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“Light tomorrow with today.” - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Every moment is a fresh beginning.” - T.S. Eliot

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” - John Muir

“I am so honored to be named as one of Time's 100 most influential people.” - Yani Tseng

“'Das Kapital,' I think, is very difficult to read, and for me, it was not very influential.” - Thomas Piketty

“My favorite parable for living a positive and influential life is the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” - Tony Oller

“The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.” - Orison Swett Marden

“Sports is a unique thing in our country. It's so influential. It's almost like a sacrament for religion.” - Jaylen Brown

“Bob Dylan is as influential as any artist that there has been.” - Robbie Robertson

“The power of imagination makes us infinite.” - John Muir

John Muir

“In some ways, siblings, and especially sisters, are more influential in your childhood than your parents.” - Deborah Tannen

“Of all the rabbinic sages of antiquity, perhaps none was more influential or famous than Rabbi Akiva.” - Meir Soloveichik

“Kendrick Lamar deserves a Grammy. He's one of the biggest, most influential rappers of my generation.” – Khalid

“I realized the power of hip-hop. I realized how influential this music and this culture are.” - Nipsey Hussle

“To me, the Seventies were very inspirational and very influential... With my whole persona as Snoop Dogg, as a person, as a rapper. I just love the Seventies style, the way all the players dressed nice, you know, kept their hair looking good, drove sharp cars and they talked real slick.” - Snoop Dogg

“The most influential people strive for genuine buy-in and commitment - they don't rely on compliance techniques that only secure short-term persuasion.” - Mark Goulston

“Rather than a big figure, I guess you could say I'm more of an influential minority symbol.” - Takashi Murakami

“I know how influential I am over my fans and followers. I feel like everything I do, my hair color, my makeup, I always start these huge trends, and I don't even realize what I'm capable of.” - Kylie Jenner

“The human brain is a funny thing: it's very susceptible to tempo and melody. You put the right words to it, and it becomes very influential.” - Ray Stevens

“Could it be that my circle is largely black and that it is why I am influential in black circles but not in white circles?” - Louis Farrakhan

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” — Norman Vincent Peale

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” — Pablo Picasso

“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” — Douglas Ivester

“In Malaysia, where Western culture was extremely influential, I'd grown up listening to Elvis and the Beatles and watching American movies. People wanted to be like Americans. In contrast, when I got here, I saw prosperous middle-class American college students wanting to somehow join the Third World.” - Feisal Abdul Rauf

“Influential people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves.” - Travis Bradberry

“The ego is only an illusion, but a very influential one. Letting the ego-illusion become your identity can prevent you from knowing your true self. Ego, the false idea of believing that you are what you have or what you do, is a backwards way of assessing and living life.” - Wayne Dyer

“We know that we are often judged by the company we keep. We know how influential classmates, friends, and other peer groups can be. If any of our companions are prone to be unrighteous in their living, we are better off seeking new associations immediately.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

“I went to an exhibition at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum about Shanghai, about how courtesans had been influential in bringing western culture to Shanghai. I bought a book and in it saw this striking group of women in a photograph called 'The Ten Beauties of Shanghai'.” - Amy Tan

“Music is very influential to my writing, as are theater and film.” - Jessica Hagedorn

“Of all the arguments against voluntary euthanasia, the most influential is the 'slippery slope': once we allow doctors to kill patients, we will not be able to limit the killing to those who want to die.” - Peter Singer

“Harley's been influential, but I'm not a big Harley fan.” - Noah Hathaway

“Ray Bradbury is, for many reasons, the most influential writer in my life. Throughout our long friendship, Ray supplied not only his terrific stories but a grand model of what a writer could be, should be, and yet rarely is: brilliant and charming and accessible, willing to tolerate and to teach, happy to inspire but also to be inspired.” - Greg Bear

“I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar.” - Andy Partridge

“The Man in the High Castle' was not the first alternative history novel, nor even the first Nazis-win-the-war novel, but it is still probably the most influential book in the genre.” - Adrian McKinty

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky

“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” - Beverly Sills

“Television is so influential that when an audience sees you day-in and day-out there's a certain acceptance that sets in; you're no longer a threatening personality. They become more willing to accept whatever you present.” - Doc Severinsen

“Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They're the ones who constantly ask, 'What if?' and 'Why not?' They're not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, and they don't disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.” - Travis Bradberry

