Here we have the best Tell Quotes from famous authors such as Billy Connolly, Isoroku Yamamoto, Isabel Allende, Nick Saban, James McBride. Find the perfect quotation from our collection.
Give, give, give – what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don’t share it? I don’t intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine.
As a journalist, the details always tell the story.
When I tell my colleagues that I remember 1969, 1974 and 1987, their eyes glaze over, but I’m afraid I do remember them, and I therefore err on the side of caution.
The truth is the truth is the truth. And as long as you tell the truth, you’ll be okay in the end.
Some secrets are meant to be taken to the grave, and that’s what I plan on doing with all mine. They’re not necessarily my secrets to tell. I’m the gatekeeper of other people’s secrets.
I worked at a nursing home though high school… There’s a lost appreciation for a generation that has so much to tell us when we’re so full of self-help books and doctors on TV.
I don’t tell people, ‘You’re okay the way that you are.’ That’s not the right story. The right story is, ‘You’re way less than you could be.’
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Unfortunately, as I tell my white friends, we, as black people, we’re never going to be successful – not because of you white people but because of other black people. When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people.
Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are.
Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
I’m old enough and cranky enough now that if someone tried to tell me what to do, I’d tell them where to put it.
If your dream is to tell stories, interesting stories, play interesting people, that’s the bottom line. The people that I play have to be extraordinary.
If you will tell me why the fen appears impassable, I then will tell you why I think that I can cross it if I try.
My parents were supportive. I didn’t have good grades, but they could tell I wasn’t lazy.
If you made me the national commissioner of football, I’d tell you one thing that I would mandate. The second Saturday in September, we’re going to have conference day. Everybody from the SEC plays a Big 12 team. Everybody from the Big Ten is going to play the ACC. Everybody from the Big East is going to play the Pac-10.
Here’s what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We’re given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized.
I’m a storyteller; that’s what exploration really is all about. Going to places where others haven‘t been and returning to tell a story they haven’t heard before.
I tell students that the opportunities I had were a result of having a good educational background. Education is what allows you to stand out.
But we cannot rely on memorials and museums alone. We can tell ourselves we will never forget and we likely won’t. But we need to make sure that we teach history to those who never had the opportunity to remember in the first place.
I am a very private person. No one ever knows anything about me as I don’t think it is necessary. I tell people as much as I want them to know about me.
When you deal with a person who’s experiencing dementia, you can see where they’re struggling with knowledge. You can see what they forget completely, what they forget but they know what they once knew. You can tell how they’re trying to remember.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
While you’re going through this process of trying to find the satisfaction in your work, pretend you feel satisfied. Tell yourself you had a good day. Walk through the corridors with a smile rather than a scowl. Your positive energy will radiate. If you act like you’re having fun, you’ll find you are having fun.
I have a great story to tell… and I tell it well. No holds barred.
Never write an advertisement which you wouldn’t want your family to read. You wouldn’t tell lies to your own wife. Don’t tell them to mine.
Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
My friends tell me I have an intimacy problem. But they don’t really know me.
You can tell a lot about a person by their handwriting.
When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying.
Don’t let nobody tell you that you can’t do it. Love what you do until you don’t love it anymore. Nothing’s impossible.
Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
You have to tell the whole truth, the good and the bad, maybe some things that are uncomfortable for some people.
Memories are just stories we tell ourselves about our past; and that’s often why they don’t match when we’ve shared the same experiences with someone.
Managers will tell people what to do, whereas leaders will inspire them to do it, and there are a few things that go into the ability to inspire.
There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?
Absolutely, I don’t believe in rules. As I tell my daughter when she is mischievous, ‘Well-behaved women rarely make history.’
Years ago I went into my laboratory and said, ‘Dear Mr. Creator, please tell me what the universe was made for?’ The Great Creator answered, ‘You want to know too much for that little mind of yours. Ask for something more your size, little man.’
I was born in Europe… and I’ve traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, that is more compassionate, more generous, more accepting, and more welcoming than the United States of America.
Tell me I have to be somewhere, and I’ll be there 20 minutes early and stay there longer than anybody else. You hold up a lot of people if you’re not on time.
Natural beauty really entices men. They will tell you this time and time again, and studies consistently prove it.
I’ll tell you this: You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don’t, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that’s nowhere land.
Always tell the truth – it’s the easiest thing to remember.
I’m a very traditional person. The tattoos are about my grandmother dying and they tell the story about my mother and father, my brothers and my sister, my kids. It’s pretty much a family tree on my arm with my life in football too.
I know that some people shy away from what I say. They think it is too blunt, but when you don’t give people that, they feel like you are being fake and you’re not telling the truth. So it’s like, you want me to tell the truth, but when I do, it’s too much for you.
