Quotes and Sayings about Personality
"Your source material is the people you know, not those you don't know, but every character is an extension of the author's own personality."
- Edward Albee
(Related: People, Character, Personality)
"You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Appetite, Desire, Personality, Self)
"All I need is my brains, my eyes and my personality, for better or for worse."
- William Albert Allard
(Related: Eyes, Personality)
"Brains, integrity, and force may be all very well, but what you need today is Charm. Go ahead and work on your economic programs if you want to, I'll develop my radio personality."
- Gracie Allen
(Related: Work, Charm, Force, Integrity, May, Personality, Today, Want)
"As far as I'm concerned, the essentials of jazz are: melodic improvisation, melodic invention, swing, and instrumental personality."
- Mose Allison
(Related: Invention, Jazz, Personality)
"In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program."
- Poul Anderson
(Related: Harvest, Machine, Personality, Stars, Will)
"Yes, it must be something that goes very well with my voice, let's say something that I understand that this would be good communication with the others, and I don't pretend for instance, to look for music that would be something that doesn't go with my personality."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Music, Communication, Personality, Voice)
"My way of remaining French was the financing scheme I used for Quest for Fire, with Fox funds, since it started as a 100% American production. The film was not in French and yet was French in style, reflecting my personality."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: American, Film, Fire, Personality, Production, Quest, Style)
"Style is a reflection of your attitude and your personality."
- Shawn Ashmore
(Related: Attitude, Personality, Reflection, Style)
"In our western civilization we have the glorious example, the great standard of perfection and the teachings of the Christ to guide us. He acts for us as Mediator between our personality and our Soul."
- Edward Bach
(Related: Soul, Civilization, Christ, Example, Perfection, Personality)
"I would do it today because the thing that appealed to me was not necessarily the mechanics of the robot, but it was his personality and how funny and charming he was."
- John Badham
(Related: Funny, Personality, Today)
"The personality problem is so tough when you're not able to pay people. It's bad enough when you can pay people, but, when you have people working for free, often their motivation is diminished considerably."
- John Badham
(Related: Motivation, People, Personality)
"You get a sense of how the show works and then let your personality take over."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: Personality, Sense)
"I had had an extroverted personality with a lot of friends, but when I lost the weight and grew so tall, I withdrew within myself."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Friends, Personality, Weight)
"I could never do a show, or be a personality like Howard Stern, where you take all that heat from critics. What he does, he does, but the critical heat would crucify me."
- Chuck Barris
"If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Divinity, Expression, Living, Personality, Will, World)
"As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal."
- Max Beerbohm
"The core of my personality consists of many selves."
- Hans Bender
"It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality."
- Steven Biko
(Related: Change, Truth, People, Personality)
"Y'know what? This is what I go by: It doesn't matter how good-looking a guy is, it just depends on his personality. If a guy can make you laugh and make fun of you, then that's what would win me over. So, yeah."
- Rachel Bilson
(Related: Fun, Personality)
"An image is not simply a trademark, a design, a slogan or an easily remembered picture. It is a studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, institution, corporation, product or service."
- Daniel J. Boorstin
(Related: Design, Personality, Service)
"Everything we know by heart enriches us and helps us find ourselves. If it should get in the way of finding ourselves, it is because we have no personality."
- Nadia Boulanger
(Related: Heart, Personality)
"People should be judged on the basis of their performance, not nationality, personality, education, or personal traits and skills."
- Marvin Bower
(Related: Education, People, Performance, Nationality, Personality)
"There are quite a few honest songwriters out there writing about relationships and their own personality traits. But for some reason, once they step out of the bedroom, their honesty doesn't seem to come with them."
- Billy Bragg
(Related: Honesty, Personality, Reason, Relationships, Writing)
"One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Courage, Personality, Shakespeare)
"I will go to my grave in a state of abject endless fascination that we all have the capacity to become emotionally involved with a personality that doesn't exist."
- Berkeley Breathed
(Related: Grave, Personality, State, Will)
"When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place."
- Jimmy Breslin
(Related: Drinking, First, Personality)
"America is not just a democracy, it represents a certain culture of competitive mobility and personality aspirations, politics is not merely a clash of interests, but a clash of dreams."
- David Brooks
(Related: Dreams, Politics, America, Aspirations, Culture, Democracy, Personality)
"I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property."
- Norman O. Brown
(Related: Personality, Property)
"I have to choose songs that represent my personality."
- Peabo Bryson
(Related: Personality, Songs)
"On the robot kit, I can choose very boring parts or I can choose exciting and interesting parts. That is a reflection of my personality and the kinds of things I am interested in."
- Bill Budge
(Related: Personality, Reflection)
"A quiet personality sure isn't what you need to attract attention."
- Bill Budge
(Related: Attention, Personality, Quiet)
"Nixon was kind of a loner, he had a cold personality."
- Earl Butz
(Related: Nixon, Personality)
"Though I am a Catholic, a professing one, I have serious doubts about the survival of the human personality after death."
- Taylor Caldwell
(Related: Death, Survival, Personality)
"We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die."
