Author : A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Total Quotes : 330
Back Been

Thinking back on it, I've been in this business since I was 3, and I grew up in musical theater, so I was raised and surrounded by gay men and gay women. I was hardly around anyone straight.

- A. J. McLean

She Equip

When a nation is surrounded by weaponized nations, she has to equip herself.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Like Other

I don't want to expose my personal life. It's best that people know me for my work. My family doesn't want to be surrounded by cameras. We want to live like any other family.

- A. R. Rahman

Use Seemed

Our house has a library - it seemed better use of the space than as a dining room! - and I try to spend as much time in there as possible. There's nothing better while reading or writing than to be surrounded by books.

- Adam Christopher

Die Poorer

You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That's what we're surrounded by all the time.

- Adam Driver

I Think

Going to a restaurant is one of my keenest pleasures. Meeting someplace with old and new friends, ordering wine, eating food, surrounded by strangers, I think is the core of what it means to live a civilised life.

- Adam Gopnik

Which Languages

I like to write in coffee shops in countries in which languages I do not speak are spoken. That way, you're surrounded by the buzz of humanity, but you aren't distracted by people's conversations.

- Adam Mansbach

Very I Write

I write in two very different places: my desk in Palo Alto, California, is piled high with myriad jumbled books and papers whose stratigraphy is a challenge. Summers in Bozeman, Montana, I write in a spare space, surrounded by interesting rocks and fossils instead of books, on an old oak table with nothing but my laptop.

- Adrienne Mayor

Always Some

I have always loved beauty and fashion. Some of my earliest memories are of being surrounded by fragrances and lipstick samples.

- Aerin Lauder

Life Entire

AERIN is saturated with the qualities that have surrounded me my entire life, many of which came from my grandmother, Estee: passion, style, hard work, family, and, of course, all things beautiful.

- Aerin Lauder

Best About

The best thing about Berlin was that I got to be surrounded by people who pursue their ideas for themselves.

- Agnes Obel

Like Harmonies

I like to be surrounded by harmonies and fullness and richness and vitality.

- Al Jardine

Peers Been

I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was easy - a little too easy - to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a vicious cycle of diminished opportunities and imprisonment.

- Al Sharpton

Religious Very

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

Been Felt

I've been surrounded by a lot of people who felt that external success would result in them feeling good about themselves. But it just seems extremely unfulfilling to me.

- Alanis Morissette

Been Very

It's always been very important for me to be surrounded by people. It's never been enough for me to be successful alone. I want to be around people my own age who are also doing things I can learn from.

- Alden Ehrenreich

Curious Very

I'm very curious. I feel more comfortable surrounded by people not like me.

- Alessandro Michele

Play Bodyguards

I want to have lots of bodyguards around me and be surrounded by beautiful women while watching my brother play at Wimbledon.

- Alex Pettyfer

Chaos Serenity

I used to find that I could get mental serenity surrounded by chaos.

- Alexis Knapp


Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.

- Alfred North Whitehead


I don't know what has caused this reawakening in academia. Obama? The GOP's assaults on science and on patients? Jon Stewart? I'm not at all sure. I just know I don't feel nearly as alone in academia as I used to. I'm feeling increasingly surrounded by fellow Ph.D.'s and by M.D.'s who seem to be taking a lot of things personally.

- Alice Dreger

Maybe Minus

I was a grade B housewife, maybe a B minus. But when I got time to write, I would be unable to finish a sentence. I had anxiety attacks. Partly it was a way of personifying the situation because I couldn't breathe. I was surrounded by people and by duties. I was a housewife and the children's mother, and I was judged on how I performed those roles.

- Alice Munro

I Think Part

Generally, if a good script comes in I read it, and if it appeals to me, it appeals to me. And it doesn't have to be anything - it doesn't have to be the main character, it doesn't have to be a huge part. It could be a nice cameo - anything that I think is good and surrounded by good, enthusiastic people.

- Alison Doody

Hiring Rooms

There's so many gatekeepers to getting in front of showrunners or executives. If we pull those middlemen out, and we get women in rooms with the executives, the people hiring, it seems to break down barriers. Because they can no longer say, 'There just aren't any women to hire,' when you're surrounded by fifty of them.

