Best Quotes About Ordinary

Hollywood is an extraordinary kind of temporary place. -John Schlesinger

The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. -David Bailey

It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form. -Jerome K. Jerome

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have always been amazed at the way an ordinary observer lends so much more credence and attaches so much more importance to waking events than to those occurring in dreams… Man… is above all the plaything of his memory. -Andre Breton

Hope is some extraordinary spiritual grace that God gives us to control our fears, not to oust them. -Vincent McNabb

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. -Elbert Hubbard

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. -Iris Murdoch

The weirder you're going to behave, the more normal you should look. It works in reverse, too. When I see a kid with three or four rings in his nose, I know there is absolutely nothing extraordinary about that person. -P. J. O'Rourke

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra. -Jimmy Johnson

Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. -John F. Kennedy

A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to a landscape artist, not only a plant – rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance – but it is also a color, a shape, a volume or an arabesque in itself. -Roberto Burle Marx

I never saw a contradiction between the ideas that sustain me and the ideas of that symbol, of that extraordinary figure, Jesus Christ. -Fidel Castro

The great achievement of the Catholic Church lay in harmonizing, civilizing the deepest impulses of ordinary, ignorant people. -Kenneth Clark

The sense of war, the extraordinary bravery of the Allied armies, the numbers, the losses, the real suffering that disappears in time and commemorative oratory, are not marked out in any red guidebook of the emotions, but they are present if you look. -John Vinocur

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House – with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. -John F. Kennedy

It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected. -Gerald R. Ford

More than any other in Western Europe, Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people. -Joseph Lelyveld

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. -Jean Paul

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too. -Ninon de L'Enclos

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations. -Sam Rayburn

It's amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions. -Ben Stein

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. -Warren Bennis

Genius… is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. -Ezra Pound

It is frequently the tragedy of the great artist, as it is of the great scientist, that he frightens the ordinary man. -Loren Eiseley

Your decision to be, have and do something out of ordinary entails facing difficulties that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else. -Brian Tracy

We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre. -Uta Hagen

There are no extraordinary men… just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with. -William Halsey

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. -Cecil Beaton

I don't pretend to be an ordinary housewife. -Elizabeth Taylor

I prefer ordinary girls – you know, college students, waitresses, that sort of thing. Most of the girls I go out with are just good friends. Just because I go out to the cinema with a girl, it doesn't mean we are dating. -Leonardo DiCaprio

It has been extraordinary, wonderful, I've been three feet off the ground since I made that first record. -Vanessa Paradis

The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. -Jim Rohn

A person buying ordinary products in a supermarket is in touch with his deepest emotions. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. -C. S. Lewis

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. -Blaise Pascal

Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. -Elbert Hubbard

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well. -John W. Gardner

There are numerous bugbears in the profession of a politician. First, ordinary life suffers. Second, there are many temptations to ruin you and those around you. And I suppose third, and this is rarely discussed, people at the top generally have no friends. -Boris Yeltsin

Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub. -Erma Bombeck

Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge. -Sun Tzu

This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. -Philip K. Dick

Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity. -Dylan Thomas

To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. -Elliott Erwitt

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. -Christopher Reeve

The most ordinary word, when put into place, suddenly acquires brilliance. That is the brilliance with which your images must shine. -Robert Bresson

Don't wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations. -Charles Francis Richter

There never has been a war yet which, if the facts had been put calmly before the ordinary folk, could not have been prevented. The common man, I think, is the great protection against war. -Ernest Bevin

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia – to mistake an ordinary young woman for a goddess. -H. L. Mencken

The ordinary man is involved in action, the hero acts. An immense difference. -Henry Miller

The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines. -Charles de Gaulle

When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly. -Virginia Woolf

The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success. -Luc de Clapiers

Every person above the ordinary has a certain mission that they are called to fulfill. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A murderer is regarded by the conventional world as something almost monstrous, but a murderer to himself is only an ordinary man. It is only if the murderer is a good man that he can be regarded as monstrous. -Graham Greene

The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind – not the fiend or the sadist. -Erich Fromm

That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent. -Aldous Huxley

Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality. -William Hazlitt

To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem… ridiculous. -William Hazlitt

Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

Extraordinary how potent cheap music is. -Noel Coward

We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too. -Helen Hayes

If you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you yourself cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right? -George Orwell

It's an ordinary day for Brian. Like, he died every day, you know. -Pete Townshend

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

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. -Paul Engle

Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it. -Robertson Davies

The product of extraordinary wealth allied to a taste for the sumptuous. -R. W. Apple, Jr.

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential – the imagination. -Lawrence Durrell

Look, I'm not a perfect person. I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. I wear suits that are cheap. But I say what I think and I believe what I say, and I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right. -Howard Dean

It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true. -Gertrude Stein

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father. -Austin O'Malley

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others. -George Orwell

An extraordinary affair. I gave them their orders and they wanted to stay and discuss them. -Duke of Wellington

There are two things in ordinary conversation which ordinary people dislike – information and wit. -Stephen Leacock

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. -Christopher Reeve

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me. -John Lennon

Affiliate marketing has made businesses millions and ordinary people millionaires. -Bo Bennett

Space offers extraordinary potential for commerce and adventure, for new innovations and new tests of will. As Americans, we can't help but reach for the stars. It's our nature. It's our destiny. -Bill Frist

It's when ordinary people rise above the expectations and seize the opportunity that milestones truly are reached. -Mike Huckabee

At an unprecedented time with the worst attack ever on our soil, our President displayed extraordinary determination, leadership and resolve when history was thrust upon him and the United States. -Olympia Snowe

I say I don't need a tax cut. It will not do me any more good. I can't buy more, I can't eat more, I can't do more, and I want it distributed among the ordinary people who work every day. -Frank Lautenberg

The act of voting by ordinary Iraqis in the face of extreme danger confirms President Bush's belief that people around the globe, when given a chance, will choose liberty and democracy over enslavement and tyranny. -John Ensign

We are today, in this country, convulsed by the situation in Iraq. It is an extraordinary crisis. It is taxing our men and women in uniform, and it is certainly taxing our resolve. -Jack Reed

I keep getting these extraordinary letteres, really weird ones from American sports stars – I've always thought you were one pretty lady and now that you're single I want to meet you for a drink. -Elizabeth Hurley

America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning. -Nelson Rockefeller

Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton, and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works, we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process. -Joseph Priestley

Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world. -Augustine Birrell

An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy. -Augustine Birrell

The thing you notice here after America is how refreshingly ordinary people look because they haven't had their chin wrapped around the back of their ears. -Ian Mckellen

Fun wouldn't be the right word… it was the most difficult, challenging, physical, extraordinary stretch I've ever had to make, in all those wild regards. -Uma Thurman

Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It's extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible. -Uma Thurman

Our decade of change has unleashed the ingenuity, creativity, and character of the most extraordinary people in the world – the people of this state, who come from every corner of the globe. -George Pataki

Don't wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them. -Orison Swett Marden

I've discovered I've got this preoccupation with ordinary people pursued by large forces. -Steven Spielberg

I make the most money, I think, in Russia and Paris, for the people of those countries are so willing to be amused, so eager to see something new and out of the ordinary. -Harry Houdini

An exorcism is tantamount to a miracle – an extraordinary intervention of God. -Gabriele Nanni

I think the Iraqi people have shown extraordinary patience and courage in the last few months. They have really put a political system on the way to success, to a real democracy here. -Paul Bremer

I assure you, it would be much more pleasant for me to be an ordinary voter in peaceful Chechnya than the president of a republic at war. -Aslan Maskhadov

I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job. -Bernie Mac

I want ordinary people to enjoy a decent standard of living, with ever increasing security, comfort and joy. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what's fascinating to me. -Chris Van Allsburg

All I know is that these two gases both had a quite extraordinary effect, and that there was no respirator, and no protection against them that we knew of. So the soldiers would have been unable to protect themselves against this gas in any way. -Albert Speer

I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality. -Alice Paul

Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion – very powerful emotions. That's what draws millions of people towards it. And, um, I found myself always going for these darker places and – people identify with that. -Annie Lennox

I think I usually have quite ordinary dreams. Sometimes my dreams take me to other dimensions. I can travel in my mind especially when I'm dreaming I focus my mind on what I want to dream. If I want to fly, I focus on flying. -Uri Geller

The problems of language here are really serious. We wish to speak in some way about the structure of the atoms. But we cannot speak about atoms in ordinary language. -Werner Heisenberg

Rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk. -Billy Idol

Sometimes I'm more true when I'm up onstage than I'm able to be in my regular life. It's not as exciting to be at home, but I've got to learn how to make that work, and then I will be an ordinary woman. -Bonnie Raitt

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives – has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage. -Carl Bernstein

An ordinary kitten will ask more questions than any five-year-old. -Carl Van Vechten

You can't relate to a superhero, to a superman, but you can identify with a real man who in times of crisis draws forth some extraordinary quality from within himself and triumphs but only after a struggle. -Timothy Dalton

This Constitution does not reflect the thoughts, hopes and aspirations of ordinary people. It does nothing for jobs or economic growth and widens further still the democratic deficit. -Nigel Farage

We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released. -Jean Houston

I firmly believe that all human beings have access to extraordinary energies and powers. Judging from accounts of mystical experience, heightened creativity, or exceptional performance by athletes and artists, we harbor a greater life than we know. -Jean Houston

If I am to be known for anything, I would like it to be for encouraging Canadians, for knowing a little bit about their daily, extraordinary courage. And for wanting that courage to be recognized. -Romeo LeBlanc

I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject to the judgment of ordinary persons, because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things, to the extent permitted to human reason by God. -Nicolaus Copernicus

I just want to go to university and have fun – I want to be an ordinary student. I'm only going to university. It's not like I'm getting married – though that's what it feels like sometimes. -Prince William

We have to say now we think the character of the party has changed so far it will take something very exceptional, something really out of the ordinary line to make us be convinced there's a chance of winning back the party. -Shirley Williams

Privacy and security are those things you give up when you show the world what makes you extraordinary. -Margaret Cho

Speech was given to the ordinary sort or men, whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it. -Robert South

I adopt a very simple approach. I observe and reflect real life and ordinary people and sooner or later that raises a laugh. -Alberto Sordi

Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self. -Ted Hughes

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. -Matthew Henry

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation. -Howard Crosby

The true call of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way. -Dean Stanley

Basically, I'm a really bad interviewer. I love meeting celebrities, but then I get a bit bored. Once you meet them you thing, 'really, what an ordinary person'. -Graham Norton

Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all, and I wanted to bring these things together, and in this first big Resurrection of mine you have a good example of this sort of thing. -Stanley Spencer

This sounds an extraordinary statement to make, but in fact all truth is very ordinary. -Brian Perkins

It is peoples' fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. That that we were born and that we face eternal extinction after death is an extraordinary fantasy. -Brian Perkins

The more one listens to ordinary conversations the more apparent it becomes that the reasoning faculties of the brain take little part in the direction of the vocal organs. -Edgar Rice Burroughs

I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it's such an extraordinary part of our lives. -Ben Kingsley

I think I'm more bonded, emotionally and in a craft sense, to films that tell extraordinary stories about extraordinary destinies. -Ben Kingsley

Certainly coming to America has been extraordinary. -Tim Roth

Until the world in some way changes, then my responsibility is to share what I know and more importantly to behave like I know about the extraordinary work and effort and blood shed for me to be able to sit here. -Avery Brooks

It sounds extraordinary but it's a fact that balance sheets can make fascinating reading. -Mary Archer

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play better than ordinary players at all. -Al Alvarez

I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on. -Isaac Rosenberg

The nation did not begin to realize the extraordinary possibilities of the vast Western territory until its attention was thus suddenly and definitely concentrated on the Pacific by the annual addition of over fifty million dollars to the circulating medium. -John Moody

Pope John Paul II not only was a powerful spiritual leader for Catholics but also a world leader of extraordinary consequence during the last quarter-century. -Mike Ferguson

Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA – ordinary citizens don't need guns, as their having guns doesn't serve the State. -Heinrich Himmler

Among our own people also the church sorely needs clergy in close touch with the ordinary life of the laity, living the life of ordinary men, sharing their difficulties and understanding their trials by close personal experience. -Roland Allen

Extraordinary measures were required and I realize that not all of these steps were popular. -Tom McCall

The country is in an extraordinary ferment. -William Hamilton Maxwell

I don't have the time to tell you all the things I've learned from this cast. It's an extraordinary ensemble because we all support each other so well. -David Hyde Pierce

It's a well known thing that ordinary perceptions can have a strange aspect when one is travelling. -Kenneth Koch

I listened to Billie Holiday a lot in order to learn to sing. She remains one of the extraordinary jazz singers. But my intent is to become my own voice, to be able to interpret these songs in my own way. -Madeleine Peyroux

When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself. -Jacques Yves Cousteau

Individually and collectively, Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face down adversity and continue moving forward. -Wilma Mankiller

As for the extraordinary operations of the Holy Ghost, such as working of miracles, or speaking with divers kinds of tongues, they are long since ceased. -George Whitefield

Star Wars was not a very big part but I enjoyed doing it and I get more fan mail for that than anything else I've ever done. It's quite extraordinary, it comes in every day, unbelievable. -Julian Glover

I had such extraordinary breaks from the moment I entered the theater. -Dorothy McGuire

It's just that if you're not disruptive everything seems to be repeated endlessly – not so much the good things but the bland things – the ordinary things – the weaker things get repeated- the stronger things get suppressed and held down and hidden. -Robert Adamson

I'm writing what comes into my head, or through me, or from somewhere else, and it is the most extraordinary, exciting thing. I love it, and I'm very greedy, and I really enjoy it! -Tanith Lee

No one is ever ordinary. -Tanith Lee

What interests me is trying to catch the reflection of the human being on the page. I'm interested in how ordinary people live their lives. -Tracy Kidder

I usually write about ordinary people and ordinary things, but Paul Farmer is the least ordinary person I've ever met… He's the leader of a small group of people who hope to cure a sick world, and I hope my book can help in some small way. -Tracy Kidder

I mean, it is an extraordinary thing that a large proportion of your country and my country, of the citizens, never see a wild creature from dawn 'til dusk, unless it's a pigeon, which isn't really wild, which might come and settle near them. -David Attenborough

The truth is that I'm constitutionally incapable of doing an ordinary job. -Dylan Moran

For sure I once thought of myself as the poet who would save the ordinary from oblivion. -Philip Levine

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home. -Philip Levine

I'm saying look, here they come, pay attention. Let your eyes transform what appears ordinary, commonplace, into what it is, a moment in time, an observed fragment of eternity. -Philip Levine

I think when you've travelled around a lot in Africa, you understand something that many people here don't recognize: the extraordinary power that is Africa at village level – at community level. -Stephen Lewis

I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations. -Robert Cormier

We are very fortunate to be recognized here in such an extraordinary manner for work that we enjoy. -Sidney Altman

I believed in myself. I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player. -Imran Khan

A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards set so much above his ordinary self as to make him feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog. -Irving Babbitt

Lynch is an ordinary, smalltown guy and he just sees strange things in people. -Jack Nance

The greatest luck that I've had has been the ability to find men and women who came into my administration who worked with me and brought extraordinary talents that we were able to take full advantage of. -John Engler

We're all pretty ordinary on paper. -Michael Bergin

Ukraine had quite serious impact on the many Russians. They could see that ordinary people in Ukraine which is a bordering state, very close to Russia, the people of this state are, they didn't want to tolerate anymore the power abuse by Ukrainian officials. -Garry Kasparov

You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over again and keep the audience's attention without extraordinary physical equipment. -Judy Holliday

Of course we have Queen Elizabeth as head of state, but in many ways we are a kind of republic. We don't have royals in Australia, so it was kind of unusual to run into those kind of people. But aside from that it was quite ordinary. -Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

As a matter of fact, an ordinary desert supports a much greater variety of plants than does either a forest or a prairie. -Ellsworth Huntington

I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian. -James Laughlin

Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure. -Nicolaus Copernicus

I was fortunate to find an extraordinary mathematics and applied mathematics program in Toronto. -Walter Kohn

I wasn't playing a drag queen – I was playing an extraordinary performer. -John Lone

An extraordinary diva would never sit by herself. -John Lone

The government I led gave ordinary people peace, security, dignity, and opportunity to progress. -Benazir Bhutto

They simply don't know that much about what they're doing. There isn't enough control. There isn't enough capability in ordinary people to tinker with such a complicated piece of machinery. -David R. Brower

We've seen in the last half century an incredible shift. This is just an extraordinary time to be alive. -Neale Donald Walsch

It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling. -Aaron Sorkin

The best opinion now is, that there are multitudinous forms which are not sufficiently differentiated to be distinctively either plant or animal, while, as respects ordinary plants and animals, the difficulty of laying down a definition has become far greater than ever before. -Asa Gray

I think the '60s were an extraordinary time. I feel bad for the kids today who missed this wonderful confluence, which was simultaneously a confluence of the global and the mythological. -Peter Coyote

