperative to respect and honor local culture and weave that into the core company values rather than the other way around.”

― Julia Hartz

“Great leadership and great companies aren’t built overnight, and they’re not built without capital. And capital can sometimes be counter-productive to building a great culture.”

― Julia Hartz

“To force a culture creates something that is inherently not sustainable. It does not evolve forward.”

― Julia Hartz

“Since the earliest days of Eventbrite, we’ve made our people core to our mission. Our culture is an ever-evolving manifestation of those on our team. As people join, we believe in earning their trust by demonstrating we’ll embrace them and help them grow.”

― Julia Hartz

“There has been an intention since day one that it’s as important to us that we build profits as much as we build a wonderful culture and a lasting legacy of a great company. We’ve created this inclusive environment that’s very thoughtful in terms of how we can create allyship, how we create mentorship, and what kind of voices are heard.”

― Julia Hartz

“If you want to build a sustainable culture, you have to have a strong philosophy and then let people do with it what they will and be OK with that.”

― Julia Hartz

“I think the culture of the red carpet is too much like a modern-day coliseum. If you’re being photographed all the time, and you don’t like having a bad photograph taken, and if you’re super, super thin, chances are you’re never going to look fat in a picture.”

― Julia Stiles

“Science works because the phenomenon being described can be relied on to remain the same. Even in quantum physics, where phenomena are changed by observation, the way in which observation interferes is regular and falls within a limited range of possibilities. Human culture, however, has the nasty habit of never staying the same for very long.”

― Julian Baggini

“I am a man who dreams of culture.”

― Julian Barratt

“The English country house is certainly an icon of British culture.”

― Julian Fellowes

“What I dislike about movie culture is that it often presents a parable of our problems – but the issues are all straightforward and the people are either nice or they’re not. In real life, everyone falls between those perimeters, but not many American films operate in that grey area.”

― Julian Fellowes

“Every individual’s listening is as unique as his or her fingerprints because we all listen through filters that develop from our personal mix of culture, language, values, beliefs, attitudes, expectations and intentions. That is why one person’s musical taste is another person’s hideous noise.”

― Julian Treasure

“Popular culture is filled with girls.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“I’m not the kind of writer who’s able to block out the world around me. I’m mindful of our own haves and have-nots, how our culture often blames and punishes the have-nots. I worry about our precarious economic and political climate.”

― Julianna Baggott

“With actors, all our ages are out there for all to see – you can’t hide anything, really. And it’s kind of a relief. This is my age, this is what I look like without makeup on – who cares? That youth culture – that lying about your age – it’s all denial of death anyway.”

― Julianne Moore

“What I find most upsetting about this new all-consuming beauty culture is that the obsession with good looks, and how you can supposedly attain them, is almost entirely female-driven.”

― Julie Burchill

“My sister is dying for us to do ‘Amazing Race’ together. I would do it because we’re very compatible. We’ve traveled the world, and we’re adventurous eaters because of our Chinese culture – unless it comes to bugs.”

― Julie Chen

“Because I was such a student of pop culture growing up, I love that on the list of things that I got to work on in my first years out of college were ‘Scream’ and ‘Dawson’s Creek’ and, ultimately now, ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ which generations below me grew up on and can quote. I love that. I think that is the coolest thing in the world.”

― Julie Plec

“Hollywood, Twitter, our friends – they all contribute to a community of snark. The more we engage in the way that everyone else engages, the more followers, likes, and RTs we get. But we can’t rail against the cyberbullies without acknowledging what we also contribute to a culture of cruelty.”

― Julie Plec

“If the day-to-day culture is saying it’s OK to not be inclusive or tolerant, that it’s OK to be bigoted, then it’s your responsibility to double down and make it OK in storytelling to be inclusive and tolerant.”

― Julie Plec

“It is very hard to transform your culture and your workforce to be a relevant company in the digital world if all of your processes are stuck in the traditional world.”

― Julie Sweet

“This goes to show how much of an impact culture has. Even in countries where online access is readily available, there may not be the same expectation for women.”

― Julie Sweet

“Investors do not like losing money. They do not like companies that fail. They do not like entrepreneurs that fail. There is not a culture of celebrating failure in Silicon Valley or anyplace else. That is a myth. Recognize this, and if you start another business, get it to a successful point before approaching outside investors again.”

― Julie Wainwright

“I’m the Latin artist who has been the most successful in history at representing the Latin culture. The stylings of my words are immodest, but it’s the truth.”

― Julio Iglesias

“I’m the Latin artist who has been the most successful in history at representing the Latin culture.”

― Julio Iglesias

“Artists are not cheerleaders, and we’re not the heads of tourism boards. We expose and discuss what is problematic, what is contradictory, what is hurtful and what is silenced in the culture we’re in.”

― Junot Diaz

“I was in fact pretty much – by the larger culture, by the local culture, by people around me, by people on TV – encouraged to imagine women as something slightly inferior to men.”

― Junot Diaz

“The reality is that a consumer culture which chucks out its iPhones for a new version every nine months is completely unsustainable, because Earth has already reached the tipping point. ‘The General Strike’ attempts to personalize these issues and encourage listeners to look for a new model.”

― Justin Sane

“Punk is just like any other sub culture or music. Straight rock music has those elements. I grew up in a place where the punk rock kids fed the homeless in the town square.”

― Justin Sane

“It occurred to me that by naming the film itself ‘Dear White People,’ I could tap into the burgeoning meme culture as well as make a meta-commentary about the controversies within the film.”

― Justin Simien

“There is no monolithic black culture. It’s completely different for someone born in Harlem to someone born in Houston or London with one exception, which is that people contributing to black culture have the experience of being black.”

― Justin Simien

“I remember distinctly not seeing myself. I didn’t see myself in black culture, white culture, mass culture.”

― Justin Simien

“The mark of a really great satire is its ability to seem prophetic, and I think that the television culture that film predicted really came true in the age of reality television and is a testament to how great it really is.”

― Justin Simien

“When you’re part of a society where you’re constantly having to define your identity and sort of negotiate with what the mainstream culture thinks you are, you have less energy and time to figure out who you are when you go home at night.”

― Justin Simien

“We get caught in our little silos and end up working against ourselves. And I think social media culture really encourages that, because you’re really just shouting into a void hoping someone picks up on what you’re saying.”

― Justin Simien

“I went to a school called Chapman University, which is a wonderful film school. It was a great program, but it was very white, and it was a culture shock for me because I grew up in Houston, Texas, and I went through what they call magnet schools, so my friends were like a Benetton ad.”

― Justin Simien

“Part of my struggle with being gay was that a lot of my homophobia was internalized because of the cues that I was – received. I didn’t see anybody like myself in the culture. RuPaul was the closest to a gay, out black man that I had growing up.”

― Justin Simien

“CBC has a very important mandate to bind Canada together in both official languages, tell local stories, and make sure we have a sense of our strength, our culture, our stories.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My personal feeling about reboots is – I’m very against it. I feel bad for the pop culture of this generation because I feel like they’re getting a lot of retread… a lot of digested and vomited stuff from our teens and 20s and all of that.”

― Justine Bateman

“We live in a culture that does not encourage women to be epic heroes of their own Big Stories but the mothers and lovers and wives and mistresses and muses and personal assistants, the femme fatales and fantasies and manic pixie dream girls, in someone else’s Big Story, and this someone else is usually a dude.”

― Justine Musk

“We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but understand, these are the qualities that keep you in the game after most everybody else has left – or until somebody bigger and stronger picks you up and hurls you back out to sea.”

― Justine Musk

“The world gives you money in exchange for something it perceives to be of equal or greater value: something that transforms an aspect of the culture, reworks a familiar story or introduces a new one, alters the way people think about the category and make use of it in daily life.”

― Justine Musk

“I believe in monogamy if that’s what a couple decides upon together, but it all depends on the personal history and culture of the two involved.”

― K. D. Lang

“My dad played guitar, and he taught me enough to play some Beatles’ songs. But primarily, I was a bookworm. I loved reading and still do. My whole family does. It was part of the family culture. Accomplished literacy was a value.”

― K. Flay

“Romantic Orientalism was fascinated by the color and excitement of a powerful culture, and nearly always approached its subject with love.”

― Kage Baker

“The people, the culture… there’s so much magic in Colombia, so I feel like being a kid, being able to have that, being able to also call Colombia my home, it was such an important part of my introduction as an artist, too, because it’s such a big part of my life as a human being.”

― Kali Uchis

“Colombian culture has had a huge influence on me and taught me a different way of looking at things – I was always different from the people I went to school with, and I learned to embrace that.”

― Kali Uchis

“Storytelling is a universal: every culture does it. There’s a reason our religious books aren’t simply a list of shall-and-shall-nots. Morals and teachings are contained in stories, which are studied, dissected, and passed down; we remember stories in a way we don’t remember lists of facts.”

― Kameron Hurley

“The fabric of our Constitution and our civilisational culture is based on tolerance.”

― Kapil Sibal

“As anyone who has covered the company for any length of time knows, Yahoo’s record on major decision-making has been akin to a hippie commune – a lot of wrangling internally in a culture where everyone seems to have a voice and a reticence to push the button to launch.”

― Kara Swisher

“Challenging and highlighting abusive power dynamics in our culture is my goal; replicating them is not.”

― Kara Walker

“There was a manifesto in the late ’60s/early ’70s, and it basically laid out what ‘black art’ was and that it should embrace black history and black culture. There were all these rules – I was shocked, when I found it in a book, that it even existed, that it would demarcate these artists.”

― Kara Walker

“I always encourage people to get out there, travel the world, see new things, experience new people, experience new food, experience new culture. What happens is that helps you to grow and be your best self.”

― Karamo Brown

“The funny thing is, we teach – as a culture, we teach people that it’s OK to talk about your fitness goals… Like, I want to be more physically fit, I want to drop 10 pounds, but no one’s talking about how I can spend 10 days to get happier.”

― Karamo Brown

“We all are scared. First of all, as a culture, we’re constantly told that if you start to express yourself or express your needs, you’re needy. You’re too emotional. And they put all these negative connotations on it. That has started since we were kids, especially for men.”

― Karamo Brown

“As one of the first African-Americans to be out on a reality program, MTV’s ‘The Real World: Philadelphia,’ I understand the courage it takes to live your truth on a national platform, the importance it holds to LGBT communities of color, and the power it has to create a greater conversation within American culture.”

― Karamo Brown

“What does culture mean? It’s not a physical thing. I love a museum, but that, for me, doesn’t make you a better person.”

― Karamo Brown

“Unfortunately, a lot people still don’t understand queer culture.”

― Karamo Brown

“Facebook Algorithms have got us all screwed up, where we only listen and talk to people with the same views as us, and I think it’s not helping us as a culture to grow.”

― Karamo Brown

“I am a product of Indian cinema; I’ve grown up watching Indian films ever since I can remember. And song and dance is part of our lives; it’s part of our culture; we wake up to songs, we sleep to lullabies, you know, we celebrate every religious and traditional function with music.”

― Karan Johar

“Yashpal, writing in the nineteen-fifties, sought to indict this culture of men, Hindus and Muslims alike, who value their freedom and power over the rights and lives of women.”

― Karan Mahajan

“Terrorists are people, too – they are given to error. Naipaul and then DeLillo do a good job in their novels of drawing this out: I’m thinking of DeLillo’s contention in ‘Mao II’ that terrorists have replaced writers as the people who ‘alter the inner-life of the culture.’ I thought that was marvellous!”

― Karan Mahajan

“When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That’s when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“In 2001, I moved from Philly to Atlanta, where I lived for six years. I had never lived anywhere but Philly, and you can imagine the culture shock; the Civil War seeps into daily life and conversation down South in a way it never does up North.”

― Karen Abbott

“I think City is a really good example of how you shift the culture internally. We’ve had a big culture shift, particularly in the academy. Young boys are now more comfortable with strong female athletes being around.”

― Karen Bardsley

“I was born to Haitian parents, and the idea of giving back is really just a part of our culture. So, I don’t think there was ever a moment that I questioned my call to philanthropy, but I can say that the more I’ve grown, the bigger that call has become.”

― Karen Civil

“Our culture is intent on taking the lines out of people’s faces – surgically, with costly creams, and with fear and trembling – when, in fact, the opposite should be the case. As artists know, if there is anything behind a face, that face improves with age.”

― Karen DeCrow

“I feel like there’s a hunger in the culture now for the live experience maybe as a counterpoint to the more sort of synthetic lives that we’ve been living.”

― Karen O

“Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.”

― Karl Kraus

“The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.”

― Karl Kraus

“I don’t know why people do not read ‘Mein Kampf’ more regularly. It tells you first-hand about all the narcissism; you see that collapse in German culture. There is no chance that anyone could become a Nazi by reading that book.”

― Karl Ove Knausgard

“Well, marriage is a very important part of our culture and our society. If we want to have a hopeful and decent society, we ought to aim for the ideal.”

― Karl Rove

“In Tamil Nadu, watching a film on a festival is a part of our culture. People prefer going to a theatre rather than bursting crackers at home.”

― Karthi

“Club culture is about leaving your cares behind, and I am trying to create that environment.”

― Kaskade

“I just want to make sure that I’m taking roles that are positive, real, honest reflections of African-Americans because I do think the media can put African-American women in the background. Then, unfortunately, what happens is, subconsciously, our culture begins to assess that as reality.”

― Kat Graham

“As we become this one global culture, in some ways it’s things like the weather and nature that still hold our culture as unique to where we are.”

― Kate Bush

“There are two kinds of ham: raw and cooked. Raw ham is cured with salt and/or smoke over time; cooked ham is boiled. Every culture that makes ham has its own unique and various methods.”

― Kate Christensen

“While massive datasets may feel very abstract, they are intricately linked to physical place and human culture. And places, like people, have their own individual character and grain.”

― Kate Crawford

“A culture produces ideas which are being explored, which of interest to that culture at that moment. And I think one of the things a writer can do is to take those ideas and go a bit further with them.”

― Kate Grenville

“I can relate to pushing yourself because you want to help and move culture toward justice.”

― Kate McKinnon

“However muted its present appearance may be, sexual dominion obtains nevertheless as perhaps the most pervasive ideology of our culture and provides its most fundamental concept of power.”

― Kate Millett

“We are women. We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture.”

― Kate Millett

“There are lots of different ways for women to be a mom in this culture.”

― Kate Walsh

“I grew up in a small town where we played around on motorcycles and things, but it really started when I got old enough. I think I was obsessed with the culture of riding. I got sick of having to date guys who rode motorcycles for me to be on them.”

― Katee Sackhoff

“I’ve said before, ‘gymnastics is abusive,’ but now I know it’s not the sport that’s abusive – it’s the culture that was created and accepted and normalized.”

― Katelyn Ohashi

“There isn’t a lot written about the motorcycle culture.”

― Katey Sagal

“Ariel may look a lot like Barbie, and her adventure may be limited to romance and over with the wedding bells, but unlike, say, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, she’s active, brave and determined, the heroine of her own life. She even rescues the prince. And that makes her a rare fish, indeed, in the world of preschool culture.”

― Katha Pollitt

“In our culture, the shame about accidental pregnancy is inextricable from the shame about having had sex. That disapproval of sex is one reason our record with contraception is so poor. If you’re not supposed to be sexual, you don’t plan for sex. You cross your fingers and hope for the best.”

― Katha Pollitt

“Muslim women deplore misogyny just as western women do, and they know that Islamic societies also oppress them; why wouldn’t they? But liberation, for them does not encompass destroying their identity, religion, or culture, and many of them want to retain the veil.”

― Katharine Viner

“Anthropologists believe women were among the skilled boxers of the ancient, sport-loving Minoan culture that flourished on Crete until 1100 B.C. The boxing booths at English fairs featured women in the 19th and early 20th centuries.”

― Katherine Dunn

“American culture is torn between our long romance with violence and our terror of the devastation wrought by war and crime and environmental havoc.”

― Katherine Dunn

“But the idea that women can’t take care of themselves still permeates our culture.”

― Katherine Dunn

“When I think about women of color and their place politically in the world and culture… they’ve had two layers of just garbage to overcome. To me, a black woman is a woman-woman.”

― Katherine Ryan

“I wanted to be liked when I was younger, which I think a lot of us do; I’m not ashamed to say it. I was a product of my environment, a product of my culture.”

― Katherine Ryan

“Our culture is in moral chaos. On TV we celebrate freaks instead of honest, decent people.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“I bring my classical training – some of it, but not all of it – and also my background and culture, to spirituals. And I try to leave room for that unpredictable factor, where the feeling of the song is allowed to come through. The same ethos can be applied to singing Mozart, or Schubert, or Bach. It’s not just about what’s on the page.”

― Kathleen Battle

“When I’m out hustling up new industries, I can offer Louisiana’s many selling points. We have unmatched natural resources, a unique culture and fantastic workers.”

― Kathleen Blanco

“I think as a culture, we don’t like conflict or looking at icky stuff – especially in our downtime.”

― Kathleen Hanna

“As a cohort, millennials are unique in their social consciousness, and they make decisions based on that awareness. Keep them engaged at work by showcasing a culture of paying it forward and tying the day-to-day into the larger purpose of the organization.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“I am a big advocate for having an open discussion about team norms and preferences. At The Muse, some of us like to start working at 7:30 A.M. Others focus best from 10 P.M. to 2 A.M. Create a culture where it’s acceptable not to be working when someone else is working.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“You know, as most entrepreneurs do, that a company is only as good as its people. The hard part is actually building the team that will embody your company’s culture and propel you forward.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“It’s not just hours and pay that are important anymore. People want to know what the company is like, what the culture is.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“I didn’t even know that there was a startup culture, that there were events with people who built businesses. When I started meeting those people and going in to that world, I felt like I was among my people for the first time in my life.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“The literary culture, if you examine it, the high literary culture is that which preserves the government and you know it’s really the talk for those who have.”

― Kathy Acker

“The great thing about celebrity culture is that they can’t seem to stop themselves from displaying their ridiculous behaviour. I feel it’s my job as a serious investigative journalist to witness all kinds of behaviour and then report back to the audience through the prism of my own anger and bitterness.”

― Kathy Griffin

“You can tap into culture by exploring what’s grown or produced in the region, like going into the Blue Mountains in Jamaica to visit a coffee plantation or a rum distillery in Barbados.”

― Katie Lee

“Each year Citizens Against Government Waste releases the ‘Congressional Pig Book.’ Outrage over spending for shrimp on treadmills, combating Goth culture studies, bridges to nowhere, etc. ensues for about a week, and then the waste continues.”

― Katie Pavlich

“’Skins’ was such a great platform for young actors. They had this whole thing about getting people who weren’t trained, this new generation, this new culture.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“I was born in London. In a lot of ways I’m English, but I have this Iranianness, this culture instilled by my parents, by my family.”

― Kayvan Novak

“There’s something very misleading about the literary culture that looks at writers in their 30s and calls them ‘budding’ or ‘promising’, when in fact they’re peaking.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

“Even though I spent the first five years of my life in Nagasaki, going to Japan can be really difficult. Even if they know I’ve been brought up in the West, they still expect me to understand all the subtleties of their culture, and if I get it wrong, it matters much more than if a British person gets it wrong. I find it intimidating.”

― Kazuo Ishiguro

“To make an absolutely gross generalization, I think a lot of people feel like if you’re mixed, more often than not you’re quote unquote white. So if you’re mixed, you embrace the mainstream culture more than the African-American culture.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“There’s a thing called the ‘One Drop’ theory in African-American culture, which is if you have one drop of black blood in you, you’re black.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“I have a fondness for making paintings that go beyond just having a conversation about art for art’s sake or having a conversation about art history. I actually really enjoy looking at broader popular culture.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“What I try to do is defy expectations in terms of boundaries, whether it is high or low art, pop culture, or fine-art culture. My work is about reconciling myriad cultural influences and bringing them into one picture.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“I came from a background where access to museum culture was rarely granted, and, when you got it, people wondered what the hell you were doing there.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“As a working artist, I became increasingly aware of the patterns we see in the street and in America, becoming globalized in terms of pop culture and global and social outlook.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“Questlove is an artist who I respect because he constantly shifts within the idiom, challenging perceptions of hip-hop and black American culture.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“We must invest in and empower our state and local parties by creating effective field operations, an enhanced and advanced voter file, and a culture of collaboration between candidates at every level. Let’s put the voters first.”

― Keith Ellison

“My parents were attached to Russian culture by a thousand ineradicable ties. But they did not cut me off from American society, nor could they have. I assimilated wholeheartedly, found my parents in many ways embarrassing, and allowed my Russian to decline through neglect.”

― Keith Gessen

“We will be judged as a society and as a culture by how we treated our meanest and most vulnerable citizens. If we keep going the way we’re going, we will be judged very, very harshly – and sooner, perhaps, than we think.”

― Keith Gessen

“I’ve travelled to some of the places where Russian language and Russian culture were made part of the fabric of life long before Lenin arrived at Finland Station – and where Russian is now being rolled back, post-1991.”

― Keith Gessen

“In Scotland over many years we have cultivated through our justice system what I hope can be described as a ‘culture of compassion.’ On the other hand, there still exists in many parts of the U.S., if not nationally, an attitude towards the concept of justice which can only be described as a ‘culture of vengeance.’”

― Keith O’Brien

“Perhaps more than ever before, there is that aggressive secularism and there are those who would indeed try to destroy our Christian heritage and culture and take God from the public square. Religion must not be taken from the public square.”

― Keith O’Brien

“A lot of white men in the music industry are promoting and participating in black culture in a way that is pretty careless. They want the currency of blackness, but they don’t want the brunt that comes along with that.”

― Kelela

“I’m finding out what part of punk culture or white indie culture I actually still want to hold onto – What are the values? What are the contributions that I actually like? – and it not coming from a place of desperation or wanting to be embraced or wanting approval, essentially.”

― Kelela

“When it comes to melodies, production, and sound in pop music, people try to be formulaic and solely concerned with what’s resonant in a way that is so cheap and ugly. It actually just devolves culture, ultimately.”

― Kelela

“Most artists are going into the studio for a fixed period of time, and they say that’s their album. I can’t relate, because I’ve never made music in that way. I come from a culture of editing and remixing.”

― Kelela

“Growing up, I’ve always felt I was from two different worlds. I was born in the U.S., but my parents were born in Vietnam, and they raised my sisters and I with the parenting methods of the Vietnamese culture.”

― Kelly Marie Tran

“If there was any creature in American culture more derided than the young girl… I know people will argue with me about that, but everything girls are into gets ridiculed. I have a lot of compassion in my heart for girls in their teens and twenties who are going through this particular passage, because I get it. It makes sense!”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Everything that feminism stands for is everything American, white, red and blue democratic. It is all the same stuff. So, I am boggled that I should have to give up this term that encapsulates what I want for my children, for my world, culture, brothers and sister because someone else thinks it means I don’t shave my armpits.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“I do make some conscious efforts to write female friendships, intergenerational female friendships. I make a conscious effort to include things that I see as important real parts of my life that are not reflected as much as I think they should be in popular culture. We very seldom have the opportunity to see women compete and remain friends.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“In popular culture, when women compete, it’s usually over a man, and it’s usually very nasty. And that is just frankly not my experience. That’s just some kind of popular mythology, it feels like. I find it insulting.”

― Kelly Sue DeConnick

“I just want to do something special in Charlotte. I’ve been there eight years now, and we haven’t really been consistent as far as winning. I just want to try to establish that culture at some point. That’s what I want to do. I just want to make it a winning organization.”

― Kemba Walker

“Incarcerating non-violent offenders in the same population as more dangerous criminals has the effect of inculcating the former into a culture of criminality common among the latter, making them more of a risk to public safety upon release than when they originally went in.”

― Ken Cuccinelli

“Culture clash is terrific drama.”

― Ken Follett

“I have always been fascinated by Shaker design and the culture of the Shakers.”

― Ken Hakuta

“Sometimes you wonder if television is really affecting the culture.”

― Ken Howard

“That’s what I loved about ‘Community’ – we had one of the most diverse casts on TV, but we didn’t emphasize culture. And yet, we also didn’t run away from it.”