If you’re going to tell people the truth, be funny or they’ll kill you.
If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
I believe I’ve always been a big believer in equality. No one has ever been able to tell me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl.
I always tell people, good coaches are a dime a dozen. Good coaches that are good people, good husbands, good fathers, that love their players and are passionate about doing things in a way that I believe is important, that pool gets real small.
I’ll tell you sort of an odd story: My music taste changed on 9/11. And it’s very strange. I actually intellectually find this very curious. But on 9/11, I didn’t like how rock music responded. And country music collectively, the way they responded, it resonated with me.
Nothing fools you better than the lie you tell yourself.
This is my truth, tell me yours.
Don’t tell me peace has broken out.
I have to tell you I never in my life anticipated getting this old, this fast. It seems as if I were 25 just a few days ago.
It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of skunk.
As to the evil which results from a censorship, it is impossible to measure it, for it is impossible to tell where it ends.
I don’t mind if other people call me an atheist, but I call myself a naturalist. Atheism doesn’t tell you much about what I do believe in; the term naturalist opens up the discussion better.
I have been commissioned to write an autobiography and I would be grateful to any of your readers who could tell me what I was doing between 1960 and 1974.
For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.
When you really need help, people will respond. Sincerity means dropping the image facade and showing a willingness to be vulnerable. Tell it the way it is, lumps and all. Don’t worry if your presentation isn’t perfect; ask from your heart. Keep it simple, and people will open up to you.
I can tell very quickly when people are lying.
It’s much like playing jazz, flying. It’s multitasking in real time. You have a number of instruments that alone won’t tell you exactly what the airplane is doing but together give you a picture of everything that’s going on.
They say to never underestimate anyone, but they don’t tell you to overestimate people either, so I’m just going to do me.
You can’t tell young people what to do. You can’t tell ’em because they’ll look at you and say, ‘Well, how can you tell me not to do that when you were there doing it yourself?’ Or supposedly were doing it yourself. I think you must let everyone live their life the way they have to.
Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother.
Everyone has a story to tell. All you have to do is write it. But it’s not that easy.
You can always tell when the groove is working or not.
People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.
We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
I don’t think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That’s why people write novels.
Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
I am very fortunate to work with people I have seen on the screen so many times and admired, and they are in the public eye, and I have seen how they handle it. There are definitely ways to just keep on enjoying the profession and the work. Other people tell me that things are going to change.
Don’t tell a woman she’s pretty; tell her there’s no other woman like her, and all roads will open to you.
To tell you the truth, while I do enjoy the grand-scale elements, it’s the personal scenes, the character moments that I really find satisfying. That’s where I get to delve into the characters‘ minds and hearts. That’s where they become living, breathing beings to me.
Eskimo: ‘If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?’ Priest: ‘No, not if you did not know.’ Eskimo: ‘Then why did you tell me?’
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.
I’ll be in Los Angeles for two weeks and I’ll have a laugh, get battered and have a buzz, but at the end of the day, I’ll go home. It’s just me earning a few more stories to tell everyone at home and all.
Nobody can tell me where I can and can’t go.
Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.
Many kids can tell you about drugs but do not know what celery or courgettes taste like.
‘The Immigrant Story,’ which took me about twenty-five years to write, was a very simple story, but I couldn’t think of how to tell it. Then twenty years after I started it, I found this one page and realized it was going to be the story. That’s the only way you get it sometimes.
I’m actually a very honest person, and sometimes I end up like, ‘Man, I said too much.’ It’s hard for me not to tell the truth when you ask me.
With silly stuff, it’s seventy-five percent confidence. I always tell people that it’s because I’m nervous about getting that next laugh and I need to hear it. I always want to condense a joke.
I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.
I have to tell you, every day is a roller coaster.
Sometimes it’s nice of someone to tell you what you smell like.
What I tell young couples that are getting married is: you’re going to have quarrels, and on some things, you’re just going to have to agree to disagree. And when you go to bed at night, kiss each other and tell each other that you love each other. Don’t go to bed mad. Life is too short. Keep it simple.
I think a good friend, to me, is all about trust and loyalty. You don’t ever want to second-guess whether you can tell your friend something.
I love songs that tell stories. They make you feel something, something real.
I’ll tell you one thing, since I’m married, single people look absolutely ridiculous to me.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
If you’ve gotta tell on your own people to get yourself out of trouble, you’re a snitch.
If you ask anyone in animation, how long they’ve been into animation, they’ll pretty much always tell you that it’s since they can remember, and I’m no exception. I’ve always just loved drawing and loved cartoons.
I’m the kind of person who, if I see a shooting star, I wouldn’t stay there and watch it. I’d run to my friends and tell them because I would want everyone to see it too.
If we don’t tell our own stories, no one else will.
Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.
Everybody’s got a different way of telling a story – and has different stories to tell.
We’re not a political band. We don’t want to tell people what to do or what to think. We just want to tell them to think.
You come to realize that only one person can tell you what’s expected of you, and that’s you.
Don’t forget – no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell.
We must tell girls their voices are important.
If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.
A fact never went into partnership with a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of wonders. A fact will fit every other fact in the universe, and that is how you can tell whether it is or is not a fact. A lie will not fit anything except another lie.
I honestly believe you can never tell if a relationship is going to last. In my own marriage, which is going on 14 years, I don’t think of it as ‘I’m going to be with this person forever.’ Instead, I think of more like, ‘I’ll probably be with this person for the next six weeks. Then I’ll re-evaluate.’
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.
We must begin to tell black women’s stories because, without them, we cannot tell the story of black men, white men, white women, or anyone else in this country. The story of black women is critical because those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it.
I have an independent streak. You know, it’s kind of hard to tell a independent woman what to do.
I always tell people that you should only hire people to be on your team if you would work for them.
Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened.
Listen to other people tell their story, but don’t believe them. You know that it’s just a story that is only true for them, but listen because the communication can be wonderful.
The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.
I have a deep, deep belief that if I tell you I’m going to crack you with a clean shot to the chin inside one minute of the first round and you will be unconscious, well, then that’s what will happen.
I always tell young people to hold on to their dreams. And sometimes you have to stand up for what you think is right even if you have to stand alone.
I want to tell a story and shape it all the way through to the end.
Someone else is going to read for me or go at my place to the mosque, and/or to tell me you shouldn’t take anything from the West because the West is the enemy and so on. It is to me to decide. I am intelligent enough to be critical towards the West and take what I need and reject what is bad for me.
I love old books. They tell you stories about their use. You can see where the fingerprints touched the pages as they held the book open. You can see how long they lingered on each page by the finger stains.
If you ask a woman who she is, she’ll tell you who she serves and sometimes what she does. But that isn’t the whole story.
One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.
Tell the children the truth.
There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The Street.
Let me tell you something about full moons: kids don’t care about full moons. They’ll play in a full moon, no worries at all. They only get scared of magic or werewolves from stupid adults and their stupid adult stories.
Life is a series of punches. It presents a lot of challenges. It presents a lot of hardship, but the people that are able to take those punches and able to move forward are the ones that really do have a lot of success and have a lot of joy in their life and have a lot of stories to tell, too.
Constantly having to think about money is not nice. People used to say, ‘Being rich doesn’t make you happy’. And I’d think, ‘I’ve got no electricity, nothing – tell that to my empty fridge‘.
Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight presidents, three of them intimately.
I never really got paid for ‘Tell It Like Is,’ but I look back at it and say God knew what he was doing; he probably figured that if I had got money back in them days, I wouldn’t be here now. That’s okay. I’m here. And I’m still singing the song.
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.
The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories. People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do.
I tell you, ‘Firefly’? Best job I ever had. Heartbroken when it was canceled, but had it not been canceled, I never would have gotten ‘Serenity‘. I think ‘Serenity’ is the most incredible thing I’ve ever been able to actually get my hands on and do. I can’t even tell you how much love I have for that project.
A writer may tell me that he thinks man will ultimately become an ostrich. I cannot properly contradict him.
If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.
You can be technically strong, and focus all your efforts on elements like casting, music, cinematography and sets, but they are all just add ons. End of the day, filmmaking is really about how well you tell a story.
When I started studying architecture, people would say, you know, ‘Can you tell me why are all modern buildings so boring?’ Because, like, people had this idea that in the good old days, architecture had, like, ornament and little towers and spires and gargoyles, and today, it just becomes very practical.
All I can tell you really is if you get to the point where someone is telling you that you are not great or not good enough, just follow your heart and don’t let anybody crush your dream.
My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear and they are there for me in the good and bad times. Without them I have no idea where I would be and I know that their love for me is what’s keeping my head above the water.
Music helps me tell my story. That’s where I can really be heard. But there’s so much focus on the things that aren’t music.
Don’t tell me what you believe in. I’ll observe how you behave and I will make my own determination.
The question isn’t, ‘What do we want to know about people?’, It’s, ‘What do people want to tell about themselves?’
A writer’s job is to tell the truth.
I have a sensible set of values that tell me to never lie.
I tell people I’m too stupid to know what’s impossible. I have ridiculously large dreams, and half the time they come true.
There are two great rules of life: never tell everything at once.
I don’t want to tell people how to remember me. I want people to remember me as they remember me.
Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know.
I started dancing first, but felt I could also tell my story through my music.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
I love meeting new people; I think everyone has a story to tell. We should all listen sometimes.
If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
I like documentaries because there’s nothing to nitpick or criticize about scenes if they aren’t just right. It’s about honesty and real-life circumstances coming out. Granted it can be swayed by how people tell that story, but overall, I like it because it is true.
I like geography. I could tell you the capital of any country you want.
We want you to visit our State of Excitement often. Come again and again. But for heaven‘s sake, don’t move here to live. Or if you do have to move in to live, don’t tell any of your neighbors where you are going.
It’s important to tell queer stories and to show queer relationships in a very normal setting.
You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.
I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
This book-promotion stuff is like a political campaign. You work your butt off, and at the end of the day, you can’t tell if it’s made a damned bit of difference.
Of all liars the most arrogant are biographers: those who would have us believe, having surveyed a few boxes full of letters, diaries, bank statements and photographs, that they can play at the recording angel and tell the whole truth about another human life.
I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.
You can find all types of men anywhere, but a smart man will always make you feel important and understood. And a woman can always tell when a man does it genuinely and effortlessly.
Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: ‘I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.’
You can always tell about somebody by the way they put their hands on an animal.
We talk about honesty, but the reality is we have lots of human values, and they are not all compatible. We don’t always tell the truth about everything, no matter what the consequences.
People think cyberbullying will never end, so why try to fix it? Which I completely understand. I will be the first to tell you that it’s not going to end. But if you start making the change and start making the steps, over time change will happen.
If you tell the truth about how you’re feeling, it becomes funny.
My goal was to tell a dialogue between high fashion and streetwear. So, the name Off-White, in my mind, is between black and white. So, that middle ground is a mixture between both genres of fashion.
Tell the truth and shame the devil.
In the past, people used to tell me to shut up a bit. But what I believe is to put out your opinion and let everyone else react. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong.
Well first of all, tell me, is there some society you know of that doesn’t run on greed? You think Russia doesn’t run on greed? You think China doesn’t run on greed? What is greed?
I feel like I’m a New Yorker because I really know the city. I actually tell the drivers where to go – I have this bad habit, I always question the drivers. I do that all the time because I feel like I know the best way, when really it’s like, ‘Yo, man, shut up. This dude does this every day of his life.’
Let me tell you what the truth is… I have learned one thing in life: there is no such thing as bad press. There is not. That’s a fundamental truth. The more bad things said about you, the more power they give to you.
I’d rather tell you how I really feel.
You tell me I play like a man, and I’ll tell you, ‘Hey, thanks.’
I always tell people that this is a really simple deal: Work hard. If you work hard, follow what’s required and set your priorities right, then you can really perform without taking shortcuts. If you’re taking shortcuts, you can’t be free.
I think when people begin to tell their stories, everything changes, because not only are you legitimised in the telling of your story and are you found, literally, like you matter, you exist in the telling of your story, but when you hear your story be told, you suddenly exist in community and with others.
And it’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.
Next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please pay attention.
I do have my own personal convictions and values, and I live by those. But as an artist, as a portrait photographer, my job is to tell the truth and to capture someone’s spirit on a certain day. And it’s never the whole truth; it’s the truth I experience in a very intense and intimate fashion.
If you’re gonna tell your life story, you gotta be honest, or don’t do it.
Once you get people’s attention, you have a greater responsibility to tell them something of value.
I just constantly tell myself that I should be the only one to define my worth and what I’m capable of and how I perceive myself. And that I should never source that worth from other people, especially strangers on social media. They don’t know who I am, the length of my journey, who I am as a person.
I used to tell myself that I will always be myself.
The most powerful words in English are ‘Tell me a story,’ words that are intimately related to the complexity of history, the origins of language, the continuity of the species, the taproot of our humanity, our singularity, and art itself.
When I would hear the rabbi tell about some miracle such as a bush whose leaves were shaking but there wasn’t any wind, I would try to fit the miracle into the real world and explain it in terms of natural phenomena.
We love to be with our family and friends and I can tell you that lots of eating will be involved.
Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.
Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are.
Government is the ultimate monopoly. And monopolies, as any economist will tell you, often breed complacency and a lack of innovation.
The trouble with programmers is that you can never tell what a programmer is doing until it’s too late.
We’re put here on Earth to learn our own lessons. No one can tell you what your lessons are; it is part of your personal journey to discover them. On these journeys we may be given a lot, or just a little bit, of the things we must grapple with, but never more than we can handle.
The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead – everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.
I can tell more about my weaknesses than my strengths.
There is beauty in our roots. Sometimes we think our roots are shameful, and people tell you that you’re no good or your ancestors are no good or that you come from a neighborhood of no hope and terrible crime. But it’s about the beauty of those places, and I carry that with me.
I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe – you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar.
Your intuition will tell you where you need to go; it will connect you with people you should meet; it will guide you toward work that is meaningful for you – work that brings you joy, work that feels right for you.
I never feel lonely if I’ve got a book – they’re like old friends. Even if you’re not reading them over and over again, you know they are there. And they’re part of your history. They sort of tell a story about your journey through life.
Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand’ something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
Raising myself and caring for my brothers and sisters allowed me the benefit of a lot of information that I wouldn’t have otherwise gotten. I had to be frugal, thoughtful, resourceful. I didn’t have anyone to tell me, ‘You can’t.’
Look, coaching is about human interaction and trying to know your players. Any coach would tell you that. I’m no different.
A lot of guys go, ‘Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.’ I tell ’em, ‘I don’t know any.’ They want me to make one up. I don’t make ’em up. I don’t even know when I say it. They’re the truth. And it is the truth. I don’t know.
There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.
The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that’s why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It’s not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible.
No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
Let me tell you something about myself. I am a straight shooter.
Kids can’t build a marble statue at home. But I’ve had parents tell me that, after an exhibit, their kids immediately dug out their Lego kits and disappeared for three days.
I wish I could know everything ever, like that would be my wish – that’s what I hope heaven is, that they tell you who shot JFK and all that stuff.
Don’t forget to tell yourself positive things daily! You must love yourself internally to glow externally.
The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you’re banging your head against a brick wall all the time.
All these non-singing, non-dancing, wish-I-had-me-some-clothes fools who tell me my albums suck. Why should I pay any attention to them?
I’ve heard ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin‘ read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe’s pen hasn’t begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I’ve seen de real thing, and I don’t want to see it on no stage or in no theater.
The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.
If you have something to say then you want someone to pay attention or at least to have the opportunity for them to tell you to shut up and go away.
I tell the government, if people have no jobs, you are in trouble. Government will be in trouble. My job is to help more people have jobs.
As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note.
If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.
An autobiography is not about pictures; it’s about the stories; it’s about honesty and as much truth as you can tell without coming too close to other people’s privacy.
If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.
The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn’t simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it’s a story about who you want to be.
My view is that you don’t tell the universe what to do. The universe is how it is, and it’s our job to figure it out.
It makes me feel wonderful that people still care for me… that I have so many fans among young people, who write to me and tell me I have been an inspiration.
When I was a boy, the priest, my uncle, carefully inculcated upon me this proverb, which I then learned and have ever since kept in my mind: ‘Dico tibi verum, Libertas optima rerum; Nunquam servili, sub nexu vivito, fili.’ ‘I tell you a truth: Liberty is the best of things, my son; never live under any slavish bond.’
Science will explain how but not why. It talks about what is, not what ought to be. Science is descriptive, not prescriptive; it can tell us about causes but it cannot tell us about purposes. Indeed, science disavows purposes.
Traditional scientific method has always been at the very best, 20 – 20 hindsight. It’s good for seeing where you’ve been. It’s good for testing the truth of what you think you know, but it can’t tell you where you ought to go.
My attitude is, if someone’s going to criticize me, tell me to my face.
I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.
Making a record? You’ve got to have the song, then you create a record. I think it’s the same with a live performance. If the material is strong, you’re already 90% there. I always tell young people it’s all about the music, the songs. Work on the songs, work on the songs, work on the songs.
People would tell me, especially after my marriage to Prince, ‘You need to write a book because you’ve had a crazy life.’
I’m a firm believer in the saying that goes, ‘If you want to make god laugh, tell him your plans,’ kind of approach.
If you like small government you need to work hard at having a strong national defense that is not so militant. Personal liberty is the purpose of government, to protect liberty – not to run your personal life, not to run the economy, and not to pretend that we can tell the world how they ought to live.
As a writer, I’m more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.
In general, the mass media tell us that black people are not loving, that our lives are so fraught with violence and aggression that we have no time to love.
Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
What is a friend? I will tell you… it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
White people need to wake up and tell the truth about US history and the inequality and the ways in which racism is so entrenched.
Stand-up is no bureaucracy. No one can tell me what to do or not to do.
Tell me what you read and I’ll tell you who you are is true enough, but I’d know you better if you told me what you reread.
I never regret or sit back and think that I shouldn’t have said something. There are a lot of people who tell me that you shouldn’t say this or that or should keep quiet, and I really think that I can either be true to my conscience or can live a fake life by staying quiet.
I just always wanted to study human behavior because every psychologist that I would talk to would tell me I was bipolar, and I know I’m not bipolar, so I had to perform a psychoanalysis on myself to find out that I have unresolved grief.
It is only in his music, which Americans are able to admire because a protective sentimentality limits their understanding of it, that the Negro in America has been able to tell his story.
When my son was growing up, I was always guilty, no matter what I did. Make decisions and be happy with the decisions you’ve made. I tell myself, in the long run, it’s the love, the quality of relationships that you have with your family, your friends and giving back to the community that matters.
You tell them that all your experience tells you this is the best way to beat this particular opposition. You persuade them and you drill them, and you tell them so many times they can hear you when they go to sleep. Then, on the day of the game, you stand on the touchline and hope to God that it works.
I want kids that look up to me to know that I’m a vegetarian, and I want to help them find alternatives to meat. I’m not gonna tell everyone that they should be vegetarian, even though they should be. I’m more gonna say, ‘You don’t have to be fully vegetarian; just don’t eat meat every other day.’
A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby’s temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who’s boss.
There’s nobody on this earth who can tell you that what you’re feeling is wrong. They can tell you it’s different to what they’re feeling.
I’ve had tons of bullies who would call me retarded, even on my Facebook page. It’s sad and it really hurts. I want to tell people not to use the word. Don’t say your friend’s retarded when they do something foolish. If you have a disability, keep working hard. Whatever it takes, do it, and don’t be mean to people.
Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so.
I think animation can tell more than live action.
Sometimes films ignore other points of view because it’s simpler to tell the story that way, but the more genuine and sympathetic you are to different points of view and situations, the more real the story is.
I make pictures to tell a story, to tell lies, and to amuse.
A car isn’t a classic just because it’s old. To be a classic, a car has to tell us something of its time.
The joys of my life are my granddaughters. They are beautiful. You don’t have to believe me. You can ask my wife. She’ll tell you.
If somebody thinks they’re a hedgehog, presumably you just give ’em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.
I really haven’t had that exciting of a life. There are a lot of things I wish I would have done, instead of just sitting around and complaining about having a boring life. So I pretty much like to make it up. I’d rather tell a story about somebody else.
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Tell the truth, but tell it slant.
Technology gives us power, but it does not and cannot tell us how to use that power. Thanks to technology, we can instantly communicate across the world, but it still doesn’t help us know what to say.
If you want to be thought a liar, always tell the truth.
A writer should have this little voice inside of you saying, Tell the truth. Reveal a few secrets here.
I didn’t tell any of my friends that I wanted to be a comedian, because I was superstitious. I thought if I told people, it wouldn’t happen. So I kept it all in my head for years and years.
I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you’re trying to accomplish and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
A master can tell you what he expects of you. A teacher, though, awakens your own expectations.
Don’t let other people tell you what you want.
One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child‘s name and how old he or she is.
Do not tell secrets to those whose faith and silence you have not already tested.
Most children – I know I did when I was a kid – fantasize another set of parents. Or fantasize no parents. They don’t tell their real parents about that – you don’t want to tell Mom and Dad. Kids lead a very private life. And I was a typical child, I think. I was a liar.
I don’t know where streaming will go in the future. The analytics that we’re seeing tell us that streaming is the next thing, and downloads are going down. I feel like with the history of this platform, from vinyl to where we are now, it just seems like the next logical step.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.
You have reckoned that history ought to judge the past and to instruct the contemporary world as to the future. The present attempt does not yield to that high office. It will merely tell how it really was.
A man’s mind is wont to tell him more than seven watchmen sitting in a tower.
People say I’m extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?
The average attention span of the modern human being is about half as long as whatever you’re trying to tell them.
Some days, I’ll be very down and out, but you won’t be able to tell, really, because I don’t express that side of myself on social media. That’s the side of myself that I express through music.
The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
While the government can tell you that I am an innocent man, the government’s letter cannot give me back my good name or my reputation.
A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.
I am in love – and, my God, it is the greatest thing that can happen to a man. I tell you, find a woman you can fall in love with. Do it. Let yourself fall in love. If you have not done so already, you are wasting your life.
I tell myself that I created the wardrobe of the contemporary woman, that I participated in the transformation of my times.
My mother used to tell me, No matter what they ask you, always say yes. You can learn later.
There are some people that if they don’t know, you can’t tell them.
You can tell a lot about a person from his underwear.
I guess I’m pretty much of a lone wolf. I don’t say I don’t like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.
Even the finest actors will have great difficulty showing somebody’s loneliness. To put an actor on a chair and ask him to do nothing and yet tell the viewer everything about the character, it’s a difficult task.
There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly.
The reason why I wanted to direct is because there are personal stories that I want to tell, but also because I love every part of movie making – from the wardrobe to the set decoration to cinematography.
Everyone’s entitled to express their political beliefs. I don’t presume to tell anybody who to vote for. I am comfortable telling people what my opinions are.
Trust your gut. You know yourself, so don’t let somebody else tell you who you are.
As a pilot, I can tell you drones may be a lot of things; airplanes they are not.
You see, we are here, as far as I can tell, to help each other; our brothers, our sisters, our friends, our enemies. That is to help each other and not hurt each other.
I couldn’t sell water in a desert. I have no business acumen. I can tell you why you have no business acumen, and I can tell you why your project may or may not work, but I have no ability to make money.
I’m trying to shut up and let my angels speak to me and tell me what I’m supposed to do.
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion.
You cannot look at a person and tell whether they’re good or bad.
To preserve our sovereign integrity, we must prove to them nobody need tell us how to hold a clean and democratic election.
Ask me for my shirt off my back, I’ll give it to you. Tell me? Not a chance.
Successful people will always tell you you can do something. It’s the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things.
I think it’s a travesty that the NBA can’t just tell these guys to play basketball two days in a row. It’s just a joke to me. We flew commercial, and we were able to play back-to-back.
I tell people a lot of times, if you want to be a part of something, you never know, you kind of just have to be around. A lot of people don’t really have the patience for it, and they don’t stick around. Dre and I are still working together, and we have plenty of music for the future.
I tell my kids and I tell proteges, always have humility when you create and grace when you succeed, because it’s not about you. You are a terminal for a higher power. As soon as you accept that, you can do it forever.
I watch political shows for a number of weeks in a row, and all I see are guys arguing with each other over issues I have no idea about. My brother, he loves war-torn places. My dad would always read the paper and tell me I should watch CNN, but I usually wind up watching ‘Breaking Bad.’
That’s what’s so great about television. You’re able to tell this long story, where you couldn’t really do that in a film because you have to tell a story in an hour and a half or two hours.
As soldiers need not only courage but tactics also, so does a philosopher need not only courage and philosophy but discernment also, to tell what his right time of dying is – so that he neither seek it nor flee it.
There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them.
I would like to tell the young men and women before me not to lose hope and courage. Success can only come to you by courageous devotion to the task lying in front of you.
You should never trust anything reported by the media. Their first priority is to spread propaganda; their second priority is to make money. They never really care if they tell the truth or not.
I’ll never tell a lie. I’ll never make a misleading statement. I’ll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I’ll never avoid a controversial issue.
I tell young people – including my granddaughter – there is no shortcut in life. You have to take it one step at a time and work hard. And you have to give back.
Sometimes I can’t think of a better way to end my day than coming home and just strumming my ukulele for a few minutes. I mean, I joke around and tell people that it’s an entire yoga session in one strum, you know?
Never ask anyone over 70 how they feel. They’ll tell you.
I think Canada has a great story, and I’m glad to tell it. And if there’s a moment where the world is paying a little more attention to Canada, well, I think it’s important to try and capitalize on that.
For me, it’s a great thing to tell people anything is possible. When I was 15, people told me ‘You’re not going to be a DJ.’
I have to tell you, my seven-year-old granddaughter said to my daughter, her mother, ‘So what’s the big deal about Grandma Maddy having been Secretary of State? Only girls are Secretaries of State.’ Most of her lifetime, it’s true. But at the time it really was a big deal.
I don’t give advice. I can’t tell anybody what to do. Instead I say this is what we know about this problem at this time. And here are the consequences of these actions.
Even, today, when people tell me I’m beautiful, I do not believe a word of it.
My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it’s feet first!
I’ll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself.
Such is the life of a man. Moments of joy, obliterated by unforgettable sadness. There’s no need to tell the children that.
We’re not going to have the America that we want until we elect leaders who are going to tell the truth – not most days, but every day.
Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time.
We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
Time will tell us what we did and didn’t do.
I want to tell everybody to celebrate every day, to savor the day and be good to yourself, love yourself, and then you can be good to others and be of service to others.
If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they’ll be all over it.
In general I think that in art you only have the responsibility to tell the truth.
I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.
Most people tell you there are certain moments you should celebrate in life: for example, the weekend coming, so you should party on a Friday. Or your birthday or New Year‘s Eve. But what if you’re excited about being alive every day? Can’t you be in that celebratory state every moment you’re not dead?
You cannot change the conclusion of the brain by torture, nor by social ostracism. But I will tell you what you can do by these and what you have done. You can make hypocrites by the million.
Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
What do I know of man’s destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
Manners is the key thing. Say, for instance, when you’re growing up, you’re walking down the street, you’ve got to tell everybody good morning. Everybody. You can’t pass one person.
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.
If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.
Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school.
What a word is truth. Slippery, tricky, unreliable. I tried in these books to tell the truth.
I’ll tell you one thing, it’s a cruel, cruel world.
You close the door on me and tell me I can’t, I’m gonna find a way to get in.
You have got to clean your own house first before you tell other people that they aren’t doing it right.
Tell the truth. Sing with passion. Work with laughter. Love with heart. ‘Cause that’s all that matters in the end.
I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is strength of character and strength of spirit and love.
Tell the audience what you’re going to say, say it; then tell them what you’ve said.
Not all journalists are really journalists. They ask such stupid questions sometimes, especially the newer ones, and because… these people can’t tell if you’re joking around, you just can’t have any sense of humour; you really can’t.
If you were to ask me when I was 17 if I was mad because I didn’t have a deal, I would have probably said, ‘Yeah.’ Now I’m so glad I got it when I got it. People tell you to be patient and wait. Patience is not a virtue of mine, but I think everything definitely happened the right way for me.
I can’t tell you what I had for breakfast, but I can sing every single word of rock and roll.
There are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying.
I am not embarrassed to tell you that I believe in miracles.
I love sports because it takes me away from reality, and I tell people, ‘No matter how bad your life is, if you are having problems at home, you are having problems at work, that’s the beauty of sports.’
I just want to tell people how I am.
A good mind should tell the difference between noise and music.
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups… but they’re coming for ya. It’s a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?
We must insist on assimilation – immigration without assimilation is an invasion. We need to tell folks who want to come here, they need to come here legally. They need to learn English, adopt our values, roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Even as someone who’s labeled a conservative – I’m a Republican I’m black, I’m heading up this organization in the Reagan administration – I can say that conservatives don’t exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they’re welcome.
We need folks who are queer or trans, to have an opportunity to tell their story.
You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There’s a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that’s just begun.
I sleep on my stomach with my head under a bunch of pillows so if someone wants to come in and try to kill me they can’t tell if I’m there or not, so they’ll just leave.
Don’t ever forget two things I’m going to tell you. One, don’t believe everything that’s written about you. Two, don’t pick up too many checks.
I do really long DJ sets – I play for five or six hours sometimes – but the live shows are a bit more compact. The arch of how to tell a story, where the energy is, where you have peaks and drops, where things go up and things come down, that’s all being informed by DJ-ing.
Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
Poems seem to have a life of their own. They tell you when enough is enough.
What I can’t tell with a photo I will tell with a painting, and what I can’t tell with a painting I will tell with a video or text sometimes, et cetera.
The theatre was created to tell people the truth about life and the social situation.
There are things that I can tell my friends that I just can’t tell my family, just as far as how I’m feeling about things. My friends know me the best in a certain way. I just think old friends are really, really important.
When you tell your truth, you are coming from a real place, so you are automatically a leader.
When we tell little white lies, we become progressively color-blind. It is better to remain silent than to mislead.
The world can’t tell you who you are. You’ve just got to figure out who you are and be there, for better or worse.
I wouldn’t say I’m underrated, but more reserved. Only time will tell, but I’ve been good so far in being consistent and making hit after hit writing for myself and other artists, from rap to R&B, and being able to make those different records.
If I could talk to my younger self, I would tell her that you will grow into the woman you’ve always wanted to be. You will find love. You will be successful. You will be happy.
We know that we cannot live together without rules which tell us what is right and what is wrong, what is permitted and what is prohibited. We know that it is law which enables men to live together, that creates order out of chaos. We know that law is the glue that holds civilization together.
I like to tell young people to work hard for your goals and live in the moment.
You will not tell me that you accept me. You will not tell me that you tolerate me. That is not your power. I take that from you. You will respect me for who I am.
When you’re righteous, you don’t have to tell people that you’re righteous.
If you tell me I can’t do something, it just makes me want to do it more.
I do all my work by storyboard, so as I draw the storyboard, the world gets more and more complex, and as a result, my North, South, East, West directions kind of shift and go off base, but it seems like my staff as well as the audience, doesn’t quite realize that this has happened. Don’t tell them about it.
I think, in some ways, I like it when people tell me what they’re thinking. I would rather have it that way than masquerade as if you’re totally unbiased and objective.
When you’re that successful, things have a momentum, and at a certain point you can’t really tell whether you have created the momentum or it’s creating you.
I have to tell people that they are not responsible for their behavior. They’re not creating it; they’re not initiating anything. It’s all found somewhere else. That’s an awful lot to relinquish.
The lies we tell ourselves are the most subtle of all lies.
If you talk to any of my Democratic colleagues who lost that year, they would tell that gun control was one of the major contributory factors in the loss of their seats.
Playwriting gets into your blood and you can’t stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
Guns are bad, I tell you.
I tell myself that if I start to listen to these people and start to let them decide how I should behave and what I should do, then this is not my life – it’s theirs.
A woman who tells her age tells everything, and I won’t tell it.
If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.
I’ll tell you what I’m grateful for, and that’s the clarity of understanding that the most important things in life are health, family and friends, and the time to spend on them.