Best Quotes About Influence

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. -Edmund Burke

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences. -Walt Whitman

Advertising reflects the mores of society, but it does not influence them. -David Ogilvy

The only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves. -E. M. Forster

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. -Mark Twain

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. -Arthur Koestler

The future influences the present just as much as the past. -Friedrich Nietzsche

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. -Henry Adams

The strongest influences in my life and my work are always whomever I love. Whomever I love and am with most of the time, or whomever I remember most vividly. I think that's true of everyone, don't you? -Tennessee Williams

Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense. -Tennessee Williams

There is something that falls short of perfection in every book, without exception, something influenced by the age, even something ridiculous; just like everyone, without exception, has weaknesses. -Josef Skvorecky

Our chief justices have probably had more profound and lasting influence on their times and on the direction of the nation than most presidents. -Richard M. Nixon

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill. -Buddha

Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life. -Charles de Gaulle

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their influence lives forever. -William Styron

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life. -Booker T. Washington

You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me. -Scott Adams

Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. -George Eliot

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. -Henri Matisse

Because everything we say and do is the length and shadow of our own souls, our influence is determined by the quality of our being. -Dale Turner

My Father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic. -Spike Milligan

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express. -T. S. Eliot

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. -Walt Disney

I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company. -Walt Disney

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer. -Robertson Davies

A person needs at intervals to separate himself from family and companions and go to new places. He must go without his familiars in order to be open to influences, to change. -Katharine Butler Hathaway

The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. -Thomas Hardy

She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners. -Louisa May Alcott

Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear. -Bertrand Russell

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. -Simone Weil

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. -John Hancock

But that was war. Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents. -Joseph Heller

Discipline strengthens the mind so that it becomes impervious to the corroding influence of fear. -Bernard Law Montgomery

Every soldier must know, before he goes into battle, how the little battle he is to fight fits into the larger picture, and how the success of his fighting will influence the battle as a whole. -Bernard Law Montgomery

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe. -Jean Paul

Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence. -Henri Frederic Amiel

A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most recent blessings or misfortunes. -Joseph Addison

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. -James Allen

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influences. -Amos Bronson Alcott

The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need. -Napoleon Bonaparte

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. -Soren Kierkegaard

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations. -Aldous Huxley

The tourist who moves about to see and hear and open himself to all the influences of the places which condense centuries of human greatness is only a man in search of excellence. -Max Lerner

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. -Salvador Dali

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism. -Barbara W. Tuchman

Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom. -Friedrich Schiller

Promptitude is not only a duty, but is also a part of good manners; it is favorable to fortune, reputation, influence, and usefulness; a little attention and energy will form the habit, so as to make it easy and delightful. -Charles Simmons

It's not the money. It's not the fame. It's the influence. -Clay Aiken

Every human being has a work to carry on within, duties to perform abroad, influence to exert, which are peculiarly his, and which no conscience but his own can teach. -William Ellery Channing

The way you think, the way you behave, the way you eat, can influence your life by 30 to 50 years. -Deepak Chopra

Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior. -Marshall McLuhan

In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent. -Don Marquis

What has influenced my life more than any other single thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably… have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature. -W. Somerset Maugham

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been known to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature. -Mahatma Gandhi

I have learned that trying to guess what the boss or the client wants is the most debilitating of all influences in the creation of good advertising. -Leo Burnett

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. -Amos Bronson Alcott

Don't ask who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life. -Giorgos Seferis

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power. -Henry George

A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example. -Niccolo Machiavelli

Make no mistake about it: Next to parents and families, our teachers are the most important influence in our children's lives. -Kenny Guinn

Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power. -Chuck Hagel

From blood banking to the modern subway, from jazz to social justice, the contributions of African Americans have shaped and molded and influenced our national culture and our national character. -Bill Frist

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Whoever wants peace among nations must seek to limit the state and its influence most strictly. -Ludwig von Mises

Where I live, nobody who's fourteen is having sex and doing major drugs. And I think if you see it in the movies, you may be influenced by it. I think it's so important to preserve your innocence. -Natalie Portman

We can influence who we will be tomorrow, for tomorrow can only be built on today. -Anne Wilson Schaef

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. -John Marshall

There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success. -Phil Knight

Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland, we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day. -Tom Hanks

A lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal. -Will Ferrell

Ask everyone whether they're an actor or a doctor or a teacher or whatever is entitled to his or her opinion. But unfortunately, because actors are in the public eye, whether we want it or not, sometimes our opinions carry more weight or influence than they deserve. -Debra Messing

Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations. -Chuck Hagel

Well, I think the president is going to do well in terms of his influence for positive change here in the Congress, making sure that we don't overspend, making sure that we spend for only those programs that are justified. -Thad Cochran

We cannot observe external things without some degree of Thought; nor can we reflect upon our Thoughts, without being influenced in the course of our reflection by the Things which we have observed. -William Whewell

The influence of blogging is overall a very positive force in the media. -Garrett Graff

No faction is better or worse than any other. All come from the same mould; they are all products of capitalist influence in the working class movement. And they are a poison that destroys our Party and the working class movement in Korea. -Kim Jong Il

As a people, we know what we can do, we know how to do it, and we just want to get on with it. How? By ensuring that Canada's place in the world is one of influence and pride. -Paul Martin

The first movie I saw – and I don't know if it influenced me – was Ben Hur. We watched it outside in a corn field, and it ran backwards, so the first movie I ever saw was Ben Hur backwards. -Roberto Benigni

My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50's and 60's and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians. -Walter Becker

We are certainly influenced by role models, and if we are surrounded by images of beautiful rich people, we will start to think that to be beautiful and rich is very important – just as in the Middle Ages, people were surrounded by images of religious piety. -Alain de Botton

I was mostly surprised by the rap artists, actually, that were influenced by Sabbath. That was a surprise. But it's very nice and I'm very honored. It's nice to know after 27 years now that what I said in the first place has stuck, and that was the belief in it. -Tony Iommi

My early influences were the Shadows, who were an English instrumental band. They basically got me into playing and later on I got into blues and jazz players. I liked Clapton when he was with John Mayall. I really liked that period. -Tony Iommi

In these negotiations we are not a helpless object, although great world powers are involved. We play an active role and try to influence our destiny; we have our own trump cards and we use them. -Alija Izetbegovic

I have more influence now than when I had the power. -Gough Whitlam

A comprehensive national energy policy is critical to our nation's economy and our national security. Energy expenditures account for about 7% percent of our total economy and influence pricing in the much of the rest of the economy. -Heather Wilson

When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens. -Michael Badnarik

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world. -Sai Baba

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. -Wilma Rudolph

Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire. -William Godwin

That's the trouble with trying to influence an undecided voter. First you have to find one. -Pat Sajak

The jet stream is the controlling influence over the world's weather systems. -Michael Fish

One of my great influences was Don Knotts as Barney Fife. -Martin Short

I herewith commission you to carry out all preparations with regard to… a total solution of the Jewish question in those territories of Europe which are under German influence. -Hermann Goering

I've had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life. -Andy Garcia

Today's youth cannot miss something they have never known, but I fear that there are no current fictional characters whose impact and influence will last with such abiding affection into their 'sore and yellow' as this splendid man's creations have in mine! -Peter Cushing

For me, having come to study and understand some of the Bible and finally getting saved made a huge difference in me, because my wife was a big influence on that. I saw in her, when I first met her, a person's soul at peace with everything and everybody around her. -Randy Travis

While growing up in Birmingham around a lot of West Indian people, reggae and calypso were big influences early on but Otis Redding was the one person who made me wanna sing myself. -Roland Gift

My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education. -John H. Johnson

What I believe in touches many aspects of religious and spiritual thought. Mainly I'm influenced and inspired by the eastern yogi's aspect of mysticism, Which is, I think, the future. -Dave Davies

I think people tend to live, whether they like it or not, influenced by what's next door to them. -Campbell Scott

In the early part of the '60s I was influenced by the Ventures. -Carl Wilson

My father was my main influence. He was a preacher, but he was also a history and political science teacher, and since he was my hero, I wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher. -David Soul

Some of the best times in my life happened under the influence of drugs… I'd still be doing it if I could make good judgement calls. I'd still be doing it if I didn't blow up to the size of an aircraft hangar, because it was a great time. -Robbie Williams

Sinatra was the biggest influence on my life, my singing career. And rightly so. I mean he was the best singer ever. -James Darren

I think the fact that I created something and had an enormous influence is indisputable. -La Monte Young

I'm from the Bob Wills and the Little Richard school of music. Bob Wills did what the hell he thought, Little Richard did what he thought, and those were my big influences. -Buck Owens

Bondage is – subjection to external influences and internal negative thoughts and attitudes. -W. Clement Stone

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. -John Dalberg-Acton

I'm not going to rule out running for a second term. But, I think you have to be psychologically prepared to walk away from the job after four years. It's the only way that you cannot be influenced by those special interests. -Dick Murphy

Every existence above a certain rank has its singular points; the higher the rank the more of them. At these points, influences whose physical magnitude is too small to be taken account of by a finite being may produce results of the greatest importance. -James C. Maxwell

I suppose more than anything, it's the way of life in this part of the country that influences my writing. In Eastern North Carolina, with the exception of Wilmington, most people live in small towns. -Nicholas Sparks

I suppose I'm most influenced by any good, commercial writer. I learn from everyone. -Nicholas Sparks

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions. -Kim Campbell

A guy called Arthur Brown… was a big influence of mine… and also Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. -Bruce Dickinson

Generally, my writing is influenced by living, by absorbing everything that happens to me and my actions. -Graham Nash

As our language wanes and dies, the golden legends of the far-off centuries fade and pass away. No one sees their influence upon culture; no one sees their educational power. -Douglas Hyde

This was totally influenced by me and the direction that I am writing about and the stuff that I am writing about. There is just no way that you can be as intense as what I have been through in my life over a drum beat machine, sample, or loop; it's just not going to happen. -Vanilla Ice

Is it experimental to have been influenced by the Bible? By Saint Augustine? -Marguerite Young

I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons. -Marguerite Young

Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world. -Thomas Guthrie

I'm more prone to his '70s material, which is what I was around for and watched a lot. I listen to a lot of that stuff. It probably influenced me quite a bit. I'm more drawn to the darker, sadder songs. -Lisa Marie Presley

Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history. -Arthur Henderson

We were very influenced by The Beatles, no question. -Barry Gibb

It costs a great deal of money to do a musical, and the more money involved, the more big business influences the artform. -Hal Price

Canada remains alienated from its allies, shut out of the reconstruction process to some degree, unable to influence events. There is no upside to the position Canada took. -Stephen Harper

It is a question of fact, whether the influence of motives be fixed by laws of nature, so that they shall always have the same effect in the same circumstances. -Thomas Reid

I don't flatter myself with much dependence upon the present disposition of the Eastern Indians, who are many ways liable to be drawn into a rupture with us by the artifices of the French, their own weakness and the influence which the French Missionary Priests have over them. -William Shirley

I don't want to be influenced by outside opinion. -Harold H. Greene

We are always going to be influenced by America… I watched the word 'bum' go out and 'butt' come in. And part of me says, oh that's a shame, but Aussie boys are still Aussie boys. -Bryan Brown

I am so far as I am aware not at all influenced by dramatists, expect for Shakespeare, who I have to say, it is impossible not to be influenced by if you hold language to be the major element of theatre. -Howard Barker

Major League Baseball has always recognized the influence that our stars can have on the youth of America. As such, we are concerned that recent revelations and allegations of steroid use have been sending a terrible message to young people. -Bud Selig

I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s. -Kenneth Koch

I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not. -Kenneth Koch

I'm a writer who likes to be influenced. -Kenneth Koch

Envy, my son, wears herself away, and droops like a lamb under the influence of the evil eye. -Jacopo Sannazaro

Absences are a good influence in love and keep it bright and delicate. -Robert Louis Stevenson

By gold all good faith has been banished; by gold our rights are abused; the law itself is influenced by gold, and soon there will be an end of every modest restraint. -Sextus Propertius

If we cannot by reason, by influence, by example, by strenuous effort, and by personal sacrifice, mend the bad places of civilization, we certainly cannot do it by force. -Auberon Herbert

The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations. -Omar Bongo

The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and influence their actions. A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry through life. -John Hannah

But I'm more interested in why people are frightened by Jaws and why Jaws was such a hit than saying Spielberg's my main influence. -Damien Hirst

Most of my influences are turn-of-the-century. -George Crumb

The advent of electronically synthesized sound after World War II has unquestionably had enormous influence on music in general. -George Crumb

One would have to have completely forgotten the history of science so as to not remember that the desire to know nature has had the most constant and the happiest influence on the development of mathematics. -Henri Poincare

I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it. -Henri Bergson

And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them. -Henri Bergson

Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children – if you are worried about your teen and drugs, talk to them. -John Walters

There is no influence like the influence of habit. -Gilbert Parker

Acting is the most personal of our crafts. The make-up of a human being – his physical, mental and emotional habits – influence his acting to a much greater extent than commonly recognized. -Lee Strasberg

To begin with myself, then, the utterances of men concerning me will differ widely, since in passing judgment almost every one is influenced not so much by truth as by preference, and good and evil report alike know no bounds. -Petrarch

Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan had tremendous influence on generations of American because, even if people disagreed with them, they admired them because they made very strong commitments to things they believed in. -Phil Crane

An artist's sphere of influence is the world. -Carl Maria von Weber

I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences. -Brad Dourif

The industry does have some influence on who gets other awards. With the Mercury Prize, they don't. Jon comes from the business, but his heart is still very much in the music. Currently, we have about 12 major names that have said they want to be a part of MUDDA. -Peter Gabriel

The Bee Gees were always heavily influenced by black music. As a songwriter, it's never been difficult to pick up on the changing styles of music out there, and soul has always been my favourite genre. -Robin Gibb

I haven't really met anyone else who has influenced me, but you never know, it could happen next year or next month. I just like to go with the spur of the moment. -Robin Gibb

The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words. -Sam Mendes

I love writers all across the board, but one who influenced me very directly at the beginning was Mary Renault. -Tanith Lee

The other writer who had a very important early influence on me when I was about 17 was C.S. Lewis. -Tanith Lee

I was on Oprah's show recently talking about the people who impacted me the most. One was a teacher and one was my soccer coach. I didn't even go into my family, who had the most influence. -Andrew Shue

The most profound, tangible influence in my life has been my wife, Monique. I don't know that I would even be alive were it not for her, and I certainly would not be the person that I am today. -Edgar Winter

My family… always had the value of the family table and these cultural influences of growing up. -Emeril Lagasse

I was a jazz major in high school, in an all-jazz band. No matter what I do, it features my musical influences. -Wyclef Jean

How can a coach have any influence over a player that's making over five times more than he is? -Hayden Fry

We influence singing but never really songwriting. -Charles King

I know at my church a lot of the times we sung from hymn books and as we got older we started to change with time. I can honestly say that I was never influenced to write for the church. -Charles King