― Ken Jeong

“I think that what’s unique about sci-fi – at least from the view of a lot of Chinese writers – is that sci-fi is least-rooted in the particular culture that they’re writing from.”

― Ken Liu

“My fiction occupies, actually, the very heart of American culture: this eternal question and struggle of what it means to be an American.”

― Ken Liu

“The evolution of technology is, like the evolution of literature, heavily path-dependent. Culture plays a far more important role in the acceptance, adoption, and spread of technology than many of us are willing to acknowledge.”

― Ken Liu

“There’s inherent cultural imbalance whenever you’re translating from Chinese to English. Educated Chinese readers are expected not only to know about all the Chinese references – history, language, culture, all this stuff – but to be well-versed in Western references as well.”

― Ken Liu

“The whole culture of my background was deeply Conservative.”

― Ken Livingstone

“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued.”

― Ken Robinson

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”

― Ken Robinson

“I am very aware of how warmly Scotland is regarded around the world, and a vote for self-determination would raise our international profile even further, with lots of benefits for Scottish arts and culture.”

― Ken Stott

“People are used to music that justifies street culture but something that’s not touched on is why these kids act the way they act, live the way they live.”

― Kendrick Lamar

“A lot of people decide, if you’re mixed, you’re black. And so they try to force you to choose a culture.”

― Kendrick Sampson

“The culture of rigorous questioning and open discourse at the University of Chicago has opened minds to ideas that have changed the world.”

― Kenneth C. Griffin

“As Americans, I think we really believe that with the meritocracy that exists in our country, the equality of opportunity is so important to the foundation of our culture and our society.”

― Kenneth C. Griffin

“If I had not been coached well about how to deal with a culture and a set of values that were foreign to my own, I would not have been able to be successful.”

― Kenneth Frazier

“That a society controls, to a greater or lesser extent, the behavior of its members is a universal; but the methods, the particulars of that control, vary from one culture to another.”

― Kenneth L. Pike

“I’ve always liked that idea of a diverse group of audience members sitting together, rubbing up against each other and taking on the life of a culture that doesn’t belong to either one of them.”

― Kenny Leon

“I loved Japanese culture before even realizing it was, in fact, Japanese culture. The cartoons and anime I was watching as a child, my favorite video games, and even in pro wrestling – my favorite wrestlers and matches originated in Japan.”

― Kenny Omega

“Learning Japanese was certainly a task, but my passion for the culture, as well as my will to communicate with fans and friends, always encouraged me to continue.”

― Kenny Omega

“I grew up in a wonderful blend of a lot of old culture.”

― Kenny Ortega

“I don’t necessarily believe that ‘The Cosby Show’ should disappear as a cultural reference, but it is. That’s sad to me. I understand why. He was a man who possibly did some really bad things, and he should be punished beyond a doubt. But that show, and the impact it had not just on black culture, but culture, was amazing.”

― Kenya Barris

“And I feel like, as a black man within black culture, I know very well firsthand – as do my parents and my grandparents and great-grandparents – we’re used to things not going our way.”

― Kenya Barris

“The PC way of handling culture has been to not talk about it. But we should be talking about it.”

― Kenya Barris

“Think about how much fashion profits from black culture and how underrepresented we are in the industry. If you insist on using black celebrities to peddle your merchandise and add a cool factor to your front row, it is indecent to not care about the plights of that person’s community.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“You have these megabrands who make most of their money off hip-hop culture. Where were they in the time of need?”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“I grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time I was growing up with my father – before it was gentrified – it was a very rough neighborhood. He felt that if I got into or started embracing the rap culture, I would be one step closer to being on the streets.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“People ask me why my figures have to be so black. There are a lot of reasons. First, the blackness is a rhetorical device. When we talk about ourselves as a people and as a culture, we talk about black history, black culture, black music. That’s the rhetorical position we occupy.”

― Kerry James Marshall

“We live in an emotionally fragile culture. We are in touch with every hurt past, present, and perceived. We are the walking wounded, and we want everyone to know.”

― Kevin DeYoung

“In most places that are rich in guitar culture, everyone uses their fingers, like in Spain or Africa. In Japan there are string instruments played that way. It is not until you get in the States that you find people using picks.”

― Kevin Eubanks

“’Recreative’ is a word that I invented because in urban culture, with colloquialism, we invent so many slangs. I don’t like the way that ‘recreational’ sounds – I don’t like to say I do a lot of ‘recreational’ reading. I like to say that I read ‘recreatively.’ I do a lot of ‘recreative’ reading.”

― Kevin Gates

“The idea of Asian ascendancy has entered public culture.”

― Kevin Kwan

“Asian literature is evolving with the people. It’s always a reflection on what’s happening to the culture at large.”

― Kevin Kwan

“As a child, I didn’t even realize I was Chinese. I was Singaporean, but my identity was wrapped up in the culture I was experiencing every day.”

― Kevin Kwan

“When you’re an outsider and going into a culture like America, it’s easier to stay away from any cliches because you’re not really aware of what they are.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“At Under Armour, we’ve created a very strong culture, a culture that first and foremost is built on people.”

― Kevin Plank

“Winning, I believe, is a culture just as much as losing is.”

― Kevin Plank

“We’re in the culture business. You are constantly monitoring cultural shifts, current events, shifts in mores, things that reflect society, and, at times, we try to drive it.”

― Kevin Reilly

“As nations we should also commit afresh to righting past wrongs. In Australia we began this recently with the first Australians – the oldest continuing culture in human history. On behalf of the Australian Parliament, this year I offered an apology to indigenous Australians for the wrongs they had suffered in the past.”

― Kevin Rudd

“I deeply believe that if the Australian Labor Party, a party of which I have been a proud member for more than 30 years, is to have the best future for our nation, then it must change fundamentally its culture and to end the power of faceless men. Australia must be governed by the people, not by the factions.”

― Kevin Rudd

“The writer crafts their ideal world. In my world, everyone has really long conversations or just picks apart pop culture to death and everyone talks in monologue.”

― Kevin Smith

“I think the advent of the Internet gave us all a big boost, because by the time the Internet became mainstream and you could get it in your home, a lot of us were used to dealing in fan culture, writing to magazines or anything at the back of comic books.”

― Kevin Smith

“Exposure to the arts and culture is enormously valuable.”

― Kevin Spacey

“There’s something about the kind of time travel that a poem can provide. It can take you to somewhere else – a culture far from you, a language far from you, but suddenly you’re there. You’re that person, seeing with that person’s eyes. I think that’s really tremendous. Even things like cinema or more traditional history can’t quite do that.”

― Kevin Young

“In African-American culture, there’s often a family historian, someone who does the genealogy or keeps the family Bible. I became aware that might be one role the poet has.”

― Kevin Young

“I think Barnum is at the center of American culture. He’s helping to invent what we now think of as pop culture. He invented pretty much our notions of the circus.”

― Kevin Young

“Certainly, there is, in our culture, this notion of, you know, you can become anything. You can change.”

― Kevin Young

“For ‘The Grey Album,’ I’d been thinking about the good side of lying – lying as a kind of improvisatory act in black culture. Afterward, it nagged at me because there are those other kinds of lies that I think are all around us, and I was fascinated about hoaxes in general. So ‘Bunk’ became a natural extension of ‘The Grey Album.’”

― Kevin Young

“Forget reparations – we need to rescue aspects of black culture abandoned even by black folks, whether it is the blues or home cookin’ or broader forms of not just survival but triumph.”

― Kevin Young

“The Taliban’s acts of cultural vandalism – the most infamous being the destruction of the giant Bamiyan Buddhas – had a devastating effect on Afghan culture and the artistic scene. The Taliban burned countless films, VCRs, music tapes, books, and paintings. They jailed filmmakers, musicians, painters, and sculptors.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“Too often, stories about Afghanistan center around the various wars, the opium trade, the war on terrorism. Precious little is said about the Afghan people themselves – their culture, their traditions, how they lived in their country and how they manage abroad as exiles.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“American high school culture was impenetrable to me, and very cliquey: you had the Hispanics, the African Americans, the surfer guys and the goths and the immigrants. The jocks and the surfers got the girls. By the time I’d got to grips with it, I’d graduated.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“For a novelist, it’s kind of an onerous burden to represent an entire culture.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“I felt on the periphery of high school culture; one of those invisible creatures that walk the campus. I think it was a lot worse for my parents.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“A lot of my friends aren’t parents. I find this culture of all-consuming motherhood so oppressive. Not that I don’t like to talk about my kids, but if I’m socializing, I don’t want to talk about Montessori versus Waldorf.”

― Kim Brooks

“One of my greatest times of inspiration is when I’m traveling or living in a new country – there’s a tremendous freedom that comes from being unfettered by your own, familiar culture, and by seeing the world from a different point of view.”

― Kim Edwards

“Women make natural anarchists and revolutionaries because they’ve always been second-class citizens, kinda having had to claw their way up. I mean, who made up all the rules in the culture? Men – white male corporate society. So why wouldn’t a woman want to rebel against that?”

― Kim Gordon

“I never really thought of myself as a musician. I’m not saying Sonic Youth was a conceptual-art project for me, but in a way, it was an extension of Warhol. Instead of making criticism about popular culture, as a lot of artists do, I worked within it to do something.”

― Kim Gordon

“When you live in America, it’s kind of insular – the news coverage that you get – unless you’re really smart about it and find more international news coverage. I’ve learned that from my husband. In the French culture, they talk politics.”

― Kim Raver

“In the French culture, they talk politics. I didn’t find it was part of our culture to have political arguments at the table. My husband’s family will get into major politics, and it’s not an aggressive thing. It’s so interesting and you learn so much, whether it’s Right or Left, and that to me has been really great.”

― Kim Raver

“In the early 2000s, people expected that anonymity on the Internet would be positive for the development of democracy in South Korea. In a Confucian culture like South Korea’s, hierarchy can block the free exchange of opinions in face-to-face situations. The web offered a way around that.”

― Kim Young-ha

“I’m going to work on food culture and help food become fun and part of peoples’ lives again. The traditional restaurant is more commercial-oriented. But I want community through food.”

― Kimbal Musk

“It’s pretty rough in South Africa. It’s a rough culture. Imagine rough – well, it’s rougher than that.”

― Kimbal Musk

“Building one garden in L.A. – it might be a nice gesture – but it won’t make a difference. We have to start to change the culture of the community.”

― Kimbal Musk

“At the core of conservative social policy about race are old ideas that link racial inequality to non-traditional family formation and its attendant culture of poverty.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“Intersectionality is not easy. It’s not as though the existing frameworks that we have – from our culture, our politics, or our law – automatically lead people to being conversant and literate in intersectionality.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“’Formation’ and ‘Lemonade’ speak to experiences that are too under-represented in our culture. But there are costs to certain forms of visibility. I don’t think it is a bad thing to discuss what these costs are.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“As the coding movement continues to grow, the common narrative of the white male geek as the predominant influencer on geek culture will erode.”

― Kimberly Bryant

“Growing up with a dad who was a classic-rock guy, I felt out of place with what was happening in pop culture. The Beatles, Zeppelin, T. Rex – that, for me, was the music that could never leave our vocabulary.”

― King Princess

“Historically a publicly unaccepted but incredibly rich culture, queer love was only able to exist privately for a long time, expressed in society through coded art forms.”

― King Princess

“You have to build a culture of philanthropy. In a country like India, we need to be sensitive and caring about the poorer, more disadvantaged section of our country.”

― Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

“Culture changes because of musicians and actors and actresses. There’s a responsibility there. You may ignore the responsibility. You may choose to be a bad role model. But, you are a role model nonetheless.”

― Kirk Cameron

“The word ‘retirement’ doesn’t really sit well with me. There comes a time when you reach a position in society or culture where people will not let you retire. You can say, ‘Alright, I’m going to hang up my guitar,’ but people will still not let you retire.”

― Kirk Hammett

“Indians have a big problem with alcohol and drugs. I grew up with an admiration for their culture and was sensitive to their problems.”

― Kirstie Alley

“I feel like it has been a journey throughout the years to be accepting of my culture – I always felt different and not as accepting of it.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“As individuals, we are so different in our personalities, lifestyles, how we grew up, and our culture.”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“I have a massive Samoan family. And the Samoan culture has always played a massive part of my life. I’ve got hundreds of family on my dad’s side that live in Samoa and in New Zealand. I’ve just been surrounded by the culture ever since I was a kid.”

― KJ Apa

“I know Diplo knows a lot about underground music culture – he was one of the people to put me onto music like that when I used to listen to the Mad Decent Mixes. It was like, ‘Oh, he knows what I want.’”

― Kreayshawn

“I think pot should be legalized, but I think the promotion of party culture is irresponsible.”

― Krist Novoselic

“French culture takes ageing very seriously. There’s much less ageism than in Anglo-Saxon countries.”

― Kristin Scott Thomas

“I read a lot of Icelandic sagas when I was young. I’ve always been interested in the Viking culture.”

― Kristofer Hivju

“I honestly now know that I’m the physical embodiment of hip-hop on earth. That’s my only purpose here on earth is to keep the culture together long enough for it to remain everything that we thought it could be when I was coming up.”

― KRS-One

“I find it fascinating how hip hop as a culture mirrors every mythology from the beginning of mythology. The concept of the single mother and child – the Madonna concept. Hip-hoppers were raised in that.”

― KRS-One

“I do have a desire to bring a spiritual tone to the hip-hop community, which may force me to open a facility that teaches spiritual principles through the language of hip-hop culture.”

― KRS-One

“I’m here to inspire young people to be part of the most magnificent culture on earth: hip-hop.”

― KRS-One

“Record companies feel they are the culture. Hip-hop has to begin to define, protect, and promote itself, and that’s why we founded the Temple.”

― KRS-One

“Hip-hop is a worldwide culture. We have permeated every urban environment.”

― KRS-One

“In popular culture, there isn’t any other conception of Islam and Muslims other than what you see on the news… When you go to a theme park, you see Muslims riding roller coasters and eating ice cream. Why doesn’t anybody think of those Muslims when they think of Muslims?”

― Kumail Nanjiani

“Most of my exposure to American pop culture was through this weird prism of ‘Mad’ magazine.”

― Kumail Nanjiani

“The culture of caring and giving permeates many Indian families. In their own way, they are engaged in philanthropic pursuits.”

― Kumar Mangalam Birla

“If your audience is young, it’d be youth culture, if your audience is older, it’d be older people, if it were senior citizens, it’d be senior citizen issues. So you try and hit the target audience.”

― Kurt Loder

“Well, news is anything that’s interesting, that relates to what’s happening in the world, what’s happening in areas of the culture that would be of interest to your audience.”

― Kurt Loder

“And so popular culture raises issues that are very important, actually, in the country I think. You get issues of the First Amendment rights and issues of drug use, issues of AIDS, and things like that all arise naturally out of pop culture.”

― Kurt Loder

“In the ever-evolving society we live in, it is the responsibility of all of us, as individuals and as Americans, to rid ourselves of this culture of violence.”

― Kurt Schrader

“There’s a huge yearning in our culture for something more… it’s being more in touch with God… and what we were created to be.”

― Kurt Warner

“Hip Hop is thee dominant youth culture in the world right now.”

― Kurtis Blow

“I love Pittsburgh because it’s a humble city. It’s really grounded in its rich history and culture.”

― Kyle Abraham

“As any successful mad scientist will tell you, energy ain’t free. Popular culture tends to forget this, instead focusing on the destructive capabilities of our finely crafted death rays without noting the massive energy expenditures required to use them.”

― Kyle Hill

“The Bulls are first class in every way: great people, organization, culture, and a great place to play basketball.”

― Kyle Korver

“It’s very important, especially in the basketball culture. We like our fashion. Coming into the NBA, you definitely have to step it up because you’re competing on and off the floor. Not only on the court, basketball-wise, but a lot of us take pride in our style, too.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“I definitely tried to skateboard in middle school, and being from San Diego, surf and skate culture is a big, prevalent thing. But I was not that good – I was kind of a chubby kid and didn’t totally master skating.”

― Kyle Mooney

“I am generally a nostalgic person and super into the pop culture that I grew up on – I’ve got a framed ALF poster above my bed and a Mickey Mouse poster, and I’ve got this big VHS collection.”

― Kyle Mooney

“My cousin was Ron O’Neal, who was ‘Superfly.’ Films like ‘Shaft’ and ‘Superfly’ were the biggest things out there in the early ’70s. It’s hard to remember just how big they were – how much impact they had on the culture, the music, the fashions, the hair styles.”

― Kym Whitley

“World events can shape culture. Music is either a soundtrack for or a narration of changing times. And who knows how that’s going to go?”

― L.A. Reid

“When a culture has fallen totally away from spiritual pursuits into materialism, one must begin by demonstrating they are each a soul, not a material animal.”

― L. Ron Hubbard

“History shows us that in times of people feeling like they are in need of some sort of rebellion or protests, the artists rise because the poetry we create about pain and its relationship to culture in the world begins to soothe and heal people who are feeling confused or afraid.”

― Lady Gaga

“Celebrity life and media culture are probably the most overbearing pop-cultural conditions that we as young people have to deal with, because it forces us to judge ourselves.”

― Lady Gaga

“I think with world building, it’s important to create a sense of culture even if it is just a fantasy, and the best way to do that is to look at a real human culture and see what makes it cohesive.”

― Laini Taylor

“I love educating myself on different cultures’ dishes and foods that are important and celebrated within that culture. I also think food brings people together. It’s unifying!”

― Lana Condor

“My parents always wanted me to learn about my culture and tried to make me eat Vietnamese food.”

― Lana Condor

“I think there’s a misconception that all Asian-American experiences are the same. My experiences with my family and the way they wanted me to know my culture are not the same as others.”

― Lana Condor

“I consider myself Russian-American because I’m American by ethnicity and by passport, but I spent all my forming years over in the former Soviet Union in a Russian school. I never went to an American school. There was a lot of culture shock when I moved back to the States when I was 17.”

― Lana

“Gay culture is surviving and thriving. Some activists believe the recent rise in homophobic violence might be a gauge of the success of positive gay images.”

― Lance Loud

“Gay culture is in a coming-out process of its own. From out of the closets in the ’60s, the culture moved onto the disco floors of the ’70s and through the hospital wards of the ’80s and onwards to the streets.”

― Lance Loud

“The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy’s murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out.”

― Lance Morrow

“Without going outside his race, and even among the better classes with their ‘white’ culture and conscious American manners, but still Negro enough to be different, there is sufficient matter to furnish a black artist with a lifetime of creative work.”

― Langston Hughes

“London is the financial capital of Europe, a great platform to America and Asia. I love the fact that in British culture you can be whoever you want, and people don’t even look at you. I don’t feel that in Paris or Milan.”

― Lapo Elkann

“Of course L.A. has its mad bits: you can get a collagen cappuccino if that’s what you really want. But the American Dream is so ingrained in the American culture, and the place you go to find it is L.A.”

― Lara Pulver

“And a democracy can’t exist without free speech and the right to assemble. And that’s what Americans tend to forget. And they’re born into a culture where they take all of their freedoms for granted.”

― Larry Flynt

“The more people who look at great art, the better for our culture.”

― Larry Gagosian

“Our preoccupation has always been to craft space in such a way as to induce social interactions that would in turn generate a sense of community and a culture, but starting from the very immediate issue of how action influences perception.”

― Larry Harvey

“We see culture as a self-organising thing.”

― Larry Harvey

“As a child, I craved sophistication and culture. My parents didn’t know what to make of me.”

― Larry Harvey

“In the music world, ageism is a big issue. It’s about youth and youth culture. There’s no other art form that I know that requires you to be a certain age.”

― Larry Mullen, Jr.

“As a culture, we’ve all agreed with the opinion that the world should be seen in a certain way, so at ‘The Nightly Show,’ our chief mission was to disagree with that premise. And to see the world in a way that may not make everybody comfortable. And to present it with a cast of people who don’t always get to have a voice on that.”

― Larry Wilmore

“I guess anime helped me understand the Japanese culture a little better and makes me want to honor certain language nuances that don’t always translate to English.”

― Laura Bailey

“I think we’ve become a TV culture, where we forget the live performer in front of us can see us. I think there is a self-centeredness that happens. There’s nothing more important than what you are doing in that moment. So, unless it’s an emergency, put your phone away.”

― Laura Benanti

“In American culture we are supposed to take a pill when we’re depressed or in grief as opposed to actually feeling.”

― Laura Dern

“Conservative is the new counter culture, and I consider myself to be a member of the counter culture.”

― Laura Loomer

“I know there are lots of positives in the evolution of technology, but I also think it will be responsible for the end of a unique character, of a specific kind of geographical culture. The world is getting so small, and mass production is getting so big. Everything is in danger of becoming the same.”

― Laura Marling

“I’ve always loved books by the Bronte sisters. I love Jane Austen, too. I’m more influenced by people like her than by pop culture.”

― Laura Marling

“Statistically, Portland, Oregon has the most street kids, like kids that run away from home and live on the street. It’s like a whole culture thing there. If you walk around on the streets, there are kids living on the streets, begging for money, but it’s almost like a cool thing. They all just sit around and play music and squat.”

― Laura Ramsey

“I’m involved in so many different things, and there are so many profound reactions to what I do because I am big counter culture.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“I was born and raised in Orlando, where the economy and culture has been powerfully shaped by tourism, and so I’ve long been interested in how we narrate the places we visit, how the gap between what we see and what we know manifests when we’re traveling.”

― Laura van den Berg

“We write in a culture that favors the heft of the novel. Better still if the novel in question is large enough to be wielded interchangeably as a doorstop and a weapon.”

― Laura van den Berg

“Most of the monsters… are based on some sort of mythology. Every culture and even some geographical areas have monsters and mythology that is their own.”

― Laurell K. Hamilton

“My photography is often a sociological look at American culture, and it’s been very well published in the U.K.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“I’ve long been interested in looking at the culture of consumerism and also was interested in this connection between the American dream and the house, and the house being kind of the ultimate expression of self and success.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“I’ve often used the extremes in my work to comment on the mainstream. I think that sometimes a subject that I’m working on, like popular culture, is so present all around us that they’re hard to see. It’s like: How do you see the air you breathe? How do you see how it affects you?”

― Lauren Greenfield

“My first book, ‘Fast Forward’, was about growing up in the shadow of Hollywood and how kids are affected by the culture of materialism and the cult of celebrity, and I’ve often felt the reason my work has an audience in the U.K. is because it’s everything the British love to hate about the Americans.”

― Lauren Greenfield

“Growing up in Miami, being Cuban is integrated into our culture. When we greet anyone, we give them a kiss on the cheek.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“For me as an artist, pop culture has so much power and influences society on a regular basis – I see it in the kids; I see it in everyone that I encounter. Everyone is influenced by pop culture whether we want to be or not.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“I am proud to be the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world with a different language and culture and immerse themselves fearlessly to start a better life for themselves and their families.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“I think pop culture has always influenced society.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“If you love women, and you want to sing about love, don’t feel the need to say ‘he.’ Don’t feel the need to adapt to the society or the culture.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“It’s a pleasure to land here and see Australia upholding its commitment to free speech and Western culture – something that may not be here for much longer if left-wing Australian politicians continue their pathological worship of multiculturalism.”

― Lauren Southern

“If I were black, I could say I’m proud. If I were Asian, I could say I’m proud. If I were any other ethnicity, I could say I’m proud, because that’s how our culture is, but if I’m white and I say I’m proud, the media will go nuts.”

― Lauren Southern

“I think everyone is very surprised at how ‘Matrix’ has become the pop culture phenomenon that it is.”

― Laurence Fishburne

“I believe that in a great city, or even in a small city or a village, a great theater is the outward and visible sign of an inward and probable culture.”

― Laurence Olivier

“We need to do something about the culture of violence.”

― Laurence Tribe

“I was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1948 but grew up in a black neighborhood. During elementary and middle school, I commuted to a bilingual school in Chinatown. So I did not confront white American culture until high school.”

