Top 111 References Quotes

Words matter. These are the best References Quotes from famous people such as Rosalia, Adrien Brody, Ralph Macchio, Tony Bradman, Albert Hammond, Jr., and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I have so many references in my head - flamenco, classi

I have so many references in my head – flamenco, classical, Latin, too many. I come in and put it all on the table, with no prejudice, and just start working, working, working.
You go to a theater, you’re in a darkened room, and you watch someone that you don’t really know how many children they have or what their father’s nickname might be; you don’t have references and databases and rumors and half-truths – you’re just transported by their storytelling.
Adrien Brody
With ‘The Karate Kid’ especially, there’s been so many references and visual images from that film, you know? Who knew that ‘Wax on, wax off’ would become part of the American lexicon?
Ralph Macchio
These days it seems that every big, new, heavily promoted children’s book is rather like the ghost of poor old Jacob Marley. Each one comes trailing a long, clanking chain of references – in the form of overexcited press releases and slightly hysterical jacket blurbs – to bestsellers of a supposedly similar nature.
Tony Bradman
I feel like you listen your whole life, so when you are in the studio, your references are all the songs and music that you know. It just depends on where the songs are going and what attracts you at the moment.
Albert Hammond, Jr.
There are dozens of references to God in the Scriptures for every one to the figure of Satan. This reflects a sometimes forgotten theological truth that the devil is by no means God’s counterpart. He is a creature, not the Creator.
John Ortberg
‘Homer and Langley’ is the work of E. L. Doctorow’s old age. There are fewer Homeric references than you might have expected, given that the narrator is called Homer Collyer and is blind, although, like the classical Homer, not born blind.
Justin Cartwright
Making comic adaptations means making a lot of choices – you need to adjust the pacing, the dialogue, and in this case, a lot of the cultural references.
Raina Telgemeier
Whenever comparisons get too crazy I just think about my goals, and what I want from myself. I don’t look at any references.
Rico Nasty
Of all the restaurants I visited in my childhood and adolescence, it was Michel Bras that I remembered most vividly and it was the chef himself to whom, early on in my cooking, I would make the most references. I don’t mean that I tried to cook like him. Rather, that I tried to think like him.
Dominique Crenn
I go to contemporary galleries all around the world when I can. There’s always something historical and something contemporary; those are my rock references.
Giles Deacon
I don’t particularly look at other artists when I’m working. But references do come into my work intuitively.
Cornelia Parker
We used to have endless discussions with journalists about that: ‘Why are you calling it noise? It’s not noise, it’s music,’ and make references to everybody from John Cage to whoever.
Lee Ranaldo
Above all, in comedy, and again and again since classical times, passages can be found in which the level of representation is interrupted by references to the spectators or to the fictive nature of the play.
Paul Watzlawick
There’s inherent cultural imbalance whenever you’re translating from Chinese to English. Educated Chinese readers are expected not only to know about all the Chinese references – history, language, culture, all this stuff – but to be well-versed in Western references as well.
Ken Liu
There’s a time and a place for a bit of realism, and it’s bands like Arctic Monkeys that do it amazingly well. But why do bands have to recycle something that’s already been done very well? We wanted to make interesting pop music, and to drop in literary references.
James Righton
I love historical references.
Giles Deacon
It’s definitely a little bit ironic being known for my hair because, as a little girl, I had no idea what I was doing with it. I was insecure about it. I didn’t have as many references to curly girls, and I wanted to just fit in with all my other friends.
Jillian Hervey
That is always really fun when you get to work with a director you understand and uses references you can identify with.
Travis Beacham
I think the difference between ‘Heavy Rain’ and ‘Beyond’ is that ‘Heavy Rain’ still had a lot of references to films. Especially in the mood, and it was a dark thriller… where, in ‘Beyond,’ we tried to create something truly original and doesn’t refer to anything.
David Cage
You might as well acknowledge what came before, because you can never do something wholly new. It’s not unoriginal to make your references clear.
Johnny Flynn
Initially, I’d written a normal love song. Later, I wrote Corona Kannala.’ I say cheesy because we used a lot of contemporary references.
Vignesh Shivan
At its core, kitsch feels like something less than art; it panders to the middle and is flagrantly anti-art, though it often apes or references art. This referential, ersatz quality is why it’s so fun to collect.
Carrie Brownstein
We had literary references, so we knew what we were talking about. We could quote things, talk about books we’d read; you can say something, you don’t have to explain it.
Kevin Ayers
I grew up in a time where there were no queer digital references.
Andrew Keenan-Bolger
One thing that scares me a little bit is that I want people to like my music, but I think a lot of what I like about my own music are these references to things that people don’t share nostalgia with me on.
Porter Robinson
People don’t know what to do when writing a story with teens that takes place now – they think you have to make a bunch of references to Facebook.
Tavi Gevinson
A robber who justified his theft by saying that he really helped his victims, by his spending giving a boost to retail trade, would find few converts; but when this theory is clothed in Keynesian equations and impressive references to the ‘multiplier effect,’ it unfortunately carries more conviction.
Murray Rothbard
People constantly make pop-culture references. That’s why it’s called popular culture, because people are aware of it and reference it constantly.
Seth Rogen
When they sold me on ‘Supergirl’, I went and sat down with Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, and they described the character to me. Greg Berlanti used a couple of music theater references to kind of explain who the character was. They threw up Chris Pratt in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as a reference point.
Chris Wood
Everything I do references something that influenced me.
Virgil Abloh
You can't, as an actor, conduct yourself by making cons

You can’t, as an actor, conduct yourself by making constant references to other people.
Peter Capaldi
I wanted to write songs which I think is a different thing. I wanted to write music that is informed by folk music. The chord progressions are obvious references.
Joanna Newsom
Thomas More’s birth was noted by his father upon a blank page at the back of a copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘Historia Regum Britanniae’; for a lawyer John More was remarkably inexact in his references to that natal year, and the date has been moved from 1477 to 1478 and back again.
Peter Ackroyd
‘Take Me Apart’ doesn’t feel cohesive in a singular way but in a varied way. You can fixate on individual songs, and there are references from all over the place: Anita Baker to Bjork. I wanted to show all the facets of myself.
I certainly wanted to write a book that was honest about New Orleans without explaining it to death, so much so that the first draft contained references absolutely incomprehensible to anyone who hasn’t lived here for several years.
Poppy Z. Brite
There are no movie references that I can think of in ‘Robopocalypse.’ However, there are tons of personal references. For example, the IP address that Lurker tracks actually goes back to the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where I studied robotics.
Daniel H. Wilson
We have ‘Doctor Who’ references on ‘Futurama,’ but we have a lot of science fiction references that I don’t get; but in the staff we have experts on ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Dungeons and Dragons.’
Matt Groening
Whatever happens in my life from now on, I know the day I finally die – the final act of my script – people will always make references to the work I’ve done with Almodovar.
Antonio Banderas
‘Clue’ was a big flop when it came out, but it became a… It’s a movie that almost everyone references with me, now, when I run into people.
Michael McKean
If you watch the scroll at the very start of ‘A New Hope,’ you’ll see plenty of references to the story we tell in ‘Rogue One.’ And I play a rebel General.
Alistair Petrie
It’s a pragmatist’s business, comedy. Start off with good intentions and references to the Pompidou Centre and you end up with boiled sweets and a pantomime cow.
Mel Smith
I decided if I couldn’t be a writer, my life would be miserable. I had this imaginary room of references to all the books I had read, a kind of bubble, in which I lived.
Per Petterson
People always say I write a lot of pop culture references. Can somebody please count the pop culture references in ‘Firefly?’ Because I don’t know how to put this to you, but there was one. I referenced The Beatles in the pilot.
Joss Whedon
When I was reading books for ‘Seesaw Girl,’ I came across several references to the fact that in the 11th and 12th centuries, Korean pottery was considered the finest in the world. I liked that – the idea of a little tiny country being the best at something.
Linda Sue Park
My earliest books focus almost entirely on psychological tools to help readers employ effective commonsense approaches to problems. There are no references to God or a higher self in the first 15 or so years of my publishing history.
Wayne Dyer
But it’s not just a game of finding literary references.
Dan Simmons
I can understand why people laugh and make jokes, but I’m comfortable with being this tall. It’s not as if I’ve had a sudden growth spurt. I’ve always been like this, so I get used to the constant height references.
Peter Crouch