What I am proposing this year are not lofty concepts far removed form the daily struggle so of ordinary Georgians. They are proposals that directly effect the lives of the people we serve. -Roy Barnes

It often happens that when a person possesses a particular ability to an extraordinary degree, nature makes up for it by leaving him or her incompetent in every other department. -Robert Shea

At any rate, girls are differently situated. Having no need of deep scientific knowledge, their education is confined more to the ordinary things of the world, the study of the fine arts, and of the manners and dispositions of people. -William John Wills

We didn't have a drill so he would burn the holes through the wood with a metal rod that he heated up in a fire. Can you imagine an ordinary crew doing that? -Marc Singer

Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience. All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically, but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air. -Blythe Danner

But here I am today recording this and I'm in the studio with all the others on a clean mic. It's extraordinary, the actor's found a way of doing it for himself. -John Leeson

Whereas painting is a more rarefied art form, with a limited audience, I recognized film as this extraordinary social tool that could reach tremendous numbers of people. -Kathryn Bigelow

Even then, our family was extraordinary, with ten kids. -Mink Stole

An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn't know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch. -Patti Smith

There is no more reason why the features belonging to a picture should be distorted for the purpose of such imaginative suggestion than that the poet's metaphors should spoil his words for the ordinary uses of man. -William H. Hunt

One of our problems is our sense of discipline – dancers have an extraordinary sense of self-discipline. -Siobhan Davies

There were mornings in the make-up trailer where I'd have fits of laughter because of the extraordinary daily events of the shoot. Sometimes, it was all too much to believe. But the wildest things happened. -Madeleine Stowe

By the time ordinary life asserted itself once more, I would feel I had already lived for a while in some other lifetime, that I had even taken over someone else's life. -Margaret Mahy

There are certainly times when my own everyday life seems to retreat so the life of the story can take me over. That is why a writer often needs space and time, so that he or she can abandon ordinary life and 'live' with the characters. -Margaret Mahy

If Baltimore's view, that scientists who do not take the words of authorities are far removed from the ordinary behavior of scientists, prevails in the scientific community, then something fundamental, very serious, and very disturbing is happening to the scientific community. -Serge Lang

But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art. -Russell Banks

Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart. -Marvin Olasky

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and CSIS have provided extraordinary co-operation, as I mentioned earlier. -Paul Cellucci

I knew it was going to be the most extraordinary thing in my life, but how powerful it is, you can never know until you have a baby. -Celine Dion

I would have preferred to be successful here with a piece that cost me a huge amount of money and effort… rather than sending to Bohemia some ordinary works. -Camille Claudel

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

You could think of extraordinary examples to the contrary: The Grapes of Wrath… and even into the 70s. -Charlton Heston

What theatre started to look at much earlier than any other form was the internal operations of ordinary people, sometimes using mythic models in order to tell the story. -Pete Townshend

I've had some lovely extraordinary experiences on New Year's Eve. -Debbie Harry

This was such an extraordinary situation that I simply could not accept it. -Erno Rubik

Architects today tend to depreciate themselves, to regard themselves as no more than just ordinary citizens without the power to reform the future. -Kenzo Tange

It must have been an extraordinary time. I guess the worrying thing about musical theatre to me, is if you look at the London season this year, mine is actually the only one to have come in. -Andrew Lloyd Webber

In the ordinary church, it is suppressed by respectability, by a desire to appear better than we really are. -E. Stanley Jones

One of the most extraordinary things about being a spiritual teacher is the rare privilege of being able to look deeply into the very souls of many human beings at the same time. -Andrew Cohen

I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary people do unusual things, things that seem alien to their natures. Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart people sometimes do dumb or irrational things? -Philip Zimbardo

At the very least, my tastes are out of the ordinary. -Sherilyn Fenn

Well, you cannot think of cinema now, and you cannot think of cinema in the UK and not place Chaplin in the most extraordinary elevated context, if there can be such a thing, in that he was a genius, he was unique. -Richard Attenborough

I wanted to look at them because I feel, internally, that I am an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life. -Sidney Poitier

There is no doubt that this film is autobiographical, but at the same time it also tries to portray an ordinary couple in a language that everyone can understand. -Sophie Marceau

I became startled by the extraordinary difference between something whose surface is completely invisible which only makes itself present by virtue of what it reflects, and a window, which doesn't make itself apparent at all, in the ideal case. -Jonathan Miller

Emphasis was usually put on the horizontal acceleration factor, for the simple reason that ordinary structures have a built-in safety factor for the vertical component; that is, gravity. -Charles Francis Richter

That helped me to keep in touch with myself and to keep in touch with this really quite extraordinary language and literature into which I had pushed a little way. -Robert Fitzgerald

I am just an ordinary Catholic. -Maggie Gallagher

I'd love to be approached to do ordinary things more. -Marc Newson

Men killing other men really is an extraordinary phenomenon. Why does it happen? And how long has it gone on? And have the motives changed? -John Keegan

Potentially he could be. He scored the goal four years ago in France against Argentina that was extraordinary. -Alan Hansen

When two people first meet, they can only have a very ordinary kind of friendship. But when you begin to understand each other, when you get close to them, you discover that you're suddenly eager to know him or her even better. -Zhang Ziyi

I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way. -Martha Beck

The target audience goes back to conception. That means pre-natal care, safe delivery, post-natal screening, and the ordinary stuff you do in pediatrics. -C. Everett Koop

Through a blog, an ordinary citizen such as myself can use the Internet, this thing invented by Albert Gore, to talk from my house to the U.S. capital and to make use of my right to point out to government officials and to the media when they are wrong. -John Jay Hooker

I look for something that is highly unusual, involving ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations. -Walter Lord

I'm guilty of extraordinary naivete, I suppose. But it's a naivete that I really don't want to abandon, not even now. -Jock Sturges

My mother was electric onstage, and I vividly recall the extraordinary power she had over her audiences. -Lorna Luft

We have to promote a movie. It's just extraordinary that everybody I'm talkin' to loves this movie. -Joe Pantoliano

I regard many of the neoconservatives as personal friends, but that's not stopped them from behaving with extraordinary viciousness towards those of us who raised the immigration issue. -Peter Brimelow

Hamilton had one of those extraordinary 18th-century minds that touched on virtually every major topic of the day. -Ron Chernow

There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast, open sky and loneliness and cold. -Ajay Naidu

It was one of the most exciting, perfect evenings of my life, my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. And knowing we were all there to raise money for Gay Men's Health Crisis made the evening an extraordinary experience. -Bernadette Peters

We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure. -Peter O'Toole

Woody Allen sets are very quiet. Extraordinary sense of power from a man who doesn't do anything except just stand there. -F. Murray Abraham

An aged rabbi, crazed with liberalism, once said to me, We Jews are just ordinary human beings. Only a bit more so! -Lionel Blue

The extraordinary exertions of the colonies, in cooperation with British measures, against the French, in the late war, were acknowledged by the British parliament to be more than adequate to their ability. -Mercy Otis Warren

Of mediumship there are many grades, one of the simplest forms being the capacity to receive an impression or automatic writing, under peaceful conditions, in an ordinary state; but the whole subject is too large to be treated here. -Oliver Joseph Lodge

Northern Uganda presents a situation of extraordinary violation of the rights of children. -Carol Bellamy

My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia and Europe at very young ages. We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India. -Mary Chapin Carpenter

I never have known a man of ordinary common-sense who did not urge upon his sons, from earliest childhood, doctrines of economy and the practice of accumulation. -William Graham Sumner

Only when inspired to go beyond consciousness by some extraordinary insight does beauty manifest unexpectedly. -Arthur Erickson

That's important to me, to find the extraordinary inside the ordinary. -Mark Haddon

They say the death of a parent puts you in time because that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death: you're next. I don't buy it. -Bruce Jackson

The vice president had a bargaining asset, however, that no ordinary person has: He was next in line to the presidency. I saw no chance that he would resign first, then take his chances on trial, conviction, and jail. -Elliot Richardson

The payment made by a manufacturer to a patentee for the privilege of using the patent process, is usually termed, in commercial language, a rent; and under the same head must be ranked all extraordinary qualities of body and mind. -Nassau William Senior

Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation. -William Ames

The ordinary ministry is that which receives all of its direction from the will of God revealed in the Scriptures and from those means which God has appointed in the church for its continual edification. -William Ames

An extraordinary amount of arrogance is present in any claim of having been the first in inventing something. -Benoit Mandelbrot

There's this unspoken club where you say to each other: Oh God, if they only knew how ordinary I was, they wouldn't be interested. That includes movie stars and politicians. -Margot Kidder

There are certain things that ordinary people have that celebrities don't have. -Norman Spinrad

On sand, you can never be sure of anything. An ordinary shot can take a wicked deflection at the last moment. -Eric Cantona

I had repeatedly made written requests to the Fuehrer that I might be allowed to join the Wehrmacht as an ordinary soldier. He refused to give me this permission. -Fritz Sauckel

It's not difficult in South Africa for the ordinary person to see the link between capitalism and racist exploitation, and when one sees the link one immediately thinks in terms of a socialist alternative. -Joe Slovo

The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing birds are then the wind and sea are both aft. -Lawrence Hargrave

And that's what happened to that show. It started ordinary, it started really rather bad. As I said, there was a review that said, really, we think the commercials are better than the show. And then it gradually developed. -Patrick Macnee

I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry. -Lafcadio Hearn

They say it's good but I didn't know what I was doing until I got into the suit and they put the moustache on me, and somehow, when I got all the drag on, it came out. It was the most amazing thing. I'm truly extraordinary. -Harvey Korman

There's another way of making music, by touching the lives and feelings of ordinary people. -Gavin Bryars

I always feel the desire to look for the extraordinary in ordinary things; to suggest, not to impose, to leave always a slight touch of mystery in my paintings. -Balthus

Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this novel and extraordinary question of reception, going to the unconstitutional abridgment, as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent in the People of the United States. -Caleb Cushing

A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. -Wade Boggs

The difference between political terror and ordinary crime becomes clear during the change of regimes, in which former terrorists become well-regarded representatives of their country. -Jurgen Habermas

The essence of cinema is editing. It's the combination of what can be extraordinary images of people during emotional moments, or images in a general sense, put together in a kind of alchemy. -Francis Ford Coppola

Now, occultism is not like mystic faculty, and it very seldom works in harmony either with business aptitude in the things of ordinary life or with a knowledge of the canons of evidence in its own sphere. -A. E. Waite

Meanwhile the fact that the connection with the activity of memory in ordinary life is for the moment lost is of less importance than the reverse, namely, that this connection with the complications and fluctuations of life is necessarily still a too close one. -Hermann Ebbinghaus

Jerry reversed the usual formula of the superhero who goes to another planet. He put the superhero in ordinary, familiar surroundings, instead of the other way around, as was done in most science fiction. That was the first time I can recall that it had ever been done. -Joe Shuster

Woman is the sun, an extraordinary creature, one that makes the imagination gallop. -Marcello Mastroianni

Whenever, then, the usual and ordinary rate of the profits of agricultural stock, and all the outgoings belonging to the cultivation of land, are together equal to the value of the whole produce, there can be no rent. -David Ricardo

The world knows of a vast stock of epic material scattered up and down the nations; sometimes its artistic value is as extraordinary as its archaeological interest, but not always. -Lascelles Abercrombie

I have always thought music as a way out of the ordinary mundane obligations of life. -Martha Reeves

As for the forces, electromagnetism and gravity we experience in everyday life. But the weak and strong forces are beyond our ordinary experience. So in physics, lots of the basic building blocks take 20th- or perhaps 21st-century equipment to explore. -Edward Witten

I wouldn't have thought that a wrong theory should lead us to understand better the ordinary quantum field theories or to have new insights about the quantum states of black holes. -Edward Witten

The theory has to be interpreted that extra dimensions beyond the ordinary four dimensions the three spatial dimensions plus time are sufficiently small that they haven't been observed yet. -Edward Witten

I am afraid that the ordinary citizen will not like to be told that the banks can and do create and destroy money. And they who control the credit of a nation direct the policy of governments, and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people. -Richard McKenna

In the ordinary affairs of life we do not require nor expect demonstrative evidence, because it is inconsistent with the nature of matters of fact, and to insist on its production would be unreasonable and absurd. -Simon Greenleaf

When the cinematograph first made its appearance, we were told that the days of the ordinary theatre were numbered. -Ivor Novello

The Apple II was not designed like an ordinary product. It used crazy tricks everywhere. -Andy Hertzfeld

But alas, they are all sadly deficient, because they leave us under the domination of political and religious prejudices; and they are as inefficient as the sleepy dose of an ordinary sermon. -Adam Weishaupt

The two designs are completely different. The first is totally futuristic, the second is more classical. You can of course get very excited about doing something completely out of the ordinary, just like the Olympic stadium in its time. But each to his or her own taste. -Franz Beckenbauer

The comments I most appreciate come from ordinary readers who've happened on one of my books at some time of stress in their lives, and who actually credit the book with helping them through a bad time. It's happened a few times in forty years. -Fred Saberhagen

It was like falling off a building and suddenly, bang, you hit the bottom. The first time it happened was on an ordinary day at home. I was taking down some curtains. I took one step, turned around, took another step and then I fell and hit my head hard on the rowing machine. -Jonah Lomu

For the sake of argument and illustration I will presume that certain articles of ordinary diet, however beneficial in youth, are prejudicial in advanced life, like beans to a horse, whose common ordinary food is hay and corn. -William Banting

I decided on the spot that I would be an artist, and I assure you, it was no ordinary artist I had in mind. -Henry Ossawa Tanner

The most superficial student of Roman history must be struck by the extraordinary degree in which the fortunes of the republic were affected by the presence of foreigners, under different names, on her soil. -Henry James Sumner Maine

The ballet makes us look at those bodies, it makes us listen to that music, it makes us wonder at the geometry, of the way they come together. The way that extraordinary space is controlled and given such emotional force. -John Guare

No, United Artists was a very extraordinary organization, because once they had agreed on the director, they believed in letting him have his way. They trusted me, and that doesn't often happen. -John Schlesinger

Then all the foreigners started coming over. I don't mind that but a lot of teams are laying out fortunes for ordinary players and that's no good for our youngsters coming through. -Paul Gascoigne

If I ever do anything, it actually might be some fantasy elf thing or even some cute, funny thing. Just to do something a little bit out of the ordinary. I've done my superhero gig. -Todd McFarlane

We live in a democracy. We have this extraordinary opportunity to use our mind and say what we think, speak as we think. Sometimes what we say is objectionable to other people. But that is part of a free society. -Hal Holbrook

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures. -Rob Lowe

We were surprised that the television series had the kind of longevity that it had after only four years of filming it and the reception in 6 countries around the world was quite extraordinary. -Paul Michael Glaser

I identified in a very deep way with the individuals I was writing about because the theme that runs through this story is of extraordinary hardship and the will to overcome it. -Laura Hillenbrand

It's the most extraordinary and saddest thing, the amount of talent out there not being seen. -Gedde Watanabe

I felt like an extraordinary hero. I was only five or six and I had the whole of life in my hands. Even if I had been driving the carriage of the sun I could not have felt any better. -Dario Fo

Creative Artists Agency put together a project of extraordinary mediocrity and colossal stupidity. Otherwise, it was great. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I did what I did not to make money but to help prevent the defeat of a new system which had, at great cost, given ordinary people food and fares which they could afford, a good education and a health service. -Melita Norwood

I have this extraordinary curiosity about all subjects of the natural and human world and the interaction between the physical sciences and the social sciences. -Ian Hacking

I have a contract but it's not a commitment in the ordinary sense. It's our ongoing conversation. -Diane Sawyer

Coming from a farming background, I saw nothing out of the ordinary in running barefoot, although it seemed to startle the rest of the athletics world. I have always enjoyed going barefoot and when I was growing up I seldom wore shoes, even when I went into town. -Zola Budd

The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities large and small have been willing to make, often before they were past their teenage years, have secured our nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world's bulwark of liberty. -Steve Buyer

I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary. -Billy Joel

The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary. -Kenneth Branagh

I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element. -Kenneth Branagh

Because I'm just an ordinary person that did some extraordinary things. -Donna Summer

I think it's quite extraordinary that people cast me as if I'm Warren Beatty: until I met my present wife, at the age of 35, you could name two girlfriends. -Colin Firth

It seems to me that good novels celebrate the mystery in ordinary life, and summing it all up in psychological terms strips the mystery away. -Anne Tyler

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist. -Lytton Strachey

When I'm playing a character like Jonathan in Ripley's Game I want to be in the moment when he's feeling pain; this very ordinary person who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances. -Dougray Scott

One of the difficulties about interviewing people in Rwanda is that the country is trying to get on with ordinary life and some people just don't want to get involved in this. -Tony Greig

It seems extraordinary to have waited so long into one's life to have found the part that actually uses your basic rhythm. And I think that's always sort of what actors connect up with – their own sort of world. -Susan Sullivan

With these vast advantages, ordinary and extraordinary, one would have supposed the North would have been content, and would have at least respected the security and tranquility of such obedient and profitable brethren; but such is not human nature. -Robert Toombs

It's extraordinary how inventive one can be with ethanol right now. -Daniel Yergin

And I think that even today, New York still has more of this unexpected quality around every corner than any place else. It's something quite extraordinary. -Robert Rauschenberg

I think it's the most extraordinary studio around. I would love to do my next project with Pixar. -Brad Bird

I know my theories and findings are hard for you to accept because they are so original and extraordinary. -Alex Chiu

I don't work at being ordinary. -Paul McCartney

I think if you touch ordinary people, they're simply ordinary people, the way they've always been. They work hard, they don't have really as much as they should. -Leonard Baskin

It is quite extraordinary how very various are the opinions entertained on this point, and, before sifting them, one must be careful in the first place to eliminate from our inquiry the cases of that considerable class of persons who pinch themselves. -James Payn

So now, thirty years, forty years later, I mean, I could find a whole orchestra of a thousand to put these things together in New York City alone. In those days, if I could scrape up twenty musicians to do this it was something extraordinary. -Gunther Schuller

I wanted to raise the voice of a lot of the people that I knew growing up, and this was, for the most part, poor people who had extraordinary dreams but also very amazing obstacles. -Edwidge Danticat

The president felt that it was important to send an ordinary citizen to experience the excitement of space travel as a representative for all Americans. -Christa McAuliffe

The ultimate end is a nation that lies under the concept of the Declaration of Indepen dence. The Declaration of Independence is such an extraordinary statement – it was designed by people skeptical of government, local or national, but in particular national. -Malcolm Wallop

If the attainment of peace is the ultimate objective of all statesmen, it is, at the same time, something very ordinary, closely tied to the daily life of each individual. -Eisaku Sato

The Industrial Revolution was another of those extraordinary jumps forward in the story of civilization. -Stephen Gardiner

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

It is extraordinary to have time to again study Le nozze di Figaro and discover new things. -Riccardo Muti

It's extraordinary to look into a baby's face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit. It makes you realize you are a part of the human race. -Liam Neeson

Well, I think I've made 44 films and only like four times I've played real characters I'm just drawn to people who have a pioneer spirit, this extraordinary energy and commitment to their cause. -Liam Neeson

I'm not that old, and I haven't lived a life so far from the ordinary, really. -Mariel Hemingway

But generally I am fine with a capital F; probably in extraordinary shape for a man of my age. -Malcolm Boyd

It's an extraordinary thing about Mozart is that you never tire of him… he never bores me, and he doesn't… not only bore me, that's too strong a word. -Peter Shaffer

Nobody sees the obvious, nobody observes the ordinary. There are more miracles in a square yard of earth than in all the fables of the Church. -Robert Anton Wilson

I became obsessed with all these women who die never feeling they did anything extraordinary with their lives. -Salma Hayek

When I was three years old I was taken with my family to a little town in Western Minnesota, where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten. -Mary MacLane

Our soul is not united to our body in the ordinary sense of these terms. It is immediately and directly united to God alone. -Nicolas Malebranche

There's just something extraordinary about that Selma Hayek. -Woody Harrelson

Gender consciousness has become involved in almost every intellectual field: history, literature, science, anthropology. There's been an extraordinary advance. -Clifford Geertz

There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see. -Naguib Mahfouz

Because it equates tradition with prejudice, the left finds itself increasingly unable to converse with ordinary people in their common language. -Christopher Lasch

Propaganda in the ordinary sense of the term plays a less important part in a consumer society, where people greet all official pronouncements with suspicion. -Christopher Lasch

We are at a major epoch in human history, which is that we don't need sex to recreate the race. You can have babies without sex. This is the first time in human history that has been true, and it means, for example, we could do some extraordinary things. -David Cronenberg

Our top priority is our troops, who are making the extraordinary effort to fulfill the mission they have been given. Democrats will work with this Administration to better define that mission and a realistic expectation of success in Iraq. -Jim Clyburn

The notes I have made are not a diary in the ordinary sense, but partly lengthy records of my spiritual experiences, and partly poems in prose. -Edvard Munch

But the moment you use an ordinary camera, you are not seeing the picture, remember, meaning, you had to remember what you've taken. Now you could see it of course, with a digital thing, but remember in 1982 you couldn't. -David Hockney

You know, heroes are ordinary people that have achieved extraordinary things in life. -Dave Winfield

The moral effect of the thundering of one's own artillery is most extraordinary, and many of us thought that we had never heard any more welcome sound than the deep roaring and crashing that started in at our rear. -Fritz Kreisler

Miss Austen had shown the infinite possibilities of ordinary and present things for the novelist. -George Saintsbury

You don't have to be rich and famous. You just have to be an ordinary person, doing extraordinary things. I'd like more people to know that it's there. Women's achievements still aren't recognised enough in many areas. -Joan Armatrading

The Nobel award occasions a unique celebration of the vision of science by the public at large. The prestige the prize confers today is largely due to the extraordinary diligence of the Nobel committees. -Kenneth G. Wilson

So there clearly is a sense in which the Labour Party here, certainly at State level is reaching out and connecting with people and reflecting the aspirations and needs of, you know the mass of ordinary Australians. -Patricia Hewitt

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

Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement. -Barack Obama

Jane Austen was an extraordinary woman; to actually be able to survive as a novelist in those days – unmarried – was just unheard of. -Julie Walters

It's very strong after the birth. It's extraordinary. You can't watch anything to do with kids being harmed. -Julie Walters

Ordinary morality is only for ordinary people. -Aleister Crowley

You would be amazed what the ordinary guy knows. -Matt Drudge

There are no ordinary moments. -Dan Millman

Reality is always extraordinary. -Mary Ellen Mark

I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest. -Martin Scorsese

I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary. -Lou Holtz

It takes an extraordinary intelligence to contemplate the obvious. -Alfred North Whitehead

The English have an extraordinary ability for flying into a great calm. -Alexander Woollcott

Great men lose somewhat of their greatness by being near us; ordinary men gain much. -Walter Savage Landor

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn

One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable. -Salman Rushdie

I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary. -Billy Joel

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate person confronted with a Greek manuscript. -Aleister Crowley

I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. -Isaac Newton

On the ordinary view of each species having been independently created, we gain no scientific explanation. -Charles Darwin

I am an ordinary person. -Frances McDormand

Gross ignorance is 144 times worse than ordinary ignorance. -Bennett Cerf

Consultant: any ordinary guy more than fifty miles from home. -Eric Sevareid

Readers probably haven't heard much about it yet, but they will. Quantum technology turns ordinary reality upside down. -Michael Crichton

People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things. -Edmund Hillary

The ordinary man casts a shadow in a way we do not quite understand. The man of genius casts light. -George Steiner

The genius of the American system is that through freedom we have created extraordinary results from plain old ordinary people. -Phil Gramm

Occasionally if you do something extraordinary, the crew responds with spontaneous applause, but that's very rare. -Claudia Christian

I had Courtney Love's left bosom out of her dress on my plate in front of me. It was extraordinary. I didn't know where to look. -Hugh Grant

The courage of very ordinary people is all that stands between us and the dark. -Pam Brown

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men. -Thucydides

In the vanity of self-consciousness one feels at a long remove above the ordinary love and trustfulness of a simple and pure heart. -Donald G. Mitchell

I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old. -Neil Kinnock

Clint Eastwood is an extraordinary director because he knows the value of a buck. He knows where it will show on the screen. -Angela Lansbury

Certainly ordinary language has no claim to be the last word, if there is such a thing. -J. L. Austin

If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone. -George Will

I see Canada as a country torn between a very northern, rather extraordinary, mystical spirit which it fears and its desire to present itself to the world as a Scotch banker. -Robertson Davies

The wish to hurt, the momentary intoxication with pain, is the loophole through which the pervert climbs into the minds of ordinary men. -Jacob Bronowski

To be old is to be part of a huge and ordinary multitude… the reason why old age was venerated in the past was because it was extraordinary. -Ronald Blythe

To be always in a state of wonder is a kind of sensitivity that can sometimes be an extraordinary blessing and sometimes a real pain. -Holly Near

If we do discover a complete theory, it should be in time understandable in broad principle by everyone. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people be able to take part in the discussion of why we and the universe exist. -Stephen Hawking

Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary. -Boris Pasternak

If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence. -George Eliot

I seem to have been everywhere in the last 30 years, maybe not in the epicenter but flying around the periphery of extraordinary events and equally extraordinary people. -Rupert Everett

If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever. -George Berkeley

Expensive advertising courts us with hints and images. The ordinary kind merely says, Buy. -Mason Cooley

It is extraordinary that when you are acquainted with a whole family you can forget about them. -Gertrude Stein

After my spectacular failures, I could not be satisfied with an ordinary success. -Mason Cooley

If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves. -Michel de Montaigne

Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. -Bertrand Russell

It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants. -Honore de Balzac

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts. -Thornton Wilder

Neither Aristotelian nor Russellian rules give the exact logic of any expression of ordinary language; for ordinary language has no exact logic. -P. F. Strawson

God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so. -Norman Mailer

Cinema is still a very young art form with extraordinary techniques and very impressive special effects but sometimes it seems the soul has been taken out of things. -Catherine Deneuve

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff. -Aleister Crowley

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual. -Thomas Mann

No statement about God is simply, literally true. God is far more than can be measured, described, defined in ordinary language, or pinned down to any particular happening. -David Edward Jenkins

To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body. -Mahatma Gandhi

One has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual. -Thomas Mann

As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination. -Arthur Conan Doyle

What ordinary men are directly aware of and what they try to do are bounded by the private orbits in which they live; their visions and their powers are limited. -C. Wright Mills

But my deepest and most secret love belongs to the fair-haired and the blue-eyed, the bright children of life, the happy, the charming and the ordinary. -Thomas Mann

The intellectual is different from the ordinary man, but only in certain sections of his personality, and even then not all the time. -George Orwell

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth. -Denis Diderot

Gaiety is a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine. -Denis Diderot

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. -Desmond Tutu

How extraordinary it is that one feels most guilt about the sins one is unable to commit. -V. S. Pritchett

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. -Socrates

The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all. -T. S. Eliot

The Gershwin legacy is extraordinary because George Gershwin died in 1937, but his music is as fresh and vital today as when he originally created it. -Michael Feinstein

War – the ordinary man's most convenient means of escaping from the ordinary. -Philip Caputo

There are too many mediocre things in life to deal with. Love shouldn't be one of them. Anything less than extraordinary is a waste of my time. -Jill Robinson

We have witnessed the most extraordinary devastation. The magnitude of the situation is unbelievable. It's just heartbreaking. -Kathleen Blanco

In the past, it was only in science fiction novels that you could read about ordinary people being able to go to space… But you laid the foundation for space tourism. -Nursultan Nazarbayev

Genius is nothing more than common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials. -Benjamin Haydon

Asking questions is an essential part of police investigation. In the ordinary sense a police officer is free to ask a person for identification without implicating the Fourth Amendment. -Anthony Kennedy

There is something universal in the theme of a man trying to save his family in the midst of the most terrible circumstances. It is not limited to Sierra Leone. This story could apply to any number of places where ordinary people have been caught up in political events beyond their control. -Edward Zwick

I am a ordinary teenager. I fall in love like everyone else. -Jake Epstein

One of the big draws of the show is here's a guy who is ordinary in a lot of ways but, due to his profession, he's placed in extraordinary situations that he has to make right with action and with thought. That's what is appealing about Jack – he takes charge. -Kiefer Sutherland

I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences. -Sonia Sotomayor

I hope that as the Senate and American people learn more about me, they will see that I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. -Sonia Sotomayor

I stand on the shoulders of countless people, yet there is one extraordinary person who is my life aspiration. That person is my mother, Celina Sotomayor. -Sonia Sotomayor

Democracy is an extraordinary adventure. It's difficult, full of daring and risk and danger. But it's the greatest gift we have. -Jon Voight

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

I've been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I'm quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results. In that point I'm one of the few people who tell the truth about myself. -T. E. Lawrence

To have the opportunity to lead the Solicitor General's office is the honor of a lifetime. As you know, this is an office with a long and rich tradition, not only of extraordinary legal skill but also of extraordinary professionalism and integrity. That is due, in large measure, to the people who have led it. -Elena Kagan

As proud as we are of this city and as extraordinary as it is, all of south Louisiana and all of the Gulf Coast is a very special place, and the federal government has underinvested in it year after year after year, whether it's education or health care. -Mary Landrieu

So that the record of history is absolutely crystal clear. That there is no alternative way, so far discovered, of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free enterprise system. -Milton Friedman

Well, first of all, I think that a lot of the voters who are voting for the tea party candidates have really good impulses. That is, they believe that for years and years and years, the people with wealth and power or government power have done well and ordinary people have not. That's true. -William J. Clinton

In ordinary detective novels you never see the consequences of what happens in a story in the next book. That you do in mine. -Stieg Larsson

New Orleans is a city whose basic industry is the service industry. That's why it makes its money. That's – it brings people to the city. People come to the city and experience the wonders of this extraordinary city and everything else. The question is that, how do we create jobs which are the jobs that have pay, that – living wages? -Danny Glover

T Bone is genius. The way they've recorded my voice and the instrumentation to these songs is really quite extraordinary. -Betty Buckley

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is. -Bruce Lee

We released 400,000 classified documents, the most extraordinary history of a war to ever have been released in our civilization. Those documents cover 109,000 deaths. That is serious matter. -Julian Assange

Obama is making a choice now that will lead to the deaths of many thousands of civilians in Afghanistan by American hands. By ordinary standards of presidents, he is a decent man. But those standards aren't good enough. He's in a position either to kill or not to kill, and he's made the decision to kill. -Daniel Ellsberg

I also believe that we have an extraordinary opportunity for the United States and European Union to lead the world in developing and implementing new and more efficient technologies – smart electrical grids and electrical vehicles. -Hillary Clinton

The animators are absolutely extraordinary. It's mind-boggling. -Helena Bonham Carter

I have the ordinary experience of being anonymous when I'm in an airplane talking to air-traffic control, and they don't know who they're talking to. I have a lot of common experiences. -Harrison Ford

I'm just an ordinary person who has an extraordinary job. -Julia Roberts

I am an example of what is possible when girls from the very beginning of their lives are loved and nurtured by people around them. I was surrounded by extraordinary women in my life who taught me about quiet strength and dignity. -Michelle Obama

I come here tonight as a sister, blessed with a brother who is my mentor, my protector and my lifelong friend. And I come here as a wife who loves my husband and believes he will be an extraordinary president. -Michelle Obama

The interesting thing about Hain is that he's not a very interesting character. He's not fabulously clever. He's not a great policeman. He's not hugely charismatic. I'd describe him as a kind-of Chekhovian character. He's an ordinary bloke, to whom extraordinary things have happened. Which is quite hard to play, I have to say. -Robbie Coltrane

Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant. -Joan Didion

If Warren Buffett made his money from ordinary income rather than capital gains, his tax rate would be a lot higher than his secretary's. In fact a very small percentage of people in this country pay a big chunk of the taxes. -Michael Bloomberg

King's response to our crisis can be put in one word: revolution. A revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens. -Cornel West

Christianity makes of life a moral drama in which we play a starring role and in which the most ordinary events take on a grand significance. -Dinesh D'Souza

I come from an ordinary family – my dad is a carpenter, a roof-maker – and we've always loved racing together. -Sebastian Vettel

I have always been a huge fan of Ridley Scott and certainly when I was a kid. 'Alien', 'Blade Runner' just blew me away because they created these extraordinary worlds that were just completely immersive. I was also an enormous Stanley Kubrick fan for similar reasons. -Christopher Nolan

Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. -Daryn Kagan

And this is what was fascinating to me about 'The Help'; they were ordinary people who did extraordinary things. -Viola Davis

There is nothing special about Tim Scott. I'm an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God and that makes the difference. -Tim Scott

I think the facts reveal that the European partners have taken extraordinary measures to help Greece address its problems. -Lucas Papademos

I am delighted with the strong vote I have received. My message of positive leadership, patriotism and commitment clearly was resonating with tens of thousands of ordinary Irish people. -Michael D. Higgins

Film critics said I gave a voice to the fear we all have: that we'll reach a certain point in our lives, look around and realize that all the things we said we'd do and become will never come to be – and that we're ordinary. -Ann Bancroft

In the startup world, you're either a genius or an idiot. You're never just an ordinary guy trying to get through the day. -Marc Andreessen

The cast, led by the extraordinary Jennifer Lawrence, is absolutely wonderful across the board. It's such a pleasure to see how they've embodied the characters and brought them to life. -Suzanne Collins

The principle that light can be in two places at the same time is absolutely extraordinary. -Alan Davies

A biopic would have required hiring an actor, and I always wanted to just let Bobby be Bobby. My thought was it would make it a more universal story to focus on ordinary people rather than this extraordinary man. -Emilio Estevez