“When I grew up in India, telephones were a rarity. In fact, they were so rare that elected members of Parliament had the right to allocate 15 telephone lines as a favor to those they deemed worthy. If you were lucky enough to be a wealthy businessman or an influential journalist, or a doctor or something, you might have a telephone.” - Shashi Tharoor

“Theatre outings are my favourite thing to spend money on. The most influential play I saw was 'Bent,' which starred Ian McKellen. And I loved the original performance of 'The Rocky Horror Show,' with Richard O'Brien and Tim Curry at the Royal Court, when I was about 15.” - Dawn French

“Complex astronomical instruments like the Antikythera Mechanism and the Nebra Sky Disk were made by Pagans. Our Pagan intellectual heritage includes poets and scientists and literary intellectuals of every kind, especially including those who wrote some of the most important and influential books in all of Western history.” - Brendan Myers

“I'm not even the most influential person in my own house.” - Jeff Kinney

“The Beijing government avidly asserts its control over matters of reincarnation as a way of securing the loyalty and political complexion of influential Tibetan figures.” - Evan Osnos

“Few developments central to the history of art have been so misrepresented or misunderstood as the brief, brave, glorious, doomed life of the Bauhaus - the epochally influential German art, architecture, crafts, and design school that was founded in Goethe's sleepy hometown of Weimar in 1919.” - Martin Filler

“No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.” - Vladimir Putin

“Men of prayer, before anything else, are indispensable to the furtherance of the kingdom of God on earth. No other sort will fit in the scheme or do the deed. Men, great and influential in other things but small in prayer, cannot do the work Almighty God has set out for His Church to do in this, His world.” - Edward McKendree Bounds

“In 1967, the students at San Francisco State invited the poet Amiri Baraka to the campus for a semester. He attracted other influential black writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Ed Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver. What emerged was something we called the community communications program. That's how I got involved; I got involved in a little play.” - Danny Glover

“It's one of the roles of a lifetime to be able to play someone like Mr. Cochran who was so influential. People knew about his work in regard to police brutality. He was very much a staple in the community - someone who, if there was trouble, people knew, 'Go get Johnnie Cochran.'” - Courtney B. Vance

“You don't have to be a 'person of influence' to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me.” - Scott Adams

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

“There is a small world of people who are very interested in contemporary art and a slightly bigger world of people who look at contemporary art. But then there is a much larger world that doesn't realise how influential art is on things that they actually look at.” - Marc Jacobs

“Being born was the most influential thing that's ever happened to me, for myself.” - Jaden Smith

“I think the most influential aspect of my work is to show that Judaism and Christianity exist in a continuity with archaic religions.” - Rene Girard

“I credit NTI, truthfully, with everything as far as where my head is and what my goals are and dreams are. I would say it was probably one of the most influential moments of my life, being there.” - John Krasinski

“Elvis Presley was the big bang. He was the most influential single figure in the history of American pop culture. He changed the way we looked, thought, dressed, held a guitar. He didn't invent rock & roll, but he defined it in a way that everyone who followed him owes him a debt.” - Jimmy Iovine

“Is art influential? It can be - 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' rallied abolitionists, and 'The Jungle' provoked the demand for a safer food industry.” - Will Shetterly

“I want to be the most influential champion, in a positive light. I want to change the world.” - Rose Namajunas

“If... many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made.” - Margaret Thatcher

“Public opinion can be influential, the media can be influential.” - Noam Chomsky

“I'm not the only one; most people's mothers are the most influential person in their life. But my mother survived the camps, and she was very strong. She made me strong, but she wanted me to be strong. That's more important.” - Diane von Furstenberg

“Growing up in Carol City, it was always a creative place for me to be because it was mad influential, especially going to Carol City High.” - Denzel Curry

“Instead of squirreling away your earnings early in your career, spend on experiences that will enrich your life - like diving with great white sharks. It can expose you to influential people who could open doors for you.” - Blake Mycoskie

“In the fact that 'Vogue' is someone that can help guide enormous audiences through this fascinating world, I would like to think we are as influential and actually are now reaching so many more people than we ever dreamt of back in the Fifties or the Sixties.” - Anna Wintour

“Pope Francis is not the first religious leader who has endorsed evolution and the Big Bang, but he is certainly one of the most influential.” - Ken Ham

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” - Dr. Seuss

Influential Quotes

Music bears a great responsibility because it is so influential. Everybody listens to music. It is a very influential tool. To me, it is very important to the world... music is... to being... to life.” - Stephen Marley

“The kind of stuff I usually read is a bit more on the literary side, like books that I think are influential in the sense that they're doing pulpy subject matter in a refined way. Like 'The Road' by Cormac McCarthy; I loved that book.” - Isaac Marion

“For decades, community colleges have been the backbone of American workforce training. Because they are nimble and closely attuned to local community needs, they are inherently positioned to be influential leaders of the movement for a sustainable economy.” - Ed Begley, Jr.

“The most influential people in my life are deceased. These include my parents, George Dunne, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., my minister in college.” - Jesse White

“Goalkeeper is a very influential position, and that is becoming recognised now. If you think about it, any error that we make can be fatal for the team. It can lead to a goal and cause a defeat.” - Alisson

“My greatest contribution to hip-hop was allowing the United States of America to know and understand exactly how far they reach, and how influential they are to children in completely different countries because I am the import.” - Monie Love

“Growing up, my mother was a very strong woman who was not very big, about 5'1'', but boy, you grabbed a tiger by the tail if you messed with her. I know grown men that messed with her, and through her wit and intelligence and her no-quit, she never lost a fight. That's very influential on me when I'm telling stories. I love exploring that.” - Taylor Sheridan

“In affluent communities, where each member is keenly aware of his or her place within the Byzantine order, attracting the right friends is a blood sport. Chumming up to influential figures who are in a position to help can determine the course of an entire life.” - Jamie Johnson

“I did a number of local children's theater plays growing up, but in 5th grade, I had some good times on stage making people laugh as a troll in 'The Hobbit.' That solidified my dream to be on 'Saturday Night Live,' which was hugely influential for me growing up.” - Lauren Lapkus

“John Dos Passos, Raymond Carver, Flaubert and William Maxwell were all very influential when I first started writing. Now, the writers I'm most interested in are the writers who are most unlike me: for example, Denis Johnson.” - Jonathan Dee

“A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.” - Michael Pollan

“Influential people aren't buffeted by the latest trend or by public opinion. They form their opinions carefully, based on the facts. They're more than willing to change their mind when the facts support it, but they aren't influenced by what other people think - only by what they know.” - Travis Bradberry

“When influential people speak, conversations spread like ripples in a pond. And those ripples are multidirectional; influencers inspire everyone around them to explore new ideas and think differently about their work.” - Travis Bradberry

“Don’t wait. The timing will never be just right.” - Napoleon Hill

Influential Quotes

“I believe that in the pursuit of education, individual desire is more influential than institution, and personal faith more forceful than faculty.” - Russell M. Nelson

“The most influential thinker, in my life, has been the psychologist Richard Nisbett. He basically gave me my view of the world.” - Malcolm Gladwell

“Working with Adrien Brody was like going to Julliard, but instead of four years, I went for four weeks. He was like the Albert Einstein of professors, it was just the best experience of my life. Adrien was the most influential mentor in my acting career thus far, and even after the movie he continues to mentor me.” - Sami Gayle

“Alasdair MacIntyre is one of the world's most influential living moral philosophers. He has written 30 books on ethics and held a variety of professorial chairs over the past four decades in North America.” - John Cornwell

“My mom and dad used to tell me, 'You've got to see this film,' and they were influential to a high degree of the films I saw as a kid.” - Jason Statham

“A single question can be more influential than a thousand statements.” - Bo Bennett

“Moms, you are the first and most influential role model in your girl's life. Use that power.” - Tyra Banks

“Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had.” - John Oliver

“I've had a lot of really influential people in my life, like my grandmother M. J., who have helped me along the way. But there are so many of us girls in my family, and even though they're all so open and honest, who I seek advice from depends on what aspect of life I'm dealing with.” - Khloe Kardashian

“Cory Doctorow should be too busy for lunch. He's co-editor of, and a prolific contributor to, one of the most influential blogs in the world, Boing Boing. Over the past decade the Canadian-born writer has published 16 books, mostly science fiction novels. He campaigns vigorously on the politics of the digital age.” - Tim Harford

“Anything I wanted to do and achieve has not been influential in my life, but my failures have.” - Imtiaz Ali

“Usually, you lose interest in a story beyond a certain point. But with 'Highway,' there was something very subtle, yet something very influential. I intended 'Highway' to be the first film that I ever made. Didn't happen.” - Imtiaz Ali