― Laurence Yep

“It is not just the Great Works of mankind that make a culture. It is the daily things, like what people eat and how they serve it.”

― Laurie Colwin

“My early novels were very understated and English. Fourteen years ago, I met and married my American husband, and as I learned more about his background and culture, I became interested in using American voices.”

― Laurie Graham

“I was fascinated by the culture clash between England and America in the 1950s. My first memories are of being a girl in those post-war years when things were really pretty grim. It wasn’t like that in America, which was real boom time.”

― Laurie Graham

“America is a noisy culture, unlike, say, Finland, which values silence. Individualism, dominant in the U.S. and Germany, promotes the direct, fast-paced style of communication associated with extraversion. Collectivistic societies, such as those in East Asia, value privacy and restraint, qualities more characteristic of introverts.”

― Laurie Helgoe

“Two people who really inspire me are my parents, Wanda and Anthony, just because they really made sure to keep up Hispanic culture in my family.”

― Laurie Hernandez

“There’s part of our culture where uniqueness is celebrated and appreciated and another part of our culture where this one way to be – one color hair, one sized breasts, one kind of nose – that’s also front and center.”

― Laurie Simmons

“I had to confront my fears and master my every demonic thought about inferiority, insecurity, or the fear of being black, young, and gifted in this Western culture.”

― Lauryn Hill

“I miss the energy of New York City and being able to step out of my apartment and see so much unique culture all the time around me without having to seek it out. In L.A., I have to sort of seek out everything I’m trying to do. It makes it less spontaneous.”

― Lauv

“Having a few companies controlling everything we read, see or hear is destroying our culture.”

― Lawrence Blume

“That said, there is a tendency to help the large industrial conglomerate more quickly than the small company you have never heard of. That is something in the culture we are trying to change.”

― Lawrence Eagleburger

“Everything the Beats stood for was the opposite of the dominant culture today.”

― Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“As we’ve seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in culture that we don’t even question when the control of that property removes our ability, as a people, to develop our culture democratically.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“A free culture is not a culture without property; it is not a culture in which artists don’t get paid.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“A culture without property, or in which creators can’t get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.”

― Lawrence Lessig

“The orchid’s association in Chinese culture with such virtues as elegance, good taste, friendship, and fertility goes all the way back to Confucius himself, who was said to have a particular attachment to the flowers.”

― Lawrence Osborne

“I’ve spent most of my adult life in the United States, and there the celebrity culture has been entrenched for a long time. It has made people almost literally insane, even those who make a great show of repudiating it. Those people, like novelists, who can no longer enjoy this status are condemned to despise it.”

― Lawrence Osborne

“There are many different rivers that lead into despair: there’s poverty; there’s political repression; there’s gender apartheid – there’s a sense of culture loss; there’s religious fanaticism.”

― Lawrence Wright

“When I went to Egypt right after 9/11 I was very upset. I used to live in Egypt. I had a lot of friends there. I spent two years teaching there. I had very fond feelings for that part of the world, and the fact that a culture I liked so much had attacked my own culture was really very upsetting to me.”

― Lawrence Wright

“Startups need to focus on building a foundation for their company culture early, and then they need to revisit it often. Every time a hire is made, a feature is launched, a Facebook status is updated, a press interview is given, a round of financing is raised, or a meeting is held, culture should be part of the decision-making process.”

― Leah Busque

“It seems like those of us who run a business can’t go five minutes without encountering the term “company culture.” The phrase is always uttered with extreme adoration, yet the very concept seems as nebulous as it is elusive.”

― Leah Busque

“Since most startups operate at a break-neck pace, with a concept to prove or a product to launch within a rapidly shortening runway of financing, company culture often gets shoved aside. This is a big, big mistake: Nobody serious about their business should put culture in the corner.”

― Leah Busque

“Beyond brand, culture can help drive your product itself by creating the conditions for the idea generation that is and will continue to be the lifeblood of any company.”

― Leah Busque

“I feel fortunate to have a huge family that is beyond race, creed, culture, and have a Father who shepherds us all. When I think about that, my mind is blown.”

― Lecrae

“When you’re part of hip-hop culture but you’re a Christian, people want you to be either-or. Or they’ll create a category for you, like, ‘Oh, gospel rap!’”

― Lecrae

“I’m digesting C.S. Lewis and Tim Keller and so on and so forth, Francis Schaeffer. I’m seeing how they’ve affected culture and politics and science and so on and so forth, with implicit faith versus explicit faith.”

― Lecrae

“A lot of times, when you don’t have to deal with some of the circumstances that affect minority culture, you just don’t think they exist. This is a conversation I have with lots of my white friends all the time.”

― Lecrae

“Moving forward, hopefully the platform my career has given me will allow me to continue to be a voice in culture, whether that’s doing lectures on campus or writing books or whatever that looks like. I feel like that’s really the lane that I uniquely connect with.”

― Lecrae

“Culture is something that we all share, and we are all the poorer for anyone excluded from it.”

― Lee Hall

“The values that East Asian culture upholds, such as the primacy of group interests over individual interests, support the total group effort necessary to develop rapidly.”

― Lee Kuan Yew

“Samsung’s future hinges on new businesses, new products and new technologies. We should make our corporate culture more open, flexible and innovative.”

― Lee Kun-hee

“When I meet fans who relate to Korean films and dramas even though they don’t understand the language or the culture, and when they talk about studying Korean and traveling to Korea because of those films and dramas, I think to myself that this is the true force of the Hallyu wave.”

― Lee Min-ho

“I love the idea of the amateur – that’s what popular culture is all about. But what the Internet’s doing is professionalizing everyone’s amateuristic impulses.”

― Lee Siegel

“I am so sorry to see the state of reading in such decline. I think it says something really scary and terrible about us as a culture. I think it does have to do with everyone’s total global embrace of technology.”

― Lee Smith

“I think as the world changes, we have to keep up. We have to note what is happening, and I think writing has always had a powerful corrective influence and possibility. We have to write about what’s good, and we also have to write about parts of our culture that are not good, that are not working out. I think it takes a new eye.”

― Lee Smith

“Apologetics has an important place in the local church as we seek to influence our communities for Christ in an increasingly skeptical culture.”

― Lee Strobel

“I’ve noticed in the Caribbean culture, the women aren’t submissive – they’re very fiery.”

― Lela Loren

“Puerto Rican culture is very different from Mexican culture. Part of the Mexican psychology is the idea of being an immigrant or being illegal or being confused with that. That doesn’t happen with Puerto Ricans, because you’re a commonwealth.”

― Lela Loren

“When somebody takes a child from their native culture, that is in itself an act of aggression.”

― Lemn Sissay

“Does our culture have a need for violence? I don’t know. I guess it’s a personal thing.”

― Lena Headey

“I have too much respect for people to try to control them. But they are estranged from love, afraid to reach out and touch one another. We’re afraid to appear sentimental or speak in platitudes because people will say, ‘What a jerk!’ It takes courage in our culture to be a lover.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“We are somehow natured, not just to reproduce, but for sociality and even for culture.”

― Leon Kass

“Horizontal and vertical sprawl… are the dinosaurs of an ending fossil-fuel age of synthetic culture.”

― Leon Krier

“I really like England. I like the lifestyle and the country. The history. The culture, which London is full of. The country pursuits.”

― Leon Max

“I was not interested in spending 10 years in the culture wars.”

― Leon Wieseltier

“French culture is known for many great attributes, some of which probably have nothing to do with food, wine, and romance.”

― Leonard Mlodinow

“There are things in American culture that want to wipe the class distinction. Blue jeans. Ready-made clothes. Coca-Cola.”

― Leslie Fiedler

“Our culture encourages women to nurture men, making it predictable that many experience a seductive empathy for abusive men, as well as the misguided hope that love can obliterate an ugly past.”

― Leslie Morgan Steiner

“I grew up in Philadelphia in a time where we took it for granted that we were supposed to be young and gifted and black. It was a culture of excellence – and all my friends were more talented than I was.”

― Leslie Odom, Jr.

“A mind cannot be independent of culture.”

― Lev Vygotsky

“As long as we are engaged in storytelling that moves the culture forward, it doesn’t matter what format it is.”

― LeVar Burton

“I’m so fascinated by the concept of teen pregnancy for some reason. Not that I condone it or promote it, but it’s just a very real thing in our country and culture.”

― Leven Rambin

“The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.”

― Lewis Mumford

“The vast material displacements the machine has made in our physical environment are perhaps in the long run less important than its spiritual contributions to our culture.”

― Lewis Mumford

“Doctors, dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since the earliest records of every culture on earth. It is hard to think of a more dependable or enduring occupation, harder still to imagine any future events leading to its extinction.”

― Lewis Thomas

“Paris is cafe culture, Dublin is pub culture, and that’s the best place to solve all the world’s problems: over a pint! One of the great joys of living, I think. The problems of the world seem to disappear.”

― Liam Cunningham

“Well, I think they’re all basically the same story. Every culture in the world has them. When you strip it down and analyze it, it’s the young man or girl who goes through a trial or ordeal and hits a very low ebb but manages to get guidance from a Merlin type figure.”

― Liam Neeson

“Food is culture. Food is an identity, a footprint of who you are.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I attended classes and taught classes, in Food Anthropology at Pace University, with an anthropology professor. You can trace history by the architecture and food of a place. Food is one of those things that transcends and stays in the culture.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“When you invite friends over, especially for food, with the food you want to send out a message of affection, of appreciation, of celebration. But also of culture – who your family is.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I am a transporter of the Italian culture – culinary culture, family culture – because I love it, I thrive in it, and I think it’s the right way.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“You should just feel comfortable with food and your own culinary culture, whatever your mother and grandmother know.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I’m not an entertainer – that’s not what I do. I want to teach viewers; I want to show them. I want to share my culture.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“I love rap, and part of hip-hop culture is being excessive and absurd, and I can’t be excessive and absurd without sounding corny. So I have to do it in a very truthful, weird way.”

― Lil Dicky

“I got anxiety in April of 2014. I was hospitalized for two weeks, and they didn’t know what was wrong with me, and at the end, they gave me a low dosage of Xanax. Before the whole anti-Xanax message in what I do, I was actually pro-Xanax culture.”

― Lil Xan

“I think why my content does so well with so many different types of people is because it speaks to everyone. I’ll make a Soca music reference, I’ll use a Tamil word, I’ll do a Jamaican Patois accent. I know about all these people, and I’m not afraid to indulge in their culture.”

― Lilly Singh

“Marilyn Monroe and Vivienne Leigh are real icons of mine. In terms of visual culture, they are both so iconic. There weren’t any paparazzi shots of them falling out of taxis, so they will always look so incredible.”

― Lily Cole

“In British culture, redheads get teased at school. But I’ve grown up enough to realize I love my hair.”

― Lily Cole

“There’s so much plastic in this culture that vinyl leopard skin is becoming an endangered synthetic.”

― Lily Tomlin

“I’m a member of the National Trust. I absolutely love architecture, history, geography, the arts and culture. Oh, and I love gardens. I moved from London to Hertfordshire, so I could get a garden.”

― Limahl

“Much of how Americans have always understood their history, culture, and identity depends on positioning Europe as the ‘other,’ as that ‘old world’ against which they define themselves.”

― Linda Colley

“Partly because women in the U.S. are better represented in the hierarchies, the culture wars over gender there have been particularly fierce.”

― Linda Colley

“You have the United States, and you have Mexico, and then you have this Mexican-American thing which is this third culture, which I like to call Aztlan.”

― Linda Ronstadt

“The way you raise the profile of an issue is by making the issue cool and relevant in pop culture.”

― Linda Sarsour

“Be proud of your Latino culture and do the best work you can do, and you will always succeed.”

― Lionel Sosa

“A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment.”

― Lionel Trilling

“The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive.”

― Lionel Trilling

“Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.”

― Lionel Trilling

“I’m in my mid-40s now, and I came out in 11th grade, so I must have been 17. So that’s quite a long time ago, and the temperature and the culture was different.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“I got exposed to art-house cinema and foreign films. I was from L.A., so it was a film culture that I didn’t know about.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“At the base of it, my gut instinct tells me that there’s a kind of fundamental misogyny in the culture. There just is. You know, there’s just a weird anxiety around women.”

― Lisa Cholodenko

“We wanted to do a woman on a reality show because that’s what’s happening right now-it’s part of our culture.”

― Lisa Kudrow

“We live in a culture where we’re bombarded with so much noise and so much insecurity.”

― Lisa Ling

“Coming from an Asian culture, I was always taught to respect my elders, to be a better listener than a talker.”

― Lisa Ling

“I love when people in culture show up on fictional TV shows. I don’t mind at all being a name from the ’90s.”

― Lisa Loeb

“I have certain rules for snooping, under which anything out in the open is fair game. But I also think, in light of some current trends in our culture, that privacy should be respected.”

― Lisa Lutz

“South Africa is the only place in the Southern hemisphere where Halloween is really catching on. They have a lot of sporting events that have made it more popular there. They have motocross and rave celebrations, and they’re embracing it as a youth culture thing.”

― Lisa Morton

“I am imprinted with the whole sense of European history, especially German history, going back to World War I, which really destroyed all the old values and culture. My grandparents had been reasonably well-off but they became quite poor, living in an attic apartment.”

― Lisel Mueller

“I want to record many albums, have a healthy record label with talented artists, keep building my publishing catalogue, and maintain our culture with good music that will be remembered for years to come.”

― Little Louie Vega

“My tendency to idealize Western civilization arises from my nationalistic desire to use the West in order to reform China. But this has led me to overlook the flaws of Western culture.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“In L.A., retro culture is just part of the thing you do. When we were kids, we didn’t have allowances, and it was not cool to wear designer clothes. So it meant that we were into 1920s dresses when we were 13.”

― Liz Goldwyn

“I feel like there’s something interesting to learn from anyone’s story, no matter their place in society. I think we’ve gotten really far away from that – we’re in such a celebrity-obsessed culture.”

― Liz Goldwyn

“I love feeling like I’m ‘on the pulse’ of things. Nothing more satisfying, more valued, more exciting as a writer. Because shaping pop culture really means that you’re saying something that a lot of people want to hear.”

― Liz Tuccillo

“I have no ancestral link to the mountains. But I really do feel close to mountain culture. Their ways of food, of thinking. The way they hang out with no recording devices and just sing songs with each other.”

― Lizz Wright

“The fight still isn’t people of colour versus white. It’s the people versus the system built to keep us down. That’s the first line of the Constitution. And the system is manmade but is made of no man. Everyone, regardless of class, creed, culture and ethnicity can fight the system and help to break it down.”

― Lizzo

“I feel like I’ve started to create my own culture of being a voice for something, and that’s what people want to know about. I love that because I am a woman and because I a rap, and I look the way I look, I can connect with the demographic of people who feel like they have a voice in me.”

― Lizzo

“I am one with the popular culture.”

― Lloyd Blankfein

“People look to ‘Dear White People’ as an encyclopedia of our culture. But it’s also art, and there are characters with different perspectives.”

― Logan Browning

“The company culture is about being human, being good to other people. We recently did a survey with our drivers. 48 out of 50 said that they preferred driving with Lyft because they said that passengers were friendlier.”

― Logan Green

“I think we’ve built a bit of a culture and a market around people who are open and seek out that social interaction.”

― Logan Green

“Everybody has culture, even white people have culture, but its different with me. So in high school, I was hanging out with the black and Hispanic kids. I’m not hating on white people. I hang with white people, too, but that’s where I felt most accepted because I could relate to them more.”

― Logic

“Forever, for me, it was just about trying to make it and become a known person and loved and revered in hip-hop and the culture. But then ,I even realized that that isn’t really important. What’s mainly important is just the fans and the connection that you have as a man and an artist.”

― Logic

“I think the merging of high and low culture is so fascinating.”

― Lola Kirke

“If a culture doesn’t allow you to laugh at the leaders or at things that your eyes and ears tell you are actually happening, that’s not good.”

― Lorne Michaels

“I think it is about time that equipped women began to take on some of the ethical questions which a male-dominated culture has produced and dissect and analyze them quite to pieces in a serious fashion. It is time that ‘half the human race’ had something to say about the nature of its existence.”

― Lorraine Hansberry

“There is no winter break, and I think that is the most evil thing of this culture. It is not good for English football. It is not good for the clubs or the national team, and I think you should change it.”

― Louis van Gaal

“Having managed in Holland, Spain, and Germany, I had always hoped for the opportunity to manage in English football and be part of English culture.”

― Louis van Gaal

“If you don’t see culture in Los Angeles, you’re simply not looking.”

― Louise Linton

“India is a very, very old country with a history, culture and tradition like Italy. And we can use the English language to be in touch. Then India’s industrial situation is similar to us. Both have big companies but are dominated by small and medium-sized companies. It is extremely important for both to do joint ventures.”

― Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

“Every year, I send 1,000 students to China to study Chinese history, language, and culture.”

― Lucio Tan

“For a while, I called myself an agnostic, which was me wanting to maintain a connection to the culture I was raised in while also undercutting a lot of the beliefs I had.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I’ve always had an affinity and a passion for cars and that whole car culture.”

― Ludacris

“You can learn and enrich yourself through the process of knowing a different musical culture.”

― Ludovico Einaudi

“Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.’”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The French-Cajun culture is similar to mine – they’re Catholic, they play accordions, and they eat hot chiles.”

― Luis Alberto Urrea

“I think the Lower East Side inspires me. That whole neighborhood, a lot of the people that I worked with, seeing what we’ve gone through in life, being given an opportunity to understand who I am; my identity, my culture, and my roots.”

― Luis Guzman

“New Orleans is just so full of culture in the music content – blues, folk. I was introduced to a lot of things. My mother didn’t keep me away from other music. She only kept me away from rap. The closest I got to rap was D’Angelo.”

― Luke James

“There’s a kind of integrity to being an observer of a culture. I think Canadians have that privilege innately. We are, like, the observers of the American culture.”

― Luke Macfarlane

“We need to change the culture of this topic and make it OK to speak about mental health and suicide.”

― Luke Richardson

“There have been moments where I laughed at my own family’s culture, though it’s hard to separate out whether something funny is cultural, or just my grandma specifically.”

― Lulu Wang

“I can’t speak for everybody, and I don’t want to say it for an entire culture, but for me, coming from an immigrant family, it’s very difficult to go find your voice, which requires a lot of failure.”

― Lulu Wang

“Chief Keef scares me. Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“What colonialism does is cause an identity crisis about one’s own culture.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“My parents gave me a Mexican name. In our culture, we are named after the events of the day.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“I want people to see my color and my culture written all over me, because I am proud of the skin I’m in. It is an important part of my identity. What I don’t want them to do is mistreat me because of it.”

― Luvvie Ajayi

“I wasn’t the only person out there writing about pop culture and race, but I stayed true to my voice, and people felt attracted to that. They said it felt like they were having brunch with their best friend.”

― Luvvie Ajayi

“That’s one thing brands are understanding is, I’m the blogger who’s not writing about fashion. I’m not writing about beauty. I’m not writing about gossip. I’m not writing about politics. I’m writing about all of that. I’m the person they can come to if they just want to reach people who care and have their fingers on pop culture.”

― Luvvie Ajayi

“Indeed, the hype around ‘Watchmen’ is its curse. If you want to enjoy the comic for what it is, ignore the attributions of literariness and the novelistic pretensions with which some critics have imbued it. This isn’t high culture, and it doesn’t pretend to be. It’s good, juicy pulp fiction with a little nuclear apocalypse thrown in.”

― Lydia Millet

“Marriage is like the romantic ideal, and yet the trappings around it and the culture about it are really the opposite of that.”

― Lydia Millet

“The Free Body Culture gave me a gift I might never have received had I refused to play along. It left me with an acute sense of the absurd – one I still cherish – to be there among my fellow apes, awkward and less than half-willing, aiming and missing, leaping, landing and wincing.”

― Lydia Millet

“I think pop culture underestimates people. The message is, ‘Being yourself is the worst thing you could possibly be.’ But people are still attracted to it.”

― Lykke Li

“I don’t relate to the ‘Twilight’ books or movies at all, but I’m obsessed with it as a pop culture phenomenon – all these people just screaming like it was the Beatles.”

― Lykke Li

“The thing that really struck me when I went to junior high was class. I grew up on a pretty poor street, but the school district I was in included some fine neighborhoods – so I got to know a couple of the kids from those places and went to their houses and experienced such culture shock.”

― Lynda Barry

“My dad was a real man’s man, and so were my brothers, in a small town where hockey is king. It’s a masculine culture. It made me really attentive to what it meant to be a guy.”

― Lynn Coady

“The creative process taps into our deepest subconscious, and we are each of us sex-crazed – products of a shame-based Judeo-Christian culture that has irrevocably warped us all to varying degrees.”

― Lynn Coady

“You don’t need to have Asperger’s to feel bewildered in a culture that relies so heavily on inconsequential chit-chat to grease the wheels of day-to-day life.”

― Lynn Coady

“Winning the second Pulitzer firmly places me in conversation with this culture.”

― Lynn Nottage

“Now is not the time for us to shy away from challenging ourselves to make substantive change for the better. We have the opportunity to raise the bar in the faith-based world by forging a culture in which inclusivity, diversity, and equality are paramount.”

― Lynn Schusterman

“Cultivating innovative thinking starts at the top. Leaders can foster a culture of innovation by encouraging creativity and experimenting with new ideas.”

― Lynne Doughtie

“Culture is nourished by human motivation – a limitless resource that can sometimes be underestimated.”

― Lynne Doughtie

“The most resilient companies foster a pervasive culture of innovation at all levels of the organization – one that values risk-taking, embraces experimentation and considers failure an inevitable part of thinking boldly.”

― Lynne Doughtie

“For a journalist who covers the Muslim world, we have responsibilities to be familiar with that culture and to know how to respond to that.”

― Lynsey Addario

“The more I photographed Muslim women, the more I was able to metaphorically strip away the burqas and hijabs, and start chipping away at the profound misconceptions that existed in other parts of the world about these women and their culture.”

― Lynsey Addario

“I think it would be bad for culture and the art if artists and people who develop the apparatus to support those artists don’t get paid.”

― Lyor Cohen

“My week is full-tilt boogie. I wake up every morning, and the singular thought in my head is that maybe today is the day that I’m going to find an artist who is so amazing, an artist who will change pop culture. I’m in hot pursuit, always.”

― Lyor Cohen

“I kept on trying to use so many media and ideas in my work because our horizon is so vast and Indian culture is so rich that I think what we are today, culturally, we have a unique position and I don’t think one lifetime is enough to encompass it.”

― M. F. Husain

“Secular thinkers have no more been able to work free of the centuries-old Judeo-Christian culture than Christian theologians were able to work free of their inheritance of classical and pagan thought. The process… has not been the deletion and replacement of religious ideas but rather the assimilation and reinterpretation of religious ideas.”

― M. H. Abrams

“We believed that to understand literature, you had to understand its place in history and culture.”

― M. H. Abrams

“In India, you see the way they embrace color in the culture – it’s very celebratory of the existence of color. There’s no rule of what color belongs together or doesn’t belong together. They’re not precious about it. It’s very full-on.”

― M.I.A.

“Manhattan seems pretty developed, you know what I mean? Like, it has peaked in culture.”

― M.I.A.

“The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them, has always been part of the culture of M.I.A. When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace’s designs have always been copied; now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue.”

― M.I.A.

“So ‘The Last Airbender’ ‘s philosophy and culture feels like a beautiful idea to me: That we inherently have connections to the elements and what they teach us, and to each other.”

― M. Night Shyamalan

“Chinese people need to be aware of their present and ask, ‘What’s our culture? What can we bring to the world?’ I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

― Ma Yansong

“I think where traditional values are concerned, Chinese people see nature as very symbolic. It’s a form of culture.”

― Ma Yansong

“Chaoyang Park Plaza is about how to carry the traditional culture into a new format in modern architecture. Instead of building a boundary between the city and the park, I tried to design this building to emerge from the natural landscape.”

― Ma Yansong

“’Shan shui’ you can literally translate as ‘mountain and water.’ In traditional Chinese culture, there are a lot of paintings about shan shui, but now we’re talking about a shan-shui city.”

