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I'm terrified of switching the computer on ...
by Roger McGough

I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems.
- Roger McGough

We shouldn't have got married, really.
Shouldn't have got married.
Too young.
Not ready for it.
- Roger McGough

I wish the word whimsical wasn't used now.
- Roger McGough

If I decide to be indecisive, that's my decision.
- Roger McGough

 

People can put their best poems straight onto the web.
- Roger McGough

I was put off by people at school - my cabbage wasn't
as good as other people's,
you know, so that put me off.
- Roger McGough

Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really,
and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it.
- Roger McGough

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You will put on a dress of guilt and shoes with broken high ideals.
- Roger McGough

Yes, you can feel very alone as a poet and you sometimes think,
is it worth it? Is it worth carrying on? But because there were other poets,
you became part of a scene.
Even though they were very different writers,
it made it easier because you were together.
- Roger McGough

If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out
and say they feel better for having been there -
not because you've done a comedy performance but because
you're talking about your father dying or having young children,
things that touch your soul.
- Roger McGough

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The mere thought of divorce terrified me.
To me, divorce symbolized failure.
- Annette Funicello

They were terrified that we were going to become an
anti-war kind of platform.
- Phil Donahue

My first Top of the Pops I didn't want to do.
I was terrified.
I'd never done television before.
Seeing the video afterwards was like watching myself die.
- Kate Bush

No one inspired me to write, but writer Harlan Ellison
terrified me into getting published.
- Dan Simmons

I'm just going to have to grow old, because I'm too
terrified to have anything done.
- Natalie Wood

People think I must have been turning cartwheels on
the night I sealed the movie deal -
which was only two days after sealing the book deal -
but I was really quite terrified.
- Laura Hillenbrand

It terrified me to have an idea that was solely mine
to be no longer a part of my mind,
but totally public.
- Maya Lin

I get pretty terrified, to be honest,
when I'm on tour.
You really have to muster a lot of ego to go our there,
which I find rather draining.
- Michael Hutchence

I am pretty fearless, and you know why? Because I don't handle fear very well;
I'm not a good terrified person.
- Stevie Nicks

I'm really honestly terrified about how much I should
tell and how much I should still keep secret.
- Maureen O'Hara

If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified.
The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.
- Newt Gingrich

I am terrified at the thought that so much hideous
and bad music will be put on records forever.
- Arthur Sullivan

I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life -
and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
- Georgia O'Keeffe

What terrified me will terrify others;
and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The whole purpose of those attacks was to drive those contractors out.
Lots of them had to leave.
They were terrified.
- Wayne White

I had to skydive for the movie and I was terrified.
Like everybody, I thought it was going to be one of
those experiences that changes your life.
It didn't.
- Yancy Butler

America is terrified of the passage of time.
Prozac Nation.
Land of Face Lifts.
- Dirk Benedict

Before, I was terrified on stage.
I only play guitar during the acoustic songs.
After a while, you can elicit certain responses from the crowd,
like Elvis.
- Andy Gibb

I'm intimidated every day I go on the stage and everyday I go on a movie set.
It's terrifying and I always want to reshoot the first day or the first week,
I'm so terrified.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones

The thing about all good horror movies is that the
fans expect a couple of inside jokes.
Maybe I'm supposed to be saying how terrified I was while making it,
but it was really fun.
- Margot Kidder

I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really
be someone's wife since I know from life one cannot love another,
ever, really.
- Marilyn Monroe

I'm terrified about the day that I enter the gates
of heaven and God says to me,
just a minute.
- Maureen O'Hara

When they first grabbed us, yeah, it terrified,
but they calmed me down.
- Betty Hill

My movies are, more or less, very short.
I'm terrified of boring an audience.
- Patrice Leconte

Flying is awful, there's nothing to do when you're up in the air.
I bloat up, my skin gets dry, and when we hit turbulence,
I'm terrified.
- Daniela Pestova

All these horror movies are slasher film now.
I like them, they're fun, but they wink at the audience
and you're really not terrified through the movie.
- Gina Philips

We blush very, very easily, and we get terrified of audiences.
- Jacqueline McKenzie

I've been terrified of the water, and yet it seems
I'm forced to go into in on every movie that I make.
- Natalie Wood

The only way to do news on television is not to be terrified of it.
- David Brinkley

I was terrified of being a teacher.
To stand in front of a classroom, the responsibility is boggling.
Imagine!
Standing in front of people!
- John Glover

Everyone couldn't be happier and more terrified.
- Allison Janney

Lebanon is restless, Syria got its walking papers,
Egypt is scheduling elections with more than one candidate,
and even Saudi Arabia, whose rulers are perhaps more
terrified of women than rulers anywhere else in the world,
allowed limited municipal elections.
- Suzanne Fields

