Best Quotes About Middle

Brave men are all vertebrates; they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The most important thing about a TV set is to get it back against something and not out in the middle of a room where it's like a somber fellow making electronic judgments on you. -Bruce Jay Friedman

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. -Rod Serling

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. -Bob Hope

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. -P. J. O'Rourke

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it. -Doris Day

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old. -John Ciardi

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. -Kin Hubbard

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. -William Feather

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. -Jean-Luc Godard

The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. -Orson Welles

Why am I so soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard? -Paul Simon

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. -Anatole Broyard

There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can't. -John Updike

Litigation takes the place of sex at middle age. -Gore Vidal

It is unthinkable for a Frenchman to arrive at middle age without having syphilis and the Cross of the Legion of Honor. -Andre Gide

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held to his middle-aged breast. -Herbert Gold

I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it. -Lyndon B. Johnson

The middle class, that prisoner of the barbarian 20th century. -Sinclair Lewis

Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives. -Walter Lippmann

Jump into the middle of things, get your hands dirty, fall flat on your face, and then reach for the stars. -Ben Stein

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

From the middle of life onward, only he remains vitally alive who is ready to die with life. -Samuel Johnson

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young. -William Feather

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. -Margaret Thatcher

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. -Ambrose Bierce

Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. -George Bernard Shaw

You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle-aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life. -Emo Philips

For globalization to work for America, it must work for working people. We should measure the success of our economy by the breadth of our middle class, and the scope of opportunity offered to the poorest child to climb into that middle class. -John Sweeney

The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. -Aristotle

It's the middle class that feels the luxury of being able to have causes. -Orson Scott Card

You will go most safely in the middle. -Ovid

Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make life so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, drop a jar of applesauce. -Natalie Goldberg

The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos. -Jim Hightower

Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers – they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up. -Donald Rumsfeld

All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead. -Samuel Beckett

You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. -Saul Bellow

Slums may well be breeding grounds of crime, but middle class suburbs are incubators of apathy and delirium. -Cyril Connolly

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class. -Judith Martin

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them. -Henry David Thoreau

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. -Oscar Wilde

Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses. -Francis Bacon

The only thing that matters is what happens on the little hump out in the middle of the field. -Earl Weaver

I don't see pitches down the middle anymore – not even in batting practice. -Hank Aaron

Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word? -Bob Uecker

When you're in the middle of a pennant race, you can't go up there thinking about home runs. -Sammy Sosa

We are now in the middle of the centre of the first half. -David Pleat

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. -Ayn Rand

Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent. -Voltaire

One of the many things nobody ever tells you about middle age is that it's such a nice change from being young. -Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. -C. S. Lewis

No matter what time it is, wake me, even if it's in the middle of a Cabinet meeting. -Ronald Reagan

Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. -John F. Kerry

In politics the middle way is none at all. -John Adams

I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty. -William Inge

What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

People that are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives. -Walter Lippmann

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that's the worst place to drive. -Robert Frost

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows. -Robert Frost

The game of history is usually played by the best and the worst over the heads of the majority in the middle. -Eric Hoffer

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention. -Aldous Huxley

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

It is to the middle-class we must look for the safety of England. -William Makepeace Thackeray

The perceptions of middle age have their own luminosity. -Gail Sheehy

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing. -Marianne Moore

You are, at this moment, standing, right in the middle of your own 'acres of diamonds.' -Earl Nightingale

We of the sinking middle class may sink without further struggles into the working class where we belong, and probably when we get there it will not be so dreadful as we feared, for, after all, we have nothing to lose. -George Orwell

I'm absolutely convinced that the threat we face now, the idea of a terrorist in the middle of one of our cities with a nuclear weapon, is very real and that we have to use extraordinary measures to deal with it. -Dick Cheney

America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. -Gloria Steinem

I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war. -Lyndon B. Johnson

Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. -Theodore Roosevelt

Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles. -Don Marquis

There we were in the middle of a sexual revolution wearing clothes that guaranteed we wouldn't get laid. -Denis Leary

Losing streaks are funny. If you lose at the beginning you got off to a bad start. If you lose in the middle of the season, you're in a slump. If you lose at the end, you're choking. -Gene Mauch

No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

Now, I do come from a part of the country where the people say that the only thing in the middle of the road is a yellow line or roadkill. -Blanche Lincoln

Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty. -Kathleen Blanco

When nearly a third of our high school students do not graduate on time with their peers, we have work to do. We must design our middle and high schools so that no student gets lost in the crowd and disconnected from his or her own potential. -Christine Gregoire

Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending. -Anne Bradstreet

I'm officially middle-aged. I don't need drugs anymore, thank God. I can get the same effect just by standing up real fast. -Jonathan Katz

There is a long-standing tradition in the mainstream press of middle-of-the-road journalism that is objective and fair. I would hate to see that fall victim to a panic about the Fox effect. -Andrew Heyward

Pell Grants are, and have been, critically important tools in making higher education a possibility for lower- and middle-income students. -Christopher Dodd

For most of the 20th century, we didn't just enjoy economic success in Michigan, we defined it. Our innovators and entrepreneurs created the world's most productive companies, and our unions made sure that productivity led to broad middle class prosperity. -Jennifer Granholm

There are three periods in life: youth, middle age and 'how well you look'. -Nelson Rockefeller

I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. -Steve McQueen

The whole idea that the rescue was staged or the soldiers were shooting blanks, that's just obvious stuff. Why would you do that in the middle of a war? It's just crazy. -Jessica Lynch

Sex keeps me in shape. I don't diet, I eat what I like. I love Mars bars and I smoke and drink. But I love running off in the middle of the day to make love. It really burns up calories. -Lisa Snowdon

Comfort came in with the middle classes. -Clive Bell

It's the safety valve of middle life, and the solace of age. -Mary Roberts Rinehart

In the middle of my third Hollywood picture The Magician, the earthquake hit Hollywood. Not the real earthquake. Just the talkies. -Conrad Veidt

I never liked the name Eldred. Since nobody knew me in New York, I just changed to my middle name. -Gregory Peck

A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle. -Ian Fleming

I'm frustrated by something, it's my fault for exposing myself to it in the first place. The rumor mill always seemed like a grass fire to me. Why walk out in the middle of the field, it's just going to flame out and go away just like everything else does? -Amy Grant

I trained as a theater actor and you had a bare stage and you had to pretend, one prop and you are in the middle of 8th Ave. and traffic is just going by. -Benicio Del Toro

I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings. Perhaps I've been years writing in that middle world that J.R.R. Tolkien describes, and never knew it. -Carl Barks

Brian was the oldest, I was in the middle and Carl was the baby. I was the troublemaker. Brian got great grades and Carl got the kind of grades I did. I failed everything. I was too busy fighting and running wild. -Dennis Wilson

Tiger the dog had a showdown with a fast moving flower truck in the middle of the street and lost. -Barry Williams

Suffering makes a people greater, and we have suffered much. We had a message to give the world, but we were overwhelmed, and the message was cut off in the middle. In time there will be millions of us – becoming stronger and stronger – and we will complete the message. -David Ben-Gurion

She would sit by herself in the middle of the old stoe amphitheatre, with the sky's starry vault overhead, and simply listen to the great silence around her. -Michael Ende

Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves. -Nicolaus Copernicus

Most American Jews came from the lower middle classes, and therefore they brought with them not a lot of Jewish culture. The American Jewish story starts with Ellis Island, and the candy store in the Bronx. -Arthur Hertzberg

In the middle 1940s… I heard everyone live. Painting, the theater; everything was happening. It was an exciting time when New York was the place to be. -Bill Dixon

I have been using delay and reverberation since the middle 1960s. I use them to make what is almost inaudible to the ear, audible. I do not use them to play loudly but to make the higher harmonics heard. -Bill Dixon

I'm a typical middle child. I'm the mediator. The one that makes everything OK, puts their own needs aside to make sure everybody's happy. It's hard to change your nature, even with years and years of therapy. -Jennifer Jason Leigh

I never know what I'm going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I'm just the middleman. -Peter Max

I know he played on the last record but I don't wake up in the middle of the night thinking of Eric Clapton. -Jack Bruce

Nothing ever sounds quite the way it does when you're standing right in the middle of it. -Michael Davis

The three ages of man: youth, middle age and 'my word you do look well'. -June Whitfield

It's a miracle was the last track recorded for the album, we based it on the rhythm from the middle of 'Late Home Tonight, where there's Graham Broad playing lots and lots of drums with me shouting in the background, pretending to be a mad Arab leader. -Roger Waters

I had always said to myself that forty was the cut off point of my apprenticeship which may for some people sound like a very long one, but the novel as art is a middle-aged art. -Jane Rule

I am Classic Rock Revisited. I revisit it every waking moment of my life because it has the spirit and the attitude and the fire and the middle finger. I am Rosa Parks with a Gibson guitar. -Ted Nugent

I wanted to look at the upper-middle-class scene since the war, and in particular my generation's part in it. We had spent our early years as privileged members of a privileged class. How were we faring in the Age of the Common Man? How ought we to be faring? -Simon Raven

For years I had my hair parted down the middle in a ponytail, tucked down around the sides… Well, I went and cut the bangs, and I've been wearing them ever since. They say it's my trademark. -Bettie Page

That just seems like a tough thing to do… just work in the middle of a company for your entire life. You just do the same thing out of college until you're 60, and then you retire. -Luke Wilson

If the United States leads a multinational force into Iraq without United Nations backing, Canada should fight beside its neighbour. We've gone from being a middle power to a muddle power on this one. -Peter MacKay

I can remember standing in the middle of the field after the race and seeing the American flag raised and hearing 'The Star Spangled Banner' and all the people singing it. Then I walked off the field and just kind of enjoyed the feeling. -Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz

Fantastic! Right in the middle of that long stretch between Christmas and Spring Break, your coats are getting dirty, everything's dark, dingy – what a great time for a movie! -John Hughes

He who walks in the middle of the roads gets hit from both sides. -George P. Shultz

Life has no beginning, middle or end. -Marguerite Young

We were talking about how old quarterbacks can't throw before 10 am… Practice starts too early for us. Wake me up in the middle of the night and I can throw. I can throw anytime. -Dan Marino

I have a little dictaphone and if a sound takes my fancy or if a lyric comes to me in the middle of the night I'll just record it there and then. -Barry Gibb

Everyone has a budget, I don't care who you are. But they said if we are in a pennant race in the middle of the summer they are going to get some help with added payroll. -Dusty Baker

I'm either shooting nine grams of coke a day or spending two hours at the gym. There's no middle ground. -Dave Navarro

Sometimes in films it's nice to have violins on either side, rather than on one side, so you've got more of a stereo picture with the violins. Sometimes it's good to have the basses in the middle. -Anne Dudley

In the middle ages people were tourists because of their religion, whereas now they are tourists because tourism is their religion. -Robert Runcie

I could never be a country person, sitting around trees trying to write a song. I would rather be in the middle of society, whether it's growing or crumbling. -Ric Ocasek

Life is like a movie-since there aren't any commercial breaks, you have to get up and go to the bathroom in the middle of it. -Garry Trudeau

Younger players in this music often turn out to be middle aged; it is not a young music. -Derek Bailey

You're in the public eye and you just hope that people don't come up and interrupt you while your in the middle of a meal or a conversation or something like that. -Wayne Rogers

I dress up as a middle-aged prostitute and do a game show. -Paul O'Grady

There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, there is a silence at the end and there is a silence in the middle. -Daniel Barenboim

Right now we're in the middle of a cultural war between the Muslims and the Western world. The politicians get in the way, but if you put two people together in a room, they can talk it out and work it out, just like Anna and the King. -Sandy Duncan

My boyfriend's idea of a lesson was to take me on a black diamond run in the middle of a hail storm and say, 'Go!' Ski patrol had to escort me to another lift to get me down the mountain. No, that wasn't humiliating, not at all. -Claudia Black

My father was a middle manager at an oil company, but I never knew anything about his work. Whatever business acumen I have just got gleaned over the years. -Donna Mills

These were all middle-class kids from literary backgrounds, joining this sort of train going by, this pop train, jumping on. Whereas the rest of the rock scene, you'll find that there's mostly working-class people. -Kevin Ayers

It's a 360-degree sound experience. Like you're in the middle of the band. A lot of people have the technology to play the format, so why not put it out there. It sounds great. -Aaron Neville

Barry and I were in the middle of building a house, and I was in the midst of having a nervous breakdown, because that's what you do when you build a house. -Cynthia Weil

I was just in the middle of singing a song about how broke we were and now my cell phone rings. -Joel Madden

The only thing you think of is that you are in the middle and that you've got to find a way to stop it. -Ivan Allen

We don't have a full black community in Boston. Our people are scattered. There's a middle class where I live in Highland Park but it's not like a piece of Washington or Chicago. -Henry Hampton

I lived in small town out in the desert and my friend used to steal his mom's car in the middle of the night. He'd drive over to my house, I'd sneak out and we'd go out to the desert and just burn things down. -Mark Hoppus

When I began writing science fiction in the middle '60s, it seemed very easy to find ideas that took decades to percolate into the cultural consciousness; now the lead time seems more like eighteen months. -Vernor Vinge

When I came out of the military, I had a club in Memphis and I started using the The Bar Kays as my club band. They were still only in the middle school – but I'd take them on the road with me on the weekends, sometimes. -William Bell

One of the unique things is that whether we were out at sea or in the middle of the water tank, a lot of times you just couldn't leave. Especially when we were out at sea. -John C. Reilly

I still have a passion for the music, which is such a beautiful thing. I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a dream and have a melody in my head, and run to my piano. -Teena Marie

I like to be alone so I can write. But focus can hurt you. I don't want to be some stress casualty in early middle age. -James Ellroy

I'm getting a wider circle of fans now. More women, more middle class people. -James Ellroy

You can have information and ease of use and have artistic integrity at the same time. The art of being a good Web designer is getting yourself into that middle ground and treating it as a final destination instead of as a compromise. -Mike Davidson

Democrats don't relate to middle-class people. -Chuck Schumer

But I don't think the Democratic Party is at eye level with the middle class. -Chuck Schumer

We need to make sure middle-class people are able to pay the bills. We need to make sure that poor people don't starve. Those are values, too. -Chuck Schumer

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

A middle class is so important to a society that its value cannot be overestimated. -Eliot Engel

We're involved right now in some very significant legal battles and it would be the wrong thing for me to do to step out in the middle of those battles. -Bill Scott

My place in Scotland is in the middle of nowhere, so you've just got a keyboard, guitar, a little drum machine and you know if you can work stuff out like that, if you can hammer out songs that sound good just with those three things and a voice, you're on your way. -Jay Kay

A deliberate choice on my part was for the player to continue to find new possibilities in the early Attic rooms far into the game. I think this builds atmosphere, though it means there's no neat division of the prologue from the middle game. -Graham Nelson

The dance commonly begins about the middle of the afternoon or later, after sundown. When it begins in the afternoon, there is always an intermission of an hour or two for supper. The preliminary painting and dressing is usually the work of about two hours. -James Mooney

I want to buy them, because historically these have been great engines of enrichment for the middle class, 'historically' meaning now for a good ten years. -Jim Cramer

I think the state has some serious problems. Just look at the layoffs going on across the state, not just in Chicago. It affects the middle class. It pushes people down. -Richard M. Daley

We were never thrown into the situation in the middle of our lives, but grew up doing it. This is all we know, and some people who were thrown into it don't really know what to do or how to react and this is just kind of natural for us. -Mary-Kate Olsen

And we turned off and 30 miles south they're standing in the middle of our road blocking our way, stopped the car, got out, took us through the path in the woods, where the craft was on the ground. -Betty Hill

At rest, however, in the middle of everything is the sun. -Nicolaus Copernicus

In economic panics throughout history, the wiping out of the savings accounts of lower earners and the middle class has often led to social revolution, sometimes violent upheavals. -Nick Clooney

When runaway inflation and bank failures struck in Germany in the 1920s, the middle class was destroyed, which led directly to the rise of the Nazis. -Nick Clooney

I was born in 1923 into a middle class Jewish family in Vienna, a few years after the end of World War I, which was disastrous from the Austrian point of view. -Walter Kohn

I'm not always in that good with middle-aged heterosexual men. -Kathy Griffin

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder how I do these things. I can embarrass myself so badly that I literally get a hot prickle down the back of my neck. -Daisy Donovan

Jesus Christ is the beginning, the middle, and the end of all. In the Gospels he walks in human form upon the earth, and accomplishes the work of redemption. -Philip Schaff

There was a period which I refer to as the 'Golden Age of Jazz,' which sort of encompasses the middle Thirties through the Sixties, we had a lot of great innovators, all creating things which will last the world for a long, long time. -Sonny Rollins

Once the attacks occur, as we learned on Sept. 11, it is too late. It makes little sense to deprive ourselves of an important, and legal, means to detect and prevent terrorist attacks while we are still in the middle of a fight to the death with al Qaeda. -John Yoo

This erosion of the middle class is happening all over the place. The opening of a wider gap between rich and poor is always accompanied by such a process. -Susan George

If we wait for the U.S. to do something, we will be waiting for a very long time. It's Europe, it's Australia, it's the other developed and middle developing countries that have got to do the job. -Susan George

There is something very satisfactory about being in the middle of something. -Marilyn Hacker

None of us are really dumb and none of us are really smart. We're in the middle. -Daniel Johns

Look, very clearly there are things that need to be done urgently in relation to climate change, and of those the most obvious is to have an enforceable and equitable arrangement delivering deep cuts in emissions into the middle of the century. -Peter Garrett

I kept having chills. This was in the middle of the summer and I was wearing a sheepskin jacket and I was chilling. I was shaking all over. -Dick York

I'd stop in the middle of a gun fight and sing a song. -Ken Curtis

There is always drama and there will always be drama, but its the way its presented in my head that makes it so interesting. Everyone gets their time in the middle of the drama. -Josh Schwartz

Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers. -Black Elk

If I'm right in the middle of a deadline, I'm up really early. -Marilu Henner

It doesn't always happen according to the way you have planned things out but I feel if you have covered most of the aspects, it does help out there in the middle. -Sachin Tendulkar

There was this whole middle time that only Chris Rock came out of, you know, 10 years ago it was Chris and a few other people, but that's about it. Chris is in a class of his own; I don't see another comedian who I put in high regard as him. -Bob Saget

President Johnson offered the middle of the road. -Lew Wasserman

I slept just floating in the middle of the flight deck, the upper deck of the space shuttle. -Sally Ride

Sometimes we would be staked out in the middle of the river, several barges tied together. So we could party. -Terry Southern

So don't think in reality I am a singer, I think I am a human being that has sung always all her life, and has learned a little to sing, and has found herself in the middle of a career. -Victoria de los Angeles

There doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground with me. -Nathan Lane

People, y'know, they either love us or they hate us; there's no middle ground. -Ace Frehley

My father was a civil servant, fairly sort of middle ranking, low to middle ranking. He worked almost entirely in what was then called Administrative Labour, dealing with employment and unemployment issues. -John Hume

We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys, middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys. -Bruce Sterling

I am a struggling writer. A middle-aged man with two little kids and I'm just trying to earn a living. So buy this book – or my kids will have to go to foster care. -Christopher Darden

I don't mind if somebody comes up to me and shakes my hand, but if I'm in the middle of a restaurant and somebody asks me for a picture, I can be a jerk and say no, or I can say yes and draw more attention to myself, which is exactly the opposite of what I want. -Macaulay Culkin

We always had chocolates and my mother was careful to make sure they were unwrapped in advance so the paper wouldn't rustle in the middle of a performance. -Penelope Keith

Dweezil and I are going on tour with the band probably starting in the middle of February for a month probably playing a few songs from my new record and then I'll continue on after that tour. -Lisa Loeb

I'm playing 10 feet from Mike Campbell every night. I look across the stage, there's Howie. Tom's in the middle and we're playing all this stuff I love. It's great. -Benmont Tench

You are just in the middle of a struggle with words which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page, with the damn thing that you use to write with, a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader when you are doing that. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all. -Guillermo Cabrera Infante

But since the middle of the century in particular, the music has become very irregular in rhythm. -Karlheinz Stockhausen

And you yourself always be seated at the middle fo the high table that your presence as lord or lady may appear openly to all, and that you may plainly see on either side all the service and all the faults. -Robert Grosseteste

Right now, America's middle class is struggling to meet their basic needs. -Ruben Hinojosa

We need to work together, on a bipartisan basis, to create new jobs, increase job training, enact real and substantive middle class tax relief, and reward companies that create jobs at home. -Ruben Hinojosa

I was held hostage and almost executed by a man who was robbing us in the middle of the night. -William Hurt

It's fun to be on the edge. I think you do your best work when you take chances, when you're not safe, when you're not in the middle of the road, at least for me, anyway. -Danny DeVito

Even though we're not the most punk rock band, the way we've done things is pretty punk rock. Just kinda say it with a big middle finger to the record labels and do it ourselves. -Brandon Thomas

I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But maybe the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up on welfare and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn't pay the rent. -Philip Zimbardo

The report of this made me exceedingly angry, for I could not see why information which a middle-class woman could get from her doctor should be withheld from a poorer woman who might need it far more. -Dora Russell

I think the Democratic Party has picked a lot of the wrong candidates, the kind that Middle America, or people who are more down the middle and more rational, can't side with. I think that's been the problem. -Glenn Danzig

I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch. -Jose Mourinho

My parents were determined to move into the middle class. -Martin Lewis Perl

I've always said, since I got to know him and wrote about him, that he's the generation he least appeals to is his own and I think in many ways he was born middle-aged and that's become apparent in recent years. -Anthony Holden

For example, some stars put out large amounts of energy in the infrared part of the spectrum, so that this can produce a different relative magnitude rating than using light energy from the middle of the spectrum. -Charles Francis Richter

Indeed, there are so many prejudices against everyday middle-class values on college campuses, and serving in the military and being pro-American just seems to be one of them. -Jack Kingston

The eye searches for shapes. It searches for a beginning, a middle, and an end. -John Polanyi

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive. -Joseph Epstein

If you're middle aged… where're you going to go to meet someone? You're not going to go to a bar, you're not going to go to a night club; and there are the museums. -Elizabeth Perkins

Everything officers go through in any chase anywhere in the country, but amped up 100 times! I'm right in the thick of things in a car going like 80 miles an hour, and doing 360s in the middle of the road. It was a wild ride. -Amy Weber

I have heard of novels started in the middle, at the end, written in patches to be joined together later, but I have never felt the slightest desire to do this. -C. S. Forester

Lots of middle class people are running around pretending to be Cockney. -Christopher Eccleston

This was truly guerilla filmmaking. We shot out in the middle of nowhere in a place called Delta Flats, where basically every day was some new minor catastrophe. -Jeri Ryan

The Democratic Party needs to look carefully at moving towards the middle, where the American people are. -John Dingell

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances, including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee, in which case we feel 107. -Martha Beck

In some of the middle colonies the towns and counties were both active and had a relation with each other which was the forerunner of the present system of local government in the Western States. -Albert Bushnell Hart

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement, so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see the subject clearly because I came from white, middle-class privilege. -Betty Buckley

I had to do this very aggressive, big score in a very short time, and knowing that in the beginning, middle, and end would be this very, very famous theme, but I still had to weave a score around it and make it work as a score was really challenging. -Danny Elfman

I'll look back and I'd be better to answer that in about three months from now. Or when the movie comes out and I see it. I don't even know what it is yet. I've still been in the middle of it. -Danny Elfman

Jim played – he had a great stretch in the middle of the round there, and Chad made that long putt on 16. Almost got that match. We ended up losing, but we almost won it, too. -Hal Sutton

I went jogging up on Mulholland. In the middle of my run I had some form of asthma attack and couldn't even walk. I couldn't get a ride one block to my house. I thought I was going to die. -Esai Morales

From Nelson county we went to Logan county to see some relatives we had there, and after staying until the middle of October, I returned alone to my home in Missouri. -Jesse James

All studio movies are the middle of the Bell curve. The only way to do something is to do it yourself. And the only way to do that is to not take any money from anyone or take as little money as possible from anyone and that's it. -Thomas Lennon

I mean if I'm in the middle of a field with my keyboard and some headphones and I feel inspired to write something, I'll just write something really beautiful and mellow. -Vanessa Brown

When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor. Materially, not much changed. -Jonathan Lethem

You might as well ask why a middle-aged man with no criminal record might put a paper bag over his head and rob a bank. I acted out of personal desperation. -Aldrich Ames

You get to the middle of a take that's going really well and the camera will run out of film. They have to stop you, apologize and then you've got to get things going all over again. -David Morse

It has given me an insight into what it's like as an actor to come into a show in the middle of a production and fit into a group that's already established. -Corin Nemec

Anyway, I collapsed in France in the middle of a tour. I hadn't been eating properly, I was getting very phobic about audiences, and I collapsed in pure fright. -Andy Partridge

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms, the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great. -Edmund White

For students today, only 10 percent of children from working-class families graduate from college by the age of 24 as compared to 58 percent of upper-middle-class and wealthy families. -Patrick J. Kennedy

We had a certain kind of really big prestige among, I suppose not just intellectual folk, but a sort of nice middle class intelligent folk of a very urban nature. -Adolph Green

There is one confrontation scene toward the end of the picture. In the middle of the scene, I thought, That's Sean Connery! I don't know how else to describe Sean Connery. I still feel that way. -F. Murray Abraham

I've learned the lesson that when you're in the middle of something that seems overwhelming, or you're in a bad situation and it seems like it's the end of the world or whatever, then you learn that it's not. -Lee Ann Womack

And I also have a camera, a Web cam, and I have one at home, so I can hook up and talk to the girls, and they can see me while we're on the bus in the middle of nowhere. -Lee Ann Womack

Sometimes I'll sing the same verse through the entire song, because the other verses aren't clicking. And when they do come to me, I'm in the middle of that same verse! -Tom Araya

I better make the plot good. I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and have a big turning point in the middle, as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride. -Mark Haddon

Moderates shouldn't be nervous about Newt because he has a vision, he's laid it forward. He's fundamentally leading us in the way that middle class Americans want to go. -Pete du Pont

There's a very big gulf between the black civil rights leadership in America and the black middle class in America. The black middle class are conservative. Many of those minorities can be persuaded to be members of the Republican Party. -Pete du Pont

They had some really cool rigged cars and things that were different that they would tow behind the camera car that were actually on these trailers that manipulated side to side and stuff like they were getting hit, and actually put the actor right in the middle of the chase. -David R. Ellis

Cultural dominance of middle-class norms prevail in middle-class schools with a teacher teaching toward those standards and with students striving to maintain those standards. -James S. Coleman

I didn't come from a trailer park. I grew up middle class and my dad had money and my mom made my lunch. I got a car when I was sixteen. I'm proud of that. -Kid Rock

I was in the middle of a crossroads, which is a nice way of saying crisis, physically, emotionally and spiritually. You know the physical part. We just talked about it. -Star Jones

I can't believe we're in the middle of the fifth season, and if this is all there is, my God, it went fast. -Bruce Boxleitner

Many of the Iroquois and Huron houses were of similar construction, the partitions being at the sides only, leaving a wide passage down the middle of the house. -Francis Parkman

The controversies between the proletariat and the middle class had to be smoothed out and bridged over by each getting to know and understand the other. -Fritz Sauckel

On the stage you're there, it's live. There's a beginning, a middle, an end. When something is funny you hear it right away. -Theodore Bikel

My films play only in Bengal, and my audience is the educated middle class in the cities and small towns. They also play in Bombay, Madras and Delhi where there is a Bengali population. -Satyajit Ray

You asked what is the secret of a really good sketch. And it is a sketch is a small play. It's got a beginning, and a middle and an end. It should have a plot; it should have the characters, conflict. It is a little play. And in it, will be funny stuff. -Harvey Korman

I got canceled in the middle of making the pilot. -Harvey Korman

In youth, we get plenty of exercise through games and running around, but as middle life approaches, we settle down, literally and figuratively. -Gene Tunney

In heaven there are two distinct loves, love to the Lord and love towards the neighbor, in the inmost or third heaven love to the Lord, in the second or middle heaven love towards the neighbor. -Emanuel Swedenborg

I was down in Washington when 9/11 happened. We were in the middle of putting together the next summer season, and all I could think of was something somehow must make sense to us. Our Town kept coming into my mind. -Joanne Woodward

Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book. -Mickey Spillane

Even when I begin with a situation that's basically funny or sad, I like to keep poking around in it. I like to get into the middle of a relationship, to explore the subtle places. -Paul Mazursky

Elvis deserves a lot of credit for bringing the blues to middle America, not the Vegas stuff. The early stuff, The Sun records, and the first few RCA records. He was wonderful, he had the power, the drive, and he was so dedicated to his music. -Peter Tork

Right up to the middle of this century all perceptions of the world around us were delivered via the bookshelf or the paper route. -Theodore Bikel

There is no black-and-white situation. It's all part of life. Highs, lows, middles. -Van Morrison

After clearing 9 metres of the descending passage, in about the middle of the afternoon, we came upon a second sealed doorway, which was almost the exact replica of the first. -Howard Carter

Morally, the world is both better and worse than it was. We are worse off than in the middle ages, or the 17th and 18th centuries, in that we have the atomic menace. -Pierre Schaeffer

After a hundred years the son of the King then reigning, who was of another family from that of the sleeping Princess, was a-hunting on that side of the country, and he asked what those towers were which he saw in the middle of a great thick wood. -Charles Perrault

They were heading out to the middle of the bay – the Gulf – that's another thing that became kind of standard practice, we didn't hurry the destroyers around the beach any more, when it got dark, we'd take 'em out thirty or forty miles out in the middle of the Tonkin Gulf. -James Stockdale

So, you can set up an orchestra down this end of the railway station playing one particular area, and simultaneously at the other end something completely different going on. And in the middle they meet, or not, depending. -Robert Fripp

And from my place, and from the time that I went through my divorce, I also had my father pass away in the middle of all that. And it kind of made everything else just kind of like the back burner, you know. -Vince Gill

Dad almost died of a heart attack in the middle of making Apocalypse Now, the biggest movie of his life. It doesn't make you want to jump into that business. -Charlie Sheen

What is a normal childhood? We weren't rich, we were pretty middle-class. My dad survived from job to job; with him taking care of so many relatives, he couldn't save any money. -Charlie Sheen

Our music, you either get it or you don't. There's no middle ground. -Dustin Diamond

I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education. -Rory Bremner

You know looking back on it now I used the fight and after the fight as motivation, to make sure I was going to be the best middleweight in the world for a long time. -Marvin Hagler

I think Christine and Chad are on the opposite extremes of the spectrum. Christine is a model victim, and Chad is a model perpetrator, and Howard is closer to the middle. -Neil LaBute

Get it – get it better or get it worse. No middle ground of compromise. -Henry Ossawa Tanner

When I'm not at the keyboard, I'm generally reading, practicing tai chi or middle eastern dance, or cooking. -Sarah Zettel

No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere. -Sheryl Crow

Europe to me is young people trying to appear middle-aged and middle-aged people trying to appear young. -Mike Myers

When I look out at the audience at some of our shows, I think we are reaching a younger audience… I see lots of people in their 30s and 40s, but I also see a lot of people in their young and middle teens, and that's definitely reassuring. -Alex Lifeson

I have tremendous faith in theuniverse. I feel at home on this planet. Even though it's a very big world out there, I plan on walking right through the middle of it unharmed. -Marion Ross

Going to your set with the headphones on in the middle of the night so that your parents don't know what you're doing when you're supposed to be asleep is great. I was rocking the bedroom. That was so much more fun when I got the 1200s. -Jam Master Jay

But my middle daughter, Kate, is very involved in martial arts, and I was just at one of her competitions. -Meredith Baxter

I strongly support tax relief for the middle class. -Rick Larsen

Congress had the opportunity to extend tax relief to working families without increasing the deficit. Instead, we were handed a bill that favors the wealthy and eliminates deductions that benefit the middle class. -Rick Larsen

We need a positive economic agenda that invests in the innovation and growth that will create jobs for middle class families and ensure that America remains the world leader. -Rick Larsen

I began to be impressed by what made a good book-how you needed to have a sensible story, a plot that developed, with a beginning, a middle, and an end that would tie everything together. -Dorothy Fields

I get involved in the beginning, less in the middle, and very much at the end. -Diane Sawyer

And in the middle of one of those scenes, I suddenly felt my heart just open: it was overwhelming, to the point where I got teary-eyed. Never would I have thought anything like that could happen in a love scene. -Sheryl Lee

Anybody in the next centuries wanting to know what it was like to be a poet in the middle of the 20th century should read Kaddish. -Leslie Fiedler

I'm the one by the backdoor – I am not the one in the middle of the party. -Stephanie Beacham

The College Access and Opportunity Act addresses the important need to make higher education more affordable and easier to access for low and middle-income students. -Ron Lewis

The middlebrow, I hate. -Leslie Fiedler

The thing should have plot and character, beginning, middle and end. Arouse pity and then have a catharsis. Those were the best principles I was ever taught. -Anne Rice

The center will be fully operational in two years' time, but probably in the middle of the year we will have a temporary laboratory of 4,000 square feet. -Luc Montagnier

I happened to happened to land in a time, in the middle '60s, that without knowing it, and without being told by the history of theater – which we now see from a historical point of view was an explosive time. -James Earl Jones

Before my grandpa built his own church, we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community. You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians, Chippewa Indians. We were welcome to that church, but once we got in, they didn't know what to do with us. -James Earl Jones

The main concern was making sure the kids didn't get caught in the middle. -Hunter Tylo

And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year, I went into the navy. -Harry Mathews

They cannot divide us by saying that you're middle class or you're lower class. -H. Rap Brown

There is no such thing as a black middle class. -H. Rap Brown

I don't think a show's ever changed networks in the middle of the season before, but it was cool because they gave us those extra couple years of life that was necessary to get us to syndication. -Donal Logue

In this case it appealed to me partly because it felt close to me in some ways. This is about a confused, bewildered middle class Englishman adrift in smalltown America and that has definitely been me. -Colin Firth

I am the parent of teenagers, my daughters are 13 and 15, so the issue of Internet safety has been an important issue. I have been visiting middle schools to talk about some of the challenges that they face. -Melissa Bean

I don't want to remember 2005 as a year that the government heaped unnecessary burdens upon American families. Stealing from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich, while increasing the deficit, is hardly responsible. -Marty Meehan

Probably my mother's life was prolonged beyond that of a long-lived family by her coming to Australia in middle life; and if I ever had any tendency to consumption, the climate must have helped me. -Catherine Helen Spence

The time when I had desire to go to the United States I didn't have a penny. It was in the middle of the depression, you know. I couldn't get as far as Hoboken at that time. -Ben Shahn

We are just not made up to be middle distance runners. -Alberto Juantorena

We had the boy's name picked out, but we didn't have a girl's. When he turned out to be a boy, we were so relieved. Literally, in the middle of contracting and pushing, and with my wife being drugged – out and half – lucid, we were still coming up with names. -Paul Reiser

Upstate New York in the middle of October. You can't get more beautiful than that. -Paul Reiser

Ten-year-old boys move differently than middle-aged women, who move differently than athletic guys, who move differently than government bureaucrats. -Brad Bird

Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women. -Kate Smith

But he did say that the character would be on the sidelines in movies One and Two, and move into the middle with number Three, but I didn't realize he would move in with quite such a bang. -Ian McDiarmid

I think heterosexuality and homosexuality are a kind of psychosis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle. -Jeanette Winterson

Because of the need to remove all modernism, we stayed in the middle of nowhere all day long, living out of tents. It was cold. It definitely set the scene. -Skeet Ulrich

The president of the branch in Atlanta was a pastor of a church, the Reverend Sam Williams, a wonderful guy. He was middle-class and fairly militant for the time and place. -Julian Bond

We can still find middle ground, truly secure our borders, deal with those already here and address our labor needs. But those who advocate giving current illegal aliens and future guest workers a special path to citizenship must compromise. -John Shadegg

My first name – I have no middle name – was chosen by my father, as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills. He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah; there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him. -Immanuel Velikovsky

If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn't count. -Dave Van Ronk

The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath. -Constance Baker Motley

The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor. -Constance Baker Motley

There's times when you're having dinner with a good friend and you're in the middle of a conversation and somebody comes up and cuts you off. Can you sign this? Can I take a picture with you? I'm adjusting to all the attention. -Verne Troyer

Many people in the world today are not starving because there is an inherent inability to produce food, they are starving because they are caught in the middle of political fights and blockades that have been used as weapons. -Ralph Merkle

A market where chief executive officers make 262 times that of the average worker and 821 times that of the minimum-wage worker is not a market that is working well. And it is surely not working well enough to build a solid middle class. -Marcy Kaptur

My childhood is completely… when I look back, it was '50s in New York, upper-middle class, it was completely idyllic and golden and wonderful – sweet in every way. -Peter Jurasik

I really love the process, with stage, of rehearsal, you get to create a character, and you have a beginning, a middle, and an end of story. And in television, you don't. -Sasha Alexander

The stage is close to being in the middle of the hall, so that the performers are surrounded by the listeners. I feel that we are all experiencing the music together. -Emanuel Ax

I'd rather have huge success and huge failures than travel in the middle of the road. -Kevyn Aucoin

Memory is the first casualty of middle age, if I remember correctly. -Candice Bergen

Self-acceptance has been a blessed by-product of middle age. -Candice Bergen

The free trade movement in the middle of the last century represents the first conscious recognition of these new circumstances and of the necessity to adapt to them. -Christian Lous Lange

I don't have any children; I have four middle-aged people. -Dick Van Dyke

I grew up in Danville, Illinois, right in the middle of the state. -Dick Van Dyke

If I'm walking very, very fast down Madison Avenue in the middle of the day, I'll say I'm stopped 10 times. -Kristin Davis

I was born in Montreal and came from a lower-middle-class family. -Maureen Forrester

If a budget is designed to show our values, it's clear where the majority stands: against opportunity, against education, and against America's hard-working, tax-paying middle class. -Ellen Tauscher

Rather than showing themselves to be an ally to the middle class by ending the AMT or repealing it for years to come, my Republican colleagues refused to include it in today's legislation and America's middle class will surely suffer that choice greatly. -Ellen Tauscher

Today's tax cuts provide yet another illustration of the Republicans' fiscally irresponsible economic policies that ignore the needs of America's middle class, students, and working families. -Ellen Tauscher

Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. -Gilda Radner

The pyramid once passed there was still a short way to go before we confronted the Sphinx, in the middle of what our contemporaries have left him of his desert. -Pierre Loti

The issues that matter to me are the social safety nets for people, health care, middle-class concerns. We need to take care of the middle class and the poor in our country. -Tim McGraw

I was quite moved to see this huge crowd which attended the ceremony in the middle of the town. -Hermann Maier

I'm pretty middle-of-the-road. There are some issues I'm more conservative on. -Lisa Kudrow

Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the gag comes to you in the middle of it. That is when you start working on the solution of the gag, which is composition, placing, equilibrium, and character design. -Sergio Aragones

When sadness happens in the middle of work, I separate my personal grief from my train of thought. -Sergio Aragones

I hate most of what constitutes rock music, which is basically middle-aged crap. -Sting

Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network. -Toni Morrison

One of the strengths of our nation has always been a strong middle class who could afford their own homes and send their children to school. -James Sinegal

We've always been in favor of improved wages for workers. When you have a strong middle class, they want to buy more stuff at Costco. -James Sinegal

You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story – a beginning, a middle, and an end. -Len Wein

What I think is different today is the lack of political connection between the black middle class and the increasing numbers of black people who are more impoverished than ever before. -Angela Davis

There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos. -Jim Hightower

I'm convinced that Sanford and Son shows middle-class America a lot of what they need to know. -Redd Foxx

Another thing that freaks me out is time. Time is like a book. You have a beginning, a middle and an end. It's just a cycle. -Mike Tyson

To middle-class parents, the project team may have seemed unfit for children, but it was exactly what I needed. -Willie Stargell

I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. -Arthur Ashe

We didn't gel with Poison and the Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi was the best of the pop metal bands, but we never fit in with the hair metal stuff. We were never as hip as the Chili Peppers. We were in the middle. -Gary Cherone

If I was sad or afraid, I would sit in a corner and sing. If I was happy I would jump into the middle of the room and sing. It was how I expressed my emotions. -Nana Mouskouri

I want my fights to be seen as plays that have a beginning, a middle and an end. -Sugar Ray Leonard

Being on Oprah? You realize that there are a couple of types of audience members. There are like the cult people in the audience who are just crying before she gets on. And then there are the people who are playing it cool. I definitely was somewhere in the middle. -Genevieve Gorder

I grew up between the two world wars and received a rather solid general education, the kind middle class children enjoyed in a country whose educational system had its roots dating back to the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. -George Andrew Olah

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

What is hard to remember when you're in the middle of it is that when you get through to the other side, you always walk away with a gift. If you can stand in there and not walk away from it, you get transformed by it. -Kathy Mattea

The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie. -Louise Bogan

Bipartisanship isn't an option anymore; it is a requirement. The American people have divided responsibility for leadership right down the middle. -Tom Daschle

My father described this tall lady who stands in the middle of the New York harbor, holding high a torch to welcome people seeking freedom in America. I instantly fell in love. -Yakov Smirnoff

We must govern from the middle, or we will not be able to govern at all. -Tom Daschle

We had a week off in the middle of shooting, but as soon as everyone stopped, we all went down with six different types of flu and other unmentionable diseases. -Johnny Vegas

Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. -Hervey Allen

We in middle age require adventure. -Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

You can (be a middle-aged comic) if you work very hard at it, because comedy is really hard. -Andrew Denton

White middle- and upper-class men have a longer journey to go than many people. -Holly Near

I think punk rock, especially for me, was a big middle finger to this whole talent thing. -Mike Watt

I am on the right wing of the middle of the road and with a strong radical bias. -Tony Benn

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run down. -Aneurin Bevan

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. -Ayn Rand

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost. -Dante Alighieri

I'm at my best in a messy, middle-of-the-road muddle. -Harold Wilson

Don't try to solve serious matters in the middle of the night. -Philip K. Dick

In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the fairway and hold up a one iron. Not even God can hit a one iron. -Lee Trevino

At the beginning of the cask and the end take thy fill but be saving in the middle; for at the bottom the savings comes too late. -Hesiod

When a middle-aged man says in a moment of weariness that he is half dead, he is telling the literal truth. -Elmer Davis

With a modem, anyone can follow the world and report on the world-no middle man, no big brother. I guess this changes everything. -Matt Drudge

My favorite period is World War II, and I'm in the middle of writing my fourth novel set in that era. -Ken Follett

Men who consistently leave the toilet seat up secretly want women to get up to go the bathroom in the middle of the night and fall in. -Rita Rudner

Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. -Benjamin Spock

As the middle begins to feel safe enough to accept some of the so-called radical thinking, ideas move to the middle and a new edge is created. -Jasmine Guy

We know that our senses are subject to decay, that from our middle years they are decaying all the time; but happily it is as if we didn't know and didn't believe. -William Henry Hudson

I really believe that's one of the many reasons that God had put me right in the middle of the Backstreet Boys. There are so many stars today that don't realize the impact they have on young people. Being a superstar is great, as long as you can be a positive role model. -Brian Littrell

For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again. -Howard Nemerov

We are in the middle of an education recession. -Rod Paige

Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera. -Mason Cooley

We cannot escape that Hollywood is in the middle of a wave of technological change. The current angst over all the implications of new entertainment technology is nothing new. -Michael Eisner

There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive. -Jessamyn West

Youth is the period in which a man can be hopeless. The end of every episode is the end of the world. But the power of hoping through everything, the knowledge that the soul survives its adventures, that great inspiration comes to the middle-aged. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. I tend to walk a middle ground. -Paula Cole

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I have to live for others and not for myself: that's middle-class morality. -George Bernard Shaw

People have forgotten how to tell a story. Stories don't have a middle or an end any more. They usually have a beginning that never stops beginning. -Steven Spielberg

One marvels why the middle classes still insist on so much discomfort for their children at such expense to themselves. -E. M. Forster

I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break. -Herodotus

Laws are generally found to be nets of such a texture, as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle-sized are alone entangled in it. -William Shenstone

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. -Margaret Mead

Life is like a B-movie. You don't want to leave in the middle of it but you don't want to see it again. -Ted Turner

Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence. -Aeschylus

A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. -Aristotle

In the family sandwich, the older people and the younger ones can recognize one another as the bread. Those in the middle are, for a time, the meat. -Anna Quindlen

Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days. -Gloria Steinem

Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead center of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net. -Franklin Pierce Adams

It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class, and to force society into an organization of only two classes, one at each social extreme. -William Graham Sumner

A sudden silence in the middle of a conversation suddenly brings us back to essentials: it reveals how dearly we must pay for the invention of speech. -Emil Cioran

If a foreign country doesn't look like a middle-class suburb of Dallas or Detroit, then obviously the natives must be dangerous as well as badly dressed. -Lewis H. Lapham

Politics in a literary work, is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert, something vulgar, and however, something which is impossible to ignore. -Stendhal

Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as it is about going on and on and on. It is about muddling through the middle. -Anna Quindlen

Our civilization is still in a middle stage, scarcely beast, in that it is no longer wholly guided by instinct; scarcely human, in that it is not yet wholly guided by reason. -Theodore Dreiser

Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. -Woodrow Wilson

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

Most safely shall you tread the middle path. -Ovid

Some people are at the top of the ladder, some are in the middle, still more are at the bottom, and a whole lot more don't even know there is a ladder. -Robert H. Schuller

I'm painfully middle class. -Valerie Harper

Do not stand in the middle, go to the right or to the left. -John Lydon

Why is this government so insensitive to the concerns of the middle-class people? -Gilles Duceppe

With guests who are 'in the middle of the fight,' we're able to hear their point-of-view on the topics, as well as advance our own feelings. -Sean Hannity

I stopped going to school in the middle of fourth grade. Everyone grows up with the peer pressure, and kids being mean to each other in school. I think that's such a horrible thing, but I never really dealt with it in a high school way. -Hilary Duff

Mothers and daughters can stay very connected during teenage years. In the middle of your life, you can become very alone. Even though you're connected deeply to other family members, lovers, husbands, friends. -Holly Hunter

The increase in inequality in income is a longtime trend, but the pressure on middle- and low-income workers is going up rapidly. Especially if they live in an area where there are high housing and gas prices, like California. -Alice Rivlin

Here we stand in the middle of this new world with our primitive brain, attuned to the simple cave life, with terrific forces at our disposal, which we are clever enough to release, but whose consequences we cannot comprehend. -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

I didn't go nightclubbing much as a teenager in Bournemouth because my friends and I didn't have the money – but we spent a lot of time on the beach, having barbecues, and running into the sea in the middle of the night. -Amanda Holden

I will cut taxes – cut taxes – for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class. -Barack Obama

Some people put up a peace sign with one hand. Some people put up the middle finger instead. I use two hands and put up both. -Brian Celio

A strong economy depends on a strong middle class, but George Bush has put the middle class in a hole, and John McCain has a plan to keep digging that hole with George Bush's shovel. -Rahm Emanuel

When I was in middle school, some of my so-called friends found a catalogue ad I did for Superman pajamas. They made as many copies as they could and pasted them up all over school. -Jensen Ackles

Unless an entire row of people got up in the middle of a performance and left the theater in disgust, I felt as though I hadn't done my job. -Jeremy Piven

You know that everyone thinks that in order to do South Park we must be wild, crazy, rock and roll stars. But the truth is we're just wholesome middle-American guys. We enjoy soda pop, baseball and beating up old people just as much as anybody. -Trey Parker

My biggest problem in middle school was catty girls, cliques, and trying to figure out if I wanted to be a part of one of those, just figuring out who I was and all that. -Lindsey Shaw

Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers. -Camille Paglia

In the middle of a recession no tax increase is justified because it kills jobs, and any tax increase is a job-killing measure and should be defeated. -Newt Gingrich

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There's still time, but not a lot, to turn things around. -Sylvia Earle

Increasingly, staying in the middle class – let alone aspiring to become middle class – is becoming a game of chance. -Arianna Huffington

It's no longer an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species. -Arianna Huffington

The middle class is teetering on the brink of collapse just as surely as AIG was in the fall of 2009 – only this time, it's not just one giant insurance company (and its banking counterparties) facing disaster, it's tens of millions of hardworking Americans who played by the rules. -Arianna Huffington

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. -Barack Obama

Driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake is likely to get you nowhere, but certainly will burn out vital parts of your car. Similarly, cutting taxes on the middle class, but increasing them on the 'rich' is likely to result in an economic burnout. -Terry Savage

We don't want to go back to the same policies and the same practices that drove our economy into a ditch, that punished the middle class, and that led us to this catastrophe. We have to keep moving forward. -David Axelrod

I believe – I'm not a political expert, but I believe there is a broad consensus, a middle ground if you will, that Democrats and Republicans, business people and workers can agree on, to get this – the economy growing faster, getting people back to work. -Austan Goolsbee

In the absence of sound oversight, responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system. -Barack Obama

I was the classic middle child in some ways, the one who could have been a priest in an alternate universe. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

Look, there is a sort of old view about class which is a very simplistic view that we have got the working class, the middle class and the upper class, I think it is more complicated than that. -Ed Miliband

If, if more stimulus means more tax cuts to small businesses, if, if more stimulus means middle class tax cuts, then I'm for it. -Alexi Giannoulias

We certainly could have voted on making the middle-class tax cuts and tax cuts for working families permanent had the Republicans not insisted that the only way they would support those tax breaks is if we also added $700 billion to the deficit to give tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans. That's what was really disturbing. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I'm a moderate. I hang out in the middle. I vote against my party with some regularity and try to compromise. It doesn't appear right now that the Republican Party is welcoming moderates any more. -Claire McCaskill

So the – the part of the problem is not just the rhetoric. It's the fact that we – we're so polarized in what we've done to each other as parties over the last thirty years in redistricting that it's very, very hard to overcome your own constituencies and move to the middle. -Howard Dean

We can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back. -Barack Obama

I come from an everyday middle class family in India. The film industry reached us only through our television sets and cinema halls. -Lavrenti Lopes

I came from Nebraska, a very middle class family with a progressive father. -Theodore C. Sorensen

You want a story? Read 'Gone With the Wind'. These aren't stories. They're joke books. The whole thing of a beginning, a middle and an end has been done to death. -Brian P. Cleary

This ought to be a season for cooperation in terms of pushing our economy forward, job creation, steadying the middle class, and laying the groundwork for a better future. And that's what we want to work on with Republicans and Democrats. -David Axelrod

Americans don't think we should be raising taxes on anybody, especially in the middle of a recession. -Mitch McConnell

We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class! -Nancy Pelosi

If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further. But I think that people at the high end – people like myself – should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it. -Warren Buffett

All those predictions about how much economic growth will be created by this, all of those new jobs, would be created by the things we wanted – the extension of unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts. An estate tax for millionaires adds exactly zero jobs. A tax cut for billionaires – virtually none. -Anthony Weiner

In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster. -Joe Biden

I'm not politically motivated. I used to be – passionately. I used to be very Left wing. Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle. -Guy Ritchie

My mom and I have always been really close. She's always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn't have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always. -Taylor Swift

A person like myself, born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, to lower-middle-class parents. But I had the opportunity to get an education, to go and earn a commission in the United States Army, to serve for 22 years, to lead men and women in combat. -Allen West

I don't have a normal job, so I really appreciate having friends who are writers and artists. It's fun to have a group of people you can call in the middle of the day to go for a hike. -Natalie Portman

Oh, honey, I'm from Oklahoma! This is who I am – middle-class all the way! -Annette Bening

You either love or you hate. You live in the middle, you get nothing. -Charlie Sheen

'Urban Renewal' was sweet because I've been – unfairly, I would say – plonked in the middle of the road because of a handful of songs. It came at a good time for me, because you do take a bit of a browbeating and, as you get older, you become better at accepting it and realizing why it happens. -Phil Collins

The current Republican Party is not really the Republican Party. It's been hijacked by this group that is not just Islamophobic but, really, xenophobic. They believe in sort of white, middle America, gun-toting – it's scary. They're seriously racist, racist people. -Ron Schiller

