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The secret to humor is surprise.

Tags: Humor, Secret  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

It's not a huge surprise that there are habitations at the bottom of the Black Sea.

Tags: Black, Sea  ✍ Author: Robert Ballard

To me, the biggest surprise is that Google still functions despite the explosion in the number of sites.

Tags: Biggest, Number  ✍ Author: Robert Cailliau

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.

Tags: Creativity, Heart  ✍ Author: Julia Cameron

I wake up every morning and I surprise myself. I wake up to a new me.

Tags: Morning, Wake  ✍ Author: Gina Carano

Anytime I'm involved with anything that's well-received, it's a surprise to me.

Tags: Anytime, Involved  ✍ Author: Larry David

There's no longer any surprise in noting that China has grave environmental problems.

Tags: Longer, Problems  ✍ Author: James Fallows

To me, all success is a delightful surprise, since one can absolutely never predict it.

Tags: Since, Success  ✍ Author: Julian Fellowes

Generally, Hollywood makes the same stories over and over. I've never wanted to do the same thing twice. If a script doesn't surprise me in some way, I simply can't commit to the project.

Tags: Makes, Wanted  ✍ Author: Sherilyn Fenn

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Tags: Tears, Writer  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

It's no surprise that White people say things when they are together about Black people.

Tags: Black, Together  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

Continue to surprise those who would put you in a neat demographic. Be insistently curious.

Tags: Continue, Put  ✍ Author: Gordon Gee

It's always a surprise! This business is always an adventure.

Tags: Adventure, Business  ✍ Author: Tony Hale

I do not personally agree with some of the positions that Mr. Gonzales has advocated, but that should come as no surprise, because I do not agree with many of the proposals made by the man who nominated him, President Bush.

Tags: Him, President  ✍ Author: Daniel Inouye

Always mystify, mislead and surprise the enemy if possible.

Tags: Enemy, Possible  ✍ Author: Stonewall Jackson

There are two kinds of taste, the taste for emotions of surprise and the taste for emotions of recognition.

Tags: Emotions, Kinds  ✍ Author: Henry James

There is an organic affinity between joyousness and tenderness, and their companionship in the saintly life need in no way occasion surprise.

Tags: Between, Life  ✍ Author: William James

Whoever can surprise well must conquer.

Tags: Conquer, Whoever  ✍ Author: John Paul Jones

Well, I was already so happy being chosen to do the issue itself, that when I got on the cover, it was even more of a surprise and even more amazing to me.

Tags: Amazing, Happy  ✍ Author: Heidi Klum

The surprise with which a detective novel concludes should set up tragic vibrations which run backward through the entire structure.

Tags: Novel, Run  ✍ Author: Ross MacDonald

I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me.

Tags: Good, Love  ✍ Author: John Malkovich

To my great surprise and pleasure, I have had dinner with most of the people living with whom I would like to have dinner.

Tags: Great, Living  ✍ Author: Holly Near
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The terrorist uses surprise and stealth, and the only way to defeat that is by having accurate and timely intelligence.

Tags: Defeat, Terrorist  ✍ Author: Bill Nelson

I don't get surprised very often to be honest. I'm the kind of person who you couldn't throw a surprise party for because I'd figure it out.

Tags: Honest, Often  ✍ Author: Chris O\'Donnell

The depth of John Candy's talent did surprise me. He was one of my all-time favorite leading men.

Tags: Men, Talent  ✍ Author: Maureen O\'Hara

A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise.

Tags: Good, Wonderful  ✍ Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Every time I write something, I think, this is the most offensive thing I will ever write. But no. I always surprise myself.

Tags: Time, Write  ✍ Author: Chuck Palahniuk

I like to do new things, so I always take on roles that I feel will keep me on my toes. I never want to pigeon myself, so I always like to surprise myself. I believe in versatility and so I would play anything as long as it was a challenge.

Tags: Challenge, Keep  ✍ Author: Archie Panjabi

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.

Tags: Tell, Wisdom  ✍ Author: George S. Patton

Don't tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.

Tags: Results, Tell  ✍ Author: George S. Patton

The UK downgrade will come as little surprise to many. It does not appear to be occurring because the UK is cutting its deficit too far and too fast.

Tags: Far, Fast  ✍ Author: John Redwood

The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.

 ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Art must take reality by surprise.

Tags: Art, Reality  ✍ Author: Francoise Sagan

The rules of suspense are that you do know, and you just don't know when. In the Hitchcock rules of suspense, you are supposed to know that there is a bomb on the bus that might blow up, and then it becomes very tense - but if you don't know that there's a bomb and it just blows up, then it's just a surprise.

Tags: Might, Rules  ✍ Author: Gus Van Sant

If you are in banking and lending, surprise outcomes are likely to be negative for you.

Tags: Likely, Negative  ✍ Author: Al-Waleed bin Talal

There is no such thing as an average person. They really are guidelines for people to grapple with the unknown, and we can always surprise expectations.

Tags: Average, Unknown  ✍ Author: Daniel Tammet

In 2002, my daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of colon cancer. And it was such a shock, a surprise to us.

Tags: Cancer, Daughter  ✍ Author: Iyanla Vanzant

It doesn't matter to me if it has a surprise ending or not. I usually go for the material or the project.

Tags: Material, Matter  ✍ Author: Donnie Wahlberg

Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise.

Tags: Expect  ✍ Author: Alice Walker

The best live recordings capture elements of surprise onstage.

Tags: Best, Elements  ✍ Author: M. Ward

If they aren't real enough to surprise me, then they aren't real enough to go on the page.

Tags: Enough, Real  ✍ Author: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

The Russians are turning east to the Chinese - to the Europeans' surprise. It always seemed to me that the relationship between Russia and China would shift from being based in Marx and Lenin to being based in oil and gas.

Tags: Based, Between  ✍ Author: Daniel Yergin

With me it's always about first impressions.

Tags: Comedy, Universe  ✍ Author: Billy Zane

It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising.

Tags: Said, Terrorism  ✍ Author: Meles Zenawi

Our society is not perfect and this will come as no surprise to many of you.

Tags: Perfect, Society  ✍ Author: Barbara Amiel

It is great to be a blonde. With low expectations it's very easy to surprise people.

Tags: Easy, Great  ✍ Author: Pamela Anderson

It's great to be a blonde. With low expectations it's very easy to surprise people.

Tags: Easy, Great  ✍ Author: Pamela Anderson

Actually, one of the TSA guys showed me the Entertainment Weekly with the poster from the original in it, which also mentioned they were doing a remake. Caught me totally by surprise.

Tags: Actually, Guys  ✍ Author: Michael Berryman

We had avoided discovery by the Sioux scouts, and we were confident of giving them a complete surprise.

Tags: Complete, Giving  ✍ Author: Buffalo Bill

While the wealthiest families completely benefit from the tax cuts targeted towards the upper brackets, middle-income families were hit with the unwelcome surprise of higher taxes on tax day.

Tags: Tax, While  ✍ Author: Tim Bishop

To my surprise, my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies.

Tags: Birthday, Wish  ✍ Author: Lionel Blue

Close to the Edge, Red, One of a kind, Discipline, Earthworks, The Sound of Surprise, all seem to me to be albums that captured the essence of the intention.

Tags: Discipline, Seem  ✍ Author: Bill Bruford

It shouldn't come as any surprise that those who choose acting as a profession are phonies who live in a fantasy world. What is surprising is how many of them are blissfully unaware of it.

Tags: Acting, Choose  ✍ Author: Julie Burchill

What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Tags: Alone, Lovely  ✍ Author: Ellen Burstyn

It's no surprise that the Bush administration's bullying swagger and blithe ignorance have caused much of the Muslim world to hold the U.S. in rock-bottom regard.

Tags: Bullying, Ignorance  ✍ Author: Graydon Carter

I don't think anyone ever gets over the surprise of how differently one audience's reaction is from another.

Tags: Another, Anyone  ✍ Author: Dick Cavett

I do feel pressure. I have always been able to surprise people because they didn't know to expect anything from me. And now people are starting to have expectations.

Tags: Able, Expect  ✍ Author: Michael Cerveris

A laugh is a surprise. And all humor is physical. I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.

Tags: Humor, Laugh  ✍ Author: Chevy Chase

I don't know what the secret is when I am writing it - it really is a surprise to me.

Tags: Secret, Writing  ✍ Author: Julia Child

I've always liked New York, as I like towns with an edge and New York has a European feel, so when I came to play music here in the '80s it was a surprise to me.

Tags: Here, Music  ✍ Author: Billy Childish

Interventions are really emotionally exhausting and I would never ever want to have one. In the same way, I would never want to have a surprise birthday party. That would be horrible.

Tags: Birthday, Party  ✍ Author: Margaret Cho

See, the SAG awards caught me totally by surprise.

Tags: Awards, Caught  ✍ Author: Patricia Clarkson

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.

Tags: Backbone, Speed  ✍ Author: Carl von Clausewitz

There's not much TV these days where you really get that element of surprise. There are so many spoilers all the time.

Tags: Days, Time  ✍ Author: Jenna-Louise Coleman

The idea that 'if you don't like how things are going, you can just leave' is so ingrained in Texas, the secession movement is no surprise.

Tags: Idea, Leave  ✍ Author: Gail Collins

Hatred of the mother is familiar, but the mother's hatred still comes as a surprise.

Tags: Hatred, Mother  ✍ Author: Tre Cool

There are very few things that surprise me.

Tags: Few  ✍ Author: Judi Dench

The biggest surprise about our marriage is that Erin was out there.

Tags: Biggest, Marriage  ✍ Author: James Denton

Do not know yourself. I want to continue to surprise me.

Tags: Continue, Yourself  ✍ Author: Arielle Dombasle

What would surprise a lot of people about me... I'm a gardener! I have a green thumb. I really like to get into the shrubs, the bushes, and really cultivate.

Tags: Green, Thumb  ✍ Author: Jeffrey Donovan

Hollywood is portrayed in this super glamorous way, but when I see pictures of actresses going off the rails, it doesn't surprise me at all.

Tags: Off, Pictures  ✍ Author: Minnie Driver

That soldiers do terrible things during wartime should not surprise us.

Tags: Soldiers, Terrible  ✍ Author: Nick Flynn

I don't think it was a surprise that I ended up as an actor, and it was anything but a disappointment.

Tags: Actor, Ended  ✍ Author: Martin Freeman

A reversal is just anything that's a surprise. It's a way of keeping the audience interested.

Tags: Audience, Interested  ✍ Author: Tony Gilroy

I really, really thought that it was a no-brainer in terms of being a hit. And so it does surprise that that hasn't been the manifested reception of it so far.

Tags: Far, Thought  ✍ Author: Ron Glass

None of us know all the potentialities that slumber in the spirit of the population, or all the ways in which that population can surprise us when there is the right interplay of events.

Tags: Spirit, Ways  ✍ Author: Vaclav Havel

I hope it will come as no surprise that I have something to say.

Tags: Hope  ✍ Author: Teresa Heinz

It may surprise people to know that I advocate the reform of the United Nations, not its abolishment.

Tags: May, United  ✍ Author: Jesse Helms

'21 Jump Street' is great. I just made that, and produced it and was a writer on it. It's starring myself and Channing Tatum, and maybe some surprise guests.

Tags: Great, Writer  ✍ Author: Jonah Hill

The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves.

Tags: Feeling, Ourselves  ✍ Author: Eric Hoffer

I don't outline at all; I don't find it useful, and I don't like the way it boxes me in. I like the element of surprise and spontaneity, of letting the story find its own way.

Tags: Story, Useful  ✍ Author: Khaled Hosseini

The bewildering success of my books continues to surprise me.

Tags: Books, Success  ✍ Author: Khaled Hosseini

Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.

Tags: Artist, Child  ✍ Author: James Huneker

Surprise is not humor. I think that there can be a fine line there.

Tags: Humor, Line  ✍ Author: Keegan-Michael Key

In real life, there are names that surprise us because they don't seem to suit the person at all.

Tags: Life, Real  ✍ Author: Krzysztof Kieslowski

I honestly have no strategy whatsoever. I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox and completely surprise me.

Tags: Strategy, Waiting  ✍ Author: Ben Kingsley

That's the tricky thing these days: being able to surprise people.

Tags: Able, Days  ✍ Author: Joseph Kosinski

I got nominated for a Tony, which was a complete surprise. It was an experience that I will always cherish.

Tags: Cherish, Experience  ✍ Author: Sanaa Lathan

The politics of surprise leads through the Gates of Astonishment into the Kingdom of Hope.

Tags: Hope, Politics  ✍ Author: Max Lerner

I have heard that the Saudi Arabians are paying Greenpeace to campaign against Nuclear Power. It wouldn't surprise me at all.

Tags: Against, Power  ✍ Author: James Lovelock

I find myself eating different kinds of chicken each and every day, even if it's by surprise.

Tags: Eating, Kinds  ✍ Author: Ludacris

The most interesting things that happen in my books are usually the things that arise spontaneously, the things that surprise me.

Tags: Books, Happen  ✍ Author: Jay McInerney

When you look at the money spent by labor unions for Democrats, it comes as no surprise the Democrats crafted a campaign-finance 'disclosure' bill with the thresholds adjusted to exempt unions.

Tags: Labor, Money  ✍ Author: Mark McKinney

I like to surprise myself. I've always been attracted to projects where I don't know how they're going to turn out.

Tags: Projects, Turn  ✍ Author: Terrence McNally

I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly.

Tags: Might, Movies  ✍ Author: Sam Mendes

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

Tags: Enjoy, Happiness  ✍ Author: Ashley Montagu

Humor comes from the surprise release of some buried tension.

Tags: Humor, Tension  ✍ Author: Lorrie Moore

I search for surprise in my architecture. A work of art should cause the emotion of newness.

Tags: Art, Work  ✍ Author: Oscar Niemeyer

Surprise is key in all art.

Tags: Art, Key  ✍ Author: Oscar Niemeyer

I am more of a surprise kind of guy. I love to find out as I go.

Tags: Guy, Love  ✍ Author: Amaury Nolasco
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