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Anatoly Karpov


Anatoly Karpov (born 1951) is a Russian and Soviet former world chess champion.


Even a dickhead would do a better job than Ilyumzhinov [head of FIDE, the International Chess Body]. The chaos in the chess world is caused by “leaders” who are unable to do their job properly.


This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image, but that of the USA as well. The way the Americans treated one of their most popular citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.


If you want to become a World Champion you should avoid playing in Open tournaments.


Seville never had a rich chess tradition. Valencia is entirely different, it is enough to say that one of the city squares is named after me.


Children can take lessons in that school via the Internet and can score extra points like e.g. in Geography or History. That sounds very promising and is a fantastic basis for future steps.


People knew about 110 years of chess history. Nowadays, nobody is able to tell you the name of the world champion of 2000.


My relations with Korchnoi depend on whether he has slept well. If he had bad dreams, he speaks a lot of rubbish.


To be a champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.


Putin needs strong moves to keep the country as one. There is some criticism that he is centralizing power, but in Russia, if you don't centralize power, you have the risk of losing the country.


James Baldwin


American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.


It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.


I have not written about being a Negro at such length because I do not expect that to be my only subject, but only because it was the gate I had to unlock before I could hope to write about anything else.


To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.


I conceive of God, in fact, as a means of liberation and not a means to control others.


Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or dreamed that one possessed. Yet, it is only when a man is able, without bitterness or self-pity, to surrender a dream he has long cherished or a privilege he has long possessed that he is set free — he has set himself free — for higher dreams, for greater privileges.


I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.


People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.


Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.


Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.



Lech Wałęsa


It is hardly possible to build anything if frustration, bitterness and a mood of helplessness prevail.

— Walesa, Lech. "Nobel Lecture" 1983 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance (11 December 1983)


I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things.


We hold our heads high, despite the price we have paid, because freedom is priceless.


He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed.


The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.


I must tell you that the supply of words on the world market is plentiful, but the demand is falling.


Our national history has so often filled us with bitterness and the feeling of helplessness.


You have riches and freedom here but I feel no sense of faith or direction. You have so many computers, why don't you use them in the search for love?


I got politics and economics moving and then others took over.


Henning Mankell


Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee," Wallander said.

"No work would be possible without coffee."

They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.


To grow up is to wonder about things; to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.


It was a clear, starry night, dead calm. Whenever I see a sky like that, I wish I could write music.


Society had grown cruel. People who felt they were unwanted or unwelcome in their own country, reacted with aggression. There was no such thing as meaningless violence. Every violent act had a meaning for the person who committed it. Only when you dared accept this truth could you hope to turn society in another direction.


We’re always being made promises,’ she said. ‘You make them yourself and you listen to others giving theirs. Politicians are always going on about providing a better quality of life for people as they get older,

and a health service in which nobody ever gets bedsores. Banks promise you high interest rates, some food promises to make you lose weight if you eat it, and body creams guarantee old age with fewer wrinkles. Life is quite simply a matter of cruising along in your own little boat through

a constantly changing but never-ending stream of promises. And how many do we remember? We forget the ones we would like to remember, and we remember the ones we’d prefer to forget.


Anaïs Nin


Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.


I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.


How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?


We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.


There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.


Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.


I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.


Suzi Quatro


I've got more than 600 pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses, from 1950s originals to newer models. I have them on the wall like opticians do so I can pick out a pair that goes with my outfit. I had around 30 pairs, then my husband Rainer started getting them for me as birthday and Christmas gifts.


I am flattered to have been the woman to have opened the door for female rockers to be accepted into the mainly male industry.


When I was seven, I decided to buy all my friends some ice cream, but the problem was where to get the money. Sneaking into church, I went to the side of the altar where you can light a candle for your loved ones and took the money from the collection boxes.


I've got a quick mouth, and I set my boundaries. Nothing ever happened that I couldn't handle. Once when a guy came on stage making rude gestures, I hit him over the head with my guitar.


I can feel things - tap into emotions. When I meet a new person, I know their life straight away. I suppose you could call it a special intuition, but it's my number one quality, and I'm always 99.9 percent right. If I don't like someone, it always turns out to be for a good reason.


I didn't think I was going to change the world for women; I just did what I did. My big thing was that I didn't change who and what I was to become successful. I will not be told what to do; I'm a real independent girl.



Lyall Watson


If elephants didn't exist, you couldn't invent one. They belong to a small group of living things so unlikely they challenge credulity and common sense.


If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.


Even in the lives of fishes, sensation is seldom a matter of one thing or another. Senses overlap. The lines between them often tend to be blurred, and the best that we can manage, by way of description from the outside, is to say that the senses of fishes appear to dominate one at a time.


Smell was our first sense. It is even possible that being able to smell was the stimulus that took a primitive fish and turned a small lump of olfactory tissue on its nerve cord into a brain. We think because we smelled.


Before sight and sound hijacked our attention, we shared with all life a sort of common sense, a chemical sense that depended on direct contact with matter in the water or the air.


Breathing air is a liberating experience. It freed our ancestors from the constraints of staying wet or having to remain within easy reach of water for refuge, respiration or reproduction. But the biggest change it made in our lives was to expose us to a whole new range of sensory experience.


Air is traditionally 'thin,' but the more we learn about our atmosphere, the more substantial it becomes. In some places it is so filled with inorganic flotsam that it is almost thick enough to plough; in others, it has become so primed with the by-products of life that it comes close to being a living tissue in its own right.


Even the cleanest air, at the centre of the South Pacific or somewhere over Antarctica, has two hundred thousand assorted bits and pieces in every lungful. And this count rises to two million or more in the thick of the Serengeti migration, or over a six-lane highway during rush hour in downtown Los Angeles.



Paula Fox


My father brought me a box of books once when I was about three and a half or four. I remember the carton they were in and the covers with illustrations by Newell C. Wyeth.


The minute you become conscious that you are doing good, that's the minute you have to stop because from then on it's wrong.


When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child's hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an awakener.


I have a painter's memory. I can remember things from my childhood which were so powerfully imprinted on me, the whole scene comes back.


I imagine there's a timid animal inside me...When it's afraid, I feel it tremble. It can't hear. It only knows the fear it feels. It doesn't have memory or an idea of the future. It lives in the present—the right now—and I try to remember it is only a part of myself, a small frightened thing I can pity. When I'm able to do that, something happens. The animal grows less afraid.”


I don't know what makes a writer's voice. It's dozens of things. There are people who write who don't have it. They're tone-deaf, even though they're very fluent. It's an ability, like anything else, being a doctor or a veterinarian, or a musician.


I taught writing classes at the University of Pennsylvania for a number of years and I realized that all you can do is encourage people and give them assignments and hope they will write them.


I've always known a lot of very bad people, destructive, brutes of a certain kind. Then I've seen these lovely impulses and what not, and they've stayed with me and comforted me.


I don't like to listen to music while I'm working.


Octavia E. Butler


I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell.


And by the way, I wanted to point out that Kindred is not science fiction. You'll note there's no science in it. It's a kind of grim fantasy.


Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt, you're really on your own. You're alone, and there's no one to help you.


Some of his neighbors found out what I was doing and offered him fatherly advice. It was dangerous to educate slaves, they warned. Education made blacks dissatisfied with slavery. It spoiled them for field work. The Methodist minister said it made them disobedient, made them want more than the Lord intended them to have.


I have a huge and savage conscience that won't let me get away with things.


Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.


People have the right to call themselves whatever they like. That doesn't bother me. It's other people doing the calling that bothers me.


No one was going to stop me from writing and no one had to really guide me towards science fiction. It was natural, really, that I would take that interest.


Science fiction let me do both. It let me look into science and stick my nose in everywhere.


The thing about science fiction is that it's totally wide open. But it's wide open in a conditional way.


I recognize we will pay more attention when we have different leadership.


Emma Orczy


[A note on the author:— Emma ("Emmuska") Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála Orczy de Orczi (23 September 1865 – 12 November 1947), known as Baroness Emma Orczy, was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring The Scarlet Pimpernel.]


At fifteen years of age, when first my parents settled down in London (temporarily as they thought) I had never been in England, never had an English friend or English governess, or English tuition of any sort or kind. I did not speak one word of English. Then how did it all come about? Neo-Victorians and Neo-Georgians will put it down to destiny; others to predestination. I, in my humble way, put it down to the Will of God. And looking back on my long life and its many changes I can trace the links of my chain of life that began on the great plains of Hungary, continued through the heart of London, and find me now at this hour of writing this book in Monte Carlo jotting down all that I can remember of those links which led me one by one to the conception of my first literary work. If any one of those links had not been, if any turn of event in my life had been different, I would probably have ended my days in the country of my birth and known nothing of the happiness which comes from love, from the affection of friends (such as one meets in England) and from success in the work to which I devoted so many years of my life.


They seek him here, they seek him there

Those Frenchies seek him everywhere

Is he in heaven or is he in hell?

That demned elusive Pimpernel


A surging, seething, murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name, for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures, animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate. The hour, some little time before sunset, and the place, the West Barricade, at the very spot where, a decade later, a proud tyrant raised an undying monument to the nation's glory and his own vanity.


Gwendolyn Brooks


We are each other's magnitude and bond.


We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.


Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.


And all the little people

Will stare at me and say,

"That is the Crazy Woman
Who would not sing in May."


Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical guise.


I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.


When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else.


To be in love Is to touch with a lighter hand. In yourself you stretch, you are well.


Very early in life I became fascinated with the wonders language can achieve. And I began playing with words.


A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.


Bill Murray


The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.


No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life.


When you see grown men near to tears because they've missed hitting a little white ball into a hole from three feet, it makes you laugh.


People say I'm difficult and sometimes that's a badge of honour.


'Groundhog Day' was one of the greatest scripts ever written. It didn't even get nominated for an Academy Award.


I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married - you'll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive.


In Japan, you have no idea what they are saying, and they can't help you either. Nothing makes any sense. They're very polite, but you feel like a joke is being played on you the entire time you're there.


But I can only take so much TV, because there is so much advice. I find people will preach about virtually anything - your diet, how to live your life, how to improve your golf. The lot. I have always had a thing against the Mister Know-It-Alls.




Johnny Weissmuller


How can a guy climb trees, say Me Tarzan, You Jane, and make a million? Johnny Weissmuller


With but few exceptions, it is always the underdog who wins through sheer willpower.


All the guys called the Olympic Village a high-class Boy Scout camp.


We didn't have the lane ropes, we had to get up higher in the water to avoid the little waves.


I never lost a freestyle race. Never. Not even in the YMCA.


The director sent for me for Tarzan. I climbed the tree and walked out on a limb. The next day I was told I was an actor.


I have always been vitally interested in physical conditioning. I have long believed that athletic competition among people and nations should replace violence and wars.


I learned to yodel pretty well. It took me a few months, but I eventually perfected it.


[Caption: Tarzan and The Leopard Woman]


Ronald Reagan


Tear down this wall


We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.


Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.


The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.


I have spent most of my life as a Democrat. I recently have seen fit to follow another course. I believe that the issues confronting us cross party lines.


In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.


Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.


If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.


Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.


Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.


It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.


When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat.


Paulo Coelho


When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.


Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.


Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.


One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.


There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.


So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.


Don't waste your time with explanations: people only hear what they want to hear.


Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.


Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.


You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.


Louis L’Amour


There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.


Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.


Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.


Victory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.


Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before - it takes something from him.


Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.


To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.


No memory is ever alone; it's at the end of a trail of memories, a dozen trails that each have their own associations.


To disbelieve is easy; to scoff is simple; to have faith is harder.


No one can get an education, for of necessity education is a continuing process.


Juliette Binoche


I think the characters I play go through tunnels, like in Three Colours : Blue, for example, where she’s lost everything ... In The English Patient, she loses her best friend; this patient is dying in front of her – there’s no hope, so she’s going to start from the bottom. In films we see extremes, because it’s where you have turning points. Before I thought there was a common denominator between my films — as if all my characters were sisters – but I’m not so sure now.


I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don't deny the past, but it's a page to turn.


For me, habit is just a synonym for death.


My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.


Being a famous actress may give you a sense of being important, but believe me, it's just an illusion.


What makes a person sexy is when he's not trying to be sexy.


But I think it's a little different in Europe, because 40 is really the best age for a woman. That's when we hit our peak and become this ripe fruit.


Choosing to be in the theatre was a way to put my roots down somewhere with other people. It was a way to choose a new family.


I've never thought of my characters as being sad. On the contrary, they are full of life. They didn't choose tragedy. Tragedy chose them.


It's never been my purpose to become an American icon, or more famous or richer.


If you have everything, then you don't want to go on. It's the lacking that makes you search for something better.


Michael Ondaatje


The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human. Meander if you want to get to town.


As a writer, one is busy with archaeology.


We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.


In the book the relationship with Katharine and Almasy is sort of only in the patient's mind.


A love story is not about those who lost their heart but about those who find that sullen inhabitant who, when it is stumbled upon, means the body can fool no one, can fool nothing—not the wisdom of sleep or the habit of social graces. It is a consuming of oneself and the past.


You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel.


It's why you create characters: so you can argue with yourself.


I believe this. When we meet those we fall in love with, there is an aspect of our spirit that is historian, a bit of a pedant who reminisces or remembers a meeting when the other has passed by innocently…but all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.


I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.


You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else.


The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat.


Death means you are in the third person.



Humphrey Bogart


The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.


I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.


I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis.


A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.


I’m not good-looking. I used to be, but not anymore. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’


Unless you really understand the water, and understand the reason for being on it, and understand the love of sailing and the feeling of quietness and solitude, you don't really belong on a boat anyway. I think Hemingway said one time that the sea is the last free place on earth.


Rick Blaine: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have Paris, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night. Ilsa Lund: When I said I would never leave you. . . . Rick Blaine: And you never will. But I got a job to do too. Where I'm going you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that. Now, now . . . here's looking at you kid.


Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.


The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go.


I don't mind if you don't like my manners. I don't like them myself. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them on long winter evenings.


Lauren Bacall


[A note on the image — 1942 from To Have And To Have Not]


You just learn to cope with whatever you have to cope with. I spent my childhood in New York, riding on subways and buses. And you know what you learn if you’re a New Yorker? The world doesn’t owe you a damn thing.


The people I've known I must say are extraordinary. When I think about some of them, I can't believe that I knew them all. And I think the reason I knew most of them at the beginning was because they were of Bogie's generation, 25 years my senior, not mine. But they were the most talented people of all.


I was Betty Bacall always. And Lauren was from Howard Hawks... he felt that Lauren Bacall was better sounding than Betty Bacall. He had a vision of his own. He was a Svengali. He wanted to mold me. He wanted to control me. And he did until Mr. Bogart got involved.


Losing Bogey was horrible, obviously. Because he was young. And because he gave me my life. I wouldn't have had a — I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't met him — I would have had a completely different kind of life. He changed me, he gave me everything. And he was an extraordinary man.


I love it. Being a liberal is the best thing on earth you can be. You are welcoming to everyone when you're a liberal. You do not have a small mind... I'm total, total, total liberal and proud of it. And I think it's outrageous to say "The L word". I mean, excuse me. They should be damn lucky that they were liberals here. Liberals gave more to the population of the United States than any other group.




Philip Roth


The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.


Old age isn't a battle; old age is a massacre.


A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!


Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.


I said the screen will kill the reader, and it has: the movie screen in the beginning, the television screen, and now the coup de grace, the computer screen.


Let me tell you about the nap. It's absolutely fantastic. When I was a kid, my father was always trying to tell me how to be a man. And he said - I was maybe nine - he said, 'Philip, whenever you take a nap, take your clothes off and put a blanket over you, and you're going to sleep better.' Well, as with everything, he was right.


Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?


When you publish a book, it's the world's book. The world edits it.


Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when.


People are unjust to anger - it can be enlivening and a lot of fun.


And he couldn't do it. He could not fucking die. How could he leave? How could he go? Everything he hated was here.


Monty Don


Modern life is, for most of us, a kind of serfdom to mortgage, job and the constant assault to consume. Although we have more time and money than ever before, most of us have little sense of control over our own lives. It is all connected to the apathy that means fewer and fewer people vote. Politicians don’t listen to us anyway. Big business has all the power; religious extremism all the fear. But in the garden or allotment we are king or queen. It is our piece of outdoors that lays a real stake to the planet.


You need to see bare branches to know the full astonishing shock of the new leaves come next April. You need the flat, brown emptiness of the mixed borders to measure their summer fullness.


Inevitably the real garden with a growing family of children will be untidy, messy even, noisy and often destructive. It drives arch control freaks like myself mad. But I hate it when they are not there.


We all have an idealised picture of the garden that we have carried around in our heads from the moment it became ours and which, I guess, is never the same as the growing reality. Over the years that the garden is coming into being that image carries you forward and inspires you, but when things reach maturity, the cold light of reality can be harsh.


However naturalistic and ‘wild’ it appears, a garden is always an artificial environment made by people for people, so it makes sense to put the considerations of people – rather than plants – first.