- Albert Camus
(Related: Life, Personality)
"I try to bring elements of my own personality to every character I've played, but I think I'm pretty similar to the character I'm playing now. The biggest departure would have to have been Freaks and Geeks Sara, who was this sort of subordinate and shy girl."
- Lizzy Caplan
(Related: Character, Departure, Now, Personality, Pretty)
"But to do this kind of work, you have to be very strong, otherwise you lose your personality, your identity."
- Claudia Cardinale
(Related: Work, Identity, Personality)
"Hard conditions of life are indispensable to bringing out the best in human personality."
- Alexis Carrel
(Related: Life, Personality)
"When I first met my agent, I said, If something comes up and it fits my age range and personality, I would like you to send me up for it, even if it specifies blonde or brunette."
- Tia Carrere
(Related: Age, First, Personality)
"Aaron Copland was a man that had a very specific point of view about what music should be which was that, he felt that new music should have the composer should show a personality in his music."
- Elliott Carter
(Related: Music, Man, Personality)
"To sleep around is absolutely wrong for a woman; it's degrading and it completely ruins her personality. Sooner or later it will destroy all that is feminine and beautiful and idealistic in her."
- Barbara Cartland
(Related: Personality, Sleep, Will, Woman, Wrong)
"Roosevelt's magic lay in one facet of his personality: He knew how to take the risk. No other man in public life I knew could so readily take the challenge of the new."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Life, Challenge, Magic, Man, Public, Risk)
"The most seductive thing about art is the personality of the artist himself."
- Paul Cezanne
(Related: Art, Artist, Personality)
"Parrots make great pets. They have more personality than goldfish."
- Chevy Chase
(Related: Personality, Pets)
"I think that Mos Def is the best actor, but when you talk about rappers in films, I don't really think the quality of the acting is most important because most rappers are put in movies because of the personality and people want to see that."
- Morris Chestnut
(Related: Movies, Quality, People, Acting, Actor, Personality, Talk, Want)
"There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price."
- Shirley Chisholm
"Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace."
- Kate Chopin
(Related: Power, People, Energy, Motive, Personality)
"I think in the end, when you're famous, people like to narrow you down to a few personality traits. I think I've just become this ambitious, say-whatever's-on-her-mind, intimidating person. And that's part of my personality, but it's certainly not anywhere near the whole thing."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: People, End, Famous, Personality)
"Rodents can come across as being quite vacant in the personality stakes."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Being, Personality)
"I want to be an actress, not a personality."
- Jill Clayburgh
(Related: Personality, Want)
"When you see somebody who's got a complaining personality, it usually means that they had some vision of what things could be, and they're constantly disappointed by that. I think that would be the camp that I would fall into - constantly horrified by the things people do."
- Daniel Clowes
(Related: People, Vision, Complaining, Personality)
"The more melancholy side of my literary personality is much in tune with BS Johnson's."
- Jonathan Coe
(Related: Literary, Melancholy, Personality)
"I became quite taken over by Johnson's personality at some points while writing the biography, and since I went straight on to The Closed Circle afterwards, I did sometimes feel I could hear him whispering in my ear while I was working on it."
- Jonathan Coe
(Related: Biography, Personality, Writing)
"The more you build your life on principle and less on personality - yours or others - the straighter will be your course."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: Life, Personality, Will)
"An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation."
- Joseph Conrad
(Related: Action, Artist, Man, Personality)
"Josie needed more of a personality than what the cartoon had to offer."
- Rachael Leigh Cook
"We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot."
- Charles Horton Cooley
(Related: Life, Power, People, Personality)
"You look at a herd of cattle and well, they all look the same... but they know. They all have an individual personality, and those personalities change from day to day. They can have their grumpy days and their happy days and their serene days. But it's unpredictable. You can't be off in outer space when you're dealing with animals."
- Chris Cooper
(Related: Change, Animals, Day, Personality, Space)
"The studio didn't ask them to learn their trade, they just worked them, and when that personality or that gimmick or whatever they had ran dry at the box office, they were dropped and out."
- Jackie Cooper
(Related: Office, Personality, Trade)
"Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Personality, Will)
"Where does personality end and brain damage begin?"
- Doug Coupland
(Related: End, Personality)
"You know, you've got serious pieces, you've got light pieces, you've got cooking segments, you've got health-related topics, so it's not as if they've had a unique personality from the get-go."
- Katie Couric
(Related: Health, Cooking, Light, Personality)
"For example I don't work with William Hurt the same way that I will work with Viggo. They're different guys and they work in different ways. So a good sensitive director has his general style and technique and personality that he uses but you don't impose that on the actors."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Work, Actors, Example, Hurt, Personality, Style, Will)
"You can meet a young person who goes to school and is really enthusiastic, but if a sufficiently strong personality convinces them that this is a waste of time, that person might flunk out."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Time, Personality, School, Waste)
"To maintain one's individuality, integrity, and true personality in the theatre is a big task."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Individuality, Integrity, Personality, Theatre)
"Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality."
- Salvador Dali
(Related: Painting, Personality)
"He's computerized, but I won't let him come on cold. I created KITT. I understand the personality of the car."