I'm incredibly boring; I had a very happy childhood. I never starved, nor did I have a silver spoon in my mouth. I'm one of those terribly middle-of-the-road, British middle class, South London gents. -Jude Law

In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can't afford it. And I refuse to renew them again. -Barack Obama

You know the funny thing, I don't get along with rich people. I get along with the middle class and the poor people better than I get along with the rich people. -Donald Trump

And before our current legislature adjourns, we intend to become the first state of full and true choice by saying to every low and middle-income Hoosier family, if you think a non-government school is the right one for your child, you're as entitled to that option as any wealthy family; here's a voucher, go sign up. -Mitch Daniels

At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in, and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject. I don't. This was a prank, and a silly one. I'm focused on my work. -Anthony Weiner

The economic recession in America wasn't caused by bad luck; it was caused by bad Republican policies. But the Republican candidates are doubling down on the same flawed policies that led to the loss of 3.6 million jobs in the final months of 2008 and gravely affected middle class families across America. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

We're going to need to absorb some pain. The Republicans want to pile all the pain on people who can least afford it and the middle class and Democrats under his leadership want to make sure that we can address deficit reduction and continue to make investments and shared sacrifice is going to be imperative in order to be able to do that. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When theater becomes a soothing middle-class thing, when it's packaged as the Night Out, then that's the death of it. -Ralph Fiennes

The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of the recession because that would just suck up and take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole. -Barack Obama

The American people know the economy is too weak. Too many of them are suffering. So the question for Washington is, are we going to continue to play political games and – and – or are we going to say, we can do something right now to create jobs, to put money in the pockets of the middle-class, hire construction workers, teachers, veterans? -David Plouffe

I'm a warrior for the middle class. -Barack Obama

You can't define what's middle class, what is wealthy, what is poor. -Michael Bloomberg

The more I support with my economic plans the building of a middle class, the quicker they're going to turn around and say, 'Hey, we want a bigger say in things.' So, I knew what I was getting into right at the beginning. It's the right thing to do. -Abdullah II of Jordan

The two championship contenders, Dario Franchitti and Will Power, are starting right next to each other in the middle of the grid. Honestly, if I can be fast enough early in the race to be able to get up there and latch onto those two, it will be pure entertainment. It's going to be a pack race, and you never know how that's going to turn out. -Dan Wheldon

The last thing I want my child to see is Dad running around in the middle of the pack. That would really upset me. And that would upset him. I would be embarrassed to take him to school with kids saying, 'Hey, how'd your dad do this weekend?' 'Well, he finished fifth or sixth'. -Dan Wheldon

You know, without China there is no Wal-Mart and without Wal-Mart there is no middle class and lower class prosperity in the United States. -Arthur Laffer

Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions. -Jaron Lanier

Anyone who's a parent dreads that call in the middle of the night. I have four grown children and I still dread it. -Tony Dungy

I once went to one of those parties where everyone throws their car keys into the middle of the room. I don't know who got my moped, but I drove that Peugeot for years. -Victoria Wood

My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. -Marc Andreessen

In the middle of a play, I go crazy and don't realize what I'm doing. I'll snap back to reality and I realize, 'Hey, I just ripped that boy's helmet off,' or, 'I'm over here twisting this guy's knee. -Brian Bosworth

Coming up as a kid, I played middle linebacker and I was very bow-legged, and I wanted to be like the legendary Dick Butkus. -Earl Campbell

I'm in Alabama. First thing I want to say is Roll Tide! I was at the Alabama/Georgia game last year sitting right in the middle of the Alabama section and saw that they rolled all over them! -Brian Jordan

It's nice to know when you're a part of a story, it's nice to know at least something about the beginning, middle, and end. -Aaron Stanford

I was in the middle of the golf tournament trying to make birdies and I was just having a blast. So that probably qualifies as having a greater appreciation. -David Duval

In the run-up to the 1992 Democratic convention, Clinton's campaign realized that voters thought the young governor had a privileged upbringing. They didn't buy his alleged concern for the middle class. -Dee Dee Myers

Even tax breaks that are supposed to help the middle class too often skew toward the wealthy. Consider the mortgage interest deduction. While political leaders in both parties have long considered it untouchable, it actually helps those at the top of the income scale far more than those at the bottom. -Dee Dee Myers

Turning 50 changed me and I'm far more accepting of myself. I'm not thin, but I am a size 10. I go in at the middle and very much out at the bottom and top. And now I think, 'Well, that's how I am.' -Carol Vorderman

I wish I looked more like my mother, but I think I look like my father. I wish I had one of those naturally beautiful faces. Or a more quirky face. I'm right down the middle: not interesting enough, not pretty enough. -Chloe Sevigny

I'd love to adopt, but having a daughter, Daisy, who's in the middle of her teens, I'm now thinking: Is this a time to start all over again or is this a time to realise those child-rearing years are over? -Joely Richardson

The solid, middle-class values of hard work, responsibility, family, community, and faith my father talked about tirelessly from Iowa to New York, he lived at home. The hopes he had for his family and for me, he had for all Americans. I think Americans understood this. -Chelsea Clinton

I had been thinking for a while about how bored and tired I was of playing straight-down-the-middle everymanish characters that have what I call white guy problems. And I missed playing characters who lacked dignity and more importantly, lacked social skills. -Justin Long

I didn't plan to be the rude middle-class comedian. You write a certain type of joke that you find funny, and mine happen to be often rude. Yes, it's juvenile, but that's me. -Jimmy Carr

'The Bill Engvall Show' is a comedy about a middle-class family in the Midwest. It's a great family show to watch if you want to laugh and unwind. -Nancy Travis

Everyone tells us you really don't know what you're capable of till you're in the middle of it. -Anthony Rapp

I'm just a public-schoolboy. I've got a degree. I'm from a middle-class family in Devon. I've got no story. -Chris Martin

I think it's part of being English, particularly if you are middle-class – you're always looking to be reminded that you are no good and you are always actually embarrassed about being successful. -Chris Martin

I'd like to think my performance is today. I never try to – it's so, as you know, watching me, I have a beginning, middle and ending. But every night the show changes and I relate to an audience and I relate to the young people. -Don Rickles

I could be equally happy on a film set or in the middle of a field. -Samantha Morton

There is an epidemic right now of girls dumbing themselves down… in middle school because they think it makes them attractive. -Danica McKellar

I want to help middle-school girls stay interested in math and be good at it, and see it as friendly and accessible and not this scary thing. Everyone else in society tells them it's not for them. It's for nerdy white guys with pocket protectors. -Danica McKellar

It's kind of a tradition that you get a rookie, put him in the middle, wrap your arms and legs around him, then douse him with everything you can get a hold of – shaving cream, ketchup, mustard, everything. It's kind of like a pie in the face after a guy is successful. -Gary Carter

In fact, it works the other way: A government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class and those who hope to join it. -Mitch Daniels

I feel like I have so many middle-aged women who look up to me. -Dana Torres

I wasn't really geeky. In terms of the high school hierarchy, I was very much in the middle ground. You have the really popular guys, you have the nerdy guys, and then you have the people who really don't care – and that was me. I wasn't really picked on or anything like that. -Callan McAuliffe

If you play it straight it's funny – the best comedy is always played straight down the middle. The adjustment is understanding from the screenplay that a moment is hilarious. -Tom Hiddleston

I started to draw desert islands. They were just rough, shapes in the middle of the page. Then I began drawing shapes within those shapes and I was amazed how quickly the islands got better. It took off from there. -Billy Connolly

Whenever something happens that makes me laugh or if I remember something in the middle of the night that I want to share, I jot the experience down. -Tori Spelling

Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society – at least on the surface. There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect. -Alexander Skarsgard

I was always drawn to performing. I took improv and acting classes during the summers and was involved in middle and high school plays. But when I discovered indie and punk music in high school, those things sort of took over. -Carrie Brownstein

I know from my own personal experience. I was bullied in middle school and high school and went through my fair share of hard times thereafter. Also, one of my really good friends committed suicide when I was in high school. -Brittany Snow

It's kind of true, you do disappear off the planet if you are a middle-aged woman, but that has some advantages as well. -Diane Keaton

I'm a thirty-something ranch wife, mother of four, moderately agoraphobic middle child who grew up on a golf course in the city. -Ree Drummond

Now I live in the middle of nowhere on a working cattle ranch. -Ree Drummond

The truth of the matter is that I live on an isolated cattle ranch in the middle of Oklahoma and that's not going to change. -Ree Drummond

'Rent-a-tile' means when you go to a dance hall, some people take the middle of the dance floor and do their thing. -Sean Paul

The president's grand experiment in trickle-down government has held back rather than sped economic recovery. He seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars. -Mitch Daniels

I know I have this level of celebrity, of fame, international, national, whatever you want to call it, but it's a pretty surreal thing to think sometimes that you're in the middle of another famous person's life and you think to yourself, 'How the hell did I get famous? What is this some weird club that we're in?' -Kevin Costner

I've got no hamstring in the middle. I'm basically running on two hamstrings on my right leg and three on the other. That injury has probably changed my whole career. I've been compromised from the age of 19. -Michael Owen

That's what the internet is: it's like bombarding your eyeballs with these myriad blinking colour lights. It's like trying to watch a movie on your phone in the middle of Times Square. -Michel Gondry

While I have worked hard to bring folks to the middle to craft common-sense solutions to the many problems that confront our nation, Washington is mired in gridlock, gamesmanship and constant partisan bickering. -Mike Ross

We have a queen-size bed and the dog sleeps in the middle. John and I are sort of these little quotation marks on either corner. -Rachael Ray

I live in, literally, the same home when I was swiping my first bank card and wondering if I'd have to put back the Charmin. We still don't have a dishwasher. My mom has done all these gardens so now my house looks like the garden shack in the middle of Versailles. -Rachael Ray

As a newly married person, as much as I would love for my husband to buy into the 'my way or the highway' philosophy, you realize it's all about compromising and finding some sort of middle ground that everyone can live with. -Gabrielle Union

I once owned a really, really ugly pair of white leather boots. They were so bad. It was back in the '80s! It was just a really tacky fashion choice when I was in middle school, and I thought it was cool. I'm really embarrassed. -Jordana Brewster

I got my family here and my career here and I'm sitting here in the middle, and I'm stuck. So I have to do something, you know, have to reach out and get some help. -William Perry

I'm always that annoying person that pulls out the camera in the middle of dinner and starts taking candids. -Maria Sharapova

There was a ton of fighting between my mother and father. The kids would be thrown into the middle, to choose sides. -Nick Carter

I'm from a nice, suburban, middle-class family, but my tattoos remind me where I've been. -Tom Hardy

I love Twitter! At first I made fun of it, because it is very narcissistic, and there's already so much narcissism flowing in this industry, I was like, 'Really, one more?' So I was against it at first. But I really love the idea of the direct connection – there's no middle man muddling it up. -Kelly Clarkson

Call me an over anxious, middle-class mum, but my eight-and-a-half-year old son looks very much, to me, like he's headed for a life of crime. -Arabella Weir

We all have a role to play – the President, Congress, parents, students and schools – in making college affordable and keeping the middle class dream alive. -Arne Duncan

I've never progressed very far from my days as a smart aleck in middle school. -Carl Hiaasen

When I'm deciding to read a book, I never open to the first chapter, because that's been revised and worked over 88 times. I'll just turn to the middle of the book, to the middle of a chapter, and just read a random page and I'll know right away whether this is the real deal or not. -Carl Hiaasen

Lots of people can write a good first page but to sustain it, that's my litmus test. If I flip to the middle of the book and there's a piece of dialogue that's just outstanding, or a description, then I'll flip back to the first page and start it. -Carl Hiaasen

I may, and I think I represent a tradition that means a lot to me, which has really always been about fighting for others, for middle-class families, for working class – for working people, you know, and that's a tradition and a commitment that I take very seriously. -Caroline Kennedy

I was going to middle school in Berkley, and I did not fit in at all. Like a lot of kids, I found theater to be a good place for me. -Curtis Armstrong

You want to help gay kids, you have to reach them in middle school and high school, when they're being bullied. -Dan Savage

The successes of the LGBT civil rights movement and the more prominent role openly gay people are playing in the public eye has actually turned up the temperature in middle schools and high schools for queer kids. -Dan Savage

Remember, America's greatness is based on creating wealth like the rest of the world has never known, and then, making sure it's shared throughout a middle class and even the underprivileged. -Darrell Issa

I was a communist, but being left-wing was fashionable. I was no different from thousands of middle-class kids. -Miuccia Prada

I was a middle child and was used to negotiating. But there was nothing I could do to reverse my mother's condition. -Leeza Gibbons

There's a wider agenda that speaks to what the Democratic Party has historically stood for, which are economic rights for those who are struggling in the middle class, concern for the poor, for economic justice for those who are marginalized in our society. -Mike McCurry

Largely this is a class thing – writers tend to be cosseted little middle-class kiddies who think that the world owes them a royalty cheque. But just doing it – being in your room for years on end, locked in your head, alone with invented ghosts – it weakens and softens the body. And I know I can't just live in my head. -Tony Parsons

Brain power improves by brain use, just as our bodily strength grows with exercise. And there is no doubt that a large proportion of the female population, from school days to late middle age, now have very complicated lives indeed. -A. N. Wilson

Ten years ago I said, you know, my goal is to be able to get food on the table. What I'm trying to say by that is trying to create a vibrant, capable and effective middle class. The quicker and stronger that we can be able to do this, the easier it is for political reform to move forward. -Abdullah II of Jordan

The union movement has been the best middle class job creating program that America has ever had, and it doesn't cost the government a dime. -Andy Stern

Manufacturing and other unskilled professions that were union jobs, that allowed people to live a middle-class life, are disappearing both because unions are disappearing and because of the global nature of the economy. -Andy Stern

We are the ones looking out for the middle class. Who do think pays for the endless expansion of government? Its middle class taxpayers. Our reforms protect middle class taxpayers. -Scott Walker

Free enterprise has done more to lift people out of poverty, to help build a strong middle class, to help educate our kids, and to make our lives better than all the programs of government combined. -Mitt Romney

The big fish run the show. I'm a middle fish, but there are small fish that are poisonous. -Roberto Cavalli

I wouldn't go out of my way to experience the indignity of middle-age just because it might be good meat for a story. -Roddy Doyle

These awful middle-class queens – which is what the gay movement has become – are so tiresome. It's all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. -Rupert Everett

I want people to know that movie stars live a normal, middle-class life. -Shah Rukh Khan

In my generation, except for a few people who'd gone into banking or nursing or something like that, middle-class women didn't have careers. You were to marry and have children and be a nice mother. You didn't go out and do anything. I found that I got restless. -Julia Child

Purchase items that can be made into several meals, like a whole roasted chicken, or bag of sweet potatoes, and shop the periphery of the grocery store, avoiding the middle aisles full of processed and higher-priced foods. -Cat Cora

I once stood in the middle of New York city watching my name go round the electronic zipper sign in Times Square and I felt pretty thrilled, but not quite as thrilled as I felt when I saw my name in the 'Examiner' for the first time. -Simon Armitage

We're facing a natural disaster in the middle of an economic disaster. The federal government has to balance its budget the way our families do. -Nan Hayworth

I was raised in a solidly upper-middle class family who had really strong values and excess was not one of the things that my family put up with. And there's something wildy decadent about the young-star lifestyle, and I just don't really see the point. -Anne Hathaway

In the middle of the night, when you're ambiguously ethnic, like me, when you're brown, beige, mauve, siena, one of those lighter browns in the Crayola box. You have to be careful of the cops and robbers, because nobody's quite sure what you are, but everybody has assumptions. -Sherman Alexie

In real life there are indeed black people who have been in the middle class for generations, but in entertainment it's as if they don't exist. -Stephen Carter

It's well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they're in middle school. -Sally Ride

I've decided to run for the U.S. Senate because I believe Wisconsin families need a senator who will work hard to deliver results for the middle class – a leader with the courage to do what's right, no matter how tough the odds or how powerful the special interests we have to fight. -Tammy Baldwin

Let me tell you, the heart of my tax proposal: I will not raise taxes on the American people. I will not raise taxes on middle-income Americans. -Mitt Romney

And so whether it's failing to move forward on the Dream Act, failing to move forward on putting teachers back to work, failing to do all the things we could do right now to help the economy and middle class, this Congress is just saying no. -David Plouffe

We're facing headwinds from Europe. Europe doing the right things here to stabilize their situation is important to our small businesses, our workers, the middle class here, and overall economy. -David Plouffe

I get the beginning. I get the end. Then I write the middle. That's how I do it. -Chazz Palminteri

Abraham Lincoln comes from nothing, has no education, no money, lives in the middle of nowhere on the frontier. And despite the fact that he suffers one tragedy and one setback after another, through sheer force of will, he becomes something extraordinary: not only the president but the person who almost single-handedly united the country. -Seth Grahame-Smith

It's much easier for a middle class Indian entrepreneur to start up a computer company than it is for an Indian company to build roads and transportation systems suitable for a population that is getting wealthier and demanding more basic services. -Jerry A. Webman

If you start very far to the left, it's harder to get to the middle. -Rob Portman

I think the success of democracy is not really police security; it's the presence of a broad middle class. The stronger the middle class of a people is, the less you have to worry about one group coming in and exploiting the democratic process for its own ends. -Abdullah II of Jordan

I sometimes look around that studio in the middle of commercials and think, 'Really?' -Candy Crowley

You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am. -Joe Biden

I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking. -Ray Bradbury

In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. -Mitt Romney

And let me make this very clear – unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class. As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion. -Mitt Romney

