Best Quotes About Furniture

Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house. -Henry Ward Beecher

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground-floor. But if a man hasn't got plenty of good common sense, the more science he has, the worse for his patient. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Know your lines and don't bump into the furniture. -Spencer Tracy

Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I have been black and blue in some spot, somewhere, almost all my life from too intimate contacts with my own furniture. -Frank Lloyd Wright

My ideal relaxation is working on upholstry. I spend hours in junk shops buying furniture. I do all the upholstery work myself, and it's like therapy. -Pamela Anderson

We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture. -Robin Williams

I used to sell furniture for a living. The trouble was, it was my own. -Les Dawson

The thing I like about my body is that it's strong. I can move furniture around my apartment. I can ride my horse… I can play basketball. It's a well functioning machine. -Cindy Crawford

A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it. -Arthur Conan Doyle

All managers are losers, they are the most expendable pieces of furniture on the face of the Earth. -Ted Williams

It is the eye of other people that ruin us. If I were blind I would want, neither fine clothes, fine houses or fine furniture. -Benjamin Franklin

Just say the lines and don't trip over the furniture. -Noel Coward

As it has been told to me, my Dad had some kind of deal with Dick Clark. But when we got here, that fell through. So we were out here with no job, no furniture, no food. -Danny Bonaduce

I am a proud participant of the Spencer Tracy School of Acting: Know your lines, don't bump into the furniture. -Danny Bonaduce

I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It's about space and form and it's something you can share with other people. -Donna Karan

All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth – in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world – have not any subsistence without a mind. -George Berkeley

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons. -Alfred Newman

I use something that is a real staple in the directing world. It's called a dance floor. You lay it down so that it's so smooth you can roll around, and you can put furniture on top of it. It's seamless and you don't see it. -Debbie Allen

I was always fascinated, even as a child, by antiques and ancient times. I always felt I should have been born in the 17th or 18th century. They really had a big stone castle with authentic furniture. -Margaret O'Brien

I like to work a lot with wood. I make furniture that falls apart. I also sew. -Tim Conway

I would have tested the furniture if they'd asked me. -Karen Morley

I like Church furniture. -Andres Serrano

The attitude and capacity of the factory, the old metal table and the new ideas of the wooden furniture quickly and naturally suggested the possibility of metal furniture. -Donald Judd

Among those best known, their highest ambition is to build American homes, possess American furniture, dress in American clothes, adopt the American style of living and be American citizens. -Sheldon Jackson

So if you're a robot and you're living on this planet, you can do things that you can't do in real life – things that you wished you could do: like fly; like have a car that flies; like have furniture that is alive. -William Joyce

At a Boston signing, someone from the audience asked why I was so obsessed with furniture in my books. The question rattled around in my head. I had no idea that I was obsessed with furniture. -Jonathan Carroll

I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China. The contrast between the beauty of the past and the ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China. -Jung Chang

They say that the best furniture and clothing design from the '50s and '60s is Scandinavian or Milanese. -Christian Lacroix

I couldn't live a week without a private library – indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess. -H. P. Lovecraft

Then I started to do furniture and interiors for a friend and just to get stuff in a magazine, and then slowly started to build up and started to doing exhibitions. -Marc Newson

I don't have any furniture of mine in my room. -Marc Newson

And I like the idea of change. Because I don't see why we should hang a painting on the wall and then just not think of it anymore because it's there like a piece of furniture. -Minoru Yamasaki

Human inertia makes the everyday environment, the furniture, as it were, appear to be a given. -Todd Gitlin

Every mind is a room packed with archaic furniture. -Dee Hock

Not addicted to gluttony or drunkenness, this people who incur no expense in food or dress, and whose minds are always bent upon the defence of their country, and on the means of plunder, are wholly employed in the care of their horses and furniture. -Giraldus Cambrensis

In our house we repeated the pattern of thousands of other homes. There were a few books and a lot of music. Our food and our furniture were no different from our neighbors'. -Emanuel Celler

I think the set looks great. It's kind of like Battlestar Galactica meets like the Italian furniture fair. -Thom Filicia

In my early years, my father was away as a soldier in the war. When he came back, work was very difficult to come by. Even though he was a highly skilled man, a maker of furniture, the payment for that work was very poor. -Trevor Nunn

It was fairly obvious to anyone who studied the situation that China was dumping bedroom furniture in the U.S. to the detriment of our American workers and manufacturers to gain market access and share. -Howard Coble

In the Scottish Orkneys, the little stone houses with their single large room and central hearth had an extraordinary range of built-in furniture. -Stephen Gardiner

Even if you have $20,000 to buy an item, you still try to get a good price at antique stores. I collect furniture, rugs, paintings, frames. It's my hobby to go around to shops and markets. -Ursula Andress

Rearranging furniture, adding some candles, or making even small tweaks can really make the difference. -Anthea Turner

No animal should ever jump up on the dining-room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the conversation. -Fran Lebowitz

How full of trifles everything is! It is only one's thoughts that fill a room with something more than furniture. -Wallace Stevens

I've owned more sofas than I've had husbands. Both sag in the end, but I generally fall out of love with the furniture quicker than the men. -Janet Street-Porter

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. -Arthur Conan Doyle

When every piece of furniture and your underwear are taken by the bank, when you lose your house in Florida, in New York, in Amsterdam and L.A., when your wife is dying and your son abandons you, you don't feel very good. -Al Goldstein