Generally, I've got to say that all sounds, musics, noises since conception are bound to have influenced me. -Hugh Hopper

I'm really influenced by so many different things. -Alex Winter

The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers! -Dante Hall

I think clearly the United States, as well as other western nations, should stand by their commitments to human rights and democracy and should try to influence other countries to move in that direction. -Samuel P. Huntington

The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white. -Stuart Pearce

Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers, and a lot of American artists were my greatest influences. -Gordon Waller

My explanation remains the same: It was an attempt to make the point that anyone who opposed the war can achieve their objective by working within their sphere of influence, whether their political party or community of faith. -Jim Moran

The most powerful moral influence is example. -Huston Smith

If you met my dad, I think a lot of things would be put to rest. Because my pops is a pretty silly guy. But, Coldcut, they're based in the U.K. I'm a big fan of jazz music, so American music has had a big influence on what I listen to. -Eric San

There are a couple of teachers I have had without whose influence I would not be as happy with who I am. -Mackenzie Astin

It is tough to say what has influenced me the most because I know that Mozart makes me think better, but you cannot beat Dave Matthews for feeling good! -Mackenzie Astin

I read very widely, both non-fiction and fiction, so I don't think there's a single writer who influences me. -Peter Benchley

In exchange for power, influence, command and a place in history, a president gives up the bulk of his privacy. -Roger Mudd

I was the first person to come into New York with a Latin American point of view which was also very much influenced by political happenings in Latin America. -Ruben Blades

Elvis was a big influence to my music, but Loretta Lynn was, as well. -Tanya Tucker

The papers reveal that in several key abortion cases, justices were keenly interested in the perceived public reaction to their rulings – indicating that courts can be influenced by public sentiment. -Lee Greenwood

More and more people in my country recognise the dangers of having their governors appointed by Putin and having no influence in parliament because Parliament today is also following instructions from Kremlin and no longer represents its people. -Garry Kasparov

When I started out, I preferred to watch my films without music, as its presence tends to mask the underlying pace of the film. I felt I could feel the rhythm of the film better without music to influence me. -Paul Hirsch

I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's. Writers have to entertain themselves, or they can't entertain anyone else. -Laurell K. Hamilton

I think that my vampires in general were influenced by my being allowed to watch the Hammer vampire films. Vampire Circus, also shown as Circus of Fear, was one of those movies. -Laurell K. Hamilton

Well, obviously I wanted it to sound as original as possible. I suppose the influences that we had were probably from the actual power point of view we wanted to be like the Who. Vocally we wanted to be like the Beach Boys, whatever was good at the time. -Roy Wood

But in terms of satire and comedy, our biggest and earliest influence was Mad magazine. -Jerry Zucker

That U.N. Security Council resolution requires getting Syrian troops and intelligence officials out of Lebanon so that the Lebanese can have elections here this spring that are free and fair and free of outside influence. -Stephen Hadley

We hope and we've made clear that the forces need to come out. It needs to be full and complete withdrawal. Our position is it needs to be done as soon as possible so that the elections can be free, fair and free of outside influence. -Stephen Hadley

Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on the Steve Allen show. I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face. -Tim Conway

Instead, there were a variety of controls of which some could be influenced by bankers, some could be influenced by the government, and some could hardly be influenced by either. -Carroll Quigley

In addition to their power over government based on government financing and personal influence, bankers could steer governments in ways they wished them to go by other pressures. -Carroll Quigley

The failure of Christianity in the areas west from Sicily was even greater, and was increased by the spread of Arab outlooks and influence to that area, and especially to Spain. -Carroll Quigley

To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain. -Carroll Quigley

The intercourse between the Mediterranean and the North or between the Atlantic and Central Europe was never purely economic or political; it also meant the exchange of knowledge and ideas and the influence of social institutions and artistic and literary forms. -Christopher Dawson

I always thought it hadn't influenced me very much, but I heard from many people from England that many motives from German fairytales are to be found in my books. -Cornelia Funke

In fact, the history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man's inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home. -Ellsworth Huntington

It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing, because other people's comments will influence what happens. -Donna Tartt

Public influence is the real government of the world. -Josiah Warren

Be influenced by nothing but your clients' interests. Tell them the truth. -Arthur C. Nielsen

This familiarity with a respected physician and my appreciation of his work, or the tragedy I experienced with the long, tormented agony and death of my mother might have influenced me in wanting to study medicine. It was not the case. -Albert Claude

I'd begun reading Crumb shortly before that, and other underground stuff, so that was an influence to some degree. Of course the Marvel and DC comics, they had been my main interests in my teenage years. -Chester Brown

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by five hundred readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the five hundred, he reaches the five hundred thousand. -Henry Adams

Music has always been transnational; people pick up whatever interests them, and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed influences from all over the world. -Yo-Yo Ma

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand. -Brooks Adams

I don't really have a favorite bass player. I listen to a lot of bluegrass. But then again, I'm not a typical bluegrass bass player. I was really into the Grateful Dead, and I still am – I don't listen to them too much, but for me they are a big influence. -Mike Gordon

So, influenced by these advisors and this hope, I have at length allowed my friends to publish the work, as they had long besought me to do. -Nicolaus Copernicus

I don't have any influences, any heroes, it's just me. -GG Allin

Even the contemporary horror authors who have seriously influenced me are a disparate bunch. -Stephen R. George

I'm a Mommy's Girl – the strongest influence in my young life was my mom. -Susie Bright

We believe that the United States and the rest of the international community can play a useful role by exerting influence on Pakistan to put a permanent and visible end to cross-border terrorism against India. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Bud Powell's probably the biggest influence on my piano playing. -Matthew Shipp

Without the connotation good or bad, bin Laden's a great man in the sense that he's influenced the course of history. -Michael Scheuer

It is difficult to imagine how any behavior in the presence of another person can avoid being a communication of one's own view of the nature of one's relationship with that person and how it can fail to influence that person. -Paul Watzlawick

As the society has gotten larger and more complex, individuals have lost their ability to influence any of the institutions that affect their lives. -Robert Teeter

Another cause for the increase in alienation and cynicism is a feeling that too many policy decisions that affect individuals have been taken out of any system that has accountability or that they can influence. -Robert Teeter

People feel that decisions about their jobs, the way their children are educated, how their church functions, and products they buy are made by someone and some place so distant that they can't find anybody to talk to that has any influence over them. -Robert Teeter

You may be pulling from different influences because of different things that are going on in your life, different people that are around you and more experiences to pull from. -Zac Hanson

My family has always been there to support me along the way. My coach, John Nicks, is a great influence. -Sasha Cohen

There are so many moments and works that influence us in what we do. Movies, music, TV and, most importantly, the profound everydayness of our lives. -Barbara Kruger

The fact that so many of your people are today residents and citizens of the United States, lending their influence to our civic and economic life, which has meant so much to our development. -Frank B. Kellogg

I was very influenced by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, both of whom I had the pleasure of playing with and becoming friends with. -Mick Taylor

I'm constantly being influenced by the soul that's directly in front of me. -Dick Dale

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers. -Robert Wyatt

In my opinion, Lenny Bruce was more of an influence on Zappa's satirical lyric's than anyone that I know of. -Jimmy Carl Black

Each member of the band has varied influences, and the same diversity is reflected in our fanbase. -Daisy Berkowitz

Latin music has many international influences – pop, rock, country, Brazilian sounds, and alternative styles. -Ednita Nazario

When we first began and I was 14, my influences were the stuff that was in my parent's record collection like Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. -Daniel Johns

Chick Corea was a great influence on me, musically, as I was growing up. -Debra Wilson

It's definitely an influence, I mean how can you not say you are influenced to play rock. -Mike Lowry

Meanwhile the Church more and more provided for the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, by practically chaining His influence to the hierarchy and the sacraments. -Robert Rainy

As such people achieve influence within the organization, whenever there is a conflict between their own interest and the interest of the organization, their interests will win out. -Robert Shea

I felt that I had been influenced by being in the city enough and I wanted to go off by myself to see what was going on. I remember going out there and looking in the mirror and thinking I wasn't anything. -Roscoe Mitchell

I love Tina Turner. I'm one of Tina Turner's biggest fans. Tina Turner was a big influence on me to become a singer. A role model and in a way she gave me back my confidence in choosing my material. -Bonnie Tyler

There are just hundreds of people that have inspired and influenced me in a number of different ways. First of all, you can't forget your parents and all they've done to help you to get here. -Michael P. Anderson

I would like the Medical Society to be one of the resources for information about the influences that have an impact on our patients and our practices. -Samuel Wilson

I found college useful for a lot of other reasons. It exposed me to a great many influences I wouldn't otherwise have encountered, and gave me a lot of time with some very intelligent people whose thoughts are still with me. -Walter Jon Williams

Everything that you read is an influence on everything you write, and you want to draw as many elements into your work as you can. -Walter Jon Williams

The big battle at the end of DW isn't drawn from history, but it's influenced by history, certainly. -Walter Jon Williams

The orbs create feedback loops that can influence either personal of employee behavior. -David Rose

We weren't afraid to mix some crazy styles into the standard rockabilly look. We also took a lot of different musical influences that were part of that era. -Brian Setzer

News is important information that may influence your investments. Noise is talk or buzz or some headline that prevents you from seeing a story clearly. News is useful. Noise is a distraction. Calling what's noise and news after the fact is easy. -Maria Bartiromo

The institutional investor remains the bigger influence on individual trades simply because the institutional investor has more money to support the order and that will have more of an impact on the stock. -Maria Bartiromo

My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors. -Tracey Ullman

Curiosity is natural to the soul of man and interesting objects have a powerful influence on our affections. -Daniel Boone

The restriction of studies of human intellect and character to studies of conscious states was not without influence on a scientific studies of animal psychology. -Edward Thorndike

It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause, that the authority and influence of proslavery, especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed. -Gerrit Smith

I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense, of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done. -Gordon Parks

The Grateful Dead were an influence on our music but they weren't by a long shot the biggest influence. -Jon Fishman

On the other hand, at some level the mass of unresolved issues in Northern Ireland does influence the fact that there are so many good writers in the place. -Paul Muldoon

In France, for instance, one magazine writer was convinced that On The Road had been a huge influence on Lost Souls and was crushed to learn that I hadn't read the one until after I'd written the other. -Poppy Z. Brite

That's what I so admired about Johnny Cash and June Carter. Their music wasn't a big influence on me. It was their character, their individual styles, what they were like as people. They weren't afraid to stick out. -Shelby Lynne

And my generation in Brazil was influenced by Cinema Novo. So we're echoing what's been done way in the past. -Walter Salles

I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past. -Alan Jackson

It's not just for its influence on us, but to know that we can play a part in it, to understand the influence that we have outside our own existence. -Siobhan Davies

In fact, even the current administration now is releasing recent reports indicating that climate change is real, that global warming is occurring, that it is heavily influenced by man-made objects and that it is something we cannot ignore any longer. -Ron Kind

No, I feel like my personality probably influenced the character, more than the character influenced me. -Sara Gilbert

Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully. -Gyorgy Ligeti

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents try to instill in their sons and daughters. -John Ratzenberger

I loved nearly all my teachers; but it was not till I went home to live at Oxford, in 1867, that I awoke intellectually to a hundred interests and influences that begin much earlier nowadays to affect any clever child. -Mary Augusta Ward

We believed that growth through Local Government, and perhaps through some special machinery for bringing the wishes and influence of women of all classes to bear on Parliament, other than the Parliamentary vote, was the real line of progress. -Mary Augusta Ward

I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive. -Judy Collins

I have been trying to point out that in our lives chance may have an astonishing influence and, if I may offer advice to the young laboratory worker, it would be this – never to neglect an extraordinary appearance or happening. -Alexander Fleming

I have the feeling it will influence my future writing to the extent that without any material worries I could develop a greater ease, even lightheartedness, in my writing. -Elfriede Jelinek

These are the influences that everybody has. Some individuals might stand out because of one thing or another, but whether one's perception as a child of what was important or not is accurate, I don't know. -John Hume

It's like this – these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that's where this generation's groups came from – an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that. -Alice Cooper

The big turning point, really, was the Beatles' influence on American folk music, and then Roger took it to the next step, and then along came the Lovin' Spoonful and everybody else. -Barry McGuire

One of the things that's influenced me musically was my experience at Brown University. I was surrounded by musicians that I really admired, and felt challenged to come up with music, lyrics, and recordings that stood up to the expectations of those musicians and myself. -Lisa Loeb

The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life. I didn't always see it. It was up to our parents to see that we had our education in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion. -Katherine Dunham

I mean I think that Blondie's influence is a little bit in a way more eclectic than those bands. -Debbie Harry

There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

You can't stop what comes into a country, you can be influenced, but you can't stop it, you shouldn't, because it makes all the others interesting, we all get muddled up together, and produce something that belongs to everyone. -Ninette de Valois

There would never have been a British Ballet without Diaghilev. He had a wonderful influence. -Ninette de Valois

The forbidden things were a great influence on my life. I was forbidden from reading A Catcher in the Rye. -Amy Tan

And you know, almost in a perverse way, I wish it had been undue influence because we know how to correct that. We get rid of the people who, in fact, were exercising that. -David Kay

My whole life experience feeds into my writing. I think that must be true for every writer. Clearly the Army and combat were major influences; just the same, you need to understand that many of the writers we have now couldn't load a revolver. -Gene Wolfe

There was a widespread indignation in the American media. They were saying, 'How can you make a movie during an election that's about politics? What are you doing? Are you trying to influence people's lives?' To which my response was, 'Well, I hope so.' -John Sayles

He knows I rip him off every day. He's the godfather for me. Nobody can say they aren't influenced by what Stevie Wonder has done. -Brian McKnight

Nat King Cole was a really big influence. -Bryan White

I think it's silly for anyone to think you could write under the influence, but if they'd like to think that, I'd like to keep the legend alive. Maybe I was under the influence when I wrote Jesus' Son and I just didn't know it. -Denis Johnson

I buy records from all across the board. I get kind of a hybrid of influences in my own music. -Jason Mraz

Certainly my parents were a huge influence. They always expected the most out of all of us. And expected us to do our very best. I'm thankful to them for allowing me to do what I wanted to do. -Laurel Clark

Situational variables can exert powerful influences over human behavior, more so that we recognize or acknowledge. -Philip Zimbardo

Time perspective is one of the most powerful influences on all of human behavior. We're trying to show how people become biased to being exclusively past-, present- or future-oriented. -Philip Zimbardo

Kennedy lied and lied about his health while he was alive, even using his father's influence to get into the Navy without ever taking a medical examination. -Richard Reeves

Irish is the prominent nationality in the family, but beyond that, I really don't know. I see a lot of artistic or creative influence coming through on my mother's side. -William T. Wiley

To the extent that the United States has, I don't like the word hegemony, the United States has influence around the world, I don't think that's based on to any significant degree on the fact that countries use the dollar as their major reserve. -Robert C. Solomon

The arrival of a good clown exercises a more beneficial influence upon the health of a town than of twenty asses laden with drugs. -Thomas Sydenham