― Ma Yansong

“Although we’re architects, we believe we do culture; architecture is culture, and the topics we tackle will always arise a broader debate.”

― Ma Yansong

“In our traditional culture, people have a very different view towards nature than in Western culture. We consider humans as part of nature. But in the West, they talk about protecting nature. That’s a joke because nature doesn’t care; it’s humans who need to protect themselves.”

― Ma Yansong

“I grew up in Beijing, and there weren’t many modern buildings during my childhood. I was influenced by traditional culture – the courtyards, the hutongs, the old city, and all the art forms – so, very naturally, I brought this to my practice.”

― Ma Yansong

“Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, our office has been discussing how we can make architecture more human and at one with nature. We need to ask ourselves, what legacy do we want to leave behind on humankind’s urban culture?”

― Ma Yansong

“Architecture is a special kind of career that showcases the accumulations of culture, time, and history.”

― Ma Yansong

“One of the problems we’re facing is, in my view, that there are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“’Muslim’ is not a political party. ‘Muslim’ is not a single culture. Muslims go to war with each other. There are more Muslims in India, Russia and China than in most Muslim-majority nations. ‘Muslim’ is not a homogenous entity.”

― Maajid Nawaz

“I’m gonna make music, and I’m gonna capture every aspect of being a human being. That’s really all I’m trying to do. I think that artists and pop culture identities are used to simplify what it means to be a human and pigeon-hole people into looking up to one role model.”

― Mac Miller

“Attracting the next generation of IoT talent will take more than money – it’s just as important to nurture a team-based culture of diversity and openness in which every voice is valued. This not only appeals to younger workers but also aligns with IoT’s network character.”

― Maciej Kranz

“I’m someone that examines culture and tries to break down why things are the way that they are whether its hip-hop music, sex, race, or consumerism. I try to examine it and scrutinize it to the point where I can write a song.”

― Macklemore

“You want your kids to grow with the right culture and values, and the toughest part would be finding out how to instill those values in your kids.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“’Dear Society’ really is my letter to society where I express the anguish I’ve been caused from such an image-based industry and culture we live in.”

― Madison Beer

“One can’t do anything alone in Haiti. Sharing and cooperation are so deeply woven into the culture that sometimes it’s hard to have a separate thought.”

― Madison Smartt Bell

“I come from a culture where you don’t divide it up to what you can do on TV and what you can do on film.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“Russians are not a very friendly people. It’s hard to get them to speak nicely to the customers. It’s just not in their culture.”

― Maelle Gavet

“When a marriage culture fails, sexual desire no longer unites; instead it fragments.”

― Maggie Gallagher

“When you literally build a state of granite, it takes a certain toughness and perseverance as well as a unique blend of community and independence: a culture that also helps spur economic growth.”

― Maggie Hassan

“I spent my whole life in Maryland, but I wanted to experience more – fighting to get to urban areas where there was culture.”

― Maggie Rogers

“Would we be so enamored with dystopian fiction if we lived in a culture where violent death was a major concern? It wouldn’t be escapism.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“In a culture defined by shades of gray, I think the absolute black and white choices in dark young adult novels are incredibly satisfying for readers.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“It’s still amazing, but when I was growing up, Harlem was the Mecca of black culture. I was so inspired by it, the aspirational feeling you’d get spending time there. Experiences that were really specific to that place.”

― Mahershala Ali

“If the story-teller is to nourish the roots of his culture, society must set him free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

― Mahesh Bhatt

“The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“For hundreds of years Iranians have been migrating to many parts of the world. They took Islamic culture to other parts of the world and established it there.”

― Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

“My mom’s Brazilian, so she and I definitely grew up with different perspectives. I was born in America, and she’s from Brazil, so we have different ways of doing things. There’s a bit of culture clash there.”

― Maiara Walsh

“I went from living in the Dominican Republic – every day, my mom and I would cook, or we’d go hang out with the kids – to flying a private jet to Chicago with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid. People had champagne, and they were going to these amazing restaurants. It was a culture shock. It’s important, I think, to have that. To see both sides.”

― Maika Monroe

“I’m so excited to be working on ‘Doctor Who,’ as it’s such a big and important part of British culture.”

― Maisie Williams

“I come from a poor family, so really, the culture I know best is the street, TV, school.”

― Maiwenn

“My real dream is that everybody will see their self-interest tied up with someone else, whether or not they see them, and see that as an opportunity for growing closer together as a culture and as a world.”

― Majora Carter

“I’m not becoming western; I am still following my Pashtun culture, and I’m wearing a shalvar kamiz, a dupatta on my head.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“Culture is a way of coping with the world by defining it in detail.”

― Malcolm Bradbury

“I think Africa is the most interesting continent on the planet. You look at a country like Egypt, and you look at a country like Ghana. It’s just completely different, and the people look completely different. It’s just a fascinating continent with the most culture.”

― Malcolm Brogdon

“African-Americans are not a monolithic group. So, we tend to talk about the black community, the black culture, the African-American television viewing audience, but there are just as many facets of us as there are other cultures.”

― Malcolm-Jamal Warner

“A militant’s profile lies not in his age, race, culture, or education; anyone can join or be adopted by the al Qaeda network, the only prerequisite being a willingness to accept the group’s radical, cultlike ideology.”

― Malcolm Nance

“I am an Indian, and I know what India is. I know Indian culture. I know Indian constitution and democracy.”

― Mammootty

“We are in a culture where it’s so easy to just turn things off that you don’t like. And I think that doesn’t make you a well-rounded person or artist. You have to be able to take the good with the bad and have opinions on things!”

― Mandy Moore

“I’m a Jew. I’m fascinated by our culture and our history, by what made us the people we are. It influences every breath I take. It informs and guides me. Without it, I’d just be a vacuum.”

― Mandy Patinkin

“Beer is such an integral part of the Indian culture.”

― Maneet Chauhan

“Restaurants are a much easier way to introduce Americans to a culture than getting them into museums.”

― Maneet Chauhan

“We have our own history, our own language, our own culture. But our destiny is also tied up with the destinies of other people – history has made us all South Africans.”

― Mangosuthu Buthelezi

“All of our forebears contributed to what South Africa has become. That does not, however, mean that I must apologize to anyone for being born a Zulu, or for having that culture.”

― Mangosuthu Buthelezi

“Bayern are a club where success is demanded, and second place isn’t particularly appreciated. We have a history and culture to respect.”

― Manuel Neuer

“I relate to ‘Dangal’ because of the way it presents the state’s culture and how Haryanvi parents are. They might act strict, but will always motivate their children to do their best and will stand by them, always being emotionally connected to them.”

― Manushi Chhillar

“Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting the progress of the arts and the sciences and a flourishing culture in our land.”

― Mao Zedong

“An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.”

― Mao Zedong

“We still have a lot of work to do in American culture. More open-mindedness is happening – in some cases rapidly, in some, slowly.”

― Mara Brock Akil

“I was nurtured by Ralph Farquhar and then, later, by Sara Finney-Johnson and Vida Spears, two black women. So, I actually was nurtured by my culture, in a safe environment that allowed me to build my confidence. And Debbie Allen was one of my mentors, along with Stan Lathan.”

― Mara Brock Akil

“Our combination of great research universities, a pro-risk business culture, deep pools of innovation-seeking equity capital and reliable business and contract law is unprecedented and unparalleled in the world.”

― Marc Andreessen

“This is going to sound weird, but when I was a kid my old man used to tell us that he was a Sioux Indian warrior in his former life. Native American culture was always big in my house – I don’t know why.”

― Marc Forgione

“I remember the dark days when, thanks to 1966’s ‘Batman’ with Adam West, comics were considered the ugly stepchild of popular culture.”

― Marc Guggenheim

“In Japan, Australia, and England there is such a strong youth culture.”

― Marc Newson

“I’m interested in youth culture and popular culture.”

― Marc Newson

“And where I grew up in Australia, surfing was a part of culture.”

― Marc Newson

“Musicals have long given voice to outsiders and speak of experiences in our culture and environment.”

― Marc Platt

“No country has been more invigorated by immigrant culture, more rewarded by immigrant labor and immigrant ideas than America.”

― Marc Veasey

“I am quite familiar with Dubai and its design scene. I have been a regular visitor for more than 10 years. It is hard to name an area where hospitality, friendship, culture, ambition, and beauty are so highly regarded.”

― Marcel Wanders

“I think design is the expression of its time and culture.”

― Marcel Wanders

“If you have a culture of respect, creativity flows. You create this energy, and then people have more desire to take risks.”

― Marco Bizzarri

“Thematically, most of my work deals with transition, our culture’s constant acceleration, and emotional connection and disconnection through technology.”

― Marco Brambilla

“Harveys opened against the backdrop of Thatcher’s greed culture.”

― Marco Pierre White

“When you are 28, 29 years old… you are aware that this is going to be your last big contract of your career. You have to make up your mind: What is it that I want? Do I want to find something new, a new culture, a new league, a new language, new teammates, a new city? And what is it that I need to be happy? What is it that I need to perform?”

― Marco Reus

“We can’t stop talking about the importance of our values and our culture. We can’t stop talking about them because the moral well-being of our people is directly linked to their economic well-being.”

― Marco Rubio

“Our leaders have to stop ignoring the impact that culture is having on our nation.”

― Marco Rubio

“If we want to save our country, we must all realize that the breakdown of our culture is trapping millions of people in a cycle of poverty and dependence, and together, we have to do something about it.”

― Marco Rubio

“You won’t find a CEO who doesn’t talk about a ‘powerful culture’ as a source of competitive advantage. At the same time, you’d be hard-pressed to find a CEO who has much of a clue about the strength of that culture.”

― Marcus Buckingham

“American culture is CEO obsessed. We celebrate the hard-charging heroes and mythologize the iconoclastic visionaries. Those people are important.”

― Marcus Buckingham

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”

― Marcus Garvey

“I don’t have memories of Ethiopia as a child. I didn’t learn about Ethiopian culture until after I moved to New York and started meeting people from the Ethiopian community.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“It wasn’t until I came to New York and started to see the African American community, but also the Ethiopian community here, and started to eat the food, started to understand the music. I said, you know, I got to go and understand the culture. So me and my sister went.”

― Marcus Samuelsson

“The Holocaust committed by the Nazis turned this country, where most of the European Jews used to live and where their culture used to flourish, into a massive grave. This is why initiatives to revive Jewish culture in Poland is so important.”

― Marek Belka

“When it comes to best new artist or album or song of the year, yeah, it’s very rare that you see someone in country win one of those. It’s a very strong genre, and it’s got roots so deep in our culture. I think the pool of voters listen more to pop and R&B and hip-hop. Those seem to be the major contenders.”

― Maren Morris

“For women in my family, in Korean culture, women are really valued in their youth, and then when they get older, it’s like they almost become irrelevant.”

― Margaret Cho

“In this present culture, we need to find the means to work and live together with less aggression if we are to resolve the serious problems that afflict and impede us.”

― Margaret J. Wheatley

“Anyone interested in the world generally can’t help being interested in young adult culture – in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language.”

― Margaret Mahy

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

― Margaret Mead

“It’s a normal part of the culture of ballet to go to a nutritionist in your first few weeks. They write down everything you eat and use a little roller that pinches you to measure the fat all over your body. Then, every semester, you get a letter saying either you’re too thin, or you’re OK, or you’re overweight.”

― Margaret Qualley

“I think it’d be useful for parents to know kind of what is the culture of an institution.”

― Margaret Spellings

“Michael Jackson was one of popular culture’s greatest artists. Nobody danced better. Few sang more compellingly. No one understood more about stage spectacles or music videos. He was an innovator. His reach was global.”

― Margo Jefferson

“Nobody in my family plays music professionally, but I definitely grew up around the culture of when my parents got together, as well as a lot of eating and drinking going on, they would also sing – they sat around in a circle, and everyone had a party piece.”

― Maria Doyle Kennedy

“I love where I’m from. I don’t live there because of the circumstances, but all my family is there. It’s what’s inside, it’s not what’s outside that determines the culture and the feeling.”

― Maria Sharapova

“I grew up with a saying: ‘It doesn’t matter what you wear or where you go, but your hair always has to be brushed.’ So in Italy, we come from that kind of culture – where how you present yourself is important.”

― Mariacarla Boscono

“It’s predominantly a male society, predominately a male culture, predominantly a male theatre, and predominantly male critics, but that’s changing, definitely.”

― Marianne Elliott

“I’m a third-culture child. It’s an interesting concept. Having an American father, a South American mother, born in England, grew up in Hong Kong, went to school in Europe – it makes me a third-culture child, which means you take on the culture of the place where you live. So I’m very adaptable.”

― Marie-Chantal Claire

“When you are ‘world building,’ people will oftentimes judge how well you built your world. They want to know: Is the culture believable? Does it feel like it has a history? I try very hard to pay attention to details.”

― Marie Rutkoski

“I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I’ve ended up doing that myself.”

― Marilyn Hacker

“Marilyn Manson is a mockery of American pop culture.”

― Marilyn Manson

“This is the culture you’re raising your kids in. Don’t be surprised if it blows up in your face.”

― Marilyn Manson

“I’ve always worked from images that already exist in our culture, and I just tweak them – I photograph my vision/interpretation of things that already exist, and I take it to the extreme. And then I make paintings or videos.”

― Marilyn Minter

“In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible. The more I think about energy, the simpler my art becomes, because it is just about pure presence.”

― Marina Abramovic

“In every ancient culture, there are rituals to mortify the body as a way of understanding that the energy of the soul is indestructible.”

― Marina Abramovic

“I’m not really part of that ‘L.A. thing’ or that celebrity culture. I’m more like someone who observes it, and I can’t ever imagine being like that.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“My dad’s quite a conservative person, and he brought me up to be very questioning of the commercial world. He looked down on pop culture. I definitely got the impression that pop was evil and that Britney Spears was evil.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“I think celebrity culture and sexuality in pop music is really important, but I want there to be an alternative for people.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“This obsession with celebrity culture is really unhealthy. I don’t want to live my life like that, and I don’t want to be a typical pop star.”

― Marina and the Diamonds

“If you want to learn about a culture, you look at what buildings the people lived in but you also want to know about their cosmos.”

― Marina Warner

“I am opposed to a multicultural France. I think that those who have a different culture and who arrive in France have to submit themselves to French culture.”

― Marine Le Pen

“I have never tried to bear a judgment against my own father because I consider that, in our European culture, one does not judge his parents. Now, I have expressed my disagreements with my father on certain points, disagreements related to the way one should express things, something that has also to do with a difference of generations.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Saying… ‘Come as you are, keep living like you do, keep your culture, and we will add all that together,’ doesn’t work.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Loving the country, wanting to preserve the culture and identity – protecting the interests of the Americans in America, of the French in France, of the Israelis in Israel – seems to me perfectly legitimate.”

― Marine Le Pen

“The scientists I looked up to at the beginning were not Latino. They were famous scientists of many years ago, like Madame Curie. Later, I realized that there were also, but a very few, Latino scientists. There were good ones, but very few, because there wasn’t as much a tradition to be a scientist in our culture. But this is changing.”

― Mario J. Molina

“I believe that reforms will not really take hold if they do not gradually come into the culture of the people.”

― Mario Monti

“At the beginning of my career, as a boy from Peru in London, suddenly discovering British culture and society, I looked so much at the work of the photographers Cecil Beaton and Norman Parkinson, which seemed to represent a wonderful vanished grandeur of my new country.”

― Mario Testino

“I think if you’re impregnated with good literature, with good culture, you’re much more difficult to manipulate, and you’re much more aware of the dangers that powers represent.”

― Mario Vargas Llosa

“I never thought I’d have the opportunity to visit another culture.”

― Marion Cotillard

“I would say there’s always a movement of music and fashion in youth culture – every decade inspires the new one.”

― Maripol

“Italian culture is so deeply soaked in an appreciation of the good things in life.”

― Mariska Hargitay

“I want Yahoo to be the absolute best place to work, to have a fantastic culture.”

― Marissa Mayer

“I think the only universal thing is one individual. If you talk about a country or a nation or a culture, it’s so vague. I mean what is a nation? A nation is full of nice and bad and long and tall and short and thin people. It’s not like everybody is the same.”

― Marjane Satrapi

“This clash of the culture, East and the West, us and them, Muslim and Christian, does not exist.”

― Marjane Satrapi

“My culture comes from everywhere. I’m sick of this notion of nationality, that if you’re brought up in the same city or same country you’re the same. Even three kids brought up in the same family with the same genes, they are not the same. Just consider a human a human.”

― Marjane Satrapi

“If Jesus were living in our culture, he would probably hang out in coffeehouses.”

― Mark Batterson

“That’s how I make work. Along the way, I take notes, I read about history and popular culture. Sometimes I act out things in the studio. I go back to my mother’s hair salon so I can hear three voices going all at once. I pull inspiration from everything.”

― Mark Bradford

“The relentless pressures of the so-called marketplace have distorted all our culture industries.”

― Mark Crispin Miller

“When you turn your team upside down and try to figure out what the culture of the team is, you take the greatest risk a team can take.”

― Mark Cuban

“Culture is very important to the Mavs. Your best player has to be a fit for what you want the culture of the team to be. He has to be someone who leads by example. Someone who sets the tone in the locker room and on the court. It isn’t about who talks the most or the loudest. It is about the demeanor and attitude he brings.”

― Mark Cuban

“When I went to West Point, I was there with cadets from 50 other states and territories. Cadets from other countries, and you learn all of these things about our country, about our culture, our heritage, our ethnicity. At the end of the day, you come back, we all wear green, and we all consider ourselves an Army.”

― Mark Esper

“There’s just really interesting facets of culture just swirling in Morocco. They all have slightly different colours, so it’s just an inspiring place to be.”

― Mark Foster

“I think artists throughout the history of time have always been controversial and have been a voice to speak to public culture in a way that a politician can’t because they’ll lose their constituency.”

― Mark Foster

“I write songs based on things I see in the culture around me.”

― Mark Foster

“It is interesting the way you create something and send it out into the culture, and then the culture kind of goes berserk.”

― Mark Frost

“As a teenager, I was always this strange mixture of kind of vice-captain of the rugby team and sensitive artist type the rest of the time. I was sent away to this public school in the middle of nowhere, and I think we managed to completely miss out on normal youth culture.”

― Mark Haddon

“Black culture – we dance and sing. We’re entertainers. James Brown said it best: the things we are make people want to be like us.”

― Mark Henry

“There’s been a lot of discussion about NASA culture and changing that. I think our culture has always been one of trying to do a very difficult job and do it well.”

― Mark Kelly

“Food is interesting to me because it’s a way of understanding culture and societies and history. I would never write about food just as food. Just like I would never write about baseball just as baseball.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“I think that Judaism has been, throughout its history since A.D. 70, a diaspora culture that’s all about being a minority. In fact, being a small minority. When I’m in Israel, I cannot get used to the notion that we’re all Jewish. It doesn’t seem to me that we’re supposed to all be Jewish.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“I think the best part of learning a language is that you can see the country’s culture through the language. And it gives you different levels of understanding of that culture when you really try to dig in and learn it.”

― Mark Lippert

“Whether you’re from Egypt or Argentina or Singapore or Canada, you have a need to feel important, a need to feel secure, and a need to feel loved. The culture and economics just determine how those needs are expressed.”

― Mark Manson

“In our culture, many of us idealize love. We see it as some lofty cure-all for all of life’s problems. Our movies and our stories and our history all celebrate it as life’s ultimate goal, the final solution for all of our pain and struggle. And because we idealize love, we overestimate it. As a result, our relationships pay a price.”

― Mark Manson

“I can answer anything about any American pop culture song ever.”

― Mark McGrath

“Every president becomes a caricature. The press, partisans, late-night shows, and other arbiters of our culture these days boil down complicated and multi-faceted personalities into one-dimensional punchlines.”

― Mark McKinnon

“When elected officials and others contribute to a climate and culture that fosters hyper-partisanship, we’ve got to blow the whistle.”

― Mark McKinnon

“Having culture means we are the only animal that acquires the rules of its daily living from the accumulated knowledge of our ancestors, rather than from the genes they pass to us.”

― Mark Pagel

“Culture has worked by coming to exercise a form of mind control over us. We willingly accept and even embrace this mind control, and probably without even knowing it.”

― Mark Pagel

“Nothing in our evolutionary history specifically prepared us to live in large societies. Almost everything about the way culture works does.”

― Mark Pagel

“What drives the separation of groups of people into subgroups is the desire to control resources. We begin with a single culture, and over time the number of individuals within that culture expands.”

― Mark Pagel

“When you work in a culture that thrives on innovation and is constantly moving into unchartered territory, you’re going to hit dead ends. But to be successful over the long term, remember what you’ve learned and move on from it quickly.”

― Mark Parker

“Actors, like it or not, their voices carry deeply into the culture: people look towards them for attitudes, for right or wrong, and today, the mainstream media doesn’t really balance the unheard.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“With social media, you have this new kind of way to communicate with people that’s very immediate, sometimes alarmingly so, sometimes painfully so. If you could just hold some objectivity, a very direct, unfiltered, raw reflection of the way something is landing in the culture without any spin, or filtration, or anything, it’s very raw.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“We’re warriors, this culture, and we’re very puritanical about sex and very embracing about violence and I don’t know why that is.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“The U.K. is outward-looking, trade-oriented, growth-oriented, and we do not have enough of that storyline, that tradition, that culture within the European Union.”

― Mark Rutte

“We have people we admire, like Einstein, saying mystery is the most beautiful thing a human being can experience. Yet, everywhere in our culture, everything that is truly mysterious is immediately dismissed.”

― Mark Rylance

“And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.”

― Mark Strand

“I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“We have a very open culture at the company, where we foster a lot of interaction between not just me and people but between everyone else. It’s an open floor plan. People have these desks where no one really has an office. I mean, I have a room where I meet with people. But it has all glass, so everyone can see into it and see what’s going on.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“Native Americans have faced centuries of atrocities to their people, their land, and their culture – all under various presidents who took an oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“As a Cherokee, I can attest to the fact that Native Americans have been on the losing side of history. Our rights have been infringed upon, our treaties have been broken, our culture has been stolen, and our tribes have been decimated at the hands of our own United States government.”

― Markwayne Mullin

“Jazz, of course, is our heritage. Jazz is a culture, it’s not a fad. It’s up to us to see to it that it stays alive.”

― Marla Gibbs

“I come from a community that has a lot of white kids, and I notice how, a lot of times, they don’t understand our differences and how I come from a different culture and my ancestors are different and my history is different.”

― Marley Dias

“The caste system may be more highly developed in countries like India or England, but every tier of society in almost every culture tries to dominate a group it perceives as beneath it.”

― Marlon Brando

“I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“Our culture has created two almost irreconcilable descriptions of a ‘good woman.’ The first is the individual achiever; the second, the self-sacrificing domestic goddess.”

― Martha Beck

“As I obsess about my ancient problems, I feel more like I’m sinking in quicksand than lighting a torch. I’m creating neither heat nor light, just the icky, perversely pleasurable squish of self-pity between my toes. My only defense is that I’m not the only one down here in the muck – our whole culture is doting on tales of personal tragedy.”

― Martha Beck

“At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely. At other times, I’ve had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.”

― Martha Beck

“I can’t choose one favorite place because all destinations have something different to offer. My favorite city to explore is Paris; I love the culture of Morocco and the waterfalls in St. Lucia. I just can’t choose one. I would like to go back to New Zealand to see more of what it has to offer.”

― Martha Hunt

“Cigarettes are an instant signifier in culture. It punctuates a joke, or puts that extra zing on a punch line. I like them as a prop. I think it can be really useful for character and texture and contrast and all of that.”

― Martha Plimpton

“Then there was the whole concept of coal mining, which is a culture unto itself, the most dangerous occupation in the world, and which draws and develops a certain kind of man.”

― Martin Cruz Smith

“Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I’m concerned.”

― Martin Freeman

“Half of us are partly German! Half our language and culture, generally, in Anglo-Saxon terms, is German.”

