„I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.“
— Paul McCartney English singer-songwriter and composer 1942
„The public takes care of their fear by thinking only crazies and stupid people wind up in cults. I've interviewed over 4000 ex-cult members. There's no one type of person who is vulnerable.“
— Margaret Singer clinical psychology 1921 - 2003
2004, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 1997, as cited in Margaret Thaler Singer http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-4232879_ITM, The Lancet, January 31, 2004
„[W]hen a group of people make something sacred, the members of the cult lose the ability to think clearly about it. Morality binds and blinds.“
— Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
„Rance: A search party must be organized. What have you in the way of dogs?
Prentice: A spaniel and a miniature poodle.
Rance: Let them be unleashed!“
— Joe Orton English playwright and author 1933 - 1967
What the Butler Saw (1969), Act I
„What makes people enter into cults? I think that kind of certainty about something is not necessarily just religious. It was seen in secular organizations, secular ideologues, ideological organizations of one kind or another. I've experienced it among people I used to know in the 1960s and 1970s. It's a terrifying thing when you see it at work.“
— Kanan Makiya American orientalist 1949
"Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/faith/interviews/makiya.html, PBS Frontline (2002)
„Sundance is weird. The movies are weird—you actually have to think about them when you watch them.“
— Britney Spears American singer, dancer and actress 1981
After walking out of a screening of The Singing Detective (2003) at the Sundance Film Festival; quoted in The Washington Post (31 January 2003) http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/03/r_entertainment_kempley013103.htm and other newspapers; later in TIME Magazine (10 February 2003) p. 21.
„Speciesism—the word is not an attractive one, but I can think of no better term—is a prejudice or attitude of bias in favor of the interests of members of one's own species and against those of members of other species.“
— Peter Singer Australian philosopher 1946
Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for our Treatment of Animals (1975), Ch. 1: All Animals Are Equal
„There was a weird moment where—I was still a drummer, I always saw myself as a drummer—and we got nominated for a Grammy, that was really crazy, and I was sitting there and Stevie Wonder was on stage and I remember thinking "Wow, I really need to take [singing] more seriously!"“
— Patrick Stump American musician 1984
„This is so weird. I keep expecting the truck to start sinking."
"I can't believe you just went through what we went through and you think this is weird.“
— Cassandra Clare American author 1973
The Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes (2008), Simon and Jace, pg. 427