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You have to work with what you are given,
by Ajay Naidu

You have to work with what you are given,
even in Shakespeare.
we have our form and it is important that we free ourselves through it.
- Ajay Naidu

There's got to be something greater than us.
- Ajay Naidu

The turntable is now an instrument at the Smithsonian.
- Ajay Naidu

Acting school was summer camp, and I needed concentration camp.
I had so many different ideas swirling between culture
and how to tie things together.
- Ajay Naidu

 

It is important to keep your head up and follow what you believe is right.
- Ajay Naidu

I hear music as narrative.
- Ajay Naidu

I applied to American Repertory School up at Harvard at got in.
- Ajay Naidu

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I knew I was happy when I was dancing.
- Ajay Naidu

All India radio was worldwide.
- Ajay Naidu

I want to present interesting stories that don't qualify
themselves just by virtue of their ethnographic type.
- Ajay Naidu

I love films for the fact that it is like working under a microscope.
It is sort of like a laboratory.
- Ajay Naidu

It is important to make your own stuff.
Even if you are not an actor, it is important to not
stop involving yourself as a creative person.
- Ajay Naidu

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

In every character I play, I try to imbibe something.
Every film is a learning process for me.
- Ajay Naidu

I had been working early in my life in films -
since I was 11.
- Ajay Naidu

Rap is rhythm and poetry.
Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
- Ajay Naidu

Part of the work is determining through what instrument you are playing.
Actors are physical, olympian storytellers and we should
be able to create entire landscapes with nothing.
- Ajay Naidu

America makes up its own mind about what it wants to see.
- Ajay Naidu

When you get to play with the big boys,
your game improves drastically.
- Ajay Naidu

I got heavily into the drum-and-bass scene,
which is really wicked.
- Ajay Naidu

It is important to tell good stories.
You can tell stories even if they are not huge,
epic, and wonderful.
You can still take the responsibility for being a scribe of your tribe.
- Ajay Naidu

I think that I have sold out sometimes.
- Ajay Naidu

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

The camera is interested in what you are thinking as
opposed to just what you are doing or saying.
- Ajay Naidu

My first acting job happened by accident when I was really young.
I was in fifth grade and my teacher saw an ad in the
paper and took me to the audition after school and I got the part.
- Ajay Naidu

I like the theatre because you paint with broad strokes.
To me the theatre is stretching its definition really far.
- Ajay Naidu

We make a contract within ourselves as actors or directors
or writers about how much of ourselves we let into projects.
You can actually figure out before you work on something
how much blood you will have to let emotionally.
- Ajay Naidu

The loneliness is when you pick up and move,
even if you are not originally from that place,
and you have some memories that you want to embrace.
Having a life in transit, I feel like you are always
looking out the back window.
- Ajay Naidu

My family was very supportive of my acting.
They didn't really have a choice because I got jobs
acting before anyone could really say anything.
It paid my way through college and helped my family out.
- Ajay Naidu

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- Jesus of Nazareth (John 13:34)


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