Because it's there.1923 When asked 'Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?'. Quoted in the NewYork Times,18 Mar.
The misconception is 'Gangster 50'. That's the biggest misconception. Because, I can be those things that people. I have a reputation. My past is my shadow, it follows me everywhere I go. Well, all those things come from when I had no other choice. They put my back against the wall. I do what I gotta do. Because hip-hop has no requirements, you deal with people that have the least intelligence on the planet. Some of the people that compare themselves to me, compare themselves to me because they rap and I rap. They can't even read the contracts that they sign to be a rapper, to do the deal.50 cent: Interview: 50 Cent. IGN (6 September 2005).
I want to explain my environment to those who don't come any closer to it than the records they buy or the images they see on television. People want the truth. Even if they can't handle it, they want it. I let you know that I survived nine bullets not to sell records, but because it's the truth. Every time I sit down for an interview, I'm asked, "Well, 50, how did it feel to get shot nine times?" But those stories don't hold the weight, the pain, or the hope of my experience. It just can't. This is my mindset and these are the things that go on. This is why I say the rhymes that I say. This is what happened when I was trying to get rich before I died in Southside Queens.50 cent: Extract of From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside Queens.
I came from the bottom of the bottom. It's hard for a lot of people to comprehend my story – a lot of people just don't get me because they haven't experienced it. I came from the bottom and I have risen up and I have changed but I have never forgotten.50 cent: From his interview with Louis Gannon for Live magazine, The Mail on Sunday (UK) newspaper, (25 October 2009).
I need you to pray for me; I need you to care for me. I need you to want me to win. I need to know where I'm heading, because I know where I've been.50 cent: "Don't Push Me"
You can give your confession tomorrow, if you find a priest dumb enough to believe, because it only hurts when I breathe.tod a: "It Only Hurts When I Breathe", Release (1994)
Whenever we see an unprotected piece we must keep our eyes peeled because this is one of the most important ingredients of a combination.jacob aagaard: As quoted in his Excelling at Positional Chess (2003), p. 159.
I did not make this film about Frank Abagnale because of what he did . . but because of what he has done with his life the past 30 years.frank abagnale: Steven Spielberg.Webmaster. Abagnale & Associates - Home. Abagnale & Associates. Retrieved on 2008-10-12.
Maula Bakhsh, a peasant, lives in Tamil Nadu and speaks Tamil. In Andhra Pradesh he speaks Telugu. In Bengal, his language is Bengali. Do we think of such a Muslim for whom I have invented the name Maula Bakhsh. Jinnah, Khaliquz Zaman, Maulana Azad, the Aga Khan, M.C. Chagla and the Raja of Mehmudabad... were Muslims. So was Hakku, the elderly grandmother of our locality. She prays 5 times a day. She was so deeply moved by one of Gandhi's speeches that she would repeat his name after Allah and His Prophet. At the age of 70, she stitched her own khadi kafan, because she did not want her body to be wrapped and then buried in a foreign cloth. So when people discuss India's Muslims, I wonder who are they talking about. Maula Bakhsh? Jinnah and Co.? Or Hakku?'Maula Bakhsh bhi ek Hindustani Mussalman hai', Gagan, in Urdu (Bombay: Mussalman Number, 1975), pp. 96-7 
My advice to prospective PhD students is to follow your passion and pick a topic that interests you — don't do a PhD topic that you hate, but you think will be lucrative. Because the big picture is that it is the fundamentals learned and problem solving skills gained from your PhD that will open the real career doors. Topics come in and out of fashion — it is the investment in yourself and the person you become through your PhD experience that really matters in the end. Of course, if you happen to love a topic that turns out lucrative then great — but this is hard to predict.derek abbot: Introdctory profile at The University of Adelaide
If I grew up in the simple-minded belief that women were as strong and intelligent as men, it was because I came from a society that had once believed it.shirley abbott: p. 45 (Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South (1983))
I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.tony abbott: SRC (Students Representative Council) student paper, Sydney University, 1979.
I won't be rushing out to get my daughters vaccinated [for cervical cancer], maybe that's because I'm a cruel, callow, callous, heartless bastard but, look, I won't betony abbott: Quoted in "I could be seen as 'cruel' on Gardasil: Abbott", Australian (09 November 2006)
I decided to say this after it was clear that over several years Saudis have been leaving for jihad. They did this because they are passionate about their religion but they are not wise enough to know right from wrong.abdul-azeez ibn abdullaah aal ash-shaikh: "Saudi cleric issues warning over Saudi militants". Reuters. 01 Oct 2007.
If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.hal abelson: Source: Public Knowledge - Hal Abelson; also quoted in Vortex dynamics in thin films of amorphous Mo77Ge23, 1998, p. 6Abelson attributes this thought to his Princeton roommate Jeff Goll
"Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to."mumia abu-jamal: Death Blossoms (2004, South End Press; Cambridge MA), p. 11
"I spend my days preparing for life, not preparing for death... They haven't stopped me from doing what I want every day. I believe in life, I believe in freedom, so my mind is not consumed with death. It's with love, life and those things. In many ways, on many days, only my body is here, because I am thinking about what's happening around the world."mumia abu-jamal: "I spend my days preparing for life, not for death" The Guardian, Laura Smith (2007-10-25)
Just imagine for a moment what life in this country might have been if women had been properly represented in Congress. Would a Congress where women in all their diversity were represented tolerate the countless laws now on the books that discriminate against women in all phases of their lives? Would a Congress with adequate representation of women have allowed this country to reach the 1970s without a national health care system? Would it have permitted this country to rank fourteenth in infant mortality among the developed nations of the world? Would it have allowed the situation we now have in which thousands of kids grow up without decent care because their working mothers have no place to leave them? Would such a Congress condone the continued butchering of young girls and mothers in amateur abortion mills? Would it allow fraudulent packaging and cheating of consumers in supermarkets, department stores and other retail outlets? Would it consent to the perverted sense of priorities that has dominated our government for decades, where billions have been appropriated for war while our human needs as a people have been neglected?bella abzug: Bella!, “February 7” section (1972)
Accius was a writer of tragedies, and being once asked why he, whose dialogue was celebrated for its energy, did not engage in the practice at the bar, answered, because in his tragedies he could make his characters say what he pleased; but that at the bar he should have to contend with persons who would say anything but what he pleased.John Quincy Adams, in Lectures On Rhetoric And Oratory: Delivered To The Classes Of Senior And Junior Sophisters In Harvard University, Vol. 2 (1810), p. 91
TV—a clever contraction, derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville. We call it a medium, because nothing's well done.Goodman Ace: Letter to Groucho Marx, published in The Groucho Letters
O! Lover, Enjoyment on the soft body of a lotus is always risky and inconsistent because its route is always surrounded by thorns.manmohan acharya: Stanza I (Song of the Bumblebee (2008))
A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone.chinua achebe: Chapter 3 (p. 27)
The Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly, so his chi agreed. And not only his chi but his clan too, because it judged a man by the work of his hands.chinua achebe: Chapter 4 (p. 29)
"When did you become a shivering old woman," Okonkwo asked himself, "you, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed."chinua achebe: Chapter 8 (pp. 62–63)
The land of the living was not far removed from the domain of the ancestors. There was coming and going between them, especially at festivals and also when an old man died, because an old man was very close to the ancestors. A man's life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors.chinua achebe: Chapter 13 (p. 115)