Obviously, all of us have been influenced by those around us. -Tom G. Palmer

Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television doesn't influence our culture, but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything that relies on television. -Val Kilmer

Matthew being a constant attendant on our Lord, his history is an account of what he saw and heard; and, being influenced by the Holy Spirit, his history is entitled to the utmost degree of credibility. -Adam Clarke

I'm a big fan of '70s records where artists could draw on whatever influences they wanted. -Deana Carter

The most important influence in my childhood was my father. -DeForest Kelley

Obviously, the person who had most influence on my career was Ken Thompson. -Dennis Ritchie

No, generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism. -Gilbert Gottfried

I went through a big Alice Cooper phase, which was probably a major influence on my writing style later, especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters. -Jello Biafra

I've never felt influenced by Ernest Hemingway though I suppose there is something inevitable there. -Jim Harrison

Mystery Science Theater is really a postmodern show, it's really derived of many influences. -Joel Hodgson

I feel I have a lot to learn from English football and I am completely open to good influences in my way of thinking football. But I also have things to give them. -Jose Mourinho

The interests of the United States are better served by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place than by removing our influence from the UN. -Jesse Helms

I feel more influenced in my own work by dreams than I do by other writers' works in a way. Or by popular culture, movies – what else is there to write about than love and loss? -Alice Hoffman

Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost. -Anne Stevenson

My father influenced by his very life, his very example and the environment that I was brought up in. But, he did not encourage or discourage any of us. He let us make up our own minds. -Juliet Mills

It wasn't so much that I had to leave to make it in the music business as I was curious to be out on my own and sort of explore. I never felt that where I was ever influenced my songwriting. -Matthew Sweet

The openness of rural Nebraska certainly influenced me. That openness, in a way, fosters the imagination. But growing up, Lincoln wasn't a small town. It was a college town. It had record stores and was a liberal place. -Matthew Sweet

Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society. -Jack Kingston

Today, Academies of Science use their influence around the world in support of human rights. -John Polanyi

The myth that the founding of American Republic was based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained, because the history of Leibniz's influence was suppressed. -Robert Trout

Until MTV, television had not been a huge influence on music. To compete with MTV, the country music moguls felt they had to appeal to the same young audience and do it the way MTV did. -Charley Pride

Janis Joplin is definitely one of my biggest influences. She taught me how to feel music, and I don't think there's anyone like her that could bring such pain and emotion to a song. -LeAnn Rimes

My major influence was my ten years older sister. -Willa Ford

I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects. -Duncan Sheik

It's inevitable your environment will influence what you do. -Duncan Sheik

When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion. -Walter Kaufmann

If you examine this, I think that you will find that it's the mechanics of Japanese architecture that have been thought of as the direct influence upon our architecture. -Minoru Yamasaki

During the Fifties, political and military activities in Vietnam were heavily influenced by the French, who as recent colonial masters, made all-important decisions. -Nguyen Cao Ky

As a coach you can influence the diet of your players. You can point out what is wrong. -Arsene Wenger

I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence. -Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

I should think just about every young writer – which I was at the time – would be influenced by HPL. As an American writer of weird fiction, he was at the top of the class. -Brian Lumley

The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted to strengthen their power, and the resistance to that effort caused an immense growth of Parliamentary influence. -Albert Bushnell Hart

We love the ability of the people to influence the actions of decision-makers, of lawmakers and presidents to be removed from or elevated to office by the will of voters, and of the community to connect amongst diverse populations through the ballot box. -Charles B. Rangel

Billions of people have seen and been influenced by movies in the short history of this industry. -Conrad Hall

Money motivates neither the best people, nor the best in people. It can move the body and influence the mind, but it cannot touch the heart or move the spirit; that is reserved for belief, principle, and morality. -Dee Hock

The plain man is familiar with blindness and deafness, and knows from his everyday experience that the look of things is influenced by his senses; but it never occurs to him to regard the whole world as the creation of his senses. -Ernst Mach

I can't tell you any more than any other writer can tell you why they write, and I don't know what my influences are. -Jean M. Auel

The commercial broadcasters have tremendous influence in Washington, D.C., for a couple of reasons. First, they're extremely rich and they have lots of money and they have had for a long time, so they can give money to politicians, which gets their attention. -Robert McChesney

I wanted the influence. In the end I wasn't very good at being a president. I looked out of the window and thought that the man cutting the lawn actually seemed to have more control over what he was doing. -Warren Bennis

A short exposure to the convention convinced me that the Internet may save the Democracy in that it is a way for the people, for the citizens, to have some direct influence on the government. -John Jay Hooker

But in simple substances the influence of one monad over another is ideal only. -Gottfried Leibniz

For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another. -Gottfried Leibniz

It follows from what we have just said, that the natural changes of monads come from an internal principle, since an external cause would be unable to influence their inner being. -Gottfried Leibniz

However, it does seem now that the international community, more importantly the powers that have influence, and, even more importantly, Afghanistan's neighbors realize that it is high time that they work together, and not against one another. -Lakhdar Brahimi

This also is a part of the teaching of the Church, that there are certain angels of God, and certain good influences, which are His servants in accomplishing the salvation of men. -Origen

While there are many influences on gas prices in America, I believe the passage of a national energy bill will help relieve this burden on our country. -Paul Gillmor

According to the scientific naturalist version of cosmic history, nature is a permanently closed system of material effects that can never be influenced by something from outside – like God, for example. -Phillip E. Johnson

I am fairly certain that my abortion position hurt me, because in a Democratic primary, where turnout is relatively low, liberal voters turn out in disproportionately large numbers and thus exercise a disproportionate influence on the outcome. -Robert Casey

I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence. -Julius Erving

I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life. -Julius Erving

I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting. -Lasse Hallstrom

I was very strongly influenced by women's magazines and I really believed tha a woman could not be married and raise a family and have a successful career all at the same time. -Helen Reddy

My fiction has been influenced by the visual arts, though not in obvious ways, it seems to me. I don't offer tremendous amounts of visual information in my work. -Jonathan Lethem

One always hopes that you're going to have influence and staying power, but you never know. -Chris Frantz

I don't know how much influence we really had, because we never put our pictures on the albums or anything and we never really promoted the Talking Heads connection, because we wanted to keep it separate from Talking Heads. -Chris Frantz

The radio was my big influence. Comedy came from the instinctual feel I had for language. -Dominic Chianese

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever. -Andy Partridge

I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear. -Benjamin F. Wade

I think the main influence has been living in New York City. Aside from all the crap around 9/11, I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution. -George Murray

If we can get kids talking about conservation and doing it, they can have a great influence on their parents by lecturing them and pointing the finger. -Kevin Richardson

If I may take the liberty to speak for science at least, today his name and his prizes are without a peer in the world. He not only elevates science but he influences it as well. -Melvin Calvin

I met my wife Anne who was a sociology student, and her influence together with activities associated with the student movement of the time opened up my interests amongst other things into the theatre, art, music, politics and philosophy. -Paul Nurse

My two biggest influences are Archie comics and Dennis the Menace. -Gilbert Hernandez

The things that concern us during the day are going to influence what we experience during the night. -Henry Reed

Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance. It is just the kind of authority that would attract the special attention of someone obsessed with himself and his own ability to influence events. -Barbara Olson

Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence. -Henry Cabot Lodge

Outside of advertising, the person who's influenced me most is quite possibly Frank Gehry. -Jay Chiat

The essential attribute of a new sense is, not the perception of external objects or influences which ordinarily do not act upon the senses, but that external causes should excite in it a new and peculiar kind of sensation different from all the sensations of our five senses. -Johannes P. Muller

It is exceedingly improbable that the identical action of the corresponding parts of the two retina is the result of a certain habituation, or of the influence of the mind. -Johannes P. Muller

I'm a spiritual person, I'm an America, I'm a Jew, and all of those things influence every breath I take, everywhere I go. -Mandy Patinkin

Everything I experience influences everything I do. -Mandy Patinkin

Aggression is the most common behavior used by many organizations, a nearly invisible medium that influences all decisions and actions. -Margaret J. Wheatley

The United States form a young republic, a confederacy which ought ever to be cemented by a union of interests and affection, under the influence of those principles which obtained their independence. -Mercy Otis Warren

The honorable William Penn, late governor of Pennsylvania, was chosen agent to the Court of Britain, and directed to deliver the petition to the King himself and to endeavor by his personal influence to procure a favorable reception to this last address. -Mercy Otis Warren

We know that communication must be hampered, and its form largely determined, by the unconscious but inevitable influence of a transmitting mechanism, whether that be of a merely mechanical or of a physiological character. -Oliver Joseph Lodge

House was the first film where I had no influence on the script. I had to buy the script with the game rights. -Uwe Boll

I think some people would love to be able to make the clothes I make – and of course, I do influence them, but they keep simplifying, and minimalism doesn't quite work. -Vivienne Westwood

Children have in the past and continue to influence policy makers. -Carol Bellamy

I'm a businesswoman. I am a music lover. I like for people to like my music. When you listen to top 40 radio, you hear pop stuff. You hear rock stuff. You hear all these different influences. -Lee Ann Womack

During this period, I became interested in how the new techniques of cloning and sequencing DNA could influence the study of genetics and I was an early and active proponent of the Human Genome Sequencing Project. -Sydney Brenner

Venom was a band that strongly influenced the image and the idea behind Slayer. -Tom Araya

Mantovani was a great influence on me. -Brian May

My parents always saw me as an artist, and that greatly influenced me. -Meredith Brooks

It is not at all clear how much the media influences public opinion and how much public opinion influences the media. -Bruce Jackson

I think my uncle was probably the biggest influence in my life. We grew up in the same house, and he was just a really great, hard-working, honest, ethical person. -Catherine Bell

I had furthermore spoken on the assumption that Russia would mobilize, whereas the assumption of the German Government had hitherto been, officially, that Serbia would receive no support; and what I had said must influence the German Government to take the matter seriously. -Edward Grey

If the union between England and America is a powerful factor in the cause of peace, a new Triple Alliance between the Teutonic race and the two branches of the Anglo-Saxon race will be a still more potent influence in the future of the world. -Edward Grey

On a scale of the United States, the Hollywood influence on what comes out, that's not the majority views of across the country. What we read in Us Weekly or People magazine, or Entertainment Tonight, it's not what the majority of the country is thinking. -Kid Rock

Ted Turner is still a leader. And he sets a great example. His ability financially has been reduced, but his influence and his example still is an important asset to the whole environmental movement. -Maurice Strong

Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements. -Paracelsus

But why should I run for office and lose what little influence I have? -Ron Silver

Since the age of 12, all my musical thinking has been influenced by Afro-American music. -Alexis Korner

My mother was the total influence. My father was what we call a nomadic person; he was a wanderer. -Danny Aiello

The influence of Paris, for instance, is now minimal. Yet a lot is written about Paris fashion. -Geoffrey Beene

I must admit to being greatly influenced by Joseph Campbell's The Hero With a Thousand Faces. -Norman Spinrad

I was much influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre. -Thom Gunn

My earliest influences were things I heard in my household. -Boz Scaggs

But, I would be naive not to recognize the number of musicians who tell me they have been influenced by me and sight me – as well as Alex and Neil – as a musician who has been a positive influence on their playing. -Geddy Lee

The Gospel having spread itself into Persia, the pagan priests, who worshipped the sun, were greatly alarmed, and dreaded the loss of that influence they had hitherto maintained over the people's minds and properties. -John Foxe

Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries and therefore influences. -Josef Albers

I understand that postmodern literature probably means people like DeLillo, The Fiction Collective, but I don't get it that those writers are really influenced by postmodern theorists. -Kathy Acker

My being a teacher had a decisive influence on making language and systems as simple as possible so that in my teaching, I could concentrate on the essential issues of programming rather than on details of language and notation. -Niklaus Wirth

I was influenced by European movies, old Fellini, old Kurosawa – any sort of foreign film. -Ted Demme

Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns. -Thomas Bulfinch

Malcolm X made me very strong at a time I needed to understand what I was angry about. He had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me. -Lena Horne

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority. -Ken Blanchard

As a songwriter, I was influenced by David Bowie – a great writer. A class above everybody in so many ways. Lennon and McCartney, of course. Class stuff. David Cousins was my favorite lyricist. -Rick Wakeman

It is no exaggeration to say that the English Bible is, next to Shakespeare, the greatest work in English literature, and that it will have much more influence than even Shakespeare upon the written and spoken language of the English race. -Lafcadio Hearn

Anybody is influenced by where and how he lives. -Imogen Cunningham

The Jews must realize that their influence in Germany has disappeared for all time. -Hjalmar Schacht

I think that one of the things that influences me most as a composer is to what extent I can deconstruct and reconstruct the material that I'm working with. -Fred Frith

And if this House is to be scared, by whatever influences, from its duty, to receive and hear the petitions of the People, then I shall send my voice beyond the walls of this Capitol for redress. -Caleb Cushing

That the state of knowledge in any country will exert a directive influence on the general system of instruction adopted in it, is a principle too obvious to require investigation. -Charles Babbage

The only real influence I've ever had was myself. -Edward Hopper

As Erykah Badu, it has nothing to do with me, the way I look, my hair wrap, my style, it's about you and what you feel for my music. If I can make you feel like the way that people who influenced me made me feel, that's completion. -Erykah Badu

Man cannot influence in this respect the atomic forces of Nature. -Frederick Soddy

So as far as Serbia is concerned, it does not have the right to influence the privatization or to claim any property, because Kosovo is a former member of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. -Ibrahim Rugova

Christians who have influence in political life must feel as individuals responsibility in front of their own faith. And the duty of encouraging laws that are not in contradiction with the Commandments comes within the mission of the Church. -Karl Lehmann

True as this is, it is also true that for one who won through there were many who gained nothing, and it was, and is, the sheer weight of numbers of those who failed of this that has made their influence on the modern life as pervasive and controlling as it is. -Ralph Adams Cram

The influences in my life were all kind of politically, socially implanted. And then there was Watergate. -Tobe Hooper

Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood. She wanted to save me from the vice, lust, and drinking that was all about me. -Ethel Waters

I was influenced by every comedian I ever saw work. That's the only way you learn how to do it. -Bob Newhart

And, well of course, Count Basie, and I think all of the black bands of the late thirties and early forties, bands with real players. They had an influence on everybody, not just drummers. -Buddy Rich

Every drummer that had a name, had a name because of his individual playing. He didn't sound like anybody else, So everybody that I ever listened to, in some form, influenced my taste. -Buddy Rich

I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way. -Buddy Rich

As a confirmed individualist I certainly do not wish to underrate the influence of the individual, for the masses do not lead the individual; rather, in the individual is vested the capacity to lead the masses. -Gustav Stresemann

OUR history begins before we are born. We represent the hereditary influences of our race, and our ancestors virtually live in us. -James Nasmyth

Well, I wouldn't say that this experience had any influence on my decision to do this film about Andy, because Andy was apolitical. Andy was never political. -Milos Forman