Immigration is a volatile issue, but we're in the middle of it now, and probably the worst thing to do is to not do anything. Everybody recognizes the current system is not working the way we want it to work. It has huge flaws to it; need to do something. -Sam Brownback

I've been writing for a long time. I sat down to write my first novel in the middle of March of 1982. -J. A. Jance

China is a country, still, of great contrast. While hundreds of millions of people are part of the middle class and yearn for things made in America – American brands, movies, music – there are other hundreds of millions of people throughout China who are living on the equivalent of one U.S. dollar a day. -Gary Locke

The explosive growth in places like Shanghai has helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into a thriving new middle class. What China has done is nothing short of an economic transformation, and the citizens of this country have every right to be proud. -Gary Locke

I have never run for political office, but every night I am reaching out to millions of Americans on the radio and I am deeply concerned that the middle class of the United States is being sold out to multi-national corporations with a globalist agenda. -George Noory

To be on 'Coast to Coast,' you have to be willing to stay awake in the middle of the night. But in return you get a great audience of millions of listeners all across the nation. -George Noory

We need a government that does not give in to a globalist agenda, an agenda I am now convinced seeks to bring American as a sovereign nation and the middle class to their knees. -George Noory

Why are we outsourcing millions of high-paying jobs to China and India? Why don't we secure the border and stop the country from being flooded with millions of illegal immigrants? These are important questions on the mind of middle class voters all over America. -George Noory

Because we believe that you got to build the economy from middle out and not from the top down. -Antonio Villaraigosa

Romney economics would spell disaster for America's middle class. In this economy there are shipbuilders and ship wreckers. -Martin O'Malley

Our parents and grandparents understood this truth deeply. They believed – as we do – that to create jobs, a modern economy requires modern investments: educating, innovating and rebuilding for our children's future. Building an economy to last, from the middle class up, not from the billionaires down. -Martin O'Malley

The auto industry is standing today. The middle class is standing today. Ohio is standing today. America is standing strong today. -Ted Strickland

We can move America forward with a strong middle class. We can move America forward with a strong Democratic majority in the Senate. And together we can move America forward with Barack Obama in the White House. -Harry Reid

We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class. -Cory Booker

But this convention is about more than re-nominating President Obama. It's about Americans coming together to build one economy – not from the top down, but from the middle class out and the bottom up. -Debbie Wasserman Schultz

When it comes to America's economy, the truth is that Mitt Romney believes that the key to our country's economic future lies in the failed policies of the past, the same ones that put banks before people, Wall Street before Main Street, plunging us into recession and devastating the middle class. -Charlie Gonzalez

Like a lot of you, I grew up in a family on the ragged edges of the middle class. My daddy sold carpeting and ended up as a maintenance man. After he had a heart attack, my mom worked the phones at Sears so we could hang on to our house. -Elizabeth Warren

We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years. -Paul Ryan

And in terms of their crown jewel legislative achievement: who knew that when asked, 'will government impose a new federal mandate requiring middle class Americans to buy health insurance whether they can afford it or not?' The answer would be 'Yes we can!' -Artur Davis

Reading serves as a good escape when you're in the middle of doing crazy things. -Carly Rae Jepsen

We either believe in the dignity of the individual, the rule of law, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment, or we don't. There is no middle ground. -Leon Panetta

One of the things I get amused by is when my opponent talks about the middle class. -Scott Walker

A candidate who tries to steer a path down the middle in an effort to 'win independents' runs the risk of convincing everyone that they have no core values. As much as – or more than – any other voters, independents want to see conviction and authenticity. -John Sununu

Since the heady days of the 2009 Inauguration, middle-class independents have grown increasingly distant from Obama. Working-class voters – always more enamored of Clinton – have grown even more wary and distrustful of the Chicagoan. Both voting blocs pose the danger of serious defection in 2012. Without their support, Obama cannot win. -Douglas Wilder

We want to repeal the ObamaCare tax. We want to save middle class families from European health care. And that's what we're going to do as a party and that's what Mitt Romney will do on day one. -Reince Priebus

With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America's middle class. -Nancy Pelosi

I really enjoy playing the piano. I took lessons throughout middle school, but I had to drop the lessons. I actually got too busy, but I hope to pick up the lessons when I'm in college if I can. -Miranda Leek

There is absolutely no one, apart from yourself, who can prevent you, in the middle of the night, from sneaking down to tidy up the edges of that hunk of cheese at the back of the fridge. -Boris Johnson

From education to broadband, from building roads and bridges to supporting the military, Barack Obama is delivering for North Carolina. And he is delivering for America. A growing middle class is the foundation for a strong America. -Bev Perdue

We can go back to economic plans that are only designed to benefit the wealthiest among us, like Mitt Romney. Or we can keep moving forward with President Obama's vision for a growing economy that works for middle-class families in North Carolina and all across the country. For me, for North Carolina and for America, it's an easy choice. -Bev Perdue

Today, families like the one I grew up in still believe in that American dream. But as President Obama says, it's a make-or-break moment for the middle class. Mitt Romney's plans would make things worse. -Chuck Schumer

Barack Obama knows that to create an economy built to last, we need to focus on middle-class families. Families who stay up on Sunday nights pacing the floor, like my dad did, while their children, tucked in bed, dream big dreams. Families who aren't sure what Monday morning will bring, but who believe our nation's best days are still ahead. -Chuck Schumer

We face a choice this election. President Obama is fighting for changes that grow the economy from the middle out and help all Americans succeed – jobs, education, health reform, the DREAM Act, equal pay for women. He is moving us forward with opportunity today for prosperity tomorrow. Mitt Romney wants to take us back to yesterday. -Eva Longoria

If you want a future of shared prosperity, where the middle class is growing and poverty is declining, where the American Dream is alive and well, and where the United States remains the leading force for peace and prosperity in a highly competitive world, you should vote for Barack Obama. -William J. Clinton

Wall Street shouldn't be deregulated. I think Wall Street and Main Street need to play by the same set of rules. The middle-class can't carry the burden any longer, that is what happened in the last decade. They had to bail out Wall Street. -Stephanie Cutter

You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have. Education was the gateway to opportunity for me. It was the gateway for Michelle. And now more than ever, it is the gateway to a middle-class life. -Barack Obama

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have been working hard to help middle-class families make it in America. -Steny Hoyer

For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality. -Nancy Pelosi

Democrats believe we must create jobs, not protect the special interests; build the economy from the middle out, not the top down. -Nancy Pelosi

Women leading means that Congress is working to create jobs, make quality child care more affordable and strengthen the middle class because we understand that America grows the economy and opportunity from the middle out, not the top down. -Barbara Mikulski

I don't want to push the envelope. Let the envelope stay in the middle of the table. I'll just make you laugh. -Rita Rudner

The middle class is so funny, it's the class I know best, and it's the class where you find the most pretension, so that's what makes the middle classes so funny. -J. K. Rowling

Drumming is my middle name. -Ringo Starr

On stage, I'm this figure, this actor, who does things that people aren't used to seeing and I relish in that reaction. In real life, though, I play golf, I shop and I walk around with no makeup on and my hair in a ponytail. I may not be the typical middle-aged Joe, but I'm closer to normal than you think. -Alice Cooper

Not until my middle thirties did I consider myself a novelist. -Rita Mae Brown

You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different – it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit. -Damian Lewis

I believe 'Hollywood' is more like middle America than many people imagine. -Steven Levitan

I really had a rough time in middle school. Middle school to me was the way most people explain high school. Then in high school I had a blast. I basically did everything that you would do in high school or in college, so it really wasn't a difficult thing to pull out. -Hayden Panettiere

I was born in Boston, but then I went down to Virginia. We spent a little time in Maryland, and then were in Virginia by the time I was seven. What struck me the most was that my mother thought that she had gone to the middle of nowhere, and we would still drive four hours for her to get her hair cut in Washington, D.C. -Connie Britton

The middle class, one of the great achievements in history, is becoming more of a relic than a reality. -Jon Meacham

The point about a great story is that it's got a beginning, a middle and end. -Alan Rickman

So as I was growing up, my father was always in the middle of making a film or preparing a film. It was a full-time, all-consuming type of operation. -Barbara Broccoli

Since the day Martin Luther King was killed, the black middle classes have almost quadrupled, but the percentage of black children living on or below the poverty line is almost the same. -Henry Louis Gates

Most black leaders, whether left, right or center, from Frederick Douglas and Martin Delaney on in the middle of the 19th century have not even wondered about the merits of the capitalist system. -Henry Louis Gates

There is no middle ground in Hollywood; you're a failure or you're a success. That mentality is wild. -Javier Bardem

The middle and working classes are paying the debt that the financial markets created. -Javier Bardem

I believe that my children, who are young, will look back on the early years of the 21st century in rather the same way I look back on the middle of the 20th: as a time when seemingly respectable people supported discrimination against Americans simply because those Americans were different from themselves. -Jon Meacham

Whoever rises to deliver the inaugural Address of 2013 will speak to a nation in which the American Dream is under profound economic and cultural pressure. This is perhaps best measured by the state of the middle class. -Jon Meacham

Rural Americans want leaders who help middle-class communities to plan and prosper over the long-term – not opportunists who reap the rewards for themselves, leaving nothing for the people who do the sowing. -Tom Vilsack

USDA is committed to keeping pace with the needs and progress of American agriculture by supporting new markets and movements that will keep farmers profitable and help create middle class jobs across the country. -Tom Vilsack

I will not accept a new wave of fiscal retrenchment, of belt-tightening, without asking people at the top to make their contribution, to make an additional contribution. I don't think you can ask people on middle and low incomes, who, after all, are the vast majority of the British population, to bear the brunt of this adjustment. -Nick Clegg

Most people in this country are very fair-minded; they understand we're in the middle of a very difficult journey of repairing, rescuing, restoring our British economy, and they want us, and they want particularly Liberal Democrats in government, to fight for the fairest possible way of doing that. -Nick Clegg

I had a happy, dramafree youth, growing up in an upper-middle-class neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. The only thing that was slightly unusual compared to most of my friends was that I was an only child… I don't think that's why my parents gave me a dummy, at least they've never copped to it. -Jeff Dunham

You know, I don't really understand a suburban environment. I want to be out in the woods, I want to be where it's wild, I want to wake up and hear birds, I want to walk outside and see a gaggle of turkeys bouncing across my lawn – I want to be someplace like that – or I want to be right in the middle of an urban environment. -Karen Allen

I think I'm in the majority of Americans. I believe that I am in the mainstream of middle America. -Michael Moore

It's an interesting thing when you discover something about yourself. To go: 'Wow, I'm not the person I thought I was. I'm in the middle of something and I can't actually deal with it.' -Keira Knightley

My parents were kind of over protective people. Me and my sister had to play in the backyard all the time. They bought us bikes for Christmas but wouldn't let us ride in the street, we had to ride in the backyard. Another Christmas, my dad got me a basketball hoop and put it in the middle of the lawn! You can't dribble on grass. -Jimmy Fallon

The technology that threatens to kill off books as we know them – the 'physical book,' a new phrase in our language – is also making the physical book capable of being more beautiful than books have been since the middle ages. -Art Spiegelman

A psychologist once told me that for a boy being in the middle of a conflict between two women is the worst possible situation. There's always a desire to please each one. -Hillary Clinton

As a runner on a film, you are the lowest of the low, and yet you have incredible access to everyone. I can totally imagine that for actors in the middle of a Hollywood bubble, all they really want is a sense of normality, and that gopher can be a tap for that. -Eddie Redmayne

We think wireless is going to grow tremendously. Do I think people are going to watch an episode of 'Survivor' on a 2-inch television set? I doubt it. But I do think somebody's going to go to a grocery store in the middle of a football game and watch that game. -Leslie Moonves

I favor the extension of the middle-class tax cuts because in a recession they're stimulative and they help with demand. -Peter Welch

There's no conscious plan here; my whole life in politics as a state legislator and in Congress has been about strengthening the middle class. -Peter Welch

You know, you cut taxes for the rich sometimes and it sits in a bank account. You cut taxes for the middle class, they will spend the money. -Andrew Cuomo

In a sense the quest for the emancipation of black people in the U.S. has always been a quest for economic liberation which means to a certain extent that the rise of black middle class would be inevitable. -Angela Davis

A strong, educated middle class is what made America the greatest country in the world. -Lincoln Chafee

I think when I was in my early twenties and middle twenties I didn't even know I wasn't living up to my potential. A couple of friends told me I wasn't and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me. -Shirley MacLaine

Well, certainly one of the ironies of the success of affirmative action is that the middle class within the black community no longer lives within 'black community' by and large. -Henry Louis Gates

The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination, by itself, would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor, while expanding opportunities for economic betterment. -Henry Louis Gates

The most ironic outcome of the black Civil Rights movement has been the creation of a new black middle class which is increasingly separate from the black underclass. -Henry Louis Gates

It's not white versus black any more, it's haves versus have-nots. Unless the black middle-classes unite to promote the interests of the black underclass, tension between them is inevitable. What we, the black middle class have to do, is think of a strategy to avert that. -Henry Louis Gates

I kind of went into soap opera with 'General Hospital' in the '80s. It's like theater because every day it's a new script, which really doesn't have a beginning, middle or end like a play or a movie script. So you have to be on your toes and bring it every day. And you have to be spontaneous, which is really how I like to work. -Jack Wagner

Ageism works in both directions. As a teenager in the public eye, people would talk condescendingly to me. When you get older there's this feeling that you have to start carving up your face and body. Right now I'm in the middle ground – I think women in their thirties are taken seriously. -Alanis Morissette

From the beginning, I knew intuitively that if nothing else, music was safe, and that nobody could tell me anything about it. Music didn't need a middleman, whereas all the other things in school needed some kind of explanation. -Eric Clapton

One of the great privileges of having grown up in a middle-class literary English household, but having gone to school in the front lines in Southeast London, was that I became half-street-urchin and half-good-boy at home. I knew that dichotomy was possible. -Daniel Day-Lewis

In middle school, we are all so damn insecure. It was the worst time for me, really destructive, like slapping myself across the face but loving it. Now I have to be an adult and change myself. I have to be a bigger person. -Nikki Reed

I think stories do have an ending. I think they need to have an ending eventually because that is a story: a beginning, middle and end. If you draw out the end too long, I think storytelling can get tired. -Melissa Rosenberg

My dad dragged me to a Bruce Springsteen concert as a kid. It was my first concert, but I fell asleep in the middle. My second concert was Weezer on the 'Pinkerton' tour, and 'Pinkerton' is the reason why I'm doing this. -Nate Ruess

I've tried to bring the mentality of the outside linebacker to the inside and the rough, tough style of an inside linebacker to the outside. The middle linebacker always has been known as kind of a big plugger. Outside guys are known to be able to run. I just try to make big plays wherever I am. -Junior Seau

I know I will never wear sandals now anywhere. I got in a fight in the back of a grocery store when I was really young, like 14 or something. And I remember my feet were so torn up afterwards because I lost my sandals in the middle of the fight. My toenail was missing. It just sucked. -Channing Tatum

Every Southerner, I think, knows people like Bill Clinton, maybe not quite as smart and maybe not quite as liberal, but kind of a glad-handing, country-club yuppie Southerner. The problem is we don't have labels for middle-class Southerners. -John Shelton Reed

Country music historically has been sort of middle-aged people's music. -John Shelton Reed

Directing is a really kind of amazing thing, because you're helping others and, in the middle of that, you have to worry about yourself. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

Syria is geographically and politically in the middle of the Middle East. -Bashar al-Assad

Both chronic, long-term poverty and downward mobility from the middle class are in the same category of things that America likes not to think about. -Barbara Ehrenreich

You have no idea how humiliating it was, as a boy, to suddenly have all your clothes, your toys, snatched by the bailiff. I mean we were a middle-class family, it's not as if it was happening up and down the street. It made me ashamed, I felt dirty. -John le Carre

I didn't grow up with great privilege, nor did I grow up wanting for anything. I was a middle-class kid and, relative to the rest of the world, that's great wealth. -Matt Damon

Everything is about class in England, whether it's upper, lower or middle. Why should that be? -Francesca Annis

I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants. -Billy Corgan

I live right in the middle of nowhere and I thoroughly enjoy it. -Tom Felton

Man, coaching is a hard job, and it requires a lot of time… I hear stories from coaches who tell me that players call them in the middle of the night not knowing where they parked their car. -Joe Montana

Another challenge? Getting up at 6:30 in the morning to go act. It's not fun acting that early in the morning or acting at 4 A.M in the middle of the night or in the morning when you're really tired. That's a challenge. What a luxurious problem to have. -George Eads

The chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change. -J. G. Ballard

Now, have I ever been tempted to break into a Krispy Kreme doughnut store in the middle of the night? Oh, yeah. God help us if I had a minibar stocked with cheesecake and chicken-fried steak. -Mike Huckabee

Banks operate like a man who either wears his trousers round his chest, stifling breathing, as now, or round his ankles, exposing his assets. We want their trousers tied round their middle: steady lending growth; particularly to productive British business, especially small scale enterprise. -Vince Cable

In middle school, I really didn't have music, but in high school, I remember taking a lot of choir and drama. -Adam Lambert

I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business, middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing. -V. S. Naipaul

High school was interesting, because I went from a public school middle school to an academy where the first year we were doing Latin, chemistry, biology. I mean, I was woefully unprepared for the type of study. -Kyle Chandler

You know, in China, they say, come on over, we'll build the plant for you. Of course, then they steal your patents, but the reality is that they are aggressively trying to take our jobs. Every other country is. They know that to have a middle class, you have to make things. -Debbie Stabenow