- William Daniels
(Related: Car, Personality)
"We get criticized for showing no personality, then we get penalized when we do."
- Lindsay Davenport
"All artists are now free to express their own personality."
- Maurice Denis
(Related: Artists, Now, Personality)
"These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate."
- Jacques Derrida
(Related: Personality, Practice, Question)
"When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Art, Science, Literature, Man, Name, Personality, Philosophy, Years)
"I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities."
- Walt Disney
"The only thing I do worry about is that the more films I do the more visible I am going to become as a personality because of press and because of the sheer quantity of films."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Personality, Press, Quantity, Worry)
"If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost."
- Lloyd C. Douglas
(Related: Fear, Man, Personality, Thinking)
"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
- Mary Douglas
(Related: Living, Personality)
"Different people bring out different aspects of ones personality."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: People, Personality)
"I mean, I would hope that I have a style or personality that is evident wherever I go."
- Trevor Dunn
(Related: Hope, Personality, Style)
"In the progress of personality, first comes a declaration of independence, then a recognition of interdependence."
- Henry Van Dyke
(Related: Progress, First, Independence, Personality)
"We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: God, Care, Intellect, Personality)
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Poetry, Emotion, Emotions, Expression, Personality, Want)
"The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality."
- T. S. Eliot
(Related: Progress, Artist, Personality, Self)
"I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that."
- Brian Eno
(Related: Work, Idea, Personality)
"Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public."
(Related: Character, Example, Personality, Public)
"Everybody that's living in this earth is living in a situation. It's not narrow-minded to the point where everybody is serious and nobody has a personality. I think people die telling jokes."
- Mike Epps
(Related: People, Earth, Jokes, Living, Personality)
"Gore will not win a popularity contest, he will not win a personality contest, but he can win an idealogical battle, and he can win a battle of experience."
- Susan Estrich
(Related: Experience, Battle, Personality, Popularity, Will)
"My actual personality probably lies someplace between the two."
- Edie Falco
(Related: Lies, Personality)
"You use words like 'introvert' and 'extrovert,' various traits of a personality. A lot of that stuff, we used in drama school, and that was kind of interesting, to realize my teachers sort of ripped off a lot of Jung. And how much of it is part of our society now, these phrases, introvert and extrovert, where it actually came from."
- Michael Fassbender
(Related: Society, Drama, Now, Personality, School, Teachers, Words)
"You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in."
- Harvey Fierstein
(Related: Character, Actor, Personality, Romantic)
"Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Related: Successful, Personality)
"Socially I never was an outsider. I have never thought of the conflict element before frankly, but perhaps it was wanting to belong, and at the same time wanting to retain one's own personality."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Time, Thought, Conflict, Personality)
"Nobody's irreplaceable, including me. I think for too long we've had a cult of personality in this company and in this industry, and frankly, I'd like to see that diminish."
- Bill Ford
(Related: Company, Personality)
"Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient."
- E. M. Forster
(Related: Letters, Personality, Tests, Writer)
"Personality is essential. It is in every work of art. When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma, everyone is convinced that he has personality. I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship. Movie stars usually have it. A politician has to have it."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Work, Art, Performance, Charisma, Personality, Stars)
"I keep my own personality in a cupboard under the stairs at home so that no one else can see it or nick it."
- Dawn French
(Related: Home, Personality, Stairs)
"Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Love, People, Nothing, Personality, Value)
"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Life, Effort, Man, Personality)
"Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me."
- Michael Gambon
(Related: Character, Actor, Personality, Play)
"Theatre demands different muscles and different aspects of one's personality."
- Victor Garber
(Related: Personality, Theatre)
"I have an extremely addictive personality. I'm an extremist."
- Leif Garrett
"This kind of charge reveals a good deal about the personality of the people who make it; to impute such motives to another man is to imply you're harboring them yourself."
- Jim Garrison
(Related: People, Man, Motives, Personality)
"There isn't as much passion and outrage in today's newspapers. That may be because of a corporate decision, but they've lost their personality."
- Michael Gartner
(Related: Decision, Corporate, May, Newspapers, Passion, Personality, Today)
"I'm sure I'm very difficult to live with because of my make-up and personality."
- Bob Geldof
"I brought my personality and sense of wonder and I think they wrote as much of my personality as they could. I do not go around kicking butt and saving the universe all the time but they tried to capture me as best as they could in the character."
- Gil Gerard
(Related: Time, Character, Personality, Sense, Universe, Wonder)
"My music is all about an idealistic human personality. I have 19th-century ideals."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Ideals, Personality)
"I'm kind of a quirky dresser usually. Like today, I'm actually pretty put together, but I dress kind of off sometimes, but that's just part of my personality."
- Debbie Gibson
(Related: Dress, Personality, Pretty, Today)
"No, I feel like my personality probably influenced the character, more than the character influenced me."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Character, Personality)
"I discourage a cult of personality."
- Newt Gingrich
"I am an addictive personality."