The first time I had sat down to a meal I had grown on my own, along with a bottle of wine that we had made, I burst into tears. To be in touch and be in tune with that is an extraordinary gift. -Emilio Estevez

Are things getting better with each generation? Yes. It's quite interesting to be living in these times, for me to witness an African-American being elected president. It's quite extraordinary. -Lenny Kravitz

My hearing is out of the ordinary as others might see it, but not for me. I'm used to my hearing in the same way that I'm used to the size of my hands. -Evelyn Glennie

My quality of life here in Quebec City is extraordinary. -Patrick Roy

I am deeply grateful to the citizens of Sarajevo and the Sarajevo Canton assembly for bestowing upon me this incredible honor of citizenship. I am so proud to now be a part of such an extraordinary part of the world and fellow citizen to the people I deeply love and admire. -Angelina Jolie

I've realized the extraordinary power of sports to heal, unite and inspire. I believe the Olympics will serve as the ultimate platform to provide positive changes and I hope to inspire all of Japan through my strong showing there. -Kohei Uchimura

I just see myself as just an ordinary chick from Florida, not some beautiful woman. -Jennifer Sky

Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. -Gerard Way

I always found the extraordinary loss of life in the First World War very moving. I remember learning about it as a very young child, as an eight- or nine-year-old, asking my teachers what poppies were for. Every year the teachers would suddenly wear these red paper flowers in their lapels, and I would say 'What does that mean?' -Tom Hiddleston

I certainly look at the modern guys and think they are a different species to when we played. They are fitter and their conditioning is extraordinary. -Will Carling

I spent a lot of time protecting myself. I mean, I've met a lot of extraordinary people over the years – and I just wish I had been able to open myself up to them more. -Diane Keaton

I'm very humble in terms of knowing that television is an extraordinary collaborative medium and that one person alone cannot make a great TV show. -Shawn Ryan

I have this extraordinary life during the day, and then I get to come home to my sweet husband who loves to cook with me. I have a nice glass of wine, he has some scotch, we chat, we cook, and we hang out with the dog. I have an absolute dream life. -Rachael Ray

I love to take something ordinary and make it really special. -Ina Garten

And poets, in my view, and I think the view of most people, do speak God's language – it's better, it's finer, it's language on a higher plane than ordinary people speak in their daily lives. -Stephen King

I just learned not to take a single thing for granted, and I think it just is extraordinary. -Vanessa Kerry

The vital thing for me is to integrate the history from above with the history from below because only in that way can you show the true consequences of the decisions of Hitler or Stalin or whomever on the ordinary civilians caught up in the battle. -Antony Beevor

Lots of people have objections to prizes of all types, and it would be extraordinary if everybody agreed on anything that's worthwhile – they never do. -Kate Mosse

I find it extraordinary that this purpose which drove how we viewed the world is now considered to be something that has no effect upon us. -Jeremy Paxton

It's been an extraordinary journey. I have learned so much along the way. I entered the modeling industry as a business person already. I always knew I belonged on the other side of the camera. -Kathy Ireland

My family is out of the ordinary in our physical lifestyle and the day-to-day things that we deal with, but my approach to them is pretty rational and sound. And I'm the quiet one! It's very different from my performing life. -Dee Snider

I love shows about creating and cooking. Sometimes they're so extraordinary, you end up setting yourself to fail. -Jewel

Sometimes you meet people who can't swim. And I always think: 'Oh my God, that's extraordinary.' For me, it's always been a treat… I just feel really happy in the water. -David Walliams

I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I'm likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination. -Andrew Motion

You stop planetary exploration, those people who do that extraordinary work are going to have to go do something else. -Bill Nye

The situation in the United States is becoming more dire for average ordinary Americans and the last thing we need to do is to spend money on death, destruction and war. -Cynthia McKinney

The extraordinary thing about India is that it's such a family place. It's full of families everywhere. -Danny Boyle

I like action movies, even though I think action movies are kind of derided now. But there is something extraordinary about action movies, which is absolutely linked to the invention of cinema and what cinema is and why we love it. -Danny Boyle

I ran into an extraordinary doctor. He got up inside my head and figured out how my brain processed things, what my core values were, what my inner dialogue was. -Darrell Hammond

What people sometimes interpret as quirky is my attempt to subvert the concept of luxury by introducing elements that are considered ordinary or commonplace. -Miuccia Prada

I'm not an ordinary prisoner. -Mikhail Khodorkovsky

La Paz, Bolivia, is the most extraordinary city. -Phil Keoghan

You have to give kids from ordinary families a ladder. You have to show them there's a way out. -Tony Parsons

I am writing more than I have ever done. My life has come back to me in the most extraordinary way. -Andrew Motion

Looking at America's history, ordinary people did something extraordinary. Leaders risked their lives for freedoms that we take for granted today. That's what instills confidence. That's us. We will move forward and prosper because that's who we are as Americans. -Scott Walker

My life may seem glamorous from the outside but off screen it's as ordinary as anyone else's. -Shah Rukh Khan

If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter, it's hard to beat bread and butter. -Jacques Pepin

I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he's the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him. -Bryan Singer

I've always hoped 'Chopped' would telegraph our enormous affection and love and admiration for chefs and food, but at the same time, we are inflicting extraordinary cruelty on them. -Ted Allen

I am literally smaller than life. I am an unextraordinary-looking person. I've seen people trying to hide their disappointment when they meet me, and I have to watch them get over it. -Terry Gross

I would not take for granted that my personal life – because I knew better than anybody – that it was just a life. It was surprisingly an ordinary life. -Jane Pauley

I just did a film in which I had to be a dancer and I was able to do all kinds of extraordinary things. A lot of people turn 50 and talk about what they're not going to do anymore. I embarked on something that I'd wanted to do when I was 5. -Jane Seymour

One's teachers all belonged to that generation who were imperialists, and the whole narrative throughout my adolescence was of countries leaving the empire. I find it extraordinary that this purpose which drove how we viewed the world is now considered to be something that has no effect upon us. -Jeremy Paxman

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

You hear the best stories from ordinary people. That sense of immediacy is more real to me than a lot of writerly, literary-type crafted stories. I want that immediacy when I read a novel. -Chuck Palahniuk

Extraordinary allegations require extraordinary evidence. -Lance Armstrong

Let us give publicity to H.I.V./AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like TB, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of H.I.V./AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary. -Nelson Mandela

I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances. -Nelson Mandela

The America I know is great – not because government made it great but because ordinary citizens like me, like my father and like you are given the opportunity every day to do extraordinary things. -Mia Love

Oregonians aren't the only ones who recognize the extraordinary service and sacrifice of their state's National Guard. -Ron Wyden

I think people like players they can relate to. It seems as if people think they know me. I just think I'm an ordinary Joe who plays golf very, very well. -Fred Couples

It's kind of a misnomer about science fiction that science fiction is about anything other than people. It's about people doing stuff, sometimes doing extraordinary stuff. -Greg Bear

My grandmother didn't live to see us begin our lives in public service. But she probably would have thought it extraordinary that just two generations after she arrived in San Antonio, one grandson would be the mayor and the other would be on his way – the good people of San Antonio willing- to the United States Congress. -Julian Castro

America is the story of everyday people who did extraordinary things. A story woven deep into the fabric of our society. -Marco Rubio

I'm just an ordinary person. -Annie Lennox

It's quite extraordinary to hear a supposedly learned person call the United States a leading terrorist nation, one of the leading terrorist nations in the world. It's false and very treacherous teaching. -Bill Bennett

We've seen how grassroots journalism by blogs has had an impact at various points politically, as ordinary people have amplified stories that were being ignored by the traditional press. -Jimmy Wales

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

I'm looking for backing for an unauthorized auto-biography that I am writing. Hopefully, this will sell in such huge numbers that I will be able to sue myself for an extraordinary amount of money and finance the film version in which I will play everybody. -David Bowie

I'm very successful and do lots of films but I've never actually done anything extraordinary. -Rachel Weisz

If you look at Shakespeare's history plays, what the setting of monarchy allows is this extraordinary intensification of emotions and predicament. -Tom Hooper

Actors enjoy being treated as ordinary people. -Tom Hooper

Frankly that's what makes such a big difference between President Obama on one hand and Mitt Romney on the other. Gov. Romney has not walked in those shoes of the ordinary Americans and frankly I don't think he has the capacity to quite understand the struggle that the 98 percent of Americans go through every single day. -Ken Salazar

As human beings we have the most extraordinary capacity for evil. We can perpetrate some of the most horrendous atrocities. -Desmond Tutu

Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value. -Desmond Tutu

I think ABBA have a pure joy to their music and that's what makes them extraordinary. -Bono

The remedy for speech that is false is speech that is true. This is the ordinary course in a free society. The response to the unreasoned is the rational; to the uninformed, the enlightened; to the straight-out lie, the simple truth. -Anthony Kennedy

There are people who like just ordinary comedy fun, and making mistakes – which I do easily – and then there are people who like the falling over. -Norman Wisdom

You know how arrogant the French are – extraordinary. -Gordon Ramsay

I've never had any illusions about being a lead actor in films, because lead actors have to be of a certain kind. Apart from the beauty of looks and figure, which I cannot claim to have, there's just a particular kind of ordinary-Joe quality that a film star needs to have. -Stephen Fry

I think the Internet is absolutely extraordinary. It's very, very useful and I think one of the things we've got to do is make sure that the African continent gets on to that information super highway. -Thabo Mbeki

People go to extraordinary lengths to get films made. -Barbara Broccoli

All I can say is that I had an extraordinary childhood. -Barbara Broccoli

It's fair to say that, for much of my lifetime, New Zealand certainly was a property-owning democracy and working people, ordinary people, had assets. -Helen Clark

I've had extraordinary good luck with my health, other than a broken elbow. -Hillary Clinton

It's a real pleasure to go to work when you're in the most extraordinary surroundings, and working with people who are young and interested and creatively keen. -Hugo Weaving

In the business of politics, emotions and productive dissatisfaction with the world in which we live today are gradually being covered up by the minutiae of ordinary life. -Sigmar Gabriel

For far too long the world's poorest people have seen no benefit from the vast natural resources in their own backyards. It is time to end the injustice where ordinary people are silent witnesses, left to suffer without basic services, as the profits from their countries' assets are hidden and plundered by corrupt regimes. -Nick Clegg

There is this sense of David Cameron leading a Government that's badly out of touch with ordinary people's lives. I'd absolutely welcome the opportunity to show all political leaders what life is like for most people. -Frances O'Grady

It's great to be able to connect parents with children both emotionally and through humor. I look forward to exploring family entertainment once again and examining the specifics of our day-to-day lives against the backdrop of an extraordinary adventure. -Jon Favreau

Well, Mozart is extraordinary not only in that he became virtuoso along the lines of his father, but that he had that compositional gift, that melodic gift. By the time he was four, he was doing piano concertos with harmony in the background. -Twyla Tharp

At the height of the British Empire very few English novels were written that dealt with British power. It's extraordinary that at the moment in which England was the global superpower the subject of British power appeared not to interest most writers. -Salman Rushdie

Writers have been in terrible situations and have yet managed to produce extraordinary work. -Salman Rushdie

But, actually, so many of the clerics that I've met, particularly the Church of England clerics, are people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness who are extraordinarily presumptuous about the significance of their position in society. -Rowan Atkinson

The ordinary American – as far as I can tell – knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961. -Ben Stein

Maybe I'm a dreamer, but I think the ordinary guy has just as much right to say 'This is a good song' as somebody who is in the music business. -Kenny G

That first responsibility as a school board member – meals for latch-key children – was absolutely critical in my understanding of the extraordinary problems of poverty. -Richard Lugar

I am the woman I grew to be partly in spite of my mother, and partly because of the extraordinary love of her best friends, and my own best friends' mothers, and from surrogates, many of whom were not women at all but gay men. I have loved them my entire life, even after their passing. -Anne Lamott

For me, Barack Obama's election was a milestone of the most extraordinary kind. On the day he was elected I felt such hope in my heart. I thought we were seeing the beginning of a new era of equal opportunity across race and gender such as America had never known before. -Jesse Jackson

It's an extraordinary thing, this tiny little province of Northern Ireland, where carnage happened. And I was part of it. I grew up in it. -Liam Neeson

The Constitution was made for ordinary people. -Pat Robertson

I had never been to a fashion show before going to the Burberry show last month. It was an extraordinary spectacle. I was incredibly green and had no idea what an undertaking it is. I also have a new respect for models because they are so close to the front row and must be so self-conscious. -Eddie Redmayne

I'm trying to buy a house and set some sense of roots because otherwise you're constantly chasing one job after another, and you look back and you've had all these very extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people, but there's not a line of continuity to it. -Eddie Redmayne

My first film, 'Like Minds,' was with Toni Colette, who was extraordinary. I mean it was basically a mini-masterclass for acting on film at a time when all you could probably see were my eyebrows bouncing up and down on screen. -Eddie Redmayne

Making 'Birdsong,' on the one hand you have how prestigious it is and the reputation of the book, which is something that's an extraordinary piece of work. Sebastian Faulkes is a genius. So you feel that responsibility when you're portraying that character that he's imagined and millions of readers have pictured. -Eddie Redmayne

France isn't just any country in Europe, and its president is not an ordinary leader in the world. Sometimes directing or leading the way is not enough, he has to initiate policies, as Nicolas Sarkozy was able to demonstrate during his term. -Francois Hollande

Italy has piled up huge public debt because the successive governments were too close to the life of ordinary citizens, too willing to please the requests of everybody, thereby acting against the interests of future generations. -Mario Monti

I'm on this extraordinary adventure, and if I have no one to talk to at the end of the night, I feel lonely. -Katy Perry

Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police. -Tony Blair

Last chances in the Middle East have been two a dirham since the 1950s. Each year the enmities are more profound, the despots more bloodthirsty and clownish, the violence more extreme, and the conditions of ordinary existence more ghastly. -James Buchan

I have two extraordinary daughters, who, I can say proudly, are doing very well in school and in piano. Daughters are a father's joy. -James McGreevey

Truman Capote was a pop figure, but it wasn't until he went on David Susskind's show and had that extraordinary voice and manner that everyone could imitate, that he really took off as a figure. -James Wolcott

This week, the world gathers in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic games. This is the extraordinary moment China has been dreaming of for 100 years. People have been longing for this moment, because it symbolises a turning point in China's relationship with the outside world. -Ai Weiwei

I'm always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things. -David Hockney

Well, honestly I feel like an ordinary woman. -Jennifer Aniston

I'll continue on the path I've been taking, feet on the ground, describing people's lives, describing people's emotions, writing from the standpoint of the ordinary people. -Mo Yan

Overall I enjoy a certain anonymity. I live a very normal, very ordinary life. -Gary Oldman

I adore America. It's an extraordinary country. A new country. -Yves Saint Laurent

We all know now that people can look good for their age. It isn't so extraordinary, I don't know why people go on about it so much. -Francesca Annis

I went to an ordinary school in New York City with no other actors. I learned to compartmentalise different parts of my life. I was one person at home and then another person at work and for that reason my career didn't challenge my family life. -Brooke Shields

Everything all the time in a city is extraordinary! -Doris Lessing

What society doesn't realize is that in the past, ordinary people respected learning. They respected books, and they don't now, or not very much. That whole respect for serious literature and learning has disappeared. -Doris Lessing

There's always this sense of incredulity that writers feel, because they're usually living flat and ordinary lives, because they have to. -Doris Lessing

My grief is that the publishing world, the book writing world is an extraordinary shoddy, dirty, dingy world. -V. S. Naipaul

But I think there's something wonderful and extraordinary about climbing on your own and just that kind of relationship to the environment. I'm very addicted to the mountains. You know, so, I do like that solitude. -Andy Serkis

I abhor anything that constitutes torture. Water-boarding, it's perfectly clear to me it is torture. I never supported extraordinary rendition to torture, always said that Guantanamo should be closed. There is no clash of ideals and pragmatism there. -David Miliband

As my other obligations are beginning to take an inordinate amount of time, I have asked to step down as WMG's board chairman, effective January 31, 2012. However, I will remain a director of the company and in that way, continue my association with Warner Music and its extraordinary people. -Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

I would like to prove that on TV, everyday lives can be as compelling as the life-styles of the rich and famous. Especially lives that we catch at extraordinary moments. -Jane Pauley

It is time to move on. House prices won't rise and the economy won't fully engage until more distressed properties are resolved and put back into ordinary use. -Mark Zandi

I went camping in the Maasai Mara and we moved site every night. I had no idea how spectacular it would be, how removed from ordinary life, or how many animals we would see. -Georgina Chapman

I'm an enormous fan of Ron Howard. I mean, he's the most extraordinary director. -Georgina Chapman

It's an appeal as old as America and its presidency: This is an extraordinary country populated by hard-working, big-dreaming, freedom-loving people graced by God when they're not pulling themselves up by the bootstraps. -Ron Fournier

By bringing the voices of the ordinary people faced with extraordinary challenges to television screens around the world, I hope to affect change in one community at a time. -Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