― Martin Freeman

“I personally really sympathise with the Maori cause – what’s gone on historically and their struggle today as a culture, and how they hold on to that identity and stand up for what’s rightfully theirs.”

― Martin Henderson

“Now, I know it’s a widespread assumption in the West that as countries modernize, they also westernize. This is an illusion. It’s an assumption that modernity is a product simply of competition, markets and technology. It is not. It is also shaped equally by history and culture. China is not like the West, and it will not become like the West.”

― Martin Jacques

“The two ethnic groups that remain fundamentally different from the Han Chinese – in terms of history, culture, language, religion and physical appearance – are the Uighurs and Tibetans. In these two groups, the Han Chinese come face to face with difference.”

― Martin Jacques

“There are a host of ethnic minorities in China, but they often have a weak sense of identity and are relatively small in total number. History has taught the Han that other groups will and should ultimately be absorbed and assimilated as Han. There is a belief that the Han enjoy a superior and far more advanced culture.”

― Martin Jacques

“Racism always exists cheek by jowl with, inside, and alongside culture and class. As a rule, it is inseparable from them. That is why, for example, food, language and names assume such importance in racial prejudice.”

― Martin Jacques

“’The Karate Kid’ was just lightning in a bottle. The second movie is a very worthy sequel, because you got to explore the Okinawan culture and learned about Miyagi’s life. The third, as is always the case, was made because the second one made a lot of money.”

― Martin Kove

“Science is the one culture that’s truly global – protons, proteins and Pythagoras’s Theorem are the same from China to Peru. It should transcend all barriers of nationality. It should straddle all faiths, too.”

― Martin Rees

“Science is a part of culture. Indeed, it is the only truly global culture because protons and proteins are the same all over the world, and it’s the one culture we can all share.”

― Martin Rees

“Campaigning against religion can be socially counter-productive. If teachers take the uncompromising line that God and Darwinism are irreconcilable, many young people raised in a faith-based culture will stick with their religion and be lost to science.”

― Martin Rees

“Science shouldn’t be just for scientists, and there are encouraging signs that it is becoming more pervasive in culture and the media.”

― Martin Rees

“The stupendous time spans of the evolutionary past are now part of common culture (though maybe not in the United States Bible Belt, nor in parts of the Islamic world). Most people are at ease with the idea that our present biosphere is the outcome of four billion years of Darwinian evolution.”

― Martin Rees

“And there are so many people in the third world suffering so horribly right now, and we are so focused on ourselves and our culture that a lot of things are showing up in our culture that are making it impossible for us to focus on others. We’re so self-focused.”

― Martin Sheen

“What we try to say is that it doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat or conservative or independent. You are equally responsible for your place in the culture, and you must make a contribution, and you must accept responsibility for what goes down on your watch.”

― Martin Sheen

“Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans, but also the world in general.”

― Martin Yan

“I can represent my culture while helping not only the Chinese-American community, but also the community at large.”

― Martin Yan

“Pop culture or advertising doesn’t work perfectly. No one is watching and mindlessly accepting every part of the narrative or ideology.”

― Martine Syms

“Materialist philosophies that treat human beings as machines or animals possess the high ground in our culture – academia, the most powerful media and many of our courts.”

― Marvin Olasky

“If education, culture, the higher life were shining things to be worshiped from afar, he had still a means left whereby he could draw one step nearer to them.”

― Mary Antin

“Whatever you say about popular culture, people like people who know things, who are experts, and it doesn’t particularly matter what they look like.”

― Mary Beard

“English country towns are often seen as a cultural wasteland, but the more cut off you are, the more the need to create things, to make your own culture.”

― Mary Beard

“When it comes to silencing women, Western culture has had thousands of years of practice.”

― Mary Beard

“There’s a basic rule of thumb that the more a culture oppresses women, or oppresses anyone, the more culturally preoccupied they are with that.”

― Mary Beard

“Within a culture possessed by the myth of feminine evil, the naming, describing, and theorizing about good and evil has constituted a maze/haze of deception. The journey of women becoming is breaking through this maze – springing into free space, which is an a-mazing process.”

― Mary Daly

“Women in the U.S. are influenced by the same trends – popular culture, runway trends, etc. – and our hypothesis is that she’s quite anxious to be able to buy products in her town that perhaps she hasn’t been able to in the past.”

― Mary Dillon

“If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization.”

― Mary Douglas

“The theory of cultural bias… is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization. It can’t be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.”

― Mary Douglas

“I can’t say I was much of a gamer growing up or that I am now, but I’m certainly part of that culture or it’s part of, you know, the sort of time that I grew up in.”

― Mary Elizabeth Winstead

“I have great respect for Oklahoma’s tribal members, and I celebrate their traditions and culture.”

― Mary Fallin

“It’s scary to me to watch the world around us get less and less physical while in the imaginary world of pop culture, aggressive impulses and fear reactions are floridly, furiously stoked and indulged.”

― Mary Gaitskill

“It’s a really skewed part of our culture that happiness is the end-all be-all. The people that force themselves to be happy all the time often end up being the most broken.”

― Mary Lambert

“In the modern road-running era, digital photography has intersected with weekend-warrior culture, creating a golden age of social-media humblebragging. For some, the marathon course is sacred ground. For others, it’s a personal movie set.”

― Mary Pilon

“By the middle of the century, retirement culture – exemplified by timeshares in Florida, the golf industry, and AARP membership – was booming. Americans, it turned out, were pretty good at figuring out how not to do anything in their twilight years.”

― Mary Pilon

“In a culture obsessed with happiness, Americans may not be allowing for acceptance that it’s OK to sometimes not be perky.”

― Mary Pilon

“We exist in this weirdly schizo culture, where sex is everywhere in the media, and yet, at the same time, you don’t sit down and have a conversation about what you did in bed last night with your friends. Despite the ubiquity of sex, it’s still a taboo when it comes to day-to-day conversation.”

― Mary Roach

“Our culture loves movies and TV, which is wonderful, but there’s something a little bit passive sometimes about watching, because you’re looking at other people’s imagination at work.”

― Mary Steenburgen

“The questions that our society must ask revolve around whether the time-consuming demands of the deep-reading processes will be lost in a culture whose principal mediums advantage speed, multitasking, and processing the next and the next piece of information.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“Each young reader has to fashion an entirely new ‘reading circuit’ afresh every time. There is no one neat circuit just waiting to unfold. This means that the circuit can become more or less developed depending on the particulars of the learner: e.g., instruction, culture, motivation, educational opportunity.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“Inevitably, there will be many aspects of culture that would benefit from a more reflective or contemplative approach to them.”

― Maryanne Wolf

“Culture and tradition have to change little by little. So ‘new’ means a little twist, a marriage of Japanese technique with French ingredients. My technique. Indian food, Korean food; I put Italian mozzarella cheese with sashimi. I don’t think ‘new new new.’ I’m not a genius. A little twist.”

― Masaharu Morimoto

“Internet as a service is like culture that you have to understand, and each country has a local culture.”

― Masayoshi Son

“Being educated in the United States gave me a good understanding of American culture. I think I got a lot of influence from the entrepreneurial mind in the United States.”

― Masayoshi Son

“I was born in Japan and moved to L.A. when I was six, and I grew up with Japanese culture. I was reading manga, and I read ‘Death Note’ in real time in Japanese.”

― Masi Oka

“Nobody should imagine that they could go to England and change the way that football is played there. Just as nobody should imagine that they could come to Italy and change the culture or the DNA of Italian football. Or even the DNA of the club where they work.”

― Massimiliano Allegri

“In 2004, when I started recording my first CD, I was coming right out of yeshiva. So I had spent two years completely immersed in the Hasidic culture, disconnected completely from the secular world – movies, music, people.”

― Matisyahu

“I’ve always liked Southeast Asia a lot. It’s a wonderful place, an easy place. People are great, there’s a lot of history and culture, and I like the serenity of Buddhism there. It’s very beautiful. I find that to be a very nice place to visit.”

― Matt Dillon

“The best stories in our culture have some sort of subversiveness – Mark Twain, ‘Catcher in the Rye.’ You provide kids with great stories and teach them how to use the tools to make their own.”

― Matt Groening

“It would be lovely to live in a culture where calmness was the aim.”

― Matt Haig

“British culture is very cynical sometimes of overt displays of sentimentality, and I think that becomes almost a suspicion of emotion, or a suspicion of someone making a grand statement. It is always easier to be ironic, or ‘meta’, or coolly postmodern. But I think there is such a thing as authentic sentimentality.”

― Matt Haig

“Words are the essence of culture. Books are pure essence. They are not for women or for men, but for all of us. Without books, civilisation falls into the dark ages.”

― Matt Haig

“I want to develop a championship culture that’s filled with high-character people that are dedicated to becoming the best versions of themselves.”

― Matt LaFleur

“Film, you get to go to other locations and live the culture for a little while. You also form a strong bond with your cast, which is a lot of fun. Plus, you only have to live with the character for a couple months at a time.”

― Matt Lanter

“I’ve been to the Bahamas before, and it’s so crass. You land in Nassau, and the whole island is replete with beauty and culture, but there’s a lot of poverty. It is a largely black population; then they build these places like Atlantis and The Cove that are walled off.”

― Matt Skiba

“I think people hear the words ‘transcendental meditation’ and ‘paganism,’ and that’s almost worse because it’s real. Those are real things. Those are absolute energies. Satanism is like Halloween. Transcendental meditation and having a realization of how we really are – whether we want to be or not – we live in a pagan culture.”

― Matt Skiba

“My attraction to the Church of Satan… is the same thing that initially attracted me to punk rock. It was something that wasn’t very entirely popular, and it was sort of like the adversary to mainstream culture and beliefs.”

― Matt Skiba

“The culture is just so coarse that you have to take it to that level and people will be like, ‘Whoa!’ And then you can make people think about stuff. It’s kind of like shock therapy.”

― Matt Stone

“The moral angle to the foreclosure crisis – and, of course, in capitalism we’re not supposed to be concerned with the moral stuff, but let’s mention it anyway – shows a culture that is slowly giving in to a futuristic nightmare ideology of computerized greed and unchecked financial violence.”

― Matt Taibbi

“I had a small part in a storm-chasing movie, so I did some research into storm-chaser culture.”

― Matt Walsh

“We are under attack. Our culture, society, traditions, and way of life are at risk.”

― Matteo Salvini

“Culture is properly described as the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.”

― Matthew Arnold

“Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the world.”

― Matthew Arnold

“Not a having and a resting, but a growing and becoming, is the character of perfection as culture conceives it.”

― Matthew Arnold

“I have a need to make these sorts of connections literal sometimes, and a vehicle often helps to do that. I have a relationship to car culture. It isn’t really about loving cars. It’s sort of about needing them.”

― Matthew Barney

“I took Japanese in high school. I’m Chinese, though, and I just fell in love with the language and the culture.”

― Matthew Moy

“When I go to Japan and do shows I play for 1,000 to 1,500 people. I like a lot about Japan. Their popular culture and mass commercialization appeals to me.”

― Matthew Sweet

“Venezuela’s government must work toward achieving a true culture of democracy for our region. There’s no room for persecution based on ideological reasons or for thinking differently.”

― Mauricio Macri

“When English football started to integrate more with European football, England started to share the Latin culture more.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“Juventus are specialists because they have the habit to win and the habit to put pressure on the referee. It’s a club with a culture to try to do everything to help the team.”

― Mauricio Pochettino

“I love to consume information of all kinds, and I think that also hopefully helps with my broadcasting, that I always try to bring up a fact that maybe will connect to a person who’s not a big fan, or maybe a pop culture reference.”

― Mauro Ranallo

“I love pop culture. I love sports. I love entertainment. The fact that I get paid to be a part of this is like, ‘Woah.’”

― Mauro Ranallo

“Yeah, I don’t deal with current events or pop culture, and I avoid politics like the plague.”

― Max Cannon

“’Catfish’ is a great project that we have a blast doing, and it’s really fun and at the zeitgeist in the world – certainly in the U.S., hopefully in the U.K. and I imagine the rest of the world. Being at the centre of this discussion and this subject has been really incredible as both a filmmaker and someone who likes to participate in pop culture.”

― Max Joseph

“We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.”

― Max Lerner

“When pop culture can influence things in any way, when a song becomes something bigger than just a song, that’s the greatest thing to me.”

― Max Martin

“We’re chronically sleep-deprived as a culture. We’re constantly on.”

― Max Richter

“We’re living in our neoliberal, sort of late-stage capitalist culture where human beings are really like objects of production and consumption. We’re on our screens all the time; we’re kind of being sold at all the time.”

― Max Richter

“The culture of New York is just impossible to replicate. It’s such an incredible feeling to be walking on the streets of New York. You can literally find everything you need in a five block radius oftentimes.”

― Max Schneider

“’Culture’ is a finite segment of the meaningless infinity of the world process, a segment on which human beings confer meaning and significance.”

― Max Weber

“I was a very, I think, lonely kid, very introspective. I felt very much at odds with my environment and my culture… Probably a genetic flaw. I can’t really explain it.”

― Maxine Kumin

“A person can do a lot of reading and research as I have done. I went to Spain and spent a whole summer there with my family, immersing myself in the culture. But all that isn’t really necessary to experience the music.”

― Maya Beiser

“When I got divorced, it was another culture shock. It was going from this world I had been into since the age of 16 to literally standing on the streets of New York in kind of shock.”

― Mayte Garcia

“I am a standup comedian who has performed comedy in the Middle East in front of thousands of Muslims. And believe it or not, they laughed at plenty, especially when we poked fun at local culture. The Lebanese loved it when you would make fun of their driving and how, in Lebanon, a red light is just a suggestion to stop.”

― Maz Jobrani

“My parents come from that immigrant culture that places a lot of emphasis on doing well scholastically. Being a comedian or an actor is such an American thing. The Iranian culture is not about dreaming. It’s about taking over your father’s business, falling into line.”

― Maz Jobrani

“I don’t believe in very many things, but art is definitely one of them. And at the top of that list, film and art influence our world’s culture much more than many of us understand and fully respect.”

― Megan Ellison

“Our culture is so obsessed with the idea that you’re going to go through a crisis or some difficult event and come out the other side a changed or improved person, and I just think that if you’re honest, that often does not happen, and in fact, it shouldn’t happen.”

― Meghan Daum

“I’ve always been interested in this notion of what is authentic and how we define that and why our culture imposes certain emotions and emotional constraints onto experiences.”

― Meghan Daum

“The irony of the media and people in big cities is that they’re charged with defining the entire culture, when in reality they don’t even live in that culture. They live in such a rarified, tiny world.”

― Meghan Daum

“Much like the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street’s message has gotten wrapped up in stereotypes. The Tea Party was weighed down by the birther movement, and Occupy Wall Street has gotten looped in with hippie culture.”

― Meghan McCain

“I grew up in a border state. I think immigration is an essential part of American history and American culture.”

― Meghan McCain

“I think we have gone too far into the PC culture, but there’s a limit to how far we can take that.”

― Megyn Kelly

“Homophobia is not the monopoly of any one country, culture, or religion.”

― Mehdi Hasan

“My life and career is defined by the constant pursuit of new forms of culture and self-expression.”

― Melvin Van Peebles

“Class doesn’t create culture anymore.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“It was my idea for high culture and popular culture to be treated equally.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“It is in our culture that we don’t want to admit that our culture is good.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“The class barricades have been stormed by the forces of a broad culture, which is made up of clusters of individuals who have decided for themselves what they will be in society.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“In an arts programme, my job was to go where the talent was. And the talent was in popular culture.”

― Melvyn Bragg

“You experience other cultures to give you a kind of shock that makes you look at your own culture. You appreciate it more as a result of being out of it, but you also realise there are some things lacking in your culture.”

― Mem Fox

“Culture makes all men gentle.”

― Menander

“I call my culture ‘kimchi and collards.’”

― Merle Dandridge

“I don’t know very much about, honestly, about the Middle East, and yet I’ve played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures. The thing that I notice is that we’re all – there is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture. And, after all, we’re all from Africa originally.”

― Meryl Streep

“Rap is a gimmick, but I’m for the hip-hop, the culture.”

― Method Man

“I’m heavily influenced by a lot of people like Dre, Pharrell, and Kanye. They’re all big-time tastemakers and trendsetters, just for culture, period. So I strive to do that as well.”

― Metro Boomin

“I’m still ghetto. That’s not going to change. I’m never going to change my culture.”

― Metta World Peace

“I’ve done a lot of books with Asian antecedents to them – some of my fantasy novels have been that way, and certainly in the ‘Battletech’ universe, there’s a lot of Asian culture in that.”

― Michael A. Stackpole

“A man from a primitive culture who sees an automobile might guess that it was powered by the wind or by an antelope hidden under the car, but when he opens up the hood and sees the engine he immediately realizes that it was designed.”

― Michael Behe

“I’m trying to change the culture in New York City; that’s hard enough!”

― Michael Bloomberg

“It’s difficult sometimes when you have somebody who is of a different culture trying to make light of something that is maybe not quite something that they understand.”

― Michael Chang

“I think ‘Spider-man’ is a pop culture rock show that was meant to be in arenas.”

― Michael Cohl

“Because of my New Line upbringing, half my heart goes to scrappy independents, and half goes to mainstream, down-the-middle pop culture events. And even with those, to try to keep something fresh and original with them and try to do things that the majors miss.”

― Michael De Luca

“Adventurous reading allows one to escape a little from the provincialities of one’s home culture and the blinders of one’s narrow self.”

― Michael Dirda

“Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been the last person to have wanted his iconization and his heroism. He was an enormously guilt-laden man. He was drenched in a sense of shame about his being featured as the preeminent leader of African-American culture and the civil rights movement.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Russell Simmons have made millions from their clothing lines.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“Sound preservation is not only the history of our culture and our country but also a document of life in the world. There is something with sound that is so extraordinary that it can be preserved, that we can listen to a recording made in 1925 and be transported back to that time.”

― Michael Feinstein

“I’m proud of my Irish heritage and culture and this show will feature a lot of Irish dancing.”

― Michael Flatley

“Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.”

― Michael Gove

“Proper history teaching is being crushed under the weight of play-based pedagogy which infantilises children, teachers and our culture.”

― Michael Gove

“The intelligence community is governed by the same legal and ethical standards as the rest of American government and society, but an operational imperative is here, too. An intelligence community charged with global responsibilities cannot be successful without diversity of thought, culture and language.”

― Michael Hayden

“When I was at the CIA I asked my civilian advisory board to tackle some tough questions. Among the toughest: In a political culture that every day demands more transparency and more public accountability from every aspect of national life, could American intelligence continue to survive and succeed? That jury is still out.”

― Michael Hayden

“For all of its well-deserved reputation for pragmatism, American popular culture frequently nurtures or at least tolerates preposterous views and theories. Witness the 9/11 ‘truthers’ who, lacking any evidence whatsoever, claim that 9/11 was a Bush administration plot.”

― Michael Hayden

“NSA is a very conservative culture legally. Our lawyers at NSA were notorious for their conservatism up through the morning of September 11th, 2001. The single most consistent criticism of the NSA legal office by our congressional oversight committee was that our legal office was too conservative.”

― Michael Hayden

“At the end of the 30 Years War then, Europe broadly decided to separate the sacred from the secular in its political culture. I know that is an oversimplification, but it is instructive, and it led to a growth in religious tolerance that has characterized the best of Western life since.”

― Michael Hayden

“The Vikings certainly didn’t write anything about themselves; it was not a literate, but rather a pagan, culture. So what we get was written later by Christian monks. But there were occasional reportings and recordings of people who had traded usually with the Vikings.”

― Michael Hirst

“I got interested in the Vikings, and then you realize that there isn’t much to be read about them because they did not write their history. It was written by hostile witnesses, by Christian monks and so on. From what I could see and understand, I was really excited about it. I loved their culture and loved their gods.”

― Michael Hirst

“I felt that a lot of Viking culture had been caricatured and misconstrued. After all, they were far more democratic than the Saxons and the Francs, who were exercising really hierarchical social structures at that time. The Vikings had popular meetings where everything could be discussed.”

― Michael Hirst

“Cajun culture is dying.”

― Michael K. Williams

“The French consider themselves the guardians of the world’s culture and do not bother to hide the fact, which is annoying, but Paris is still where good Americans want to go when they die – and Brits, Russians, and Chinese as well, these days.”

― Michael Korda

“In 1918, Germany suffered the ghastly consequences of defeat; France suffered those of victory, the price of which was to divide and embitter French politics and culture and lead to its defeat in 1940.”

― Michael Korda

“Regarding my coaching philosophy, I think it is important to adapt to the team/players and the culture in the country where you are coaching, but to keep possession is a key issue wherever you are.”

― Michael Laudrup

“Avoiding maturity is, for many men, not just a cute hobby, but a life’s work – often handsomely rewarded in the infantile popular culture of the West.”

― Michael Leunig

“In contemporary art culture, where good looks and clever strategic planning of art careers have become a feature, professional practice may be taught in art schools like a branch of public relations or political science.”

― Michael Leunig

“There is a central flaw in contemporary culture and a corresponding and related inability to address it. Society seems somehow unable to adequately help or protect itself. Normal citizens feel powerless, isolated and disturbed.”

― Michael Leunig

“Citizens, regardless of their political inclinations, carry a devout sense of their shared culture and its temperament – and, having contributed to it all their lives, hold decent and reasonable hopes for its continued integrity.”

― Michael Leunig

“Baseball is this intense subculture that actually doesn’t speak very much for the larger culture.”

― Michael Lewis

“What is unusual about the United States – and it’s something that I have never gotten used to – is that Jews here, there are so many of them, and they are so important to the culture.”

― Michael Lynton

“In Europe, you have very different situation than you do in the United States. In Europe, it’s very segregated. And you have the diasporas in Belgium that I saw. And they’re being radicalized because they’re not assimilated with the culture. I don’t think we have that same situation in the United States.”

― Michael McCaul

“Since the ’60s, we’ve lived so much in an age of quick fixes that the culture itself has become a quick fix.”

― Michael McDonald

“I’m caught up probably just as much in the consumer culture as the next person.”

― Michael Moore

“It’s what the Iraqi people are going through right now. They have encountered a victorious, hostile force-but, you know, there they still are. There their culture is, there their history is, they’re not going anywhere.”

― Michael Nesmith

“I wish we could all have a telling room, a place where we go to tell our stories and listen to the stories of others; in our culture, the telling room might be around the dinner table or in the car on a long trip.”

― Michael Paterniti

“Simply by starting to cook again, you declare your independence from the culture of fast food. As soon as you cook, you start thinking about ingredients. You start thinking about plants and animals and not the microwave. And you will find that your diet, just by that one simple act, that is greatly improved.”

― Michael Pollan

“There’s been progress toward seeing that nature and culture are not opposing terms, and that wilderness is not the only kind of landscape for environmentalists to concern themselves with.”

― Michael Pollan

“Ideologies are ways of organizing large swaths of life and experience under a set of shared but unexamined assumptions. This quality makes an ideology particularly hard to see, at least while it’s exerting its hold on your culture. A reigning ideology is a little like the weather: all pervasive and virtually inescapable.”

― Michael Pollan

“There is a deliberate effort to undermine food culture to sell us processed food. The family meal is a challenge if you’re General Mills or Kellogg or one of these companies, or McDonald’s, because the family meal is usually one thing shared.”

― Michael Pollan

“I heard Q-Tip on the Jungle Brothers’ song ‘The Promo.’ It was very exciting. It was very new. The music and the culture around hip-hop was evolving. I think there’s an emotional quality to their music and there’s a vulnerability to the music. For me, A Tribe Called Quest was my Beatles.”

― Michael Rapaport

“If there are signs that Americans bow to the gods of advertising, there are equally indications that people find the gods ridiculous. It is part of the popular culture that advertisements are silly.”

― Michael Schudson

“For me, what makes life enjoyable is having a shared culture and shared references.”