While I drew, and wept along with the terrified children I was drawing,
I really felt the burden I am bearing.
I felt that I have no right to withdraw from the responsibility of being an advocate.
- Kathe Kollwitz

I've always been terrified about being bored.
I always think being bored is the worst thing.
The only strategic decision I ever made as an actor
was to try and make each job as different as possible.
- Alfred Molina

People wonder why first-time directors can make a brilliant picture,
then suck on the second one.
It's because they're a little terrified the first time.
So they listen to all the experts around them.
- James Caan

Every now and then you think about your life,
what you would like to be, you start at Number 1 and you go down to 100.
And down at the bottom, 100, was - Stage.
Go figure.
That would be the last thing.
It terrified me, man.
But I had to do it.
- Alan Vega

Coming from Britain, I was terrified of meeting all these other artists,
because artists over there tend to fight with each other a lot,
the premise being that there's not enough room for everybody.
- Thom Yorke

For myself, I can only say that I am astonished and
somewhat terrified at the results of this evening's experiments.
Astonished at the wonderful power you have developed,
and terrified at the thought that so much hideous and
bad music may be put on record forever.
- Arthur Sullivan

I'd never watch a horror film, but after I found out
I was going to be in one,
I watched, like, four of them, including The Shining,
I was terrified - I couldn't sleep for days.
But I wanted to get myself used to things I was going to see on the set.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt

A lot of people love the idea of improvising but are terrified of it,
so I tried to make a book that was not a chef's book
about improvising but a real home cook's book with
a real home cook's pantry,
supermarket ingredients, that sort of thing.
- Sally Schneider

I was quite the spoiled brat.
I have quite a temper, obviously inherited from my father,
and I became very good at ordering everyone around.
I was the princess; the staff were absolutely terrified of me.
- Lisa Marie Presley

I'm terrified of men these days.
If someone asked me out now, I don't know what I'd say,
how I'd react.
But I couldn't go through with it, not at all.
I suppose I've been terrified of them all along.
- Christine Keeler

The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded
just a few weeks after I had started singing,
out of the blue, started singing.
And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it,
and how terrified I am with it.
- Joanna Newsom

The secular elites are so terrified of telling the
truth about radical Islam.
When you talk about the radical Islamists,
we have got to get straight and get serious and talk
about it in the right way.
- Newt Gingrich

Julie Dryfus and I were both afraid of heights and in one scene,
I had to be quite high up and I was rather terrified,
but Julie was very kind, encouraging me and we got through that together.
- Chiaki Kuriyama

That's what my mother did.
And my father was the first person she'd met who treated her kindly.
She was terrified of men, and she married a very meek,
kind, dear man.
And she had the upper hand.
She ruled the roost.
- Lynn Johnston

I write for those women who do not speak,
for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified,
because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves.
We've been taught that silence would save us,
but it won't.
- Audre Lorde

When I was in China, Mao was Chairman,
and parents were terrified to tell their children anything
that differed from the party line in case the children
repeated it and endangered the whole family.
- Jung Chang

I was terrified.
My first week, walking around in a teeny bikini,
I kept crossing my arms over my chest because I was
afraid I was going to fall out of the top of the suit.
And I didn't know anything about technique or lighting.
- Mary Crosby

This business switching styles can't be done honestly by one man.
As soon as he can play his instrument well,
he can express himself, and all his life he has only one self.
- Jimmy Rushing

Getting into the habit of switching a timer on will,
I promise, save you from any number of kitchen disasters.
- Delia Smith

The best thing about switching from being an actor
to being a director is that you don't have to shave
or hold your stomach in anymore.
- Dick Powell

I stepped back from being out front to playing bass.
So we started switching: I'd play bass on one song,
we'd switch on the next song; I'd play piano...
we'd play mandolin.
- Bob Livingston

Switching to the outfield was the best break I ever got.
- Al Kaline

That's part of the policy: To keep switching gears.
- Ridley Scott

I've always been switching around the show to accommodate the audience,
and you know it really makes it a lot more fun for
me and keeps it fresh so that I'm not complacent with
the same show every night and with every audience.
- Deborah Cox

When a woman gives birth to a child,
the child needs to be able to digest the mother's milk;
but when this child is old enough to begin to eat other foods,
there is some switching off of this ability to consume milk.
- Marvin Harris

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that,
once it is competently programmed and working smoothly,
it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov

If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has,
we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG.
- Bill Gates

No one ever said on their deathbed, 'Gee,
I wish I had spent more time alone with my computer'.
- Danielle Berry


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