- Trisha Goddard
"Personality is everything in art and poetry."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Art, Poetry, Personality)
"And I, uh, I wonder how anybody can think his personality changes with his success. I've had quite a bit of success but I feel that I'm just the same person as I always was."
- Rube Goldberg
(Related: Success, Personality, Wonder)
"I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest."
- Al Gore
(Related: Personality, Popularity, Presidency)
"It's a very complex scenario, and certainly Dave was, and is, not the only person in Pearl Jam with personality flaws. Everybody in this band exhibits some form of neurotic behavior. And we couldn't find a balance, a mutual respect for each other."
- Stone Gossard
(Related: Balance, Behavior, Flaws, Personality, Respect)
"My personality is that I'm a human being like everybody else, just a citizen and a blue collar guy."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Being, Personality)
"What we ought to see in the agonies of puberty is the result of the conditioning that maims the female personality in creating the feminine."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: Personality, Result)
"The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival, since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Survival, Body, Consciousness, Personality, Study)
"Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution."
- Stanislav Grof
(Related: Death, Fear, Positive, Consciousness, Evolution, Healing, Personality)
"My personality doesn't interest me."
- Andrei A. Gromyko
(Related: Interest, Personality)
"The cult of individuality and personality, which promotes painters and poets only to promote itself, is really a business. The greater the 'genius' of the personage, the greater the profit."
- George Grosz
(Related: Business, Individuality, Personality, Poets, Profit)
"We're starting to push the envelope in terms of the expectations, and you can also have your own style, personality and sense of humor, because now we're allowed to."
- Lisa Guerrero
(Related: Humor, Expectations, Now, Personality, Sense, Style)
"An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego."
- Alec Guinness
(Related: Actor, Appearance, Ego, Intellect, Judgment, Personality)
"If any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness."
- M. Esther Harding
(Related: Being, Consciousness, Maturity, Personality)
"Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Power, Personality)
"If I was working hard, she bled into my personality. I became more cynical."
- Marg Helgenberger
"I have sporadic OCD cleaning moments around the house. But then I get lazy and I'm cured. It's a very inconsistent personality trait."
- Chris Hemsworth
(Related: Moments, Personality)
"Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Art, Artist, Expression, Personality, Temperament)
"I'm trying to eliminate every vestige of my own personality, style, approach and get into somebody else's skin. Sometimes I feel I've accomplished it. But when I don't, I'm nobody at all, having left myself at home."
- Judy Holliday
(Related: Home, Personality, Skin, Style, Trying)
"I get to actually experience what it would be like to be a psycho, which is not a fun one, or to be a cowboy, or to be a weird character of some sort. For me, it suits me. It suits my personality. I'm an emotional kind of person anyway."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Experience, Character, Fun, Personality)
"My responsibility is always and everywhere the same: to see in my brother more even than the personality and manhood that are his. My task is always and everywhere the same: to see Christ himself."
- Trevor Huddleston
(Related: Brother, Christ, Personality, Responsibility)
"In this context, the church supports and favors every effort today to seek the full development of the personality of all human beings, and to promote their fundamental rights, their dignity and liberty."
- Claudio Hummes
(Related: Development, Church, Dignity, Effort, Favors, Rights, Liberty, Personality, Today)
"Personality is reduced and deformed with depleted thoughts and stagnant mind."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Thoughts, Mind, Personality)
"Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Life, Cunning, Fight, Personality, Self, Will)
"The puppet characters were combinations of people I had known and to some degree aspects of my own personality. Weird was based on someone I knew in Chicago. Dirty Dragon was based on a good friend I had in Indianapolis."
- William Jackson
(Related: People, Friend, Chicago, Personality)
"I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, Collaboration, Personality)
"The achievements which society rewards are won at the cost of diminution of personality."
- Benjamin Jowett
(Related: Society, Personality)
"I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction. So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really."
- Paul Kane
(Related: Fiction, Personality, Respect, Writers, Writing)
"We are given to the cult of personality; when things go badly we look to some messiah to save us. If by chance we think we have found one, it will not be long before we destroy him."
- Constantine Karamanlis
(Related: Chance, Personality, Will)
"Many people think I'm a television personality. I never have been! Just someone who acts it."
- Graham Kennedy
(Related: People, Personality, Television)
"A person however learned and qualified in his life's work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant."
- Hazrat Inayat Khan
(Related: Beauty, Work, Gratitude, Life, Character, Personality)
"Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Truth, Man, Personality)
"I would love to be a player today. I had the right personality for it."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: Love, Personality, Right, Today)
"My biggest challenge will be to play the totally submissive woman. It takes a toll on you when you play someone who's far removed from your personality."
- Regina King
(Related: Challenge, Personality, Play, Will, Woman)
"My style is where you see the individual and where a personality is communicated through actions, decisions, single objects and facts, where the whole draws together to form a history."
- Martin Kippenberger
(Related: History, Actions, Decisions, Facts, Personality, Style)
"I think I'm more European in personality."
- Sally Kirkland
"It's that I have a good personality and am a good tennis player."
- Anna Kournikova
(Related: Personality, Tennis)
"What I've learned is that it's okay to take from heroes, such as Debussy, but it has to be filtered through my own personality so that ultimately it's me."