― Michael Sheen

“Scientists are skeptics. It’s unfortunate that the word ‘skeptic’ has taken on other connotations in the culture involving nihilism and cynicism. Really, in its pure and original meaning, it’s just thoughtful inquiry.”

― Michael Shermer

“It’s impossible not to be taken in by the spectacle of oneself, which is the biggest sin of the culture right now.”

― Michael Tolkin

“Soaps taught me the fundamentals of the game. You know, how to show up, hit your mark, how to be on time. That soap opera world is a microcosm of the entertainment culture.”

― Michael Weatherly

“Greenies have been part of the clubhouse culture longer than card games.”

― Michael Wilbon

“I’m part of the consumer culture… I’m just using the space I am given to express something that is out of the space so I’m part of the consumer system but I’m advocating stepping out. Which is a contradiction but I could be part of he consumer system and say, ‘let’s consume even more.’”

― Michel Gondry

“Michael Jackson will always be my favorite pop musician; he was for years and years until his death, which was horrible to me. So I like pop culture. But to me, even if it’s popular, there is a quality in the music you have to be able to appreciate.”

― Michel Gondry

“I strongly believe cinema is popular culture. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. That’s life.”

― Michel Hazanavicius

“I meant exactly what I said: that we are saddled with a culture that hasn’t advanced as far as science.”

― Michelangelo Antonioni

“Morals are built on religious faith. Virtue is built on morality and influences a culture.”

― Michele Bachmann

“Top-quality public education, universal health care, and free child care are among the many benefits provided by the state in Norway, reflecting its long-standing egalitarian culture and spirit of communitarianism – a spirit that extends to its prisons.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Violence against women in all its forms is a human rights violation. It’s not something that any culture, religion or tradition propagates.”

― Michelle Bachelet

“The alienated man lashing out at society is a trope that popular culture loves to explore.”

― Michelle Dean

“The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit. And I think that’s what’s happened in our culture. Fast food has become the everyday meal.”

― Michelle Obama

“We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture – imagine this – where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.”

― Michelle Obama

“I view myself as being the average woman. While I am first lady, I wasn’t first lady my whole life. I’m a product of pop culture. I’m a consumer of pop culture, and I know what resonates with people.”

― Michelle Obama

“The whole surf culture is starting to embrace women a lot more.”

― Michelle Rodriguez

“Of course it is very limiting to be labeled a lesbian or queer writer. We live in a homophobic culture, and even people who aren’t hateful per se assume they won’t get anything from a queer book.”

― Michelle Tea

“I got involved in the underground world known as ballroom culture, and I used to walk a category called ‘face,’ and it was a very heavily Latino culture – it’s black and Latino – and they used to call me ‘cara,’ which means face in Spanish, so I started putting ‘cara’ on everything: hats, jackets.”

― Michelle Visage

“We have to make movies where we do not think this is for the American market or this is for the Chinese market. We have to make a good movie that anyone would just want to sit down and watch because love, language, culture transcend everything.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“If you read a lot of Chinese literature, there has always been very strong women figures – warriors, swordswomen – who defended honor and loyalty with the men. So, it’s not new to our culture – it’s always been very much a part of it. It’s good that now the Western audience would have a different image of the Chinese women.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“New Orleans could not be further removed from where I am from. I come from Holland, where everything is perfectly arranged – it’s neat; there’s no real crime. There’s a very strong middle class. Then you get dumped in New Orleans – just the funkiest city, crazy problems, but also street culture unlike anywhere in the States.”

― Michiel Huisman

“I’m learning a lot about the culture of weight loss. I didn’t know there were bloggers out there who were proud to be fat.”

― Mick Cornett

“Rock n’ roll means so much more to people; it enriches the culture. Also, it inspires people; there’s no half-feeling. When I first got into it, I was inspired by people who had come before me, and I found myself in the position of handing that on.”

― Mick Jones

“To its credit, hip-hop is my favorite genre, to this day, and it’s hard not to be influenced by the culture and by the movement of it and by the soul of it.”

― Miguel

“We live in a culture where everyone’s opinion, view, and assessment of situations and people spill across social media, a lot of it anonymously, much of it shaped by mindless meanness and ignorance.”

― Mike Barnicle

“Race is the San Andreas Fault of our culture as well as our history. Its fissures are forever present and not that far beneath the surface of every day life. To deny that is to risk being labeled delusional.”

― Mike Barnicle

“You don’t really see sleepwalking in films that often. It’s weird; I feel like in popular culture we have the perception of sitcom, arms-in-front-of-your-body sleepwalking, and then maybe Olive Oil and Popeye when she sleepwalks through the construction site. But it’s all very cartoonish, in some cases literally.”

― Mike Birbiglia

“Comic book heroes are an important part of our culture, so I think we’re actually utilizing comic book heroes in a much more in-depth way than before. They have such potential, and I think we’re maximizing the potential.”

― Mike Colter

“This kind of stuff, it wasn’t the cool thing when I was growing up. Now, pop culture is comic books, super-hero movies, anime, manga, and I’ve been doing it for a long time.”

― Mike Daniels

“I was always intrigued when I was growing up, and then in engineering school, with the idea of a perpetual machine. I think of the Wal-Mart culture as that.”

― Mike Duke

“We are, after all, a nation of laws. And we live in a culture where carrying a form of identification is as normal as keeping your car keys in your pocket. When any of us walk into a grocery store and cashes a check, no one skips a beat when asked to present our driver’s license.”

― Mike Gallagher

“A lot of theatre people are definitely not conservative, but I don’t think liberals get to own the culture.”

― Mike Gallagher

“The Bible, however, was not created to be amended and altered with each passing culture.”

― Mike Huckabee

“As a governor, I’ve signed virtually every kind of pro-life legislation that we can sign under existing federal law, none of which have been harsh or punitive, but I think they’ve been important to really point out a pro-life culture in Arkansas. That’s, for me, a good thing.”

― Mike Huckabee

“The military is not a social experiment. The purpose of the military is kill people and break things. It’s not to transform the culture by trying out some ideas that some people think would make us a different country and more diverse. The purpose is to protect America.”

― Mike Huckabee

“You build a program; culture is what makes it go. You have to invest in that culture every single day, and that’s my big-picture focus.”

― Mike McCarthy

“I would hate to think I’m promoting sadness as an aesthetic. But I grew up in not just a family but a town and a culture where sadness is something you’re taught to feel shame about. You end up chronically desiring what can be a very sentimental idea of love and connection. A lot of my work has been about trying to make a space for sadness.”

― Mike Mills

“It’s funny now how much we look at – whatever you want to call it: art, design, culture stuff, film – online, and how in the online world, you’re instantly global.”

― Mike Mills

“Everything I do is autobiographical in some way. ‘Wayne’s World’ was me growing up in the suburbs of Toronto and listening to heavy metal, and ‘Austin Powers’ was every bit of British culture that my father, who passed away in 1991, had forced me to watch and taught me to love.”

― Mike Myers

“I am criticizing a culture that has sold the big lie that ‘Mom doesn’t matter.’”

― Mike Pence

“Secretary Clinton should be denied access to classified information. Congress must also hold the State Department accountable for fixing the culture of lax handling of classified information.”

― Mike Pompeo

“I think living in our culture right now, there’s a universal experience where we feel like we become what we do. Sometimes that’s rewarding and sometimes that creates an existential crisis.”

― Mike White

“As you get older, you realize just figuring out how to be nice to the people in your personal sphere is almost more challenging than trying to change the bigger culture.”

― Mike White

“I wanted ‘Formation’ to be a woman empowerment song, but Beyonce made it into a culture empowerment song.”

― Mike Will Made It

“I’m a product of Russian culture, but I never felt it was my country.”

― Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Culture is perishing in overproduction, in an avalanche of words, in the madness of quantity.”

― Milan Kundera

“In the ’80s, we were living in the U.S.S.R., where anti-Semitism was a deeply ingrained part of the culture. Being a Jewish person in the Soviet Union was not easy. Not that I remember any of that – I was barely old enough to chew back then – but for my parents, both Uzbekistan-born Jews, life was a struggle.”

― Milana Vayntrub

“I have no sentiments for nationality or for soil. But I grew up in Israel, so those things are in my blood, and I want to be part of Israeli culture.”

― Mili Avital

“American Sign Language is a language. It’s fun to learn, and it’s different from other languages because you use your hands, you use your face, your facial expressions, and there is also an incredible culture that comes with it and an amazing community too, and through that, we can support each other.”

― Millicent Simmonds

“When it comes to culture, I’m sort of like Nostradamus if he’d been a handsome, witty minor celebrity with a great head of hair instead of a crusty old dude from the olden days.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“Besides Christianity and specifically Catholicism being wonderful, Christmas is intrinsic to American culture and worth defending. Think of what happens at Christmas time. People play Mariah Carey Christmas songs… What else do you need in life?”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“The alt-right for me is primarily a cultural reaction to the nannying and language policing and authoritarianism of the progressive left – the stranglehold that it has on culture.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“The alt-right believes that Western culture is currently imperiled and that the elites on both sides of the political divide are not doing enough to protect it. In that analysis, I think they’re right.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“I believe in accessibility. I believe in honesty and a culture that supports that. And you can’t have that if you’re not open to receiving feedback.”

― Mindy Grossman

“Command-and-control isn’t the kind of corporate culture people want to be in anymore.”

― Mindy Grossman

“I have this whole theory that whether it’s in your personal life or in your business life, you have to establish a culture of generosity wherever you are.”

― Mindy Grossman

“I don’t want to say that we are the world in that we are not distinct from each other. I want to say that the humanity that is our foundation is common, but my culture, my beliefs, my values, what makes me sing and what makes me happy and the language I speak in and the relationships I have in the world are distinctive.”

― Mira Nair

“When people break up, after sharing their entire souls with each other, I don’t want to believe that you just switch off. There are remnants of melancholia, and there is so much that stays with you because you loved this person. Of course, it’s that much more complicated when it’s an interracial love or love from a person from another culture.”

― Mira Nair

“My parents are super excited that they’ve produced an Olympian. I don’t think they ever would have imagined this would happen in a million years, so I hope I represent not only Team U.S.A., but the Japanese-American culture and my family as well.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“For the American culture to evolve and include Asians is so amazing.”

― Mirai Nagasu

“I celebrated my 18th birthday in Japan, which was quite memorable; I was quite fascinated by the different traditions and the culture; it was so completely different to Australian culture.”

― Miranda Kerr

“I’m really into beaches, but I also enjoy a bit of culture. An ideal holiday would have a nice balance of the two, but I’m definitely not into adrenalin sports, nor would I enjoy spending a month solid on a beach.”

― Miranda Raison

“Being and working in America, it’s very important to work hard, work smart and work in a certain way. France and Europe has, with the tradition and culture, it’s slow-moving and it’s not always good.”

― Mireille Guiliano

“I articulate the deepest need of the Filipino people, which is reform of a corrupt culture.”

― Miriam Defensor-Santiago

“Well there is a lot of work here for younger and older musicians now. Our Ministry of Culture has now really embarked on changing things for artists, and it is getting much better. We just have to organize ourselves as artists, and then things will be better.”

― Miriam Makeba

“We are in love with youth culture in this country… It permeates every aspect of people’s lives.”

― Miriam Shor

“I would never want to deny my Mennonite background and culture; I’ll always feel like and be identified as a Mennonite and therefore possess that little extra authority on our beliefs. I also see myself as a Canadian writer.”

― Miriam Toews

“Canada has, at times, represented itself as a country in a valiant struggle against powerful and menacing agents that are indifferent to its special practices and sensibilities – most especially American culture. It’s the old, outdated garrison mentality.”

― Miriam Toews

“There is no more effective way to radicalize American Muslim youth than for political leaders to make public displays of prejudice against all Muslims. Suspicion will undermine their sense of identification with America and alienate some from both the culture and from politics.”

― Miroslav Volf

“People are only mean when they’re threatened, and that’s what our culture does. That’s what our economy does.”

― Mitch Albom

“You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it.”

― Mitch Albom

“You have to work at creating your own culture.”

― Mitch Albom

“You always want what you can’t have, and that all-American thing, from the day I was born, I could never enter that dream. That all-American white culture is something that is inherited instead of attained.”

― Mitski

“The American culture promotes personal responsibility, the dignity of work, the value of education, the merit of service, devotion to a purpose greater than self, and at the foundation, the pre-eminence of family.”

― Mitt Romney

“My works are Chinese literature, which is part of world literature. They show the life of Chinese people as well as the country’s unique culture and folk customs.”

― Mo Yan

“You know, if you love something, you should love it regardless of whether it costs five dollars or 500 or 5,000 dollars. Unfortunately, that’s not the way our culture works, and we do collectively buy into this idea that things that are more expensive probably have more value.”

― Moby

“As a New Yorker you can’t help but be proud of the fact that so much music and culture started here. Punk rock, jazz, hip-hop and house music started here, George Gershwin debuted ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ here; the Velvet Underground are from New York.”

― Moby

“Iran is not in any sort of routine groupings. It’s not an Arab country. It’s not part of the Indian subcontinent. So it’s in a neighborhood where it has some unique characteristics. We are a country which embraced Islam, learned Arabic, but didn’t change its language or its culture… That’s what keeps us unique.”

― Mohammad Javad Zarif

“I lived for 30 years in the U.S., but always kept my Islamic and Iranian culture and customs… even now, western lifestyle feels strange to me.”

― Mohammad Javad Zarif

“If you want to judge the performance of the Egyptian people by the standards of German or Chinese or American culture, then there is no room for judgment.”

― Mohammed Morsi

“I know about technology, about research, scientific applications, culture, civilization, differences between nations of the world, the nature of history.”

― Mohammed Morsi

“My main mistake was to have made an ancient people advance by forced marches toward independence, health, culture, affluence, comfort.”

― Mohammed Reza Pahlavi

“Music is part of our culture.”

― Mohit Chauhan

“Afghan society is very complex, and Afghanistan has a very complex culture. Part of the reason it has remained unknown is because of this complexity.”

― Mohsen Makhmalbaf

“There are many cultural scenes in Lahore, just as there are in London. And there is a celebrity culture here, just as there is in London. But in Lahore, the celebrity scene doesn’t drown out the rest quite so much.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Over time, our inescapable, systemic, fundamentally human impurity gives us the capacity to do what has not been done before: to make creative leaps in our biology, in the diseases we can resist and the foods we can digest. And in our thinking and culture and politics, too.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“I am energized by the diverse, talented and energetic culture here at Vivaldi, so I am beyond excited to get started in my new role in developer relations.”

― Molly Holzschlag

“I have known George W. Bush slightly since we were both in high school, and I studied him closely as governor. He is neither mean nor stupid. What we have here is a man shaped by three intertwining strands of Texas culture, combined with huge blinkers of class. The three Texas themes are religiosity, anti-intellectualism, and machismo.”

― Molly Ivins

“As a feminist of Egyptian and Muslim descent, my life’s work has been informed by the belief that religion and culture must never be used to justify the subjugation of women.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“We are fighting misogynists in every culture. My solution is to listen to the women in each community and amplify their voices.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I left my husband a year after 9/11. Not because he was an American and I an Egyptian, nothing to do with culture or religion, nothing to do with 9/11. We brought out the worst in each other. But before we separated, we visited N.Y.C. one more time together for a friend’s engagement, and we went to pay our respects at the site of the attacks.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“I can write about my culture and religion because I am a product of both. Even when I’m accused of giving ammunition to the Islamophobic right, in the struggle between ‘community’ and ‘women,’ I always choose the women.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“To say that there is patriarchy in Arab culture is not denying women agency.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“It’s complicated coming from a culture where to be a mother is more important than to have a career.”

― Monica Bellucci

“The left controls academia, the culture, and the news media.”

― Monica Crowley

“The North and South were one people sharing one language and one culture for about 5,000 years. Ultimately, we should reunite.”

― Moon Jae-in

“I have this internal cultural struggle where there’s a side of me that is very Brazilian that misses the food and culture, and a side of me that’s very American that really loves the structure and predictability here.”

― Morena Baccarin

“The easiest way to subjugate a people is to erase a culture. I’ve seen it in war zones.”

― Morgan Neville

“Culture in general is important, and people’s identify is tied up in it. It’s how we connect with others.”

― Morgan Neville

“I would argue that the culture is not the frosting on the cake: the culture is the plate the cake sits on.”

― Morgan Neville

“The best music films are not about music… Music is just the language we’re speaking to tell a story about culture.”

― Morgan Neville

“Reality TV is sleazy, it is manipulative. It is as momentary as anything in popular culture.”

― Morley Safer

“Kid’s culture is often dismissed as superficial, like high fibre McDonald’s, but it’s so much more important than that.”

― Morris Gleitzman

“I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture. We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.”

― Morten Tyldum

“I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture.”

― Morten Tyldum

“An educated person is one who, through the travail of his own life, has assimilated the ideas that make him representative of his culture.”

― Mortimer Adler

“Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years it’s a name that the streets taught me a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment and I feel I’ve done quite a bit with that name and it’s time to expand and move on.”

― Mos Def

“I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture.”

― Mos Def

“Mos Def is a name that I built and cultivated over the years. It’s a name that the streets taught me, a figure of speech that was given to me by the culture and by my environment.”

― Mos Def

“I have strong sentiments toward Iran, since I distinguish between the Iranian regime and the Iranian people. I highly esteem Iranian music and culture.”

― Moshe Katsav

“I think you need to, as an architect, understand the essence of a place and create a building that feels like it resonates with the culture of a place. So my buildings in India or in Kansas City or in Arkansas or in Singapore, they come out different because the places are so different.”

― Moshe Safdie

“Countries and places have a history, a story, and a culture.”

― Moshe Safdie

“We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture.”

― Moshe Sharett

“We don’t see the global citizen as someone with no identity, but rather someone who has confidence and is proud of his culture and history – and… open to the modern world.”

― Moza bint Nasser

“Movies are a big part of our Indian culture.”

― MS Dhoni

“We should have a State in which we could live and breathe as free men and which we could develop according to our own lights and culture and where principles of Islamic social justice could find free play.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“I lead no party; I follow no leader. I have given the best part of my life to careful study of Islam, its law and polity, its culture, its history and its literature.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.”

― Muhammad Iqbal

“Engaging in social business is beneficial to a company because it leverages on business competencies to address social issues, involves one-time investment with sustainable results, and produces other positive effects such as employee motivation and improved organizational culture.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“Those who speak of our culture as dead or dying have a quarrel with life, and I think they cannot understand its terms, but must endlessly repeat the projection of their own desires.”

― Muriel Rukeyser

“Love is just a word that we’ve chosen to use to describe something that we can’t fully explain. I mean, it’s like, as a culture, we’ve just all agreed on using the term, but I think people get so caught up in the word that they don’t allow themselves the privilege to live out what it actually might be.”

― Musiq Soulchild

“Music dictates culture, and culture dictates music; they go hand in hand.”

― Mya

“Grunge was, to me, the last big movement. It had such an impact on pop culture. We haven’t really seen anything like that since, and we may never again. Things have changed; the digital age has changed things.”

― Myles Kennedy

“People have been saying rock is dead for years, but the reality is that it just falls out of favor with pop culture from time to time.”

― Myles Kennedy

“Though rock is not the force that it once was in America, it still has a loyal fan base that always seems to continue regardless of what popular culture deems as the ‘cool thing.’”

― Myles Kennedy

“My first series, the ‘Inheritance’ trilogy, in the first book, you were dealing with a woman of color from an impoverished culture, being brought up among wealthy, privileged white people and having to cope and perform in ways that she has not been raised to do, and that was obviously drawn from some personal experiences.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“There’s a tendency in American thought – maybe elsewhere, but that’s the culture I know best – to default to social Darwinism, even though even Darwin noted that’s a misapplication of his ideas.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“The question of Heaven, the question of what happens after death, is one which a lot of people in our culture try to put off as long as they can, but sooner or later it suddenly swings round and looks them in the eye.”

― N. T. Wright

“It’s nice to be a part of a show I was passionate about and that’s pushing the culture forward. I feel ‘Black Lightning’ is doing that for sure.”

― Nafessa Williams

“It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.”

― Naguib Mahfouz

“For immigrant families, television is what connects you to American culture, but it’s also what makes you feel like an outsider.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“Our universities also have a lot of foreign students. Are we going to ban them access because in their culture there’s a certain type of clothing?”

― Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

“In spite of the huge diversity in Malaysia in terms of religion, culture, race, ethnicity and so forth, we’ve really gone very far in developing this country.”

― Najib Razak

“The vampires in the ‘VAMPS’ series judge each other as harshly as they judge humans, and basically, vampires don’t get along very well. So you’ve got a culture that’s from cradle to grave like the worst high school you’ve ever been in.”

― Nancy A. Collins

“I run a creative company, and the best way to support creatives is to make them fearless and willing to take big swings. That is an important part of our culture at A&E Networks.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“It’s hard for me to accept the argument that millennials are not watching TV. I’m not one to believe that our culture of TV consumption is changing dramatically. It’s just how we consume and where we consume it that’s changing.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“I think the culture and DNA of our organization is to take risks.”

― Nancy Dubuc

“The days of the Pentagon Papers debates seem long past, when a sudden transparency yielded insight into fights over war and peace and freedom and security; the transparency afforded by Twitter and Facebook yields insights that extend no further than a lawmaker’s boundless narcissism and a culture’s pitiless prurience.”

― Nancy Gibbs

“There’s a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You’re left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It’s probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.”

― Nancy Meyers

“We really had boundless optimism about the place of music in the culture – and in the world.”

― Nancy Wilson

“As someone who went to school in the ’70s and ’80s, I can’t say that I noticed much of a ‘medals for all’ culture myself.”

― Naomi Alderman

“Our culture tends to denigrate things that are associated with women. It’s OK for women to wear trousers, for example, but not OK for men to wear skirts.”

― Naomi Alderman

“I’ve had women tell me that when their daughters see them taking care of themselves, and being defined from within, and thinking for themselves instead of thinking about that silly culture out there, it’s powerful modeling.”

― Naomi Judd

“I don’t think we spend enough time in reflection and introspection. We don’t know who we are as individuals in this culture anymore.”

― Naomi Judd

“The Trump family’s business model is part of a broader shift in corporate structure that has taken place within many brand-based multinationals, one with transformative impacts on culture and the job market, trends that I wrote about in my first book, ‘No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies’.”

― Naomi Klein

“We have to change the kind of free trade deals we sign. We would have to change the absolutely central role of frenetic consumption in our culture. We would have to change the role of money in politics and our political system.”

― Naomi Klein

“This phrase, ‘culture jamming,’ was very much in vogue in the 1990s when these superbrands sort of emerged and started kind of projecting their names onto ever more surfaces.”

― Naomi Klein

“If there is one thing BP’s ‘watery improv act’ made clear, it is that, as a culture, we have become far too willing to gamble with things that are precious and irreplaceable, and to do so without a back-up plan, without an exit strategy.”

― Naomi Klein

“When I went to Australia, I had this feeling, like, ‘Wow, this is really a different country.’ I think that feeling of genuine foreignness, that this is a very different culture, which is increasingly rare in our globalised world.”

― Naomi Klein

“Japanese culture? I kind of love everything about it. I love the food. Everyone’s really nice. There’s just a lot about Japan that’s really cool.”

― Naomi Osaka

“I grew up surrounded by both Haitian and Japanese culture.”

― Naomi Osaka

“I’m really into EDM music and the culture of that. I just love all that stuff.”

― Naomi

“We’re so afraid of death in our culture, but I think if we understand it better, then we’ll appreciate the life we have more.”

― Naomi Watts

“From 1970 onwards, our culture told both sexes that individual expression was paramount. And for women, that was defined as the right to choose an interesting a career, a high-status mate, the desirable handbag or vacation, the perfect family size, and a definitionally fruitless quest for ‘perfection.’”

― Naomi Wolf

“I was brought up in Britain, and I’m very proud of my Britishness and my culture.”

― Naomie Harris

“At Cambridge, it was the weirdest culture. Everyone pretended they didn’t do any work, yet it was so competitive.”