An ordinary Turk, an ordinary Arab, an ordinary Tunisian can change history. We believe that democracy is good, and that our people deserve it. -Ahmet Davutoglu

My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother's voice and smile. -Jennifer Garner

I never considered myself a lucky person. I'm the most extraordinary pessimist. I truly am. -Christopher Nolan

You know when Hollywood does a great big blockbuster that really wraps you up in a world, and lets you believe in extraordinary things that move you in some way, in an almost operatic sensibility? That to me is the most fun I have at the movies. -Christopher Nolan

I'm an ordinary guy serving an extraordinary God – and that makes the difference. -Tim Scott

2012 has been an extraordinary year for our country. We cheered our Queen to the rafters with the Jubilee, showed the world what we're made of by staging the most spectacular Olympic and Paralympic Games ever and – let's not forget – punched way above our weight in the medals table. -David Cameron

Gabriel Byrne is an extraordinary human being. We have two extraordinary kids and we work at it. We were always friends. He stuck by me through very hard times, and I hope he'd say the same about me. -Ellen Barkin

I started using contact microphones that you can place on common, ordinary objects, like a rake. I put a microphone on it and it picked up the tines vibrating and turned it into a horrible din. What attracted me to it was the horrible din – that's what I really liked. -Eugene Chadbourne

You can't always do the extraordinary, in between you have to do the ordinary. Because if you didn't, what would constitute the extraordinary? -Christoph Waltz

I don't think that my films are 'literary'; they are based on the most ordinary things of life. -Eric Rohmer

The revival of the Right is as extraordinary as it would be if the public had demanded dozens of new nuclear plants in the days after the Three Mile Island disaster; if we had reacted to Watergate by making Richard Nixon a national hero. -Thomas Frank

Aside from being bad sportsmanship – Romney basically said Obama won by cheating – he was displaying the same obtuseness about the wants and needs of ordinary people that did more to torpedo his campaign than any goodies Obama might have had to dole out. -John Podhoretz

There's a pleasure in being reminded of the value of ordinary life. -Karen Thompson Walker

End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I've always been drawn to them, but as I wrote my own, I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed, yet where there's so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have, and take for granted: hot showers, enough food, friends, routines. -Karen Thompson Walker

Well, that's what life is – this collection of extraordinarily ordinary moments. We just need to pay attention to them all. Wake up and pay attention to how beautiful it all is. -Alexander Payne

I didn't know that there was such a thing as butter carving. But then, I poked around a little bit. A quick Google search will show you 55,000 images of butter carvings, and they're extraordinary. -Ty Burrell

You never know when some small thing will lead to a big idea. Travel is very inspirational – but it's in the ordinary that I find my themes of love and work and family. -Adriana Trigiani

I don't see anybody as either ordinary or extraordinary. I see them simply as people in front of my lens. -Eve Arnold

Anyone who relishes art should love the extraordinary diversity and psychic magic of our art galleries. There's likely more combined square footage for the showing of art on one New York block – West 24th Street between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues – than in all of Amsterdam's or Hamburg's galleries. -Jerry Saltz

In the late nineties, Katy Grannan began making haunting photographs of people who had extraordinary inner yens to be seen by strangers. -Jerry Saltz

Few contemporary artists mined the space between the ordinary and the strange better than Orozco did. -Jerry Saltz

The ultimate first date? Something that is completely out of the ordinary – go crazy, because first dates are always a little awkward, so do something a little extreme. -Gina Carano

Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is less nuanced. Eyesight is extraordinary – hearing, touch. I find people who devote their whole lives to taste a little strange. -Jonathan Safran Foer

Japan is the most intoxicating place for me. In Kyoto, there's an inn called the Tawaraya which is quite extraordinary. The Japanese culture fascinates me: the food, the dress, the manners and the traditions. It's the travel experience that has moved me the most. -Roman Coppola

When I'm in London, Claridge's is a great favourite. I'm a big fan of art deco architecture and the rooms are extraordinary. -Roman Coppola

I do love science fiction, but it's not really a genre unto itself; it always seems to merge with another genre. With the few movies I've done, I've ended up playing with genre in some way or another, so any genre that's made to mix with others is like candy to me. It allows you to use big, mythic situations to talk about ordinary things. -Rian Johnson

I have only recently got interested in film, and it is a strange way of working in many ways. But actually, when it is at its best, it's quite an extraordinary way of working between a director and an actor, to really explore an inner life. -Dan Stevens

'Planet Earth' was such an extraordinary series and the 'Making Of'… is fascinating: the creatures and stories behind the camera are just as fascinating as those in front. It's a bit of a dream come true to be a part of the team in some small way. -Dan Stevens

Meat is a big deal in my life. I do love breakfast food, but I don't think that's extraordinary. I'm a normal American. We love eggs and meat and potatoes and gravy. -Nick Offerman

The role of social media is critical because it helps to spread cognitive dissonance by connecting thought leaders and activists to ordinary citizens rapidly expanding the network of people who become willing to take action. -Simon Mainwaring

The embrace of a new technology by ordinary people leads inevitably to its embrace by people of malign intent. -Charles C. Mann

I've done other things, but it always seems like my sci-fi projects have been what people respond to the most, because those fans are extraordinary, so passionate. -Summer Glau

The idea of telling a story in reverse destabilises your ordinary moral reactions. That's one of the points of art – to challenge your preconceptions. -Vincent Cassel

There will always be vain, obsessive people who want to own rare and extraordinary things whatever the cost; there will always be people for whom owning beautiful, dangerous animals brings a sense of power and magic. -Susan Orlean

I'm happy to be reminded that an ordinary day full of nothing but nothingness can make you feel like you've won the lottery. -Susan Orlean

Characters that are not the norm or a bit out of the ordinary are always a challenge as an actress. You learn more by using different tools for those type of characters. They are always much more fun to play and much more interesting. They take you places that you wouldn't necessarily go in your everyday life. -Sally Hawkins

We associate the North Atlantic with cod. The motto of Newfoundland used to be 'In cod we trust.' It was a joke, but it was essentially true. But there is no cod anymore. And that's extraordinary. It's all because of either greed or politics – Canadian politics. -Simon Winchester

Millions upon millions of people came here full of hope and aspiration to this extraordinary land of liberty and opportunity, and helped build the United States. So the Atlantic Ocean was absolutely critical to the story of America. -Simon Winchester

The amount of piracy is extraordinary. People don't realize how big it is. -Lorenzo di Bonaventura

I'd love to go back to Greek times and see the birth of theater and performing, in that time. It would be so extraordinary to see the need that theater came out of, in the first place. I think we could probably all learn a bit from that. -Michael Sheen

I live a very ordinary life. The rare awards ceremonies I go to are quite fun, because I can enjoy the irony of one minute walking to the tube, and the next being driven along the same stretch of road in a limo. -Jonathan Pryce

My hero is Michelle Williams, who I grew close to when we did 'Meek's Cutoff.' She's an extraordinary actor and mom. -Zoe Kazan

What good is it being Marilyn Monroe? Why can't I just be an ordinary woman? -Marilyn Monroe

All of us in society are supposed to believe that cruelty to animals is wrong and that it is a good thing to prevent needless suffering. So if that is true, how can meat be acceptable under any but the most extraordinary circumstances, such as perhaps roasting the bird who died flying into a window? -Ingrid Newkirk

Well, the Internet is this miracle. It is an absolutely extraordinary idea that you can press a send button, and you are publishing to the world. -Barry Diller

After all, the ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change. -Tate Taylor

Martin Sheen was extraordinary. He's a very gifted man. -Terrence Malick

The thing about Hitchcock which is quite extraordinary for a director of that time, he had a very strong sense of his own image and publicizing himself. Just a very strong sense of himself as the character of Hitchcock. -Toby Jones

Quantum physics is a bit of a passion of mine. It's extraordinary. There's a branch of mathematics that is based on lunacy, and that's wonderful. -Bob Hoskins

Congress has funded numerous programs to provide care and compensation to 9/11 victims, spending several billion dollars on extraordinary and unprecedented efforts. -Michael Enzi

'Ten Years Later' is about the journey six extraordinary people take with time. Each has experienced a game-changing event – perhaps a life-threatening illness or a catastrophic personal loss. -Hoda Kotb

I definitely wouldn't shy away from doing another action based project, but I feel like my forte is more like playing real, ordinary people. I'm a girl's girl. -Rachael Taylor

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. -Bernie Sanders

The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often. -Bernie Sanders

But I want to pay tribute to Anna Lee Woodruff, an extraordinary, selfless woman and beautiful grandmother who in her quiet determined way was a role model for her two daughters, and who left a lasting impression on so many who knew her. -Judy Woodruff

You could say Shakespeare is so extraordinary precisely because he was so ordinary. He had all the usual anxieties and understandings of what it is to have children, lose children, get married, struggle to make a living and so on. -Simon Callow

Extraordinary people are the Green Berets and the Navy Seals and the Olympic athletes – these are the ones who can face these extraordinary physical challenges and be triumphant. -Jonathan Demme

I like being able to go to the supermarket and go on the Tube and have an ordinary domestic life. I'd hate to have to protect myself. I'm quite lucky that I can carry on without any intrusions. I don't get given a hard time by anyone. -Jim Broadbent

I've been lucky enough to work with extraordinary teachers along the way, and I'm excited to share what I've learned with graduate students at SNHU. I'm just as excited for what I'll learn from them. -Leslie Jamison

When Ke$ha tries to rap like L'Trimm, she sounds like any ordinary lonely teenage girl stuck in a nowhere town, singing along to her radio and dreaming of a party where she's the star. Ke$ha's greatness is that in her voice, you can hear both the loser girl and the star. All hail the Queen of Noi$e! -Rob Sheffield

I think 'Game of Thrones' was extraordinary. I want to do some period pieces. It would be lovely to tell great stories, that is my main ambition. And to be working with amazing creators. -Stana Katic

I'm extremely blessed to have the extraordinary mother that I have, and I don't mean Diana Ross, I mean the mother. My mom paved a road that didn't exist, as did Oprah. -Tracee Ellis Ross

It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one. -Pope Francis

The real art is not to come up with extraordinary clever words but to make ordinary simple words do extraordinary things. To use the language that we all use and to make amazing things occur. -Graham Swift

I think what I like to do is to begin with the ordinary and find the extraordinary in it. -Graham Swift

I'm not a writer who looks for the fantastic and the sensational. I like the world we've got. If there is anything special and magical, I have to find it in the ordinary stuff. -Graham Swift

My timing in life has been extraordinary. I've ridden the crest of the wave of the women's movement. -Susan Sullivan

Once they began doing 'Celebrity Apprentice,' apparently the audience wasn't that keen on the ordinary apprentice. That is probably the best indictment with our fascination with celebrity in our culture, which drives me crazy. -David Cassidy

In terms of number of movies, I've been in an extraordinary amount. If you count only the minutes I'm onscreen, it's not so long. -Wallace Shawn

You know, I'm a fan of Laurie Anderson. One of my favorite records is 'The Ugly One With the Jewels,' a spoken-word record. It's an extraordinary album. -Emmylou Harris

I rode all around Hollywood listening to Donna Summer, looking out the window – all by myself – just going, 'I'm number one!' It's a pretty extraordinary feeling. -Jimmy Webb

My father was very clear; I had to have an ordinary upbringing. I was put to work as a lowly-paid trainee after college. I didn't like it at the time, but I can't help but feel that that was probably the best thing for me. -Vijay Mallya

If you look at an illuminated manuscript, even today, it just blows your mind. For them, without all the clutter and inputs that we have, it must have been even more extraordinary. -Geraldine Brooks

September 11, 2001, revealed heroism in ordinary people who might have gone through their lives never called upon to demonstrate the extent of their courage. -Geraldine Brooks

There is absolutely no doubt that the extraordinary Donna Summer belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. -Jon Landau

The magic kit we developed with Idea Village is an extraordinary success in 40,000 stores across America. The TV commercial we shot for it has produced amazing results – unbelievable. -Criss Angel

I have this sensation of being in flight all the time, but being on stage is like creating a sanctuary in which you can completely lose yourself. The bits of your personality that you keep under wraps in ordinary life, you can let them run free. -Florence Welch

I'm not that big a celebrity. I'm just an ordinary person. -Liu Wen

The special forces gave me the self-confidence to do some extraordinary things in my life. Climbing Everest then cemented my belief in myself. -Bear Grylls

People are the key to success or extraordinary success. -Azim Premji

I hate being called spoilt. My life is ordinary. -Peaches Geldof

Excess exercise tends to be counterbalanced by excess hunger, exemplified by the phrase 'working up an appetite.' A few people with extraordinary willpower can resist such hunger day after day, but for the vast majority, weight loss through exercise is a flawed option. -Andrew Weil

The moment that changed me for ever was when I had my first seminar with my history professor at the University of Sussex. I realised that history would answer all the questions I had spent my life asking. It was an extraordinary moment. -Philippa Gregory

We are all ordinary. We are all boring. We are all spectacular. We are all shy. We are all bold. We are all heroes. We are all helpless. It just depends on the day. -Brad Meltzer

I just did a part in 'Sin City 2.' I got to do a scene with Ray Liotta. Amazing man, extraordinary gentleman who was just so kind to me… I'm so excited about that; I think it's gonna be very cool. -Juno Temple

But, I love making independent films. I love it! You create a family, and you sweat, you bleed, you cry, you shout, you laugh and you hug. It's such an extraordinary experience, making independent films. -Juno Temple

I just got my work visa to shoot 'American Horror Story,' and my official status is 'alien with extraordinary abilities.' -Lizzie Brochere

It's jarring to go from one amazing experience to another that feels ordinary. I don't quite know how to explain it. You see the uniqueness of what you've been doing, and disassociating yourself from it and going back to the 'normal' life is tough. -Nat Wolff

We get these lives for free. I didn't do anything to get this life, and no matter what the hardships are, it is free and, in a way, it's an extraordinary bargain. -Junot Diaz

It's extraordinary how many people read a book that's new and weird and befriend it. -Junot Diaz

John Carter was also one of our first recognizable superhumans and there is little doubt that his extraordinary physical feats inspired Superman's creators. Remember: before Superman could fly or turn back time, he was nothing less than an earthbound crime-fighting John Carter in tights. -Junot Diaz

Following 25 children for the TV series 'Child of Our Time' has been extraordinary. The BBC's original plan was to commemorate the new millennium. What better way than to film a number of expectant mums from across the U.K.? Coming from widely different backgrounds, all were due to give birth on January 1, 2000. -Robert Winston

It's extraordinary to think that if you walked into a room and said you had never heard of Hamlet, you would be regarded as a Philistine. But you could walk into the same room and say, 'I don't know what a proton is,' and people would just laugh and say, 'Why should you know?' -Robert Winston

The Sistine Chapel is an extraordinary work of education – it lays out all the early books of the Bible. -Peter Greenaway

I have a sense of destiny because of my mother, who was an extraordinary person but a terrible candidate for mother. She was like the god Cronus, who gave birth to his children in the morning and then ate them at night. -Jamaica Kincaid

'What I would give,' I thought, 'to have been present as Elizabeth Keckley measured Mary Lincoln for a new gown, to overhear their conversations on topics significant and ordinary, to observe the Lincoln White House from such an intimate perspective.' -Jennifer Chiaverini

The written word is the only anchor we have in life. How extraordinary would it be if we had even three or four paragraphs written honestly about their lives by our ancestors? -Randy Wayne White

By using novels, I show ordinary kids confronting and overcoming great odds. -Lurlene McDaniel

Cate Blanchett is somebody who I could watch do anything. I love what an extraordinary chameleon she can be. There's something about the way she bends and transforms that feels otherworldly to me. -Maggie Siff

I wrote poetry, journals, and, especially, plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. I had an ordinary, happy childhood. Nothing much was going on, but I had fun. -Alex Flinn

I've had a lot of different lives. I was adopted, I grew up in Nebraska, and then I went to Northwestern… Then I had this really extraordinary, different life than my parents. -Dan Chaon

When I was very young, I thought the theatre was a place where higher beings went about their celestial business, as if they knew nothing of ordinary life and its political mysteries. -Andrew O'Hagan

I think violence against women in America has become ordinary – it's been made absolutely acceptable. -Eve Ensler

The 1960s was a period when writers in the West began to be aware of the extraordinary eloquence and popular attraction of the Russian poets such as Yevtushenko and Voznesensky – oppositional figures who could draw crowds. The Russian poets recited from memory as a matter of course. -James Fenton

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

I think it's time we had a president who carried the same life experiences into the White House as most ordinary Americans. -Dick Gephardt

My healthcare plan puts more money into average families' pockets than the Bush tax cuts… He's got a lousy tax cut. It's only good for the super wealthy. I've got a tax cut that will help ordinary people. -Dick Gephardt

By ensuring that no one in government has too much power, the Constitution helps protect ordinary Americans every day against abuse of power by those in authority. -John Roberts

It's a great privilege and an honour to have the experiences and opportunities that I do to meet extraordinary Australians right across our country who share a great generosity of spirit. -Quentin Bryce

