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Born: 1917-09-11
Profession: Statesman
Nation: Filipino
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Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness, and he who is a leader must always act alone. And acting alone, accept everything alone.

Tags: Alone, Leadership, Loneliness

There are many things we do not want about the world. Let us not just mourn them. Let us change them.

Tags: Change, Mourn

Life is not a matter of place, things or comfort; rather, it concerns the basic human rights of family, country, justice and human dignity.

Tags: Family, Justice, Life

When they see me holding fish, they can see that I am comfortable with kings as well as with paupers.

Tags: Fish, Holding, Politics

It's the rich you can terrorize. The poor have nothing to lose.

Tags: Lose, Poor, Rich

My dreams have become puny with the reality my life has become.

Tags: Dreams, Life, Reality

My husband does not like me to give interviews because I say too much. No talk, no trouble.

Tags: Give, Husband, Talk

The only rich person is a person who is rich in spirit. I have no money deposit. I have only beauty deposit.

Tags: Beauty, Money, Rich

The Reagans were dear friends for many years, even when he was governor of California. Nancy appreciated a lot of Philippine-made things.

Tags: California, Dear, Friends

They've listed my name in the dictionary - 'Imeldific' is used to mean ostentatious extravagance... But the truth will prevail.

Tags: Mean, Truth, Used

The Philippines is a terrible name, coming from Spain. Phillip II was the father of the inquisition, who I believe died of syphilis. It is my great regret that we didn't change the name of our country.

Tags: Change, Father, Great

I beg Osama to stop warring. He is a Muslim, and Islam means peace. Nobody wins in a war... I wish I were tapped in the problem about Iraq. I knew Saddam enough that I could have talked him into surrendering. But it's too late.

Tags: Islam, Peace, War

It is shallow people who think beauty is frivolous or excessive. If you are bringing beauty and god, you are enriching the country. Rice feeds the body, books feed the mind, beauty feeds the soul. It is one thing I can really be proud of and stand tall in the world.

Tags: Beauty, God, Mind

Ferdinand was a gold trader. He was a lawyer for mining companies. When he entered politics in l949, he had tons and tons of gold. When Bill Gates was a college dropout, Ferdinand already possessed billions of dollars and tons of gold. It wasn't stolen.

Tags: College, Lawyer, Politics

I will come up with a project that will wipe out poverty in the Philippines in two years. I want to remove the people from economic crisis by using the Marcos wealth. Long after I'm gone, people will remember me for building them homes and roads and hospitals and giving them food.

Tags: Crisis, Food, Giving

My dreams were always small and puny. All I ever needed was a little house with a little picket fence by the sea. Little did I know that I would live in Malacanang Palace for 20 years and visit all the major palaces of mankind. And then also meet ordinary citizens and the leaders of superpowers.

Tags: Dreams, Sea, Small

The Marcos era was the golden time for the Philippines. We had the lowest crime rate in the world in Manila and real development then. At last, people are starting to understand this.

Tags: Real, Time, Understand

The problem of the world today is the people talk on and on about democracy, freedom, justice. But I don't give a damn about democracy if I am worried about survival.

Tags: Freedom, Justice, Today

They call me corrupt, frivolous. I am not at all privileged. Maybe the only privileged thing is my face. And corrupt? God! I would not look like this if I am corrupt. Some ugliness would settle down on my system.

Tags: Call, Face, God

I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty.

Tags: Funny, Shoes, Three

I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.

Tags: Dad, Girl, Love

Win or lose, we go shopping after the election.

Tags: After, Lose, Win

They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.

Tags: Beautiful, God, Looking
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People say I'm extravagant because I want to be surrounded by beauty. But tell me, who wants to be surrounded by garbage?

Tags: Beauty, Tell, Wants

I always say you can never be extravagant with beauty. Beauty is God made real. Beauty is life.

Tags: Beauty, God, Life

I hate ugliness. You know I'm allergic to ugliness.

Tags: Allergic, Hate, Ugliness

Never dress down for the poor. They won't respect you for it. They want their First Lady to look like a million dollars.

Tags: Poor, Respect, Won

Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.

Tags: Beautiful, Beauty, Poor

I really had no great love for shoes. I was a working First Lady; I was always in canvas shoes. I did nurture the shoes industry of the Philippines, and so every time there was a shoe fair, I would receive a pair of shoes as a token of gratitude.

Tags: Great, Love, Time

Doesn't the fight for survival also justify swindle and theft? In self defence, anything goes.

Tags: Fight, Goes, Self

I hardly can sleep. I feel that my target now is really to save Mother Earth for humanity. And it's doable.

Tags: Humanity, Mother, Sleep

If you know how much you've got, you probably haven't got much.

Tags: Linear, Logical, Thinking

Filipinos don't wallow in what is miserable and ugly. They recycle the bad into things of beauty.

Tags: Bad, Beauty, Ugly

I love everybody. One of the great things about me is that I have a very positive attitude.

Tags: Great, Love, Positive

Continuous persecution of widows and orphans is a crime. Even the Bible says there is a specific place in hell for those who oppress widows.

Tags: Bible, Hell, Place

I am First Lady by accident. I was not elected by the people but here I am.

Tags: Accident, Here, Lady

I was no Marie Antoinette. I was not born to nobility, but I had a human right to nobility.

Tags: Born, Human, Nobility

I get so tired listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty.

Tags: Here, Listening, Tired

The problems with First Ladies is that you have to set the standard. My role is to be both star and slave.

Tags: Both, Problems, Star

If you know how rich you are, you are not rich. But me, I am not aware of the extent of my wealth. That's how rich we are.

Tags: Aware, Rich, Wealth

We practically own everything in the Philippines.

Tags: British, Second, She

God is love. I have loved. Therefore, I will go to heaven.

Tags: God, Love, Loved

Among other things, autoimmune disorders are an induction into a world of unstable information and no reliable expertise.

Tags: Among, Reliable, Unstable

Fiction becomes a place where I face certain fears such as losing language or losing my children.

Tags: Children, Losing, Place

I like big doses of grief when I read: Richard Yates, Flannery O'Connor, Kenzabaro Oe, Thomas Bernhard.

Tags: Big, Grief, Read

I love the way dates in a text make us think that truth will follow.

Tags: Follow, Love, Truth

It amazes me that parents are allowed to raise kids. There's so much power and often very little accountability.

Tags: Kids, Parents, Power

Judaism to me, as badly as I practiced it, what I've always loved about it was its total embrace of complexity, its admission of unknowability.

Tags: Complexity, Loved, Total

My first book, 'The Age of Wire and String,' came out in 1995, and it was hardly reviewed at all.

Tags: Age, Book, String

My goal, with whatever I'm working on, is to lose track of time.

Tags: Goal, Time, Working

My parents showed me by example that they could balance their work and family lives.

Tags: Family, Parents, Work

I work a lot in the summers. My family goes to Maine, where we have a little house. My wife's a writer, too, and we can write for six hours a day and then play with the kids.

Tags: Family, Wife, Work

I work, and then I leave the office, and I'm with my kids and just sort of enjoy them on a visceral level, and I don't feel like I'm exorcising my own deep ideas about parenthood and about how my life will come into play in my work.

Tags: Deep, Life, Work

I'm an enormous fan of Thomas Bernhard's books, and I like the relentless feeling in his work - the pursuit of darkness, the negative - and I think in some sense I've internalised that as what one is supposed to do.

Tags: Feeling, Negative, Work

I'm attracted to how fraught the parent-child relationship is, swerving so easily between love and hostility, with almost no plausible way to end, unless someone dies.

Tags: End, Love, Someone

I'm interested in the hope we invest in science, and the disappointment we can feel when science flattens, or 'explains,' the larger mysteries of religion.

Tags: Hope, Religion, Science

In certain strains of Judaism, there's a profound passion for the ineffable. Contemplation of God is meant to be forever elusive, because, you know, our tiny minds can't possibly comprehend Him. If we find ourselves comprehending Him, then we can be sure we're off track.

Tags: God, Him, Passion

In some sense, prose fiction is just a way of unlocking a space. If I can unlock the space, it comes out and it's vivid, I find that I care about it, and it's part of me.

Tags: Care, Sense, Space

It's lonely to listen to the pleasure of others, not that I've made a habit of that kind of eavesdropping. There's joy and passion in the next room, in the next bed, but it's not yours.

Tags: Joy, Lonely, Passion

Mostly we're motivated to control ourselves in public. Mostly. At home the motivation is much less clear. At home there's a bit of a lab for bad behavior. You can test things out without terrible consequences. Or maybe the consequences are there, but they are deferred, buried, much harder to detect.

Tags: Bad, Control, Home

The common, the quotidian, is so much more unyielding to me, really stubborn and hard to work with, and I like this because it makes me think and it makes me worry. I can't just plunge my hand into the meat of it. I need new approaches.

Tags: Hard, Work, Worry

When I started writing at 18 or 19, I had a fear of anything autobiographical, but I've come to realise that my writing is very autobiographical at the emotional level.