“You have to look also to the media, where you have a vast majority of the loudest and most influential political voices in America media from people who came from the entertainment world.” - Ben Affleck

“We're very good at talking about the individual in American politics and excellent at talking about the government. But we have little ability to even acknowledge everything that exists in the middle, and given how influential politics is on every other part of our life, I think that failure of discourse is pretty corrosive to our overall culture.” - J. D. Vance

“What made al-Awlaki so influential is that, unlike a number of leaders of al Qaeda such as Osama bin Laden, he was a cleric, so he could present himself as a leading religious figure. Second, because al-Awlaki had spent much of his adult life in the States, he communicated with his followers in colloquial, accessible American English.” - Peter Bergen

“People don't learn science in movies. You don't go to the movies thinking, 'I hope I learn some quantum mechanics this afternoon.' But on the other hand, movies are instrumental and influential in getting young people interested in science.” - Seth Shostak

“It is in vain that we would circumscribe the power of one half of our race, and that half by far the most important and influential.” - Frances Wright

“Sir Isaac Newton gave the extraterrestrials their biggest shot in the arm when he embraced the infinite universe as the basis for his hugely influential system of physics. Even so, the aliens of the early modern period remained creatures of philosophy rather than science.” - Matthew Stewart

“I love 'Peter Pan' to death. It's one of the most influential pieces of storytelling in my life. It made a huge impact on how I grew up. I love the cartoon. I love the 2003 version.” - David Lowery

“My father said, 'Son, when you grow up, I don't want you to be a member of a party that caters to the oppressed and the poor. You have to aspire to be a member of a party that is happy, winning and influential.'” - Hector Ruiz

“We are not quitters. Britain has always gone out there; we have probably been more influential than any other country in shaping our world and the way it has thought about itself, the way we interact as nations.” - George Osborne

“I have a great deal of respect for Sir Alex Ferguson. He has done a great job. Without any doubt, he is one of the best and most influential around. He is the embodiment of football.” - Frank Rijkaard

“The most influential person in my life had been George Michael. He was very important to me and was one of my musical heroes growing up. Then he became a friend and mentor and someone I'd lean on.” - Ronan Keating

“If you believe that how you do your work is as influential as the work you do, then a theatre rehearsal, which is a microcosm of the world, is the perfect place to model social change because if it doesn't work this time, you can try again on the next production.” - Phyllida Lloyd

“What is overlooked is the astonishing amount of history Hollywood has got right... For better or worse, nothing has been more influential in shaping our visions of the past than the commercial cinema.” - George MacDonald Fraser

“The 16th-century theatre witnessed the particularly English manifestation of 'the history play.' There can be no doubt that Shakespeare's presentations of 'Henry V' and 'Richard III' have been incalculably more influential than any more sober historical study.” - Peter Ackroyd

“I could literally go on for pages upon pages about Mattis and how influential this man was to me and many others who fought alongside him.” - Ryan Zinke

“Obviously the original 'Tron' was a very influential movie for its time, so to be a part of the second one is very exciting.” - Serinda Swan

“E-mail is the most influential application ever to appear on a personal computer, and it remains sadly deficient.” - Alan Cooper

“For 22 years, Bandar bin Sultan was Saudi Arabia's influential, irrepressible ambassador in Washington.” - Elliott Abrams

“I first visited the Toronto fest in 1979, its fourth edition, when it was known as the Festival of Festivals and had an audience of about 40,000. I happily returned to the 10-day skein nearly every year thereafter, as attendance swelled to 400,000 and it grew into the most influential film festival in North America, perhaps the world.” - Richard Corliss

“In my experience, copy editors, like the stalwart staff I've worked with and learned from in my 34 years at 'TIME,' are linguistic conservatives - the keepers of the flame ignited by the Strunk-White 'Elements of Style,' published in full in 1957 and chosen by 'TIME' as one of the 100 most influential nonfiction books of the past century.” - Richard Corliss

“Truly, learning appears to be a reverse geometric progression with experiences at one hour, one day, one month or one year dramatically more influential and formative than later experiences. As has often been quoted, 85% of brain development takes place by age 3, and yet we spend only 4% of our educational dollars by that point.” - George Kaiser

“We all obviously need others to look up to, and be inspirational to us. Ford did a great job as far as putting the presidency back where it belonged, getting the trust back after Nixon. And President Reagan has been one of the most influential presidents.” - Steve Garvey