- William Kraft
(Related: Heroes, Personality)
"I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player's personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing."
- Vladimir Kramnik
(Related: Character, Chess, Personality, Will)
"Only he, who penetrates into the depth of the game, can express his personality in it."
- Vladimir Kramnik
"And I'm not a personality; otherwise I'd be coming out with an album, performing on MTV. All that stuff is possible and I can do that tomorrow. I just have no need."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Personality, Tomorrow)
"It seems only reasonable that the people have a right to know virtually everything about the personality they are buying each time they put their money through the box office."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Money, Time, People, Buying, Office, Personality, Right)
"The idea of eternity lives in all of us. We thirst to live in a belief which raises our small personality to a higher coherence - a coherence which is human and yet superhuman, absolute and yet steadily growing and developing, ideal and yet real."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Idea, Belief, Eternity, Personality)
"Wong Kar Wai is a very intense character, very personable, and I believe in general he does not like and he would not want his actors to show their true looks and their true personality on screen."
- Andy Lau
(Related: Character, Actors, Personality, Want)
"I think there is a great difference, in that when the poet is reading you get the whole personality of the person, especially if he's a good reader. Whereas a person just sitting gets what he puts into it."
- James Laughlin
(Related: Difference, Personality, Reading)
"Humility is no substitute for a good personality."
- Fran Lebowitz
(Related: Humility, Personality)
"Although I am a public figure, I'm still a little shy. I don't think my own personality is important. I prefer to keep some small dosage of privacy."
- Joshua Lederberg
(Related: Personality, Privacy, Public)
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successfull personality and duplicate it."
- Bruce Lee
(Related: Faith, Personality)
"Enormous enlargements of an object or a fragment give it a personality it never had before, and in this way, it can become a vehicle of entirely new lyric and plastic power."
- Fernand Leger
(Related: Power, Personality)
"Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open."
- Elmer G. Letterman
(Related: Character, Open, Personality)
"I'm not really a political satirist. I don't kid myself. I'm more interested in doing the mannerisms and the personality."
- Rich Little
"I just sit at the drawing board most of the time. I am used to talking to people. I love going to conventions, getting feedback and talking to people. Some artists don't. Some artists sit at their drawing board because their personality actually dictates that."
- David Lloyd
(Related: Love, Time, People, Artists, Personality, Talking)
"The hypothesis of surviving intelligence and personality - not only surviving but anxious and able with difficulty to communicate - is the simplest and most straightforward and the only one that fits all the facts."
- Oliver Joseph Lodge
(Related: Intelligence, Difficulty, Facts, Personality)
"It seems obvious to me that the notion of God has never been anything but a kind of ideal projection, a reflection upward of the human personality, and that theology never has been and never can be anything but a more and more purified mythology."
- Alfred Loisy
(Related: God, Mythology, Obvious, Personality, Reflection, Theology)
"My girlfriend bought me a down jacket, she said it fit my personality."
- Jay London
(Related: Girlfriend, Personality)
"Sometimes you kind of lose yourself in someone else's personality."
- Julie London
"Under so much pressure and the situation that I was in, that was the personality that came across with me."
- LaToya London
(Related: Personality, Pressure)
"What you have, what you are - your looks, your personality, your way of thinking - is unique. No one in the world is like you. So capitalize on it."
- Jack Lord
(Related: Personality, Thinking, World)
"An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays."
- Arthur Lowe
(Related: Actor, Personality)
"Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in."
- Amy Lowell
(Related: Art, Desire, Man, Personality, World)
"Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Life, People, Circumstances, Personality)
"What matters most in politics is personality. It's not issues; it's not image. It's who you are and what you represent."
- Frank Luntz
(Related: Politics, Personality)
"I never thought I'd say this, what Obama needs in his personality is a little George Bush."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Thought, Needs, Personality)
"The "self-image" is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self image and you change the personality and the behavior."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Change, Behavior, Key, Personality, Self)
"Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality."
- Maxwell Maltz
(Related: Feelings, Actions, Beliefs, Personality, Psychology, Result)
"There's so much fear involved in trying to do something you don't know how to do that drugs and alcohol can become a big part of your life if you have an addictive personality or are very unsure, which most songwriters are."
- Barry Mann
(Related: Life, Fear, Alcohol, Drugs, Personality, Trying)
"I think my type of personality has all music inside of it, so I am full of music, without even knowing it, without even learning it, without even hearing it."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Music, Hearing, Learning, Personality)
"Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers, there are important personality profits to be taken."
- William Moulton Marston
(Related: Knowledge, Defeat, Personality)
"At times I experience hardship in trying to find the proper point of balance between traditional things and my own personality."
- Princess Masako
(Related: Experience, Balance, Hardship, Personality, Trying)
"Every actor looks all his life for a part that will combine his talents with his personality... 'The Odd Couple' was mine. That was the plutonium I needed. It all started happening after that."
- Walter Matthau
(Related: Life, Actor, Personality, Will)
"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character."