No, I'm so well-known at home I think they think of me like a piece of comfortable furniture that's always been around that they're not going to throw out. -Jacki Weaver

I've been really lucky. When I decided to go to LA I said I was going to quit modelling and just go and see how I do. In the first two weeks I got three movies. I was so excited I had all my furniture shipped out from New York. -Estella Warren

I'm never going to be a modern gal. I love colonial. I love early American. I love a big rectangular piece of brown furniture on a hardwood floor. -Emily Procter

I was the kid who was drawing on tables or removing the legs of furniture. -Ty Pennington

The design of a dress, furniture, a house, a room, a street and a city are all the same process. -Gianfranco Ferre

I like everything to be dependable, heavy, English furniture. -Mikhail Khodorkovsky

There are always different influences each season. It could be a person, it could be a piece of furniture; it depends on what I'm obsessing about. -Anna Sui

Every time I score the passion comes out and I try to relay that back to the fans and to the players and the staff how grateful I am to be playing for such a good football club. The fans have taken well to me. I am part of the furniture at Everton, but I don't take it for granted. -Timothy F. Cahill

It is sometimes easier to have furniture made than to find things. -Stephen Bayley

My father was a very good craftsman. He made furniture, he made silverware and he had an incredible gift in terms of how you can make something yourself. -Jonathan Ive

Politics disappears; it vanishes. What remains constant is human life. So I try to develop a perspective in my writing where politics is just one of the pieces of furniture in this furnished world. It is not the purpose. It is not the goal. -Tatyana Tolstaya

I won $100,000 in Vegas, which buys furniture for my beach house. That takes nerves. You can't think if I'm wrong I'll blow $30,000. -Jennifer Tilly

Designing is my hobby. If I didn't do what I do for a living – at some point when I don't do this for a living – I'll probably just do design work. I love finding really special pieces of furniture. -Ellen DeGeneres

I've just finished my 20th book this past year and I'm working on my 21st book about the Middle East right now that I'll finish this year. And I get up early in the morning and when I get tired of the computer and tired of doing research, I walk 20 steps out to my woodshop and I either build furniture or paint paintings. I'm an artist too. -Jimmy Carter

I also have intense relationships with furniture… probably because we practically had none when I was growing up. -Barbra Streisand

I'm drawn to furniture design as complete architecture on a minor scale. -Brad Pitt

The town I came from really had one industry, and that was furniture. -Eric Church

Give me something to assemble, I won't look at the directions, I'll try to figure it out by myself. It's why I love Ikea furniture. -Dave Grohl

I had never been in charge of anything. I'd always worked for someone. I worked for a furniture warehouse. I did masonry. I always had a boss yelling at me. So I'd never been in charge of an organization. -Dave Grohl

Having bought furniture for my own house, and bought furniture for our house in Washington, a furniture store seemed like a good idea, and it also played into my personal history. -Elizabeth Edwards

I've never been tempted to do these hideous furniture shoes. -Manolo Blahnik

When I was 9, my parents let me take a cab to the mall all by myself. I had hardly any money to spend, but I did have a very specific list of things I wanted to do: buy cookies and sit on the furniture at Sears. -Leslie Mann

The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture. -Brian Eno

The worst job I ever had was working nights in the Chrysler Building. I was part of a team of about five guys, and we polished the leather furniture. -Gene Hackman

We believe that God is big enough to give every nationality their own religion, as he's given them their own taste in food, in plants, in furniture, and housing. I think that each religion has their basic Christ-ish way to get to the Everlasting God. -Duane Chapman

There's no reason to keep a piece of furniture in your house that is so sacred and rare that you can't put your feet up on it and a dog can't jump up on it. Likewise, a book that sits on a shelf like a piece of porcelain, only to be admired, never to be read again, is a dead book. -Elizabeth Gilbert

When I decided to go to L.A. I said I was going to quit modelling and just go and see how I do. In the first two weeks I got three movies. I was so excited I had all my furniture shipped out from New York. -Estella Warren

When I was writing 'Withnail,' I was so busted flat that I had one lightbulb that I would carry around the house with me. I mean, really. No furniture, no money, and I was hoping to be an actor, but I could never get a job. -Bruce Robinson

I paid my way through college as a carpenter and a woodworker. So I've built the house I live in and most of the furniture that's in it, and I do a lot of woodworking still. -Misha Collins

The Eisenhower Building – the furniture is mismatched; everything is just bad decor and bad quality. Everybody's looking down at their Blackberry. It's a really frantic, mismatched environment. But on the exterior, it's this whitewashed, gorgeous building. It's a fascinating contrast. -Tony Hale

Now that I'm a mom, I'm way more laid back. If you come into my house, don't look for a coaster. Forget it. There is not a piece of furniture in my house now that is too precious. -Angela Kinsey

I hate it when something is set in 1967 and every piece of furniture was made in 1967. No! If it's set in 1967, people have furniture given to them by their grandmother, which she bought in 1932! -Peter Mullan

Science fiction has its own history, its own legacy of what's been done, what's been superseded, what's so much part of the furniture it's practically part of the fabric now, what's become no more than a joke… and so on. It's just plain foolish, as well as comically arrogant, to ignore all this, to fail to do the most basic research. -Iain Banks

I'm a very soft-spoken person. I don't throw furniture. I don't throw tantrums. -Jennifer Yuh Nelson

I'm fascinated by furniture design and interiors, and I want to try designing all that stuff. -Prabal Gurung

Sometimes I fantasize that all my furniture has been destroyed in a cataclysm, and I have to start again with only the stationery catalogue. My entire house would become an office, which would be an overt recognition of the existing state of affairs. -Hilary Mantel

My wife even thinks our next album should be recorded in our house, and we should move all the furniture out to the garage. I'm not sure how many spouses would be supportive of that, much less come up with the idea. -Brandi Carlile

Stars make money on real movies. They make big money on real movies. To come into my world, I've got some M&Ms and some potato chips, and I'm asking you to move furniture. -Lee Daniels

Like the tail fins on fifties American cars or the parabolic shapes of Populuxe furniture, 'West Side Story' incarnates the dream of momentum in the golden age of the twentieth century. -John Lahr

By the late Nineties, we had become a more visual nation. Big-money taste moved to global standards – new architecture, design and show-off contemporary art. The Sloane domestic aesthetic – symmetry, class symbolism and brown furniture – became as unfashionable as it had been hot in the early Eighties. -Peter York

People sometimes ask who I would cast in my books and I never have any idea. I don't think I could ever write a book thinking of it as a movie the whole time. This would be like building a house and filling it with furniture just so you could have blueprints. -Jess Walter

I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. -Kevin McCloud

The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room. Nobody at the time was saying, 'Gee, I want to carry that in my pocket.' Which is a non-thought. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Color is a big part of what I do. It's like music. There are only so many notes in the scale, but there are endless permutations; there's no limit to the number. Color on the walls or furniture can reflect back and distort the reality of the true colors of lipsticks and eye shadow. -Evelyn Lauder

When a man has seen the aerodynamic shape of a Caravelle jet at an airport, he doesn't need aerodynamic furniture. -Emilio Pucci

The aim of being a good designer is to have an influence. If you design furniture or lifestyle, you should influence the way people evolve globally. It's good to have an influence. -Olivier Theyskens

I've always thought that design can have equal importance to the idea of internal architecture. Professionally, things can be very dogmatic – you do the architecture, someone else does the interiors, someone else does the furniture, the fabric, etc. But I think design is all-encompassing. -Zaha Hadid

I don't particularly like showing furniture on pedestals, but for whatever reasons you always have to in museums. -Zaha Hadid

I did art; I made furniture. I didn't want to be a cliche – the Beatle's son who became a musician. -James McCartney

AC/DC is a prime example of taking that blues rock thing and just living in that world. They only really move the furniture around a little on each album, but it still works. -Joe Perry

When you're choosing furniture for your home that's supposed to express who you are, what you are also saying is you want other people to infer what you want them to infer. What if they see something different? Wouldn't it be really depressing if you're trying to be bohemian and instead they see you as Rush Limbaugh? -Sheena Iyengar

When I was writing 'Kitchen Confidential,' I was in my 40s, I had never paid rent on time, I was 10 years behind on my taxes, I had never owned my own furniture or a car. -Anthony Bourdain

Architects feel empowered to give opinions about politics and sociology and philosophy without knowing much about it. Kind of in the same way that they think they can design furniture or fashion or utensils for dining. -Rafael Vinoly

The conceptual artist Ai WeiWei illustrates the schizoid society that rapid change has produced – sometimes by reassembling Ming-style furniture into absurd and useless arrangements, or by carefully painting and antiquing a Coca-Cola logo on an ancient Chinese pot. -Arne Glimcher

I shop a lot more for furniture than I do for clothes. I much prefer going to an antique shop full of obscurities. -Erin Wasson

My favorite piece of furniture is my bed, cause' it's fluffy and so comfortable! -Vivica A. Fox

I don't make things with my hands, although I studied woodworking and made furniture. -Frank Gehry

A well-designed home has to be very comfortable. I can't stand the aesthetes, the minimal thing. I can't live that way. My home has to be filled with stuff – mostly paintings, sculpture, my fish lamps, cardboard furniture, lots of books. -Frank Gehry

Eighteenth century American furniture and the design of the architects Greene and Greene are my special love. -Barbra Streisand

I haven't got time in my life to do all the things I should be doing, like running and dieting and decorating my house, buying some furniture. -Jennifer Saunders

I've never really seen too much difference between writing or making visual art or designing furniture or clothing. It's still my brain – I'm just using different parts of it for different things. -Douglas Coupland

I live with the things that I love: art, furniture, and objects that I have collected throughout my travels. -Lisa Marie Presley

Most Americans acquire dogs impulsively and for dubious reasons: as a Christmas gift for the kids. Because they saw one in a movie. To match the new living-room furniture. Because they moved to the suburbs and see a dog as part of the package. -Jon Katz

Pixar has been compared to fine furniture makers who polish the backs of drawers – even if you don't see everything in a particular scene, you still feel that every little detail has been met. -John Lasseter

With recording, everything changed. The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture. It's an idea that many composers have felt reluctant about because it seemed to them to diminish the importance of music. -Brian Eno

When we moved to England in 1986, I was ten years old and I didn't know anything about punk or hip hop. The only words I knew in English were 'dance' and 'Michael Jackson.' We got put in a flat in Mitchum, and the council gave us second hand furniture, second hand clothes and a second hand radio that I took to bed with me every night. -M.I.A.

I think by drawing, so I'll draw or diagram everything from a piece of furniture to a stage gesture. I understand things best when they're in graphics, not words. -Robert Wilson

I have no real training in the history of fine art or furniture; my eye just works by proportions. I react intuitively. In London, it's all about color because the weather is so gray, and in that cold light they look beautiful. -Mario Testino

Tiles, the best furniture, fabrics, bath fixtures, bronze – just leaf through any design magazine and you immediately understand they're all 'Made in Italy.' We have the premier opera house in the world, La Scala, and behind the Nobel given to CERN is the research of many Italians. -Lapo Elkann

I was barely in grade school when I helped my mother rearrange the living room furniture for the first time. -Nate Berkus

I think I was the only kid on the block who knew about furniture scale by the time I was 8. -Nate Berkus

In a modern loft, you can't just fill a space with furniture. Each piece has to be perfect. -Nate Berkus

If you actually keep things very organized and clutter-free, you can have more furniture than you think you can in a small space. -Nate Berkus

I love to decorate a room – from the furniture to the objects to the books. -Aerin Lauder

The citric acid in lemon juice makes it perfect for bleaching, disinfecting and cutting through grease. And olive oil is a great alternative to furniture polish. -Sheherazade Goldsmith

I live by fallacy. 'If I get enough nice Ikea furniture, I'll be a grown-up.' Then I catch myself. Or, 'If I get off by myself, away from the stress of modern life, I'll be OK.' Then I catch myself. -Chuck Palahniuk

The words 'Space Age' have a quaint, nostalgic tone – sitting on midcentury modern furniture watching 'The Jetsons.' -P. J. O'Rourke

Living in New York after 14 years, I'm such an outdoors kind of person. I love gardening and building things. I like restoring old furniture. -Paige Butcher

Italy is famous for fashion, food, Ferrari, and furniture – furniture was a segment where the companies in the high end are all small. -Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories – these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of furniture that should be judged as to their usefulness, elegance. -F. Sionil Jose

There are people I've worked with who have never understood how fashion works. They keep saying they love fashion, yet they've never actually grasped that this isn't yoghurt or a piece of furniture – products in the purest sense of the term. -Nicolas Ghesquiere

I'm always drooling over great design, from fashion to furniture. -Janina Gavankar

When I was a kid, there were no credit cards. Instead, retailers offered layaway plans. My mom would go to a store, such as a furniture outlet, choose the sofa she wanted, and put it on layaway. That meant she put a little money down to hold the sofa, and every payday she'd pay a little toward the purchase. -Robert Kiyosaki

I like living sparsely. In the main room, there's no furniture – no tables, no chairs, no coffee table – not even a decaffeinated coffee table. -Sebastian Horsley

I was living in a large apartment with no furniture, just a typewriter, and because I had nothing else to do with my time, it made me take my writing seriously. -Simon Van Booy

Aficionados of Slow design and Slow fashion use ethical and green materials to make objects – furniture, clothes, jewellery – that lift the spirit and last a lifetime rather than one catwalk season. -Carl Honore

It's really weird because my house is very ornate, but my writing lair is very, very blank. It's white, the furniture is white. It gives me nothing to look at, so I just have to concentrate! -Jane Goldman

It's so cliche, but I love the feeling you get from improv that anything can happen. The audience is already accepting that there are no props or costumes or furniture, so the performers can be anywhere doing anything; cut from underground to space, and it doesn't matter. -Andy Daly

I look at every piece of furniture and every object as an individual sculpture. -Kelly Wearstler

I'm a designer, which includes interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, and lifestyle. -Kelly Wearstler

By acquiring all of your furniture from different eras and places and things that are expensive and inexpensive, it will make your end product have a great spirit. -Kelly Wearstler

If a woman gets insomnia, you never know where you're going to find her furniture the next morning. It's primal. We have so little we can control, but we can perfect the way our room looks. -Nicole Holofcener

I love having beautiful furniture and things, but I don't want my space to look like a showroom. -Brad Goreski

The elements that create glamour are not specific styles – bias-cut gowns or lacquered furniture – but more general qualities: grace, mystery, transcendence. To the right audience, Halle Berry is more glamorous commanding the elements as Storm in the X-Men movies than she is walking the red carpet in a designer gown. -Virginia Postrel

We have international standards regulating everything from t-shirts to toys to tomatoes. There are international regulations for furniture. That means there are common standards for the global trade in armchairs but not the global trade in arms. -Ban Ki-moon

My years of ballet and jazz dance lessons didn't make me any more graceful – they just helped keep me from bumping into the furniture on stage. -Toni Tennille

My mother did play classical piano, not that well. And actually, my father sang with the big bands – he sang with Bob Crosby's band – but he had to give up show business when his father died. He had to come back to Montgomery and take over the furniture store. -Toni Tennille

The secret of my success? I speak in a loud clear voice and try not to bump into the furniture. -Alfred Lunt

I jog at the Rose Bowl, and I collect antique and vintage furniture, so I'm there every few weeks for the flea market. -Theo Rossi

Even one's own home is a kind of anthology of advertisers, manufacturers, motifs and presentation techniques. There's nothing 'natural' about one's home these days. The furnishings, the fabrics, the furniture, the appliances, the TV, and all the electronic equipment – we're living inside commercials. -J. G. Ballard

I shopped a lot on 1stdibs.com when I first started modelling. Just whenever, I've always been on and bought all my furniture on 1stdibs.com. -Erin Heatherton

The Idea enters the brain from the outside. It rearranges the furniture to make it more to its liking. It finds other Ideas already in residence, and picks fights or forms alliances. The alliances build new structures, to defend themselves against intruders. -Bernard Beckett