“I think the way to be an influential journalist is to be accurate and to be fair and to get things right and to really characterize things in an honest way, versus being really snarky or cheerleading.” - Kara Swisher

“I want to be influential as a legislator.” - Charles Boustany

“The companies that are the most influential and most successful are the ones that care about impact and the influence they have on the world.” - Paul Buchheit

“Even if you have a brain predisposed to liberalism, you might end up with some conservative friends or find inspiring conservative role models who could be very influential on you, and that could send you down a different track in life.” - Jonathan Haidt

“I have a sister, in particular, who's 13 years older than me. So growing up and watching her - watching her go to work, especially - was hugely influential to me. As the youngest, with a sibling that's a decade older, I had certain things that I would go to her about instead of my mother.” - Linda Cardellini

“Throughout human history, some of our most influential inventors, entrepreneurs, and leaders have had disabilities. For example, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, and Charles Schwab are all dyslexic, while scientist Stephen Hawking has used a wheelchair for decades.” - Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“People listen to The Beatles, but while they were muscially influential, they weren't culturally influential in quite the same way. You can go into the back of beyond in a little Indian village, and they will listen to Bob Marley. But they're not going to be listening to The Beatles or The Rolling Stones.” - Kevin Macdonald

“Dr. Dre is the most influential artist and producer in hip-hop history.” - Jalen Rose

“I think 'In The Heat Of The Night' was one of the most influential films on me. Looking back now, I can see how influential it was on my screenwriting because here you have what looks to be a crime procedural, and it's actually a study in race and loneliness, and a perception of an era.” - Taylor Sheridan

“My acting teacher in high school was really influential, and we still keep in touch” - Brandon Jay McLaren

“Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is the most influential woman in Washington - for what she has accomplished and for what she may yet do: win the presidency.” - Ron Fournier

“There's an unspoken rule in affluent circles that suggests you can always define an individual's status by measuring his or her proximity to the most influential person in the room. And as the maxim goes, closer is always better.” - Jamie Johnson

“There is no more respected or influential forum in the field of journalism than the New York Times. I look forward, with great anticipation, to contributing to its op-ed page.” - Ted Koppel

“Music is definitely influential on how I approach my scenes.” - Rutina Wesley

“I've always been a comedy nerd, and 'Partners in Crime' was probably more influential for me than anything else because it was not only standup, but Robert Townsend had those short films.” - Baron Vaughn

“You can't erase Bill Cosby's contributions. That's the conflict. He's one of the most influential comedians of all time, and 'The Cosby Show' is one of the most influential sitcoms ever. When I watched as a kid, I wanted Cliff to be my dad. Everybody did.” - Baron Vaughn

“I went to the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, where I had a teacher really named Edward Shakespeare. He was a very influential figure in my childhood - I acted in high school a few times, but Mr. Shakespeare got me to lead in 'The Crucible.' I played John Proctor.” - Robert Picardo

“One of my biggest and most influential was 'The Golden Girls.' That show, I remember specific episodes.” - Jessica St. Clair

“As in many cities, Uber has disrupted powerful interests in London, starting with the drivers of black cabs, who trace their lineage to 1634, and their influential Licensed Taxi Drivers Association.” - James B. Stewart

“The Futurists believed in the machine, in making a great big fuss, in being young. For a brief moment, they were arguably the most influential aesthetic provocateurs in the world” - Jonathan Galassi

“About the gnostic writers themselves and the setting in which they lived we know little, although gnostic Christians were influential enough to be denounced at length.” - Elaine Pagels

“One of the most influential of the post-Soviet books was the Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin's 'Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization' (1995), a study of the steel city of Magnitogorsk, the U.S.S.R.'s answer to Pittsburgh, as it was constructed in the shadow of the Ural Mountains in the early nineteen-thirties.” - Keith Gessen

“I would say 'Bye Bye Love' is one of my favorite influential songs to this day, and ironically, they were so in sync with their harmonies that they sounded like one person. That approach to hearing and formulating harmonies stuck in my head, so when I joined the Eagles, my ear was trained to be able to hear a vocal that way.” - Don Felder

“My father was this huge, influential intellectual in the '60s and '70s. He was one of the main players in the cultural discussion in Sweden, the editor of papers.” - David Lagercrantz