― Naomie Harris

“White people couldn’t do black music back in the day because they weren’t funky or bad enough. They weren’t from the ghettoes, but hip-hop and R&B changed all of that because white kids want to be down with it. They wanted to learn it so they studied the culture. It’s kind of a cool thing because we shouldn’t be so separate.”

― Narada Michael Walden

“Stereotyping of any race or culture is narrow-minded, and I can’t wait to help break the shackles.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“I come from a culture where we wear white for weddings. In India, it’s different. But I really feel that there should be no set notions, and a bride should only wear something when she’s comfortable in it.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“My idols are Janis Joplin and Annie Lennox, who are neither of them from the typical pop culture.”

― Natalie Cole

“Formally, I did my studies in the sciences, but I was very conscious that I was being deprived of culture. While studying neuroscience, I was running a rock-music festival and was able to use that as a platform to explore what it takes to produce art for 20,000 inebriated 20-somethings.”

― Natalie Jeremijenko

“I have to represent. I feel proud to have a culture that’s different… and proud to be a Latina. We’re not all categorized as one type of person… there’s people from everywhere doing different things who have different types of cultures. Being Latina for me is also being a strong woman.”

― Natalie Martinez

“I love contemporary culture. Even the stuff I don’t like.”

― Natalie Massenet

“I’m supporting the School for Creative Startups because the project’s ambition – to boost innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship – is something I feel strongly about.”

― Natalie Massenet

“I don’t want to live in a culture of despair. I’d like to live in a culture of hope.”

― Natalie Merchant

“Well, right now, I’m very fascinated with 1920s Berlin. I mean, probably the more interesting thing would be to go to the beginning of civilization or precivilization – like polytheistic times. It would be interesting to see what came before modern religion and culture – what circumstances created the environment or the need for it.”

― Natalie Portman

“Japan is not a Western democracy. The Japanese have kept their traditions, culture and heritage, but they have joined the community of free nations.”

― Natan Sharansky

“Pop culture, it’s crazy. There’s all this violence in video games. In ‘Call of Duty,’ people are literally just blowing other people up. Hey, let’s protect your country from your couch while eating your sandwich.”

― Natasha Leggero

“II grew up in Australia, but I’m not from there originally. Like, my dad’s South American, so I know what that’s like to grow up in a culture that’s not your own.”

― Nathalie Kelley

“We’re really creating a whole different kind of travel experience. One that really celebrates the different places, different cultures, the different cities and immerses you in that culture.”

― Nathan Blecharczyk

“I had this question when we started: Is this something that’s only going to work in New York City? And then, is it just in North America? Is it just in Western culture?”

― Nathan Blecharczyk

“What we’ve demonstrated is there’s an immense appetite to travel more authentically and immerse yourself in culture… as opposed to having a commoditised experience.”

― Nathan Blecharczyk

“We collectively have a special place in our heart for the manned space flight program – Apollo nostalgia is one element, but that is only part of it. American culture worships explorers – look at the fame of Lewis and Clark, for example. The American people want to think of themselves as supporting exploration.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“In politics, religion and other areas of culture, people disagree on the worth of competing ideas. There is no equivalent to the scientific method that can determine in a robust way which ideas match the real world, and which ones can be ruled out. So conflicting ideologies persist indefinitely.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“Instead of being a page-turner, ‘Moby-Dick’ is a repository of American history and culture and the essentials of Western literature. The book is so encyclopedic that space aliens could use it to re-create the whale fishery as it once existed on the planet Earth in the midst of the 19th century.”

― Nathaniel Philbrick

“I watch a lot of bad TV. I spend my entire day reading and writing, and after dinner my idea of fun is just to watch a lot of bad TV. That’s how I relax and stay in touch with modern culture.”

― Nathaniel Philbrick

“Nantucket was a Quaker-based culture, so they were not readers. There’s a great Nantucket-based novel from the 19th century that Melville read for his research for ‘Moby-Dick’: ‘Miriam Coffin’ by Joseph Hart.”

― Nathaniel Philbrick

“The culture of the Dominican Republic definitely influenced me. We enjoy music in this crazy way; we celebrate absolutely everything.”

― Natti Natasha

“Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“The entertainment industry isn’t a line of work encouraged in the Persian culture. When I called my dad to say I wanted to quit medicine, there was about three minutes of silence. I’m not sure he knew what to do with himself!”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“I think a culture can really be elevated through the arts, and it’s always a dream come true when I come across roles that enable me to fuse my love of storytelling with my passion for activism and raising social awareness.”

― Nazanin Boniadi

“Hell will freeze over before this CEO implements another employee benefit in this culture.”

― Neal Patterson

“By creating a feedback culture within your office, you ensure that people continue to learn, grow, and challenge themselves.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“At Warby Parker, we use the survey platform Culture Amp to take employee engagement surveys that help us become ultra-responsive to the needs of our teams.”

― Neil Blumenthal

“Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers – poets, actors, journalists – they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovation culture. They vote in ways that promote it. They don’t fight science and they don’t fight technology.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The cross pollination of disciplines is fundamental to truly revolutionary advances in our culture.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I claim that space is part of our culture. You’ve heard complaints that nobody knows the names of the astronauts, that nobody gets excited about launches, that nobody cares anymore except people in the industry. I don’t believe that for a minute.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Big ideas, big ambitious projects need to be embedded within culture at a level deeper than the political winds. It needs to be deeper than the economic fluctuations that could turn people against an expensive project because they’re on an unemployment line and can’t feed their families.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“No one wants to die, and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture, they transcend politics, they transcend economic cycles.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“When you innovate, you create new industries that then boost your economy. And when you create new industries and that becomes part of your culture, your jobs can’t go overseas because no one else has figured out how to do it yet.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“It’s part of our pop culture to give animals human personalities and talents.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“For most of human civilization, the pace of innovation has been so slow that a generation might pass before a discovery would influence your life, culture or the conduct of nations.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Not enough books focus on how a culture responds to radically new ideas or discovery. Especially in the biography genre, they tend to focus on all the sordid details in the life of the person who made the discovery. I find this path to be voyeuristic but not enlightening.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Just in the past few years – since I’ve been making movies, which isn’t a very long time – you now have a culture that is fascinated and informed about the box office in a way that sometimes filmmakers weren’t even.”

― Neil LaBute

“The spread of Viking bling is a good indication of the spread of its culture.”

― Neil MacGregor

“Pretty much every society, every culture in the world has some version of the Arthur legend, so everybody knows it; certainly in the western world, everybody knows King Arthur, but nobody knows what happens next.”

― Neil Marshall

“So I’ve done my fair share of theater. I have also been very fortunate in that I’ve been able to come to New York two or three times a year just to see as many shows as possible. I think the live theater culture here is incredible.”

― Neil Patrick Harris

“The problem in the 19th century with information was that we lived in a culture of information scarcity, and so humanity addressed that problem beginning with photography and telegraphy and the – in the 1840s. We tried to solve the problem of overcoming the limitations of space, time, and form.”

― Neil Postman

“The idea of taking what people call the ‘entertainment culture’ as a focus of study, including historical perspective, is not a bad idea.”

― Neil Postman

“A lot of guys are very intimidated by an attractive woman, and they dehumanise her because our culture perceives beautiful women as commodities. But I think if you’re able walk up to a person and get to know them, and you see their flaws and their impurities, and realise that they’re like you, then you can humanise them again.”

― Neil Strauss

“I’m always uneasy with messages. I think if there is a message, it’s about taking control of your life. Not becoming a victim. Be true to yourself. In essence it’s about love in the drug culture.”

― Neil Tennant

“Because some people have sex with people of the same sex, an entire culture has been created, broadly speaking, out of oppression. Which in a rational world would not be an issue.”

― Neil Tennant

“A lot of what used to be known as gay culture – broadly speaking, homoeroticism and being camp – has been brought into mainstream culture. I think we should be moving to an era where it’s just sex.”

― Neil Tennant

“The Kennedy Center Honors reflects our humanity and higher purpose. We are a great nation, in part, because we value culture.”

― Nell Scovell

“The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.”

― Nelson Mandela

“When I was going to school, I just wanted to be like everybody else. I would pull at my hair to try and get it to lie straight. America was where I would consume and absorb black culture, buy Ultra Sheen and watch ‘Soul Train,’ but I still had that weird in-between thing.”

― Neneh Cherry

“I don’t separate architecture, design, or culture. What’s more important is a language of creativity that carries meaning.”

― Neri Oxman

“I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery. So I learned very early to appreciate the value of design and the value of architecture.”

― Neri Oxman

“I do worry because it takes all types to make our culture, to make our art. We need it to be available to all.”

― Neve McIntosh

“Football, particularly Brazilian football, is about being happy, and that’s what tricks do. It’s part of our culture, at the end of the day, though, it’s all about winning.”

― Neymar

“Every culture is different in terms of what is taboo and what is acceptable. I grew up in Singapore, where people are very mindful of that. One can see that as restriction or as consideration for a fellow person living within a shared environment.”

― Ng Chin Han

“We live in a culture that has a real hard time distinguishing fiction from reality. Even when they’re told something is fiction.”

― Nic Pizzolatto

“It used to be thought that our genes were historically immutable and that it was not possible to imagine a conversation between culture and genetics.”

― Nicholas A. Christakis

“I want to affect culture. I want to have my mark on everything. I give examples of people like Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones – those are the people who I look up to. The game wouldn’t be the same without them. What happens in the course of 5 years isn’t really important to me. I care about what they’ll say about me in 50 years.”

― Nick Cannon

“We need to teach our kids, because there is such a celebrity culture at the moment, that however rich you are, however famous you are, however glamorous you are, everyone has to live by the same rules.”

― Nick Clegg

“My dad’s side of the family had lots of artists and musicians. There’s an emotional, quite sentimental quality to Slavic culture. It’s very open, it loves art, it loves music, it loves literature. It’s very warm, it’s very up, it’s very down. I would celebrate that.”

― Nick Clegg

“The UK is not going to leave the European Union. Of course not. We are inextricably wound up with Europe. In terms of culture, history and geography, we are a European nation.”

― Nick Clegg

“Once, the world was full of mysteries, some of them frightening, some of them wonderful, some of them merely fascinating. Now, it can be a banal and predictable place, the tracks of daily life so well-beaten and defined, our culture awash with the imbecile obvious, our existence suffocating in safety. But mysteries remain.”

― Nick Davies

“There will never be another ‘American Idol,’ which produced so many credible superstars over the years. It was a phenomenon in pop culture. It changed music.”

― Nick Fradiani

“The mainstream of literary culture in the U.K. is very averse to writing about technology.”

― Nick Harkaway

“I like writing about popular culture. It helps to place people. I think you can be really, really accurate if you know enough about it, and place people precisely.”

― Nick Hornby

“I think quite a misguided literary culture has grown up in the 20th century that says a book has to have a seriousness of purpose and a seriousness of language.”

― Nick Hornby

“I understand working-class culture, tribalism and the ethos of violence, so I make films about these things.”

― Nick Love

“I love pop culture. I love to be inside of it, and step outside and look back in.”

― Nick Rhodes

“I think pop culture is the greatest subject matter out there – ‘Other People’s Lives,’ as we wrote about on the last Duran Duran album. Most ideas for great songs come from real situations, something your friend said to you the night before, the girl that just left, or something traumatic in your life.”

― Nick Rhodes

“American sci-fi has fallen into the doldrums in part because of the anti-science sentiment that’s so prevalent in our culture lately.”

― Nick Sagan

“The animated bug has bitten pop culture. It makes me feel happy and free. When you don’t act seriously, you can make up your own rules.”

― Nicki Minaj

“I’m not sure many writers are trying to reconcile all the things that are separated in our culture – body and mind, urban and pastoral, lyricism and hardboiled, men and women, joy and grief. I tried to do quite a lot, but I wanted to create a serious work of literature.”

― Nicola Griffith

“The biggest determinant in our lives is culture, where we are born, what the environment looks like. But the second biggest determinant is probably governance, good governance or a certain kind of governance makes a huge difference in our lives.”

― Nicolas Berggruen

“We are all a little bit hippy, a little bohemian. We take that from the culture we knew, from the ’70s and the ’80s.”

― Nicolas Maduro

“Venezuelans have a long history. So we are able to listen to each other, to talk to each other. From here were born the liberators of the region, and they said before and after that process we have a culture of political action. We are not in despair. That’s the image broadcast to abroad.”

― Nicolas Maduro

“I’m glamour. I’m vulgarity. I’m scandal. I’m gossip. I’m the future. I’m the counter culture. I’m commercial reality. I’m artistic singularity.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“L.A. is, on one hand, very mysterious; it’s very modern. It’s a mysterious place – it’s a haunting place – and everything in our culture around the world of entertainment leads back to Hollywood.”

― Nicolas Winding Refn

“Because revenge is a very known feeling in American culture, there’s a certain element of an eye for an eye. There’s the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.’ When you wish for revenge, and you think you’ve gotten it, what happens then? Revenge is just a really good drive for drama and good action.”

― Niels Arden Oplev

“’Deity’ will be a compelling and exciting thriller with complex and interesting characters. A neo-realistic style to story and images will take the audience deep into Calcutta’s many different levels. A fascinating clash between American and Indian culture.”

― Niels Arden Oplev

“It’s a great shame that the head of our established church is not actually prepared to stand up and fight for our Christian culture in this country.”

― Nigel Farage

“However imperfect Donald Trump may be, -and, my goodness, he is – his mother was Scottish; he owns Turnberry. He spends a lot of time in our country – he loves our country, what we stand for, and our culture.”

― Nigel Farage

“There are some good traditions in our culture, one of which is that men dance with women. Soon we will reach the stage where we will all have to publicly apologise for being heterosexual.”

― Niki Lauda

“Not only in our family, where our relatives keep putting us down, but even in this modern urbanized culture, we girls put our fellow girls down by judging them.”

― Nikita Dutta

“I really wanted to put myself out of my comfort zone, and that meant leaving England and really changing culture and different ideas and philosophies in a club environment.”

― Nikita Parris

“We are now changing the culture at the United Nations. And with that, we’re changing the culture in the world in the discussions that we’re having.”

― Nikki Haley

“The frenzy of the little-girl culture is something very unique, and I can only say that because I was one. The obsession – I can’t really explain it. Everything is heightened to the maximum.”

― Nikki Reed

“Every player brings something from their own culture into the collective.”

― Niko Kovac

“The Secretary of Hygiene or Physical Culture will be far more important in the cabinet of the President of the United States who holds office in the year 2035 than the Secretary of War.”

― Nikola Tesla

“The mission of Patrick Henry College was to attract and cultivate academic stars from the ranks of home-schooled evangelicals, then send them off on graduation day to ‘shape the culture and take back the nation,’ in the words of a common home-schooling rallying cry.”

― Nina Easton

“I think my Latino culture has equipped me with a different point of view than the rest of my counterparts, and seeing things from a different angle has helped me a lot. I feel very proud of my culture, of my Latino heritage.”

― Nina Garcia

“Fashion is just an interpretation of the culture around us.”

― Nina Garcia

“I’m part Latin, so everything in the Latin culture is – there’s a lot of hyperbole, and there’s a lot of melodrama.”

― Nina Tassler

“Through eight years, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ has mastered the art of leading-edge comedy, emotional water-cooler moments, and pop culture catch-phrases.”

― Nina Tassler

“As I got older, my pops tried to keep me involved with the culture by telling me the stories of the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, how he came to America, and about our family back home, because all that side of my family – my aunties, grandparents – is in Africa.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“I realized the power of hip-hop. I realized how influential this music and this culture are.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“I really love the culture of hip-hop.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“My music is influenced by L.A. culture.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“In 2013, the week before I dropped ‘Crenshaw,’ ‘Complex’ wrote an article that said that Nipsey Hussle is one of the top 25 underperforming artists. I was so offended that I responded with my own opinion about these journalists – their point of view is not validated in our culture.”

― Nipsey Hussle

“’Who Fears Death’ addresses the push and pull in African culture that powerful women face when their culture has certain duties and beliefs that can stifle them.”

― Nnedi Okorafor

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Real popular culture is folk art – coalminers’ songs and so forth.”

― Noam Chomsky

“I had an awful lot of my soul invested in Atari culture.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“A lot of what is wrong with corporate America has to do with a culture filled with antibodies trained to expel anything different. HR departments often want cookie cutter employees, which inevitably results in cookie cutter solutions.”

― Nolan Bushnell

“I try to take a weekly digital Sabbath, batch my emails so I deal with them a few times a day rather than constantly, and increasingly give myself permission to ignore unsolicited communiques. I try, too, to give others more slack. The respond-now culture is a two-way street. I’m trying to be more mindful of that.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Traditionally, historians thought in terms of invasions: the Celts took over the islands, then the Romans, then the Anglo-Saxons. It now seems much more likely that the resident population doesn’t change as much as thought. The people stay put but are reculturalized by some new dominant culture.”

― Norman Davies

“The advance of standard English culture was less assisted by government policy than by the sheer weight, wealth, and number of England’s well-established cultural institutions.”

― Norman Davies

“In the 21st century, there will probably be a reflex against the disintegration of traditional European culture. What started as a reaction will come full circle, and there will be a return to the roots.”

― Norman Davies

“Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.”

― Norman Finkelstein

“Everything we design is a response to the specific climate and culture of a particular place.”

― Norman Foster

“At Cardozo, study of law is part of a larger culture. You can get a law degree and make a good living, but it is best that you do that having studied the discipline for its own inherent merit, because you love studying.”

― Norman Lamm

“Culture’s worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we’re all totalitarian beasts.”

― Norman Mailer

“I’ve always been interested in the relationship between total external surround, culture, the political matrix, technology, etc., and the internal human consciousness.”

― Norman Spinrad

“It’s trite to say that the world has gotten smaller in the age of globalization, but my travels have told me that it’s wrong to think this means there is some kind of uniform world culture.”

― Norman Spinrad

“Culture’s essential service to a religion is to destroy intellectual idolatry, the recurrent tendency in religion to replace the object of its worship with its present understanding and forms of approach to that object.”

― Northrop Frye

“It is of the essence of imaginative culture that it transcends the limits both of the naturally possible and of the morally acceptable.”

― Northrop Frye

“Multiculturalism isn’t about culture, it’s about power.”

― Ntozake Shange

“White people use their literature to maintain culture. That’s why you find references to Milton and Spencer and Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky in contemporary novels.”

― Ntozake Shange

“When we were engaged in the problems of survival we had no time to have anything to do with culture.”

― Nursultan Nazarbayev

“There should be change – the West should understand our music and culture, and vice versa. With such collaboration, artists can come closer to each other and come to know each other.”

― Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

“We have our own culture, our own community. A lot of people don’t realize that. They just assume that deaf people are very unfortunate, very disabled, but no.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“I started to realize that there are a lot of people who are unaware of deaf culture, and I’ve been given a great platform to reframe the deaf community.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“I feel like hip-hop is the new pop because it has a lot of influence because of our culture.”

― Offset

“With modelling, you go somewhere for 24 hours and you don’t even see the city, you don’t talk to people or see the culture.”

― Olga Kurylenko

“I’m French – it’s less important. Meaning, I remain a Frenchman in America, but I adapt to American culture. I feel good there – but I’m still a foreigner.”

― Olivier Martinez

“Creatively, I’ve always wanted to be different as it relates to my craft, and reggae, being a part of my culture, makes up a percentage of that uniqueness. The only definition I can think of to describe my style is ‘OMI.’”


“Culture is mix. Culture means a mix of things from other sources. And my town, Istanbul, was this kind of mix. Istanbul, in fact, and my work, is a testimony to the fact that East and West combine cultural gracefully, or sometimes in an anarchic way, came together, and that is what we should search for.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“Istanbul is a vast place. There are very conservative neighbourhoods, there are places that are upper class, Westernised, consuming Western culture.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“The fictive structure, my work, my imagination, my books are about the details, the huge construction about culture, Islamic culture or modern Turkey. They’re all intertwined.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“Museums are western inventions where the rich and the powerful or the government and the state tend to exhibit the signs and symbol and images of their culture.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“Consider the bloody history of Europe: there was a great aspiration for high culture, yet this very same culture was shaped by brutality and barbarism.”

― Ori Gersht

“The moment you give up your principles, and your values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“A civilization, a culture, cannot survive without passion, cannot be saved without passion.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“The Muslims refuse our culture and try to impose their culture on us. I reject them, and this is not only my duty toward my culture-it is toward my values, my principles, my civilization.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“He has missed the finest lesson of culture and experience who has not learned how to enjoy without owning.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“The Internet, to me, is about rebel culture, and I’ve always loved it. When I think of rebel culture, I think of rock-and-roll or hip-hop, and for a long time now, it’s been the Internet.”

― Orlando Jones

“It seems to me that in the western world, culture has something to do with appearance. A person that’s out creating good stuff has got to appreciate someone when they take the time to have an appearance that goes with what they’re doing.”

― Ornette Coleman

“Judges who take the law into their own hands, who make up constitutional ‘rights’ in order to strike down laws they oppose, undermine the people’s right to have their values shape public policy and define the culture.”

― Orrin Hatch

“The Christian church in the U.S. is still strong numerically, but it has lost its decisive influence both in American public life and in American culture as a whole, especially in the major elite institutions of society.”

― Os Guinness

“Our morality is based on so many factors: of where we were born, who we were born to, what values were instilled in us, what values we chose, the way that our lives have shaped us. That dictates so much of what we assume is our morality, and also the culture, all of these things.”

― Oscar Isaac

“My father has been a major force in the popular culture for a long, long time. He’s a fascinating person.”

― Owen King

“Popular culture has become engorged, broadening and thickening until it’s the only culture anyone notices.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I don’t understand anything about America’s culture.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“My working hypothesis is that stupidity in popular culture is a constant. Popular culture cannot get more stupid.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“A lot of men do have a fear of my ultra-femininity. Sometimes people say I look like a drag queen, that I look scary, but I think that’s a fear of my confidence. Most women in contemporary culture pare down their femininity, so there’s a slight androgyny about them, and I think men have got used to seeing that.”

― Paloma Faith

“Celebrity culture is an aspirational culture regardless of how much you don’t want it to be.”

― Paloma Faith

“It’s celebrated in British culture to be eccentric.”

― Paloma Faith

“Pummeling an answer out of someone never works. You cannot intimidate someone with aggressive language and think they’ll be more forthcoming… that’s a caricature of interrogation, part of the TV culture of what it looks like.”

― Pamela Meyer

“I think the presence of caste in India, how the villages are geographically structured on caste lines, is very different from China. The presence of an egalitarian culture is striking in a Chinese village.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“Italian design is a global excellence, on a par with food, culture, cinema, and, more generally, lifestyle.”

― Paolo Gentiloni

“We must not forget that culture is the key tool to make society advance and defeat all forms of radicalism.”

― Paolo Gentiloni

“When you consider the concept of vampirism, it is inherently part of a Western culture.”

― Park Chan-wook

“In human life, economics precedes politics or culture.”

― Park Geun-hye

“There is no question that Korean footballers have the ability to play in Europe. The real challenge is whether they will be able to adapt to western culture.”

― Park Ji-sung

“The biggest thing for Asian players to remember is the football style is different in Europe – as is the culture – so they have to accept that. Mentally, they need to be ready and very strong.”

― Park Ji-sung

“Asian culture is that people are quite excited about the players.”

― Park Ji-sung

“I don’t know anything about Amazon’s culture; I’ve never worked there.”

― Parker Conrad

“Our output and continued success is all about our culture. Ours has to be highly collaborative, and we have company-wide events and processes to make sure everyone stays aligned.”

― Parker Harris

“I think there’s a lot of anesthesia being – that’s been pumped into American culture, the mass media television, various forms of entertainment, and the illusion of wealth that we now understand to be an illusion as well as the illusion that America is a world power.”

― Parker Palmer

“There are roles out there and women out there that are fascinating to me, and there are things in our culture that I see that I want to express. It’s my passion to express that.”

― Parker Posey

“The culture is eating nature; it’s overpowering storytelling. Movies are turning into games – it’s abut the image, not nuance.”