I want to look at the whole package, but I definitely want to protect the middle-class taxpayer, first and foremost. -Kay Hagan

I am fighting for those middle-class families who want us to deal with our debt and deficit, but they also want the investments that are critical to our country moving forward. -Patty Murray

Teenagers especially are very, very conscious about what is hip and what is lame and what is square and what is out and what is in, you know. And, I mean, I grew up right there in the middle of a black culture. And I knew dead-on what it was. -Jerry Leiber

The biggest opportunity in 2013 is in Africa. It has seven out of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. In Nigeria alone there are 100 million people with mobile phones. In total, 300 million Africans – five times the population of Britain – are in the middle class. -David Miliband

The 1970s – I was ten in 1975 – were a bad decade in all sorts of ways but the middle class had comfortable assumptions about the prospects for its children. The middle class was smaller then; it was a much less competitive Britain, less meritocratic. -David Miliband

I'm a Cancerian, the typical crab with the tough outer shell and the soft bit in the middle. I don't think I'll ever come to terms with people being unnecessarily nasty, but I can take it if someone doesn't like my music – I'm not everyone's cup of tea. -Katherine Jenkins

I've always said that I count myself as a classical crossover artist. To be so, you have to have the core classical training, which I did for many, many years, but also be interested in the pop side of things. You can fit in somewhere in the middle. I feel I do that really well. -Katherine Jenkins

There is this notion that the lives of the comfortable-off middle class don't merit being treated seriously and with compassion. -William Nicholson

President Obama is casting his lot in the middle of a debate as old as America itself: Are we rugged individualists pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps? Or are we a nation of community, all connected and counting on one another? -Ron Fournier

God's been good to me, He really has. I don't know why he picked me out… Just think about it: I virtually coached in my hometown. From the middle of the Meadowlands field, it can't be but a couple of miles. I was lucky to do that. -Bill Parcells

I don't know much about only children. I was the middle one of three, and if ever I was alone with mum and dad, it was a rare moment. -Elizabeth Hurley

I don't like being too looked up at or too looked down on. I prefer meeting in the middle to being worshiped or spat out. -Joni Mitchell

Now, my body fat runs around 18 percent, which is normal and, you know, kind of in the middle of normal, actually. -Phil McGraw

If you want to be an entrepreneur, it's not a job, it's a lifestyle. It defines you. Forget about vacations, about going home at 6 pm – last thing at night you'll send emails, first thing in the morning you'll read emails, and you'll wake up in the middle of the night. But it's hugely rewarding as you're fulfilling something for yourself. -Niklas Zennstrom

I turned 24 in the middle of my first World Cup and it was quite an unbelievable experience. It's really hard for words to do it justice. -Cobi Jones

I am the model middle child. I am patient and I like to take care of everyone. Being called nice is a compliment. It's not a boring way to describe me. -Jennifer Garner

The formula for achieving middle-class success is simple: Finish high school; don't have a child before the age of 20; and get married before having the child. -Larry Elder

I was once stranded on a broken-down boat in shark-infested waters in the middle of the Indian Ocean for five days before we were rescued while doing a 'Vogue' shoot. -Helena Christensen

The Tea Party isolated Mitt Romney from mainstream voters, linking him to a rabid ideology that he could not shake as he desperately tried to move to the middle in the closing weeks of the campaign. Lesson: The loudest voices don't often command the votes needed to win in November. -Eliot Spitzer

Film and television are just different. Film is cool because it's a complete package. You know the beginning, middle, and end. You can plan it out more, which I like. But with television you get a new script every week, so it's constantly a mystery as to what you're going to be doing. -Austin Butler

I like the idea of accessibility, coming from a lower-middle-class background myself, I feel like beauty and products should be accessible to all women over the world. -Diane Kruger

When I was at college, I worked in a department store called Brit Home Stores, which is a pretty lackluster department store, selling clothes for middle-aged women. My job was to walk the floor and find anything that was damaged, take it to the store room and log it. -Dominic Monaghan

I was a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school. -Katharine McPhee

I started cooking out of middle school depression. -Zac Posen

I am a very open person, and I'm always nervous of being misconstrued. Sitting in the middle of a restaurant makes me nervous. I feel like I'm being judged. And it's funny that I should feel that way. -Rachel Hunter

People challenge my nerd cred all the time. I just show them the photo of me winning my middle-school science fair, wearing my Casio calculator watch and eyeglasses so big they look like they can see the future. -Aisha Tyler

The weird thing is that working within an established story was actually kind of liberating. You know the beginning and middle and end, more or less, so there's less pressure to figure all that out. -Dave Eggers

By keeping most tax rates at present levels, Obama and the Democrats will claim that they have championed tax cuts for the middle class. -John Podhoretz

I would always prefer radio or working behind the scenes where I don't have to be seen. I don't like how appearance oriented TV is (especially now that I'm middle aged!). But I am developing a show revolving around animal rescue which will hopefully entertain and maybe do a bit of good for the cause as well. -Susan Olsen

I was fortunate to grow up in a middle-class home with two hardworking parents who enjoyed both reading and mathematics. -Freeman A. Hrabowski III

I'd like to retire at 50 but I don't want to sell papers in the middle of London on a Zimmer. -Graham Norton

I like the idea of the documentary as a portrait. There's not a chronological beginning, middle, and end structure. You build something in the editing room that's shaped by getting to know the person and digging deeper, unpeeling the layers of them as you get to know them. -Spike Jonze

My high school experience was pretty good, but my middle school experience was god awful. It was horrible. I got picked on like no tomorrow. -Zachary Levi

Yanukovych has changed everything in Ukrainian jails – real criminals have been released, while representatives of the middle class and politically rebellious free-minded people have filled the prisons. -Yulia Tymoshenko

There are many countries in the world that when they reached the middle-income stage, they witnessed serious structural problems such as growth stagnation, a widening wealth gap and increasing social unrest. -Li Keqiang

I'm in the middle of my own 'Project Runway' challenge given to me by my daughter's preschool. All the parents have to make an outfit for their kids, for school pictures, made entirely out of recycled objects. I can not believe I have homework. -Busy Philipps

I'm in the middle of my sixth book, which is about animals at the Los Angeles Zoo. -Betty White

Especially for me, growing up in such a small town in the middle of nowhere, the desire to be away was incredible. I wanted to see new lands, meet new people from the city, and meet people that were in much less fortunate situations than I was, so that I could be more appreciative of my present. At least I had food on the table. -Garrett Hedlund

That literary-popular distinction is, in my view, vastly overstated. At the far poles there are clearly books that are purely commercial and purely literary, written for audiences that want to see the same thing enacted over and over and over again. But the middle is where most people read and most people write. -Justin Cronin

Any middle-aged woman knows that our feet are not for the faint of heart, especially in midwinter. I wear clogs, so it's actually like my feet are wooden now. -Lisa Scottoline

I grew up in a middle class English family just outside London. I wasn't surrounded by that speedy city lifestyle, it was a little mellower. -Ed Westwick

Elizabeth Peyton, the artist known for tiny, dazzling portraits of radiant youth, is now painting tiny, dazzling portraits of radiant middle age. -Jerry Saltz

I was always an actor, starting in middle school. I was in all the plays and all that. But dancing didn't come into my life until late into high school. -Harry Shum, Jr.

The key is to cut out the middleman and empower both doctor and patient with information about what things cost. -Ben Carson

Maybe it's time to go back 2,000 years for a spiritual renaissance. If not, our days may be numbered and a terrible implosion is coming. There is no more middle ground. It is one or the other. -Joel C. Rosenberg

I have always thought, genuinely thought, that elections are like world cups. They sometimes look easier from the outside and they are very difficult when you are in the middle of them. -John Key

I fear dying in the middle of a book. It would be so annoying to write 80,000 words and not get to the end. I'm phobic about it. So when I'm writing a book I leave messages all over the house for people to know how the story ends, and then someone can finish it for me. -Anthony Horowitz

Miami Beach – that's where I grew up, in a middle-class Jewish family led by my maternal grandfather. Me, my great-grandmother – a Holocaust survivor, who was my roommate – my grandparents, my mom and her brother all shared a four-bedroom house. -Brett Ratner

I think, and I mean this sincerely, I was raised humbly. We were a lower middle income family and a household that was scrimping by at times. We were watching the dollar, stretching the dollar, and coupons. It was all those things. -Bryan Cranston

I was a ballplayer, but only for a limited time. I grew up playing in Wisconsin. It's a very sports-centric part of the country that I grew up in and I played a lot of sports, but baseball first and foremost. I played through high school. I was a middle-infielder. -Chad Harbach

Breaking is when someone starts to laugh in the middle of a scene, which is so fun to watch. -Kaitlin Olson

Doing nothing while the middle class is hurting. That's not leadership. Loose regulations and lax enforcement. That's not leadership. That's abandoning our middle class. -Kamala Harris

I was convinced in middle school that I invented tight-rolling your pants, because I would get hand-me-downs from my brothers, and of course they were bell-bottoms from the '70s. So I would fold and fold over the bells. I like to think I started the trend. But I didn't. -Patrick Wilson

Doubt is the middle position between knowledge and ignorance. It encompasses cynicism but also genuine questioning. -Vera Farmiga

When I think of 'Nightmare on Elm Street,' there was a warmth to those teenagers that I related to. They were not aware that they were in the middle of a horror film, and I really loved those characters and I empathized with them. -Jason Reitman

I spend up to two hours a day on correspondence. Hearing from fans on the Internet and being able to directly respond to the fan base is exciting. You can cut out the middle man like the fan club… before a recent appearance in Tyler, Texas, I had fans reaching out on MySpace offering their lake house, Mavericks tickets. It was amazing. -Josh Henderson

Considered purely as effects-driven filmed drama, 'The Day After Tomorrow' checks in somewhere in the middle of one of Hollywood's most absurd and least lamented dead genres, the disaster pic of the '70s. It's a little better than 'Earthquake' but not as good as 'The Towering Inferno,' because it doesn't star Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. -Stephen Hunter

I snack on fruit and nuts. In the middle of my long workouts, I'll have a protein shake. -Lindsey Vonn

Millions of people are falling out of the middle class into the ranks of the poor. -Simon Mainwaring

Oddly, the meanings of books are defined for me much more by their beginnings and middles than they are by their endings. -Lev Grossman

A novel with a bad middle is a bad book. A bad ending is something I've just gotten in the habit of forgiving. -Lev Grossman

I love that there's a beginning, middle and end to a film and you can craft what the whole journey is going to look like. -Jennifer Carpenter

Sometimes, the Internet can feel like a middle-school playground populated by brats in ski masks who name-call and taunt with the fake bravery of the anonymous. But sometimes – thank goodness – it's nicer than real life. -Susan Orlean

Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people – and a small slice of life being passed off as an authentic portrait of the country. -Aravind Adiga

In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe. -Aravind Adiga

England is strictly class-based. What's surprising is how many films are still made with a load of people in silly frocks running around gardens and talking in middle-class accents. -Stephen Daldry

I think it's harder than ever to be an artist. I think that you end up, especially as a middle-aged person, you pay such big consequences for saying, 'I'm just going to devote my life to making art,' or 'I'm going to devote my life to writing novels.' You end up with no resources. -Dana Spiotta

I come from a wonderful family. My mother was a pianist and my father was a salesman. They were very middle-class, very middle-Western. -Charles Kimbrough

I work every day until I do not have more to say. I learned from Graham Greene that a very good way is to stop work in the middle of a sentence. Then you know exactly how to continue the day after. -Henning Mankell

I was sleeping in a water bed for a couple of years, recommended by my doctor. I was never comfortable in that water bed. In the middle of the night you would hear something happening – water and bubbles. I would always think there was some intelligent life in the water bed. -Jo Nesbo

Artists are the people that no matter what, pick up the pen, pick up a paintbrush. They take the time to translate what is happening to create something that resonates deeply with the rest of the people that are caught in the middle of their own reality. -Anna Deavere Smith

What my work is, is my approach to it. It's the practice. And my work is about the effort that I make to get there. And I think if there's anything artistic, it's in that middle space. -Anna Deavere Smith

When I talk about my artist parents, people imagine a bohemian environment and think, 'Aha, so that's where he gets it from!' But we were as white, straight, and middle-class as the next family on our white, straight, middle-class housing estate. -David Mitchell

Stuffing is my favorite food in the world! I actually have been known to go buy stuffing and make it in the middle of summer. -Emma Roberts

Rapping and singing are not two polar opposites. There's so much middle ground. And I think there's a lot of people who find that middle ground. -Ezra Koenig

It's so easy for anyone to deal with their own guilt of being a middle-class white music fan by pointing to other people who they perceive to be richer than them, whiter than them. -Ezra Koenig

If you had known me in middle school, I was definitely not what someone would think of as Brad Pitt. That was not me. I was kind of a dork. -Lucas Till

When I was young, I had two older sisters, and since I was the youngest in my family, my mom took me around with her all the time. I was forever with her when she was having coffee in the middle of the afternoon with her three sisters. And they would talk about men. I absorbed a lot of that. -Richard LaGravenese

I'm a middle-class former housewife who goes to my daughter's softball games. -Charlaine Harris

I started acting pretty young, so I haven't had too many odd jobs. But I used to sell candy out of my locker in middle school. -Paul Dano

My background is not typical hip-hop. I didn't grow up in the projects. I grew up in a single family home in a middle-class suburb. That doesn't mean I didn't experience hardship, but to me it's not about that, it's about the future and where we are trying to take it. -Kid Cudi

All through my life, I was hated on. When I was in middle school, they used to write in my rhyme book, 'You suck' or 'This sucks.' -B.o.B

Doc has been my name all my life, and John is my middle name. I'm proud of all my names – Malcolm John Michael Creaux Rebennack. I'm proud of them names. -Dr. John

The middle class is doing fine in fiction. But it's not what gets me going. I love the working class, and everyone from it I've met, and think they're incredibly witty, inventive – there's a lot of poetry there. -Martin Amis

It's an ancient idea that the leader of a democracy should not be the cleverest but the most average. That's an arguable point, but the world has decided otherwise – except in America, where it still divides the country right down the middle. -Martin Amis

It is in Rousseau's writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole, rather than being confined to the domestic sphere. -Terry Eagleton

Who doesn't love Enya? Whenever I'm in a trying time, she is the calm in the middle of the storm. If I put her on, I'll be in this crazy peaceful state. I love her style. And her harmonies are freaking genius. -Nicki Minaj

I always admire people who do commercials because they have to put together a beginning, a middle, and an end in 30 seconds. -Tony Hale

I've always been in the middle of making my own movies, so taking acting jobs that take me away from that has been impossible. -Albert Brooks

I said that liberals think people who live in the middle of the country are a bunch of jerks, and obviously all liberals don't think that. But I will tell you what, an awful lot of liberal elites think that. -Bernard Goldberg

I've played so many historical characters because most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men. -Bob Hoskins

There's a fine line between what would characterize you as a troglodyte and what would characterize you as a brilliant, avant-garde, forward-thinking genius. There's some middle ground. -Michael Eisner

I'm a registered, vetted gun owner, but that's because I live way out in the country, like way out in the middle of nowhere. -Naomi Judd

My friend Harry Nilsson used to say the definition of an artist was someone who rode way ahead of the herd and was sort of the lookout. Now you don't have to be that, to be an artist. You can be right smack-dab in the middle of the herd. If you are, you'll be the richest. -Albert Brooks

It is hard work to give life to new characters every single day. It is not as if I am God. I am just a tired, middle-aged woman trying to keep going. -Karin Fossum

At one point I had a stretch where it was working on 'In Treatment,' then 'True Blood,' then 'Durham County,' then 'True Blood,' then 'In Treatment' again. If I didn't have that little dose of 'True Blood' in the middle, I might have lost my mind. -Michelle Forbes

I don't have any complex plans for playing a character. I think all I try to do is not make too many bad guy faces and not ever try to seem too good. I just try to put it in the middle somewhere. -Billy Campbell

When I was little I went to a Baptist Church with my grandmother. My earliest memories were of her falling out in the middle of the floor and they had to cover her with a white sheet. Every time we went to church it was scary. The music would start playing, and then everybody would start running and shouting and hollering and screaming. -Sherri Shepherd

As a kid, I was always mad – just noticing the women at Thanksgiving, running around the kitchen, while the men were watching football. For one, I don't want to cook, and for two, I hate football. I was stuck in the middle. -Beth Ditto

I've had people ask me in interviews what it's like to have money, but that's not how it is. I have a middle-class life. I have a room in London but not a house, nor a BMW. -Beth Ditto

In traditional Hindu families like ours, men provided and women were provided for. My father was a patriarch and I a pliant daughter. The neighborhood I'd grown up in was homogeneously Hindu, Bengali-speaking, and middle-class. I didn't expect myself to ever disobey or disappoint my father by setting my own goals and taking charge of my future. -Bharati Mukherjee

My books come to me in images, and sometimes the image is at the beginning of the book, and sometimes it's simply a flash somewhere in the middle. -Robert Crais

Fantasy gets a mixed reception – a lot of fantasy is formulaic but most of the award-winning fantasy on the contrary tends to be the stuff at the edges of the genre, rather than swimming in the middle. -Graham Joyce

My father was an autodidact. It wasn't a middle-class house. Shopkeepers are aspirant. He paid for me to go to private school. He was denied an education – he had a horrible childhood. He got a place at a grammar school and wasn't allowed to go. -Kate Atkinson

I need to be very isolated to write, and unfortunately isolation is often quite difficult to find. My ideal writing environment would be a country house hotel in the middle of nowhere, with full room service. -Kate Atkinson

I'm not making films for middle aged journalists, who are mostly men. I make films that hopefully entertain people, where they can learn something about life. -Nigel Cole

In the States everyone aspires to be middle class. It's so engrained into the American psyche: As long as you work hard you're going to be rich some day. The history of Britain is that if you're born working class, you're going to stay there, although that is changing. -Nigel Cole

'Nuclear' is nothing but trouble. Do you say 'new-clear' or do you say 'nuke-you-ler'? Whoever invented that word had obviously never studied the human mouth. We don't have enough muscles in our face to make that group of letters come out smoothly. The word is missing a middle syllable, for cryin' out loud. -Paul Feig

In Philadelphia, our public safety, poverty reduction, health and economic development all start with education. We can't grow the middle class if we don't give our kids the tools they need to innovate and invent. -Michael Nutter

Our economy grows from the middle out, not the top down. -Michael Nutter

Randomness I love. And I still love just a holler right in the middle of an ongoing narrative. Pain or joy, ecstasy. -Barry Hannah

I'm the classic example of alienation: I grew up in a middle-class household without art or books. I was going to be a chemical engineer until I went to the theatre for the first time at 16 and was blown away by it. -Richard Eyre

Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America. -Bernie Sanders

The fishing is a great relief for me. When I'm out there's no cell phone ringing. I'm out there fishing with bears. I'm in the middle of God's country catching tons of fish. I just absolutely love it. -Rick Barry

The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs. -Bernie Sanders

It always depresses me when people moan about how commercial Christmas is. I love everything about it. The tradition of having this great big feast, slap bang in the middle of winter, is an essential thing to look forward to at the end of the year. -Richard E. Grant

I mean, I do actually think there is a qualitative difference between aborting in the early part of the first trimester and in, you know, the middle or later part of the second trimester, in a way that you feel about it in that you grow attached. -Ayelet Waldman

I think I'm a combination of very simple pleasures and the fact I've read a lot of books. I don't think it's a binary opposition across the board in humans and I think I'm an example that it's not. I'm hosting gay marriage rallies and I have tons of guns at home. There's a lot of middle ground in the world and I'm one of those people. -Dax Shepard

One of the great things about a TV series is that it's different to a movie – in a movie you obviously know the beginning, the middle and the end of what you're going to do. With a TV series it's unfolding, and you're discovering with every episode. -Dylan Walsh

I am firmly of the opinion that women who make a lot of effort to hang onto their looks in middle age (unless they are beauties, entertainers or prostitutes) are rather sad, as one should surely have something more substantial to recommend one by this time, such as kindness or cleverness. -Julie Burchill

As a precocious teen I dreamed of being Graham Greene. Well, as it turned out, I never wrote a great novel, sadly, and I never converted to Catholicism, happily, but I did do one thing he did. That is, in middle age I moved to a seaside town and got into a right barney with the local powers-that-be. -Julie Burchill

All bad things are exaggerated in the middle of the night. When you lie awake, you only think of bad things. -Julian Barnes

I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina. -Cristina Kirchner

I came from a lower-middle-class postwar family in a time of austerity and retrenchment, with no one in the family who was in any way artistic or a potential mentor to a budding writer, and yet this is what I became. -Graham Swift

There's a time and place for the Kindle, and I own one now and have books on it that I don't otherwise have. But I don't find that my hand reaches out for it the way it does for a trade paperback, or (in the middle of the night) for the iPod Touch. -Nicholson Baker

In middle-income countries, inequality becomes a problem because you can see there is a layer of people who are doing well, while the poor are still stuck there. We have 300 million poor in India. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The confidence is really driven by the woman – whether she can have the confidence that there will be enough earning or income to finance all the domestic spending – but also by the middle-income class, which for many Asian countries has become the growth power for the economy. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The problem of the food price is structural. The growth of demand cannot be checked in that it is coming from middle income countries demanding more quality and more quantity of food. High demand is here to stay. -Sri Mulyani Indrawati

I have to go with the approach I had in Triple-A. I need to take a lot of those fastballs I am seeing to left field. Also must gear up for the changeup and take them up the middle. -Anthony Rizzo

I see a lot of people who change careers in the middle of their life and they think it's a good idea to come in the kitchen. -Eric Ripert

I guess, as a conductor, one goes in and out of fashion. Your career starts with a bang, everyone thinks you're wonderful, and then with middle age, something happens and you go into the wilderness. -Jeffrey Tate

If we are going to approach the euro area as a zone with a harsh line in the middle between AAA and non-AAA, between the north and the south, no way are we going to move forward. -Jeroen Dijsselbloem

I go through phases when I've been filming where I wake up in the middle of the night and I think I'm being filmed. -Lauren Conrad

I usually dream of melodies. When I wake up I have them in my head. I usually come up with things in the middle of the night because that's when my mind is the quietest. I always have my tape recorder, pen and pad by my bed just in case. -Leona Lewis

I didn't even get a computer till I was 16, so I didn't have Internet when I was in middle school and beginning of high school. I didn't think to be looking things up and looking at message boards saying whether people liked me or not. -Sara Paxton

In middle school, I had an '87 Regal. That was unheard of. -Young Jeezy

My name is Zach Galifianakis and I hope I'm pronouncing that right. I'm named after my granddad, my middle name. My name is Zach Granddad Galifianakis. -Zach Galifianakis

Every movie goes through that U-shape where you start with 'Oh that's a great idea. I love it.' Everything's possible and then you face 'Oh, we can't do that, and that's impossible, and that's a bad choice.' You go the practicality of it. And then you come up to 'Great.' But that middle part is when you don't have results yet. -Jennifer Yuh Nelson

I love mythology, grew up loving it. I'm a middle kid, big family, that's the thing you did in the farm country. I lived in Iowa, I loved mythology. I don't know, we're like that. -Kellan Lutz

In the middle of 'Bleed Red' coming out, a huge disproportionate majority of people in radio came to us and asked if they could have 'Cost of Livin' as a single. There was even talk behind closed doors about pulling 'Bleed Red' because they had caught wind and heard 'Cost of Livin'.' We went with that. -Ronnie Dunn

We weren't poor growing up on Long Island, but it wasn't lavish – just a regular middle-class house. -Criss Angel

When I was in middle school, I always did well in school, but teachers either loved me or absolutely hated me. -Miles Teller

I think my songs are singing to the rural heart. It's not whether you're from a big city or the middle of nowhere in a small town. -Rodney Atkins

I could be on 52nd and Third in Manhattan up and ask a strange for directions and they will help you, that's a rural heart. Your car breaks down in the middle of Iowa or somewhere, or Tennessee where I'm from, people want to help each other. Given each opportunity, you see how people come together. -Rodney Atkins

My upbringing was middle-class but my parents' families were both working-class so I had this odd combination of working-class background but in a privileged position. -Denise Mina

In the 'Garnethill' trilogy, people always forget that Maureen O'Donnell's dad was a journalist and she did art history at uni and her brother did law, but no-one ever thinks they're middle-class – they're just working class because they speak with accents. -Denise Mina

I'm always represented as a bit of a class warrior – a bit Down With Men and Down With Middle-Class People. Whereas I'm actually very fond of men and am middle-class. I even went to boarding school in Perthshire. -Denise Mina

Older fatherhood isn't all bad: testosterone rates drop about 1% per year as men age, making them less reactive and more patient, and a professionally established middle-aged man is likely to have more time and money to devote to his kids than a twenty-something who's just getting started. -Jeffrey Kluger

As for Aliki – if you were to stand in the middle of Rome and say the name Sophia Loren, or Paris and say the name Catherine Deneuve or Brigitte Bardot, or L.A. and the name Marilyn Monroe, it's like standing in Athens, or anywhere in wide-flung Greece, and saying Aliki Vougiouklaki. A huge star – and so little known elsewhere in the world. -Ali Smith

The biggest start-up successes – from Henry Ford to Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg – were pioneered by people from solidly middle-class backgrounds. These founders were not wealthy when they began. They were hungry for success, but knew they had a solid support system to fall back on if they failed. -Eric Ries

My first memory of the Rolling Stones is listening to 'Satisfaction' at a sixth-grade slumber party at a friend's house in Ankara, Turkey, where my family was living at the time. In the middle of our sleepover, my friend's dad stopped the record when he heard the words 'girlie action!' -Gayle King

Gym traumaramas can happen to anyone. One time, I brought a packet of papers to read while jogging on the treadmill. Right when I was in the middle of my run, I dropped them and they flew everywhere! Pages went flying all over the place and got in the way of other people working out. -Jenna Ushkowitz

And we're in the middle of a 'perfect storm.' These days, government social services are being bad-mouthed and defunded. The non-profit world is looking more and more like the for-profit world. The growing gap between rich and poor makes most of us very anxious about where we stand. -Arlie Russell Hochschild

If anything, we should feel sorry for the people who want us to feel bad about ourselves, because they are the ones struggling for approval. In middle school, bullies tortured other kids because they thought it would make people like them more. -Ariana Grande

I can't hurt any more than I've been hurt, I can't cry any more than I've cried. I've been to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, so one day I'm going to find my middle ground and be happy. -Cheryl Cole

My most embarrassing moment was when I was a student at Tufts University and decided to go 'streaking' with a group of girls in the middle of January. Somehow I lost them and ended up being chased by the campus police. -Meredith Vieira

I was home schooled in high school but was definitely the nerd in middle school. -Nicole Gale Anderson

I remember thinking, in Kansas my name will be Evett – which is my middle name. I didn't want to explain to anyone how to say Em-a-yat-zee. -Emayatzy Corinealdi

I was in theater when I was in elementary, middle school and high school. I didn't know it would be an actual profession for me. I didn't think of it as a reality. -Katie Cassidy

I was brought up in a very open, rural countryside in the middle of nowhere. There were no cell phones. If your lights went out, you were lit by candlelight for a good four days before they can get to you. And so, my imagination was crazy. -Juno Temple

I'd love to be in the '70s. I'd love to have a big, long wig parted down the middle with flat-ironed hair and bell-bottoms. They're actually very flattering for my figure. The wider the leg, the better for a person with a booty. -Sarah Paulson

I lived with a German family. I learned about schnitzel from Ritta Seiffer. When she cooked she'd get the oil really hot so that it sealed everything and in the middle was very juicy. That's the secret to a great schnitzel. -Navid Negahban

Obama made his no-new-taxes pledge over and over again four years ago as he campaigned. Not only has he repeatedly and blatantly violated it, but his policies have relentlessly assaulted poor and middle-income family budgets. -Bob Beauprez

Obama not only falsely represented the Republican position – as usual – he shamelessly pretended that he was The One 'fighting so hard to cut middle-class taxes.' Baloney! -Bob Beauprez

'Long Black Train' was inspired by a vision that I had of a long, black train running down this track way out in the middle of nowhere. I could see people standing out to the sides of this track watching this train go by. As I was walking, experiencing this vision, I kept asking myself, 'What does this vision mean and what is this train?' -Josh Turner

I know it sounds Pollyannish and 'Kumbaya'-like, but I find that the more that you expose Americans to the diversity of what's going on in China and vice versa, the more people find that there is this broad middle path. And so I'm a strong advocate of intense visits and dialogue back and forth. -Dennis C. Blair

It was a long, difficult summer of 2004. That was a leap year, so several things happened – the Olympics and presidential election. And right in the middle of the election campaign – and I don't think this was an accident – the 9/11 Commission delivers its report. -Michael Hayden

There was a time when the community that was on the Net was homogenous and civilized. Now it's not. We're in the middle of chaos. It may calm down. But the alternative is that there's a total meltdown of the system and that it becomes unusable. That would be a catastrophe. -Robert Cailliau

I did not study science at school until I was 13, when I was totally turned on by a seemingly dreary old teacher who suddenly, unannounced, manufactured a huge explosion in the middle of a totally boring monologue. From then on, all of his class wanted to make explosions. -Robert Winston

To just tell a story from beginning, middle and end doesn't motivate me that much. -Michael Mann

If you think about it, candidate Obama, Sen. Obama, was running on sort of long-run economic issues, like restoring prosperity to the middle class, dealing with the perennial problem of health care in the United States. He talked a lot about the budget deficit, about the need to transition to clean energy. -Christina Romer

As an economic historian, I appreciate what manufacturing has contributed to the United States. It was the engine of growth that allowed us to win two world wars and provided millions of families with a ticket to the middle class. But public policy needs to go beyond sentiment and history. -Christina Romer

In Malaysia, where Western culture was extremely influential, I'd grown up listening to Elvis and the Beatles and watching American movies. People wanted to be like Americans. In contrast, when I got here, I saw prosperous middle-class American college students wanting to somehow join the Third World. -Feisal Abdul Rauf

I'm a nice middle-class girl in real life, and I'm a mom and a grandma, and I usually play sweet characters. -Jacki Weaver

I love gay Mardi Gras in Sydney, which is a big parade, a big march that thousands and thousands of people participate in. And there's one little group… well it's not little, it's got hundreds of people marching, and they're all very sweet, middle-aged and elderly people who are the parents of gay children who are out and proud. -Jacki Weaver

Particularly with middle-class people, self-absorption is a struggle. -Ben Lewin

I grew up in the countryside in the middle of nowhere in England and got out as soon as I could! -Rupert Friend

I didn't cry much after I was 35, but staggered stony-faced into middle age, a handkerchief still in my bag just in case. -Hilary Mantel

I was born in a poor family, a lower middle class family. My father was a clerk in the forest department. I was very bad at studies. I was not very good at sports, also. -Anupam Kher

I was very much an only child who was raised by the television and movies, and I grew up in New York. We weren't, like, rich people, but we were middle-class people and my parents supported this love I had for entertainment. -Billy Eichner

The centerpiece of 'Law and Order' is the crime, and it starts with the writing. There's a beginning, a middle and an end. It allows the audience to watch any given episode and can drop right in and not feel lost. I think the stark, raw structure has a lot to do with its longevity. -Danny Pino

I don't mind payin' for the police and for streets and sanitation, or road work, bridges, trains, food subsidies and welfare. But I don't wanna pay for bombs to fight proxy wars in the middle of nowhere against enemies in the night. -Lupe Fiasco

I like to tell stories that have beginnings, middles and ends. -Eric Kripke

Any actress will tell you – it's really hard. If you're not an A-list Hollywood movie star, if you're in the middle, there are people who assume you wouldn't do certain things without even asking you, when actually you probably would. And there are people who always think you are busy doing something else. -Martine McCutcheon

There is a large group that's not represented on television – the group that falls somewhere in the middle of straight and gay. That group is looked down on, because people say, 'You can't be in-between. You have to pick one or the other.' -Sara Ramirez

The privilege of a middle-class, stable, bourgeois life is that you can pretend that you are not complicated and project yourself as a solid, uncomplicated person, with refined life goals and achievements. -Aleksandar Hemon

My generation's parents told their children, 'Become an accountant, a lawyer, or an engineer; that will give you a solid foothold in the middle class.' But these jobs are now being sent overseas. So in order to make it today, you have to do work that's hard to outsource, hard to automate. -Daniel H. Pink

It's not very fashionable, but I love life, and I believe that things disappear and reappear and nothing ever solidifies, no matter how middle-class, housebroken, staid, and solitary someone's life seems to be. That, I think, is what I'm writing about. -Colum McCann

I have a wardrobe full of scarves now, just about every color under the sun. My trick is that I always cut them in two, down the middle. They're lighter, thinner, skinnier that way. And because I'm cheap, I get two scarves for the price of one. -Colum McCann

The working class of England today have no vision of society beyond the acquisitive – no version of themselves or their habits as anything other than transitional, on their way up or on their way out. The working class, at best, is a waiting room for people who aim to become middle class if possible. -Andrew O'Hagan

The real middle class India that has always been looking for a voice that is its very own. I write about it because I belong to it. -Chetan Bhagat

Once your kid reaches middle school, parents are really supposed to fade out of the social picture. Kids are supposed to make their own plans, keep up with sophisticatedly crude discussions, and be able to go out on their own without supervision. -Claire Scovell LaZebnik

My son, Wolf, was born when I was past 40 and the author of a best-selling novel. That means he has grown up a middle-class child – one who sometimes asks me for stories of my childhood but knows nothing of what it means to grow up poor and afraid. I have worked to make sure of that. -Dorothy Allison

Few men in their 70s looked as good as my father did. What was his secret? Genes, maybe, since he didn't exercise or diet, and he kept a candy drawer, drank a pot of black coffee every day, and read in the middle of the night. Still, he took such joy in being a dad – and in life in general – and his happiness showed. -Jennifer Grant

There is that lovely feeling of one reader telling another, 'You must read this.' I've always wanted to write a book like that, with the sense that you are contributing to the discourse in middle America, a discourse that begins at a book club in a living room, but then spreads. That is meaningful to me. -Abraham Verghese

Our happiness is certainly mixed in with the tragedies of life. You have to find the lemonade. You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life. -Chandra Wilson

As any of us approaches middle age, we inevitably come up against our limitations: the realization that certain dearly-held fantasies may not be realized; that circumstances have thwarted us; that even with intention and will we may not be able to set our ship back on the course we'd planned. -Claire Messud

A cabaret song has got to be written – for the middle voice, ideally – because you've got to hear the wit of the words. And a cabaret song gives the singer room to act, more even than an opera singer. -James Fenton

We were postwar middle-class white kids living in the slipstream of the greatest per-capita rise in income in the history of Western civilization; we were 'teen-agers' – a term, coined in 1941, that was in common usage a decade later – a new, recognizable franchise. We had money, mobility, and problems all our own. -John Lahr

I just wanted to be an ordinary, middle-class person. When I was at Cambridge, I made great efforts to lose the last remnants of my Cockney accent. -Peter Ackroyd

If you read the 'Daily Mail,' you would imagine that the British middle classes lead lives of unremitting misery. -Simon Hoggart

In Britain, eponymous lifestyle branding as we know it started in the late 1960s, with two fascinating families – the Conrans and the Ashleys – who in increasingly brilliant settings and catalogues sold rather different visions of what the new ideal upper-middle-y life looked like. -Peter York

Successive generations of middle-class parents used to foist their own favourite books on their children. But some time in the late Eighties it began to wane – not because children had lost interest in adorable animals but because most of it was available on useful, pacifying video. -Peter York

The newsprint thesp celebrity interview as a middle-brow art form suffers from desperate overproduction. There'll be at least 10 in the broadsheets today and every Sunday hereafter. -Peter York

I'm very, very concerned ultimately, as Medicaid costs increase in my state and most states, it's going to reduce funding for state aid to our public schools, to our higher education institution or higher taxes on the middle class that President Obama said he didn't want to do. And that's exactly where he's headed. -Dave Heineman

I just think the whole discussion of class is wrong. It's not what we do here in America. I don't think there's anything called 'middle class values' that are different from the values of other people in this country. -Jon Kyl

What middle-income Americans want most of all is a job. We need a generous safety net for the most vulnerable in our society, but for most people the biggest social accomplishment that we can help them achieve is a good-paying job. -Joseph M. Kyrillos

I was born full grown in the middle of a hurricane and an earthquake on 10 September 1954, 12.52 P.M. When I found out that I had missed lunch, I gave such a shout that the Earth stopped and spun backwards two days. That's why I celebrate my birthday on 8 September. -Jon Scieszka

I was helping my mom grind meat at our butcher shop, and it just hypnotized me. I don't remember sticking my hand in, but it sheared off the three middle fingers and left me with a pinkie and a thumb. -Jon Tester

All my books take a long time to research. I spend several months researching before I start writing, and in the middle of writing I often have to stop and look up stuff. At my local library, I am one of the best customers! The research takes several months. -Linda Sue Park

India offers exciting business opportunities owing to the growth in corporate travel and a significant middle-class population waiting to explore the world. To begin with, Travelex is setting up eight city centre branches in metros and other major cities including tourist destinations. -Lloyd Dorfman

What comes to me always is a character, a scene, a moment. That's going to be the beginning. Then, as I write, I begin to perceive an ending. I begin to see a destination, although sometimes that changes. And then, of course, there's the whole middle section looming. -Lois Lowry

I read comics and I did science, and never really put them together until I accidentally found myself in the middle of one. -Randall Munroe

Even when I was living below the poverty line as a novelist, I was still living better than 99.5% of the human population of the world. But in my little, soft realm of trying to amuse a few dozen middle-class people with my books and articles, I did struggle to survive in my own way. -Jonathan Ames

The thing about relationships is, when you are in the middle of one, they consume your focus. -Joshua Harris

Building a house from scratch in the middle of a field is a bit like building a prototype car. As with all prototypes, if you're building a car you usually have the luxury of producing several prototypes before you arrive at the production line version – so the opportunity for changing things is quite rich. -Kevin McCloud

Medically speaking, there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown. Which is very annoying to discover when you're right in the middle of one. -Marian Keyes

The borderlanders are people who are kind of caught in the middle. They think there must be another world out there. There probably is a God, but they are either turned off by the church or wounded by the church or wary of the church for whatever reason. -Philip Yancey

I keep my house tidy, because then I can think clearly. I feel the same about myself. Presenting yourself well is a working-class thing – my dad was a printer, but he wore a tie most days. The ungroomed look belongs more to the middle classes. -Gary Kemp

I think predictability is built into any good novel in some way – you begin reading Anna Karenina and you know pretty much what's going to happen at the end. But that doesn't mean you know what's going to happen in the middle. For me, it's that sense of what happens in the middle that's important. -Scarlett Thomas

The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping born of believing there is something we can find, or buy, or cling to that will not change. And it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless. -Sharon Salzberg

When I wrote my first book, 'The Tennis Party', my overriding concern was that I didn't write the autobiographical first novel. I was so, so determined not to write about a 24-year-old journalist. It was going to have male characters, and middle-aged people, so I could say, 'Look, I'm not just writing about my life, I'm a real author.' -Sophie Kinsella

Embrace the faff. Stare out of the window. Bend paperclips. Stand in the middle of the room trying to remember what you came downstairs for. Pace. Drum your fingertips. Move papers around. Hum. Look at the garden. -Tom Hodgkinson

I think anytime you're writing to the middle grades, you're writing to young readers who are trapped in a number of ways between two worlds: between childhood and adulthood, between their friends and their parents. -Rick Riordan

Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn't writing for kids. I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right. -Rick Riordan

It's hard enough to be a middle-school kid, because you're dealing with so many facets of your identity – you're changing socially, you're changing physically, you're changing emotionally, everything is in flux, and to put race on top of that as well and have to figure out your racial identity is extremely hard. -Rick Riordan

I would say that I have become more radical as I have gotten older. I started out very radical when I was young, like most people, but I became less actively politically engaged in the middle of my life. -Tony Judt

I don't want to walk in the middle. I want people to read what I write and feel strongly about it. If, at some point, whatever I am doing is failing to elicit a response, whether it's very positive or very negative, then I am going to stop doing it. -James Frey

For some reason I seem to be a massive hit with middle-aged women. I seriously don't know what it is. -John Barrowman

There are a lot of things that can be learned from the darker corners of athletics. You have doctors who view bodybuilders as cavalier amateurs of science. And then you have the bodybuilders who view the doctors as too conservative to do anything interesting. So I've tried to become the middleman for putting some of those pieces together. -Tim Ferriss

My middle name is Marshall. A lot of people think it's a stage name, but it's not. -Trevor St. John

I started off dancing and playing sports, and I joined the drama stuff, the theatre stuff in middle school because my friends were involved, and it was kind of the cool thing to do. -Kara Lindsay

My Plan A was to be a psychologist. I thought I would be a receptionist. I'm always middle of the road and very normal. I've always wanted a normal life, and this is what I got. -Gabourey Sidibe

As much as I encourage communication with my readers, I don't want reviews from them, simply because I don't need to be hamstrung in the middle of working on something. -Christopher Moore

I'm an independent, straight in the middle. I've donated to candidates that I thought would be good that are Republican and Democrats alike. -John Paul DeJoria

When the women's movement began, it was a middle-class phenomenon. Certainly, black women had other stuff to think about in the '60s besides a women's movement. Working-class women were slow to get into it. -Gail Collins

The middle of 'America's Women' is about the Civil War, and how women, black and white, confronted slavery and abolition. As in every other period of crisis, the rules of sexual decorum were suspended due to emergency. -Gail Collins

Gay rights is just a matter of time. Look at the polls. Worrying about gay marriage, let alone gay civil unions or gay employment rights, is a middle-age issue. Young people just can't see the problem. At worst, gays are going to win this one just by waiting until the opposition dies off. -Gail Collins

There's no such thing as median income; there's a curve, and it really matters what side of the curve you're on. There's no such thing as the middle class. It's absolutely vanishing. -Marc Andreessen

The library helps lower- and middle-income people – immigrants – get their shot at the American dream. -Stephen A. Schwarzman

I had a very difficult relationship with my mother. She used to wake me up in the middle of the night if I wasn't sleeping straight and was messing up the sheets. Now when I stay in hotels I sleep so straight they don't even think I've used the bed. -Marina Abramovic

My relationships with both my mother and father are good. We spent several difficult years hashing over the problems and the past, and worked out a fairly solid middle ground. I wouldn't say my relationship with either of them – they're no longer together – is exactly typical, but that would be difficult after all we went through. -Marya Hornbacher

Candidates don't want to be associated with poor people, people who have jobs or are ugly; they want to be associated with a certain middle class demographic, so as a result they leave those others out completely. -Matt Taibbi

Wall Street has turned the economy into a giant asset-stripping scheme, one whose purpose is to suck the last bits of meat from the carcass of the middle class. -Matt Taibbi

Some of the worst violence in the world today between estranged religious and ethnic groups happens not on the battlefields. It happens smack in the middle of living rooms and between people who share a lot, who have a lot in common. -Miroslav Volf

The imminent demise of the church has been predicted since the middle of the 18th century. This is the regular secular mantra if churchgoing declines. I could take you to plenty of churches that are full to bursting and new churches being built. -N. T. Wright

Beginning under the Roman Empire, intellectual leadership in the West had been provided by Christianity. In the middle ages, who invented the first universities – in Paris, Oxford, Cambridge? The church. -Nancy Pearcey

American democracy in the past has always been known for its large middle class and its relatively few very wealthy people and very few very poor people, but that is gone to today and the middle class is shrinking. -Os Guinness

I have great difficulty sitting in the middle of the night and writing. Everything I do comes spontaneous. Sometimes it takes a long time; sometimes it comes just like that. -Ravi Shankar

Being a playwright of any race is difficult, and Lord knows it gets more difficult the further you get from the middle of the road. I don't know what kind of magic my mojo is working, but it's working. -Suzan-Lori Parks

Honestly, I grew up in pretty modest circumstances. We were a middle-class family. -Larry Gagosian

I have a lot of sympathy with the ideas and frustration of the Occupy movement. I absolutely agree with the sense that Wall Street has brought an economic calamity to the middle class and that no one has been held accountable. -Susan Bysiewicz

I can honestly say that the fans inspire. There's an unexplainable rush that comes when I'm in the middle of a set and the energy from the fans hit me. I also get really inspired through collaborations. I've learned so much from the emerging producers I've worked with just as they've learned from me. -Tiesto

In Australia, we've always been a country that runs the ball right up the middle on the fifth tackle. We've never seen a challenge we didn't like, and we've certainly never run from one. -Wayne Swan

Just as the blurring between childhood and adulthood has produced the kidult, so the stretching of middle into old age has fostered another peculiar chimera: septuagenarians with apoptosis sporting the depeche mode. -Will Self

I'm a pro-capitalist, middle-of-the-road, tepid centrist. -Anthony Lewis

I always thought Woody Harrelson is quite a persuasive guy. He's the kind of guy who can call you up in the middle of the night and tell you, 'Let's all go get a donut!' And you're thinking, 'It's the middle of the night,' but somehow you still get up and go get a donut. -Jesse Eisenberg

My family was blue collar, a middle-class kind of thing. My father was born in Detroit, Italian-American. My mother is English. She acted on the stage with Diana Dors. Her parents were French. -Lorraine Bracco

I went to a Christian high school, so I went under my middle name. I don't think they would have accepted me in the school – 'This is Rebel'… so I have two middle names, Melanie Elizabeth, and I went under those. But Rebel's way cooler. -Rebel Wilson

If I'm in the middle of a take and I start to think about what I'm doing, I just mess up and I have to stop and so I find that for me, you really need to trust your instinct. -Saoirse Ronan

I'm not unattractive, but I'm not a matinee idol. I think I have a very non-threatening look – I'm fine, I'm right in the middle. -Steve Carell

That's the weirdest thing about television for me is that you're getting feedback in the middle of the work. -Noah Emmerich

When you're not a mom, you can get up in the middle of the night, paint, sleep all morning… you can't do that when you have two children! -Julie Mehretu

Human beings love stories because they safely show us beginnings, middles and ends. -A. S. Byatt

I really love middle-grade. Middle-grade books have a little more of a magical, light-hearted feel. You can be a little bit more quirky, you can have a little more humor. It doesn't get so dark and deep. -James Dashner

I will never support any tax increase on middle-income earners, ever… If you're not going to eliminate loopholes and exemptions, then I wouldn't support lowering rates. -Adam Hasner

I planted my self in the middle of a great many Glasses full of Dew, tied fast about me, upon which the Sun so violently darted his Rays, that the Heat, which attracted them, as it does the thickest Clouds, carried me up so high, that at length I found my self above the middle Region of the Air. -Cyrano de Bergerac

A recession is predominantly for the middle class. Where I come from, the majority of people have always lived in a recession. -Curtis Jackson

I was a middle child. I grew up in Brooklyn with three sisters and a brother. You know what that means: everybody is constantly fighting with everybody and you are in the middle of the storm trying to make peace. That is your life. Making everybody work and play well together. -Richard Parsons

I go for cosmopolitan cities, and I like to be in the middle of everything. -Michael Urie

The biggest regret I have about 'Rubicon' is that we didn't end it. Sometimes you do these shows and you don't have the opportunity to get closure. Stories are supposed to have a beginning, middle and an end. -James Badge Dale

I coach a high school wrestling team and a middle school team. I consider myself a coach and an activist, so I'm really involved in the community. -Nate Parker

I don't like to read books where I feel as though I've stepped into the middle of things and don't know what's going on. I like to see characters I've met before, but I don't want to feel left out because I haven't read other books in the series. -Jude Deveraux

The Porsche was just a vehicle to get to another place. I used it to change people's perceptions of me. I had grown up really middle class. USC was filled with elitists, richies who would go skiing every weekend. So I pretended like I was part of that world – to be accepted. -Brian Grazer

With so many forty- and fifty something mums and dads in Converse stalking the streets, I can see why there's a slew of books about the menopause and middle age, the most recent addition being David Bainbridge's plucky, glass-half-full meditation or, as he calls it, 'natural history.' -Rachel Johnson

I am not alone in thinking that we are at a tipping point ecologically and morally and politically. Democracy cannot survive without a vibrant middle class, yet the policies of one of the parties has been committed to wiping it out for 30 years. -Deborah Kass

I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations. -Orson Welles

No Latina woman would be called 'Ms.' – that's an invention of middle-class Anglo women. Latina women are proud to be called 'Mrs.' That simply means that we have a family. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I know everything about candy. Would you believe I even know where to find gumballs in the middle of Africa? -Dylan Lauren

I've been entrepreneurial since middle school. I was always arranging bake sales, dances and school trips to raise money for the Dalton School. -Dylan Lauren

Being a Midwesterner, I know that many of the middle-class manufacturing jobs that had been at the heart of our economy are either gone or going, and they're not coming back. -Eli Broad

I'm a diplomat by nature. I help find the middle ground. I crack a joke and use humour to help resolve potentially vicious situations quickly. It gets things in perspective and helps everyone to see that things aren't as bad as they seem. -Ronnie Wood

The end of commercial fishing is predicted long before the middle of the 21st century. -Sylvia Earle

Since the middle of the 20th century, more has been learnt about the ocean than during all preceding human history; at the same time, more has been lost. -Sylvia Earle

Nothing could be as hard as middle school. -Zooey Deschanel

Between 2001 and 2011, Brazil lifted 20 million people out of poverty and into its growing middle class, and in the last quarter of the twentieth century Botswana's gross domestic product per capita grew faster than that of any other country on the planet. The once-labeled 'Third World' is edging its way into the 'First World.' -Peter Blair Henry

Grief doesn't have a plot. It isn't smooth. There is no beginning and middle and end. -Ann Hood

I am neither left wing nor right wing. I am middle-of-the-bird. -Pat Paulsen

The rise of broadband and growing ubiquity of Internet access excites me the most. The world changes a lot when, no matter where you are – in the middle of a deserted highway or in a bustling city – you can get high speed broadband access. -Matt Mullenweg

Done right, a performance review is one of the best opportunities to encourage and support high performers and constructively improve your middle- and lower-tier workers. -Kathryn Minshew

I'm kind of like a middle mix between a warrior diet and a Paleo diet, so I only eat once a day and it's at night – so kind of like interval fasting. But I eat until I'm full, I eat as much as I want, and I really don't eat anything that you couldn't find, you know, 10,000 years ago. -Ronda Rousey

It was jarring to be berated for 'acting white' when I was placed in a predominantly black middle school in Southern California. I was also chubby, into boys who weren't into me, and tried too hard to fit into this 'blackness' I was supposed to be. -Issa Rae

I worked at comedy clubs – if I can use the term 'work' – for several years. I middled at one point. I never made it; I was never a headliner. I never made enough time to write enough good material, in my opinion. -Bill Nye

I turned a lot of people in white America – and not just white America, but middle-class America – into hip-hoppers, you know? -Vanilla Ice

Each man is always in the middle of the surface of the earth and under the zenith of his own hemisphere, and over the centre of the earth. -Leonardo da Vinci

We would like to have every middle and high school become a place where there will be lots of examples of youth competence and confidence. -Bill Drayton

I grew up in the suburbs, a calm suburb, without tension, with working-class and middle-class people mixed together. -JR

I only watch the last 40 seconds. Watching a whole marathon over time, the beginning, middle and end look very slow. I want to see action! I can't help it. -Apolo Ohno

Underneath this tired, middle-aged exterior, I'm an 11 year old kid. -Henry Selick

Skylar is my first name and Astin is my middle name, and my real last name is Lipstein. When I was 15, I think my first agent just kind of did it for me. I'm not ashamed, I'm not embarrassed, but she said it was just less specific to one thing and she kind of chopped it off. But forever to my friends I will be Skylar Lipstein. -Skylar Astin

At first, I didn't like coming down to Los Angeles at all. It's like, everything's black and white compared to where I live out in the middle of nowhere. There's, like, 400 people in my town! -Max Thieriot

I'm kind of in a middle space, being marketed as a biracial actor. Roles are written either stereotypically black, or they're written 'normal,' which is just code for white. -Jesse Williams

There's something peculiar about writing fiction. It requires an interesting balance between seeing the world as a child and having the wisdom of a middle-aged person. The further you get from childhood and the experience of the teenage years, the greater the danger of losing that wellspring. -Kazuo Ishiguro

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