“Politically speaking, Miami-Dade was once a Republican stronghold, thanks in large part to older Cuban voters who became more politically influential following the Bay of Pigs invasion. In contrast, Democrats used to rely on votes in North Florida and the Space Coast in an era of much softer partisanship.” - Patrick Murphy

“I wrestle in a big way with August Wilson's work in that I at times admire it and at times feel infuriated by it, which is weirdly more influential than loving someone entirely.” - Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

“It is so inspiring when you come across a woman who is very strong and dedicated and is amazing at what they do. That's how I feel about Meryl Streep. You watch her, and you can't help but notice all of that about her. She's so influential.” - Agyness Deyn

“Anyone who grows up with parents who are very influential, there are cases where people run away from that if they have parents who are really lame.” - Thurston Moore

“Everyone should be themselves, and everybody makes mistakes, and young people who have a platform like I have, I know people who have a much bigger platform who are much more influential, who have made mistakes and learnt from them and had to do that on a public stage.” - Maia Mitchell

“If there is anyone who knows what a rigged system looks like, it's Donald Trump, who was able to evade the draft during the height of the Vietnam War when the U.S. was losing on average 1,000 troops every month. That system was clearly rigged in favor of young men from politically influential families, but Donald Trump never complained about that.” - Mike Coffman

“I'd like to see 'French and Saunders' back. They were hugely influential for me. They make me laugh so much; even their breathing makes me laugh.” - Sarah Alexander

“Indeed, one of the most successful and influential religious organizations in history, the Society of Jesus, was consciously modeled along military lines by its founder, Ignatius Loyola.” - Robert Shea

“The media was completely influential in the rise and fall of Bonnie and Clyde.” - Holliday Grainger

“'Favoritism' is always a factor, and pressure always build for the appointment of friends of influential supporters of the President, or for the nominees of powerful Member of Congress from the incoming President's party.” - Richard V. Allen

“The countless number of influential figures in American history who are of Caribbean heritage indicates the need to set aside a designated time to celebrate their contribution to our country.” - Eliot Engel

“Well Sid Pollack was... He was I would say probably, probably the most influential on me.” - Dabney Coleman

“The Meters are, I think, the most influential group in our time to come out of New Orleans, to have changed and introduced us all to a way of playing, and to a groove and a level of feel in playing funk-jazz.” - John Scofield

“In committing an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces to join international Ebola relief efforts in West Africa, President Obama seems to be fulfilling the plans of highly influential progressive groups who seek to transform the American military into more of a social-work organization.” - Aaron Klein

“Joe Biden is that special combination of someone who is very talented and influential, but when he starts speaking, there's inevitably going to be headlines written about something he said.” - Armando Iannucci

“Pre-poll surveys receive different reaction in the media among voters and political parties. For example, the more undecided voters are, the greater the role and effect of pre-poll surveys. Similarly, greater the decline of the party system, the more influential their role.” - N. Bhaskara Rao

“Christian Science has been enormously influential in our religious history, and the church is very powerful. It has won an extraordinary number of legal battles in this country. It has succeeded in passing a number of what are called 'religious exemption laws.'” - Caroline Fraser

“I had three influential teachers. The first was Uta Hagen. The second two, Bobby Lewis and my late husband, Charles Kakatsakis, were both from the Actors Studio.” - June Squibb

“For a time during the 1980s the Royal Family were not just the most influential family in Britain but probably in Europe and Prince Charles specifically was very much like a defacto Cabinet member and what he said actually had impact on public policy.” - Andrew Morton

“I think it's perhaps fair to say we've been one of the most influential Royal Commissions this country ever had and there's nothing we have said that isn't relevant to the present situation.” - Frank Scott

“Many books have mattered enormously to my life and work. 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens would be one of several contenders for 'most influential.' I first read it at 13 and have reread it dozens of times since.” - Cheryl Mendelson

“I think that every time you bring a subject into the mainstream landscape of television, it can have a huge impact. Television is such an influential medium.” - Sherri Saum

“I started playing the violin at age 3, and I was very fortunate because there were people who heard me who were influential in getting me auditions. By the time I was 7, I was playing concerts - it was just ridiculous.” - Phil Ramone

“Reading was such a formative part of my childhood (along with 'Loony Tunes'), that it is difficult to pin point the most influential book. But, under an interrogation light I would probably have to say 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.” - Ann-Marie MacDonald

“If we don't build a company as influential as Google or Facebook, then we failed. I'm, like, perpetually stressed, honestly.” - Arash Ferdowsi

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