Quotes and Sayings about Influence



"I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists."
- Kathy Acker
(Related: People, Fiction, Literature, Writers)

"By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion."
- John Acton
(Related: Authority, Custom, Duty, Influence, Liberty, Man, Opinion)

"The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand."
- Brooks Adams
(Related: Difference, Influence)

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
- Henry Adams
(Related: Eternity, Influence)

"The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Difference, Influence)

"A teacher affects eternity he can never tell, where his influence stops."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Eternity, Influence)

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops."
- Henry Brooks Adams
(Related: Eternity, Influence)

"You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Life, People, Fact)

"A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Blessings, Day, Influence)

"My mother was the total influence. My father was what we call a nomadic person; he was a wanderer."
- Danny Aiello
(Related: Mother, Father, Influence)

"It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Money, Fame, Influence)

"When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Power, Virtue, Heaven, Influence, Modesty, Stars, Woman)

"I hope we can keep doing it this way - making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing."
- Damon Albarn
(Related: Art, Music, Hope, Celebrity, Will)

"Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Colors)

"A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Students)

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Eyes, Influence, Self, Spirit, Will)

"She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners."
- Louisa May Alcott
(Related: Character, Clothes, Influence, Instinct, Magic, Manners, Worth)

"The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom."
- James Allen
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Success, Influence, Jewels, Man, Mind)

"I don't have any influences, any heroes, it's just me."
- GG Allin
(Related: Heroes)

"I just have a lot off different influences."
- Mose Allison
"My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Jazz)

"Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Life, Faith, Influence, Profession)

"There are just hundreds of people that have inspired and influenced me in a number of different ways. First of all, you can't forget your parents and all they've done to help you to get here."
- Michael P. Anderson
(Related: People, First, Forget, Help, Parents)

"When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Creation, Paris)

"Venom was a band that strongly influenced the image and the idea behind Slayer."
- Tom Araya
(Related: Idea)

"I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: People, Being, Influence, Musicians)

"It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life."
- Margot Asquith
(Related: Life, Influence)

"There are a couple of teachers I have had without whose influence I would not be as happy with who I am."
- Mackenzie Astin
(Related: Influence, Teachers)

"It is tough to say what has influenced me the most because I know that Mozart makes me think better, but you cannot beat Dave Matthews for feeling good!"
- Mackenzie Astin
(Related: Feeling)

"I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write, and I don't know what my influences are."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Writer)

"I have always thought that my ear is also very influenced by my eyes."
- Emanuel Ax
(Related: Thought, Eyes)

"What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Time, Soul, African, Culture, Oppression, Slavery, Years)

"I don't think I'm really so unique. If every black person looked at their life they would quickly discover that they have been influenced by every type of music prevalent in America."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Life, Music, America)

"Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world."
- Sai Baba
(Related: Values, Ideals, Illusion, World)

"That the state of knowledge in any country will exert a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it, is a principle too obvious to require investigation."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Knowledge, Country, Influence, Investigation, Obvious, State, Will)

"I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence."
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Related: Life, Children, Influence, Job, Occupation, Succeed, Talking, Want, Will)

"When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Education, Government, Thought, Control, Children, Influence, State)

"As Erykah Badu, it has nothing to do with me, the way I look, my hair wrap, my style, it's about you and what you feel for my music. If I can make you feel like the way that people who influenced me made me feel, that's completion."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Music, People, Completion, Hair, Nothing, Style)

"Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Men, Thoughts, Habits, Influence, Obedience, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Words)

"By a great man, however, we mean a man who, because of his spiritual gifts, his character, and other qualities, deserves to be called great and who as a result earns the power to influence others."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: Power, Character, Gifts, Influence, Man, Result, Spiritual)

"We speculate as to what is in store for us. But we not only undergo events, we in part cause them or at least influence their course. We have not only to study them but to act."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Act, Cause, Events, Influence, Study)

"The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Future, Now, Will)

"I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration has used political and religious ideologies to influence national policy on science and medicine."
- Tammy Baldwin
(Related: Science, Policy, Influence, Medicine, Religious)

"A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Wife, Husband, Influence, Ridicule, Woman)

"I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre."
- Howard Barker
(Related: Language, Shakespeare, Theatre)

"The institutional investor remains the bigger influence on individual trades simply because the institutional investor has more money to support the order and that will have more of an impact on the stock."
- Maria Bartiromo
(Related: Money, Influence, Order, Support, Will)

"News is important information that may influence your investments. Noise is talk or buzz or some headline that prevents you from seeing a story clearly. News is useful. Noise is a distraction. Calling what's noise and news after the fact is easy."
- Maria Bartiromo
(Related: Fact, Influence, Information, May, News, Talk)

"The good news is that parents are the leading influence on kids' decision not to drink alcohol."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Decision, Alcohol, Influence, Kids, Leading, News, Parents)

"The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Childhood, Influence)

"My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians."
- Walter Becker
(Related: Time, People, Jazz, Musicians)

"The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Evil, Influence)

"The influence of Paris, for instance, is now minimal. Yet a lot is written about Paris fashion."
- Geoffrey Beene
(Related: Fashion, Influence, Now, Paris)

"I think my uncle was probably the biggest influence in my life. We grew up in the same house, and he was just a really great, hard-working, honest, ethical person."
- Catherine Bell
(Related: Life, Influence)

"Children have in the past and continue to influence policy makers."
- Carol Bellamy
(Related: Policy, Children, Influence, Past)

"I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me."
- Peter Benchley
(Related: Fiction, Writer)

"The first movie I saw - and I don't know if it influenced me - was Ben Hur. We watched it outside in a corn field, and it ran backwards, so the first movie I ever saw was Ben Hur backwards."
- Roberto Benigni
(Related: First)

"I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn't very good at being a president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing."
- Warren Bennis
(Related: Thought, Control, Being, End, Influence, Man, President)

"And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Body)

"I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Influence)

"Each member of the band has varied influences, and the same diversity is reflected in our fanbase."
- Daisy Berkowitz
(Related: Diversity)

"I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences... essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Ability, Committee, Objectives, Will)

"I definitely get affected by new stuff. There's a lot of older influences, but there's also newer stuff too."
- Nuno Bettencourt
"Even with Extreme, I don't think you have a choice but to sort of have somewhat of an influence of the times."
- Nuno Bettencourt
(Related: Choice, Extreme, Influence)

"I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters."
- Jello Biafra
(Related: Disasters, Influence, Style, Writing)

"Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Influence, Woman)

"The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Influence, Names, Will, Worth)

"The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Influence)

"I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door."
- Harrison Birtwistle
(Related: Open)

"In my opinion, Lenny Bruce was more of an influence on Zappa's satirical lyric's than anyone that I know of."
- Jimmy Carl Black
(Related: Influence, Opinion)

"I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America."
- Ruben Blades
(Related: America, American, First)

"Parents don't need government to raise their kids. That's their job. But government can help them protect their children from influences they may not want their kids exposed to."
- Rod Blagojevich
(Related: Government, Children, Help, Job, Kids, May, Parents, Want)

"We have to withdraw from this undemocratic institution and ensure that these people no longer have any influence on British affairs. We would like to see other European nations do the same thing. I think that will happen."
- Steve Blake
(Related: People, Influence, Nations, Will)

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
- Ken Blanchard
(Related: Leadership, Successful, Authority, Influence, Key, Today)

"I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious."
- William Peter Blatty
(Related: Unconscious)

"Furthermore, the study of the present surroundings is insufficient: the history of the people, the influence of the regions through which it has passed on its migrations, and the people with whom it came into contact, must be considered."
- Franz Boas
(Related: History, People, Influence, Present, Study)

"My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Home, Father, Affection, Freedom, Influence)

"House was the first film where I had no influence on the script. I had to buy the script with the game rights."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Film, First, Rights, Influence)

"I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Influence, Mentors)

"The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Influence, Vanity)

"The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations."
- Omar Bongo
(Related: Happiness, Power, Wealth, Economy, Humanity, Influence, Leading, Nations, Prosperity)

"Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections."
- Daniel Boone
(Related: Soul, Curiosity, Influence, Man)

"In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one."
- Pat Boone
(Related: Power, Athletes, Culture, Influence, Right)

"We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important - just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety."
- Alain de Botton
(Related: People, Piety, Religious, Will)

"However, it does seem now that the international community, more importantly the powers that have influence, and, even more importantly, Afghanistan's neighbors realize that it is high time that they work together, and not against one another."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Time, Work, Afghanistan, Community, Influence, Neighbors, Now)

"During this period, I became interested in how the new techniques of cloning and sequencing DNA could influence the study of genetics and I was an early and active proponent of the Human Genome Sequencing Project."
- Sydney Brenner
(Related: Genetics, Influence, Project, Study)

"I'm a Mommy's Girl - the strongest influence in my young life was my mom."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Life, Mom, Influence)

"In France, for instance, one magazine writer was convinced that On The Road had been a huge influence on Lost Souls and was crushed to learn that I hadn't read the one until after I'd written the other."
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Related: France, Influence, Road, Writer)

"Our analysis of truth and falsehood, or of the nature of judgment, is not very likely to be influenced by our hopes and fears."
- Charles D. Broad
(Related: Nature, Truth, Falsehood, Judgment)

"My parents always saw me as an artist, and that greatly influenced me."
- Meredith Brooks
(Related: Artist, Parents)

"I knew I could not maintain that leadership in open struggle against Moscow influence. Only two Communist leaders in history ever succeeded in doing this - Tito and Mao Tse-tung."
- Earl Browder
(Related: History, Leadership, Influence, Open, Struggle)

"I have opposed the Communist cold war line ever since, both by public utterance and by private help to trade unionists breaking free from the Communist influence."
- Earl Browder
(Related: War, Help, Influence, Public, Trade)

"We are always going to be influenced by America... I watched the word 'bum' go out and 'butt' come in. And part of me says, oh that's a shame, but Aussie boys are still Aussie boys."
- Bryan Brown
(Related: America, Boys, Shame, Word)

"I'd begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Influence, Reading, Teenage, Years)

"I'm not gonna say that I hate it, because I really respect Usher and I was influenced by him. But so many people compare me to him, and I don't think it'll ever stop. I just want to be my own artist."
- Chris Brown
(Related: People, Artist, Hate, Respect, Want)

"The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative: the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about interesting people and places."
- Louise Brown
(Related: People, Books, Hearing, Importance, Influence, Reading, Result)

"The biggest influence? I've had several at different times - but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Influence, Rules, Songs)

"Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill."
- Buddha
(Related: People, Care, Will, Words)

"Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns."
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Related: Religion, Love, Ambition, Influence, Loyalty, Order, Religious, United)

"It was both necessary and desirable for us to be so strong at sea that no Sea Power could attack us without risk, so that we might be free to protect our oversea interests, independently of the influence and the choice of other Sea Powers."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Power, Choice, Influence, Risk, Sea)

"English policy may not yet have made the definite decision to attack us; but it doubtless wishes, by all and every means, even the most extreme, to hinder every further expansion of German international influence and of German maritime power."
- Bernhard von Bulow
(Related: Power, Policy, Decision, English, Extreme, Influence, May, Wishes)

"There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Imagination, Men, Feelings, Act, Influence)

"I have learned that trying to guess what the boss or the client wants is the most debilitating of all influences in the creation of good advertising."
- Leo Burnett
(Related: Boss, Advertising, Creation, Trying)

"When you see all of these bands citing you as influences, it makes you feel relevant."
- Geezer Butler
"What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That's what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence."
- Geezer Butler
(Related: Life, Guitar, Influence, Play, Want)

"I really learned the power of the tube on Sesame Street and how it can influence a very young mind."
- Ruth Buzzi
(Related: Power, Influence, Mind)

"Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words."
- Eileen Caddy
(Related: Thoughts, Words)

"I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Books, Influence)

"If I may take the liberty to speak for science at least, today his name and his prizes are without a peer in the world. He not only elevates science but he influences it as well."
- Melvin Calvin
(Related: Science, Liberty, May, Name, Prizes, Today, World)

"The films that influenced me were so disparate that there's almost no pattern."
- James Cameron
"To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions."
- Kim Campbell
(Related: Government, Chance, Exercise, Influence, Pride)

"A lot of people give in to those pressures and let others influence the process on their second albums because they want to achieve the success they had with their first again, but they don't know how to do it."
- Vanessa Carlton
(Related: Success, People, First, Influence, Want)

"I'm a big fan of '70s records where artists could draw on whatever influences they wanted."
- Deana Carter
(Related: Artists)

"I am fairly certain that my abortion position hurt me, because in a Democratic primary, where turnout is relatively low, liberal voters turn out in disproportionately large numbers and thus exercise a disproportionate influence on the outcome."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Abortion, Exercise, Hurt, Influence, Liberal, Numbers)

"The only compensation, gained through the influence of nongovernmental organizations, consisted in slightly broadening for private individuals the possibility of access and appeal to the agencies enforcing the Covenant concerned with civil and political rights."
- Rene Cassin
(Related: Possibility, Rights, Influence)

"Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Work, Being, Conscience, Influence)

"Influence is to be measured, not by the extent of surface it covers, but by its kind."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Influence)

"No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent."
- William Ellery Channing
(Related: Power, Society, Knowledge, Virtue, Hardship, Influence)

"The songs are not necessarily autobiographical. A lot of songs are a combination of influences. It might be some part of my life, or something I've felt, or something somebody's told me. It all comes together."
- Tracy Chapman
(Related: Life, Songs)

"The radio was my big influence. Comedy came from the instinctual feel I had for language."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Comedy, Influence, Language)

"Outside of advertising, the person who's influenced me most is quite possibly Frank Gehry."
- Jay Chiat
(Related: Advertising)

"The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years."
- Deepak Chopra
(Related: Life, Influence, Years)

"In 1995 the whole political situation was very complicated. I was the first deputy prime minister, and at the same time I had very low influence in the government."
- Anatoly Chubais
(Related: Government, Time, First, Influence)

"People hear the soul, black influence in my voice. I grew up listening to CKLW and all the black stations like WLBS."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Soul, People, Influence, Listening, Voice)

"Certainly my parents were a huge influence. They always expected the most out of all of us. And expected us to do our very best. I'm thankful to them for allowing me to do what I wanted to do."
- Laurel Clark
(Related: Influence, Parents)

"Matthew being a constant attendant on our Lord, his history is an account of what he saw and heard; and, being influenced by the Holy Spirit, his history is entitled to the utmost degree of credibility."
- Adam Clarke
(Related: History, Being, Credibility, Spirit)

"This familiarity with a respected physician and my appreciation of his work, or the tragedy I experienced with the long, tormented agony and death of my mother might have influenced me in wanting to study medicine. It was not the case."
- Albert Claude
(Related: Death, Work, Mother, Appreciation, Familiarity, Medicine, Study, Tragedy)

"Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Belief, Actions, Influence)

"Well, I think the president is going to do well in terms of his influence for positive change here in the Congress, making sure that we don't overspend, making sure that we spend for only those programs that are justified."
- Thad Cochran
(Related: Change, Positive, Congress, Influence, President)

"I guess everything having to do with your background has some influence on how you tell stories but it's hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community in Minnesota really affected it."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Community, Growing up, Influence)

"There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: Culture, Imitation, Influence, Literature, Mind)

"The writers who have the deepest influence on one are those one reads in ones more impressionable, early life, and often it is the more youthful works of those writers that leave the deepest imprint."
- J. M. Coetzee
(Related: Life, Influence, Writers)

"My family has always been there to support me along the way. My coach, John Nicks, is a great influence."
- Sasha Cohen
(Related: Family, Coach, Influence, Support)

"I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Mother, Father, Influence, Play, Voice)

"Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on the Steve Allen show. I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face."
- Tim Conway
(Related: Life, Influence)

"It's like this - these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that's where this generation's groups came from - an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: People, Environment)

"So, influenced by these advisors and this hope, I have at length allowed my friends to publish the work, as they had long besought me to do."
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Related: Work, Hope, Friends)

"It's the clothes that influence the music I'm going to play."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Music, Clothes, Influence, Play)

"True as this is, it is also true that for one who won through there were many who gained nothing, and it was, and is, the sheer weight of numbers of those who failed of this that has made their influence on the modern life as pervasive and controlling as it is."
- Ralph A. Cram
(Related: Life, Influence, Nothing, Numbers, Weight)

"Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan had tremendous influence on generations of American because, even if people disagreed with them, they admired them because they made very strong commitments to things they believed in."
- Phil Crane
(Related: People, American, Generations, Influence)

"The advent of electronically synthesized sound after World War II has unquestionably had enormous influence on music in general."
- George Crumb
(Related: Music, War, Influence, Sound, World, World war)

"Most of my influences are turn-of-the-century."
- George Crumb
"Anybody is influenced by where and how he lives."
- Imogen Cunningham
"And if this House is to be scared, by whatever influences, from its duty, to receive and hear the petitions of the People, then I shall send my voice beyond the walls of this Capitol for redress."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: People, Duty, Voice)

"Today's youth cannot miss something they have never known, but I fear that there are no current fictional characters whose impact and influence will last with such abiding affection into their 'sore and yellow' as this splendid man's creations have in mine!"
- Peter Cushing
(Related: Fear, Affection, Influence, Man, Today, Will, Youth)

"I'm constantly being influenced by the soul that's directly in front of me."
- Dick Dale
(Related: Soul, Being)

"The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Influence)

"When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, College, Identity, Responsibility, Years)

"Also, people are not often aware of the way the United States' policies influence what happens in places like Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua. Or in Columbia right now."
- Edwidge Danticat
(Related: People, Influence, Now, Right, states, United)

"Sinatra was the biggest influence on my life, my singing career. And rightly so. I mean he was the best singer ever."
- James Darren
(Related: Life, Career, Influence, Singing)

"What I believe in touches many aspects of religious and spiritual thought. Mainly I'm influenced and inspired by the eastern yogi's aspect of mysticism, Which is, I think, the future."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Thought, Future, Religious, Spiritual)

"The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: Quality, Writer)

"It's not just for its influence on us, but to know that we can play a part in it, to understand the influence that we have outside our own existence."
- Siobhan Davies
(Related: Existence, Influence, Play)

"Every performer who ever performed in rock and roll or even close to it is lying if they tell you that they weren't influenced in some way or another by Elvis Presley. He turned the world around."
- Mac Davis
(Related: Lying, World)

"The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms."
- Christopher Dawson
(Related: Knowledge, Ideas, Europe, Influence, Literary)

"My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence."
- Taylor Dayne
(Related: Life, Influence, Parents, Teachers)

"Did people think I sounded black? Totally, but that was a marketing tool as well, but also this is how I grew up and these are my influences."
- Taylor Dayne
(Related: People, Marketing)

"That's one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Life, People, American, Corporations, Influence, Party, Tea)

"I brought samples in, because I didn't have any comic book samples, and I brought all these illustrations that I had influenced by Norman Rockwell and a couple of the other big boys. That's all I had, that's all I brought."
- Dan DeCarlo
(Related: Boys)

"I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Movies, Jazz, Writers)

"I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Beauty, Inspiration, Fiction, Influence, Language)

"The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence."
- Don DeLillo
(Related: Society, Influence, Writer)

"I was mainly influenced by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and others like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash."
- Iris DeMent
(Related: Family)

"I was influenced by European movies, old Fellini, old Kurosawa - any sort of foreign film."
- Ted Demme
(Related: Movies, Film, Old)

"Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism... to ward off threats to her own security and influence."
- Bernadette Devlin
(Related: Equality, Mother, Church, Conservatism, Force, Freedom, Influence, Ireland, Security)

"A guy called Arthur Brown... was a big influence of mine... and also Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull."
- Bruce Dickinson
(Related: Influence)

"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Movies, Adulthood, Entertainment, Ideals, Influence, Objectives)

"I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Company)

"I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences."
- Brad Dourif
"The people who influence you are the people who believe in you."
- Henry Drummond
(Related: People, Influence)

"Russia's biggest problem is organized crime and its leaders are influenced by the Russian mafia. But it's not right to call it a Russian mafia, it's a Jewish mafia."
- David Duke
(Related: Crime, Leaders, Right, Russia)

"The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life. I didn't always see it. It was up to our parents to see that we had our education in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion."
- Katherine Dunham
(Related: Education, Family, Life, Influence, Parents, Prejudice)

"I was always influenced by language."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Language)

"I could start with Mandelstam, who was a huge influence on my early writing."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Influence, Writing)

"The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me."
- John Dyer
(Related: Influence)

"In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Religion, Influence, Reason, Supernatural)

"It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives."
- Clint Eastwood
(Related: Power, People, Control, Discipline, Influence)

"I was influenced when I was younger by the cartoon movies that Disney put out, like Cinderella and what not. I watched those movies over and over when I was younger and the music is ingrained into my head. Nowadays, I'm still humming the tunes. It taught me the fundamentals."
- Zac Efron
(Related: Movies, Music, Disney)

"We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Influence, Military)

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
(Related: Power, Government, Influence, Military, Potential, Will)

"Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another."
- George Eliot
(Related: Soul, Influence)

"Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Emotions, Literary, Will)

"The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment."
- Jacques Ellul
(Related: Environment, Influence, Press, Propaganda, Television)

"I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Women, Thought, Civilization, Influence, Measure)

"A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community."
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(Related: Positive, Community, Influence, Israel, Palestine, Solution, Will)

"I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence."
- Julius Erving
(Related: Home, Basketball, Being, Influence, Learning)

"I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life."
- Julius Erving
(Related: Life, Mom, Home, Influence)

"There were speeches made in Congress in the very last session before the outbreak of the Rebellion, so ferocious as to show that their authors were under the influence of a real frenzy."
- Edward Everett
(Related: Congress, Influence, Rebellion)

"But in the life of every man there are influences of a far more real and penetrating character than those which come through the medium of schools or teachers."
- Frederic William Farrar
(Related: Life, Character, Man, Schools, Teachers)

"What is true of Mr. Mill's influence on the women's-suffrage question is true also of the other political movements in which he took an active interest."
- Millicent Fawcett
(Related: Women, Influence, Interest, Question)

"If, however, the success of a politician is to be measured by the degree in which he is able personally to influence the course of politics, and attach to himself a school of political thought, then Mr. Mill, in the best meaning of the words, has succeeded."
- Millicent Fawcett
(Related: Success, Politics, Thought, Influence, Meaning, School, Words)

"A lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal."
- Will Ferrell
(Related: People, Childhood, Comedy, Events, Pretty)

"I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature."
- Leslie Fiedler
(Related: Sex, American, Force, Influence, Literature, Publishing)

"The jet stream is the controlling influence over the world's weather systems."
- Michael Fish
(Related: Influence, Weather, World)

"Any idea can be brought into the classroom if the point is to inquire into its structure, history, influence and so forth. But no idea belongs in the classroom if the point of introducing it is to recruit your students for the political agenda it may be thought to imply."
- Stanley Fish
(Related: History, Thought, Idea, Classroom, Influence, May, Students)

"The Grateful Dead were an influence on our music but they weren't by a long shot the biggest influence."
- Jon Fishman
(Related: Music, Influence)

"I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this - never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening."
- Alexander Fleming
(Related: Advice, Appearance, Chance, Influence, May, Neglect, Trying)

"But as we shall see, Roosevelt, through a combination of events and influences, fell deeper and deeper into the toils of various revolutionary operators, not because he was interested in revolution but because he was interested in votes."
- John T. Flynn
(Related: Events, Revolution)

"Every artistic expression is either influenced by or adds something to politics."
- Dario Fo
(Related: Politics, Expression)

"I wanted to pay tribute to my musical influences: Buffalo Springfield, Lightfoot, the Beatles, the Hollies."
- Dan Fogelberg
(Related: Tribute)

"Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers."
- Ken Follett
(Related: Movies, Writers)

"My older kids are fantastic people. It can't be the result of my influence on them."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: People, Influence, Kids, Result)

"My major influence was my ten years older sister."
- Willa Ford
(Related: Sister, Influence, Years)

"Well, I wouldn't say that this experience had any influence on my decision to do this film about Andy, because Andy was apolitical. Andy was never political."
- Milos Forman
(Related: Experience, Decision, Film, Influence)

"The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Books, Influence)

"The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Husband, Influence, Vote, Woman)

"Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Work, Art)

"The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Fact, Influence, Obvious)

"I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Artist, Influence, Play, Study)

"The Gospel having spread itself into Persia, the pagan priests, who worshipped the sun, were greatly alarmed, and dreaded the loss of that influence they had hitherto maintained over the people's minds and properties."
- John Foxe
(Related: People, Influence, Loss, Sun)

"I don't know how much influence we really had, because we never put our pictures on the albums or anything and we never really promoted the Talking Heads connection, because we wanted to keep it separate from Talking Heads."
- Chris Frantz
(Related: Connection, Influence, Talking)

"One always hopes that you're going to have influence and staying power, but you never know."
- Chris Frantz
(Related: Power, Influence)

"The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!"
- Antonia Fraser
(Related: Family, Books, Childhood)

"From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character."
- Bill Frist
(Related: Character, African, Americans, Blood, Culture, Jazz, Justice)

"I think that one of the things that influences me most as a composer is to what extent I can deconstruct and reconstruct the material that I'm working with."
- Fred Frith
"How can a coach have any influence over a player that's making over five times more than he is?"
- Hayden Fry
(Related: Coach, Influence)

"The staff at the Institute will present an analysis on how asset price fluctuations and subsequent structural adjustments influence sustained economic growth, based on Japan's experience since the second half of the 1980s."
- Toshihiko Fukui
(Related: Experience, Growth, Influence, Present, Will)

"I always thought it hadn't influenced me very much, but I heard from many people from England that many motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books."
- Cornelia Funke
(Related: Thought, People, Books, England, Motives)

"Being a kid growing up with Kurosawa films and watching Sergio Leone movies just made me love what it could do to you, and how it could influence you - make you dream."
- Antoine Fuqua
(Related: Love, Movies, Dream, Being, Growing up, Influence)

"The industry does have some influence on who gets other awards. With the Mercury Prize, they don't. Jon comes from the business, but his heart is still very much in the music. Currently, we have about 12 major names that have said they want to be a part of MUDDA."
- Peter Gabriel
(Related: Business, Music, Heart, Awards, Influence, Mercury, Names, Want)

"Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Nature, Love, Despair, Evil, Human nature, Influence, Yield)

"I've had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life."
- Andy Garcia
(Related: Life, Children, Choices, Insanity, Moments, Responsibility)

"The Egyptian tomb was the outcome of the Mesopotamian influence and followed from the religious crisis the country had undergone."
- Stephen Gardiner
(Related: Country, Crisis, Influence, Religious)

"Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Life, Reading)

"Each social formation, through each of its material activities, exerts its influence upon the civic whole; and each of its ideas and ideals wins also its place and power."
- Patrick Geddes
(Related: Power, Ideas, Ideals, Influence)

"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power."
- Henry George
(Related: Power, Influence, Light, Man, May)

"We were very influenced by The Beatles, no question."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Question)

"I haven't really met anyone else who has influenced me, but you never know, it could happen next year or next month. I just like to go with the spur of the moment."
- Robin Gibb
"The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre."
- Robin Gibb
(Related: Music, Soul)

"While growing up in Birmingham around a lot of West Indian people, reggae and calypso were big influences early on but Otis Redding was the one person who made me wanna sing myself."
- Roland Gift
(Related: People, Growing up)

"No, I feel like my personality probably influenced the character, more than the character influenced me."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Character, Personality)

"While there are many influences on gas prices in America, I believe the passage of a national energy bill will help relieve this burden on our country."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: America, Burden, Country, Energy, Help, Will)

"Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire."
- William Godwin
(Related: Perseverance, Desire, Influence)

"I herewith commission you to carry out all preparations with regard to... a total solution of the Jewish question in those territories of Europe which are under German influence."
- Hermann Goering
(Related: Europe, Influence, Question, Solution)

"In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically."
- Dexter Gordon
(Related: Influence, Jazz)

"I don't really have a favorite bass player. I listen to a lot of bluegrass. But then again, I'm not a typical bluegrass bass player. I was really into the Grateful Dead, and I still am - I don't listen to them too much, but for me they are a big influence."
- Mike Gordon
(Related: Favorite, Influence)

"No, generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism."
- Gilbert Gottfried
(Related: Influence, Plagiarism, Word)

"The influence of blogging is overall a very positive force in the media."
- Garrett M. Graff
(Related: Positive, Force, Influence, Media)

"Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children."
- Billy Graham
(Related: God, Mother, Character, Christian, Children, Influence)

"The Mole had long wanted to make the I acquaintance of the Badger. He seemed, by all accounts, to be such an important personage and, though rarely visible, to make his unseen influence felt by everybody about the place."
- Kenneth Grahame
(Related: Acquaintance, Influence)

"Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future."
- Ulysses S. Grant
(Related: Civilization, Progress, Bible, Future, Influence)

"I don't want to be influenced by outside opinion."
- Harold H. Greene
(Related: Opinion, Want)

"I suppose, counting back, if the Beatles had been influenced by music in the same length of time ago - you'd have to put that into better English for me, thank you - they would have been like a banjo orchestra. They would have been doing show tunes."
- Jonny Greenwood
(Related: Music, Time, English)

"The papers reveal that in several key abortion cases, justices were keenly interested in the perceived public reaction to their rulings - indicating that courts can be influenced by public sentiment."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Abortion, Key, Public, Sentiment)

"I had furthermore spoken on the assumption that Russia would mobilize, whereas the assumption of the German Government had hitherto been, officially, that Serbia would receive no support; and what I had said must influence the German Government to take the matter seriously."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Government, Influence, Russia, Support)

"If the union between England and America is a powerful factor in the cause of peace, a new Triple Alliance between the Teutonic race and the two branches of the Anglo-Saxon race will be a still more potent influence in the future of the world."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Peace, Alliance, America, Cause, EnglFuture, Influence, Race, Will, World)

"Only let the North exert as much moral influence over the South, as the South has exerted demoralizing influence over the North, and slavery would die amid the flame of Christian remonstrance, and faithful rebuke, and holy indignation."
- Angelina Grimke
(Related: Christian, Influence, Slavery)

"Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Experience, Time, Fear, Dying)

"Make no mistake about it: Next to parents and families, our teachers are the most important influence in our children's lives."
- Kenny Guinn
(Related: Mistake, Children, Influence, Parents, Teachers)

"I was much influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre."
- Thom Gunn
"Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world."
- Thomas Guthrie
(Related: Feeling, Now, World)

"That U.N. Security Council resolution requires getting Syrian troops and intelligence officials out of Lebanon so that the Lebanese can have elections here this spring that are free and fair and free of outside influence."
- Stephen Hadley
(Related: Intelligence, Elections, Influence, Resolution, Security, Spring, Troops)

"We hope and we've made clear that the forces need to come out. It needs to be full and complete withdrawal. Our position is it needs to be done as soon as possible so that the elections can be free, fair and free of outside influence."
- Stephen Hadley
(Related: Hope, Elections, Influence, Needs)

"Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Leadership, Power, Influence)

"Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations."
- Chuck Hagel
(Related: Power, Democracy, Freedom, Influence, Interest, Nations, Value, World)

"Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry."
- Conrad Hall
(Related: History, Movies, People)

"The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers!"
- Dante Hall
(Related: Positive, Athletes, Influence, Parents, Reason)

"I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Art, Home, Movies, Father, Influence)

"I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's. Writers have to entertain themselves, or they can't entertain anyone else."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Related: Writers)

"I think that my vampires in general were influenced by my being allowed to watch the Hammer vampire films. Vampire Circus, also shown as Circus of Fear, was one of those movies."
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Related: Movies, Fear, Being)

"I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of."
- Dashiell Hammett
(Related: American, Influence, Literature)

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions."
- John Hancock
(Related: Business, Ability, Actions, Influence)

"Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day."
- Tom Hanks
(Related: Love, Day, Driving, Growing up, Influence, Moon, Nothing, Respect)

"Obviously we're a consumer nation and you have the power to influence these big corporations who are running the world right now through what you chose to, or not to, purchase."
- Daryl Hannah
(Related: Power, Corporations, Influence, Nation, Now, Right, Running, World)

"The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life."
- John Hannah
(Related: Business, Life, Ability, Actions, Influence)

"You may be pulling from different influences because of different things that are going on in your life, different people that are around you and more experiences to pull from."
- Zac Hanson
(Related: Life, People, May)

"The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years."
- Thomas Hardy
(Related: Decision, Events, Mind, Office, Years)

"Canada remains alienated from its allies, shut out of the reconstruction process to some degree, unable to influence events. There is no upside to the position Canada took."
- Stephen Harper
(Related: Canada, Events, Influence)

"This was the period when I used all the influence I had to get the British to abandon their export trade, and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing facilities to the immediate needs of the war, including civilian, as well as military requirements."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: War, Influence, Manufacturing, Military, Needs, Trade)

"I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt. Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe. He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world."
- W. Averell Harriman
(Related: Influence, World)

"I'm very influenced by landscapes, not so much the way places look as the way the names sound. In this country we've got so many cultures, and the place names - the Spanish names and the Indian names, which are so incredibly musical."
- Emmylou Harris
(Related: Country, Names, Sound)

"I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there."
- Jim Harrison
"I mean I think that Blondie's influence is a little bit in a way more eclectic than those bands."
- Debbie Harry
(Related: Influence)

"The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted to strengthen their power, and the resistance to that effort caused an immense growth of Parliamentary influence."
- Albert Bushnell Hart
(Related: Power, Growth, Effort, England, Influence)

"Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy's name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Life, Work, Leader, Friend, America, Influence, Name, Public, Senate, states, Today, United, Will)

"A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change."
- Katharine Butler Hathaway
(Related: Change, Family, Needs, Open, Order)

"People are naming it the Third Wave, the Information Age, etc. but I would say those are basically technological descriptions, and this next shift is not about technology - although obviously it will be influenced and in some cases expressed by technologies."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Technology, Age, People, Information, Will)

"It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Work, Bible, English, Exaggeration, Influence, Language, Literature, Race, Shakespeare, Will)

"But that was war. Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents."
- Joseph Heller
(Related: War, Children, Influence, Parents)

"The interests of the United States are better served by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place than by removing our influence from the UN."
- Jesse Helms
(Related: Influence, Reform, states, United)

"Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history."
- Arthur Henderson
(Related: History, Influence, Will)

"People under the influence of cults is similar to that we observe in addicts. Typical behaviour for both includes draining bank accounts, neglecting children, destroying relations with family and losing interest in anything except the drug or cult."
- Keith Henson
(Related: Family, People, Children, Influence, Interest, Losing)

"If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Sacrifice, Civilization, Effort, Example, Force, Influence, Reason)

"My two biggest influences are Archie comics and Dennis the Menace."
- Gilbert Hernandez
"The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence."
- Herodotus
(Related: Influence, Man, Misfortune)

"Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it, will have its influence and its place, just as our body will pass into the composition of grass, of sheep, of cutlets, and of men."
- Alexander Herzen
(Related: History, Men, Thought, Body, Influence, Sheep, Will)

"Children are easily influenced, and I always want to do things I can be proud to show my kids someday."
- Faith Hill
(Related: Children, Kids, Want)

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."
- Napoleon Hill
(Related: Success, Failure, Influence, Mind, Will, Words)

"Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff."
- S. E. Hinton
(Related: Work, Influence)

"When I started out, I preferred to watch my films without music, as its presence tends to mask the underlying pace of the film. I felt I could feel the rhythm of the film better without music to influence me."
- Paul Hirsch
(Related: Music, Film, Influence)

"But I'm more interested in why people are frightened by Jaws and why Jaws was such a hit than saying Spielberg's my main influence."
- Damien Hirst
(Related: People, Influence, Saying)

"Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Money, Morality, People, Heart, Belief, Body, Influence, Mind, Spirit)

"Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show, it's really derived of many influences."
- Joel Hodgson
(Related: Science, Mystery, Theater)

"It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Influence)

"I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than I do by other writers' works in a way. Or by popular culture, movies - what else is there to write about than love and loss?"
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Dreams, Love, Movies, Work, Culture, Loss, Popular, Writers)

"That's it really, at the moment I wouldn't say I was influenced by any one thing in particular."
- Peter Hook
"A short exposure to the convention convinced me that the Internet may save the Democracy in that it is a way for the people, for the citizens, to have some direct influence on the government."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Government, People, Democracy, Influence, Internet, May)

"The influences in my life were all kind of politically, socially implanted. And then there was Watergate."
- Tobe Hooper
(Related: Life)

"The only real influence I've ever had was myself."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Influence)

"Generally, I've got to say that all sounds, musics, noises since conception are bound to have influenced me."
- Hugh Hopper
"Malcolm X made me very strong at a time I needed to understand what I was angry about. He had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me."
- Lena Horne
(Related: Peace, Time, Heart, Influence)

"I'd pick a young white guy over an old white guy for president anytime because the younger guy is more likely to have been influenced by the great social changes of the '60s and '70s."
- D. L. Hughley
(Related: Old, President)

"Life is made too easy. Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury."
- Johan Huizinga
(Related: Life, Giving, Influence, Luxury, Mankind)

"Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence."
- David Hume
(Related: Death, Friend, Company, Influence, Nothing, Pleasure, Sorrow)

"The chief benefit, which results from philosophy, arises in an indirect manner, and proceeds more from its secret, insensible influence, than from its immediate application."
- David Hume
(Related: Influence, Philosophy, Results)

"These are the influences that everybody has. Some individuals might stand out because of one thing or another, but whether one's perception as a child of what was important or not is accurate, I don't know."
- John Hume
(Related: Perception)

"In fact, the history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man's inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home."
- Ellsworth Huntington
(Related: History, Home, America, Fact, Inheritance, Man, Past, Present)

"I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction."
- Samuel P. Huntington
(Related: Countries, Democracy, Direction, Rights, Human rights, Influence, Nations, states, United)

"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Truth, Opinion, Silence)

"Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Influence, Writers)

"As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends of the far-off centuries fade and pass away. No one sees their influence upon culture; no one sees their educational power."
- Douglas Hyde
(Related: Power, Culture, Influence, Language, Legends)

"This was totally influenced by me and the direction that I am writing about and the stuff that I am writing about. There is just no way that you can be as intense as what I have been through in my life over a drum beat machine, sample, or loop; it's just not going to happen."
- Vanilla Ice
(Related: Life, Direction, Machine, Writing)

"No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea."
- Kim Jong Il
(Related: Class, Influence, Party, Poison)

"There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Life, Journalism)

"The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born."
- Dean Inge
(Related: Time, Character, Influence, Years)

"My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period."
- Tony Iommi
(Related: English, Jazz, Shadows)

"I was mostly surprised by the rap artists, actually, that were influenced by Sabbath. That was a surprise. But it's very nice and I'm very honored. It's nice to know after 27 years now that what I said in the first place has stuck, and that was the belief in it."
- Tony Iommi
(Related: Belief, Artists, First, Now, Rap, Sabbath, Years)

"In these negotiations we are not a helpless object, although great world powers are involved. We play an active role and try to influence our destiny; we have our own trump cards and we use them."
- Alija Izetbegovic
(Related: Cards, Destiny, Influence, Play, World)

"I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past."
- Alan Jackson
(Related: Effect, Past, Songs)

"It is not at all clear how much the media influences public opinion and how much public opinion influences the media."
- Bruce Jackson
(Related: Media, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"For when we talk about the spreading power and influence of globalization, aren't we really referring to the spreading economic and military might of the US?"
- Fredric Jameson
(Related: Power, Globalization, Influence, Military, Talk)

"I not only urge you to vote that ticket yourself, but I beg that you will persuade others to do so. Personal effort can accomplish a great deal, and I beg that you will use your personal influence with your friends to get them to go with you to save the boys."
- Thomas Jordan Jarvis
(Related: Boys, Effort, Friends, Influence, Vote, Will)

"I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Jazz, School)

"So the Negro race has continued, and today is the day of the Negro as far as the world is concerned. They have influenced the generations of time; they have mixed their blood with many peoples, until there are many peoples not able to hold the priesthood."
- Warren Jeffs
(Related: Time, Blood, Day, Generations, Race, Today, World)

"I have the feeling it will influence my future writing to the extent that without any material worries I could develop a greater ease, even lightheartedness, in my writing."
- Elfriede Jelinek
(Related: Feeling, Future, Influence, Will, Writing)

"When you look at our world, the truth is that we're all under the influence of politics."
- Roland Joffe
(Related: Politics, Truth, Influence, World)

"When we first began and I was 14, my influences were the stuff that was in my parent's record collection like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin."
- Daniel Johns
(Related: Deep, First)

"I think it's silly for anyone to think you could write under the influence, but if they'd like to think that, I'd like to keep the legend alive. Maybe I was under the influence when I wrote Jesus' Son and I just didn't know it."
- Denis Johnson
(Related: Son, Influence, Silly)

"Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened."
- Gerald W. Johnson
(Related: Men, Nothing, Past)

"My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education."
- John H. Johnson
(Related: Education, Faith, Life, Work, Mother, Hard work, Influence, Justice)

"According to the scientific naturalist version of cosmic history, nature is a permanently closed system of material effects that can never be influenced by something from outside - like God, for example."
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Related: Nature, History, God, Example)

"I often think you bring unhappiness on yourself, because if you don't like yourself very much, you allow yourself to be influenced by people who reinforce that."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: People, Unhappiness)

"Punk rock really influenced me, the basic metal bands, Zeppelin, Stones and Floyd, and Southern rock bands. I think I was pretty well-rounded."
- Al Jourgensen
(Related: Pretty, Punk)

"Syrian influence has not ended yet. It is going to be a very long path."
- Walid Jumblatt
(Related: Influence)

"So in Asia I want to make - I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries."
- Kim Dae Jung
(Related: Success, Countries, Democracy, Economy, Influence, Succeed, Want, Will)

"People always ask about my influences, and they cite a bunch of people I've never heard of."
- Norton Juster
(Related: People)

"More and more people in my country recognise the dangers of having their governors appointed by Putin and having no influence in parliament because Parliament today is also following instructions from Kremlin and no longer represents its people."
- Garry Kasparov
(Related: People, Country, Influence, Parliament, Today)

"When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion."
- Walter Kaufmann
(Related: Religion, Rights, Influence, Man)

"And you know, almost in a perverse way, I wish it had been undue influence because we know how to correct that. We get rid of the people who, in fact, were exercising that."
- David Kay
(Related: People, Fact, Influence)

"The most important influence in my childhood was my father."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Father, Childhood, Influence)

"The fact that so many of your people are today residents and citizens of the United States, lending their influence to our civic and economic life, which has meant so much to our development."
- Frank B. Kellogg
(Related: Life, People, Development, Fact, Influence, states, Today, United)

"The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Change, Nature, God, Influence, Prayer)

"Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television doesn't influence our culture, but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything that relies on television."
- Val Kilmer
(Related: Culture, Influence, Media, Presidency, Television, Theory)

"In fact, even the current administration now is releasing recent reports indicating that climate change is real, that global warming is occurring, that it is heavily influenced by man-made objects and that it is something we cannot ignore any longer."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Change, Climate, Climate change, Fact, Global warming, Man, Now)

"We influence singing but never really songwriting."
- Charles King
(Related: Influence, Singing)

"I know at my church a lot of the times we sung from hymn books and as we got older we started to change with time. I can honestly say that I was never influenced to write for the church."
- Charles King
(Related: Change, Time, Church, Books)

"Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."
- Jack Kingston
(Related: Marriage, Society, Influence, Religious)

"There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success."
- Philip Knight
(Related: Life, Peace, Success, Work, Business, Battle, Chaos, Conflict, Key)

"You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time."
- John Knox
(Related: Time, Influence)

"I'm a writer who likes to be influenced."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Writer)

"I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Love, Peace, War, Music, Poetry, Fiction, Painting)

"I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not."
- Kenneth Koch
(Related: Poetry, People, Painting)

"Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears."
- Arthur Koestler
(Related: Courage, Actions)

"Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet."
- Lee Konitz
"Influence is a very unpleasant subject and I deal with it in a maybe irresponsible way, which is to really ignore it. It would be a nightmare if we started to really think about it; it would tie our hands, it would tie everyone else's hands."
- Rem Koolhaas
(Related: Influence)

"Since the age of 12, all my musical thinking has been influenced by Afro-American music."
- Alexis Korner
(Related: Age, Music, Thinking)

"Men like me, who merely wish to establish political freedom, will in such circumstances lose all their influence, and others will get influence who may become dangerous to all established interests whatsoever."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Men, Circumstances, Freedom, Influence, May, Will)

"Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised."
- Lenny Kravitz
"I listened to my record and hear lots of influences. And it's very rich... it's got a wide spectrum."
- Chantal Kreviazuk
"I influenced the BG style by not being able to draw perspective. The BG artists developed cool graphic painting styles to make my bad backgrounds look like they were that way on purpose."
- John Kricfalusi
(Related: Purpose, Artists, Being, Painting, Perspective, Style)

"As soon as I was old enough to drive, I got a job at a local newspaper. There was someone who influenced me. He wrote a column for The Guardian from this tiny village in India."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Job, Old)

"There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do. Movies, music, TV and, most importantly, the profound everydayness of our lives."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Movies, Music, Influence, Moments)

"My personal influence in the Revolutionary Governing Council is such that the dictatorship of the proletariat is firmly established, since the masses are backing me."
- Bela Kun
(Related: Dictatorship, Influence)

"During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions."
- Nguyen Cao Ky
(Related: Decisions, Military, Vietnam)

"My family... always had the value of the family table and these cultural influences of growing up."
- Emeril Lagasse
(Related: Family, Growing up, Value)

"For both reasons, owing to the thermal motion and to the working together of various wavelengths, factors arise which, in a similar manner to the structural factor, exert some influence upon the brightness of the interference points but not upon their location."
- Max von Laue
(Related: Influence)

"But, I would be naive not to recognize the number of musicians who tell me they have been influenced by me and sight me - as well as Alex and Neil - as a musician who has been a positive influence on their playing."
- Geddy Lee
(Related: Positive, Influence, Musicians, Sight)

"The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis."
- Tanith Lee
(Related: Influence, Writer)

"I love writers all across the board, but one who influenced me very directly at the beginning was Mary Renault."
- Tanith Lee
(Related: Love, Beginning, Writers)

"Christians who have influence in political life must feel as individuals responsibility in front of their own faith. And the duty of encouraging laws that are not in contradiction with the Commandments comes within the mission of the Church."
- Karl Lehmann
(Related: Life, Faith, Encouraging, Church, Contradiction, Duty, Influence, Laws, Mission, Responsibility)

"It follows from what we have just said, that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle, since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Being, Cause, Influence)

"For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Nature, Influence)

"But in simple substances the influence of one monad over another is ideal only."
- Gottfried Leibniz
(Related: Influence)

"The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence."
- Max Lerner
(Related: Greatness, Excellence, Man, Open)

"As we've seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture."
- Lawrence Lessig
(Related: Development, Culture, Influence, Limits)

"My fiction has been influenced by the visual arts, though not in obvious ways, it seems to me. I don't offer tremendous amounts of visual information in my work."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Work, Fiction, Information, Obvious)

"But the Committee for Industrial Organizations is here. It is now henceforth a definite instrumentality, destined greatly to influence the lives of our people and the internal and external course of the republic."
- John L. Lewis
(Related: People, Committee, Influence, Now)

"The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art."
- Sol LeWitt
(Related: Art, Development, Photography)

"Picasso's always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence."
- Roy Lichtenstein
(Related: Thought, Cartoons, Influence)

"I don't think that I'm over his influence but they probably don't look like Picassos; Picasso himself would probably have thrown up looking at my pictures."
- Roy Lichtenstein
(Related: Influence)

"I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns."
- Alex Lifeson
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Influence, Musicians)

"That is, we are bombarded by all kinds of images and influences and we have to fend some of them off if we're to take in any of them, or to carry through just our ordinary day's work, or really deepen whatever we have to do or say."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Work, Day)

"Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Mother, Father, Judaism, Parents, Pride)

"Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully."
- Gyorgy Ligeti
(Related: Mother)

"Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies' resources, and minimized their own."
- Titus Livius
(Related: Men, Fear, Enemies, Influence)

"Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: War, Peace, Civilization, Country, Exercise, Independence, Humanity, Influence, Liberty, Now, states, United)

"We know that communication must be hampered, and its form largely determined, by the unconscious but inevitable influence of a transmitting mechanism, whether that be of a merely mechanical or of a physiological character."
- Oliver Joseph Lodge
(Related: Character, Communication, Influence, Unconscious)

"One of the things that's influenced me musically was my experience at Brown University. I was surrounded by musicians that I really admired, and felt challenged to come up with music, lyrics, and recordings that stood up to the expectations of those musicians and myself."
- Lisa Loeb
(Related: Experience, Music, Expectations, Musicians, University)

"One of the great bands we opened up for was Priest back in '89. That was really great because at that time we had never met them, never toured with them before. They were a big influence on Slayer, so to open up for them was really cool."
- Dave Lombardo
(Related: Time, Influence, Open)

"Affluence means influence."
- Jack London
(Related: Influence)

"It's definitely an influence, I mean how can you not say you are influenced to play rock."
- Mike Lowry
(Related: Influence, Play)

"I should think just about every young writer - which I was at the time - would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird fiction, he was at the top of the class."
- Brian Lumley
(Related: Time, American, Class, Fiction, Writer)

"That's what I so admired about Johnny Cash and June Carter. Their music wasn't a big influence on me. It was their character, their individual styles, what they were like as people. They weren't afraid to stick out."
- Shelby Lynne
(Related: Music, People, Character, Influence, June)

"Music has always been transnational; people pick up whatever interests them, and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed influences from all over the world."
- Yo-Yo Ma
(Related: Music, People, World)

"But you'd have a job to find many of my poems which would seem to be very influenced by a particular person."
- Norman MacCaig
(Related: Job, Poems)

"The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses; but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses."
- Ernst Mach
(Related: Experience, Blindness, Creation, Man, Senses, World)

"A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Life, Men, Example, First, Influence, Man, Principles)

"Dreams have as much influence as actions."
- Stephane Mallarme
(Related: Dreams, Actions, Influence)

"In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent."
- Don Marquis
(Related: Influence, Order)

"And very often the influence exerted on a person's character by the amount of his income is hardly less, if it is less, than that exerted by the way in which it is earned."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Character, Income, Influence)

"To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well."
- John Marshall
(Related: Communication, Influence, Talk)

"As a people, we know what we can do, we know how to do it, and we just want to get on with it. How? By ensuring that Canada's place in the world is one of influence and pride."
- Paul Martin
(Related: People, Canada, Influence, Pride, Want, World)

"In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope."
- Henri Matisse
(Related: Nature, Beginning, Influence, Walking)

"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue."
- Henri Matisse
(Related: Art, Dream, Balance, Fatigue, Influence, Mind, Purity, Relaxation, Serenity)

"What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably... have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Life, Brothers, Literature, Now)

"Every existence above a certain rank has its singular points; the higher the rank the more of them. At these points, influences whose physical magnitude is too small to be taken account of by a finite being may produce results of the greatest importance."
- James C. Maxwell
(Related: Being, Existence, Importance, May, Rank, Results)

"Leadership is influence."
- John C. Maxwell
(Related: Leadership, Influence)

"Mantovani was a great influence on me."
- Brian May
(Related: Influence)

"The commercial broadcasters have tremendous influence in Washington, D.C., for a couple of reasons. First, they're extremely rich and they have lots of money and they have had for a long time, so they can give money to politicians, which gets their attention."
- Robert McChesney
(Related: Money, Time, Attention, First, Influence, Politicians, Washington)

"My life would have been different without Paul Stanley or Ace Frehley. They would have to be the greatest on my list as an influence to my life at 11 years old."
- Mike McCready
(Related: Life, Influence, Old, Years)

"I think we'll always have newspapers, but they'll lose influence."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Influence, Newspapers)

"My biggest musical influences are probably my parents."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Parents)

"I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer."
- John McGahern
(Related: People, Christianity, Church, Class, Middle class, World)

"You don't try to get influenced by everything that's going on with all the other music around you. You don't listen to the radio - I mean, I don't. When I get ready to do an album, I don't listen to anybody else; I don't wanna be influenced."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Music)

"The big turning point, really, was the Beatles' influence on American folk music, and then Roger took it to the next step, and then along came the Lovin' Spoonful and everybody else."
- Barry McGuire
(Related: Music, American, Folk, Influence)

"He knows I rip him off every day. He's the godfather for me. Nobody can say they aren't influenced by what Stevie Wonder has done."
- Brian McKnight
(Related: Day, Wonder)

"Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Experience, Behavior, Understanding)

"The stated mission at the time was simply to use the influence of the entertainment industry to do an accurate portrayal of drug and alcohol abuse. We all admit that we're not trying to censor anybody."
- Gerald McRaney
(Related: Time, Abuse, Alcohol, Entertainment, Influence, Mission, Trying)

"The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Movies, Words)

"Ask everyone whether they're an actor or a doctor or a teacher or whatever is entitled to his or her opinion. But unfortunately, because actors are in the public eye, whether we want it or not, sometimes our opinions carry more weight or influence than they deserve."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Actor, Actors, Eye, Influence, Opinion, Opinions, Public, Want, Weight)

"The eventual place the American army should take on the western front was to a large extent influenced by the vital question of communication and supply."
- Kelly Miller
(Related: American, Army, Communication, Question)

"My Father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic."
- Spike Milligan
(Related: Father, Influence)

"My father influenced by his very life, his very example and the environment that I was brought up in. But, he did not encourage or discourage any of us. He let us make up our own minds."
- Juliet Mills
(Related: Life, Father, Environment, Example)

"Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly."
- Ludwig von Mises
(Related: Peace, Influence, Nations, State)

"I spent two years in the Army. And my older brother, who was also a great positive influence on me, encouraged me to think about law school, and I said - well, I didn't have any money."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Money, Brother, Positive, Army, Influence, Law, School, Years)

"I felt that I had been influenced by being in the city enough and I wanted to go off by myself to see what was going on. I remember going out there and looking in the mirror and thinking I wasn't anything."
- Roscoe Mitchell
(Related: Being, Thinking)

"The people who influenced me most were the people who said I would never make it. They gave me a thirst for revenge."
- Colin Mochrie
(Related: People, Revenge)

"Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear."
- Bernard Law Montgomery
(Related: Fear, Discipline, Influence, Mind)

"Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole."
- Bernard Law Montgomery
(Related: Success, Battle, Fight, Fighting, Influence, Will)

"I would say seeing the original Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at the old Fillmore was a pretty powerful influence on me."
- Ronnie Montrose
(Related: Influence, Old, Pretty)

"I think when you're blessed with great influences, you need to spread it."
- Edward Moore
"My explanation remains the same: It was an attempt to make the point that anyone who opposed the war can achieve their objective by working within their sphere of influence, whether their political party or community of faith."
- James P. Moran
(Related: Faith, War, Community, Influence, Party)

"However, I think, first of all, that what's happening in Sierra Leone is going to have the great influence on those governments who will be asked to provide forces to the Congo. Second, of course, the Security Council has no professional military advice organized in any way."
- Alex Morrison
(Related: Advice, First, Influence, Military, Security, Will)

"New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Deep, Influence, Liberal, May, Population)

"I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football. But I also have things to give them."
- Jose Mourinho
(Related: English, Football, Open, Thinking)

"I buy records from all across the board. I get kind of a hybrid of influences in my own music."
- Jason Mraz
(Related: Music)

"In exchange for power, influence, command and a place in history, a president gives up the bulk of his privacy."
- Roger Mudd
(Related: History, Power, Influence, President, Privacy)

"On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place."
- Paul Muldoon
(Related: Fact, Influence, Ireland, Writers)

"The essential attribute of a new sense is, not the perception of external objects or influences which ordinarily do not act upon the senses, but that external causes should excite in it a new and peculiar kind of sensation different from all the sensations of our five senses."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Perception, Act, Causes, Sensations, Sense, Senses)

"It is exceedingly improbable that the identical action of the corresponding parts of the two retina is the result of a certain habituation, or of the influence of the mind."
- Johannes P. Muller
(Related: Action, Influence, Mind, Result)

"I'm not going to rule out running for a second term. But, I think you have to be psychologically prepared to walk away from the job after four years. It's the only way that you cannot be influenced by those special interests."
- Dick Murphy
(Related: Job, Running, Years)

"Today, children are watching more and more television, and are bombarded over and over with images and content that have the potential to dramatically influence their behavior."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Behavior, Children, Content, Influence, Potential, Television, Today)

"I think the main influence has been living in New York City. Aside from all the crap around 9/11, I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution."
- George Murray
(Related: Influence, Living, Pollution)

"Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions."
- Graham Nash
(Related: Actions, Living, Writing)

"OUR history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, and our ancestors virtually live in us."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: History, Race)

"First of all, many human diseases are influenced by, if not caused by mutations in genes."
- Daniel Nathans
(Related: First)

"I don't like to think about being an influence. It's embarrassing."
- Bruce Nauman
(Related: Being, Influence)

"Latin music has many international influences - pop, rock, country, Brazilian sounds, and alternative styles."
- Ednita Nazario
(Related: Music, Country)

"I was influenced a lot by those around me - there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields."
- Willie Nelson
(Related: Singing)

"When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats."
- Howard Nemerov
(Related: Influence)

"I was influenced by every comedian I ever saw work. That's the only way you learn how to do it."
- Bob Newhart
(Related: Work)

"It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band."
- Joanna Newsom
(Related: Sense)

"I've never been able to say I've been influenced by a list of artists I like because I like thousands and thousands and I've been influenced in some way by all of them."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Artists)

"Be influenced by nothing but your clients' interests. Tell them the truth."
- Arthur C. Nielsen
(Related: Truth, Clients, Nothing)

"The future influences the present just as much as the past."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Future, Past, Present)

"Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents."
- Richard M. Nixon
(Related: Direction, Influence, Nation)

"I did not support any more New York. I lived 10 years there, and after September 11, I felt very European. I did not share the opinion of people in the street, who were deeply influenced by what they heard in the media."
- Yannick Noah
(Related: People, Media, Opinion, Support, Years)

"The crowd may be influenced easily, largely because it is a crowd."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: May)

"There is an atmosphere about the picture theatre that speaks of entertainment and relaxation. The charming surroundings, good music, and the fact that each visitor is determined to enjoy a few hours of holiday all exert an influence on the mind."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Music, Entertainment, Fact, Holiday, Influence, Mind, Relaxation, Theatre)

"I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Politics, Time, Art, Music, Wife, Influence, Philosophy, Theatre)

"We were a Western civilisation, an English speaking civilisation, both NZ and Australia, and we had all these influences coming from both Great Britain and America to us; sending us their culture in the shape and form of movies and television."
- Richard O'Brien
(Related: Movies, America, Culture, English, Television)

"Advertising reflects the mores of society, but it does not influence them."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: Society, Advertising, Influence)

"Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance. It is just the kind of authority that would attract the special attention of someone obsessed with himself and his own ability to influence events."
- Barbara Olson
(Related: Power, Ability, Attention, Authority, Events, Influence)

"Things get so sloppy when you're under the influence."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Influence)

"This also is a part of the teaching of the Church, that there are certain angels of God, and certain good influences, which are His servants in accomplishing the salvation of men."
- Origen
(Related: Men, God, Church, Angels, Salvation, Teaching)

"As far as spiritual influences in Christian music, I would say Crystal Lewis - a lot of her songs especially. The ministry she has through her songs has really hit me."
- Stacie Orrico
(Related: Music, Christian, Songs, Spiritual)

"I'm from the Bob Wills and the Little Richard school of music. Bob Wills did what the hell he thought, Little Richard did what he thought, and those were my big influences."
- Buck Owens
(Related: Music, Thought, Hell, School)

"Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us."
- Tom G. Palmer
"Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements."
- Paracelsus
(Related: Alchemy, Contempt, Now, Past)

"There is no influence like the influence of habit."
- Gilbert Parker
(Related: Habit, Influence)

"I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense, of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done."
- Gordon Parks
(Related: Life, Work, People, Influence, Sense, Talk)

"My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever."
- Andy Partridge
(Related: Mother, Influence, Parents)

"I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It's a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens."
- Ann Patchett
(Related: People, Magic, Years)

"I'm a spiritual person, I'm an America, I'm a Jew, and all of those things influence every breath I take, everywhere I go."
- Mandy Patinkin
(Related: America, Influence, Spiritual)

"Everything I experience influences everything I do."
- Mandy Patinkin
(Related: Experience)

"The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Children, Conscience, Evil, Result)

"The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white."
- Stuart Pearce
(Related: Life, Football, Managers, Parents)

"The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking."
- Charles Sanders Peirce
(Related: Nature, Thought, Action, Belief, Effect, Exercise, Future, Influence, Thinking, Will)

"It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: Comedians)

"I've probably had my day in the sun. I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: Day, Sun, Writers)

"People writing about me have said that I've influenced a lot of people, and there are some artists who have credited me with influencing them."
- Harvey Pekar
(Related: People, Artists, Writing)

"To begin with myself, then, the utterances of men concerning me will differ widely, since in passing judgment almost every one is influenced not so much by truth as by preference, and good and evil report alike know no bounds."
- Petrarch
(Related: Men, Truth, Evil, Judgment, Will)

"One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics."
- Henri Poincare
(Related: History, Nature, Science, Development, Desire, Influence, Mathematics)

"Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Science, Rights, Human rights, Influence, Support, Today, World)

"Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Movies, Sex, Drugs, Innocence, May)

"When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets... I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice. Now I read them all."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Children, Now, Poets, Voice, Want, Writing)

"I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Poets)

"I'm mostly influenced by life, what's around me, and my own childhood."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Life, Childhood)

"I'm more prone to his '70s material, which is what I was around for and watched a lot. I listen to a lot of that stuff. It probably influenced me quite a bit. I'm more drawn to the darker, sadder songs."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Songs)

"It costs a great deal of money to do a musical, and the more money involved, the more big business influences the artform."
- Hal Price
(Related: Business, Money)

"Until MTV, television had not been a huge influence on music. To compete with MTV, the country music moguls felt they had to appeal to the same young audience and do it the way MTV did."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Music, Country, Country music, Influence, Television)

"But Italy can only have any real influence on world affairs if it carries weight in Europe."
- Romano Prodi
(Related: Europe, Influence, Italy, Weight, World)

"By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint."
- Sextus Propertius
(Related: Faith, End, Rights, Gold, Law, Restraint, Will)

"I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life."
- Manuel Puig
(Related: Life, Literary)

"I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people."
- Joseph Pulitzer
(Related: Life, People, Progress, Importance, Influence, Journalism, Morals, Profession)

"In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Government, Power, Influence)

"Instead, there were a variety of controls of which some could be influenced by bankers, some could be influenced by the government, and some could hardly be influenced by either."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Government, Variety)

"The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Failure, Christianity, Influence, Spain)

"To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Day, Influence, Italy, Spain)

"Meanwhile the Church more and more provided for the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by practically chaining His influence to the hierarchy and the sacraments."
- Robert Rainy
(Related: Church, Doctrine, Influence, Spirit)

"I never consciously do any work directly influenced from any movie, unless I'm doing a parody."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Work)

"We love the ability of the people to influence the actions of decision-makers, of lawmakers and presidents to be removed from or elevated to office by the will of voters, and of the community to connect amongst diverse populations through the ballot box."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Love, People, Decision, Ability, Actions, Community, Influence, Office, Will)

"I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents try to instill in their sons and daughters."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Daughters, Influence, Media, Parents, Sons)

"I was very strongly influenced by women's magazines and I really believed tha a woman could not be married and raise a family and have a successful career all at the same time."
- Helen Reddy
(Related: Family, Time, Women, Successful, Career, Woman)

"The things that concern us during the day are going to influence what we experience during the night."
- Henry Reed
(Related: Experience, Concern, Day, Influence, Night)

"Kennedy lied and lied about his health while he was alive, even using his father's influence to get into the Navy without ever taking a medical examination."
- Richard Reeves
(Related: Health, Medical, Father, Examination, Influence, Navy)

"It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances."
- Thomas Reid
(Related: Nature, Circumstances, Effect, Fact, Influence, Laws, Motives, Question)

"If I were to categorize what I sing, I have many different influences, and a lot of them are from back in time."
- Haley Reinhart
(Related: Time)

"Influence, people think about it as someone you like but influence is also what you're revolted by. In fact, often it's what you're running away from."
- Marc Ribot
(Related: People, Fact, Influence, Running)

"I'm definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there's no doubt about that."
- Anne Rice
(Related: American, Doubt, Writers)

"Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn't sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste."
- Buddy Rich
(Related: Name, Sound, Taste)

"I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way."
- Buddy Rich
(Related: Influence)

"And, well of course, Count Basie, and I think all of the black bands of the late thirties and early forties, bands with real players. They had an influence on everybody, not just drummers."
- Buddy Rich
(Related: Influence)

"When I listen to what I did under the influence - 10 years of work - I don't think it either enhanced or impaired me. It didn't have that much to do with it."
- Keith Richards
(Related: Work, Influence, Years)

"If we can get kids talking about conservation and doing it, they can have a great influence on their parents by lecturing them and pointing the finger."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Conservation, Influence, Kids, Parents, Talking)

"The evidence that things are changing fast can be seen in the dramatic increase in the influence of blogging. We should be collecting emails as we used to collect telephone numbers and using them to better communicate our message to key voters."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Influence, Key, Numbers)

"I think church and state should remain entirely separate at all costs, and that the decision of religious marriage should be of each faith to debate and decide free of political influence."
- Adam Rickitt
(Related: Faith, Marriage, Decision, Church, Debate, Influence, Religious, State)

"Janis Joplin is definitely one of my biggest influences. She taught me how to feel music, and I don't think there's anyone like her that could bring such pain and emotion to a song."
- LeAnn Rimes
(Related: Music, Emotion, Pain, Song)

"Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson."
- Dennis Ritchie
(Related: Career, Influence)

"Their films would probably be better if they'd seen a few more films, which runs counter to this idiotic theory that you run the risk of being influenced if you see too much."
- Jacques Rivette
(Related: Being, Risk, Theory)

"Cocteau is someone who has made such a profound impression on me that there's no doubt he's influenced every one of my films."
- Jacques Rivette
(Related: Impression, Doubt)

"On a scale of the United States, the Hollywood influence on what comes out, that's not the majority views of across the country. What we read in Us Weekly or People magazine, or Entertainment Tonight, it's not what the majority of the country is thinking."
- Kid Rock
(Related: People, Country, Entertainment, Hollywood, Influence, Majority, states, Thinking, United)

"You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Life, Influence)

"The orbs create feedback loops that can influence either personal of employee behavior."
- David Rose
(Related: Behavior, Influence)

"In fact, an awful lot of N.F.L. club owners have practically no influence on their players at all, simply because they're not full-time working owners."
- Pete Rozelle
(Related: Fact, Influence)

"The problem is that when government controls the economy, those who can influence government keep winning, and everybody else just stays the same."
- Marco Rubio
(Related: Government, Winning, Economy, Influence)

"Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us."
- Wilma Rudolph
(Related: Dreams, Power, Greatness, Influence, Potential, Spirit)

"So as far as Serbia is concerned, it does not have the right to influence the privatization or to claim any property, because Kosovo is a former member of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia."
- Ibrahim Rugova
(Related: Influence, Property, Right)

"Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Fear, Act, Influence, Man, Nation)

"Robert Crumb is an influence on how I draw, but not on the subject matter I take or my approach. One thing I do like about Crumb is that he's chronicled his age, his times, and I think that is what artists should do."
- Joe Sacco
(Related: Age, Artists, Influence)

"Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some kind of influence or control of what we cover in some kind of censorship through financial pressure, it's rubbish. That's never happened."
- Morley Safer
(Related: Control, Financial, Censorship, Influence, Pressure)

"The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth."
- George Saintsbury
(Related: Growth, Circumstances, Exercise, Influence, Prose)

"That's the trouble with trying to influence an undecided voter. First you have to find one."
- Pat Sajak
(Related: First, Influence, Trouble, Trying)

"The films that have influenced me and the films that have motivated me and inspired me were films that resonated, films that made me think after I saw them."
- Eriq La Salle
"And my generation in Brazil was influenced by Cinema Novo. So we're echoing what's been done way in the past."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Brazil, Cinema, Past)

"I didn't and don't go to Internet for any business purposes. The book sales for me by this point are way beyond any influence I might have, positively, or others might have, negatively."
- R. A. Salvatore
(Related: Business, Influence, Internet, Sales)

"If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they're based in the U.K. I'm a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to."
- Eric San
(Related: Music, Dad, American, Influence, Jazz, Pretty, Rest, Silly)

"Influenced by him, and probably even more so by my brother Theodore (a year older than me), I soon became interested in biology and developed a respect for the importance of science and the scientific method."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Science, Brother, Importance, Respect)

"Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye."
- Jacopo Sannazaro
(Related: Son, Envy, Evil, Eye, Influence)

"Beginning with adolescence, my political formation was oriented in the ideological direction of Marxism. It was natural, being that my thinking was influenced by an atmosphere of active critical resistance. That was the way it was during all of the dictatorship and up to the Revolution of 1974."
- Jose Saramago
(Related: Adolescence, Beginning, Being, Dictatorship, Direction, Revolution, Marxism, Thinking)

"I think there's a point at which money, influence, and power become so blinding that people believe they control the world."
- Iris Sawyer
(Related: Power, Money, People, Control, Influence, World)

"There was a widespread indignation in the American media. They were saying, 'How can you make a movie during an election that's about politics? What are you doing? Are you trying to influence people's lives?' To which my response was, 'Well, I hope so.'"
- John Sayles
(Related: Politics, People, Hope, American, Influence, Media, Saying, Trying)

"My earliest influences were things I heard in my household."
- Boz Scaggs
"The Jews must realize that their influence in Germany has disappeared for all time."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Time, Germany, Influence)

"We can influence who we will be tomorrow, for tomorrow can only be built on today."
- Anne Wilson Schaef
(Related: Influence, Today, Tomorrow, Will)

"Without the connotation good or bad, bin Laden's a great man in the sense that he's influenced the course of history."
- Michael Scheuer
(Related: History, Man, Sense)

"Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Beauty, Freedom, Grace, Influence)

"Who knows what would have become of me, if my parents had not had their influence on me."
- Otto Schily
(Related: Influence, Parents)

"You know, this is really a way of cooking. It's not my way. I'm deeply influenced by the Mediterranean way of being. I've spent a lot of time there. And I've sort of translated it; I've tried to make it available to people in this country to whom it might not be familiar."
- Sally Schneider
(Related: Time, People, Being, Cooking, Country)

"I think people tend to live, whether they like it or not, influenced by what's next door to them."
- Campbell Scott
(Related: People)

"Geez, I wish I could tell you I had a whole bunch of '80s hair bands, you know something you really wouldn't expect, but I don't know that the music police would be that surprised, because most of the stuff that I am influenced by is in evidence in the music."
- John Sebastian
(Related: Music, Hair, Police)

"Oh, yeah, I've always thought of covering some of my influences like Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Thought, Wonder)

"This record has a lot of influences that I'd love to cover, like Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind and Fire. Maybe I'll do some covers of my major influences during my live show."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Love, Earth, Fire, Wind)

"Don't ask who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life."
- Giorgos Seferis
(Related: Life, Reading)

"Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people."
- Bud Selig
(Related: People, America, Baseball, Influence, Stars, Youth)

"We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era."
- Brian Setzer
"If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to subvert the Constitution, how can we as wise and prudent statesmen, enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence, and thus increase already impending dangers?"
- William H. Seward
(Related: Constitution, Influence, Now, Slavery)

"I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've had with my work and it's impossible to say, you know."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Work, Influence)

"It's pretty hard to measure influence of written or visual material."
- Ben Shahn
(Related: Influence, Measure, Pretty)

"I really do believe in the influence of your surroundings."
- Matt Sharp
(Related: Influence)

"As such people achieve influence within the organization, whenever there is a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the organization, their interests will win out."
- Robert Shea
(Related: People, Conflict, Influence, Interest, Will)

"I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could."
- Robert Sheckley
(Related: Thought, Heroes, Man)

"It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Environment, Influence, Will)

"I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Life, Buddhist, Influence, Practice, Projects)

"The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels."
- Rupert Sheldrake
(Related: Nature, Idea, Being, Living, Memory, Now, Past)

"Bud Powell's probably the biggest influence on my piano playing."
- Matthew Shipp
(Related: Influence)

"I don't flatter myself with much dependence upon the present disposition of the Eastern Indians, who are many ways liable to be drawn into a rupture with us by the artifices of the French, their own weakness and the influence which the French Missionary Priests have over them."
- William Shirley
(Related: Dependence, Influence, Present, Weakness)

"One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife."
- Martin Short
"I was on Oprah's show recently talking about the people who impacted me the most. One was a teacher and one was my soccer coach. I didn't even go into my family, who had the most influence."
- Andrew Shue
(Related: Family, People, Coach, Influence, Soccer, Talking)

"But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have?"
- Ron Silver
(Related: Influence, Office)

"Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful."
- Charles Simmons
(Related: Habit, Attention, Duty, Energy, Fortune, Influence, Manners, Reputation, Usefulness, Will)

"There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses."
- Josef Skvorecky
(Related: Age, Perfection)

"Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing."
- John Sladek
(Related: Influence, Reading, Writing)

"It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause, that the authority and influence of proslavery, especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Success, Authority, Cause, Influence)

"Whatever things may have been in their origin, they are what they are, both in themselves and in regard to their indications respecting other beings or influences the existence of which may be implied in theirs."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: Existence, May)

"It is needless to say how great has been the influence of the doctrine of Evolution, or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to which it has given birth, upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions."
- Goldwin Smith
(Related: History, Doctrine, Evolution, Influence, Investigation, Study)

"The most powerful moral influence is example."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Example, Influence)

"Poor air quality, which can be influenced by a variety of fumes, chemicals and allergens, is arguably the leading cause of triggers for most asthmatics in urban areas."
- Ian Smith
(Related: Quality, Cause, Leading, Poor, Variety)

"Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature."
- Frederick Soddy
(Related: Nature, Influence, Man, Respect)

"To the extent that the United States has, I don't like the word hegemony, the United States has influence around the world, I don't think that's based on to any significant degree on the fact that countries use the dollar as their major reserve."
- Robert C. Solomon
(Related: Countries, Fact, Influence, states, United, Word, World)

"My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher."
- David Soul
(Related: History, Science, Father, Footsteps, Influence)

"I suppose more than anything, it's the way of life in this part of the country that influences my writing. In Eastern North Carolina, with the exception of Wilmington, most people live in small towns."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Life, People, Country, Writing)

"I suppose I'm most influenced by any good, commercial writer. I learn from everyone."
- Nicholas Sparks
(Related: Writer)

"Time control directly influences the quality of play."
- Boris Spassky
(Related: Time, Quality, Control, Play)

"I must admit to being greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces."
- Norman Spinrad
(Related: Being, Faces)

"I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally - with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children."
- Bruce Springsteen
(Related: Life, Music, Family, Wife, Children, Influence, Living)

"Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them."
- Terence Stamp
(Related: Positive, Career, First, Influence)

"The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: Women, Religious)

"Gene Autry was the most. It may sound like a joke - Go and have a look in my bedroom, It's covered with Gene Autry posters. He was my first musical influence."
- Ringo Starr
(Related: First, Influence, May, Sound)

"Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself."
- Gertrude Stein
(Related: Care, Influence)

"Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously influenced me are a disparate bunch."
- George Stephen
(Related: Horror)

"Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost."
- Anne Stevenson
(Related: American, Books, Favorite)

"Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate."
- Robert Louis Stevenson
(Related: Love, Influence)

"The Chicago Economics Department was in intellectual ferment, although the central issues of the 1930's were very different from those in later times. I had never before encountered minds of that quality at close quarters and they influenced me strongly."
- George Stigler
(Related: Quality, Chicago, Economics)

"Bondage is - subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes."
- W. Clement Stone
(Related: Negative, Thoughts)

"How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question."
- Lytton Strachey
(Related: Evil, Existence, Literature, Question)

"Acting is the most personal of our crafts. The make-up of a human being - his physical, mental and emotional habits - influence his acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized."
- Lee Strasberg
(Related: Acting, Being, Habits, Influence)

"As a confirmed individualist I certainly do not wish to underrate the influence of the individual, for the masses do not lead the individual; rather, in the individual is vested the capacity to lead the masses."
- Gustav Stresemann
(Related: Influence)

"There the union of Church and State tends strongly to paralyze some of the members of the body of Christ. Here there is no such influence to destroy spiritual life and power."
- Josiah Strong
(Related: Life, Power, Church, Body, Christ, Influence, Spiritual, State)

"Ted Turner is still a leader. And he sets a great example. His ability financially has been reduced, but his influence and his example still is an important asset to the whole environmental movement."
- Maurice Strong
(Related: Environmental, Leader, Ability, Example, Influence)

"Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever."
- William Styron
(Related: Death, Books, Influence)

"After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world."
- Billy Sunday
(Related: Politics, Business, Family, Influence, Liquor, Old, World)

"It wasn't so much that I had to leave to make it in the music business as I was curious to be out on my own and sort of explore. I never felt that where I was ever influenced my songwriting."
- Matthew Sweet
(Related: Business, Music)

"The openness of rural Nebraska certainly influenced me. That openness, in a way, fosters the imagination. But growing up, Lincoln wasn't a small town. It was a college town. It had record stores and was a liberal place."
- Matthew Sweet
(Related: Imagination, College, Growing up, Liberal)

"The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of twenty asses laden with drugs."
- Thomas Sydenham
(Related: Health, Drugs, Influence)

"The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Life, Forbidden, Influence, Reading)

"Sergio Leone was a big influence on me because of the spaghetti westerns."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Influence)

"It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens."
- Donna Tartt
(Related: Work, People, Influence, Will, Writing)

"I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Friends, Pleasure)

"There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: Power, Influence)

"People feel that decisions about their jobs, the way their children are educated, how their church functions, and products they buy are made by someone and some place so distant that they can't find anybody to talk to that has any influence over them."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: People, Church, Children, Decisions, Influence, Jobs, Talk)

"Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect individuals have been taken out of any system that has accountability or that they can influence."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Policy, Alienation, Cause, Cynicism, Decisions, Feeling, Influence)

"As the society has gotten larger and more complex, individuals have lost their ability to influence any of the institutions that affect their lives."
- Robert Teeter
(Related: Society, Ability, Influence)

"The restriction of studies of human intellect and character to studies of conscious states was not without influence on a scientific studies of animal psychology."
- Edward Thorndike
(Related: Character, Influence, Intellect, Psychology, states)

"I'd like to do a pop album with an R and B influence. I definitely want to have those big ballads with the uptempo hits as well."
- Pia Toscano
(Related: Ballads, Influence, Want)

"Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: People, Influence, State, Unemployment)

"For me, having come to study and understand some of the Bible and finally getting saved made a huge difference in me, because my wife was a big influence on that. I saw in her, when I first met her, a person's soul at peace with everything and everybody around her."
- Randy Travis
(Related: Peace, Wife, Soul, Bible, Difference, First, Influence, Study)

"The myth that the founding of American Republic was based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained, because the history of Leibniz's influence was suppressed."
- Robert Trout
(Related: History, American, Founding, Influence, Myth, Philosophy)

"I can't say I feel influenced by today's guitar players."
- Robin Trower
(Related: Guitar, Today)

"I've always been the first to admit that Jimi was a very big influence on my early stuff."
- Robin Trower
(Related: First, Influence)

"Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism."
- Barbara Tuchman
(Related: Power, Diplomacy, Fascism, Influence, Old, World)

"Elvis was a big influence to my music, but Loretta Lynn was, as well."
- Tanya Tucker
(Related: Music, Influence)

"I don't think that artists of any kind would or could sacrifice their artistic freedom by being more responsible with their influence on people, especially young people."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Sacrifice, People, Artists, Being, Freedom, Influence)

"I would be very proud to have influenced anyone that I know or don't know to quit smoking."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Smoking)

"Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being."
- Dale Turner
(Related: Quality, Being, Influence, Shadow)

"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."
- Mark Twain
(Related: Society, People, Clothes, Influence, Man)

"None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work. However, the stages of my life - motherhood, middle age, etc. - often influence my subject matter."
- Anne Tyler
(Related: Life, Age, Work, Influence, Middle age, Motherhood)

"I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story, and I don't give a thought to influences or method or any other writerly concerns."
- Anne Tyler
(Related: Thought, Living, Want)

"I love Tina Turner. I'm one of Tina Turner's biggest fans. Tina Turner was a big influence on me to become a singer. A role model and in a way she gave me back my confidence in choosing my material."
- Bonnie Tyler
(Related: Love, Confidence, Fans, Influence)

"My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors."
- Tracey Ullman
(Related: Character, Actors)

"We believe that the United States and the rest of the international community can play a useful role by exerting influence on Pakistan to put a permanent and visible end to cross-border terrorism against India."
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Related: Community, End, Influence, Play, Rest, states, Terrorism, United)

"You can't stop what comes into a country, you can be influenced, but you can't stop it, you shouldn't, because it makes all the others interesting, we all get muddled up together, and produce something that belongs to everyone."
- Ninette de Valois
(Related: Country)

"There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence."
- Ninette de Valois
(Related: Ballet, Influence)

"But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me."
- Jack Vance
(Related: Books, Influence)

"There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was."
- Jack Vance
(Related: Influence, Writer)

"I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena."
- Edgard Varese
(Related: Composers)

"People ask 'do you make a conscious effort not to swear?' - if you're doing silly stuff you're not tempted to put swearing in. All the comics from my childhood, who were funny without swearing, were the people that influenced me. What I do is quite traditional anyway."
- Tim Vine
(Related: Funny, People, Childhood, Effort, Silly, Swearing)

"Billy Wilder is really is a heavy influence on Bound. We felt that film noir was a genre where you could create a really contained story. We wanted to be on a set as much as we could to get the kind of style level we were looking for."
- Larry Wachowski
(Related: Film, Influence, Style)

"I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Heart, Influence, Motives, Opinion, Popular, Respectability)

"As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie - a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist."
- Rick Wakeman
(Related: Class, Favorite, Writer)

"Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and a lot of American artists were my greatest influences."
- Gordon Waller
(Related: American, Artists, Brothers)

"Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children - if you are worried about your teen and drugs, talk to them."
- John Walters
(Related: Teen, Children, Drugs, Influence, Parents, Research, Talk)

"The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Influence, Play, Russia)

"We believed that growth through Local Government, and perhaps through some special machinery for bringing the wishes and influence of women of all classes to bear on Parliament, other than the Parliamentary vote, was the real line of progress."
- Mary A. Ward
(Related: Women, Government, Progress, Growth, Influence, Parliament, Vote, Wishes)

"I loved nearly all my teachers; but it was not till I went home to live at Oxford, in 1867, that I awoke intellectually to a hundred interests and influences that begin much earlier nowadays to affect any clever child."
- Mary A. Ward
(Related: Home, Teachers)

"Public influence is the real government of the world."
- Josiah Warren
(Related: Government, Influence, Public, World)

"The United States form a young republic, a confederacy which ought ever to be cemented by a union of interests and affection, under the influence of those principles which obtained their independence."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Affection, Independence, Influence, Principles, states, United)

"The honorable William Penn, late governor of Pennsylvania, was chosen agent to the Court of Britain, and directed to deliver the petition to the King himself and to endeavor by his personal influence to procure a favorable reception to this last address."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Court, Influence)

"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life."
- Booker T. Washington
(Related: Life, Power, Earth, Influence)

"Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: Mom, Childhood, Drinking, Influence, Lust, Vice)

"It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person."
- Paul Watzlawick
(Related: Nature, Behavior, Being, Communication, Influence)

"An artist's sphere of influence is the world."
- Carl Maria von Weber
(Related: Artist, Influence, World)

"Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Imagination, Life, History, Influence, Needs)

"As a coach you can influence the diet of your players. You can point out what is wrong."
- Arsene Wenger
(Related: Diet, Coach, Influence, Wrong)

"I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make - and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn't quite work."
- Vivienne Westwood
(Related: Love, Work, People, Clothes, Influence)

"Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man."
- Richard Whately
(Related: Influence, Man, Manners)

"Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions."
- Margaret J. Wheatley
(Related: Actions, Aggression, Behavior, Decisions)

"We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced in the course of our reflection by the Things which we have observed."
- William Whewell
(Related: Thought, Thoughts, Being, Reflection)

"Green Day was more of the influence than Blink."
- Deryck Whibley
(Related: Day, Influence)

"Nat King Cole was a really big influence."
- Bryan White
(Related: Influence)

"I have more influence now than when I had the power."
- Gough Whitlam
(Related: Power, Influence, Now)

"I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences."
- Walt Whitman
(Related: Art, Democracy, Past, Poems, Schools, Theology)

"Irish is the prominent nationality in the family, but beyond that, I really don't know. I see a lot of artistic or creative influence coming through on my mother's side."
- William Wiley
(Related: Family, Mother, Influence, Irish, Nationality)

"Some of the best times in my life happened under the influence of drugs... I'd still be doing it if I could make good judgement calls. I'd still be doing it if I didn't blow up to the size of an aircraft hangar, because it was a great time."
- Robbie Williams
(Related: Life, Time, Drugs, Influence)

"The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you?"
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Life, Love, Work, Time)

"Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense."
- Tennessee Williams
(Related: Confidence, Wine)

"I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Time, People, Thoughts, College)

"Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write, and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Work, Influence, Want)

"The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: History, Battle, End)

"In the early part of the '60s I was influenced by the Ventures."
- Carl Wilson
"My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud. It was this wild kind of singing. I count her among my influences."
- Cassandra Wilson
(Related: Singing)

"Chick Corea was a great influence on me, musically, as I was growing up."
- Debra Wilson
(Related: Growing up, Influence)

"A comprehensive national energy policy is critical to our nation's economy and our national security. Energy expenditures account for about 7% percent of our total economy and influence pricing in the much of the rest of the economy."
- Heather Wilson
(Related: Policy, Economy, Energy, Influence, Nation, National security, Rest)

"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."
- Robert Anton Wilson
(Related: War, God, Evil, Goodness, Influence, Public, Religious, Results, Satan, Struggle)

"I would like the Medical Society to be one of the resources for information about the influences that have an impact on our patients and our practices."
- Samuel Wilson
(Related: Medical, Society, Information)

"There are a lot of people who influenced me, nurtured me, helped me along the way. But I can just recall looking back, the first time I got my baseball glove. Put it on the wrong hand, all those kind of things."
- Dave Winfield
(Related: Time, People, Baseball, First, Wrong)

"I'm a child of the 70's; influenced mostly by albums that had a wide variety of style."
- Kip Winger
(Related: Style, Variety)

"I was just going more for what I've always been influenced by, European music."
- Kip Winger
(Related: Music)

"I'm really influenced by so many different things."
- Alex Winter
"The most profound, tangible influence in my life has been my wife, Monique. I don't know that I would even be alive were it not for her, and I certainly would not be the person that I am today."
- Edgar Winter
(Related: Life, Wife, Influence, Today)

"There were a whole lot, I bought every blues record I could find, it wasn't just one or two people. My vocal influences were Ray Charles and Bobby Blue Bland."
- Johnny Winter
(Related: People)

"T-Bone Walker was a big influence on just about every guitar player around."
- Johnny Winter
(Related: Guitar, Influence)

"My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching, I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming rather than on details of language and notation."
- Niklaus Wirth
(Related: Being, Influence, Language, Programming, Teaching)

"Well I had my kids so young that I kind of feel that I'm a kid too and am growing up with them. The things they're interested in tend to really influence me."
- Reese Witherspoon
(Related: Growing up, Influence, Kids)

"My whole life experience feeds into my writing. I think that must be true for every writer. Clearly the Army and combat were major influences; just the same, you need to understand that many of the writers we have now couldn't load a revolver."
- Gene Wolfe
(Related: Experience, Life, Army, Now, Writer, Writers, Writing)

"I'm a businesswoman. I am a music lover. I like for people to like my music. When you listen to top 40 radio, you hear pop stuff. You hear rock stuff. You hear all these different influences."
- Lee Ann Womack
(Related: Music, People)

"Well, obviously I wanted it to sound as original as possible. I suppose the influences that we had were probably from the actual power point of view we wanted to be like the Who. Vocally we wanted to be like the Beach Boys, whatever was good at the time."
- Roy Wood
(Related: Power, Time, Beach, Boys, Sound)

"If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Life, Positive, Chance, Influence, Light, Want)

"For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize."
- Tiger Woods
(Related: Business, People, Behavior, Disappointment, Influence, Worry)

"I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Nature, People, Poets, Workers)

"If you examine this, I think that you will find that it's the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture."
- Minoru Yamasaki
(Related: Architecture, Thought, Influence, Will)

"In the latter half of the last century the impact of the expanding influence of Western culture and economic system brought about in China a severe conflict."
- Chen Ning Yang
(Related: Conflict, Culture, Influence)

"Influence is like a savings account. The less you use it, the more you've got."
- Andrew Young
(Related: Influence)

"I think the fact that I created something and had an enormous influence is indisputable."
- La Monte Young
(Related: Fact, Influence)

"I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons."
- Marguerite Young
(Related: Poetry)

"Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine?"
- Marguerite Young
(Related: Bible)

"Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Behavior)

"Time perspective is one of the most powerful influences on all of human behavior. We're trying to show how people become biased to being exclusively past-, present- or future-oriented."
- Philip Zimbardo
(Related: Time, People, Behavior, Being, Future, Past, Perspective, Present, Trying)

"I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can, in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach put their influences together."
- John Zorn
(Related: Life)

"But in terms of satire and comedy, our biggest and earliest influence was Mad magazine."
- Jerry Zucker
(Related: Comedy, Influence, Satire)