Go ahead quote me

Lang Lang.
Lang Lang.
Kristen Stewart.
Kristen Stewart.
Ken Loach.
Ken Loach.

I had piano lessons with a woman I called Professor Angry. She really liked to cook, so she would compare music with food or my playing with eating - 'You sound like tasteless chicken' or 'You do that like a chopstick'. To this day, I still don't get what she meant by 'You play like a potato farmer'.

PIANIST LANG LANG


I'm pretty open. I think people are a little too weird about it, to be honest, but that's kind of why I was, like, 'I'll do it.'

ACTRESS KRISTEN STEWART on appearing nude in the film Personal Shopper


That constant humiliation to survive. If you're not angry about it, what kind of person are you?

DIRECTOR KEN LOACH, whose angry Palme d'Or-winning film, I, Daniel Blake, is about a man broken by the British benefits system

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