I don't think that I'm over his influence but they probably don't look like Picassos; Picasso himself would probably have thrown up looking at my pictures. -Roy Lichtenstein

Picasso's always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence. -Roy Lichtenstein

I have opposed the Communist cold war line ever since, both by public utterance and by private help to trade unionists breaking free from the Communist influence. -Earl Browder

I knew I could not maintain that leadership in open struggle against Moscow influence. Only two Communist leaders in history ever succeeded in doing this – Tito and Mao Tse-tung. -Earl Browder

I'm quite influenced in this by one of my heroes, Montaigne, who thought a man's real task was to render as honest an account of himself as he could. -Robert Sheckley

If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to subvert the Constitution, how can we as wise and prudent statesmen, enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence, and thus increase already impending dangers? -William H. Seward

The paintings by Van Gough and Chagall had a big influence on me. -John Dyer

I don't think I'm really so unique. If every black person looked at their life they would quickly discover that they have been influenced by every type of music prevalent in America. -Roy Ayers

What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression. -Roy Ayers

The songs are not necessarily autobiographical. A lot of songs are a combination of influences. It might be some part of my life, or something I've felt, or something somebody's told me. It all comes together. -Tracy Chapman

In the latter half of the last century the impact of the expanding influence of Western culture and economic system brought about in China a severe conflict. -Chen-Ning Yang

I hope we can keep doing it this way – making music and art that are pure products of our influences while not really having to let the whole celebrity side of it get in the way. Then maybe more virtual bands will come out and do the same thing. -Damon Albarn

First of all, many human diseases are influenced by, if not caused by mutations in genes. -Daniel Nathans

The biggest influence? I've had several at different times – but the biggest for me was Bob Dylan, who was a guy that came along when I was twelve or thirteen and just changed all the rules about what it meant to write songs. -Jackson Browne

The Mole had long wanted to make the I acquaintance of the Badger. He seemed, by all accounts, to be such an important personage and, though rarely visible, to make his unseen influence felt by everybody about the place. -Kenneth Grahame

The crowd may be influenced easily, largely because it is a crowd. -Ivor Novello

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence. -Alison Bechdel

I don't like to think about being an influence. It's embarrassing. -Bruce Nauman

Whatever I'm reading at the moment seems to influence whatever I'm writing. -John Sladek

People always ask about my influences, and they cite a bunch of people I've never heard of. -Norton Juster

Who knows what would have become of me, if my parents had not had their influence on me. -Otto Schily

My personal influence in the Revolutionary Governing Council is such that the dictatorship of the proletariat is firmly established, since the masses are backing me. -Bela Kun

The future will be determined in part by happenings that it is impossible to foresee; it will also be influenced by trends that are now existent and observable. -Emily Greene Balch

We speculate as to what is in store for us. But we not only undergo events, we in part cause them or at least influence their course. We have not only to study them but to act. -Emily Greene Balch

As a great man's influence never ends, so also there is not definite finality, no end, to a great survey; it runs along for centuries, ever responsive to the strain of the increasing needs of a growing population and an enlarging domain. -Cleveland Abbe

There is an atmosphere about the picture theatre that speaks of entertainment and relaxation. The charming surroundings, good music, and the fact that each visitor is determined to enjoy a few hours of holiday all exert an influence on the mind. -Ivor Novello

Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them. -Terence Stamp

After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world. -Billy Sunday

There were speeches made in Congress in the very last session before the outbreak of the Rebellion, so ferocious as to show that their authors were under the influence of a real frenzy. -Edward Everett

By a great man, however, we mean a man who, because of his spiritual gifts, his character, and other qualities, deserves to be called great and who as a result earns the power to influence others. -Fredrik Bajer

But you'd have a job to find many of my poems which would seem to be very influenced by a particular person. -Norman MacCaig

The only compensation, gained through the influence of nongovernmental organizations, consisted in slightly broadening for private individuals the possibility of access and appeal to the agencies enforcing the Covenant concerned with civil and political rights. -Rene Cassin

I've probably had my day in the sun. I think I've influenced a lot of comic book writers. -Harvey Pekar

It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing. -Harvey Pekar

People writing about me have said that I've influenced a lot of people, and there are some artists who have credited me with influencing them. -Harvey Pekar

The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels. -Rupert Sheldrake

So in Asia I want to make – I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries. -Kim Dae Jung

There were a whole lot, I bought every blues record I could find, it wasn't just one or two people. My vocal influences were Ray Charles and Bobby Blue Bland. -Johnny Winter

T-Bone Walker was a big influence on just about every guitar player around. -Johnny Winter

I put together the influences of my life in as clear a way as I possibly can, in the same way that Beethoven or Schoenberg or Bach put their influences together. -John Zorn

Geez, I wish I could tell you I had a whole bunch of '80s hair bands, you know something you really wouldn't expect, but I don't know that the music police would be that surprised, because most of the stuff that I am influenced by is in evidence in the music. -John Sebastian

But in the life of every man there are influences of a far more real and penetrating character than those which come through the medium of schools or teachers. -Frederic William Farrar

Every artistic expression is either influenced by or adds something to politics. -Dario Fo

When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility. -Claire Danes

I think that's given inspiration to other musicians. I know, particularly through the 90s, a lot of bands would cite Rush as an influence. I don't think it was so much our music, but more the way we really stuck to our guns. -Alex Lifeson

In jazz, there is a lot of European influence harmonically. -Dexter Gordon

Billy Wilder is really is a heavy influence on Bound. We felt that film noir was a genre where you could create a really contained story. We wanted to be on a set as much as we could to get the kind of style level we were looking for. -Lana Wachowski

That's it really, at the moment I wouldn't say I was influenced by any one thing in particular. -Peter Hook

Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability. -Polly Toynbee

As we've seen, our constitutional system requires limits on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture. -Lawrence Lessig

The staff at the Institute will present an analysis on how asset price fluctuations and subsequent structural adjustments influence sustained economic growth, based on Japan's experience since the second half of the 1980s. -Toshihiko Fukui

Oasis are not just influenced by the Beatles; they actually take stuff. Then they get praised. -Lenny Kravitz

Children are easily influenced, and I always want to do things I can be proud to show my kids someday. -Faith Hill

I was not influenced by composers as much as by natural objects and physical phenomena. -Edgard Varese

But Italy can only have any real influence on world affairs if it carries weight in Europe. -Romano Prodi

A lot of people give in to those pressures and let others influence the process on their second albums because they want to achieve the success they had with their first again, but they don't know how to do it. -Vanessa Carlton

I think Henry Miller has had huge influence not because he wrote about sex, but because the memoir or the nonfiction novel has become such a monumental force in American publishing, if not in literature. -Leslie Fiedler

Things get so sloppy when you're under the influence. -Tatum O'Neal

Today, children are watching more and more television, and are bombarded over and over with images and content that have the potential to dramatically influence their behavior. -Tim Murphy

We were a Western civilisation, an English speaking civilisation, both NZ and Australia, and we had all these influences coming from both Great Britain and America to us; sending us their culture in the shape and form of movies and television. -Richard O'Brien

Whenever it's suggested that our sponsors have some kind of influence or control of what we cover in some kind of censorship through financial pressure, it's rubbish. That's never happened. -Morley Safer

But as we shall see, Roosevelt, through a combination of events and influences, fell deeper and deeper into the toils of various revolutionary operators, not because he was interested in revolution but because he was interested in votes. -John T. Flynn

In every religion there is an element of the supernatural, varying with the influence of pure reason over its devotees. -Charles Eastman

I'm definitely more influenced by European writers than I am by American writers, there's no doubt about that. -Anne Rice

The importance and influence of books on me has been cumulative: the result of hearing and reading lots of stories about interesting people and places. -Louise Brown

Their films would probably be better if they'd seen a few more films, which runs counter to this idiotic theory that you run the risk of being influenced if you see too much. -Jacques Rivette

Cocteau is someone who has made such a profound impression on me that there's no doubt he's influenced every one of my films. -Jacques Rivette

I spent two years in the Army. And my older brother, who was also a great positive influence on me, encouraged me to think about law school, and I said – well, I didn't have any money. -George J. Mitchell

One of the great bands we opened up for was Priest back in '89. That was really great because at that time we had never met them, never toured with them before. They were a big influence on Slayer, so to open up for them was really cool. -Dave Lombardo

Obviously we're a consumer nation and you have the power to influence these big corporations who are running the world right now through what you chose to, or not to, purchase. -Daryl Hannah

I just want to be told a story, and I want to believe I'm living that story, and I don't give a thought to influences or method or any other writerly concerns. -Anne Tyler

So the Negro race has continued, and today is the day of the Negro as far as the world is concerned. They have influenced the generations of time; they have mixed their blood with many peoples, until there are many peoples not able to hold the priesthood. -Warren Jeffs

I never consciously do any work directly influenced from any movie, unless I'm doing a parody. -Ted Rall

My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence. -Taylor Dayne

Did people think I sounded black? Totally, but that was a marketing tool as well, but also this is how I grew up and these are my influences. -Taylor Dayne

What is true of Mr. Mill's influence on the women's-suffrage question is true also of the other political movements in which he took an active interest. -Millicent Fawcett

If, however, the success of a politician is to be measured by the degree in which he is able personally to influence the course of politics, and attach to himself a school of political thought, then Mr. Mill, in the best meaning of the words, has succeeded. -Millicent Fawcett

How far the existence of the Academy has influenced French literature, either for good or for evil, is an extremely dubious question. -Lytton Strachey

Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original. -Lukas Foss

The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky. -Lukas Foss

I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own. -Lukas Foss

It's pretty hard to measure influence of written or visual material. -Ben Shahn

I've been asked a great deal about the influence I've had with my work and it's impossible to say, you know. -Ben Shahn

I did not support any more New York. I lived 10 years there, and after September 11, I felt very European. I did not share the opinion of people in the street, who were deeply influenced by what they heard in the media. -Yannick Noah

I really learned the power of the tube on Sesame Street and how it can influence a very young mind. -Ruth Buzzi

The good news is that parents are the leading influence on kids' decision not to drink alcohol. -Xavier Becerra

It's the clothes that influence the music I'm going to play. -Graham Coxon

I often think you bring unhappiness on yourself, because if you don't like yourself very much, you allow yourself to be influenced by people who reinforce that. -Lynn Johnston

The orchestration of press, radio and television to create a continuous, lasting and total environment renders the influence of propaganda virtually unnoticed precisely because it creates a constant environment. -Jacques Ellul

For when we talk about the spreading power and influence of globalization, aren't we really referring to the spreading economic and military might of the US? -Fredric Jameson

I listened to my record and hear lots of influences. And it's very rich… it's got a wide spectrum. -Chantal Kreviazuk

I've always been the first to admit that Jimi was a very big influence on my early stuff. -Robin Trower

I can't say I feel influenced by today's guitar players. -Robin Trower

Every performer who ever performed in rock and roll or even close to it is lying if they tell you that they weren't influenced in some way or another by Elvis Presley. He turned the world around. -Mac Davis

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's childhood and on her family influences. It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France! -Antonia Fraser

I suppose, counting back, if the Beatles had been influenced by music in the same length of time ago – you'd have to put that into better English for me, thank you – they would have been like a banjo orchestra. They would have been doing show tunes. -Jonny Greenwood

Robert Crumb is an influence on how I draw, but not on the subject matter I take or my approach. One thing I do like about Crumb is that he's chronicled his age, his times, and I think that is what artists should do. -Joe Sacco

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley, who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me, but I couldn't tell you what it was. -Jack Vance

But, for instance, when I was awfully young, I read all the Oz books. They were an enormous influence on me. -Jack Vance

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets… I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice. Now I read them all. -Jack Prelutsky

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas, Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe. -Jack Prelutsky

I'm mostly influenced by life, what's around me, and my own childhood. -Jack Prelutsky

There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind. -J. M. Coetzee

The writers who have the deepest influence on one are those one reads in ones more impressionable, early life, and often it is the more youthful works of those writers that leave the deepest imprint. -J. M. Coetzee

I was always influenced by language. -Helen Dunmore

I could start with Mandelstam, who was a huge influence on my early writing. -Helen Dunmore

The Chicago Economics Department was in intellectual ferment, although the central issues of the 1930's were very different from those in later times. I had never before encountered minds of that quality at close quarters and they influenced me strongly. -George Stigler

My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom. -Franz Boas

Furthermore, the study of the present surroundings is insufficient: the history of the people, the influence of the regions through which it has passed on its migrations, and the people with whom it came into contact, must be considered. -Franz Boas

The films that have influenced me and the films that have motivated me and inspired me were films that resonated, films that made me think after I saw them. -Eriq La Salle

Also, people are not often aware of the way the United States' policies influence what happens in places like Haiti or El Salvador or Nicaragua. Or in Columbia right now. -Edwidge Danticat

I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of. -Dashiell Hammett

I wanted to pay tribute to my musical influences: Buffalo Springfield, Lightfoot, the Beatles, the Hollies. -Dan Fogelberg

New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere. -Constance Baker Motley

Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise. -Stanislav Grof

Sergio Leone was a big influence on me because of the spaghetti westerns. -Quentin Tarantino

I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life. -Manuel Puig

I'm a child of the 70's; influenced mostly by albums that had a wide variety of style. -Kip Winger

I was just going more for what I've always been influenced by, European music. -Kip Winger

Influence, people think about it as someone you like but influence is also what you're revolted by. In fact, often it's what you're running away from. -Marc Ribot

The other great development has been in photography, but that too was influenced by Conceptual art. -Sol LeWitt

There is incredible power in the arts to inspire and influence. -Julie Taymor

I think we'll always have newspapers, but they'll lose influence. -Will McDonough

The Egyptian tomb was the outcome of the Mesopotamian influence and followed from the religious crisis the country had undergone. -Stephen Gardiner

When you look at our world, the truth is that we're all under the influence of politics. -Roland Joffe

I definitely get affected by new stuff. There's a lot of older influences, but there's also newer stuff too. -Nuno Bettencourt

Even with Extreme, I don't think you have a choice but to sort of have somewhat of an influence of the times. -Nuno Bettencourt

The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names. -Harrison Birtwistle

The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila. -Harrison Birtwistle

I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door. -Harrison Birtwistle

When you see all of these bands citing you as influences, it makes you feel relevant. -Geezer Butler

What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That's what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence. -Geezer Butler

However, I think, first of all, that what's happening in Sierra Leone is going to have the great influence on those governments who will be asked to provide forces to the Congo. Second, of course, the Security Council has no professional military advice organized in any way. -Alex Morrison

The eventual place the American army should take on the western front was to a large extent influenced by the vital question of communication and supply. -Kelly Miller

You know, this is really a way of cooking. It's not my way. I'm deeply influenced by the Mediterranean way of being. I've spent a lot of time there. And I've sort of translated it; I've tried to make it available to people in this country to whom it might not be familiar. -Sally Schneider

I have always thought that my ear is also very influenced by my eyes. -Emanuel Ax