- W. Somerset Maugham
(Related: Character, Friends, Personality)
"Muhammad Ali is a combination of personality and athlete who is probably better known around the world than any other. He became a great hero."
- Will McDonough
(Related: Personality, World)
"Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you're playing through your own experience - so we're all different."
- Ian Mckellen
(Related: Experience, Character, Acting, Personality)
"A multiple personality is in a certain sense normal."
- George H. Mead
(Related: Personality, Sense)
"A quick glance at the American left reveals a movement in the midst of a nervous breakdown, displaying behavior that goes beyond inconsistency into the realm of bipolar moods and multiple personality disorders."
- Michael Medved
(Related: American, Behavior, Inconsistency, Moods, Personality, Quick)
"Really the team often will take on the personality of its coach."
- Mark Messier
(Related: Coach, Personality, Will)
"Power is not of a man. Wealth does not center in the person of the wealthy. Celebrity is not inherent in any personality. To be celebrated, to be wealthy, to have power requires access to major institutions."
- C. Wright Mills
(Related: Power, Wealth, Celebrity, Man, Personality)
"It makes it very exciting don't you think to live in an age of, of discovery of human personality this way?"
- John Money
(Related: Age, Discovery, Personality)
"The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs and trying to make really good prose, is hardwired into my personality."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Personality, Prose, Trying)
"I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Father, Excess, Extreme, Personality, Poems)
"I do not feel any artist can produce great art without putting great personality into it. It is always a piece of you that goes on the screen or the canvass."
- Joe Murray
(Related: Art, Artist, Personality)
"The friend that I based Heffer on was adopted, and it all played into his total personality."
- Joe Murray
(Related: Friend, Personality)
"When you're not blond and thin, you come up with a personality real quick."
- Kathy Najimy
(Related: Personality, Quick)
"I try to find what is closest to me in the character. There's many sides to personality, but it's a matter of, do you entertain those specific areas of your personality, or are you afraid to entertain them?"
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Character, Personality)
"I have my ethics and morals. I have my anchor point of what is right and wrong in real life, but I'm not afraid to entertain any and every aspect of personality in relationship to creating a character."
- Corin Nemec
(Related: Life, Character, Ethics, Morals, Personality, Right, Wrong)
"You know like it has its own personality, its own character."
- Marc Newson
(Related: Character, Personality)
"I think it's really important to design things with a kind of personality."
- Marc Newson
(Related: Design, Personality)
"Songs like the Buck Owens tune, for example, are very simple and straightforward, and recording it really gave me a chance to get into and get a sense of Buck's personality, a feel for that whole Bakersfield sound."
- Juice Newton
(Related: Chance, Example, Personality, Sense, Songs, Sound)
"I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality."
- Robert De Niro
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Personality)
"Life and people are complex. A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician. We don't see the world that simply."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Life, People, Artist, Personality, World, Writer)
"You now have to decide what 'image' you want for your brand. Image means personality. Products, like people, have personalities, and they can make or break them in the market place."
- David Ogilvy
(Related: People, Now, Personality, Want)
"I think I 'turn off' women. I've a kind of a weird personality. Women may think that I'm a mess."
- Ed O'Neill
(Related: Women, May, Personality)
"It is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a windowpane."
- George Orwell
(Related: Nothing, Personality, Prose)
"The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time."
- George Orwell
(Related: Time, Man, Personality)
"The lesson of the last year is this: foreign policy can't be managed through the politics of personality, and our President would do well to take note of an observation John F. Kennedy made once he was in office - that all of the world's problems aren't his predecessor's fault."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Politics, Policy, Fault, Foreign policy, Observation, Office, Personality, President, Problems, World)
"The functions of the family in a highly differentiated society are not to be interpreted as functions directly on behalf of the society, but on behalf of personality."
- Talcott Parsons
(Related: Family, Society, Personality)
"Experience, already reduced to a group of impressions, is ringed round for each one of us by that thick wall of personality through which no real voice has ever pierced on its way to us, or from us to that which we can only conjecture to be without."
- Walter Pater
(Related: Experience, Personality, Voice)
"The fact is that all of us have only one personality, and we wring it out like a dishtowel. You are what you are."
- S. J. Perelman
(Related: Fact, Personality)
"My significant other right now is myself, which is what happens when you suffer from multiple personality disorder and self-obsession."
- Joaquin Phoenix
(Related: Disorder, Now, Personality, Right, Self)
"Identity in the form of continuity of personality is an extremely important characteristic of the individual."
- Kenneth L. Pike
(Related: Identity, Personality)
"Personality and socialization aren't the same thing."
- Steven Pinker
"Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone's personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Time, Cute, Personality)
"Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood will continually be part and parcel of my personality."
- Dennis Potter
(Related: Childhood, Personality, Will, Words)
"You can be fat and love yourself. You can be fat and have a great damn personality. You can be fat and sew your own clothes. But you can't be fat and healthy."
- Susan Powter
(Related: Love, Clothes, Personality)
"They have to be able to spark my interest so I want to pursue it, and they have to have an awesome personality, really laid-back. All those things are sexy to me."