Why does the past seem so magical, so fraught, so luminous? At the time it was just, ugh, another boring bloody day. But, to look back on, it's a day full of miracles and light and extraordinary events. Why is this? What process do we apply to the past, to give it this vividness? I don't know. -John Banville

I read a bit of the Icelandic sagas. They're fascinating in that they are completely ordinary. The farmer will go off into the hills and fight a troll, and then go back and do ordinary things. It's an odd mix of fantasy and reality. -Jonathan Stroud

I'm a pretty uncomplicated person. I live a very simple life with my family and I enjoy very ordinary things. -Khaled Hosseini

My books are about ordinary people, like you, me, people on the street, people who really have an expectation of reasonable happiness in life, want their life to have a sense of security and predictability, who want to belong to something bigger than them, who want love and affection in their life, who want a good future for the children. -Khaled Hosseini

When I write, I try to represent the ordinary person in the pew, which means that, ironically, I'm qualified to write about prayer by being unqualified! -Philip Yancey

We looked too long for God and truth through words alone. The fruit for humanity has been rather limited, it seems to me – especially when I observe every day the extraordinary amount of unhappy and angry people in well educated and 'religious' countries. -Richard Rohr

It is so powerful when we can leave behind our ordinary identities, no longer think of ourselves primarily as a conductor, or writer, or salesclerk, and go to a supportive environment to deeply immerse in meditation practice. -Sharon Salzberg

What seems extraordinary is that the richest countries in the world, in terms of economic output, are the ones where we work hardest. -Tom Hodgkinson

It is extraordinary how safe flying has become. You are now statistically more likely to be elected president of the United States in your lifetime than you are to die in a plane crash. What an amazing achievement as a society! But what we end up focusing on are the catastrophic failures that are incredibly rare but happen every now and then. -Steven Johnson

My stories are not Christianized at all. I don't even have any Christians in my stories. What they are, are stories about ordinary people going through extraordinary circumstances in which I'm exploring truth. How light overcomes darkness in a way that's unmistakable to anyone who has any kind of faith. -Ted Dekker

I think a 23-page ordinary comic is an investment for the artist, but if you're doing something 60 to 104 pages, that's a really big investment for an artist. So unless you've got someone who wants to pay you while you're doing it or up front, it's kind hard to get someone to do that with you, unless you're the artist yourself. -Samuel R. Delany

The emotions that sustain religious belief are all, in fact, deeply ordinary and deeply recognisable to anybody who has ever made their way across the common ground of human experience as an adult. -Francis Spufford

I am essentially optimistic. Being alive is incredible. Life is extraordinary and beautiful. It can be hard and sad and terrifying, but it's all we've got. -James Frey

We're all flawed, but basically, effective managers are people whose flaws are not fatal under the circumstances. Maybe the best managers are simply ordinary, healthy people who aren't too screwed up. -Henry Mintzberg

Spirituality is no different from what we've been doing for two thousand years just by going to church and receiving the sacraments, being baptized, learning to pray, and reading Scriptures rightly. It's just ordinary stuff. -Eugene H. Peterson

If you keep the Sabbath, you start to see creation not as somewhere to get away from your ordinary life, but a place to frame an attentiveness to your life. -Eugene H. Peterson

McDonald's has been extraordinary at site selection; it was a pioneer in studying the best places for retail locations. One of the things it did is study very carefully where sprawl was headed. -Eric Schlosser

Certainly Nancy Reagan had an extraordinary effect on her husband. I'm truly not sure that, say, Laura Bush had that much effect on the Bush administration. She certainly, you know, seems to be a nice person who I think the public likes. But I can't really put my finger on any huge impact she's had. -Gail Collins

When you start a company, it's more an art than a science because it's totally unknown. Instead of solving high-profile problems, try to solve something that's deeply personal to you. Ideally, if you're an ordinary person and you've just solved your problem, you might have solved the problem for millions of people. -Brian Chesky

It's the sum of the parts that make up the whole, so in my opinion excellence comes from how one undertakes to do something. It all begins with the thought process – which is creative and exalted to produce something out of the ordinary. -Pankaj Patel

The fundamental aspect of video is not the image, even though you can stand in amazement at what can be done electronically, how images can be manipulated and the really extraordinary creative possibilities. For me the essential basis of video is the movement – something that exists at the moment and changes in the next moment. -Bill Viola

Part of what I do and what I want to do is I want to bring art into the everyday life. If you can take ordinary just walking in the street and you're confronted by something, that might change your day – it might inspire you. -Kenny Scharf

In real life, you just work for the ordinary self, but in the front of audience you become the superself. That's a completely different thing. -Marina Abramovic

Even now, I have traces of the good little girl. When I am not performing, for instance, I am really very quiet and ordinary. -Marina Abramovic

To have a huge, friendly whale willingly approach your boat and look you straight in the eye is without doubt one of the most extraordinary experiences on the planet. -Mark Carwardine

I believe the structure of 'House of Leaves' is far more difficult to explain than it is to read. And while I'd like to lay claim to some extraordinary act of originality, truth is I'm only taking advantage of capabilities inherent in everyone. -Mark Z. Danielewski

I like the way Quentin Tarantino creates a scene using a series of close-ups or showing very cool images of a person or people walking on some ordinary street in slow motion. I wish I could achieve that kind of slow-motion effect in manga, but it's rather difficult to draw; the only things we can play with are tones of black and white. -Masashi Kishimoto

It's increasingly clear that governments, major corporations, banks, universities and other such bodies view the defense of their secrets as a desperate matter of institutional survival, so much so that the state has gone to extraordinary lengths to punish and/or threaten to punish anyone who so much as tiptoes across the informational line. -Matt Taibbi

By creating an urgent crisis that can only be solved by those fluent in a language too complex for ordinary people to understand, the Wall Street crowd has turned the vast majority of Americans into non-participants in their own political future. -Matt Taibbi

The only reason investors haven't run screaming from an obviously corrupt financial marketplace is because the government has gone to such extraordinary lengths to sell the narrative that the problems of 2008 have been fixed. -Matt Taibbi

When you read the Koran, you give up. At least the Bible is very beautiful because Jews have an extraordinary literary talent. -Michel Houellebecq

Space only becomes ordinary when the frontier is no longer being breached. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Where there's water on Earth, you find life as we know it. So if you find water somewhere else, it becomes a remarkable draw to look closer to see if life of any kind is there, even if it's bacterial, which would be extraordinary for the field of biology. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

I'm on a crusade to get movie directors to get their science right because, more often than they believe, the science is more extraordinary than anything they can invent. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people. -Patricia Hill Collins

The challenge for Muslims in America is to respect the fears of ordinary people while resisting the exploitation of those fears by political parties, lobbies and sectors of the media. To meet this challenge, Muslims must reassess their own involvement, behavior and contributions in American society. -Tariq Ramadan

My books are about ordinary people placed in extraordinary situations who are able to draw upon their inner reserves to challenge the status-quo in life and navigate compelling human relationships. -Vikas Swarup

I certainly think it's very important that writers as citizens – not necessarily as writers, but just as ordinary citizens – should talk about things that matter to them. -Vikram Seth

I've been pretty well treated by the critics, but the critics who didn't like my comedies hated them with an unbridled passion, and then I would see these same people writing very respectfully about ordinary naturalistic plays. -David Lindsay-Abaire

The economic dynamic in Zimbabwe is perversely robust: while ordinary people suffer, black-market dealers and people with foreign bank accounts prosper, making them powerful stakeholders in the perpetuation of devastating economic policies. -Samantha Power

I don't know how other people perceive the lives of actors, but my life is fairly ordinary. I go to work, I come home, I put my kids to bed. If I'm home in time for dinner, I have dinner, and then it's bedtime. -Steve Carell

When I speak of drama, I'm really referring to just 'desperately trying not to be ordinary'. Trying to get something that has a little bit of friction, conflict, absurdity. -Gore Verbinski

Being in Harlem on the night of Barack Obama's election was extraordinary. It was the best street party I have ever gone to, and it felt like the period of American history which began with slavery had ended that evening. -Hari Kunzru

Before we condemn the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, we should remember that they were asked to do something extraordinary. They were asked to listen to the facts and apply the law to the best of their ability in a case the world was watching. -Alafair Burke

In 1998, I was screening 'Good Will Hunting' at Camp David. And I was saying, 'Nice to meet you, Mr. President. Nice to meet you, Mrs. Clinton.' Madeleine Albright, Sandy Berger, Senator Daschle. It was an extraordinary day. -Lawrence Bender

The average ordinary citizen can do a lot of different things when it comes to the climate crisis. -Lawrence Bender

As an audience member, I live vicariously through the characters I watch or read about. There's something very relatable about comic-book characters. They're never perfect. They're flawed people put in extraordinary circumstances. -James Badge Dale

I worry a lot about taking care of my dependents, all those perfectly ordinary middle-class preoccupations. -Orson Welles

There are no more Elizabeth Taylors. You could be fascinated by her, she lived so many lives, she lived far, she loved the jewels; she had gaudy taste but she had extraordinary talent. -Andre Leon Talley

It's truly gratifying to see my films reach beyond a familiar public, to get a chance to move new audiences. It's nuts. It's extraordinary. -Jacques Audiard

What is extraordinary about contemporary art is the energy – it has our energy. New energy. Pieces hundreds of years old are beautiful from an aesthetic point of view, but without our modern energy. -Victor Pinchuk

The seed for my novel 'Half Brother' was planted in my mind over twenty years ago, but didn't germinate until late 2007 when I came across the obituary for Washoe, an extraordinary chimpanzee who had learned over 250 words of American Sign Language. -Kenneth Oppel

Flying into a storm, even its outer edges, did not seem like a good idea to me. And this was no ordinary tempest. Everyone on the bridge knew what it was: the Devil's Fist, a near-eternal typhoon that migrated about the North Indian basin year-round. She was infamous, and earned her name by striking airships out of the sky. -Kenneth Oppel

Among irrational animals the love of the offspring and of the parents for each other is extraordinary because God, who created them, compensated for the deficiency of reason by the superiority of their senses. -Saint Basil

Wine lovers have known for centuries that decanting wine before serving it often improves its flavor. Whatever the dominant process, the traditional decanter is a rather pathetic tool to accomplish it. A few years ago, I found I could get much better results by using an ordinary kitchen blender. -Nathan Myhrvold

I'll stick to finding the funny in the ordinary because my life is pretty ordinary and so are the lives of my friends – and my friends are hilarious. -Issa Rae

It might sound ordinary for a woman to find out her husband's cheating on her, but not if you're the woman and it's your husband. -Melissa Bank

Clearly the human story is one of acceleration. There has been a Moore curve in terms of the number of people alive on the planet, our technological ability, and our ability to understand ourselves. We have had this extraordinary, explosive growth in our ingenuity. -Andrew Marr

I hadn't realized quite how extraordinary Charles Lindbergh's achievement was in flying the Atlantic alone. He had never flown over open water before, but he flew straight to Dingle Bay in Ireland and then on to Paris, exactly as planned. -Bill Bryson

Whenever anything extraordinary is done in American municipal politics, whether for good or for evil, you can trace it almost invariably to one man. The people do not do it. Neither do the 'gangs,' 'combines,' or political parties. -Lincoln Steffens

I'm not a star, and I don't want to be a star. Stars fall. I'm an ordinary guy with an extraordinary job. -Bernie Mac

I do not doubt that services like social games and coupons bring delight to people's lives, and I mean no disrespect to the hard work that has made them possible. But in the face of threats to humanity's future on the one hand and the extraordinary potential of mankind on the other, at some point we must ask: are we capable of more? -Justin Rosenstein

I once had an extraordinary experience with former prime minister Ted Heath. Both of his eyes, including the whites, turned jet black, and I seemed to be looking into two black holes. -David Icke

I try not to date where I work. It makes life easier. I don't say no to anybody because I'd hope that people wouldn't say no to me just because I'm an actor – but they'd have to be pretty extraordinary. -Anne Hathaway

I wasn't happy at all as a child. I was very privileged and knew extraordinary people, but I felt very lonely: my mother thought I was extremely difficult and my grandmother was extremely severe. -Marisa Berenson

Celebrity has some amazing advantages, of course it does. You're given an extraordinary power. It's a door-opener. I might not have to queue for things. -Geri Halliwell

Like a lot of people, I've got a self-loathing streak that's alive and well. It acts as a de facto engine when I'm working, but it also has its extraordinary pitfalls, too. -Ryan Reynolds

Moses became America's true founding father because he evangelized action; he justified risk. He gave ordinary people the courage to live with uncertainty. -Bruce Feiler

There is little or no point being chair of the Labour Party and being ignored when engaging with Labour ministers when you're trying to articulate something that affects ordinary people in society. -Colm Keaveney

The Chinese have done some extraordinary things in terms of the investments they've made in alternative sources of energy. -Henry Paulson

I've never been obsessed by how I looked. In fact, I would rather have looked more ordinary so I could play more parts more truthfully. -Marian Seldes

The idea of songwriting is a transformative thing, and what I do with songwriting is take situations that are quite ordinary and transform them in some way. Apart from things like the murder ballads, the songs I write, at their core, are quite ordinary human concerns, but the process of writing about them transforms them into something else. -Nick Cave

Certainly being proficient in an instrument does have its problems. Because the better you get, the more you just start sounding like an ordinary guitarist. There are certainly guitarists that transcend that and do really find their sound and all that sort of stuff. -Nick Cave

I really enjoy travelling around the world. I get to meet some extraordinary people. -Ross Kemp

Human evolution, at first, seems extraordinary. How could the process that gave rise to slugs and oak trees and fish produce a creature that can fly to the moon and invent the Internet and cross the ocean in boats? -Steven Pinker

So one thing that I want to do is to make people realize that astronauts in general are very normal people. They are down to Earth, so to speak. I know it sounds contradictive, but we are very normal people. We are very normal people with a fantastic privilege and opportunity to do something that is extraordinary. -Luca Parmitano

Trust gives you the permission to give people direction, get everyone aligned, and give them the energy to go get the job done. Trust enables you to execute with excellence and produce extraordinary results. As you execute with excellence and deliver on your commitments, trust becomes easier to inspire, creating a flywheel of performance. -Douglas Conant

The entrepreneurial life is one of challenge, work, dedication, perseverance, exhilaration, agony, accomplishment, failure, sacrifice, control, powerlessness… but ultimately, extraordinary satisfaction. -David S. Rose

I have always lived an ordinary life, and always will. It's who and what has to do with my job that makes it 'unordinary.' I cook, go to the supermarket, pick my children up at school. -Kate Winslet

Democracy does not require perfect equality, but it does require that citizens share a common life. What matters is that people of different backgrounds and social positions encounter one another, and bump up against one another, in the course of ordinary life. -Michael Sandel

Live a life less ordinary. -Benedict Cumberbatch

The tantalizing discomfort of perplexity is what inspires otherwise ordinary men and women to extraordinary feats of ingenuity and creativity; nothing quite focuses the mind like dissonant details awaiting harmonious resolution. -Brian Greene

I hesitate to use a pathologizing label, but underneath the so-called narcissistic personality is definitely shame and the paralyzing fear of being ordinary. -Brene Brown

I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude. -Brene Brown

One of the things that frequently gets lost in descriptions of depression is that the depressed person often knows that it is a ludicrous condition to feel so disabled by the ordinary business of quotidian life. -Andrew Solomon

One of the reasons why I decided to participate in 'HawthoRNe' was I really wanted the opportunity to show how ordinary people do extraordinary things. -Jada Pinkett Smith

Poems have a different music from ordinary language, and every poem has a different kind of music of necessity, and that's, in a way, the hardest thing about writing poetry is waiting for that music, and sometimes you never know if it's going to come. -C. K. Williams

I'm not claiming to be anything out of the ordinary. I am not especially big or strong or brave or intrepid. -Roz Savage

The Tea Party emerged from a laudably grassroots base: libertarians, fervent Constitutionalists, and ordinary people alarmed at the suppression of liberties, whether by George W. Bush or Barack Obama. -Naomi Wolf

The quality of the Neues Museum's construction is extraordinary even by German standards, and people can smell that quality. The concept would not have been so convincing without it. -David Chipperfield

Pick up a sunflower and count the florets running into its centre, or count the spiral scales of a pine cone or a pineapple, running from its bottom up its sides to the top, and you will find an extraordinary truth: recurring numbers, ratios and proportions. -Charles Jencks

It's extraordinary what children put up with. I happened to see two of my uncles put my father up against the wall of my grandmother's house and knock his teeth out, because he'd been unpleasant to my mother. The next day I went upstairs and found my father making a rather half-hearted attempt to gas himself. -Jack Straw

For me, the difference between an 'ordinary' and an 'extraordinary' person is not the title that person might have, but what they do to make the world a better place for us all. -Jody Williams

The vast literature concerning whistleblowers shows that, far from weird extremists, they are really quite ordinary people: male and female, young and old, junior and senior, no more nerdy or obsessive than most hard workers. -Margaret Heffernan