My life would have been different without Paul Stanley or Ace Frehley. They would have to be the greatest on my list as an influence to my life at 11 years old. -Mike McCready

I just have a lot off different influences. -Mose Allison

My main influences have always been the classic jazz players who sang, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole and Jack Teagarden. -Mose Allison

I would say seeing the original Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at the old Fillmore was a pretty powerful influence on me. -Ronnie Montrose

As far as spiritual influences in Christian music, I would say Crystal Lewis – a lot of her songs especially. The ministry she has through her songs has really hit me. -Stacie Orrico

I've never been able to say I've been influenced by a list of artists I like because I like thousands and thousands and I've been influenced in some way by all of them. -Jack Nicholson

The films that influenced me were so disparate that there's almost no pattern. -James Cameron

There the union of Church and State tends strongly to paralyze some of the members of the body of Christ. Here there is no such influence to destroy spiritual life and power. -Josiah Strong

When I listen to what I did under the influence – 10 years of work – I don't think it either enhanced or impaired me. It didn't have that much to do with it. -Keith Richards

In this culture, where entertainers and athletes wield such power, it seems only right to me that they try to make their influence a good one. -Pat Boone

People are naming it the Third Wave, the Information Age, etc. but I would say those are basically technological descriptions, and this next shift is not about technology – although obviously it will be influenced and in some cases expressed by technologies. -Paul Hawken

Well I had my kids so young that I kind of feel that I'm a kid too and am growing up with them. The things they're interested in tend to really influence me. -Reese Witherspoon

Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil. -Robert Anton Wilson

Time control directly influences the quality of play. -Boris Spassky

In fact, an awful lot of N.F.L. club owners have practically no influence on their players at all, simply because they're not full-time working owners. -Pete Rozelle

Gene Autry was the most. It may sound like a joke – Go and have a look in my bedroom, It's covered with Gene Autry posters. He was my first musical influence. -Ringo Starr

You don't try to get influenced by everything that's going on with all the other music around you. You don't listen to the radio – I mean, I don't. When I get ready to do an album, I don't listen to anybody else; I don't wanna be influenced. -Tim McGraw

I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious. -William Peter Blatty

In 1995 the whole political situation was very complicated. I was the first deputy prime minister, and at the same time I had very low influence in the government. -Anatoly Chubais

I don't think that artists of any kind would or could sacrifice their artistic freedom by being more responsible with their influence on people, especially young people. -Christy Turlington

I would be very proud to have influenced anyone that I know or don't know to quit smoking. -Christy Turlington

My older kids are fantastic people. It can't be the result of my influence on them. -Harrison Ford

When I was starting to write, the great influence was T.S. Eliot and after that William Butler Yeats. -Howard Nemerov

I felt Joyce was an influence on my fiction, but in a very general way, as a kind of inspiration and a model for the beauty of language. -Don DeLillo

I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism. -Don DeLillo

The writer is the person who stands outside society, independent of affiliation and independent of influence. -Don DeLillo

I influenced the BG style by not being able to draw perspective. The BG artists developed cool graphic painting styles to make my bad backgrounds look like they were that way on purpose. -John Kricfalusi

The evidence that things are changing fast can be seen in the dramatic increase in the influence of blogging. We should be collecting emails as we used to collect telephone numbers and using them to better communicate our message to key voters. -Adam Rickitt

I think church and state should remain entirely separate at all costs, and that the decision of religious marriage should be of each faith to debate and decide free of political influence. -Adam Rickitt

It is needless to say how great has been the influence of the doctrine of Evolution, or rather perhaps of the method of investigation to which it has given birth, upon the study of history, especially the history of institutions. -Goldwin Smith

Whatever things may have been in their origin, they are what they are, both in themselves and in regard to their indications respecting other beings or influences the existence of which may be implied in theirs. -Goldwin Smith

When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation. -Jean-Jacques Annaud

If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about. -Tiger Woods

I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people. -Joseph Pulitzer

Benny Goodman was one of the big influences as a clarinet player. That's why I wanted the clarinet. -Lee Konitz

The stated mission at the time was simply to use the influence of the entertainment industry to do an accurate portrayal of drug and alcohol abuse. We all admit that we're not trying to censor anybody. -Gerald McRaney

Being a kid growing up with Kurosawa films and watching Sergio Leone movies just made me love what it could do to you, and how it could influence you – make you dream. -Antoine Fuqua

I always wanted my music to influence the life you were living emotionally – with your family, your lover, your wife, and, at a certain point, with your children. -Bruce Springsteen

There are a lot of people who influenced me, nurtured me, helped me along the way. But I can just recall looking back, the first time I got my baseball glove. Put it on the wrong hand, all those kind of things. -Dave Winfield

My biggest musical influences are probably my parents. -Bobby McFerrin

As soon as I was old enough to drive, I got a job at a local newspaper. There was someone who influenced me. He wrote a column for The Guardian from this tiny village in India. -Nicholas Kristof

I brought samples in, because I didn't have any comic book samples, and I brought all these illustrations that I had influenced by Norman Rockwell and a couple of the other big boys. That's all I had, that's all I brought. -Dan DeCarlo

It's valid that the Strokes and the Pleased have been influenced by some of the same bands. But it's invalid in the sense that we listen to the Strokes and try to sounds like them. I think that they are a good band. -Joanna Newsom

But the Committee for Industrial Organizations is here. It is now henceforth a definite instrumentality, destined greatly to influence the lives of our people and the internal and external course of the republic. -John L. Lewis

I belong to the middle class that grew up very influenced by the Catholic church. The people of the novel are from a more pagan and practical world in which the Christianity is just a veneer. -John McGahern

Oh, yeah, I've always thought of covering some of my influences like Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder. -Jon Secada

This record has a lot of influences that I'd love to cover, like Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind and Fire. Maybe I'll do some covers of my major influences during my live show. -Jon Secada

The Italian prose tale had begun to exercise that influence as early as Chaucer's time: but circumstances and atmosphere were as yet unfavourable for its growth. -George Saintsbury

I am constantly being told that I have been a big influence for many people, including other musicians. -Joan Armatrading

Nor is it that truly a belief at all which has not some influence upon the actions of him who holds it. -William Kingdon Clifford

The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert. -Zach Wamp

Men like me, who merely wish to establish political freedom, will in such circumstances lose all their influence, and others will get influence who may become dangerous to all established interests whatsoever. -Lajos Kossuth

For both reasons, owing to the thermal motion and to the working together of various wavelengths, factors arise which, in a similar manner to the structural factor, exert some influence upon the brightness of the interference points but not upon their location. -Max von Laue

I didn't and don't go to Internet for any business purposes. The book sales for me by this point are way beyond any influence I might have, positively, or others might have, negatively. -R. A. Salvatore

A lasting solution to this problem will have an exceptionally positive influence foremost on the peoples of Palestine and Israel, as well as on the region and the international community. -Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in. -Robert Jay Lifton

That is, we are bombarded by all kinds of images and influences and we have to fend some of them off if we're to take in any of them, or to carry through just our ordinary day's work, or really deepen whatever we have to do or say. -Robert Jay Lifton

I not only urge you to vote that ticket yourself, but I beg that you will persuade others to do so. Personal effort can accomplish a great deal, and I beg that you will use your personal influence with your friends to get them to go with you to save the boys. -Thomas Jordan Jarvis

I think Stalin was afraid of Roosevelt. Whenever Roosevelt spoke, he sort of watched him with a certain awe. He was afraid of Roosevelt's influence in the world. -W. Averell Harriman

This was the period when I used all the influence I had to get the British to abandon their export trade, and as much as possible convert all of their manufacturing facilities to the immediate needs of the war, including civilian, as well as military requirements. -W. Averell Harriman

I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer. -Michael Bolton

I really do believe in the influence of your surroundings. -Matt Sharp

Green Day was more of the influence than Blink. -Deryck Whibley

You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time. -John Knox

Affluence means influence. -Jack London

Leadership is influence. -John C. Maxwell

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born. -William Inge

Manners are one of the greatest engines of influence ever given to man. -Richard Whately

I was influenced a lot by those around me – there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields. -Willie Nelson

It is easier to influence strong than weak characters in life. -Margot Asquith

The people who influence you are the people who believe in you. -Henry Drummond

Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something. -Josh Billings

The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others. -Henry Ward Beecher

The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives. -Clint Eastwood

Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words. -Eileen Caddy

Movies have influenced all writers, not just thriller writers. -Ken Follett

Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves. -Aldous Huxley

I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me. -Michael Caine

Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. -Billy Graham

My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud. It was this wild kind of singing. I count her among my influences. -Cassandra Wilson

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. -Napoleon Hill

The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition, and of this thought no longer forms a part; but belief is only a stadium of mental action, an effect upon our nature due to thought, which will influence future thinking. -Charles Sanders Peirce

I was mainly influenced by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, and others like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash. -Iris Dement

Punk rock really influenced me, the basic metal bands, Zeppelin, Stones and Floyd, and Southern rock bands. I think I was pretty well-rounded. -Al Jourgensen

And very often the influence exerted on a person's character by the amount of his income is hardly less, if it is less, than that exerted by the way in which it is earned. -Alfred Marshall

Each social formation, through each of its material activities, exerts its influence upon the civic whole; and each of its ideas and ideals wins also its place and power. -Patrick Geddes

Anything you read can influence your work, so I try to read good stuff. -S. E. Hinton

I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration has used political and religious ideologies to influence national policy on science and medicine. -Tammy Baldwin

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist. -Akhenaton

I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain. It's a book that had a huge impact on me. I loved that as a shape for a novel: put a bunch of people in a beautiful place, give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens. -Ann Patchett

Under the influence of fear, which always leads men to take a pessimistic view of things, they magnified their enemies' resources, and minimized their own. -Livy

I'd pick a young white guy over an old white guy for president anytime because the younger guy is more likely to have been influenced by the great social changes of the '60s and '70s. -D. L. Hughley

I'm very influenced by landscapes, not so much the way places look as the way the names sound. In this country we've got so many cultures, and the place names – the Spanish names and the Indian names, which are so incredibly musical. -Emmylou Harris

Picasso once remarked I do not care who it is that has or does influence me as long as it is not myself. -Gertrude Stein

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is made too easy. Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury. -Johan Huizinga

A husband who submits to his wife's yoke is justly held an object of ridicule. A woman's influence ought to be entirely concealed. -Honore de Balzac

You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's. The influence you exert is through your own life, and what you've become yourself. -Eleanor Roosevelt

In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope. -Henri Matisse

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence. -Herodotus

Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened. -Gerald W. Johnson

Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence. -David Hume

Our analysis of truth and falsehood, or of the nature of judgment, is not very likely to be influenced by our hopes and fears. -Charles D. Broad

Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits. -Walter Bagehot

Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future. -Ulysses S. Grant

None of my own experiences ever finds its way into my work. However, the stages of my life – motherhood, middle age, etc. – often influence my subject matter. -Anne Tyler

The woman who can't influence her husband to vote the way she wants ought to be ashamed of herself. -E. M. Forster

It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence. -Eric Hoffer

The chief benefit, which results from philosophy, arises in an indirect manner, and proceeds more from its secret, insensible influence, than from its immediate application. -David Hume

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent. -William Ellery Channing

Dreams have as much influence as actions. -Stephane Mallarme

I think when you're blessed with great influences, you need to spread it. -Edward Moore

Poor air quality, which can be influenced by a variety of fumes, chemicals and allergens, is arguably the leading cause of triggers for most asthmatics in urban areas. -Ian Smith

Parents don't need government to raise their kids. That's their job. But government can help them protect their children from influences they may not want their kids exposed to. -Rod Blagojevich

Syrian influence has not ended yet. It is going to be a very long path. -Walid Jumblatt

Among the best traitors Ireland has ever had, Mother Church ranks at the very top, a massive obstacle in the path to equality and freedom. She has been a force for conservatism… to ward off threats to her own security and influence. -Bernadette Devlin

Modern Western thought will pass into history and be incorporated in it, will have its influence and its place, just as our body will pass into the composition of grass, of sheep, of cutlets, and of men. -Alexander Herzen

English policy may not yet have made the definite decision to attack us; but it doubtless wishes, by all and every means, even the most extreme, to hinder every further expansion of German international influence and of German maritime power. -Bernhard von Bulow

It was both necessary and desirable for us to be so strong at sea that no Sea Power could attack us without risk, so that we might be free to protect our oversea interests, independently of the influence and the choice of other Sea Powers. -Bernhard von Bulow

Only let the North exert as much moral influence over the South, as the South has exerted demoralizing influence over the North, and slavery would die amid the flame of Christian remonstrance, and faithful rebuke, and holy indignation. -Angelina Grimke

I assure this committee that, if I am confirmed, I will be strictly independent of all political influences… essential to that institution's ability to function effectively and achieve its mandated objectives. -Ben Bernanke

Any idea can be brought into the classroom if the point is to inquire into its structure, history, influence and so forth. But no idea belongs in the classroom if the point of introducing it is to recruit your students for the political agenda it may be thought to imply. -Stanley Fish

I was influenced when I was younger by the cartoon movies that Disney put out, like Cinderella and what not. I watched those movies over and over when I was younger and the music is ingrained into my head. Nowadays, I'm still humming the tunes. It taught me the fundamentals. -Zac Efron

The people who influenced me most were the people who said I would never make it. They gave me a thirst for revenge. -Colin Mochrie

I'm not gonna say that I hate it, because I really respect Usher and I was influenced by him. But so many people compare me to him, and I don't think it'll ever stop. I just want to be my own artist. -Chris Brown

For many my behavior has been a major disappointment, my behavior has caused considerable worry to my business partners, and everyone involved in my business, but most importantly to the young people we influence, I apologize. -Tiger Woods

The problem is that when government controls the economy, those who can influence government keep winning, and everybody else just stays the same. -Marco Rubio

Beginning with adolescence, my political formation was oriented in the ideological direction of Marxism. It was natural, being that my thinking was influenced by an atmosphere of active critical resistance. That was the way it was during all of the dictatorship and up to the Revolution of 1974. -Jose Saramago

That's one of the things about the Tea Party people. They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do. -Howard Dean

I guess everything having to do with your background has some influence on how you tell stories but it's hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community in Minnesota really affected it. -Joel Coen

People ask 'do you make a conscious effort not to swear?' – if you're doing silly stuff you're not tempted to put swearing in. All the comics from my childhood, who were funny without swearing, were the people that influenced me. What I do is quite traditional anyway. -Tim Vine

People hear the soul, black influence in my voice. I grew up listening to CKLW and all the black stations like WLBS. -Madonna Ciccone

If I were to categorize what I sing, I have many different influences, and a lot of them are from back in time. -Haley Reinhart

I'd like to do a pop album with an R and B influence. I definitely want to have those big ballads with the uptempo hits as well. -Pia Toscano

My worry about the New York Times is that it's got the only position as a national elitist general-interest paper. So the network news picks up its cues from the Times. And local papers do too. It has a huge influence. And we'd love to challenge it. -Rupert Murdoch

