Go ahead quote me

'Sometimes the task of government is to make incremental improvements, or to try to steer the ocean liner two degrees north or south so that 10 years from now we're in a very different place'

President Barack Obama on his job

'I change so many houses and places where I live; I change them like I change socks. I don't have this absolute, kind of, how you say, attachment. The idea of being in the right place in the right time is most important'

Performance artist Marina Abramovic on resisting nostalgia

'It's pretty funny. Generally, I end up taking pictures with the sheriffs at the station'

Actress Daryl Hannah , whose pro-environment protests have landed her in jail

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2015, with the headline 'Go ahead quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe