Luck is the idol of the idle.

Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand.

Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.

Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.

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It worries me that young singers think you can shortcut the training and go straight to fame and fortune, and programmes like Pop Idol have encouraged that.

A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.

The idol is the measure of the worshipper.

I don't want to be the cliche American Idol dude.

I want to be different, you know - that's the whole goal, me and music. It's about being yourself and being unique.

Of course that was my idol, Son House. I think he did a lot for the Mississippi slide down there.

I got tired of the Ramones around the time I quit and I really got into rap.

I thought it was the new punk rock. LL Cool J was my biggest idol.

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. Reflecting on his former status as a teen idol

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.

The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.

You have set up in New York Harbor a monstrous idol which you call Liberty.

The only thing that remains to complete that monument is to put on its pedestal the inscription written by Dante on the gate of hell: All hope abandon ye who enter here.

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme;

to be sublimely great or to be nothing.

They wouldn't be heroes if they were infallible, in fact they wouldn't be heroes if they weren't miserable wretched dogs, the pariahs of the earth, besides which the only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again.

The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection;

and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.

Its idea of production value is spending a million dollars dressing up a story that any good writer would throw away. Its vision of the rewarding movie is a vehicle for some glamour-puss with two expressions and eighteen changes of costume, or for some male idol of the muddled millions with a permanent hangover, six worn-out acting tricks, the build of a lifeguard, and the mentality of a chicken-strangler.

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.

The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.

There is a strange and mighty race of people called the Americans who are rapidly becoming the coldest in the world because of this cruel, man-eating idol, lucre.

To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself.

Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying.

Your mock saint who stands in a niche is not a woman if she have not suffered, still less a woman if she have not sinned. Fall at the feet of your idol as you wish, but drag her down to your level after that -- the only level she should ever reach, that of your heart.

If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her... I like her.

I've always wanted to play Maria in West Side Story.

My idol is Natalie Wood, and I love the movie, so I think a modern-day twist on it would be really neat.

I've never seen American Idol but I am grateful to them.

That show is one of Fox's biggest moneymakers, and some of that money goes to pay for shows like Prison Break. Simon Cowell's been signing my paychecks and for that I say thanks.

I definitely wanted to be an actor. I didn't want to be on TV, I didn't want to be famous, I didn't want to be anyone in particular; I just wanted to do it. I see young people now who look at magazines, or American Idol and their goal is to have that lifestyle - to have good handbags, or go out with cute guys from shows, or whatever. But I definitely wanted to be an actor.

Tom Hanks has been a huge idol of mine.

I'd love to work with someone like him someday. You could learn a lot working with someone like that.

I started singing about three years ago, I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place.

These critics with the illusions they've created about artists - it's like idol worship. They only like people when they're on their way up... I cannot be on the way up again.

My favorite type of music to sing and to listen to, you know, rock.

It's not always metal, but you know, half the time it is. Metal's cool, you know? Not everybody on 'American Idol' listens to metal.

When I first found out that I was an Idol finalist, I cried tears of happiness.

I was just so happy, and my family was there and the fact that got to see that moment and share that moment with me was just everything to me.

I wouldn't compare myself to any past Idol contestant, because I don't feel like I am like any of them. Maybe stories are cool but my story is different from most people's story. I don't like to compare myself to other people, I like to just be me.

I wouldn't have made it past the first round of American Idol auditions.

It was months before our first song was recorded. The guys were like, 'Just seeng!' And I was like, 'I don't know how to seeng! Can't I just play the triangle?'

Dorothy Hamill was my big idol as a kid.

She'd won the Olympics in 1976. She was America's sweetheart with her personality, her talent, her haircut.

I think America did a great job. I think Carrie Underwood fits the bill of American Idol. She's a wonderful girl, and she's gonna have a great career.

I'm not trying to be evasive, but when I say yes and no, I say 'yes' because there are narrow-minded people that won't look past the logo and 'no' because 'American Idol' put me in front of millions of people and I would not have a career without 'Idol.'

Everybody out there watches the show and has expectations of wanting to be an 'Idol,' but we're going to teach them how much hard work goes into it.

I've tried to move on with my life and my career for the last two years and do my own thing, and 'American Idol' and FOX, they've just been making it really tough for me to do that.

For the past two years,the only thing the 'Idol' machine has been doing has been maliciously attacking my name.

At the end of the day, it is about the album and book and also about setting the record straight, because 'American Idol' has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years. So that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.

American Idol' is a $900 million-a-year corporation.

When you are dealing with that, you can't come off with lies - it's either the truth or nothing.

The biggest risk I've ever taken is going on American Idol and trying to be myself. I wasn't going to try too hard to conform, and I knew that it could possibly not work out.

An American Idol is someone that has all the qualities that America thinks is positive, attractive and alluring.

I try to reach out to my idols.

'American Idol' has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years, so that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.

I was always in bands before, but on 'American Idol,' it was about getting my voice out there. It was always my goal, though, to get a band together again.

Bill Bennett really became an idol for me.

I listened to him every morning from 6 to 9 for, oh, years.

Instead of plotting the demise of the traditional family, as some politicians and religious leaders would have you believe, gay people mow their lawns and watch 'American Idol' and video their children's concerts and have the same hopes and dreams that their straight counterparts do.