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I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. Johnny Depp
In this age, the mere example of non-conformity, the mere refusal to bend the knee to custom, is itself a service. Precisely because the tyranny of opinion is such as to make eccentricity a reproach, it is desirable, in order to break through that tyranny, that people should be eccentric. Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and moral courage which it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Just as modern motorways have no room for ox-carts or wandering pedestrians, so modern society has little place for lives and ways that are too eccentric. A C Grayling, The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity. Robert Frost
I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish. Edith Sitwell
There comes a time when all that remains for us to do is to surrender to the idiosyncrasies of our nature. Floriano Martins
Let us keep courage and try to be patient and gentle. And let us not mind being eccentric, and make distinction between good and evil. Vincent van Gogh
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Bertrand Russell
Perhaps an eccentric is just off-centre – ex-centric. But that contradicts a belief of mine that we’ve got to be centrifugal. Margaret Rutherford
If a person wants to dress in black and sleep during the daytime and be awake at night and walk through the graveyards and listen to Gothic music, and that person is not hurting anyone ... I don’t see that that’s harming anyone. Norine Dresser, folklorist
There were eccentric characters in the hotel. The Paris slums were a gathering-place for eccentric people – people who have fallen into solitary, half-mad grooves of life and given up trying to be normal or decent. Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work. Some of the lodgers in our hotel lived lives that were curious beyond words. George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London
I think London’s sexy because it is so full of eccentrics. Rachel Weisz
Are you going to bark all day, you little dog you, or are you going to bite? The Wolfpack, brothers re-enact Reservoir Dogs in flat, Sundance 2015
I write down the lines of the entire film, what each character says. ibid.
If I didn’t have movies, life would be pretty boring, and there wouldn’t be any point to go on. ibid.
We were kind of shut off, always living in this apartment in New York, lower east side Manhattan. ibid.
We got like 5,000 movies … There’s another world out there … The movies helped us create our own kind of world. ibid.
Our dad was the only one who had the keys to the front door. ibid.
We decided to go as a group together alone for the first time. ibid.
There were probably more rules for me than there were for them. ibid. mother
Swat teams … put us against the wall and handcuffed every member of our family. They had a search warrant. For possession of weapons. ibid. brother
I just can’t talk to him [father] any more. ibid.
All men keep secrets. But some secrets are more complex than others. This is a film about men who spend fortunes in an attempt to transform themselves into real-life dolls. Female maskers are a hidden community of ordinary family men who lead extraordinary double lives. Dressing up in elaborate body-suits and masks they strive to become their very own ideal fantasy woman. There are thousands of maskers and they come from every corner of the planet. Secrets of the Living Dolls, Channel 4 2014
‘You have to put in a lot of powder so you don’t stick to it.’ ibid. Robert
Barbie and her three sons lovingly craft every product themselves … the company has now gone global. ibid.
He’s [Joel from Essex] been a masker since he was 15 and has spent almost £15,000 on costumes. ibid.
They’ve built a thriving online community. ibid.
For Robert and the others this is a rare opportunity to interact and share style ideas. ibid.
A growing number of people have taken their affection for man’s best friend to a whole new level. Humans pups and a hidden community of ordinary men who lead extraordinary double lives. But what makes these grown men covet double treats, belly rubs and squeaky toys, and why has this phenomenon risen in popularity? There are thousands of secret pups all over the world. Secret Lives of the Human Pups, Channel 4 2016
Tom’s spent more than £4,000 on specially made gear. ibid.
It kills me how these days everyone has clinical justification for their strangeness. Miguel Syjuco, Ilustrado
There had been many eccentric emperors. Rome: Power and Glory s1e6: The Fall, Discovery 2010