I'd always wanted to work in the studio and experiment with sounds. Things that I'm really influenced by and that I love are like The Beatles and Radiohead, and all those records by bands whose music is really involved. -Regina Spektor

Nothing has existence unless you, I, or some living creature perceives it, and how it is perceived further influences that reality. Even time itself is not exempted from biocentrism. -Robert Lanza

I got into acting because my teachers kept nudging me into it. The power a teacher has to influence someone is so great. I can't think of a profession I have more respect for. -Jon Hamm

I think one of my biggest influences is Bette Davis. I've seen almost every one of her films, and she's been very inspiring to me. -Elisabeth Moss

We love all kinds of music: We love pop music, we love rock music, we love R & B and country, and we just pull from all our influences. So I don't really take offense as long as people are coming out to the shows and buying the records and becoming fans of the music. At the end of the day, the music is what's gonna speak to you. -Charles Kelley

We're definitely a hodgepodge of influences. Mine, most heavily, would be Southern rock – the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and stuff like that. Hillary is more from the country side – her mom is Linda Davis, a country singer. Dave, he's a big fan of the Eagles and like that. -Charles Kelley

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that. -Steve Jobs

As social media is less about technology and more about relationship building, we are starting to see more women have a heavy influence if not dominant role in the social media space. It's no wonder that Facebook is being run in part by chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. -Erik Qualman

Based on all criteria – military power, economic influence, cultural dominance – America remains number one, even though other, new players are increasingly challenging it in that role. -Robert Kagan

'The Beatles' did whatever they wanted. They were a collection of influences adapted to songs they wanted to write. George Harrison was instrumental in bringing in Indian music. Paul McCartney was a huge Little Richard fan. John Lennon was into minimalist aggressive rock. -Chris Cornell

To be able to influence someone or to be able to have a group of guys come together to have a successful team and to be together all the time every day for, you know, a year and longer together, you have to have a – find a common ground. And that common ground for us is football. -Tim Tebow

Why shouldn't rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment – that rappers, because they're black, can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence. -Saul Williams

If it wasn't for KISS, there would be no Guns N' Roses. Bands like that made Guns N' Roses. We were five guys with five personalities and five different influences. The stars were aligned for us. -Steven Adler

I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field, because that has the ability to influence a lot of people. That puts smiles on people's faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work. -Drew Brees

Doolittle was a major influence on the Seattle grunge scene, which emerged in the early 1990s. -Joey Santiago

Freud was one of the greatest influences on me. He made myth into psychiatry, and I've been trying to turn it back into myth again. -Ross MacDonald

I am passionate about God, about Jesus, and what His influences do to me. -TobyMac

Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music. Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music. -Brad Delson

But at a certain point, you have to take your influence and find your own voice if you want to become a relevant artist. -Edward Burns

No movie influenced me more to go after my dreams than 'Flashdance.' After seeing it, I took 15 dance lessons a week. I cut all my sweatshirts. I did the 'Maniac' thing. -Elizabeth Berkley

Apart from Scottish traditional music, I wasn't really influenced by any kind of music. I just basically followed my own instincts. -Evelyn Glennie

I definitely acknowledge that 'The Matrix' and Trinity had an influence on female action-oriented characters in television and in film. I think it's awesome. -Carrie-Anne Moss

Being part of 'Natural Nylon' is a great way to have an influence on the films that get out there. I love films and it gives me an input. -Jonny Lee Miller

There is a definite Chinese pop sound developing, but I was shocked at how influenced it is by American music. -Paul Oakenfold

There are a lot of influences from different countries in my music. For example, I chose the guitar in my music, I think that it is a feminine instrument, so when I do not sing, the music expresses my voice. -Paulina Rubio

My folks have played everything from rock, disco, pop, funk, and blues. My dad has always brought and played different genres like jazz, classical, and Latin. With all this in my pocket, I feel I have a taste of everything for my influences. -Haley Reinhart

I never like to get political, but when you have the ability, through your media, to influence a large mass of people, I would want to be a part of the evolving cycle of progress vs. keeping things the way that they are. -Zoe Saldana

I guess there might come a point when I will want to live an anonymous life. I'm only at the start of my career, so I'm sure that moment will come, but I know how blessed I am to have this platform on which to speak and influence. -Kimbra

You can get really left of centre influences in mainstream pop. Michael Jackson and Prince are some of the most progressive artists ever if you actually dissect their songs there's some crazy stuff going on. -Kimbra

A year or so ago I went through all the people in my life and asked myself: does this person inspire me, genuinely love me and support me unconditionally? I wanted nothing but positive influences in my life. -Mena Suvari

My parents- they've been my biggest influences and supporters since day one. They teach me every day that happiness comes from within and not from something outside of your heart. -Shawn Johnson

I didn't really like my Sydney accent – nobody likes the sound of their own voice – and when I was a little younger tried to change my accent gradually. But I've only ever really lived in Sydney and Los Angeles, so I haven't been influenced by the accents of some far-off land. -Callan McAuliffe

The arts are very alive in Ireland, so that had its influence on me. But I consider myself European, really. -Michael Fassbender

The thing that influenced me most in relation to 'Nanny McPhee' were the Westerns I watched with my father. All the Spaghetti Westerns; all the Virginians; all the High Chaparrals. Because if you think about the form, it's a stranger from out of town. -Emma Thompson

As a new artist there's always outside influences trying to tell you how to make a song better for radio and how to do your hair. -Josh Groban

Probably my favorite artists to listen to James Taylor, Stevie Wonder – I haven't gone back in a really long time and really listened to them – my first guitar influences. It's been awhile since I revisited that. -Jonny Lang

I think I'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway. -Jonny Lang

Kids get influenced by other kids. -Paul Pierce

Now that I'm a political pundit, I have the ability to influence people. -Jonathan Krohn

I definitely am a huge lover of comedy, and it's only through doing so many comedies that I've realised how much of an influence they've been on me. -Bradley Cooper

There are younger, stronger swimmers coming up and they are hungry. I can't influence what they do, I only know what I can do and I know how greedy I am to defend my title. -Kirsty Coventry

I love that pre-mod jazz look of the late Fifties, the Steve McQueen style that influenced the British modernists. -Martin Freeman

I could have taken the easy life and just done classical, but I felt very strongly about the album, my first pop album, the first time that I'd fused so many influences. I was very proud when it was in the charts in 25 countries at once. -Vanessa Mae

I'd say that my musical influences are anywhere from pop-rock electronica, new age and classical. But I think that specifically, bands – I love Jem, I love Sigur Ross, I love David Gray, I love Elliot Smith… a lot of different people. But I don't find lyrical inspiration from anybody. -Emmy Rossum

Whenever the debate moves on to hard numbers – our deficit with Europe, our surplus with the rest of the world, our Brussels budget contributions, the tiny part of our economy dependent on sales to the EU, the vast part subjected to EU regulation – Euro-enthusiasts quickly shift their ground and start harrumphing about influence. -Daniel Hannan

Cinema, which is influenced by every single part of life, is direct and reaches you immediately. And writing – the best writing is complex ideas communicated concisely. And music – if it's a good tune, make sure people can bloody hear it. -Alex Kapranos

I guess subconsciously that all the great people you work with have an influence on you. -Eric Bana

A memoir should have some uplifting quality, inspiring or illuminating, and that's what separates a life story that can influence other people. -Mitch Albom

I've had influences from many people including the coaches and players I've worked with. -Roy Keane

My first influences were superhero artists. -Scott McCloud

My oldest brother was a big influence on the films I watched as a kid. -Seann William Scott

My mom, who's been in the restaurant business for 40 years, is the number-one influence in my life. But I look up to a lot of people in the industry. Tops on my list is Mario Batali. My mom and Mario taught me the same lesson: Food is love. -Rachael Ray

I wake up every morning happy for where I am in life. It's not all about the cooking, but the fact that I can contribute by using my influence to help people all over the country. In the last two years, my partners and I have fed more than 10 million hungry people by bringing meat to food banks. -Paula Deen

I have a lot of influences. I'm American-schooled. I'm classically trained. I'm a pretty universal student, if you will. I have a lot of degrees, which really don't pay the rent. I have two doctorate degrees, I have a bachelor's degree, but I'm still a cook. -Emeril Lagasse

My food is Louisiana, New Orleans-based, well-seasoned, rustic. I think it's pretty unique because of my background being influenced by my mom, Portuguese and French Canadian. There's a lot going on there. -Emeril Lagasse

I think real life reflects your movies. In your life, you pick stuff that influences what movie roles you wanna pick. I think if you've got an interesting life, you wanna do interesting movies about interesting things. -Chris Tucker

I love traveling. It not only opens my mind up, but it also allows me to use my fame in another way through humanitarian works and stuff, and being an influence around the world. -Chris Tucker

My grandmother had great influence on me. She was secretary of state in the 1970's, and that's when I was born. She showed me the importance of public service, and she was admired by people regardless of their political party. -Stephanie Herseth

My dad's Irish music was such a huge influence. -Dido Armstrong

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn't have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do. -Dido Armstrong

I love movies. Movies have influenced me as a writer. -Michael Connelly

One of my biggest problems is that I'm always so influenced by what other people are thinking about me. -Ricky Williams

If a woman decides she likes me, it would behoove her to take into consideration that my art has had a strong influence on the type of person I am. -Wesley Snipes

My early paintings weren't that good – I was very influenced by Francis Bacon. But there was a kind of intensity there. And however influenced they may have been by other people, even my earliest paintings were recognisably my own. -Julian Schnabel

I mean, I am fully aware of my influence and my responsibility to society in general representing the gay community. But in the same time, I don't represent the entire gay community because it's a vast, vast community, as one can imagine. -K. D. Lang

I can't think of an instance at MSNBC where anything I said on the air was influenced by what was going on behind the scenes. -Keith Olbermann

New York had a big influence on me growing up, and I was really part of the club scene – the Mudd Club and Studio 54. When you're living in New York, you are just bombarded with style, trying to figure out how to be cool and how to feel relaxed at the same time. -Dylan McDermott

My mom had started to go to work when I was nine or ten, so I was aware of women trying to find their own identities by working. But I was still influenced by men to such an extreme. I wanted to play their games and wanted to compete in their world and be like them. -Elisabeth Shue

I think one thing you could probably say for all my albums is that they're all pretty eclectic pop. There's always a little bit of urban influence, some dance, a little bit of country, singer-songwriter, pop-rock. I like everything! On every album you can find that. -Kelly Clarkson

Iris Murdoch did influence my early novels very much, and influence is never entirely good. -A. N. Wilson

I like the south of Spain, notably for the Moorish influence and the weather. -Alexei Sayle

My grandmother was a huge influence on me and the fact that there was this very strong, rather formidable presence of women in my life has been an enormous value. -Anthony Minghella

Doonesbury had the requisite and overwhelming influence in 1980, as it did on any college cartoonist who was paying attention, of course. -Berkeley Breathed

My father was a huge influence on me. -Carol Leifer

I think that clearly it has an influence, to be coming of age during the punk rock era, to come from a difficult and sporadically violent background, to have been in and out of such chaos, I think it actually helps. But I don't know for sure. -Craig Ferguson

The most spiritual place you can be in your life is when you're being very real, when you're not allowing everybody and everything to influence your decisions and your moods, and what's morally right or ethically right. -Meredith Brooks

You never know where your influences are going to come from, or where you're going to find your inspiration. -Page McConnell

In fact, I don't watch a lot of contemporary comedy for fear of being influenced by it. -Paul Merton

Christianity is not the faith of the complacent, the comfortable or of the timid. It demands and creates heroic souls like Wesley, Wilberforce, Bonhoeffer, John Paul the Second, and Billy Graham. Each showed, in their own way, the relentless and powerful influence of the message of Jesus Christ. -Mitt Romney

There are only a handful of designers that influence other designers, and I have to keep one step ahead of the game. -Alexander McQueen

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

Always my collections are made of different influences. -Jean Paul Gaultier

My mother is from Paris, so she was quite a fashion plate. I always had that French influence at home. -Nicole Miller

The beautiful 1940s women were a strong influence for me. -Rachel Roy

I think every once in a while country has lost its way, but found its way back. It's always going to drift away from the traditional side, but then find a way to return. There's room for all kinds of influences be it pop, blues, gospel or whatever. But I will always say that I think we need more traditional country music coming down the pike. -Randy Travis

To be appreciated by a whole 'nother generation of fans, all of a sudden discovering you, it's kind of what I did with the classic bands I love – the ones that influenced me. -Scott Weiland

As I've gotten older, I've found that I'm not afraid anymore to throw my influences into making a record. -Scott Weiland

Bowie's obviously my biggest influence. -Scott Weiland

Great classic music that I've been turned on to has not only inspired and influenced me, but it has had an effect on my songwriting. -Scott Weiland

There's always a spattering of people who see Hanson who were influenced by classic '60's and '70's rock and roll. In a lot of ways, we're sort of the anatomy of a '70's rock band if you examine what we do: white guys who grew up listening to soul music from the '50's and '60's. -Taylor Hanson

My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country, so I grew up in the kitchen. My mom, Zarela Martinez, was by far my biggest influence and inspiration – and toughest critic. -Aaron Sanchez

I'm formally trained, I don't know what classically trained really means. I've worked with Sanford Meisner. And I've worked at Circle Rep with Marshall W. Mason and Lanford Wilson and some really good people. I was lucky. I had a lot of really good influences. -Brad Dourif

In France today, people no longer eat as much heavy food and fat as they did 15 or 20 years ago. These days, French cooking, through the influence of 'grande cuisine,' has become a bit lighter. And we are beginning to discover the original flavors of our produce. -Joel Robuchon

My mother has been the greatest influence on my life, morally. When I get right down to it, my mother and father are two people I can count on no matter what. -Jack Wagner

Jacques Derrida is a very important thinker and philosopher who has made serious contributions to both philosophy and literary criticism. Roland Barthes is the one I feel most affinity for, and Michel Foucault, well, his writing influenced my novel, 'Middlesex.' -Jeffrey Eugenides

A lot of movies were influenced by 'Logan's Run,' like 'Minority Report'. A lot of films have those elements in them. -Joel Silver

One of Dickens' biggest influences was the growth of London as a Victorian city, and the extremes being created as it expanded. -Danny Boyle

The guitar influence that affected my songwriting came from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. -Dave Mustaine

The influence I would hope to have is to create an environment where we're not singling Americans out – that we are creating opportunities for all Americans. Not saying, 'I'm going to funnel money into your city so that you're completely dependent on government.' -Mia Love

I'm influenced by a lot of filmmakers; I like English filmmakers because I feel a kin to them. -Rupert Sanders

The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence. -Billy Graham

Presumptuous for me to say, but at least – at a minimum – I've been able to influence the direction of the Democratic Party on foreign policy. And I've been relatively – presumptuous to say – relatively successful legislatively in the Senate, being able to win a lot of Republican friends, and being able to cross the aisle. -Joe Biden

I have been influenced in my thinking by both west and east. -Nelson Mandela

There's a certain kind of behavior in the Arab world that, to me, resembles the way young men behave when there is no significant influence from women in their lives. -P. J. O'Rourke

One of the most challenging aspects of writing a memoir is finding your own voice, and you should be very careful about being influenced by someone else's voice. -Jeannette Walls

The web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state. -Thomas Watson, Jr.

Yeah, Kubrick's a big influence. In something like 'A Clockwork Orange,' he is trying to use the practical light – I mean, at least he says that in his interviews, like they're not using traditionally Hollywood lights. In 'Elephant' we basically used no lights; we never really adjusted. -Gus Van Sant

I don't think American independent films have ever really been particularly experimental, except for the original guys from the '60s who were huge influences, like Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, and Stan van der Beek. They were the true independents. -Gus Van Sant

Tori Amos had a major influence on how I craft words in a song. Until I heard 'Little Earthquakes' all my lyrics used really obvious analogies like rain for tears. -Hal Sparks

Politics and power is a realm of relative influence. -Fareed Zakaria

American influence is not what it used to be. -Fareed Zakaria

When it comes to developing character strength, inner security and unique personal and interpersonal talents and skills in a child, no institution can or ever will compare with, or effectively substitute for, the home's potential for positive influence. -Stephen Covey

When my mother got home from work, she would take me to the movies. It was her way of getting out, and she would take me with her. I'd go home and act all the parts. It had a tremendous influence on my becoming an actor. -Al Pacino

The reason I do what I do is because I was influenced by Steve Martin, by Woody Allen, by Bob Newhart, by Carol Burnett, by Lucille Ball. -Ellen DeGeneres

The only thing I really recommend, if you're starting out in stand-up is to not try to copy anybody else. You can be influenced by people. I was influenced by Steve Martin and Bob Newhart and Woody Allen, but I never tried to be someone else. I always tried to be myself. And the reason people are successful is they're unique. -Ellen DeGeneres

I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government. -Louis Farrakhan

I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation. -Ann Curry

Perhaps I shouldn't have been influenced by the idea that my name could be spread across the entire world. -Christian Lacroix

Art has definitely influenced how I think of design, both as individual items and as a body of work. -Cynthia Rowley

I've always said to people that auteurism is nice, but it's hypothetical, and gradually you learn how much or how little influence different directors had. -Andrew Sarris

The amount of U.S. debt held by countries such as China and Japan is at a historic high, with foreign investors holding half of America's publicly held debt. This dependence raises the specter that other nations will be able to influence our policies in ways antithetical to American interests. -Evan Bayh

I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth. -Jimmy Carter

My priority is to give the United States the kind of influence it should have. -John Bolton

Although anything can happen when under the influence of ice water. -Kat Dennings

Shifting toward management meant greater responsibility and influence, but it also meant giving up programming day-to-day in my role, which was hard because it took me out of my comfort zone. -Marissa Mayer

We shouldn't require our politicians to be movie stars. Then again, we're all influenced by charisma. It's hard not to be. We all collectively fall for it. -Julianne Moore

I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other. -Padma Lakshmi

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal. -Rick Warren

But if I were to say who influenced me most, then I'd say Franz Kafka. And his works were always anchored in the Central European region. -Vaclav Havel

My grandfather had a particularly important influence on my life, even though I didn't visit him often, since he lived about three miles out of town and he died when I was six. He was remarkably curious about the world, and he read lots of books. -Umberto Eco

From lies to forgeries the step is not so long, and I have written technical essays on the logic of forgeries and on the influence of forgeries on history. -Umberto Eco

Harout Pamboukjian is one of the biggest Armenian folk singers in the world. In the '70s, he was making these records that were really Zeppelin-influenced. -Serj Tankian

I was very influenced by the musicals and romantic comedies of the 1930s. I admired Gene Harlow and such, which probably explains why, since the end of my marriage, I've dated nothing but a succession of blondes. -Hugh Hefner

Tori Amos had a major influence on how I craft words in a song. -Hal Sparks

While we remain a nation decisively shaped by religious faith, our politics and our culture are, in the main, less influenced by movements and arguments of an explicitly Christian character than they were even five years ago. I think this is a good thing – good for our political culture. -Jon Meacham

The overall strength of Chinese culture and its international influence is not commensurate with China's international status. The international culture of the West is strong while we are weak. -Hu Jintao

China and the United States have major influence in international affairs and shoulder important responsibilities in upholding world peace and promoting common development. -Hu Jintao

There is no doubt that, as a society, we have become blase about the importance of marriage as a stabilising influence and less inclined to prize it as a worthwhile institution. -Keith O'Brien

I was not influenced by Jack Benny, and people have remarked on my timing and Jack's timing, but I don't think you can teach timing. It's something you hear in your head. -Bob Newhart

Well, Grover Washington was my main influence and when I went to college, I started listening to more of the jazz masters like Sonny Rollins, Cannonball Adderley, and John Coltrane. -Kenny G

It is still a surprise when people tell me that I've had an influence on them, particularly when it's someone I really respect. -Bonnie Raitt

Jazz has been such a force in music, that any musician, including classical composers, have been influenced, and obviously performers, also. -Yo-Yo Ma

Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people. -Barbara Kingsolver

The United States has been from the beginning greatly influenced and primarily influenced by the Judeo-Christian system of values. -James Dobson

What has been forgotten is that there were major intellectual breakthroughs in the 1960s, thanks to North American writers of an older generation. There was a rupture in continuity, since most young people influenced by those breakthroughs did not enter the professions. -Camille Paglia

Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s. -Camille Paglia

I was raised with a huge Armenian influence, always hearing stories of Armenia, celebrating Armenian holidays. -Kim Kardashian

You do have to do business with and to try to influence people you don't agree with, or find disagreeable, so it's important to stress that balance. -William Hague

One novel that I think is an overriding influence in my life is 'All the King's Men,' the most beautiful book written in the U.S. -Andrew Gross

Television and comic books are, and continue to be, probably the biggest influence in my life. It's the biggest influence on everybody's life. -Gene Simmons

The more the UK feels distanced from European construction the less others are able to benefit from the full influence of the many good things that the UK can help us all to achieve, and therefore there are many areas where I think it would be beneficial to have the UK fully at the table. -Mario Monti

You are bound to pick up influences. -Morrissey

My dad used to say, 'Just because you dress up in a coat and tie, it doesn't influence your intelligence.' -Tiger Woods

Before I started LimoLand, I mainly bought my clothes in Harlem, where I found clothing my size in fun colors. I still like to go there and see the vibrancy and colors of the neighborhood. I am also very influenced by the colors of my contemporary African and Japanese art collections. -Jean Pigozzi

What influenced me was Tori Amos, who was unapologetic about expressing anger through music, and Sinead O'Connor. Those two in particular were really moving for me, and very inspiring, before I wrote 'Jagged Little Pill.' -Alanis Morissette

I don't see myself as being as big of an influence as other people seem to think. -Marc Jacobs

Naturally, I do things my own way but I'm certainly influenced by my mother's way of doing things. -Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

You don't want to influence the same system you are trying to forecast. -Nate Silver

I like to believe that everyone is born with the same skill set, and that it is the influences that one comes upon. -Ron Perlman

People are composed of many things, and in my work, what influences me is the complexity of people – the chiaroscuro of dark and light. When I play a strong guy, I try to find, where is he weak? And, conversely, when I play a weak guy, where is he strong? -Kirk Douglas

My childhood was influenced by the roles my father played in his movies. Whether Abraham Lincoln or Tom Joad in the 'Grapes of Wrath,' his characters communicated certain values which I try to carry with me to this day. -Jane Fonda

I think my mother is my biggest influence. There are so many things I hate about her but at the same time I'm thankful for her. All I know is that when I'm a parent I want to be just like my mom. I can talk to my mom more than any of my friends could talk to their parents. -Nikki Reed

Van Morrison is probably, at this point in time, my biggest influence as a vocalist. When we were making our last album I had a vinyl copy of 'Veedon Fleece' in the vocal booth in front of me, in the dorky sense. I think there were candles around, which is really tacky, but hey, I needed to channel Van the Man! -Nate Ruess

What sets 'Some Nights' apart from anything we've ever done is the hip-hop influence. Not so much the actual sound of hip-hop, but more the vibrato and the artistry that comes with it. Right now, the artists that seem to be pushing to be the greatest artists and are trying to change the world are hip-hop artists. -Jack Antonoff

My dad was the biggest influence on my life because he was never boring. -Christian Bale

Social engineering is using deception, manipulation and influence to convince a human who has access to a computer system to do something, like click on an attachment in an e-mail. -Kevin Mitnick

Social engineering is using manipulation, influence and deception to get a person, a trusted insider within an organization, to comply with a request, and the request is usually to release information or to perform some sort of action item that benefits that attacker. -Kevin Mitnick

When I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was to escape what I thought was the country and get to a city. Probably film and television had influenced me so much, I really thought the key to happiness was living a very artificial life in a penthouse in New York with martini glasses. -Tom Ford

For me, Robbie Williams was a massive influence when I was growing up. But also Cheryl Cole. Being in her presence was intimidating, because she's so hot. -Louis Tomlinson

As I was coming up, it always seemed like I was learning. If it wasn't from school, it was the 'hood. The influences of the 'hood are very powerful. -Junior Seau

The American experience influenced my understanding of individuality, basic human rights, freedom of expression and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. -Ai Weiwei

I am also well aware that literature only has a minimal influence on political disputes or economic crises in the world, but its significance to human beings is ancient. -Mo Yan

I am the worst influence. If you can't handle your vices, then I am the Devil. -Tori Amos

I'm highly political. I spend an awful lot of time in the U.S. trying to influence decision-makers. But I don't feel in tune with British politics. -Jane Goodall

The Left is doing to America what it has done to almost everything it has deeply influenced – the arts, the university, religion, culture, minorities, Europe: ruining it. -Dennis Prager

I can tell you that too much money is corrupting American politics. Don't blame the American public. The U.S. Supreme Court has a lot to answer for, because it has made it impossible for Congress to reduce the corrupting influence of money on American political life. -Peter Singer

It's always great playing with other musicians. It's also a great situation where I'm the older guy, I've influenced generations of guitar players. -Ace Frehley

I've always liked country music. It's a certain aspect of America that goes back to the British Isles and the influence is very native to America. -Robert Duvall

The first reason for the preponderant influence of those Evangelicals who define themselves as advocates of Religious Right theological and political ideologies is that they have both the financial means and technological know-how to make widespread use of modern electronic forms of communication. -Tony Campolo

Everything in life influences my music. I've always used songwriting as a means to share what I think is profound. -Jason Mraz

I listened to the radio, so I was influenced by everyone from Michael Jackson to Milli Vanilli. But thankfully my dad had a collection of Cat Stevens albums while my mom was listening to jazz. -Jason Mraz

Bowie's been a huge influence on me. -Adam Lambert

A lot of my male vocal influences are British – people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant. -Adam Lambert

My first influence obviously was Picasso. -David Bailey

The rappers have gone in and created a lot of hit music based upon my influence. And they'll tell you if you ask. -Isaac Hayes

I influence people, hopefully on the positive side. -Isaac Hayes

My father was an exceptionally strong influence on me. -John Malkovich

The Bible has no doubt had much influence in its time, but it provides very few laughs. None, in fact. -Arthur Smith

I wanted to be a surgeon, possibly influenced by the qualities of our family doctor who cared for our childhood ailments. -Joseph Murray

The book I always say that influenced me, subconsciously, because at the time I didn't know I wanted to be a writer, was William Goldman's 'Marathon Man.' That was the first adult thriller that I loved. I read it when I was 15 or so, when my father gave it to me. -Harlan Coben

The early influences, in many ways, were in Baltimore. I was passing open windows where there might be a radio playing something funky. In the summertime, sometimes there'd be a man sitting on a step, playing an acoustic guitar, playing some kind of folk blues. The seed had been planted. -Jerry Leiber

We cannot turn our back and say that violence in films or anything that we do doesn't have a sort of influence. It does. -Jamie Foxx

Connecting with my daughter is the most important thing in my life – the priority. I want to be a man who shows up for her. I want to have such a big influence on her, so that she knows she can call me about anything, which she does. -Jamie Foxx

I think music influences fashion and has done so for generations. -Georgia May Jagger

I hope to inspire people, influence people. -Ashley Tisdale

I try to devote my afternoons to making music in my home studio, but it's a lot more fun hanging out with musicians and friends, and trying subtly to influence a band than making your own stuff. -David Byrne

If you're writing an opinion piece, it's your job to write your opinion. If, on the other hand, you wrote a novel, as Virginia Woolf tells us, it would be inappropriate if you let your novel be influenced by your political opinions. -David Mamet

My style of songwriting is influenced by cinema. I'm a frustrated filmmaker. A fan once said to me, 'Girl, you make me see pictures in my head!' and I took that as a great compliment. That's exactly my intention. -Joni Mitchell

I certainly hope my music is in no way, shape or form influenced by anything that would be known as a jam band. If it is, then I'm going to do something else. -Charlie Hunter

The comics I read as a kid were much more influenced by TV and movies. Encountering superheroes as an adult without that kind of childhood sentimentality, it just doesn't allow you, or in my case at least, it wouldn't let me take the characters seriously. -Garth Ennis

Jazz isn't dead yet. It's the underpinning of everything in this country. Whether it's a Broadway show, or fusion, or right on through classical music, if it's coming out of the U.S., it's not going to survive unless it's got some jazz influence. -Dave Brubeck

If I told you all the people that have secretly told me I've influenced them, you'd never believe it, and you'll never see it in print, either. -Dave Brubeck

Do you think Duke Ellington didn't listen to Debussy? Louis Armstrong loved opera, did you know that? Name me a jazz pianist who wasn't influenced by European music! -Dave Brubeck

I'm trying to be me and embrace all the parts of me that have grown up, listened to more music and soaked up more influences. -John Legend

My first album, 'Get Lifted,' was a hip-hop soul album that had some of its roots in the church, as far as the sonic choices, in the way that I sing and write songs. I have always had that as part of my background and part of my influence when I am making music. -John Legend

It's not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I'm an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended. -Pete Sampras

The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren't simply hobbies or minor influences. -Pierre Bourdieu

I try not to have actors in mind when I write because the tendency then is to be influenced by either their last performance or your favourite of their performances. -Christopher Nolan

There was no military reason to drop atomic bombs on Japan. They were used as terrorist weapons – killing innocent people to influence other people. -Harry Browne

You always draw from your roots. I'm influenced by everything I hear and see, and that includes music today, but obviously I go back to my early influences: Stevie Wonder, Parliament, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, Average White Band. Those kind of artists are what I look to. When I hear that stuff on the radio, I turn it up! -Donny Osmond

The mantra from the Obama State Department is 'smart power' – the not-so-new idea that all elements of national power should be utilized to influence other countries. -Ed Royce

Our influences are who we are. It's rare that anything is an absolutely pure vision; even Daniel Johnston sounds like the Beatles. And that's the problem with the bands I'm always asked about, the ones derivative of the early Seattle sound. They don't dilute their influences enough. -Eddie Vedder