- Allison Schroeder

Cats Sofa

I write in my pajamas on my sofa surrounded by my cats. It's a bit isolating.

- Allison Schroeder

Strength Small

I must thank my good friend Nigel Brennan. His strength of character in the midst of extreme hardship inspired me during the darkest days. Despite our separation, he always managed to find small ways to remind me that there are gentlemen in the world, even when I was surrounded by just the opposite.

- Amanda Lindhout

Love Myself

I wouldn't call myself a shut-in. I have the ability to leave my home; I just choose not to. But because I'm such a homebody, it's important to be surrounded by things I love.

- Amy Sedaris

About Stems

Our uniqueness makes us special, makes perception valuable - but it can also make us lonely. This loneliness is different from being 'alone': You can be lonely even surrounded by people. The feeling I'm talking about stems from the sense that we can never fully share the truth of who we are. I experienced this acutely at an early age.

- Amy Tan

Life Scheme

I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don't make enough money.

- Andrew Motion

Island Made

This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.

- Aneurin Bevan

Newspaper Fact

My father was a newspaper editor, so I was surrounded by journalists my entire life. I think the fact that he was so well known may be why I chose to go into magazines and move to the States at a young age.

- Anna Wintour

Career Lots

The thing is, I wasn't surrounded by lots of people who were helping me build a career.

- Annabella Sciorra

I Think Use

Being in Silicon Valley makes me strict when it comes to my children's technology use. I am surrounded by it all day, so I try to avoid it when I get home. I set screen-time limits, because I think it's good to diversify activities.

- Anne Wojcicki

Art Always

The wealthy are always surrounded by hangers-on; science and art are as well.

- Anton Chekhov

Part Forming

If any person examines by the microscope that part towards the extremity of the spider's body from whence its thread proceeds, he will observe the spot to be, as it were, surrounded by five several protuberances or risings, each ending in a point and altogether forming a kind of enclosure.

- Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

Olympic Putting

First and foremost, my involvement within the Olympic pursuit and Games were obviously surrounded by only putting the absolute best nutrients into my body.

- Apolo Ohno


Let's remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.

- Armstrong Williams

Beginning Had

It was my first day at work - and beginning my training on the job, I was given the job of writing cheques and entering their details. The branch was surrounded by hordes of people... soon, they had to close the gates to manage the crowds, and they started pushing in.

- Arundhati Bhattacharya

Always Like

I'm always surrounded by good-looking guys, like Zac Efron, so I have to be with someone who's not going to get jealous about any of that, or when I'm kissing somebody in a scene.

- Ashley Tisdale

Very Some

I think growing up in skating, I was surrounded by the LGBT community, so I grew up very aware because I was around it so often, and some of the kindest people I know are gay figure skaters.

- Ashley Wagner

Art Study

I wanted to study film at an art school - I loved the idea of being surrounded by designers and artists. We were encouraged to be experimental.

- Asif Kapadia

Children How

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

- Charles Darwin

Love Fact

I love the fact that we are surrounded by this spectacular natural beauty that routinely strikes us dead. Hikers walk off into the woods and are never seen again. And still we tug on our fleece and skip off into the wilderness, not a care in the world.

- Chelsea Cain

My Life Doing

I'm at a point in my life where I have something solid now. I'm a peaceful person, and I want to be surrounded by peace no matter what I'm doing.

- Cheryl James

Generation Read

The younger generation is surrounded by the Internet, apps, and video games. But somehow, my books make them read.

- Chetan Bhagat

Celebrate New

You look around New York, and we are surrounded by restaurants and food trucks, and we celebrate food in this city like no tomorrow.

- Chris Noth

Monuments Other

What is it we want out of travel? Is it to take snapshots of ourselves in front of famous monuments, surrounded by other tourists? To eat unfamiliar food chosen from unintelligible menus? To earn frequent-flier miles? No. It's to glimpse what life is like somewhere else.

- Chris Pavone

Mom Actress

My nana was an actress, my mom was an actress, and my sister, too. So because I was surrounded by it, it really came naturally.