I love to design and remodel houses, from working with the contractors to picking the colours, materials, kitchen and bathroom accessories to finally what furniture goes where. -Olivia Newton-John

I credit my mom with inspiring in me a love of design, matched by her creative problem-solving abilities. This is a woman who could find an old, discarded piece of furniture, bring it home and turn it into something fabulous. -Candice Olson

I'm a master assembler of Ikea furniture, in case anyone wants to know. -Allison Williams

If I had to choose between clothes and furniture, I'd choose furniture. -Julianne Moore

My dad came over from Ireland when he was 13 and lived on the streets, working on building sites, and has just retired from his job delivering furniture for John Lewis. My mum has had the same job for 30 years as a sales assistant at Marks and Spencer. They've always been really great; they just want me to be happy. -Amanda Hale

I moved to Hollywood when I was 22. I was married. I had a kid right away. And I had worked as a furniture mover amongst various other jobs, and I'd work eight, ten hours a day to support my family – and I'd come home and write for two hours a night or two and a half, or three hours a night. -Paul Haggis

You should encourage a child to show off. You can say to a child, 'Stop being rude,' 'Stop shouting,' 'Stop jumping around on the furniture.' But 'Stop showing off'? That's awful. -Charles Dance

Speaking as someone who's played a lot of video games, and at the end of the video game all you have is a memory, after woodworking you get this piece of furniture. -Thomas Middleditch

I make very basic country rustic furniture. -Thomas Middleditch

I'm more interested in having a place to work out my voice and my body than I am in having furniture. -Wendy O. Williams

I have seen American determination in people like Debbi Sommers. She runs a furniture rental business for conventions in Las Vegas. When 9/11 hit, and again, when the recession tanked the conventions business, she didn't give up, close down, or lay off her people. She taught them not just to rent furniture, but also to manufacture it. -Mitt Romney

My dad was an interior design and furniture person. I started working with him for four years before my first TV writing break. -Stephen J. Cannell

Actors spend most of their time out of work, so I actually spend more time making furniture. The thing about furniture that's much better than acting is that it's just me. There's no director, no script – the concept is me, unless a client wants something. -Michael Schoeffling

If you're entering a room for the first time, do it the way you would in life – look around; see how they have the furniture arranged. If your character is meeting another character for the first time, meet them the way you would in life. -Charles Nelson Reilly

History is moving the furniture around in the house of mankind just about everywhere but the U.S.A. Things have changed, except here, where people come and go through the rooms of state, and everything looks shabbier by the day, and lethargy eats away at the upholstery like an acid fog, and the walls reverberate with meaningless oratory. -James Howard Kunstler

I'm really such a bumbler! Writing fiction is like arranging furniture in a dark room. I can't see what I'm doing. I grope for the right words. I bump against the wrong words and stumble and stub my toe and curse and keep trying to guess what belongs in the space. -Joanna Scott

Well, 9/11 made me think about the towers, and the fact that I lived in New York for a long time, while they were being built. In fact, I had a studio that was ripped out, along with the whole neighborhood, to put the towers in. I saw them go up. I lived with them, running past them in the morning. And they were like part of my furniture. -Mordicai Gerstein

I want to design jewelry for girls and guys… I'ma spread it out, but I'ma design, probably when I'm just designing furniture and buildings, I'll probably being the jewelry thing, too. -Tyler, The Creator

At first, my bedroom had flowers and yellow walls and huge furniture in plastic that was orange and green – and furry green bed cover and everything. Then, I think the day I turned 13, I painted the walls black and put Kurt Cobain on the wall and just changed everything into a dark theme. -Tove Lo

My parents did not pay a cent for my education; they didn't give me a car or furniture – I did that 100% on my own. I had to pay back a lot. -Constance Wu

A lot of designers still have nostalgia for the past. As for the furniture in the future, I hope they use less of real wood. Conservation in wood is necessary. -Elsa Peretti

I worked as an interior designer. I worked as a furniture salesman. I worked as a financial adviser. I worked as a painter and decorator – that wasn't for very long. I was a baker for about four-and-a-half years. -Anton du Beke

To come into my world, I've got some M&Ms and some potato chips, and I'm asking you to move furniture. We're making a movie. We're making it like we're putting on a play. -Lee Daniels

When you're paying everybody nothing, I mean, they have homes to pay for. And my movies are like putting on theater. Nicole Kidman is at craft services, and John Cusack is moving furniture; there are no egos. The only ego is the story. -Lee Daniels

I am playing in a playground that's already been played in. I am always aware that a lot of the furniture in science fiction is second hand. -Alastair Reynolds

I will not serve lunch to anyone in the middle of a workday. I rarely rearrange my furniture or cabinets; once I find a drawer for something, it stays there. I don't garden. And I don't knit. -Christina Baker Kline

As a child, I read a great many books in which animals and birds played significant roles, not only in the narrative itself, but also in creating the emotional and psychological atmosphere of that narrative – the imaginative furniture, as it were, in which any story unfolds. -John Burnside

I give unto my wife my second best bed with the furniture. -William Shakespeare

Craig Newmark looks like the kind of guy who would help you move your apartment, sell your furniture, get a job, or help you find that cute girl you saw on the subway. -Rachel Sklar

Imagination and invention go hand in hand. Remember how lack of resources was never a problem in childhood games? Shift a few pieces of furniture around the living room, and you have yourself a fort. -Alexandra Adornetto

If I'm writing about a modern-day suburb, there's going to be details of the home and furniture, and if I'm writing about a historical period, those details, those pieces of the world are going to be there as well, but they'll be simplified, because I'm cartooning it. -Gene Luen Yang

There is no Internet business in furniture or bedding. Zero – practically in the world. -Gerry Harvey

Novels have much more space than short stories, which gives you more leeway with the number of characters you can include. Even 'furniture' characters can be described and given speaking parts to develop background or atmosphere. -Nancy Kress

People rich enough to redecorate every 10 months are certainly careless with antique furniture. I found four 1760 French side chairs, tapestry seats intact. Claiming them proved easier than persuading any cabdriver to transport the things. -Allan Gurganus

I grew up in a time when Eames and Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright and other architects were putting their furniture and objects on the market. You could buy some of those objects on the open market. Eames was a huge influence on all of us in school. -Michael Graves

For my first apartment, when I was first married, I went to the lumberyard and bought stuff and made couches. My then-wife made cushions. I was really very interested in furniture. I was in school for architecture, but I had to live, and making furniture was different from designing buildings, which I couldn't do for myself. -Michael Graves

The maker movement is about people who want to gain more control of the human design world that they interact with every day. Instead of accepting off-the-shelf solutions from institutions and corporations, makers would like to make, modify, and repair their own tools, clothing, food, toys, furniture, and other physical objects. -Mark Frauenfelder

The Italian Renaissance extends beyond food, of course. Just about every major Italian furniture designer now has a shop in Paris, and Le Bon Marche recently opened an outlet for Santa Maria Novella perfumes, elixirs and soaps from Florence on its ground floor. -Elaine Sciolino

I spend a lot of time just, you know, with my girlfriend and my dog. And I mean, we don't have a lot of furniture in our house, so it's really simple. And we're trying to build products for everyone in the world, right. And you don't want to get isolated to do that. -Mark Zuckerberg

I'm quite enthusiastic about any kind of gadget and app and feature and things that enable me to have a very convenient lifestyle. We buy our groceries on the Internet; I buy furniture, clothes for myself and my kids. -Margrethe Vestager

The doors between the old man today and the child are still open, wide open. I can stroll through my grandmother's house and know exactly where the pictures are, the furniture was, how it looked, the voice, the smells. I can move from my bed at night today to my childhood in less than a second. -Ingmar Bergman

Corruption is when a politician uses public funds to deliver pistachio ice cream to his home and transfer garden furniture to his Caesarea villa, then requesting that the expenses be covered for the water in his pool and fights to get a private jet. -Yair Lapid

The Swedish government needs to understand that relations in the Middle East are more complicated than a piece of furniture from IKEA that you assemble at home. -Avigdor Lieberman

Donald Trump outsources his ties to China. He outsourced his furniture to Turkey. I know a company in Ohio that could make that furniture in Archibald, Ohio. -Sherrod Brown

I do know people who buy these huge houses but I always think, 'What about all that furniture? You're never even going to sit on it!' I don't want to rattle round in a big house. -Neil Morrissey

It was my mother who got me involved in gymnastics, sending me to classes when I was six just to stop me doing back flips on the couch and destroying the furniture. -Nadia Comaneci

I had a lot of energy, and my mom decided to look for a place where I can spend the energy, because I was jumping on the couch and furniture, and I was jumping on the top of the things in the house. -Nadia Comaneci

I used to love a well-arranged room: the furniture, the fabric, the lighting. -Aerin Lauder

I'm not an interior decorator; I'm a designer, and that includes the architecture. The package must be strong and controlled, the rooms aligned, and the windows positioned to make sense with the furniture. Fluff it up, and you've got big trouble. -Anouska Hempel

The architect who first inspired me to follow this profession was Sir John Soane and his Regency home; well, his three homes, now a museum. The place is like an encyclopedia of paintings, antiquities, furniture, sculptures, and drawings. -Anouska Hempel

I remember I used to sleep on my records. In a room with no furniture. I remember I used to sleep in my car. -DJ Khaled

I was looking for some vintage furniture, and I came across this booth where they sold old pictures. This guy didn't just have things in a box; he had really curated his collection. Each image was like this little folk masterpiece. -Ransom Riggs

I always say film is art, theater is life and television is furniture. -Kenny Leon

I don't know why modeling worked for me, because I'm short. But I liked it because it let me buy my own furniture. -Riley Keough

My dad was in furniture for 35 years. He got run out of furniture when everything went to China, went overseas. Manufacturing in the country broke down. Everything left. -Eric Church

I like to hike and cook. I enjoy furniture and design – not making it, just looking at it. I'm always kind of trying to spread my interests around and try new things. -Kevin Bacon

Osama bin Laden characterized his terrorist activities as 'defensive jihad,' provoked by 'debauched infidels' bent on enslaving the Muslim world. The lead industry blamed 'ignorant parents' for applying lead paint to juvenile furniture. -Albert Bandura

It's very hard to transgress; we have the furniture of transgression without the imagery and iconography to actually do it. -Irvine Welsh

I came out of the womb drawing on everything; I used to draw on my mother's white furniture and her white walls with her red lipstick and my pencils. Little did she know that would later materialize into me doing what I do now – I'm a painter as well and a micromechanical engineer. -Aldis Hodge

When I was 18, I began attending college for art and design, and I designed all sorts of things from furniture to industrial designs and even watches. -Aldis Hodge

When I wanted to go away to college in Toronto, my dad said, 'You can't go.' When I got to Toronto, I bought a couch, and my dad cried for the whole weekend because, as my mum told me, 'Now you have furniture; he knows you are never coming back.' -Nia Vardalos

I had a 'Cats' phase, where I did lots of overturned furniture and trash cans. I asked for a fog machine for my birthday. -Ben Platt

I always felt like I was kind of an outsider because I didn't have the right things. I didn't have a Cadillac. I didn't have, you know, plastic on my furniture. That was the right way to be if you were Italian. -Leah Remini

Spare functional furniture, in my opinion, is the genius of 20th-century design. -Luca Guadagnino

Set in the advertising world of the 1960s, 'Mad Men' is stunning to look at – a Camelot-era parade of smartly dressed professionals lounging around on midcentury modern furniture. -Adam Cohen

I live in a craftsman house, but I'm a big fan of modernist and mid-century furniture and architecture, too. But my dream is to do a truly original chair design, something that is all these different things but is my own, too. -Luke Macfarlane

We're all amateur investigators. We scan bookshelves, we ogle trinkets left out in the open, we calculate the cost of furniture and study the photographs on display; sometimes we even check out the medicine cabinet. -Lisa Lutz

In retrospect, I have come to recognise just how astounding my mother was during our childhood. She kept a woodwork shop and made beautiful furniture, as well as raising the pair of us in a society dominated by men. There really is nothing like war to reveal the power of patriarchy, but she always retained her independence. -Alexandra Fuller

To be able to make furniture has always been a fantasy of mine. -Jonathan Anderson

My father always told me I like the ball more than I like playing soccer: since I was a young kid, I was always skilled with it, dribbling furniture around the house. That's how I see football – fun and dynamic – and this goes beyond me; it's a characteristic of Brazilian football. -Neymar

My family was pretty solidly middle-class. We had a furniture store out near Connie Mack Stadium, and when Dad died, my mom took it over. -Robert Picardo

I love the way the Victorians found a way to put faces in everything: you know, furniture and marble and, you know, everywhere you turn around – the banister, you know, there's someone looking at you. -Gillian Flynn

A house full of new furniture doesn't mean a whole lot. -Lindsey Buckingham

I've talked to several CEOs – from a recycling company in Indiana, a furniture company in Kentucky, a brewing company in Colorado, and more – who believe paying higher wages is both the right thing to do and part of a successful business model. -Tom Perez

My grandmother was divorced, and she had 10 children herself. She never finished high school. She started selling lace on the side of the road and then grew that into a multimillion-dollar business – a retail store selling mostly furniture and appliances. -Ann-Marie Campbell

My family owned a furniture/appliance store near Kingston, Jamaica. I worked there all summer but lived in a very structured environment the rest of the year at an all-girl Catholic boarding school. -Ann-Marie Campbell

To be weighed down by things – books, furniture – seems somehow terrible to me. -Claire Messud

In my humble opinion, having tons of products and furniture and magazines and clothes is not luxurious – living minimally is. -Emily Weiss

I always begin a room with the rug; it is literally the foundation of the space. I then go on to the furniture. -Lee Radziwill

HubSpot's offices occupy several floors of a 19th-century furniture factory that has been transformed into the cliche of what the home of a tech startup should look like: exposed beams, frosted glass, a big atrium, modern art hanging in the lobby. -Daniel Lyons

I love the cleanness of Kaare Klint and Rud Rasmussen furniture, especially the wooden criss-cross under-bars of their sofas. -Emilia Wickstead

I fled my home town and did odd jobs, including things like re-designing old furniture, before I became an actor. Having said that, I don't think the story of my life is in any way remarkable. What is remarkable is how acting opportunities have come my way. -Harshvardhan Rane

I'd rather sit at home than be a part of a popular show and be a piece of furniture. -Ashish Sharma

When I came into television, the serials were all women-centric, while the men had to stand around like furniture. I wasn't willing to be a prop in serials. To my good fortune, I got serials where I was a central character. -Ashish Sharma

I've always built furniture and done farm work. -Travis Fimmel

In our early days, being recognized on any list of great companies was hard to imagine. There were times when we sold the office furniture to make payroll. -Bobby Kotick

If I lose my job at a furniture factory where I've worked for decades, no amount of cheaper toys and raincoats at Wal-Mart is going to make me whole again. -David Autor

I was born and raised in Rogers Park in Chicago. My father sold furniture, and my mother was a Chicago public school teacher and proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union for decades. -Jan Schakowsky

As an intern for Vice President Walter Mondale, I arrived the first day ready to write policy memos and change the world… but my assignment was doing an inventory of the furniture. -Amy Klobuchar

My theory was that good furniture could be priced so that the man with the flat wallet would be attracted to it, would make a place for it in his spending, and could afford it. -Ingvar Kamprad

I used to draw and design my own furniture in college but never had the means to build them. -Shervin Pishevar

Like, yes, we had a furniture fire get out of control in our backyard one time. But that didn't harm a single person. -Jake Paul

It is funny, the things you miss about a more conventional lifestyle. I miss seemingly mundane tasks, like cleaning the kitchen, moving my furniture around to achieve just the right look, and checking the mailbox. I miss making my bed in the morning before work. -Lauren Gibbs