I think if you spend much time dwelling on influence you can get self-conscious about every line you write. That's a great way to freeze up. -Ben Fountain

All I can do is take influences from where I was raised. -Rita Ora

There's not one major greatest influence on my career. It would be film and great artists and great imagineers – Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, people who understand the joy of the imagination. -Zac Posen

I'm probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets. -P. J. Harvey

My father, a fine chess player himself, has been a massive influence throughout my life. -Magnus Carlsen

Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination… a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. -Karen Thompson Walker

My mother was a huge influence on me. She was a living example of what a Christian should be. Her conviction, her discipline. She would rather see other people happy than herself. -Barry Sanders

If you look at any superior athlete, you will find a strong parental influence. Parents introduce their children to a sport, and then they support them. -Ivan Lendl

I'd love to do something with Kelly Clarkson because she's been a monumental influence on me. I love how she handles her celebrity. She's not in the tabloids a lot but everyone knows and respects her because she's got an amazing voice. That's something I aim towards. -Jordin Sparks

I don't feel the pressure by outsiders. I'm not someone who's easily influenced by the public. -Khloe Kardashian

Albert Brooks is definitely one of my biggest influences, for sure. -Jonah Hill

Growing up in New York has influenced my style so much, and I have an amazing relationship with my stylist, Estee Stanley. We have so much fun with the whole process. She picks out dresses, I try things on and play dress up, and we get creative to see what works. -Lea Michele

Part of my affinity with urban music comes from being on 'Kids Incorporated,' 'cos we used to sit around and listen to Chaka Khan and Prince, and I got influenced by all that. Then gangsta rap got started, and I was infatuated with that – maybe that's why I'm fascinated by guns. -Fergie

I really appreciate artists of the 20th century, and I can see a lot of their influence on my work, but to suggest that my design only fits within an 'ism' kind of bothers me. -Michael Arad

My inventing time is all done under the influence of aerobic exercise. Basically, I do all my thinking while I run. -Justin Cronin

Genes are not simple triggers. No one is hardwired to commit murder or any other crime. Our actions are always the result of stupendously complex gene-environment interactions, and environment is likely to remain the more important influence by far. -William Landay

Bill Hicks is a huge influence. I love him. -Daniel Tosh

I have a lot of younger fans, obviously the choices I make often influence them. But having said that, it's kind of the best motivation in the world to stay positive and make good choices. -James Maslow

It is not possible to overstate the influence of Paul Cezanne on twentieth-century art. He's the modern Giotto, someone who shattered one kind of picture-making and invented a new one that the world followed. -Jerry Saltz

Abstract Expressionism – the first American movement to have a worldwide influence – was remarkably short-lived: It heated up after World War II and was all but done for by 1960 (although visit any art school today and you'll find a would-be Willem de Kooning). -Jerry Saltz

I really like Calvin Klein for his classic simplicity. I also think Prabal Gurung designs some great pieces that work well for me. My mom has such great style; she's my biggest influence. -Isabelle Fuhrman

Whether it's a blatant homage or unconscious mimicry, the Rolling Stones have permanently, indelibly influenced how rock stars look and behave. -Diablo Cody

My grandmother influenced me so deeply. -Jan Karon

A lot of the vocal music I've been doing recently has been quite clubby. But that's mainly because I've had more time to go to clubs, and that normally breeds that kind of influence. -James Blake

In terms of writing more club tracks, writing more electronically influenced – I feel like it was all electronically influenced, but now that influence has come to me in a different way. -James Blake

We eat as sons and daughters, as families, as communities, as generations, as nations, and increasingly as a globe. We can't stop our eating from radiating influence even if we want to. -Jonathan Safran Foer

I don't know anyone who is a writer who isn't influenced by the relationships in their life. -Amos Lee

Movies are the biggest export in the world, the biggest American export. It influences people all over the world. -Brett Ratner

They say your childhood influences your tastes and interests, or your approach if you're an artist. So what you create, whatever you saw, whatever your childhood was like – it influences how you're going to end up. -Brett Ratner

I think there are presences out there that we can't see or directly communicate with that have benevolent influence on us. Whether they're angels or something else, I'm not sure. -Misha Collins

The people that you have around you are your biggest influence. -RJ Mitte

My dad has been a big influence on me, because he's always had his own business. He really taught me business sense and how to be a focused individual, but also how to have fun and make everyone around you have fun. -Wiz Khalifa

With 'Brick' there was the Dashiell Hammett influence, and with 'Brothers Bloom' there was a really strong Fellini influence – both those movies wore that on their sleeve. -Rian Johnson

The girl that introduced The Smiths' song 'Asleep' to me was an important musical influence that I met in college. From there it's been an ongoing journey of different bands at different times, introducing bands and songs to me. -Stephen Chbosky

The big influence on me was Robert Altman, who, especially in 'Nashville,' transformed my sense of dramatic structure and showed how you could handle overlapping stories. -Tony Kushner

Country music in the mid-'90s was a big influence on my career, and I played all the songs that are referenced in '94' back in my club days. Joe Diffie was rocking a sick mullet, and he was hotter than ever… just putting out monster hit after monster hit. It totally takes me back to those days, and it makes me smile every time I hear it. -Jason Aldean

Bob Marley is a huge influence. I love reggae music, but I also love the purpose of the songs he writes and the style of the music – it takes your worries away and makes you feel good, and I think that's what music is about. -Colbie Caillat

So many of the bands that influenced me growing up were English, even if I didn't realise it. English pop ruled the world in the '80s! -CeeLo Green

More than ever before, consumers have the ability to unify their voices and coalesce their buying power to influence corporate behaviors. -Simon Mainwaring

In the coming years, if not sooner, social media will become a powerful tool that consumers will aggressively use to influence business attitudes and force companies into greater social responsibility – and, I suggest, move us towards a more sustainable practice of capitalism. -Simon Mainwaring

The leverage and influence social media gives citizens are rapidly spreading into the business world. -Simon Mainwaring

If a brand wants to build social communities, capital and influence, it must become the chief celebrant of its community, not its celebrity. This simple shift in approach unlocks enormous transformative potential for brands. -Simon Mainwaring

I'm influenced by all types of music. -Flo Rida

The people on my mum's side of the family are atheist intellectuals who are ueber-proper. My dad's side of the family are missionaries who are more comfortable sitting around in sweatpants than they are in a five-star restaurant. But those two influences converged in my life. -Evangeline Lilly

I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell. -Sara Bareilles

I know from my own experience that great films and great actors can have a really big influence on you. There is a place for art in the world, and if you're lucky enough to be good at something and to keep being given work, it's not such a bad thing. -Sally Hawkins

Comedy was why I got into acting the first place. Peter Sellers was a huge influence on my wanting to act. I grew up with him and found him hysterical. The Pink Panther films were an inspiration, from my earliest childhood days, when I was watching them with my brother and my dad. -Sally Hawkins

I'm into Incubus. Growing up, I was a huge Taking Back Sunday fan. I'm still a fan, but I don't listen as much as I used to. When I was 13 or 14, I started getting into emo-pop-rock, so that influenced me. I also love Drake… I have a pretty diverse collection. -Kendall Schmidt

I listen to all types of music so I'm influenced by everything. -Big Boi

I've always loved books by the Bronte sisters. I love Jane Austen, too. I'm more influenced by people like her than by pop culture. -Laura Marling

The past is a stronger influence in the South. But I think everywhere you have this sense that the world changes faster than you can accommodate yourself to. Looking back and seeing how you got where you are is a useful way to combat disorientation. -Charles Frazier

The costumes are insane on 'Once Upon a Time.' It did influence my taking the job, the fact that not only would I be horseback riding and sword fighting and traipsing through the woods but I would be doing all those things in insane, medieval garb. -Ginnifer Goodwin

My influence is probably more from American crime writers than any Europeans. And I hardly read any Scandinavian crime before I started writing myself. I wasn't a great crime reader to begin with. -Jo Nesbo

Movies, as evidenced by a chorus of protesting and celebrating Americans, influence broader trends. -Anna Deavere Smith

My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger. -Ben Barnes

I think all writers of my age who are brought up on films probably by the age of 16 have seen many more films than they have read classics of literature. We can't help but be influenced by film. Film has got some great tricks that it's taught writers. -David Mitchell

I would have to say the novel 'War and Peace' influenced me more than any other book. This greatest of novels demonstrated to me the enormous power of literature and fired me up with a desire to become a writer, to participate in what I considered then to be the greatest of all endeavors. -Douglas Preston

My parents leaving a third world country to a first world country and building from nothing – that's really inspiring to me and it's influenced me in a positive way. -Melanie Fiona

One aspect of my mum's personality that has influenced me is her love of Hollywood and the golden era of black-and-white films. -Rebecca Hall

In terms of people that I know, my grandmother and my mother are huge influences on my writing life because they are both massively supportive and always have been of my career. -Tea Obreht

I am very interested in place, and the influences of place on characters. -Tea Obreht

In every book I write, I try to name-check the most prominent influences, or the most prominent conscious influences. -China Mieville

Everything around me inspires and influences me. Mainly love – falling in it, losing it, loving it and hating it. -Christina Perri

I think there's so much negative influence on children in school settings. It becomes learning by rote to pass a test. It's not contextualized. -Esperanza Spalding

Jazz has always been a melting pot of influences and I plan to incorporate them all. -Esperanza Spalding

There's a lot of music at my fingertips that I can be influenced by. And just because I play a horn, I don't need to sound, or try to capture, what was happening before me. I can just respect it and learn from it. -Trombone Shorty

When you're growing up, it's always nice to have someone you can relate and look up to. I'm proud of how I conduct my business and how I have accomplished all that I have accomplished, and hope that I can be a positive influence on not only the Mexican community but also young boxers and people all around the world. -Victor Ortiz

I have believed in the biographies I have written. I truly can tell you that they have influenced our society politically, culturally, socially. -Kitty Kelley

'Catholic writer' seems like you have an agenda of evangelization, as if you were somehow influenced in your choice of perspective by dogma or canon law. That has nothing to do with me. I don't have a lot in common with other 'Catholic' writers. -Mary Gordon

English is an outrageous tangle of those derivations and other multifarious linguistic influences, from Yiddish to Shoshone, which has grown up around a gnarly core of chewy, clangorous yawps derived from ancestors who painted themselves blue to frighten their enemies. -Roy Blount, Jr.

The influence of one's parents is powerful and permanent. -Faye Wattleton

Gary Numan had a huge influence on both my music and my style. He had his own unique fashion sense – that futuristic space style. It was out there. -Mayer Hawthorne

I think that what happens is that all of my modern influences blend together with the older soul influences and you get Mayer Hawthorne. -Mayer Hawthorne

Barry White, Smokey Robinson and Curtis Mayfield are big influences for me. But I'm also a metal head. I was in a bunch of punk rock bands. The Bee Gees, hip-hop and the Beach Boys are just as much of an influence on me as Smokey. -Mayer Hawthorne

My greatest influence is Jimi Hendrix, and if he's been reincarnated, or if he's looking down, sideways, or looking up, I just wanted to tell him that I love him and thank him for opening doors for me. I just wanted to make it beautiful for him. -Meshell Ndegeocello

American influence in the world is certainly considerable, but the United States does not control, directly or indirectly, the politics and economics of other societies, as empires have always done, save for a few special cases that turn out to be the exceptions that prove the rule. -Michael Mandelbaum

My dad's gay experiences really had a very positive influence on me and my straight relationships – how to better accept all the weirdness and ambiguity and ups and downs and paradoxes. I knew from the beginning I was writing about love. -Mike Mills

Being a good Hans Haacke student, part of his influence on me is that there's no difference between a gallery show and a film – or even an ad and a T-shirt-in terms of cultural legitimacy. They're just different contexts in which to have some sort of communication. -Mike Mills

Country music was the music I was brought up on. It's the music that's closest to my heart and the music that speaks to me the most, and it's always been a big influence on my own songwriting. -Teddy Thompson

I was obsessed with country music when I was a kid, and it's definitely had a huge influence on the way I write songs. I was always attracted to songs that had a brilliant pun or a clever turn of phrase, but came from a dark, bitter place. As a writer, I've always gravitated towards that feeling. -Teddy Thompson

Everyone's different, but it was fun for me to work with Garth Hudson. He's from 'The Band.' They are a massive influence, that was a big thrill. He's completely out of his mind. -Teddy Thompson

One of the people who most influenced me was Ben Shapiro, a marketing professor at the business school. He used to rant and rave and pound his fist: 'It's all about the customers!' And he was right. He was also right that, at that time, retailing was devoid of really talented people; he urged me to go in that direction. -Thomas G. Stemberg

It's hard to imagine anyone interested in film not being a fan of Alfred Hitchcock because he's such a key influence on the entire history of cinema – it's hard to escape his shadow. -Toby Jones

It would be hard to exaggerate Ernest Hemingway's influence over American literature, but his influence on our lives is probably larger still. -Arthur Phillips

I was not influenced by concerts as a child, but I was very strongly influenced by the ballets I saw. -Bebe Neuwirth

When I came to the Senate in 1997, the world was being redefined by forces no single country controlled or understood. The implosion of the Soviet Union and a historic diffusion of economic and geopolitical power created new influences and established new global power centers – and new threats. -Chuck Hagel

Would I be happy just practicing law? No. Would I be happy just doing TV and speeches? No. I want to do all of these things and be as active as I can… but my main goal is to have some degree of influence on the public discussion. -Ed Rendell

A lot of America's success is because we're an open society and haven't brought dogma or religious influence into the American political process. -Jeff Hawkins

I don't think a lot of people realize the influence TV has on our kids. Kids take a lot of their cues from it in their dress and their conduct. -Jerry Mathers

Historically, black music has influenced other cultures and other genres and created other genres. -Miguel

To its credit, hip-hop is my favorite genre, to this day, and it's hard not to be influenced by the culture and by the movement of it and by the soul of it. -Miguel

The idea of allowing corporations to have unlimited influence on our democracy is very dangerous, obviously. -Russ Feingold

Someone asked me the other day, 'What's the biggest influence on your filmmaking career?' And they started naming filmmakers. I went 'Naw, it's Jesus actually.' -Tom Shadyac

I've always been the king of silence. I've always been a minimalist comedian. I've taken my influence from Jack Benny, who was the king of that… I've always done 'less is more.' -Albert Brooks

I think that for the five-year-old watching MTV right now, Lady Gaga is going to be an iconic person. In 20 years, the people who are here and talking to journalists will be like, 'Oh Lady Gaga changed my life, Nicki Minaj changed my life.' They'll be saying who influenced them and it will be Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, artists like that. -Beth Ditto

ABBA was a direct influence on me. -Beth Ditto

I influence anybody who is able to get through the chaos of my first impression. -Gary Vaynerchuk

I think every writer of detective fiction writing today has been influenced by Mr. Parker. I'm of a generation that followed Robert Parker, and it was impossible to read the genre and not be influenced by him. -Robert Crais

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