Go ahead quote me

Tracee Ellis Ross.
Tracee Ellis Ross.
Mo Willems.
Mo Willems.

It is very functional. I have pounded chicken with it.

ACTRESS TRACEE ELLIS ROSS on the Golden Globe Award she won for the television comedy, Black-ish


I sometimes joke that I write for functional illiterates. Because these stories aren't meant to be read once - they're meant to be read a thousand times. In that way, they're more like a song than like the score for a film.

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR MO WILLEMS on writing for early readers


Some people can sing. Some people have to sing. I'm one of those who have to sing.

CHINESE FOLK SINGER ZHAO LEI, who has gained prominence on the Hunan TV contest, The Singer 2017

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2017, with the headline 'Go ahead quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe