Eccentric Quotes

Eccentric Quotes by J. D. Souther, Graham Elliot, Dorian Yates, Jon Stewart, Marjorie Benton Cooke, Annette Bening and many others.

I’m a huge Robert Altman fan and don’t take issue with his filmmaking, as eccentric as it is. But I just thinkNashville‘ was a world he didn’t know.
The single biggest mistake that most beginners make is putting 100% of their effort into the positive (concentric) part of the rep, while paying no attention to the negative (eccentric) segment
America has had to deal with eccentric dictators in the past: Idi Amin, Muammar Qaddafi, Ming the Merciless… but now the security of the world is threatened by Kim Jong-il, a nerdy, pompadoured, platform shoe-wearer who looks like something you‘d put on the end of your child‘s pencil.
The surest way of being considered eccentric is just to be yourself. So few of us have the nerve.
My character in ‘Running With Scissors‘ is manic-depressive. She starts out as a wonderfully eccentric person, and then descends into a terrible illness.
People don’t expect me to have a weird sense of humor, but I do. I’m very eccentric.
Eccentric doesn’t bother me. ‘Eccentric’ being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn’t follow the lines – that’s okay.
People wanna say that they’re part Native American or mixed, or anything other than black. We’re raised to believe that there’s something better about not being fully black, something eccentric about it. I’m saying I used to tell girls that I was mixed, which is a bold-faced lie!
I’m unconventional and eccentric and talk things out, and it seemed that the person I marriedmaybe in reactiongot quieter and more conventional over time. It felt as if we were putting each other in a straitjacket.
Poe was plagued and haunted most of all by something pretty banal: poverty. Probably the most eccentric decision in life was to become a writer in an age when making a living at it was nearly impossible.
I seem to have the blind self-acceptance of the eccentric who can’t conceive that his eccentricities are not clearly understood.
My agent said the part was that of an eccentric old grandfather-come-professor type who travels in space and time. Well, I wasn’t that keen, but I agreed to meet the producer. Then, the moment this brilliant young producer, Verity Lambert, started telling me about ‘Doctor Who,’ l was hooked.
That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.
You know, I am kind of a bi-polarish schitzerphrenic. I run the gamut of being incredibly shy and withdrawn to being a crazy-eccentric exhibitionist. And I have always been like that.
I had a lot of funky things as a kid. I had dinosaurs and comic book stuff. I was eccentric; imagination drove my decor. Dinosaurs, for sure, were in there!
It is finally when you let go of what people expect you to be and people’s perceptions of you that you’re able to be the version of yourself that you’re supposed to be – like in God‘s eyes. It doesn’t matter if you’re half crazy, or eccentric, or whatever it is – that you have to be true to who you were born to be.
Only the other day I was inquiring of an entire bed of old-fashioned roses, forced to listen to my ramblings on the meaning of the universe as I sat cross-legged in the lotus position in front of them.
The English like eccentrics. They just don’t like them living next door.
I can’t stand modern movies. The images are too weird and eccentric for me.
In Britain, British history is naturally a mainstream subject. Step outside your own narrow specialism, and you can find yourself treading on someone else‘s toes. But in America, British history is an eccentric, minority pursuit, and while this can be intellectually isolating, it also permits extraordinary freedom.
There is something eccentric in the orbit of Mars.
I’ve worn a lot of humdingers in my time, but as a model it’s my duty – my responsibility – to bring life to any garment. That can be challenging when it comes to high fashion, where the creations can be very eccentric, but I’ve gained a reputation for being the go-to girl who can pull it off.
Everything is possible for an eccentric, especially when he is English.
There’s a very fine line between a groove and a rut; a fine line between eccentrics and people who are just plain nuts.
I can do anything I want, I’m eccentric!
I’m pretty normal in some ways. In some ways I’m completely extraordinary, and in other ways I’m completely weird and eccentric.
The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.
I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. A fan of Jorge Luis Borges, I found a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmarkperfect strangerswhom I connected to online and immediately became enthralled by the idea of virtual communities.
Bizarrely, I actually feel safer the older I get, like people will expect less from me, and I can become more and more invisible, yet more and more eccentric.
Most people are much more unusual and complicated and eccentric and playful and creative than they have time to express.
It’s okay to be eccentric if you’re rich; otherwise you’re just crazy.
You’re not an idiot. You’re just eccentric. (Selena) That’s what they said about Mary Todd Lincoln. Until they locked her up. (Grace)
To lose what we have never owned might seem an eccentric bereavement, but Presumption has its own affliction as well as claim.
You know, so I was a weird eccentric kid but I did believe in the power of the word and of the word being made flesh I suppose, which again I suppose came from my temperament as well as my upbringing.
It’s thought of as an eccentric thing for an actor to really try to maintain quality control through the whole career. Most people think, ‘You just work. You just keep working.’ And in some ways I wish I could be a guy who’s just a workhorse.
I am really interested in eccentric minds. It’s rather like being fascinated by how cars work. It’s really boring if your car works all the time. But as soon as something happens, you get the bonnet up. If someone has an abnormal or dysfunctional state of mind, you get the bonnet up.
I love good film, whether it’s an independent or studio film. The independent films, I think the good ones aren’t necessarily eccentric ones but they’re the more specific ones.
Imagination took the reins, and reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.
I think I’d like to be one of those eccentric 80-year-old women.
I’m a really nice guy when you meet me, and that surprises a lot of people. I’m not that eccentric in real life – and certainly not that disrespectful. In my own time, I like to just chill out with friends and not get in people’s faces.
It seems to me that women are freed from their responsibilities only when they are merry widows or eccentric old spinsters.
I was taught Shakespeare brilliantly by an eccentric genius at Harrow named Jeremy Lemmon who made me want to be a writer.
There is all the difference in the world between departure from recognised rules by one who has learned to obey them, and neglect of them through want of training or want of skill or want of understanding. Before you can be eccentric you must know where the circle is.
When I’m writing a novel, I’m dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant.
A lot of my peer group think I’m an eccentric bisexual, like I may even have an ammonia-filled tentacle somewhere on my body. That’s okay.
I hope I’m an individual. I suppose an eccentric is a super individual.
Margaret Rutherford
I think London‘s sexy because it’s so full of eccentrics.
Only poor people are weird. Rich people are eccentric.
It’s far too easy to qualify as an eccentric nowadays.
I’m convinced England‘s overflowing with eccentric people, places, happenings. Indeed, you might say eccentricity’s normal in England.
Maybe it’s just in America, but it seems that if you’re passionate about something, it freaks people out. You’re considered bizarre or eccentric. To me, it just means you know who you are.
I know it’s a cliche, but the whole family is just whacked. I mean, we’re all out of our minds. They’re the funniest, most eccentric bizarre people I’ve ever met, my siblings.
Women can break down barriers to opportunity, and men, many of them reluctantly, have learned to relate to women as their equals in thought and action. But except for an eccentric few, women do not want to become warriors.
I know I’m funny, because I’m eccentric, I’m odd. I’m not what you expect.
I’ve always been obsessed by shoes as one of the main accessory of my outfit, from the classic styles to the more eccentric and of every range of price.
It can be frightening to turn your back on what others think is right. But I’m not the same as a lot of people – I’m quite artistic and quite eccentric sometimes. If you honour that, you fit into yourself better – and people accept you for what you are.
Yeah, I’m a little weird. I’m definitely a little eccentric.
While Genius was thus wasting his strength in eccentric flights, I saw a person of a very different appearance, named Application.
I have an eccentric view on commodities not necessarily shared by my colleagues – or by almost anybody. And that is, we’re running out of everything.
New York was big enough and wide enough that it allowed for reasonably eccentric people like me to thrive. It was a perfect place for me.
She is not a writer at all, really; she is merely a gifted eccentric.
I like talking to a person who is crazy in a fun, eccentric way. I don’t want to talk to a legitimate crazy person, because that’s not nice.
Now I’m old… maybe I’m still an eccentric hippie. There’s a wonderful freedom in the eccentricity – you can go places, you can be wacky, and you don’t have to be constrained. I think that’s why people are eccentric – eccentricity is a weapon… and it’s great!
In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive.
I don’t think of my life as a cliche, but I’m a cliche eccentric. Complete with a strange name – I mean, who’s named Val? How many Vals do you know? I mean, really?
Weirdism is definitely the cornerstone of many an artist‘s career.
The world is not a courtroom There is no judge no jury no plaintiff. This is a caravan filled with eccentric beings telling wondrous stories about God.