- Chris Pine

Love Side

Not only did I enjoy the creative side of Playboy and enjoy being surrounded by people who are curious about life, but I also love the analytical and hard business side of it.

- Christie Hefner

Women Very

I'm surrounded by very powerful women and very progressive men.

- Christie Hefner

Love Always

I'm a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He's surrounded by love.

- Christina Aguilera

I Am Dogs

I am surrounded by my family, my beloved grandchildren, and my pack of dogs.

- Christine Feehan

Other Exception

The other exception where we did not at all restore the place to its original condition is the Surrounded Islands. Before we installed our fabric, we had our workers remove 42 tons of garbage off the beaches of those islands. We never brought the garbage back.

- Christo

May Been

While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.

- Clay Aiken

Kind Prefer

I actually kind of prefer working with an ensemble. It's just cool to be surrounded by such great people.

- Cobie Smulders


I was brought up west southwest coast of Scotland and my mother and father had a music shop, and so I was surrounded by pianos and drums and guitars, and music, of course.

- Colin Hay

Better Louder

We're surrounded by wonder, and yet we want more, and we want it bigger, faster, louder, better.

- Colin Trevorrow

Here Perfectly

We're so surrounded by so much of this marketing and just being told on a regular basis that you have to like this, you will go here, you want this. I found that to me that fit perfectly into what a theme park of dinosaur would be about.

- Colin Trevorrow

Mind Treat

My work space is so visually crammed. It's like an insane candy store. The number of textiles I'm surrounded with is mind boggling. It's a treat to come home to a nice negative space.

- Colleen Atwood

Love Work

You're born with a certain love of something. Music was my first love, and that's the world I work from. Growing up, I was surrounded by artists, so my upbringing supported this lifestyle.

- Condola Rashad

Learn More

It's inspiring being surrounded by people who do more than you. It makes you want to do better. You're in the position to learn from the best.

- Costa Ronin

Love Fell

When I came to L.A., I absolutely fell in love with the energy of the place. It's such a creative hub, so as a storyteller, there's nothing better than when you're surrounded by people who think like you and have the same goals as you.

- Costa Ronin

More Like

I surrounded myself with women when I was growing up because I had this horrible psycho father. Now I'm trying to really appreciate and like men more.

- Courtney Love

Poor Again

They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.

- Creighton Abrams

Think I Think

I think I spent my entire childhood on film sets, surrounded by film-makers and actors and people with magnetic energies who make movies.

- Dakota Johnson

Pumped Before

None of the longest-lived people ran marathons or pumped iron. They live exactly as their grandparents before them - surrounded by family and friends.

- Dan Buettner

Been Very

I like being surrounded by people who have very little fear and very little respect for the past - not in a negative way, but in a positive way. They appreciate everything that's been done, but they constantly look for how to do it better.

- Dan Rosensweig


I wasn't in school often enough to really belong to a 'clique,' but my friends all studied hard and got pretty good grades. They were good people with self-respect. I still like to be friends with people I admire something about; I really believe that we become like the people we're surrounded by, so I choose my friends carefully!

- Danica McKellar

Strong Other

I was surrounded by strong women so it had never even occurred to me that women were anything other than equal to men.

- David Bailey

German Shared

I like to be surrounded by books. My wife Evelyn has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, so we have a lot of her Spanish and German literature books which are wasted on me, plus a lot of novels and books on art and architecture shared by us both. Evelyn used to edit an art magazine called 'FMR,' so we have a common interest in design.

- David Chipperfield

My Life Very

I look back upon graduate school as being a very happy period in my life. The chance to be thoroughly immersed in physics and to be surrounded by friends pursuing similar goals was a marvelous experience.

- David Lee

Big Altitude

Moving to Flagstaff from the big city of Melbourne taught me what it takes to become a better runner. For one, there is the altitude, but more importantly, seeking the best is about being surrounded by the best.

- David McNeill

Love Allow

I was bullied in school, but thankfully, I was surrounded by amazing family that love me and kept my head high and didn't allow me to fall into depression because of it.

