Simon Cowell

Born: October 7, 1959

Occupation: A&R executive

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Simon Cowell

The best way to kill someone is from the inside, by crushing their hopes and dreams.

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Beyonce is good-looking. Jennifer Lopez is good-looking. Madonna used to be good-looking.

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Every single negative can lead to a positive. Any negative situation... don't get too down about it - you'll work it out. You learn it as you go along. You don't get smart at 17. You just don't unless...

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I actually don't understand a word Paula's saying anymore. It's like a new language.

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Harshness to me is giving somebody false hopes and not following through. That's harsh. Telling some guy or some girl who've got zero talent that they have zero talent actually is a kindness.

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The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated. Kids turn up unrehearsed, wearing the wrong clothes, singing...

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Linda McCartney sausages were my favorite. Theyre much better than eating real sausages and you dont have to contemplate half way through exactly whats inside them. ... You can have them, a bit of fried...

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Maybe I am a bit mad.

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It was like orderin a hamburger and getting only the buns

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My attitude is, if someone's going to criticize me, tell me to my face.

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If you've got a big mouth and you're controversial, you're going to get attention.

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The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated.

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People confuse ego, lust, insecurity with true love.

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Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.

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I've always been petrified of working for a boss who I didn't like but who I was in fear of, because I wanted my salary.

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If we had to choose one American Idol to go out to dinner with, it would be Fantasia. There are no airs and graces about her... I like her.

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My own saying is: 'Create the hype, but don't ever believe it.'

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The end of the animal trade would leave more time to trap or beat to death pop star wannabes.

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I think that by ignoring the show you're ignoring the audience who put you there.

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Not everybody is perfect, and I don't think we should be looking for perfect people.

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You are a saucy little thing aren't you?

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Every time I sat in a chemistry lesson, I thought, 'What am I doing this for? I don't ever want to be in a job that involves a Bunsen burner.'

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I want people to understand that from the minute Lady Gaga arrived, she created a new set of rules: being different is good; embrace it.

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Rules equal boredom, and I don't like that.

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I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it.

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At 20, you're cocky and you think you can rule the world, and you get it all wrong.

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I break up very well. I am a good breaker-upper.

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In TV, film, and music there's a lot of snobbery, and I don't like it. I've never been a cultural snob.

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My dad said to me, 'Work hard and be patient.' It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in.

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Anyone who goes on 'The X Factor' to make big money will be in for a big shock.

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Britain's got talent, enormous talent; that's very obvious.

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Choosing how you vote should not be a snap verdict based on a few minutes of television.

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Every show I've ever, you know, produced, essentially it's the show I want to watch myself.

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Holding auditions in front of an audience is testing.

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I couldn't think of anything worse than being in an unhappy marriage. It worries me because I've seen it destroy people.

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I do a couple of hundred press-ups a day but I haven't been to a gym in years.

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I grew up when the whole Motown thing was huge. The charts in those days were dominated by groups more than solo artists at one point.

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I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics.

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I like spaghetti bolognese, I like baked beans on toast. I hate French food. I hate fancy food.

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I should get a dog. I would get a rescue dog. I like mutts; I don't care. I would probably get a three-legged dog no one else would want.

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I still put punctuation in my texts. If it's an 'I', I make sure it's a capital.

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I turned down many chances to be on TV before 'Pop Idol' because I really wasn't interested in being famous. I didn't need it and didn't want it.

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I'd say the most dangerous thing I've ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand.

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I'm obsessed with cleanliness for myself, so I will take a bath three times a day, sometimes a steam twice a day in addition to that.

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I've always treated the music business as a business.

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I've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the very best security and I can assure you my homes are as safe as the Bank of England.

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If you only ever heard Lady Gaga, she's the most boring singer in the world.

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If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.

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It's the government's job to encourage entrepreneurialism and investment. Most importantly, it's the government's duty to inspire confidence.

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Most things in music go full circle eventually.

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My proudest achievement has been the success of the shows and artists I have been involved with, because they were made in Britain.

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Thank God kids love following an artist. When you get a group who pop, it's the best thing in the world.

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The minute you start assuming that the audience is very happy to see the same show again, you're dead.

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The only magazines I read are car magazines.

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The young people working for me are ambitious and hard-working. That work ethic has always been a trait of the British.

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There's no need for me to get married. I live with someone; we're happy; end of story.

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We have hated the French for years. Now you have just joined the club. It makes you much more likable.