This twenty-year-old boy was distinguished from childhood by strange qualities, a dreamer and an eccentric. A girl fell in love with him, and he went and sold her to a brothel.
Learning to write . . . is a desperately idiosyncratic, eccentric, single-souled, lifelong quest.
Bret Lott
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
I tend to gravitate toward people who are a bit more eccentric and creative and artistic in some ways. And I like bringing disparate kinds of creative people together to create some great work, even to share points of view on a new direction.
I’ve always been an eccentric, a rocker at heart. I can’t play the guitar, but I can play the griddle.
I still have a reputation as an eccentric. But the fact is that audiences probably mix up my roles with me as a person.
You have to be a crazy guy and a little eccentric to be very successful.
Since the age of 15 poetry has been my ruling passion and I have never intentionally undertaken any task or formed any relationship that seemed inconsistent with poetic principles; which has sometimes won me the reputation of an eccentric.
When I was losing, they called me nuts. When I was winning they called me eccentric.
To be simple is the best thing in the world.
I had such a warped self-image. And I really think America thought I was an eccentric loudmouth. I thought I was demure.
It is no accident that I made Cartoon Town a simple little village – in many ways it mirrored my home town. And, yes, many of my puppet characters took on some of the more eccentric characteristics of people I knew there.
I am eccentric, I admit it, but I am not a nutcase.
Ray Toro is a very eccentric, crazy genius type guy. I think he’s a genius. He just got this thing at the VMA. The way he played, it makes you go ‘Jesus!’ He’s really sweet, really kind of lovable. He’s like a cartoon character.
My family was very unorthodox. My mother was very eccentric and amazing. She always treated us like adults.
If you’re poor and you do something stupid, you’re nuts. If you’re rich and do something stupid, you’re eccentric.
I think for the women of today, because we work and go around a lot, Armani is ideal – simple and elegant at the same time. It’s not eccentric, and everything he does is very subtle. For the evening, I like Gianfranco Ferre. There’s a lot of fantasy and creativity in his clothes.
I first got online in the late80s when I was an eccentric teenager in suburban New Jersey, in a town mostly interested in sports, popularity, and clothes. I was a reader, into Jorge Luis Borges, and I found, connected to, and delighted in a group of Borges scholars from Aarhus, Denmark, that I met online.
Anybody talented in any way – they’re called eccentric.
I’ve always loved independent women, outspoken women, eccentric women, funny women, flawed women. When someone says about a woman, ‘I’m sorry, that’s just wrong,’ I tend to think she must be doing something right.
I do some eccentric dancing.
Galton’s eccentric, sceptical, observing, flashing, cavalry-leader type of mind led him eventually to become the founder of the most important, significant and, I would add, genuine branch of sociology which exists, namely eugenics.
I always found that the more extreme and the more eccentric I was, that’s what would separate me. I always felt that I needed that separation; otherwise, I’d just be like everybody else.
My parent‘s house, to be honest, is like a snail‘s disco. It’s a fine house but my parents are very eccentric. Also that house might be built on an Ancient Egyptian burial ground or something, because the plague of insects that hit that house as we were growing up.
My former wife is a very eccentric woman, which is why I still love her.
If you really want to break from the pack, you have to risk being perceived to be as eccentric as these people. You have to think exceptionally-a LOT!
Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
Solo artists are generally totally insane. Elton John? Slightly eccentric. George Michael? He’s mad as custard.
I shouldn’t be called eccentric. I should be called a normal guy.
Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And let us not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil.
I first read the ‘Raj Quartet‘ in the early 1970s, when Paul Scott‘s decision to set his novels in the dying days of the British Raj in India seemed an eccentric choice, almost as though he did not want readers. The British were tired of their imperial past.
Life in the [London] suburb is richer at the lower levels. At these levels the people are not self-conscious at all, they are at liberty to be as eccentric as they please, they do not know that they are eccentric.
I think in terms of the parents that I had, I sort of drew a bad hand, or bad karma; who knows? And I did have a family that was complicated, with some quite eccentric members. So there was a lot of grist there.
The sculptor Frosty Myers and I met when we were bidding against each other at an auction. He’s an eccentric, a liberal with a collection of rifles, and his stuff is big art. We share a love of tractors. I’m trading him one for a piece of art.
I have always noticed that when people consider others eccentric, it is because they are reveling in some form of enjoyment that their critics can neither compass nor share.
I’m eccentric, what else? I don’t know, I’ve got two people telling me what to say.
I like actors who are sort of different and eccentric – not what you expect.
I think BjГ¶rk is playing on the fact she knows she’s eccentric and she accepts the fact.
I love the part of Hector as it takes me back to playing eccentric parts. He is a funny character, which is fine by me as I’ve been playing for laughs for decades now! It’s lovely to get a laugh; it’s the best thing in the world!
Life consists Of propositions about life. The human Revery is a solitude in which We compose these propositions, torn by dreams, By the terrible incantations of defeats And by the fear that the defeats and the dreams are one. The whole race is a poet that writes down The eccentric propositions of its fate.
When I’m writing a novel, I’m dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant.
John Phillips Marquand
I’m an eccentric English actor, and there’s a lot of us around.
If people weren’t watching, I’d be so much more eccentric. I know it makes me sound weak, but rather than make myself happy and wear the silly hat and say, ‘Oh, I don’t care,’ I actually really don’t feel like getting made fun of. So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear.
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric.
When I’m losing, they call me nuts. When I’m winning, they call me eccentric.
Lightning is like an elementary spirit, eccentric or rational, clever or silly, passing from one extreme to the other.
Eccentricity is usually owned by middle-class and upper-class people. If you are working class and eccentric, then you’re just mad.
As an actor, if I show up late somewhere or I say something that’s eccentric, it’s totally acceptable – not only that, it’s lauded in some perverse way.
Jedi Masters do not crack up- they just get eccentric.- Luke Skywalker
I certainly have never been an actor who can play the Everyman guy – or, I don’t tend to get those parts. I’ve tended to play eccentrics. I’ve played a lot of villains, of course.
A free society cherishes nonconformity.
It knows from the non-conformist, from the eccentric,
have come many of the great ideas.
I love Dolce & Gabbana. I love Versace. I love the crazy, more eccentric stuff.
The poor are crazy, the rich just eccentric. – James Shin Hoo
I think that people like the idea that fans are sort of slightly eccentric and strange, but generally I’ve just found them very creative and warm and cheerful.
To seek understanding before taking action, yet to trust my instincts when action is called for. Never to avoid danger from fear, never to seek out danger for its own sake. Never to conform to fashion from fear of eccentricity, never to be eccentric from fear of conformity.
There is nothing like soup. It is by nature eccentric: no two are ever alike, unless of course you get your soup in a can.
I wanted to work with those boys (producers Andy and Larry Wachowski) because they’re so eccentric and peculiar. Larry, of course, is halfway towards being a woman now. It’s a crazy world.
I didn’t find this memoir of these two eccentric people so different from doing my memoirs of De Sade or Simone Weil. My parents in their own way are as odd as Sade.
I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn’t fit in, and I felt like a freak.
My teachers were often very eccentric.
A toe shoe is as eccentric as the ballerina who wears it: their marriage is a commitment.
Higgins: I’m an ordinary man, who desires nothing more than just an ordinary chance, to live exactly as he likes, and do precisely what he wants. An average man am I, of no eccentric whim, Who likes to live his life, free of strife Doing whatever he thinks is best for him, Well, just an ordinary man
FIB, n. A lie that has not cut its teeth. An habitual liar’s nearest approach to truth: the perigee of his eccentric orbit.
When you’re 25, it’s a little bit easier to be daring, especially if you are a pop star, because eccentric behavior is expected from you.
Often, moreover, it is…that aspect of our being that society finds eccentric, ridiculous, or disagreeable, that holds our sweet waters, our secret well of happiness, the key to our equanimity in malevolent climes.
I haven‘t been to rehab, I don’t do anything eccentric – I’m really boring.
I grew up with my dad. He was very eccentric. I had zero supervision in New York. It’s kind of like I was an orphan.
I think guitar is the best thing in the world.
In my 20s, I just had to be the centre of attention all the time. I was quite eccentric.
My father was an academic, an eccentric. He was a lecturer.
Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.
If you hide, you won’t find the eccentric people who will be your best friends.
