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When your best player's working harder than everybody and holding everyone accountable, that's a winning culture. Grant Hill, baksetball player


No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


Your basic person wants to talk about material culture, internet culture. I think about God, cats, nature. Billy Corgan, musician


Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going. Rita Mae Brown, writer


English culture is basically homosexual in the sense that the men only really care about other men. Germaine Greer, activist


The Law of Raspberry Jam: the wider any culture is spread, the thinner it gets. Alvin Toffler, author


Pop culture is not about depth. It's about marketing, supply and demand, consumerism. Trevor Dunn, musician


A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand. Samuel Butler, poet


We are women. We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture. Kate Millett, activist


Slowly but surely, we are acquiring that famous culture of democracy, which is our objective. Paul Biya, statesman


You have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Mitch Albom, writer


Culture: the cry of men in face of their destiny. Albert Camus, philosopher


Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit. Jawaharlal Nehru, leader


The PBSI (Indonesian Badminton Association) have to work harder to widen the pool and find quality players. The present indifferent culture has to change. Taufik Hidayat, athlete


No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Thomas Jefferson, president


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, musician


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, novelist


Culture is one thing and varnish is another. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet


Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver. Hermann Goering, criminal


Culture is the habit of being pleased with the best and knowing why. Henry Van Dyke, poet


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, historian


Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy. Vladimir Putin, statesman


A nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


We stand strong together - as Americans - many cultures, races and faiths, but one nation under God. Bob Taft, politician


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, writer


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, journalist


That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman


The crucial differences which distinguish human societies and human beings are not biological. They are cultural. Ruth Benedict, scientist


General jackdaw culture, very little more than a collection of charming miscomprehensions, untargeted enthusiasms, and a general habit of skimming. William Bolitho,


Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart. Mahatma Gandhi, leader


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, psychologist


The idea of the sacred is quite simply one of the most conservative notions in any culture, because it seeks to turn other ideas - uncertainty, progress, change - into crimes. Salman Rushdie, novelist


Culture relates to objects and is a phenomenon of the world; entertainment relates to people and is a phenomenon of life. Hannah Arendt, historian


Culture and possessions, there is the bourgeoisie for you. Thomas Mann, writer


Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality. Jackie Chan, actor


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, musician


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, musician


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. Lord Chesterfield, statesman


Culture makes all men gentle. Menander, poet


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, statesman


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, actor


You have to work at creating your own culture. Mitch Albom, writer


How did we suddenly become entranced with gangster culture? I saw it this morning on campus. When did the black community say we should all look like criminals? Tim Reid, actor


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, actor


Although we love the idea of choice - our culture almost worships it - we seek refuge in the familiar and the comfortable. Hugh Mackay, scientist


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, author


When you talk about rap you have to understand that rap is part of the Hip-Hop culture. Afrika Bambaataa, musician


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, judge


Every man's ability may be strengthened or increased by culture. John Abbott, statesman


Culture, then, is a study of perfection, and perfection which insists on becoming something rather than in having something, in an inward condition of the mind and spirit, not in an outward set of circumstances. Matthew Arnold, poet


Culture, the acquainting ourselves with the best that has been known and said in the world, and thus with the history of the human spirit. Matthew Arnold, poet


What would it be like to have not only color vision but culture vision, the ability to see the multiple worlds of others. Mary Catherine Bateson, scientist


As the end of the century approaches, all our culture is like flies at the beginning of winter. Having lost their agility, dreamy and demented, they turn slowly about the window in the first icy mists of morning,...then they fall down the curtains. Charles Baudelaire, poet


The acquiring of culture is the development of an avid hunger for knowledge and beauty. Jesse Bennett,


We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part. Allan Bloom, philosopher


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. Patrick J. Buchanan,


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, philosopher


In the room the women come and go talking of Michelangelo. TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot, poet


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, critic


The bourgeoisie and the petty bourgeoisie have armed themselves against the rising proletariat with, among other things, culture. It's an old ploy of the bourgeoisie. They keep a standing art to defend their collapsing culture. George Grosz, artist


If you see in any given situation only what everybody else can see, you can be said to be so much a representative of your culture that you are a victim of it. S. I. Hayakawa, politician


One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down. Pauline Kael, critic


The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. Karl Marx, economist


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 Anna Paglia,


The manner of their living is very barbarous, because they do not eat at fixed times, but as often as they please. Amerigo Vespucci,


Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers. Simone Weil, philosopher


Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet it alone. Edith Wharton, author


Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs. Thomas Wolfe, novelist


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, leader


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,


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, writer


Asia is rich in people, rich in culture and rich in resources. It is also rich in trouble. Hubert H. Humphrey, politician


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, novelist


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, poet


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, comedian


The adequate study of culture, our own and those on the opposite side of the globe, can press on to fulfillment only as we learn today from the humanities as well as from the scientists. Ruth Benedict, scientist


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, celebrity


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, historian


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, educator


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, philosopher


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, psychologist


Pop culture is great, but it can be bad, at times. Aisha Tyler, actress


High school is such a shared experience in North American culture. Doug Coupland, author


All the culture war issues will be settled by the court. Gary Bauer, public servant


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, athlete


The culture of the chairmanship is to be the dominant voice in the Fed. If you have a weak chairman... the markets could be very unsettled. David Jones,


When we were engaged in the problems of survival we had no time to have anything to do with culture. Nursultan Nazarbayev, politician


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, athlete


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, musician


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, journalist


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, philosopher


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, director


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. Doug Coupland, author


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, actress


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, journalist


Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can't deliver good service from unhappy employees. Tony Hsieh, businessman


Americans want our leaders to defend our values, our culture, our legacy of liberty and our way of life, not apologize. Christine O'Donnell, politician


We have convinced over one billion members of the Islamic faith that we are prejudiced against their religion, that we would deny them freedom of religion, that we want suppress their culture and invade their governments. Theodore C. Sorensen, lawyer


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, actor


Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados. When I shot my 1st video I worked really hard with my choreographer to perfect the routines. Rihanna, musician


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, first lady


But now I feel off the grid. I feel that I am not part of the culture. And because I don't have a car I don't really go anywhere to buy things. In fact, I have been in a slow process of selling and giving away everything I own. Vincent Kartheiser, actor


It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture. Wangari Maathai, activist


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, educator


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, musician


I feel like being into the beat of your own drum has become too prominent in the culture. Mos Def, musician


You know, one of these things that happened in the '60s and '70s was this confluence of, sort of, a counter-culture with computer culture. Walter Isaacson, writer


We are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. Zachary Quinto, actor


We are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. We are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. Zachary Quinto, actor


I did not become successful in my work through embracing or engaging in celebrity culture. I never signed away my privacy in exchange for success. Steve Coogan, comedian


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, director


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, director


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, businessman


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, actress


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, actress


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, actor


My wife Danielle and I love travelling, different cultures and good weather. Gary Lineker, athlete


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, celebrity


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, athlete


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, actor


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, musician


I've always had an affinity and a passion for cars and that whole car culture. Ludacris, musician


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, model


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, producer


I'm sure I will cause tremendous seismic shifts in the culture again. Rosie O'Donnell, comedian


Putting our ecosystem in great peril is certainly not a part of Chinese culture that I know. Yao Ming, athlete


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, actress


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, journalist


I got exposed to so many different cultures and people. Sofia Coppola, director


I think there ought to be some serious discussion by smart people, really smart people, about whether or not proliferation of things like The Smoking Gun and TMZ and YouTube and the whole celebrity culture is healthy. Stephen King, author


We've switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics - trying to play a serious part in the world - to a culture that's really entertainment-based. Stephen King, author


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, actress


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, athlete


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, athlete


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, actress


Our society, our culture - the greatness of America - goes hand-in-hand with energy, and our leaders need to wake up. We need energy, OK? Rick Santelli, journalist


I feel we live in the kind of culture now where you have to be very smart to navigate the right way, and I just don't have those smarts. I think with age and time it will change, but I can't obsess about it. Sienna Miller, actress


Academia is a rarified culture, especially an Ivy League academic background. Paul Giamatti, actor


In 1998 I invested in the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde Uni and subsequently put more capital into enterprise education to try and help change the culture. Tom Hunter, businessman


I didn't know anything about Opus Die except from pop culture, like Dan Brown novels, which I knew wasn't really knowing anything about Opus Die. Wes Bentley, actor


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, actor


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, musician


There's nothing in Chinese culture that is an equivalent of the geisha. It's so different, so special to Japan. Ziyi Zhang, actress


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, philosopher


Culture's worth huge, huge risks. Without culture we're all totalitarian beasts. Norman Mailer, novelist


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, journalist


The relentless pressures of the so-called marketplace have distorted all our culture industries. Mark Crispin Miller, journalist


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, sociologist


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, artist


Don't tire yourself more than need be, even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones. Antonin Artaud, dramatist



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