Famous People’s Sayings

Published Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by Tarang

Today’s one of those days where one feels like going on a picnic to a nearby park. One might open up a can of soda or partake in some sort of sport. However, for many people it is also time for things like finals or the start of strenuous summer activities. To get them through these difficult times, here are some quotes by famous people.

On Improvement


Actor Liam Neeson of Schindler’s List and Taken fame tells of how he is constantly thinking of ways to better himself. “In bed at night, I could be reading some book, and I’ll come across a sentence that’s totally unrelated to some scene I did years ago. But I’ll play the scene back in my mind and think, I did that wrong – I should’ve opened the door more slowly.” — Liam Neeson

On Poetry

Actor/director Kenneth Branagh was already a face in the world of Shakespeare adaptations. Then he became famous in the world of Harry Potter for portraying Gilderoy Lockhart, and then he cemented his fantasy-action status by directing the summer hit Thor. Here he lauds poets. “In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don’t understand.” — Kenneth Branagh

On Creativity

Superstar actress Gwyneth Paltrow is no stranger to the masses having worked in movies like Iron Man and Shakespeare in Love. She tells her creative process. “I’m an artist, and the need to get inside myself and be creative and be other people is a part of who I am. I don’t imagine I’ll abandon that completely.” — Gwyneth Paltrow

On Preparation

Paula Abdul was a pop sensation and a celebrated judge on American Idol, but she reminds us that hard work and preparation is key to achieving success. “When you go to meetings or auditions and you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It is simple but true.” — Paula Abdul

On Taking Credit

Heidi Klum became a supermodel and a household name when she became a Victoria’s Secret angel. She knows where credit is due. “I don’t have my name on anything that I don’t really do.” — Heidi Klum

On Reputation

Warren Buffett is an industrialist and philanthropist whose bank balance rivaled Bill Gates at one time. He tells you to watch out and act wisely. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” — Warren Buffett

On Character


J.K. Rowling became a celebrity author when she published the first Harry Potter, and she had advice to dole out in all her books. “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” — J.K. Rowling

On Perspective

Popular United States President, Jimmy Carter, reminds us to think of the whole rather than the part. “Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing… you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn’t affect two-thirds of the people of the world.” — Jimmy Carter

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