- Laura Prepon
(Related: Interest, Personality, Want)
"The Odyssey is the story of someone who, in the course of diverse experiences, acquires a personality or affirms and recovers his personality."
- Raymond Queneau
"The traditional Christian attitude toward human personality was that human nature was essentially good and that it was formed and modified by social pressures and training."
- Carroll Quigley
(Related: Nature, Attitude, Christian, Human nature, Personality, Training)
"Some of the newer folks in the industry, I'm not sure they are familiar with the term acting. They don't understand what it means to play a character rather than just be a personality."
- Kathleen Quinlan
(Related: Character, Acting, Personality, Play)
"The point I am making is that in the more primitive forms of society the individual is merely a unit; in more developed forms of society he is an independent personality."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Society, Personality)
"You might think that it would he the natural desire of every man to develop as an independent personality, but this does not seem to be true."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Desire, Man, Personality)
"A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Character, Ideals, Man, Personality)
"I'm not just a model who plays volleyball, or a volleyball player who supports herself modeling. I'm a female athlete personality."
- Gabrielle Reece
"I talk as I sketch, too, in order to keep their minds off what I'm doing so I'll get the most natural expression I can from them. Also, the talking helps to size up the subject's personality, so I can figure out better how to portray him."
- Norman Rockwell
(Related: Expression, Order, Personality, Talk, Talking)
"When a high-profile personality lives like I do, everybody thinks that person is fated to die young."
- Dennis Rodman
"Just like Tim Robbins is very political - and obviously, Arnold Schwarzenegger must be - I want to be able to have this public personality that's considered authoritative."
- Christy Romano
(Related: Personality, Public, Want)
"For the sound we produce, everybody is equally important. Each of us has a very different personality and that is what keeps Bush alive."
- Gavin Rossdale
(Related: Personality, Sound)
"The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I'm searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible."
- Galen Rowell
(Related: Being, Personality, Right)
"I think it has sullied his presidency. As brilliant a politician as Bill Clinton is, as magnetic a personality as he can be, there is one little screw loose somewhere."
- Morley Safer
(Related: Personality, Presidency)
"Muddle is the extra unknown personality in any committee."
- Anthony Sampson
(Related: Committee, Personality)
"Instead of a weak and vacillating Government, a single, purposeful, energetic personality is ruling today."
- Hjalmar Schacht
(Related: Government, Personality, Today)
"Style, no matter how outrageous it is, is still an expression of someone's personality. And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics."
- Liev Schreiber
(Related: Expression, Personality, Style)
"Personality is to a man what perfume is to a flower."
- Charles M. Schwab
(Related: Man, Personality)
"Ethics is the activity of man directed to secure the inner perfection of his own personality."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Ethics, Man, Perfection, Personality)
"Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question."
- Willard Scott
(Related: Family, Feelings, Positive, Being, Personality, Question)
"I have this terrible dark side to my personality, which playing tennis keeps at bay."
- Monica Seles
(Related: Personality, Tennis)
"Television is so influential that when an audience sees you day-in and day-out there's a certain acceptance that sets in; you're no longer a threatening personality. They become more willing to accept whatever you present."
- Doc Severinsen
(Related: Acceptance, Day, Personality, Present, Television)
"The reason it has relevance is because I, as a popular Arab personality - the Arab people like me and respect me - thought it was time for me to make an ever so tiny statement about what I thought about this whole thing."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Time, Thought, People, Personality, Popular, Reason, Respect)
"To devise an information processing system capable of getting along on its own - it must handle its own problems of programming, bookkeeping, communication and coordination with its users. It must appear to its users as a single, integrated personality."
- Cliff Shaw
(Related: Communication, Information, Personality, Problems, Programming)
"On the one hand, life is made infinitely easy for the personality in that stimulations, interests, uses of time and consciousness are offered to it from all sides. They carry the person as if in a stream, and one needs hardly to swim for oneself."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Life, Time, Consciousness, Needs, Personality)
"Every superior personality, and every superior performance, has, for the average of mankind, something mysterious."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Performance, Mankind, Personality)
"For the division of labor demands from the individual an ever more one-sided accomplishment, and the greatest advance in a one-sided pursuit only too frequently means dearth to the personality of the individual."
- Georg Simmel
(Related: Accomplishment, Labor, Personality, Pursuit)
"The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something."
- Gene Simmons
(Related: Colors, Makeup, Personality)
"Jean's whole job is to protect Victoria. Jean is a very practical, very orderly, very disciplined person; she is the personality called the gatekeeper."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Job, Personality)
"Personality is lower than partiality."
- Goldwin Smith
"You know, I'm a television personality. It's not like I'm a famous hooker or something!"
- Brett Somers
(Related: Famous, Personality, Television)
"At MTV, it's very nice sometimes to be able to be very specific. Specificity really makes a news story interesting because you can color it in that personality."
- Tabitha Soren
(Related: News, Personality)
"Hollywood sold its stars on good looks and personality buildups. We weren't really actresses in a true sense, we were just big names - the products of a good publicity department."
