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The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers. Dave Barry | journalist
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For too long, we have focused on our differences - in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs - rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together. Bob Riley | politician
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One of the strengths I derive from my class background is that I am accustomed to contempt. Dorothy Allison | writer
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My background playing soccer gave me a natural advantage over many of the American-born players. Hakeem Olajuwon | athlete
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I come from a modest background. I put myself through college and law school and a postdoctorate program in tax law. Michele Bachmann | politician
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I really appreciate the sport background because the structure and the discipline that that gives a person is incredible, and it just carries with you wherever you go. Estella Warren | model
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I have a lot of endurance and I have a good background right now in my training and it's time to get ready. Ryan Lochte | athlete
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Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that. Barbara Bush | first lady
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A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story. Lynn Abbey | author
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Let a man get up and say, Behold, this is the truth, and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say. Virginia Woolf | author
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Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background. He just didn't know he was a novelist. All those damn psychiatrists after him, they didn't know he was a novelist either. John Irving | novelist
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News is so often a report of conflict, an account of problems, a thing of the day and even of the minute, that sometimes I think we make the background darker and the shadows deeper than they actually are. Arthur Hays Sulzberger | publisher
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In the initial season of a show, you're figuring out your character and their life and their background and you're putting together all the chapters of the book. Sophia Bush | actress
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I have a strong dance background. I danced from age five until 18, and that helps a lot. Doing a fight routine is like doing a dance routine. Yvonne Strahovski | actress
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Surely the President can agree with us, that theft from government is not good. I know it's bold. It's out on the edge. I know from a Chicago-Springfield background it's hard to fully grasp that honesty could be part of government. Newt Gingrich | politician
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