Mathematics has beauty and romance. It's not a boring place to be, the mathematical world. It's an extraordinary place; it's worth spending time there. -Marcus du Sautoy

All players have 'ordinary' periods in their career and it's hard to explain why. So at these times, its all about self belief, hard work and hopefully you get the break and your form returns. -Ryan Giggs

A voice is very intimate. It's something of your own. So there's always this fear, because you feel naked. There's a fear of not reaching up to expectations. As you become more famous, people come and expect to hear something extraordinary, so you don't want to disappoint them. I feel this sense of responsibility. -Andrea Bocelli

I don't have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God and I try to share it with as many people as possible. Having a great voice is not a merit. I don't think it is a merit. -Andrea Bocelli

If Abstract Expression reached for the sublime, Pop turned ordinary imagery into icons. Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol illuminated the transformative power of context and the process of reproduction. Claes Oldenburg's soft ice-cream cones and hamburgers changed sculpture from hard to soft, from stasis to transformation. -Arne Glimcher

Just like other ordinary people, I want to have a happy family. -Lee Byung-hun

If an ordinary person parks outside another ordinary person's house for a week, it's considered stalking. If, however, that person is considered newsworthy, it's perfectly legal for paparazzi to do the same thing. -Vince Vaughn

Economies are complex beasts that need people to do an extraordinary range of tasks. -Geoff Mulgan

When I first saw California, it was extraordinary. Because I came from old, black, dark England, still recovering from World War II. I grew up with bomb sites everywhere. -Geoffrey West

A monk's extraordinary patience can be a hindrance to desperate decision-making. -Harsha Bhogle

In sports teams, apart from talk of sporting prowess and the imparting of inspirational thought, an extraordinary amount of time is spent discussing, and flaunting, material possessions. -Harsha Bhogle

Democracy is not just voting for your leaders; it's really premised upon ordinary citizens understanding the issues. -Howard Rheingold

Even the best community organizations and faith-based initiatives and the extraordinary charity of Americans across the country can't carry the brunt of eliminating poverty. -Irwin Redlener

I was an accidental banker. To please my parents, I went for an interview with Chase Manhattan Bank in 1983. They promised to send me into their offices in more than 40 countries and essentially audit the practices. It was an extraordinary job. -Jacqueline Novogratz

The problem with climate change is that it's quite complicated for the ordinary person to understand. -Lewis Gordon Pugh

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. -Ken Robinson

I think I usually play the woman that, after the person tries to go for some extraordinary feat of romantic accomplishment, they happily wind up with me. -Jessica Hecht

When you're writing a book, with people in it as opposed to animals, it is no good having people who are ordinary, because they are not going to interest your readers at all. Every writer in the world has to use the characters that have something interesting about them, and this is even more true in children's books. -Roald Dahl

I've always known that I'm very, very ordinary looking. But I'm not alien looking. I am an artist here to play characters. -Dhanush

Being a part of 'Sex and the City' was like being at the center of the universe – it was extraordinary. -James Remar

Leadership is happening, but it's not coming from the leaders of the old institutions. Everywhere you look, you see these extraordinary, sparkling new initiatives that are under way. -Don Tapscott

I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. -Sonia Sotomayor

People are starting to know more about it, but I was blown away by Almaty, Kazakhstan. It's like a future Swiss Alps. It has the potential to be an extraordinary ski resort. It is a city with beautiful mountain scapes. -Lisa Ling

It feels nice to be loved, but let me tell you there are 10 times more better looking, stylish and talented guys than me. So there's no solid reason for me to be proud! I don't think I have done anything extraordinary to change people's lives. -Salman Khan

What I love is a good role. In the theatre, there is just a canon of extraordinary roles, the quality of character is amazing, but I also love working in front of a camera. It was the first one for me; as a kid I was in front of a camera. I feel at home. -Megan Follows

The country is stronger than the result of any one election. But we shouldn't forget that these are just ordinary people. I wish Americans would look at them level, not down or up – just level. It doesn't take some special dimension to be president. -Jack Germond

Maybe the Jefferson case will give members of Congress second thoughts the next time they get ready to legislate away the rights of ordinary Americans. -Helen Thomas

Dread, which is closely related to fear, steals the ability to enjoy ordinary life and makes people anxious about the future. It keeps them from looking forward to the next day, the next month, or the next decade. -Joyce Meyer

When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When things feel extraordinary, strive for ordinary. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters. -Kristin Armstrong

The thing that enchants me the most is the ability women have to feel other people's pain. The total empathy that women have is extraordinary. -Ashton Kutcher

Calling Michelle 'Obama Barack's baby mama?' Tell me, is that acceptable? But the Obamas aren't the only targets. Fox's pattern of race-baiting and fear-mongering regularly focuses on black leaders, black institutions and ordinary black people. -Nas

When I'm watching television or a movie, I like to see stories that are extraordinary. I don't need it be something that is, 'Well this makes more sense to me because I can see this happening to me, or this happened to me.' -Justin Kirk

I've always loved the power of stories to transport me to another world, to imagine extraordinary possibilities, to experience things I may not have access to in my regular life – like being a superhero! Also, I would always put on shows for my family and the neighbors; I guess I was an actor before I even knew it. -Kandyse McClure

Estelle Getty used the language of a truck driver, or a sailor. Bea Arthur didn't wear shoes. Bea Arthur was a comic genius. Her timing was extraordinary. -Leland Orser

I don't like going for more than a year without doing theatre. I don't mind falling flat on my face so long as I feel I'm open to the possibility of something extraordinary happening. -Sophie Okonedo

I'm drawn to stories about ordinary people who get tangled up in an extraordinary event or idea or emotion. I'm not saying I don't love films about super-people or super-doctors, but my preference is for stories about how we get through this life, what it is to be human, because I'm always struggling with it myself. -Sophie Okonedo

I want people to think I'm sexy, but to know also that I've got an ordinary body and not feel intimidated. -Romola Garai

Don't underestimate Laura Antonelli. She's burning to do well. And then she has an extraordinary face, even without make-up. It's not with her that I'd discuss literature. I speak only of the film 'L'Innocente,' and what she does she does well. -Luchino Visconti

I'm a Conservative, but I talk for the ordinary working classes. I get on with the boys at the pub, but I can also mix with Prince Andrew. I understand both levels. The toffs haven't lived in council estates; they've just known big mansions. How can they understand how the postman feels? I would never say no to becoming an MP. -Vinnie Jones

Please don't ask me for the actual answer to anything, because I don't have it. Because all I do is look at stuff and ask questions. What can I say? I just think the world's barking mad. Look, I'm not an expert. I'm just an ordinary person. -Annie Lennox

In the course of his presidency, Obama has gone from an almost magical charismatic figure to an ordinary politician. Ordinary. Average. -Charles Krauthammer

I kind of like the idea of living a rather ordinary life as a shopkeeper, and I examine that possibility as one of the outcomes of the young Gerald Bostock growing older. -Ian Anderson

As America's head coach, President Obama needs to make some big and smart adjustments to jump-start economic growth and business investment, stimulate job creation, and get wages up for ordinary Americans. -Harold Ford, Jr.

Even with an improperly ground mirror, the Hubble delivered extraordinary images. When the flaw was corrected, the Hubble delivered images of transcendent beauty and value for many years. So too 'Terra Nova.' Even in its flawed first season, each episode was full of marvelous moments and beautiful images. -Stephen Lang

Under the Dodd-Frank law, the SEC got the lion's share of the rules to write, more than 100 rules, and we have done an extraordinary amount of that. Eighty percent have been either proposed or adopted. So, a lot, a lot accomplished but of course, more to do. -Mary Schapiro

I think I may try and write something about my pretty extraordinary experience with the 101st in Iraq. -Rick Atkinson

I idolize Gene Hackman. He is not a natural star, not an incandescent personality like Jack Nicholson, but he makes luminous the problems of being an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation. -Brian Dennehy

As the stars make more and more money – one person gets $12 million, $14 million, $15 million, $20 million – everyone else is expected to work for peanuts. And that includes some extraordinary actors who are, today, working for peanuts because the production companies have decided they don't need to pay these people, and they don't. -Brian Dennehy

I do love acting. But to work as a photojournalist would have been extraordinary. -Jessica Lange

'The Satanic Verses' was denied the ordinary life of a novel. It became something smaller and uglier: an insult. -Salman Rushdie

There are many organizations and individuals advocating for the public interest online – what's good for ordinary people – but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they are. I want that to change. And that's what I want to do next. -Sue Gardner

The extraordinary genius of John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie 100 years ago was their recognition that the great wealth they had amassed could be put to public good and used to solve the complex problems for which there were no other sources of capital. -Judith Rodin

After costs, only the top 3% of managers produce a return that indicates they have sufficient skill to just cover their costs, which means that going forward, and despite extraordinary past returns, even the top performers are expected to be only as good as a low-cost passive index fund. The other 97% can be expected to do worse. -Eugene Fama

I don't have an extraordinary degree of self-confidence, but I know the gift I have been given from God, and I try to share it with as many people as possible. -Andrea Bocelli

Yes, I do believe that there is a cause and effect and a ripple effect upon everything everybody does, and they have positive consequences and negative consequences. If you start to focus on the kind of minutia of that, it's really quite extraordinary. -Kiefer Sutherland

My basic mistake in 'The World's Greatest Lover' was that I made the leading character a neurotic kook and sent him to Hollywood. I should have made him a perfectly normal, sane, ordinary person, and sent him to Hollywood. The audience identifies with the lead character. -Gene Wilder

If you look at people that have survived crashing in the mountains and lived up in the snow for 40 days – it's possible to do extraordinary feats. -Sylvester Stallone

I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker's family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens. -Vladimir Putin

Dallas is an extraordinary place in it's own right. The first thing about Dallas that you can't get away from, particularly when I arrived, you've got no idea of the heat in this place. It's over 100 degrees, and with that the humidity is ridiculous. I mean, people don't live here, armadillos live here. -Chris Vance

If I want to experience the life of an ordinary person, I cannot do it in Asia. -Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

The stuff that I find really intriguing is always how do ordinary people behave in extraordinary circumstances. And that's why we have a lot of cop shows and lawyer shows and medical shows is that you're looking for situations that just always heighten the stakes. -Zeljko Ivanek

Life has a funny way of becoming ordinary as soon as it can. -Colm Toibin

All of my life had been spent in the shadow of apartheid. And when South Africa went through its extraordinary change in 1994, it was like having spent a lifetime in a boxing ring with an opponent and suddenly finding yourself in that boxing ring with nobody else and realising you've to take the gloves off and get out, and reinvent yourself. -Athol Fugard

The Beatles were a phenomenon, but they were also ordinary blokes like anyone else. I was lucky enough to see that side. -James Taylor

George Bush ran a campaign where he bragged about being an anti-intellectual, dismissing his Harvard and Yale pedigree, pretending he was an American every day, ordinary everyman, and as a result of that, played up his fumbling speech because it signified that he was a good guy. That is deeply and profoundly anti-intellectual. -Michael Eric Dyson

I went to boarding school, and then I went to Oxford, and I know how easy it is for certain groups of people to become wholly insulated from ordinary life. -Mark Haddon

I'm really interested in the extraordinary found in the normal. Hopefully, my books don't take you to an entirely different place but make you look at things around you. -Mark Haddon

Nothing is too small. Nothing is too, quote-unquote, ordinary or insignificant. Those are the things that make up the measure of our days, and they're the things that sustain us. And they're the things that certainly can become worthy of poetry. -Rita Dove

'Painting like a child' isn't a negative for me… it's something only great artists can really achieve. The childlike quality of some of Picasso's drawings is precisely what makes them so masterful and extraordinary; the ability to express complete visions, feelings and portraits through a continuous line. -Damien Hirst

Interestingly, simple and ordinary experiences often provide the most important learning opportunities we ever have. -David A. Bednar

One of the challenges is creating characters. I am trying to compose my sentences to express epic events happening to ordinary people. -Andrea Hirata

I would imagine that anyone picking up a book written by me would expect a fast-paced story that requires minimal effort to turn the pages. The reader would also be looking for some out-of-the-ordinary revelations along the way. At the end of the day, I'm a writer who simply loves revealing stuff that is out-of-the-ordinary. -Ashwin Sanghi

I feel like I'm playing more of a role walking down the red carpet than when I'm playing an ordinary woman covered in sweat. -Kate Winslet

Henry James's later works would have been better had he resisted that curious sort of self-indulgence, dictating to a secretary. The roaming garrulousness of ordinary speech is usually corrected when it's transcribed into written prose. -Joyce Carol Oates

I've always been a champion of kids pursuing their dreams. But sometimes in life, extraordinary circumstances may force us to temporarily put our dreams on hold. The most important thing is to never lose sight of that dream, no matter what punches life may throw in our way. -Marlo Thomas

I never expected the White House to be warm, and the artwork on the walls was extraordinary. I am a fan of the Louvre, but being there it was almost just as good. -Jill Scott

Unprecedented technological capabilities combined with unlimited human creativity have given us tremendous power to take on intractable problems like poverty, unemployment, disease, and environmental degradation. Our challenge is to translate this extraordinary potential into meaningful change. -Muhammad Yunus

Conspiracies fascinate me. When I visited the Rozabal shrine in Srinagar before writing my first book, I remember thinking that the person enshrined there was no ordinary mortal. History is rife with mysteries, and that visit ignited a fire to unveil some of them. -Ashwin Sanghi

I spend an extraordinary amount of time in my car, so I can justify the expense. That's the only extravagance in my life – it's my car. -Rachel Nichols

It's extraordinary how self-obsessed human beings are. The things that people always go on about is, 'tell us about us', 'tell us about the first human being'. We are so self-obsessed with our own history. There is so much more out there than what connects to us. -David Attenborough

The most extraordinary thing about trying to piece together the missing links in the evolutionary story is that when you do find a missing link and put it in the story, you suddenly need all these other missing links to connect to the new discovery. The gaps and questions actually increase – it's extraordinary. -David Attenborough

Obama is not the messiah any longer. He is now your standard, ordinary, everyday politician who lies, who breaks promises, who's in it for himself, who can't do anything on his own. He's not qualified. All of this is becoming known, sadly, too late. -Rush Limbaugh

Now most people do not want an ordinary life in which they do a job well, earn the respect of their collaborators and competitors, bring up a family and have friends. That's not enough any more, and I think that is absolutely tragic – and I'm not exaggerating – that people feel like a decent, ordinary, fun life is no longer enough. -John Cleese

The big dramas that fascinate me are the quiet ones that happen behind closed doors in so-called ordinary families. -Joyce Maynard

Put me in a costume, and I'm your man. I must have one of those faces which seems to suit period drama more than modern films and TV programmes. But I'm not complaining, I love going back in time. I feel quite lucky because nobody knows who I am. I can walk about and have ordinary conversations with people. -Hans Matheson

My biggest ambition when I was younger was to appear on stage at what was then Nimrod, which is the theatre where my father used to take me on Sunday afternoons to see matinees. The most extraordinary things used to occur on that stage. -David Wenham

I have a son, who is a… not an ordinary form of schizophrenia, but clearly, cannot take care of himself. And the great fear of then, of all parents is, when the parents die, who takes care of your child? And the answer is: they become homeless. -James D. Watson

It is extraordinary the extent to which Darwin's insights not only changed his contemporaries' view of the world but also continue to be a source of great intellectual stimulation for scientists and nonscientists alike. -James D. Watson

What I can't completely understand is most other people's fascination with what the famous among us do with their lips and the rest of their bodies. Why do ordinary people become the target of this curiosity simply by virtue of the fact that other people recognise their names and faces but know almost nothing else about them? -Alan Alda

I love oatmeal. To me, it's not boring. I agree that ordinary oatmeal is very boring, but not the steel-cut Irish kind – the kind that pops in your mouth when you bite into it in little glorious bursts like a sort of gummy champagne. -Alan Alda

I just happen to like ordinary things. When I paint them, I don't try to make them extraordinary. I just try to paint them ordinary-ordinary. -Andy Warhol

I'm a regular person with an extraordinary job. -Julia Roberts

I was raised in unique and trying environments, but they were also amazing platforms for me to have an extraordinary life. Going through hell as a kid made me sensitive to what others in this world go through, too. -Drew Barrymore

I find age such a foreign concept. I have to be reminded. I still have the extraordinary feeling of adventure, striking out into unknown fields. -William Shatner

I adored my mother, and I will always have extraordinary memories about her and remember her, and she opened the doors for me to appreciate arts. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

My life is pretty ordinary in so many ways. I live in a town called Plainville. I have the life of an average dad. It feels like I have this secret identity as an author, and it's still very surreal to me. -Jeff Kinney

I had a very normal, very typical American childhood. My father worked for the government at the Pentagon and my mother was an educator, so we had a very average upbringing, but that's helped me in my writing because I'm writing about ordinary things. -Jeff Kinney

I needed to give back, give back, give back. I felt guilty about my success. I felt uncomfortable about how easily I had been delivered this extraordinary life that I had. -Pete Townshend