― Parker Posey

“Therefore reinforcing a stereotype, therefore thinking that the entire Indian culture is just made of people that are against their children’s decisions.”

― Parminder Nagra

“I’m a British intern going in. I’m hoping that John will just kind of tackle it from who this person is and what she’s about rather than trying to go in on her culture. We need to move a step forward than that.”

― Parminder Nagra

“In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one.”

― Pat Boone

“If the Islamic world is so suffused with rage and hatred of us – for our wars, occupations, drone attacks, support of Israel, decadent culture, and tolerance of insults to Islam and the Prophet – why should we call for free elections, when the people will use those elections to vote into power rulers hostile to the United States?”

― Pat Buchanan

“Just as there’s garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.”

― Pat Buchanan

“As the numbers of native-born Europeans begin to fall, with their anemic fertility rates, will the aging Europeans become more magnanimous toward destitute newcomers who do not speak the national language or assimilate into the national culture but consume its benefits?”

― Pat Buchanan

“The bipolar world of the Cold War is history. The new world order, however, is not the One World dreamed of by Wilsonian idealists. It is a Balkanizing world where race, tribe, culture and creed matter most, and democracy is seen not as an end in itself but as a means to an end – the accretion of power by one’s own kind to achieve one’s own dreams.”

― Pat Buchanan

“When the faith dies, the culture it produced begins to die, then the civilization goes, and, then, the population.”

― Pat Buchanan

“From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles.”

― Pat Metheny

“There’s an assault on human sexuality, as Judge Scalia said, they’ve taken sides in the culture war and on top of that if we have a democracy, the democratic processes should be that we can elect representatives who will share our point of view and vote those things into law.”

― Pat Robertson

“I first came to Russia because of the culture, literature and music… and my interest in the 19th-century revolutionary spirit of Herzen, Bakunin and Kropotkin. Russia is a wonderful place to bring new clowns because Russians give back a wonderful response.”

― Patch Adams

“Manchester United is a factory workers’ club. You have to respect that culture.”

― Patrice Evra

“Each year, you are playing to win. That is Manchester’s culture.”

― Patrice Evra

“I’m a slave to the culture, so I see an Audi, a Denali, or an Escalade, my neighbor got the four-door Porsche. I have a really nice truck. But it’s a Durango and I like frontin’! I like to ride by and show off.”

― Patrice O’Neal

“I am not attempting to preserve culture, or record actual events or stories. Instead I bow my head in gratitude to those storytellers who have gone before and paved a way for me play in their stomping grounds. Doubtless those who want to be offended, will – allowing me to make them happy, too, which pleases me as much as it pleases them.”

― Patricia Briggs

“Women gain social influence through their roles as mothers, transmitters of culture, and parents for the next generation.”

― Patricia Hill Collins

“New York is rich in culture, cuisine, and commerce.”

― Patricia Marx

“You don’t have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country?”

― Patricia Marx

“Every single line, every single thing has to be fought over. There’s kind of like an intrinsic doubt from absolutely everyone in my crew, my producer, everyone. It’s not just the film industry – it’s a worldwide thing. It’s the culture of the world to doubt women.”

― Patricia Riggen

“Even though I’m very Westernized as an individual and very Canadian, I guess I’ve lost some of my Chinese culture.”

― Patrick Chan

“In fashion, my inspiration comes from pop culture – the 1960s and the following years. Whereas in interior design, my influences are much broader.”

― Patrick Cox

“You need to make sure you hire people who are capable of being strong team players. Team members should fit the company’s culture, be committed to the team, and be capable of being genuinely vulnerable and selfless.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“The sad fact is that it would be fair to say that United is a generic, bureaucratic, tired company. A sort of DMV in the sky. No real culture. No real strategy. No real expectations for employees or customers. All of which is a shame.”

― Patrick Lencioni

“I think when you move to a country like the U.S., you need to understand the culture, to understand how people see the game, and adapt yourself.”

― Patrick Vieira

“I was raised in rural south Jersey, and there was no culture there. There was a small library, and that was it. There was nothing else.”

― Patti Smith

“I’ve noticed more people coming to shows and I’ve had a feeling that they were from a part of the culture I haven’t been able to get to before, younger people. I think on iTunes they’ve been experimenting with my songs and the digital radio world has been very kind to me.”

― Patty Griffin

“Our culture has changed. It has become more violent. People are literally afraid to go to the movies or to school.”

― Patty Judge

“Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective.”

― Paul Biya

“Once we accept violence as an adaptation, it makes sense that its expression is calibrated to the environment. The same individual will behave differently if he comes of age in Detroit, Mich., versus Windsor, Ontario; in New York in the 1980s versus New York now; in a culture of honor versus a culture of dignity.”

― Paul Bloom

“Steampunk, the repurposing of Victorian culture and technology for contemporary fun and profit, is so ubiquitous – in media, books, fashion, music, cosplay, and maker culture – that we tend to imagine its superficial aspects are all that define it.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“Quite often, intent on conveying how things can go wrong for a culture (science fiction) or an individual (horror) or all of magical creation (fantasy), works of fantastika often preclude comedy, because humor gets in the way of messages of doom or struggle.”

― Paul Di Filippo

“I recommend the same therapies for all humans with HIV. There is no reason to believe that physiologic responses to therapy will vary across lines of class, culture, race or nationality.”

― Paul Farmer

“Academia is a rarified culture, especially an Ivy League academic background.”

― Paul Giamatti

“Like so many Americans, I am sick and tired of watching the rapid decline of our culture right in front of our eyes.”

― Paul Gosar

“We live in an ever-changing global pop culture community.”

― Paul Heyman

“We must create economic opportunity, build a culture of entrepreneurship, get people to take responsibility for improving their lives, rather than putting them in a position where they sit back in their poverty and blame others for it.”

― Paul Kagame

“At its best, Aboriginal art has been effective in translating an entire culture and the understanding of an entire continent. Indeed, the more we interpret Australia through Aboriginal eyes, through the experience of their long and epic story, the more we allow ourselves to understand the land we share.”

― Paul Keating

“Aboriginal art and culture draws from the land, for Aboriginality and the land are essential to each other and are inseparable.”

― Paul Keating

“I try not to rely on pop culture references as a crutch for jokes, because then, I think, that’s when the timelessness quality is lost.”

― Paul Rust

“We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

― Paul Ryan

“Ultimately, you change the culture in Washington only one way, and it’s one election at a time, with the character of the people you send.”

― Paul Sadler

“Our modern coaching culture is not to put too much pressure on any one performance, to let an individual flourish over time.”

― Paul Scholes

“Japan, Germany, and India seem to me to have serious writers, readers, and book buyers, but the Netherlands has struck me as the most robust literary culture in the world.”

― Paul Theroux

“My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father’s first marriage who were rock ‘n’ roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.”

― Paul Thomas Anderson

“America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture.”

― Paul Tsongas

“People say I manipulate the media. Well, duh. We live in a media culture, so why on earth wouldn’t I?”

― Paul Watson

“I’m not interested in culture; I’m interested in the law.”

― Paul Watson

“I come from a time when every kid dressed up. Everybody. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be able to hang out. It was very tribal. There’s nice things in that. It’s culture; it’s roots for me.”

― Paul Weller

“Australia has embraced migrants from all different races, making us one of the most multiracial nations on earth. Most have assimilated and are proud to call themselves Australians, accepting our culture, beliefs and laws. I welcome them from the bottom of my heart. As they integrate and assimilate, the disruption caused by diversity diminishes.”

― Pauline Hanson

“Tolerance has to be shown by those who come to this country for a new way of life. If you are not prepared to become Australian and give this country your undivided loyalty, obey our laws, respect our culture and way of life, then I suggest you go back where you came from.”

― Pauline Hanson

“I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.”

― Pauline Kael

“The BBC’s television, radio and online services remain an important part of British culture and the fact the BBC continues to thrive amongst audiences at home and abroad is testament to a professional and dedicated management team who are committed to providing a quality public service.”

― Pauline Neville-Jones

“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbour is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”

― Paulo Coelho

“You make sure to set True Norths for your company. You can’t be involved in every decision and every meeting; you have to make sure the mission is very built into the culture, the product, and how you communicate.”

― Payal Kadakia

“Asian people have a unique way about them and a different sense of beauty. It’s exotic to me. I like they way Asians project their feelings. There’s a hardness to the culture, but at the same time there’s a delicateness.”

― Paz Vega

“When a culture is broken, the cracks show – morale is weakened, but so is profit and performance. That’s why culture has to be at the core of any business transformation.”

― Peggy Johnson

“Together with Adobe, we’re committed to fostering creativity and a culture of teamwork for our shared customers so they can unlock the opportunities of today’s rapidly evolving workplace.”

― Peggy Johnson

“Culture used to be viewed as the ‘touchy-feely’ side of business, but that’s no longer the case. If you don’t have a defined culture behind you, then you aren’t going to be effective at executing your strategy.”

― Peggy Johnson

“A culture that only recognizes and rewards the same set of attributes results in less collaboration, creativity, and innovation. If we only reward the loudest voices or the sharpest elbows, then we’re missing out on the full range of talent.”

― Peggy Johnson

“I think there really needs to be a culture change because young girls are very interested in math and science, but somewhere along the way, they veer off of that.”

― Peggy Johnson

“As Buddhism moved from one culture to another, it always adapted.”

― Pema Chodron

“As Buddhism moved to the West, one of the big characteristics was the strong place of women. That didn’t exist in the countries of origin. It’s just a sign of our culture.”

― Pema Chodron

“I love the Italian culture – it’s a beautiful culture. I love the language, the Italian people, their music, their attitudes… I just love it! Sometimes I think I’m an Italian trapped in a Spanish woman’s body.”

― Penelope Cruz

“I plant a lot of trees. I am a great believer in planting things for future generations. I loathe the now culture where you just live for today.”

― Penelope Keith

“Whereas you have someone like Houdini, who works really, really hard to get really, really famous, and then has actual intellectual ideas that he puts into the culture that stay there.”

― Penn Jillette

“I believe the fast track to atheism is reading the Bible. I’ve read it three times all the way through. It’s a big part of our culture, a big part of our history. I don’t just read things I agree with.”

― Penn Jillette

“I don’t think about the money side. I just think about how I can create a culture of winning.”

― Penny Hardaway

“I hate to say it – it breaks my heart – but we’re a tacky, money-obsessed culture.”

― Pete Doherty

“Sinatra slowly found a way to allow tenderness into the performance while remaining manly. He perfected the role of the Tender Tough Guy and passed it on to several generations of Americans. Before him, that archetype did not exist in American popular culture.”

― Pete Hamill

“I think we live a culture that’s obsessed with people, you know, ‘Celebrities are just like us!’ Everything I do except my job is critically analyzed online.”

― Pete Wentz

“You can’t walk alone. Many have given the illusion, but none have really walked alone. Man is not made that way. Each man is bedded in his people, their history, their culture, and their values.”

― Peter Abrahams

“I’m a huge sports fan. I love the psychology of athletes and the culture of athletics. I’m constantly drawn to those kinds of stories.”

― Peter Berg

“Culture is the way for a country to know itself.”

― Peter Carey

“I think there was, and there is, a real Commonwealth culture. It’s different. America doesn’t really feel to be a part of that.”

― Peter Carey

“I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.”

― Peter Davison

“I’m sorry – you know, culture is elitist. Culture has to be elitist: it’s about seeing and knowing and about knowledge.”

― Peter Greenaway

“English culture is highly literary-based.”

― Peter Greenaway

“When you’ve travelled for 34 years as a musician, you do all the culture stuff when you’re young and full of energy. In the middle stage, you indulge too much and are scared of daylight. Then, in the final stage, you’ve seen it all, so you tend to take things a lot easier.”

― Peter Hook

“Over the years, Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture.”

― Peter Hook

“We also have a cultural phenomenon: the emergence of a global culture, or of cultural globalization.”

― Peter L. Berger

“The negative side to globalization is that it wipes out entire economic systems and in doing so wipes out the accompanying culture.”

― Peter L. Berger

“The organization reflects the behavior and characteristics of the CEO, and that establishes the culture. Foster an environment of open communication, and the organization inherits a culture of open communication.”

― Peter Levine

“As a former CEO and senior executive, there was a time when I did not quite understand the profound impact a CEO has on the culture of a company, even though I always knew culture was important.”

― Peter Levine

“It doesn’t matter what’s written on a coffee mug or on a ‘culture’ slide; what you do as a CEO, day in and day out, and how you behave will define your company’s culture.”

― Peter Levine

“Despite the best intentions, companies often become culturally dysfunctional. This occurs when leadership has a perception about the culture that conflicts with reality, or leadership behaves differently than what might be written down.”

― Peter Levine

“We, as a culture, use television as at least one of the great arbiters of truth. Even though we know it’s fiction, when we see it portrayed, we believe it. We recognize it as part of our culture.”

― Peter Paige

“Our society, the dominant culture doesn’t like science. It doesn’t like technology.”

― Peter Thiel

“In the future, people will blame the Eighties for all societal ills in the same way that people have previously blamed the Sixties. The various Thatcherite Big Bangs – monetarism, deregulation, libertarianism – have been working their way through the culture ever since.”

― Peter York

“Tabloid discussion of bad children always blames baby-boomer liberals, careerist mothers and fashion-crazed Nathan Barley types who think it’s all enormously funny. But the centre-leftish psycho-thinker Oliver James says it’s all down to the Thatcher-and-after culture of turbo-capitalism, making people acquisitive and unsatisfied.”

― Peter York

“I think once you understand a language, you understand the culture surrounding it as well.”

― Petr Cech

“There’s a wide spectrum between a Navy SEAL hero-killer and a traumatized victim, but those are the archetypes – hashed and rehashed in the media, in popular culture, in the minds of people with a lot of preconceived notions but not much else.”

― Phil Klay

“Going to war is a rare experience in American culture, so it’s easy for simple notions to gain a lot of weight. The reality is always more complex.”

― Phil Klay

“At first, we couldn’t be establishment, because we didn’t have any money. We were guerrilla marketers, and we still are, a little bit. But, as we became No. 1 in our industry, we’ve had to modify our culture and become a bit more planned.”

― Phil Knight

“We could see that he was a charismatic guy who jumps over the moon and is very competitive, but nobody could have predicted what he would become to our culture.”

― Phil Knight

“The thing that got us going early was the running boom. And then, I think, we rode the Jordan bit, which then kind of crossed us over into the pop culture.”

― Phil Knight

“There’s a lot about New York that is unique, and there’s always a culture and a subculture going on everywhere.”

― Phil Ramone

“We’re trying to infuse a little good into the American culture. Love God, love your neighbor, hunt ducks. Raise your kids, make them behave, love them. I don’t see the down side to that.”

― Phil Robertson

“The future of architecture is culture.”

― Philip Johnson

“If a nation allows its literary culture to die, it’s a sign that it doesn’t fundamentally care.”

― Philip Pullman

“I’m not good at finding ‘encouraging’ features in American culture. I doubt that aesthetic literacy has much of a future here.”

― Philip Roth

“The style of the Bible in general is singularly adapted to men of every class and grade of culture, affording the child the simple nourishment for its religious wants, and the profoundest thinker inexhaustible matter of study.”

― Philip Schaff

“I am very sure that any man of common understanding may, by culture, care, attention, and labor, make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“I must point out – Sarah Jessica Parker is not a diva – she’s one of these pop culture characters that everybody likes.”

― Philip Treacy

“I acquired an admiration for Japanese culture, art, and architecture, and learned of the existence of the game of GO, which I still play.”

― Philip Warren Anderson

“We’re in a celebrity culture, and when I turn on the news today I hear about Lindsay Lohan, Tiger Woods and Paris Hilton and the Kardashian sisters and ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ one thing after another, Kate Gosselin’s new body.”

― Philip Yancey

“The children, each of those kids is in touch with nature and traditional aboriginal culture so a very important part of getting performances from them was just letting them be and trying to capture the unique spirituality that was in each of them.”

― Phillip Noyce

“You can’t avoid the conversation of diversity and remembering that diversity goes beyond race and culture. It goes into gender and sexual orientation and all sorts of things.”

― Phillipa Soo

“I’ve inherited so much culture, beauty, and love, and I’m the perfect mix of Philomena.”

― Philomena Kwao

“What’s so useful about the British culture of politeness is the level of passive aggression is really fun to write.”

― Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“I think it’s important that culture is this ongoing thing that needs to be nurtured, because there is no such thing as a quick, arty fix.”

― Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“The cornerstone of the political correctness that dominates campus culture is radical feminism.”

― Phyllis Schlafly

“Conducting is more difficult than playing a single instrument. You have to know the culture, to know the score, and to project what you want to hear. Some conductors are well prepared but cannot transmit their ideas to an orchestra, and others are good communicators but have nothing to transmit because they are not absorbed enough in the score.”

― Pierre Boulez

“The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren’t simply hobbies or minor influences. They are hugely important in the affirmation of differences between groups and social classes and in the reproduction of those differences.”

― Pierre Bourdieu

“The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren’t simply hobbies or minor influences.”

― Pierre Bourdieu

“In our view the Olympic idea involves a strong physical culture supplemented on the one hand by mobility, what is so aptly called ‘fair play’, and on the other hand by aesthetics, that is the cultivation of what is beautiful and graceful.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“I think America and Britain have a different culture from France. They discovered marketing and consumerism before France.”

― Pierre Dukan

“I truly believe Accenture is a magnet for top talent in the new, not only because of the work we do for clients but because our culture supports employees who want to make a difference in the community where we live and work.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“The Accenture culture is the same worldwide.”

― Pierre Nanterme

“In fact, I believe that we need better sex education in our own culture, here in America, so that young folk learn about things like venereal disease before they encounter it.”

― Piers Anthony

“Through the very culture of representation through form, we have come to see that the abstract – like the mathematical – is actually expressed in and through all things, although not determinately.”

― Piet Mondrian

“How can you respect a culture if the woman has to walk several steps behind her man, has to stay in the kitchen and keep her mouth shut?”

― Pim Fortuyn

“We have equality of men and women in western society, whereas in Islamic culture, women are inferior to men.”

― Pim Fortuyn

“How do you make any sense of history, art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world’s main religions?”

― Polly Toynbee

“Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.”

― Pope Francis

“I went home and went to Mustang, in the mountains between Nepal and China, and was so inspired by the landscape and the rich culture and heritage. I loved the textures, the draping, the palette. Everything was so beautiful. This little kingdom wasn’t open to the world until 1991.”

― Prabal Gurung

“Before, there was a culture that said Mumbai is separate, Telugu films should be separate. Now, everyone is working together. It’s cool.”

― Prabhu Deva

“When women are told that sexual harassment is ‘part of the job’ or when assistants of both sexes enable harassing behavior, they have bought into the culture that says such behavior is not just permissible, it is a desirable expression of power.”

― Pramila Jayapal

“The fact remains that secularism is inherent in the Indian system, in the Indian ethos and culture. India cannot but be secular.”

― Pranab Mukherjee

“History has shown that one cannot legislate a culture of integrity. And yet, one of the paramount responsibilities and challenges of corporate leadership is to ensure such a culture.”

― Preet Bharara

“The role of the federal government should be neutral toward culture just as it is toward religion.”

― Preston Manning

“We’ve had American TV shows in Britain for years and that hasn’t affected our culture at all.”

― Prince Andrew

“The medieval Islamic world, from Central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own history.”

― Prince Charles

“We have contributed through Indian culture; so many international collections are Indian-inspired. Why we don’t make an international impact? We have talent, but we have not leveraged it, not married commerce to design.”

― Priya Sachdev

“I sang the ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme song two years in a row – my first part in American culture, although I still don’t know anything about American football.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“Art should not be bound by barriers or language. The Hindi film industry is a testament to that. We speak only Hindi, but we premiere in Germany and Japan. Our films do phenomenally well there. We transcend the barriers of language and culture. We welcome you in. I think that’s what art should be, and I hope America reaches that place.”

― Priyanka Chopra

“Hip-hop basically controls the world through fashion, through music, through language, through culture. It’s basically running the world, no matter what anyone wants to think, and that’s just the way it is.”

― Prodigy

“In Korean, my lyrics are witty and have twists. But translated into English, it doesn’t come over. I’ve tried writing in English, just for me, but it doesn’t work. I’ve got to know everything about a culture, and I don’t.”

― Psy

“Leaders who understand the importance of the intangible elements contributing to workplace culture become sensitive to what makes their organization truly special. That is how they define core values and beliefs that are unique, simple, leader-led, repetitive, and embedded – transforming themselves from good to exceptional.”

― Punit Renjen

“For acquiring companies, the excitement is almost always about where they are going – that is, their strategy for gaining greater growth and productivity. But when mergers fail, it’s often because no one focused on who they are – that is, their culture, which is critical to successfully bringing different groups of people together.”

― Punit Renjen

“An organization’s culture of purpose answers the critical questions of who it is and why it exists. They have a culture of purpose beyond making a profit.”

― Punit Renjen

“For any young people looking for job opportunities, good grades and academic results are important, but what is more important may be showing you are someone who has the drive and capability and can fit in the company culture.”

― Punit Renjen

“Skills-building opportunities should be extended to people outside of the mainstream talent pool. That might include at-risk youth, veterans returning to the workforce, or immigrants struggling to make a life for themselves in a foreign culture. The process for creating wealth must begin with creating opportunity for all.”

― Punit Renjen

“Many businesses find their culture organized around a dangerous fault line known as ‘us and them,’ with executives on one side and employees on the other. The divide is both real and expensive.”

― Punit Renjen

“I just look at capitalizing on everything that I feel like G.O.O.D. Music brings to the music industry, our following, and the culture. First of all, we have incredible artists. It’s definitely about getting those albums out in a very manicured fashion.”

― Pusha T

“My vision for G.O.O.D. Music is just carrying on with the tradition of putting out high-quality music, high-quality art. G.O.O.D. Music is entrenched in the culture of hip-hop. It’s entrenched in the culture, period.”

― Pusha T

“The crafting of lyrics is really a task, and when it comes to street culture, I don’t feel like anyone else articulates it better than me.”

― Pusha T

“G.O.O.D. Music is on top because G.O.O.D. Music is the culture. When you think of, you know, just every aspect from music, influence, fashion, art level. If it’s not G.O.O.D Music, then it’s somebody who was influenced heavily by G.O.O.D. Music.”

― Pusha T

“In theory, people would pick progression every time over being idle. But if you look at us as a culture, as a people, you would say that if you get up at five o’clock in the morning, eat your breakfast, go to work, make money, pay your bills, you’re progressing, when you’re still doing what’s comfortable.”

― Q-Tip

“I’m kind of a pop culture stew, you know.”

― Q-Tip

“I just want to learn even more about my culture and about the Algonquin culture because I fell in love with Pocahontas and the Algonquin tribe.”

― Q’orianka Kilcher

“I really identified with Pocahontas’ struggles as a young woman trying to identify herself in a modern, changing world and trying to stay true to her culture and heritage.”

― Q’orianka Kilcher

“The culture means the younger generation respecting the OGs, but at the same time, bringing it all to the older generation to where they can relate.”

― Quavo

“I think it is important for children to read different things to find out about their emotions and other people’s emotions. It is an enormous source of education and culture.”

― Quentin Blake

“The thing we often forget to talk about, or perhaps we take for granted, is our country’s dazzling beauty. Our natural environment is so much a part of Australia’s art, writing, music and culture, both indigenous and non indigenous.”

― Quentin Bryce

“Unfortunately, America doesn’t have a minister of culture, and I don’t understand why. It’s really bad for young people.”

― Quincy Jones

“Whenever you’re writing a book or creating a movie or a game, your first task is to get the reader/audience/player to suspend disbelief, to buy into the logic and boundaries of your world, even though those boundaries might include things like dragons and magic. To do that, you need long threads – of history and culture.”

― R. A. Salvatore

“We are all murderers and prostitutes – no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.”

― R. D. Laing

“Belushi was one of my very first heroes. At a time when film, television, and music were undergoing tectonic shifts within American culture, he was at the