- Joanna Krupa

Doing Lot

I was surrounded by a lot of people not doing what they wanted to do.

- Joe Penny

Knowledge Grows

We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

- John Archibald Wheeler

Been Very

My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect.

- John Dyer

Egg Other

My first attempts to transplant nuclei in Xenopus were completely unsuccessful, because the Xenopus egg, unlike those of other amphibians, is surrounded by an extremely elastic membrane and jelly layer that make penetration by a micropipette impossible.

- John Gurdon

I Am Happy

Surrounded by all the members of my dear family, enjoying the affection of numerous friends, who have never abandoned me, and possessing a sufficient share of all that contributes to make life agreeable, I lift my grateful eyes towards the Supreme Being and feel that I am happy.

- John James Audubon

Vibe Set

Each cast member brings their own vibe and antics to the set. You're constantly surrounded by fun loving people who can make you laugh in their own way.

- John Krasinski

Doing Some

Probably the biggest challenge for me as a director was to not show how scared I was. I was surrounded by some of the most talented people in the industry, and I had to pretend I knew what I was doing.

- John Krasinski

Career Musical

My musical education started in the limelight, because I found myself surrounded by real musicians, but after my career had taken off.

- John Lurie

Been Raised

I was raised by a single mother and I've been in a 10-year relationship with my girlfriend. My whole life I've been surrounded by women.

- Jon Hamm

Thankful Just

I'm just thankful I'm surrounded by good people.

- Jon Pardi

Think I Think

I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded by people a lot older than me. I think even when I was 21, I felt like I was a 70-year-old man.

- Jonathan Franzen

Spain Been

In L.A., my house is surrounded by churches, and there are no cars, so it's really nice to just walk around before I go home to check my emails from Spain, which have been coming in all night.

- Jordi Molla

Some Hoped

The Gospels record that nearly everywhere the Savior went, He was surrounded by multitudes of people. Some hoped that He would heal them; others came to hear Him speak. Others came for practical advice. Toward the end of His mortal ministry, some came to mock and ridicule Him and to clamor for His crucifixion.

- Joseph B. Wirthlin

Year Through

We spend 364 days a year surrounded by people who kind of are our family, but we never really get to meet them or break through with them.

- Josh Gordon


Growing up, I started to realize I was surrounded by people who were passionately alive. Seventh Street felt raw, but I found it incredibly theatrical.

- Josh Pais

Goal Away

It is my goal to learn as much about the people I'm surrounded by. I am slowly widening who I am close with, and at the same time, growing further away from others.

- Josh Schwartz

Yes Very

I got into theatre very early, so yes I was surrounded by gay people quite early and frequently.

- Judith Light

Best Some

In Paris and later in Marseille, I was surrounded by some of the best food in the world, and I had an enthusiastic audience in my husband, so it seemed only logical that I should learn how to cook 'la cuisine bourgeoise' - good, traditional French home cooking.

- Julia Child

Always Happen

I've always surrounded myself with people who are driven. You can be gorgeous, but if you don't want to work for it, nothing is not going to happen.

- Julia Voth

Bad Pretty

If you're surrounded by noise all the time, it has a pretty bad effect on the spirit.

- Julian Treasure

Expect Always

As a white Australian, you're surrounded by this vast landscape you know isn't yours, so you're always intimidated. You expect to vanish up a mountain or get eaten by the ground.

- Justin Kurzel

Think I Think

I think I have the nicest fans in the world, and I quite like being surrounded by people if we're all feeling the same emotion in the same room.

- Aurora


Few realise that English poetry is rather like the British constitution, surrounded by pompous precedents and reverences.

- Austin Clarke

Social Very

In social situations, when I'm surrounded by people, I become very shy. But if there's a camera in front of me, I feel free.

- Bae Doona

Southern Very

I live in southern Appalachia, so I'm surrounded by people who work very hard for barely a living wage. It's particularly painful that people are working the farms their parents and grandparents worked but aren't living nearly as well.

- Barbara Kingsolver

Growing Very

It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.

- Barbara Kingsolver

Rural Farms

I live in a rural part of Virginia surrounded by farms and farmers.

- Barbara Kingsolver