Quotations about   interest

Note that not all quotations have been tagged, so the Search function may find additional quotations on this topic.



In the end, there doesn’t have to be anyone who understands you. There just has to be someone who wants to.

Robert Brault (b. c. 1945) American aphorist, programmer
(Attributed)
Added on 1-Dec-20 | Last updated 1-Dec-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , ,
More quotes by Brault, Robert

LT. JOHNSON: When are you going to take this war seriously, Anderson?

CHARLIE ANDERSON: Now let me tell you something, Johnson, before you get on my wrong side. My corn I take serious because it’s my corn, and my potatoes and my tomatoes and fences I take note of because they’re mine. But this war is not mine and I take no note of it!

James Lee Barrett (1929-1989) American author, producer, screenwriter
Shenandoah (1965)
    (Source)
Added on 30-Sep-20 | Last updated 30-Sep-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Barrett, James Lee

No great scoundrel is ever uninteresting.

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) American journalist.
(Attributed)
Added on 28-Aug-20 | Last updated 28-Aug-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Kempton, Murray

A man is what he does with his attention.

John Ciardi (1916-1986) American poet, writer, critic
(Attributed)

A personal maxim, it is mentioned in multiple contexts.
Added on 29-Jul-20 | Last updated 29-Jul-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Ciardi, John

One person with a belief, is a social power equal to ninety-nine who have only interests.

John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
Considerations on Representative Government, ch. 1 (1861)
    (Source)

Often misquoted, "One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests."
Added on 28-Jul-20 | Last updated 28-Jul-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Mill, John Stuart

To solve an interesting problem, start by finding a problem that is interesting to you.

Eric S. Raymond (b. 1957) American software developer, writer [a.k.a. ESR]
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, ch. 2, Rule 18 (1999)
    (Source)
Added on 14-Jul-20 | Last updated 14-Jul-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , ,
More quotes by Raymond, Eric S.

Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself.

Gerald Brenan (1894-1987) British writer and Hispanist [Edward FitzGerald Brenan]
Thoughts in a Dry Season, “Life” (1978)
Added on 7-Apr-20 | Last updated 7-Apr-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , ,
More quotes by Brenan, Gerald

Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough.

[Pour qu’une chose soit intéressante, il suffit de la regarder longtemps.]

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) French writer, novelist
Letter to Alfred Le Poittevin (16 Sep 1845)
    (Source)

Alt. trans.: "To make something interesting, just look at it for a long time."
Added on 20-Feb-20 | Last updated 20-Feb-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Flaubert, Gustave

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.

Paulo Coelho (b. 1947) Brazilian spiritual writer
The Alchemist, ch. 1 (1988)
    (Source)
Added on 3-Feb-20 | Last updated 3-Feb-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Coelho, Paulo

We are what we worry about, maybe that’s the lesson of the whole thing.

brust-we-are-what-we-worry-about-wist_info-quote

Steven Brust (b. 1955) American writer, systems programmer
Iorich (2010)
Added on 9-Oct-16 | Last updated 9-Oct-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Brust, Steven

There ain’t any news in being good. You might write the doings of all the convents of the world on the back of a postage stamp, and have room to spare.

Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) American humorist and journalist
(Attributed)
Added on 4-Mar-16 | Last updated 4-Mar-16
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Dunne, Finley Peter

Democracy postulates community of interest or loyal patriotism. When these are absent it cannot long exist.

Inge - democracy - wist_info

William Ralph Inge (1860-1954) English prelate [Dean Inge]
“Our Present Discontents,” Outspoken Essays: First Series (1919)
Added on 30-Nov-15 | Last updated 1-Jun-16
Link to this post | 1 comment
Topics: , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Inge, William Ralph

Would you persuade, speak of Interest, not of Reason.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist, philosopher
Poor Richard’s Almanack (Jun 1734)
Added on 9-Jul-15 | Last updated 9-Jul-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Franklin, Benjamin

Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious to the health, so study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) Italian artist, engineer, scientist
Note-books, 1 [tr. McCurdy (1908)]
Added on 8-Jan-15 | Last updated 8-Jan-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Leonardo da Vinci

Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”

John Scalzi (b. 1969) American writer
“Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be,” blog entry (26 Jul 2012)
    (Source)
Added on 6-Aug-14 | Last updated 6-Aug-14
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Scalzi, John

I am human, I consider nothing human is alien to me.

[Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto.]

Terence (186?-159 BC) African-Roman dramatist [Publius Terentius Afer]
Heauton Timoroumenos [The Self-Tormentor], l. 77

Alt. trans.:
  • "I am human [being], I consider nothing human to be alien to me."
  • "I am a human being, so there is nothing human I do not feel to be my concern."
  • "I am a human being; nothing human is alien to me."
Added on 11-Aug-10 | Last updated 30-Apr-14
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , ,
More quotes by Terence

We are interested in others when they are interested in us.

Publilius Syrus (d. 42 BC) Assyrian slave, writer, philosopher [less correctly Publius Syrus]
Sententiae [Moral Sayings], # 16 [tr. Lyman (1862)]
Added on 18-Dec-09 | Last updated 15-Feb-17
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , ,
More quotes by Publilius Syrus

Every hero becomes a bore at last.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Uses of Great Men,” Representative Men, Lecture 1 (1850)
    (Source)
Added on 16-May-07 | Last updated 25-Feb-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Emerson, Ralph Waldo