With 'Hannibal,' it's almost like the music is part of the furniture, so as a character goes from one room to another room, or we go from one place to another or whatever, the music is just going with it the whole time the same way that the audience is sort of tracking it and following along. -Brian Reitzell

I've experienced firsthand the disconnect between furniture, their environments, and the way people work. -Joe Gebbia

Design helps shape our everyday interactions through products, furniture, objects, or experiences. -Joe Gebbia

Television is hypnotic, and it hides among the furniture of your living room. It doesn't reveal itself, but it distorts everything. -Richard Dreyfuss

Until you get pregnant, you never know about baby brands and baby furniture, but it's actually a choice. And Oeuf is a very affordable company, and everything is organic – chemically free, sustainable. It's all beautifully made and can also transition from babies to toddlers. Everything has conversion kits, so it's practicable. -Katie Lowes

I grew up in a modernist house, in a modernist culture. There was a love for modernism everywhere – the furniture, the books, the food, even the cutlery. So I learned very early to appreciate the value of design and the value of architecture. -Neri Oxman

I'm always moving furniture and things around in my house. -Belinda Johnson

The Box would not play 'Takin' These' because we had a scene where we were taking furniture out of Rockefeller's mansion and giving the stuff out on the street for free. -Boots Riley

Netbot was the first comparison shopping company. We realized comparison shopping can be quite tedious if you are driving from one furniture store to another. On the Internet, you can automatically look at a bunch of different stores and see where can you get the best price on a computer or some such thing, so that was the motivation. -Oren Etzioni

I have a big brother who would make dolls' houses and playhouses and furniture out of wood. He was the one who taught me from such a young age that you could just make something. The physical act of gluing something together was really formative for me. -Miranda July

I've always loved great upholstery, and think that a great sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. -Bobby Berk

I love white linens and walls mixed with antique Victorian furniture. -Mary Helen Bowers

You can go to any second-hand store and get an amazing piece – I have pieces from flea markets at home. You don't need to buy throwaway furniture. -Marcel Wanders

My family were wheeler-dealer class. They were their own bosses and very glamorous. We lived in a beautiful, big townhouse in Arklow, in Ireland, that we couldn't afford to heat. My father had a business fitting bar furniture, and my mother is an antiques dealer. -Roisin Murphy

As much as I love my work, I do appreciate my rare days off. Even then, I can't afford to let the dancing go. I need at least an hour just to keep in shape, so wherever I am in the world, I'll grab the door or the furniture and do some serious exercise. -Sylvie Guillem

My salary for 'Splash' was $350,000. I got about $800,000 for 'Summer Rental.' So, yes, I thought, 'Well, here's a chance to get some furniture for the house and some clothes for the kids.' -John Candy

My dad battled various financial mishaps for years before achieving success as a stunt director, but my parents ensured that my brother and I knew all about the family's struggle. We knew from where each piece of furniture came from. -Vicky Kaushal

When Elon was 17 and my daughter was 15, they really wanted to move to Canada, where my family is from. I said no, because I wanted to do a Ph.D. in Johannesburg, and I was getting lots of modeling work there. But Elon and I went over to visit, and while I was gone my daughter sold my home and my car and had a big garage sale with all my furniture. -Maye Musk

I bought two sculptures of two baboons called Lord and Lady Muck on an antique piece of furniture from an art exhibition, and it was quite expensive. It was very expensive, actually – way too expensive. -Noel Fielding

I'm good with furniture, very bad with plants. -Dan Levy

I find the history of toys very interesting on an academic level – they're very much products of their time, just like paintings and furniture tell us about their time. -James May

My brother and I loved to body-slam each other when we were kids. We tore up a lot of furniture. -Mark Henry

I don't want to play father roles. And I use father roles figuratively for roles that are just hanging around… don't want to be a piece of furniture in films. -Rishi Kapoor

I just broke up all the furniture in the house. My mother had to get rid of me. So she put me in dance class. -Chita Rivera

I'm usually able to reuse at least 50 percent of the clients' furniture. Most times, I'll just clean it up, make it look like new, and that's the best way to save money. -Jonathan Scott

There's no reason your outdoor furniture should look like cheap plastic that will blow over or break in two seconds. -Jonathan Scott

The best thing about having a footballer dad is seeing the game up close. You watch him train, then go home and practice what you've seen in the front room, rearranging the furniture. -Thiago Alcantara

Gauri Khan Designs has bespoke furniture for your living room – and the outdoors, too! -Gauri Khan

I have a passion for design. Be it a line of clothes or taking a gut decision with unique pieces of furniture, one should always be willing to experiment. -Gauri Khan

In the work I do, historical elements tend to merge with contemporary forms, such as photo printing on furniture or bold sari prints, to create something unique and memorable. -Gauri Khan

Every home, office, club, yacht, landscape, or piece of furniture I may design will be different from the other. What will be consistent, however, is my own personal sense of style through it all. -Gauri Khan

I look at my faith like a room, and there was all of this furniture in there, but I had inherited most of the furniture. Then, when I got divorced, I took everything out just to see how I was going to refurnish the room, and that was a very essential step in my life. It was great. -Pete Holmes

To me, all these things tell a story, and I find clothespin parts as interesting as 'collectors' furniture.' Good pieces of Shaker furniture are interesting, but only so much. It is the other things and the personal effects that let me feel the Shakers. -Ken Hakuta

I've become obsessed with preserving Shaker furniture. I feel as though every influence in my life, everything I've learned and know, all the money I've made, has come together to take care of it. -Ken Hakuta

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