- Ann Sothern
(Related: Hollywood, Names, Personality, Publicity, Sense, Stars)
"Sometimes I feel an obligation to be accessible as a personality, but for me the driving force since the beginning has always been good work, taking risks, trying new things. If the door opens, go through it. Always go forwards."
- David Soul
(Related: Work, Beginning, Driving, Force, Obligation, Personality, Trying)
"The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become."
- Anna Garlin Spencer
(Related: Opportunity, Being, Democracy, Personality, Respect)
"Architecture can't fully represent the chaos and turmoil that are part of the human personality, but you need to put some of that turmoil into the architecture, or it isn't real."
- Frank Stella
(Related: Architecture, Chaos, Personality)
"I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality, the way they look, etc. So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block."
- R. L. Stine
(Related: Personality, Writer)
"To this end the greatest asset of a school is the personality of the teacher."
- John Strachan
(Related: End, Personality, School)
"I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality."
- Mark Strand
(Related: Poetry, American, Personality)
"And I have the support of the writers: I have a great relationship with the creative team, and they have a good hold of my character and my personality, and they come up with some great stuff, and I'm forever trying to change it up, keep it fresh."
- Trish Stratus
(Related: Change, Character, Personality, Support, Trying)
"Personality is immediately apparent, from birth, and I don't think it really changes."
- Meryl Streep
"I was a personality before I became a person - I am simple, complex, generous, selfish, unattractive, beautiful, lazy and driven."
- Barbra Streisand
"Whenever you do an animated project or a voice-over project it's inevitable that part of your personality comes into play."
- Tara Strong
(Related: Personality, Play, Project, Voice)
"I'm not that complicated as an actor. I have a formula in which I work, yeah. But not like Sean Penn does. Sean is one of the few actors I know who can work like that, actually becoming the character he is playing, and get consistent results. I don't believe you can ever be someone else. You manifest different levels of your own personality to come up with a character."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Work, Character, Actor, Actors, Formula, Personality, Results)
"Art is not in some far-off place. A work of art is the expression of a man's whole personality, sensibility and ability."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Art, Work, Ability, Expression, Man, Personality, Sensibility)
"Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Dogs, Personality)
"Personality is more important than beauty, but imagination is more important than both of them."
- Laurette Taylor
(Related: Imagination, Beauty, Personality)
"At the heart of personality is the need to feel a sense of being lovable without having to qualify for that acceptance."
- Paul Tournier
(Related: Heart, Acceptance, Being, Personality, Sense)
"I'm disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It's become so much about personality."
- Spencer Tracy
(Related: Acting, Noses, Personality, Voice, Want)
"What I think we fear is rapid, pronounced, and uncontrollable changes to ourselves, and because of this we have a form of personality inertia - something that resists rapid change."
- Simon Travaglia
(Related: Change, Fear, Personality)
"From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash."
- Sophie Tucker
(Related: Age, Needs, Parents, Personality)
"Suffering is the substance of life and the root of personality, for it is only suffering that makes us persons."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Life, Personality, Suffering)
"We are all born with a unique genetic blueprint, which lays out the basic characteristics of our personality as well as our physical health and appearance... And yet, we all know that life experiences do change us."
- Joan D. Vinge
(Related: Change, Health, Life, Appearance, Personality)
"The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character."
- Peter De Vries
(Related: Love, Marriage, Character, Difficulty, Personality)
"I am a private person and that has always been my personality."
- Grete Waitz
"I don't have the confidence to be a personality."
- Zoe Wanamaker
(Related: Confidence, Personality)
"I work with structure, but I go outside the box and give it my own spin. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes - where a woman's personality and sense of style are realized."
- Vera Wang
(Related: Work, Challenge, Clothes, Personality, Sense, Style, Woman)
"I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes, where a woman's personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman."
- Vera Wang
(Related: People, Challenge, Clothes, Dress, Focus, Personality, Self, Sense, Want, Woman)
"I have an unfortunate personality."
- Orson Welles
"Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is."
- Mae West
(Related: Personality, Space)
"Personality is the most important thing to an actress's success."
- Mae West
(Related: Success, Personality)
"I think all photographers fit their vision to their personality."
- Kim Weston
(Related: Vision, Personality)
"There are peaks and valleys in anything and that is especially true for the music business. It is very inconsistent. But if you are wise, you can let those downs really bring you to another level of your personality."
- Bryan White
(Related: Music, Business, Personality)
"People want performers, personality and drama, and you got that in the ."
- Kim Wilde
(Related: People, Drama, Personality, Want)
"It is the personality of the mistress that the home expresses. Men are forever guests in our homes, no matter how much happiness they may find there."
- Elsie De Wolfe
(Related: Happiness, Home, Men, Guests, May, Personality)
"Personality is born out of pain. It is the fire shut up in the flint."
- J. B. Yeats
(Related: Fire, Pain, Personality)
"You have a nice personality, but not for a human being."
- Henny Youngman
(Related: Being, Personality)
"That whole environment was just incompatible with my beliefs and my personality. It was a dark time for me."
- Zhang Ziyi
(Related: Time, Beliefs, Environment, Personality)