Tags: Emotional, Fear, Writing

I'm basically a dinosaur. I don't use e-mail. But I do recognize the importance of science and the resulting possibilities.

Tags: Dinosaur, Importance, Science

I'm very politically active, but that has nothing to do with my charity.

Tags: Active, Charity

Kids are wandering around the streets today that will become tomorrow's criminals that were yesterday's heroes.

Tags: Become, Today, Tomorrow

Nanotechnology in medicine is going to have a major impact on the survival of the human race.

Tags: Human, Race, Survival

People used to believe only a professional could do tiling or install track lighting. That's utter nonsense.

Tags: Nonsense, Track, Used

When I understood the rudiments of what nanotech was all about, I knew I wanted to participate.

Tags: Knew, Understood, Wanted

One of the things which make any company successful, in particular the Home Depot, was that we understood and catered to the customer. If it didn't sell, it didn't make a difference what we thought or our research told us. They told us if it was successful by buying it or not.

Tags: Home, Successful, Thought

We could be the biggest pantyhose seller in America, but we don't want to weaken the link in shoppers' minds between Home Depot and do-it-yourself projects.

Tags: America, Between, Home

Elvis' early music has drama because as he sang he was escaping limits.

Tags: Drama, Early, Music

No failure in America, whether of love or money, is ever simple; it is always a kind of betrayal, of a mass of shadowy, shared hopes.

Tags: Failure, Love, Money

Elvis transcends his talent to the point of dispensing with it altogether.

Tags: Point, Talent, Transcends

I had tremendous fun fooling around with the way people talked about songs, just the way that became another way of understanding the world.

Tags: Another, Fun, Songs

I want another idea, another project, but you can't make them up. They show up.

Tags: Another, Idea, Show

It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.

Tags: Dead, End, Sure

Patriotism in America, as I understand it, is a matter of suffering, when the country fails to live up to its promises, or actively betrays them.

Tags: Country, Patriotism, Understand

We make the oldest stories new when we succeed, and we are trapped by the old stories when we fail.

Tags: Fail, Old, Succeed

You're going to react to a painting in a way that the painting demands you react.

Tags: Demands, Painting, React

Bob Dylan continues to release odd and unsettling records, and to do odd and unsettling things on stage. So the term 'still' seems meaningless to me. But the real answer is simple: I listen to Bob Dylan for pleasure more than I listen to anyone else for pleasure.

Tags: Else, Real, Simple

Farber had a huge effect on me as a writer. I don't mean I write like him. Farber is, first of all, a great stylist, a great writer. Anyone can read Manny Farber's film criticism, whether that person is a novelist, a poet, another critic, a historian, and learn a lot about writing by reading him.

Tags: Great, Mean, Writing

Hearing things like 'Wake Up' by Lora Logic, or the Raincoats' 'In Love' - that was something I wasn't prepared for. I couldn't hear anything that came before it in the music, and I didn't want to. I was absolutely in love with its out-of-nowhereness.

Tags: Hear, Love, Music

I learned that when something just has to be said to move the discussion along, or broaden it or deepen it, if I can just keep my mouth shut for five minutes a student will say it. So for me a lot of teaching is about keeping my mouth shut.

Tags: Keep, Learned, Said

I never find myself even catching lyrics until something in the sound has taken me captive. Thinking about anything else is just the pleasurable byproduct of wow.

Tags: Else, Thinking, Until

I'm a fan of Oliver Stone. I like his movies, I like his excess, and I think he has a great capacity for empathy and it comes out more powerfully in this movie than in any of his other films, even the formal 'I'm identifying with the underdog' movies like 'Born on the Fourth of July.'

Tags: Born, Great, Movies

If 'Mystery Train' is my Nixon book and 'Lipstick Traces' my Reagan book, 'Invisible Republic' is my Bill Clinton book. I really liked Clinton. He made me proud to be part of this country again. For all of his failings, the way he put all that he'd done in jeopardy, I supported him from beginning to end.

Tags: Book, Done, End

It may be that the most interesting American struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to, and then to learn something of the value of those limits.

Tags: Free, May, Struggle

Records that were the sound of somebody - more often than not, a she - speaking with a voice that had never been heard before. Somebody who'd never had the nerve to speak up before. I felt: 'I wanna meet these people.' Which is unusual for me: I don't usually want to meet the people who are making music that I like. But they sounded interesting.

Tags: Music, Often, Speak

The Sixties are most generously described as a time when people took part - when they stepped out of themselves and acted in public, as people who didn't know what would happen next, but who were sure that acts of true risk and fear would produce something different from what they had been raised to take for granted.

Tags: Fear, Time, True