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Confidence is something you're born with. I know I had loads of it even at the age of 15.

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I don't think people understand that being poor means you have to work from dawn until dusk just to survive through the day. I think there's some notion that poor people lie about all day not doing anything.

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

You become tyrannized by this notion that women must not only be treated equally but they must never fail.

I don't really care what people tell children - when you believe in Santa Claus the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy one more fib won't hurt. But I am infuriated by the growing notion posited in some touchy-feely quarters that all women are or can be beautiful.

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

I put forward formless and unresolved notions as do those who publish doubtful questions to debate in the schools not to establish the truth but to seek it.

The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.

I think it's important to travel around in order to get a notion of what's going on to find out what people are think about. I enjoy talking on campuses most because people are more informed and discussion is generally livelier.

I've always been a big fan of time travel and I'm very into the notion that some day we'll be able to do it. Beam me up!

I feel drawn to experiment with ways that technology can interact with notions of intimacy because so much of technology is done in a way that's very cold and has such an opposite effect.

I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.

One of the things that's beautiful about New Orleans is how culturally rich we are and how well we have worked together. People call us a gumbo. It's really important that we get focused on the very simple notion that diversity is a strength it's not a weakness.

I knew that I did not have to buy into society's notion that I had to be handsome and healthy to be happy. I was in charge of my 'spaceship' and it was my up my down. I could choose to see this situation as a setback or as a starting point. I chose to begin life again.

The essential support and encouragement comes from within arising out of the mad notion that your society needs to know what only you can tell it.

Biology meaning the science of all life is a late notion.

No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of mother-wit either in science or in practical life.

Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely for science is but one.

When I start to write words have become physical presence. It was to see if I could bring that private world to life that found its first expression through reading. I really dislike the romantic notion of the artist.

I've often dreamed about going back to Nigeria but that's a very romantic notion. It's a hideous country to go to in reality.

I don't think I'll ever escape the fact that I don't belong anywhere in particular. I've often dreamed about going back to Nigeria but that's a very romantic notion. It's a hideous country to go to in reality.

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened.

And I don't believe that children are innocent. In fact no one seriously believes that. Just go to a playground and watch the kids playing in the sandbox! The romantic notion of the sweet child is simply the parents projecting their own wishes.

The Southern whites are in many respects a great people. Looked at from a certain point of view they are picturesque. If one will put oneself in a romantic frame of mind one can admire their notions of chivalry and bravery and justice.

I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years eight months and ten days in all but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.