Quotes by Dutch authors


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"I like to go from mainstream movies to more artsy films. I don't sign on for the money. Maybe I should, but I don't. There's always a good reason for doing something"
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"Everybody gets typecast in movies, but you have to make wise choices. I'd say around 90 percent of movie casting is about the way you look, so you have to fight that. If producers had their way, I'd only be in action films, but I'm interested in a more varied career than that"
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"Triple tonguing? It was sort of invented. It wasn't in the script. It was something that I came up with"
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"It's never been important to be a huge star or to have some breakout role. If you're the lead, you get a lot more screen time and you get a lot more chances to develop that character more thoroughly than you would if you do it in a little supporting part"
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"The only way to do is just to go for it, otherwise it ends up looking phoney"
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"Just because you're of the same sex, what difference does it make? Get married to whomever you want"
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"I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I've probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It's been an incredible ride and I love it and I'm just going to keep going and doing what I'm doing"
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"I know Dark Phoenix is a huge part of the X-Men saga, so I'm assuming they're at least going to want to touch on it, but I don't know and I don't know whether I would want to be involved. That depends on many different things"
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"I have a friend in New York who's a stylist and I went over to her place because she's got a lot of clothes. I basically ended up wearing most of it. So it's all stuff that I brought over"
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"I don't know how to cook and there's so much work involved you have to buy the groceries and prepare them. I like it when people cook for me, or I'll just order some take-out"
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"I always feel like I want to do my career my own way. I never follow anybody's path, what they've done"
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"Why has elegance found so little following? That is the reality of it. Elegance has the disadvantage, if that's what it is, that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it"
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"There should be no such thing as boring mathematics"
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"The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be regarded as a criminal offense"
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"Object-oriented programming is an exceptionally bad idea which could only have originated in California"
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"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence!"
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"Mathematicians are like managers - they want improvement without change"
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"Don't compete with me: firstly, I have more experience, and secondly, I have chosen the weapons"
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"The students that, like the wild animal being prepared for its tricks in the circus called "life", expects only training as sketched above, will be severely disappointed: by his standards he will learn next to nothing"
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"It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration"
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"I mentioned the non-competitive spirit explicitly, because these days, excellence is a fashionable concept. But excellence is a competitive notion, and that is not what we are heading for: we are heading for perfection"
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"The traditional mathematician recognizes and appreciates mathematical elegance when he sees it. I propose to go one step further, and to consider elegance an essential ingredient of mathematics: if it is clumsy, it is not mathematics"
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"The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague"
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"APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums"
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"Aim for brevity while avoiding jargon"
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"Many mathematicians derive part of their self-esteem by feeling themselves the proud heirs of a long tradition of rational thinking; I am afraid they idealize their cultural ancestors"
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"The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim"
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"Teaching to unsuspecting youngsters the effective use of formal methods is one of the joys of life because it is so extremely rewarding"
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"Programming is one of the most difficult branches of applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better remain pure mathematicians"
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"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure"
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