I’ll be seen as eccentric, like Vic Reeves or Spike Milligan, which would be amazing. But I suppose I’m in this weird transitional period between having some success doing weird stuff and not being eccentric yet. I’m in limbo.
No doubt, a scientist isn’t necessarily penalized for being a complex, versatile, eccentric individual with lots of extra-scientific interests. But it certainly doesn’t help him a bit.
Stephen Toulmin
It’s apparent that I’m really eccentric and lively.
I never took the bus. Never. Walking meant you were eccentric or pious or a loserriding the bus meant you were insane or masochistic and worse than a loser.
Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It’s so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.
The whole race is a poet that writes down / The eccentric propositions of its fate.
It’s celebrated in British culture to be eccentric.
Everybody thought I was a bit of an eccentric for wanting to be out there looking at the stars, but I still do.
When I first started writing in my early 20s it was literary criticism for a very eccentric magazine called Books And Bookmen, which allowed me to write, more or less anything.
We are not here to fit in…we are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being…we are here to become more and more ourselves.
Most dancers are less eccentric than driven. It starts young. When other kids are at the playground, we’re in the studio, endlessly drilling jumps and adjusting our socks.
Because artists can be extremely eccentric and insane, and unfortunately, the people they hurt the most are the people that are closest to them.
More eccentric characters can push pretty far, but if you stay on the side of reality, it’s always funnier.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
It is the long-term investor…who will in practice come in for the most criticism… For it is the essence of his behavior that he should be eccentric, unconventional, and rash in the eyes of average opinion
It’s great hearing stories of my mum growing up in Brooklyn, then moving to Florida, having me and growing up with this eccentric, fun family. Although I don’t eat a lot of Italian things, because I’m vegan. I was raised on meat and cheese, so I’ve had enough for anyone‘s normal life span.
The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms, it points most clearly to the fourth dimension.
It’s like, you can’t have any fun, and if you do have fun, if you do your own thing, you’re considered crazy and should be in a mental institution. Now, that’s what I find creepy. I’m eccentric. I am not messed up.
Librarians, Dusty, possess a vast store of politeness. These are people who get asked regularly the dumbest questions on God’s green earth. These people tolerate every kind of crank and eccentric and mouth breather there is.
My parents are a wonderful mixture of bohemian eccentric, but also incredibly practical and not airy-fairy.
I dare affirm that any artist… who has nothing singular, eccentric, or at least reputed to be so, in his person, will never become a superior talent.
This is what makes science so hard, and ultimately so fun. Think of the limits of what we know as a great suite of rooms inhabited by vast numbers of incredibly busy, incredibly messy, nearsighted people, all of whom are eccentric recluses.
I think I’m a straight actor who occasionally does musicals; most people think I’m an eccentric comedian. It’s amazing how many years you can spend in this business just sorting out something as simple and basic as that.
Tom is the most eccentric person I have ever worked with. We get on very well and I am most impressed with how he can hold an audience in the palm of his hand.
Everybody thought I was a bit of an eccentric for wanting to be out there looking at the stars, but I still do
In a cabinet of natural history, we become sensible of a certain occult recognition and sympathy in regard to the most unwieldy and eccentric forms of beast, fish, and insect.
With the possible exception of steampunk aficionados, many reasonable people must view my fascination with Victorian and Edwardian popular fictionmysteries, fantasy, and adventure – as eccentric or merely antiquarian.
Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt. I first heard this eccentric and introverted performer when I was living in the Midwest. He was playing Brahms ballades – haunting.
You know those people in life who are a bit eccentric and larger than life or a bit odd? That their realm of possibility around them is larger than somebody who’s called normal? What’s normal for an oddball? They could start screaming in public. That’s fun to play.
I’m an eccentric, silly, observational guy, but I’m not gonna frighten off social conservatives.
For me, graffiti writers were always the fascinating eccentrics of hip-hop culture. What they do is secretive by definition, and not remunerative in any way.
I’ve always been interested in the rest of the world. My family is very eccentric; my parents have always been very supportive of travel and doing whatever I thought I needed to do.
That’s what being eccentric means–being natural.
People do call her eccentric, moody but with me she has always been the same. I always talk about love with Rekha.
You can’t get a bad picture out of Bacall. There’s nothing eccentric about her. She’s perfect all over and yet she looks like nobody else.
Louise Dahl-Wolfe