Like many works of literature, Hollywood chooses for its villains people who strive for social dominance through the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and power. But the ordinary business of capitalism is much more egalitarian: It's about finding meaning and enjoyment in work and production. -Alex Tabarrok

There are those who believe that the value of a children's book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that's huge. -Barbara Park

Since truffle oil and caviar aren't always in the budget, learning to tweak and enhance just a few ingredients and flavor combinations can help you transform those ordinary ingredients into the extraordinary! -Marcus Samuelsson

To live as an artist requires hard work or some extraordinary good fortune to come your way. -William Boyd

Adventuring can be for the ordinary person with ordinary qualities, such as I regard myself. -Edmund Hillary

What people don't understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There's no other nation in the world where that happens. And it's very much a part of our heritage. -Norman Schwarzkopf

I think the ordinary is a very under-exploited aspect of our lives because it is so familiar. -Martin Parr

Prior to 'Action' and 'Justice League 1,' there was no label 'superhero' for a superpowered being. It's really the emergence of Superman and the Justice League that gets the public comfortable with the idea of people amongst us who have extraordinary power and that they've agreed to be our champions. -Jim Lee

If nothing else, I want women to understand that they are powerful. If you look back at history, in almost every big moment, in every leap forward, you find ordinary women at the core. We have more ability to make changes in the world than we can imagine if we have the courage to try. -Liya Kebede

When our mothers are alive and healthy, they do extraordinary things… like the mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who marched in Argentinean plazas, defying the military junta dictatorship and demanding the whereabouts of their abducted children… or the Liberian mothers who faced down civil war armed only with T-shirts and courage. -Liya Kebede

I think if I just do what I do every day, on the extraordinary Olympic stage, I could be a podium contender. -Gracie Gold

David Bowie worked with Brian Eno and dressed up in extraordinary clothes, but he was also a brilliant songwriter who captured the thoughts of a generation. He was hugely successful, without compromise. -Bat for Lashes

Growing up in a cold place, in Southern Ontario, Woolrich was a brand of choice for us because it was always warm and comfortable. The parka with the fur on it was standard fare for us. It's extraordinary that they have kept up with the times. Beyond the parka, they have changed, and they have some pretty hip, cool items which I wear. -Douglas Kirkland

In all likelihood, the only thing extraordinary about Tiger Woods was his golf: he had extraordinary coordination and extraordinary discipline – on the course, at any rate. That discipline was the source of his power. -Sarah Churchwell

All writers are obviously neurotic… For various reasons, writers retreat into an imaginary world because they find ordinary life rather difficult or boring or both. -Christopher Koch

What ultimately happened is that my country had a war. I think it would be extraordinary, as a writer, not to want to write about that. -Aminatta Forna

For anyone who devours the web on a daily basis, the biggest problem is too much of a good thing. There's so much extraordinary content – from articles to images, videos and Tweets – that it's almost impossible to keep track of it. -Ryan Holmes

Jesus was a human being, bound by history and the natural world; an extraordinary man, to be sure, but still a man. -Paul Verhoeven

I was certainly a better actor after my five years in Hollywood. I had learned to be natural – never to exaggerate. I found I could act on the stage in just the same way as I had acted in a studio: using my ordinary voice, eliminating gestures, keeping everything extremely simple. -Walter Huston

Acting is a sport – especially working with Mark Rylance. There is competition involved. I have to be muscular, challenging, get audiences on side. It's extraordinary how Globe audiences join in – it's like competing at an event – I love it. -Samuel Barnett

The extraordinary thing about my mother, she's so modest about me. -George Gershwin

In an ordinary suit and tie, I'd look like a little macho. I'd be ridiculous. -Azzedine Alaia

Working for President Nixon was the most extraordinary professional experience of my life. He was endlessly fascinating: brilliant, visionary, kind, generous, warm, funny – and yes, a good man. -Monica Crowley

I am just doing photo shoots. It's not something that extraordinary. I'm not a great artist, I'm not writing books, I'm not a painter, and people in the streets ask me for a picture or a note, and I say, 'Why?' -Carine Roitfeld

You can learn from everyone, the president or the cleaner. You need teachers in life, but they're not always school teachers or professors. You learn from ordinary people. You learn from travel, from just walking down the street. -Lapo Elkann

I have an iPod, but I do still love CDs. There's something nice and tangible about a CD. I'm a mixture of old and new – I love my sewing machine, but I've also embraced new technology. The iPad is what did it for me – it's extraordinary. -Twiggy

As technology breaks down the physical barriers of college campuses, the extraordinary intellectual capital of the educator community is becoming available to anyone committed to learning – regardless of age, income or location. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

My giving story started with my parents – my late mother, Frances Arrillaga, who dedicated her life to philanthropic and community service, and my father, John Arrillaga, whose daily generosity of heart, mind, and hands-on contributions make him one of the most extraordinary philanthropists I know. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

When I look at founders and CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook and Brian Chesky at Airbnb and Sebastian Thrun at Udacity, these are companies that are creating extraordinary social good and extraordinary economic and educational empowerment, all within with context of a for-profit model. -Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

We know that U.S. voters, and world leaders, allow Obama extraordinary leeway when it comes to deadly drone strikes, precisely because of his politics, character and background. (We are talking about a man, after all, who won the Nobel Peace Prize while ordering the automated killing of suspected Muslim terrorists around the world). -Glenn Greenwald

When you sing a song of love, you're actually giving something to yourself, too. You're singing and casting these affirmations of love out into the universe. It resonates in your body in a way that feels extraordinary. -Jason Mraz

I guess my music career is my personal life. You know, I've always been a writer who wants to write about my experiences. And so this experience being added to that, I – I want to live extraordinary experiences. And when I give advice to people, I want it to be sage advice. -Jason Mraz

If you don't have a father, you don't miss it, because you don't know what it is. It was really only when I married Wyatt Cooper that I understood what it was like to have a father, because he was just an extraordinary father. -Gloria Vanderbilt

When times are tough, people want to escape to somewhere fantastic without having to pay actual escape-to-somewhere-fantastic cash. And offering a couple of hours away from the ordinary is what the movies do best. -John Ridley

I like to think that the best poetry is or involves a contest between ordinary conversation and ritual. -Miller Williams

Food as a hobby used to be an elite pastime, and it has become something that is totally ordinary for people of every background. In that way, we see the growing up of the American food scene: that it's okay to be a regular person and be really into food. -Dana Goodyear

'Friends' played in this territory of being funny, and then also just grabbing your heart. And not afraid of that. It was a comedic soap opera. Not being afraid to have an audience feel something, laugh and cry, was quite extraordinary and quite wonderful. -Warren Littlefield

If a man is a writer, everybody tiptoes around past the locked door of the breadwinner. But if you're an ordinary female housewife, people say, 'This is just something Barbara wanted to do; it's not professional.' -Barbara W. Tuchman

We should all strive to be extraordinary, and that starts with a focus on our own capabilities instead of those of our opponents. -Don Yaeger

Even the dumber parts of our government are not run by idiots. These are ordinary people like us, doing a job. By and large, they're trying to do it as well as they can. Or at least as often as people in the private sector try to do as well as they can. -P. J. O'Rourke

I was a regular dork. I was a kid who was scrawny and all that, and probably kind of dumb or something. I wasn't unordinary; I wasn't extraordinary. -James Mercer

I write about people who are usually damaged or neglected by society finding each other and forming relationships that are quite extraordinary and in some cases life-saving. I've had a few of those relationships, which I value highly. -Matthew Quick

On television, it's all just shiny, successful people, and so I feel somebody has to wave a flag for the ordinary people who are not quite sure that they are getting it right. -Rachel Joyce

I think of myself as a very ordinary person. I like writing about the juxtaposition between people: the beauty of them at times and then the banal, everyday context in which we find ourselves. -Rachel Joyce

I find that very appealing: the blurring of the lines between what's funny and what's tragic. And what's ordinary and what's not – the big things in the small things. -Rachel Joyce

I like writing people from a slightly sharp angle and then throwing more light on them. I think in life we see somebody and make judgments very quickly about who they are and what they are. Or we think people are boring because they appear ordinary. -Rachel Joyce

In writing about Harold and Maureen with their terrible unspoken secret, and all those people that Harold meets as he walks to save a friend's life, I was trying to celebrate the ordinary people. -Rachel Joyce

Amy Winehouse was not a person I ever met, and I can't say that I am overly conversant in all of her music. I do have her albums, and years ago, when I first heard her sing, I thought she was extraordinary. The tone of her voice, her phrasing, her raw appearance – these qualities were extremely captivating to me. -Henry Rollins

We can use decision-making to choose the habits we want to form, use willpower to get the habit started, then – and this is the best part – we can allow the extraordinary power of habit to take over. At that point, we're free from the need to decide and the need to use willpower. -Gretchen Rubin

No leader did more for his country than Winston Churchill. Brave, magnanimous, traditional, he was like a king-general from Britain's heroic past. His gigantic qualities set him apart from ordinary humanity; there seemed no danger he feared, no effort too great for his limitless energies. -Gretchen Rubin

Nothing can be more striking to one who is accustomed to the little inclosures called public parks in our American cities, than the spacious, open grounds of London. I doubt, in fact, whether any person fully comprehends their extent, from any of the ordinary descriptions of them, until he has seen them or tried to walk over them. -William Cullen Bryant

Formula 1 has to be more and more also a laboratory, a centre of advanced research for innovative technologies for tomorrow's cars. The KERS is very important in this context, and Ferrari as a manufacturer had, and has, extraordinary support in Formula 1. -Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

There's a lot of chatter in basketball and, rightfully, you want players to be talking to each other… But sometimes in practice, it gets too verbose… so I tried to take things out of the ordinary and make them special so they'd understand the difference. -Phil Jackson

Magical realism is a blending of the unusual or supernatural into an otherwise ordinary setting. And, to me, this perfectly describes the South. 'The Sugar Queen' involves a lot of magical happenings, but in a very down-home Southern setting. It's full of things that could almost be true. -Sarah Addison Allen

The kind of young woman who can be a terrific torchbearer has high standards all the time, not just in her prom dress, but every, ordinary day. -Margaret D. Nadauld

Whenever teenage girls and corporate CEOs covet the same new technology, something extraordinary is happening. -Michael J. Saylor

Aleksey and I have gathered together a bunch of kindred spirits who are also versatile musicians. We have a violinist who eats fire, another who is an acrobat, and a flutist who beats boxes. We hope in years to come to tour the U.S. with our 'League of X-traordinary musicians.' -Richard Hyung-ki Joo

The idea is to take the most ordinary things and make them extraordinary, as Gerard Manley Hopkins does in his poems. -Alfonso A. Ossorio

I think that a lot of things are hard to read if you're not in the vocabulary flow of that particular discourse. I sometimes forget that even though the words I'm using are fairly ordinary words, the concepts around which they cluster, which are the long concepts of literary tradition, may not be familiar to an audience. -Helen Vendler

I think that many black people thought this would be a wonderful and extraordinary thing, for a black family to occupy the White House. Not only black people; a lot of white people thought that, too, but particularly black people. -Randall Kennedy

Stripped of its plot, the 'Iliad' is a scattering of names and biographies of ordinary soldiers: men who trip over their shields, lose their courage or miss their wives. In addition to these, there is a cast of anonymous people: the farmers, walkers, mothers, neighbours who inhabit its similes. -Alice Oswald

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity's belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul, and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all. -Nelson Mandela

From the time I went into baseball, I have always been handicapped by my hands, which are too small. I never saw the day yet when I was able to span an ordinary baseball. -Pud Galvin

Once we realize the extraordinary power we have to compose our lives, we'll move from passive, conditioned thinking to being co-creators of our fate. -Jason Silva

For the past 25 years as an adoption attorney, I have witnessed the extraordinary courage and compassion of women – from age 14 to 40 – facing unplanned pregnancy. Not once did I believe that the government should interfere with their personal and private decision. -Ann McLane Kuster

I like conflict – someone who challenges me, someone who I can look up to, someone who can keep me in check. Love has to be extraordinary; otherwise, there's no point in it. I just haven't met anyone who's made me feel that way. -Ranbir Kapoor

Personally, love is very important for me. There are lots of ordinary things in life, so love should be extraordinary. I hope I achieve that. -Ranbir Kapoor

Nothing extraordinary happens to a cricketer if you time his career – which is very short. -Virat Kohli

The School of the Art Institute is an extraordinary teaching institution by the fact that it believes that active studio artists are good teachers. That may seem an obvious statement, but in higher education, it is often the student's course evaluations that win the day with administrators. -Michelle Grabner

When I was little, I guess I was just an ordinary kid. But then things changed when I was in junior high. You know, kids that become geeks become one because of something. Like, they aren't good at sports, or girls don't like them. I, too, for some reason, got into things like science fiction and, well, especially science fiction as an escape. -Takashi Murakami

My wife is the most wonderful woman in the world, and my parents are the most extraordinary father and mother. -Akhil Sharma

The main goal in my life is to make extraordinary things out of the ordinary. -Vittorio Grigolo

I have a love affair with tomatoes and corn. I remember them from my childhood. I only had them in the summer. They were extraordinary. -Alice Waters

My eyes are constantly wide open to the extraordinary fact of existence. Not just human existence, but the existence of life and how this breathtakingly powerful process, which is natural selection, has managed to take the very simple facts of physics and chemistry and build them up to redwood trees and humans. -Richard Dawkins

Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real time. -Stephen Hawking

I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people. -Stephen Hawking

I had spent time in New York, where I loved the idea that theater could be done up in tiny little rooms rather than for lots of money on a big stage, and be tied to ordinary life. -Garry Hynes

At least in part, people are attracted to subjects where they can identify at a basic level with the people who do it. The extraordinary aesthetic of the natural world is not obvious to someone who never leaves the inner city. Appreciation of the elegance and power of physical law is an acquired taste. -Margaret Geller

Evolution, cell biology, biochemistry, and developmental biology have made extraordinary progress in the last hundred years – much of it since I was weaned on schoolboy biology in the 1930s. Most striking of all is the sudden eruption of molecular biology starting in the 1950s. -John Tyler Bonner

A lot of healing is in the mind. I'm not talking about serious illnesses like cancer. I'm talking about ordinary broken bones. Healing begins in the head. You have to convince yourself you can do it. -Tony McCoy

That's the trouble with stories. People start out fantastic. You think they're extraordinary, but it turns out as the work goes along, they're just average with a good education. -Grace Paley

Living big and joyful and content is almost always the result of our finding satisfaction in life's ordinary day-to-day pleasures. And God must be fond of them, too, for He made so many of them for us to enjoy. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Authors are ordinary people who usually start to live apart, in the imagination, because they don't fit in with normal, healthy people. -Henry Williamson

The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist. -Bertrand Russell

Day after day, ordinary people become heroes through extraordinary and selfless actions to help their neighbors. -Sylvia Mathews Burwell

I usually just go on Google and spend my hours just Googling Jennifer Beals. I think it's possible that I have a slightly unordinary obsession with her. YouTube videos. Interviews with her. Pictures I put on my desktop and my phone. -Adhir Kalyan

I'm just an ordinary, walking-down-the-street, mother of two children who sings for her supper. -Eddi Reader

For days after the launch, Sputnik was a wonderful curiosity. A man-made moon visible by ordinary citizens, it inspired awe and pride that humans had finally launched an object into space. -David Hoffman

The philosophical point is that our happiness and wellbeing is not based on incomes rising. This is not just the wisdom of sages but of ordinary people. Prosperity is more social and psychological: it's about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose. -Tim Jackson

I am not a hero, O.K.? I am not a hero. I am a very ordinary person. -Wael Ghonim

In Formula One, the car can make a difference in a way that a driver cannot. Whereas Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna spent their early seasons in second-rate machinery, Hamilton walked into the equal best car on the grid. His first season none the less has, by any standards, been extraordinary. -Martin Jacques

One of the extraordinary features of the Blair government has been its slavish support for the central tenets of Bush's foreign policy – above all, the war in Iraq. During the Cold War, the Wilson government resisted the suggestion that it should send troops to Vietnam. -Martin Jacques

Ever since Pele's extraordinary talents blessed the world of football, black footballers have been accepted in the pantheon of the greats. But to achieve commercial recognition is somewhat different: it requires a form of adulation that also spells identification and role model. -Martin Jacques

As a child, I had a serious illness that lasted for two years or more. I have vague recollections of this illness and of my being carried about a great deal. I was known as the 'sick one.' Whether this illness gave me a twist away from ordinary paths, I don't know; but it is possible. -Jacob Epstein

My reading and drawing drew me away from the ordinary interests, and I lived a great deal in the world of imagination, feeding upon any book that fell into my hands. When I had got hold of a really thick book like Hugo's 'Les Miserables,' I was happy and would go off into a corner to devour it. -Jacob Epstein

I think HBO seems to have an extraordinary clever knack of catching the pulse of its audience. It really, really knows its audience. -James Cosmo

The Jewish story is the story of wandering. It is the story of extraordinary heterogeneous complication. -Simon Schama

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