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You always want to go to a party where you get an invite.

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The only people with power today are the audience. And that is increasing with Twitter, Facebook, and everything else. We cater to their likes and dislikes, and you ignore that at your peril.

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I have seen that the American Dream is a reality - and I would love to feel the British Dream is also a reality. To enable that, we have to bring back some common sense and encourage family values, a proper...

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I was bought an electric guitar when I was 12, but my guitar teacher beat me up. I didn't like guitar lessons and I got quite bored. My teacher was obviously bored giving me lessons, and one day I offered...

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When I was young and we got caught pinching apples, we got a smack from the local policeman. Today if that happened he would be sued. There is a tendency to punish the victim, not the criminal. If someone...

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Whether they run a record company or a grocery store, every boss will tell you you're in big trouble if you're borrowing more than you can ever afford to pay back. Delaying the pain for future generations...

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Anything I shouldn't laugh at makes me laugh. I mean, I'm bad at that, when somebody is singing something terribly and I'm thinking to myself, 'If I laugh now, this is the absolute worst thing I could...

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Everyone who turns up on 'X Factor' does it because a door has been closed to them at some time in their lives, and this is the only shot they have got.

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For the music business, social networking is brilliant. Just when you think it's doom and gloom and you have to spend millions of pounds on marketing and this and that, you have this amazing thing now...

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Have I got a black book? Yes, it's called a mobile phone. I do get offers. There is no shortage of people if you want to go on dates - working in TV, living in L.A., it is there if you want it.

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I could just sit back and get someone to spin my achievements, I suppose, but when I see others do it, I always think, 'Why are you telling me how successful you are?' I am always suspicious of those kinds...

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I don't have sophisticated tastes. I have average tastes. If you looked in my collection of DVDs, you'd see 'Jaws' and 'Star Wars.' In the book library, you'd see John Grisham and Sidney Sheldon. And if...

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I don't like kids that are pushed into things by stage mums, but when I can see they are having a good time, they're excited and enjoying the process, then I think it's wrong to discriminate.

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I don't like people who are hypocritical, who pretend to be nice, particularly in show business when they're nice on camera, and then off camera they're absolutely appalling to the makeup people, or the...

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I don't want to tell a 15 or 14 year old what they should be doing. I want them to tell me. And that's what I got when I met Justin Bieber for the first time.

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I get very anti-social, depressed and irritable with people. I don't have time for them. I can't make phone calls and stuff. I just sit on my own for days.

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I hate belongings. I hate clutter. It really bothers me because I can't think properly. If you've got distractions in front of you, your mind goes nuts.

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I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally passionate about the potential of the people who live here.

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I have total respect for anyone who discovers a band like Snow Patrol. I would be hopeless at signing a rock band, or anything alternative, cause I don't know what that audience are into and I don't particularly...

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I like to know why a video has suddenly gone viral, why a song has broken, why a TV show is suddenly rating out of pattern... I'm pretty good at understanding why things are becoming popular.

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I love producing shows. And so when you're on a show where other people are making decisions you don't necessarily agree with it, after a while you start to feel like a passenger.

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I love TV. I love being behind the scenes on a TV show but there's something about, I don't know there's something very special when you've signed an artist and that first record comes in and it's a good...

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I met someone the other night who's 28 years old, and he hasn't worked a day since he left college because he's pursuing a dream he'll never, ever realize: He thinks he's a great singer. Actually, he's...

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I suggest we bring some normality back to this country and say if you are carrying a knife, there must be zero tolerance. If it was up to me, everyone caught with a knife would get an automatic ten year...

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I think America is a hard nut to crack. But once you get a toehold, it's a great place for an entrepreneur because people are so enthusiastic, and you have the most enthusiastic audiences in world.

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I think if you're an unhappy person, you're always going to be an unhappy person. You're probably going to be less unhappy if your business is doing well, if I'm being honest.

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I think of stress as the creator of cancer and heart attacks, like a tiny little ball you feed. I believe that one of the reasons I've never got ill is that I'm not stressed.

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I work out three or four times a week, I have Botox, take tons of vitamins and vitamin infusions - if you believe that these things work, you will feel better.

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I've had Botox, but then again pretty much everyone I know has. To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works. You do it once a year - who cares?

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I've never bought a Dylan record. A singing poet? It just bores me to tears. I've got to tell you, if I had 10 Dylans in the final of 'American Idol,' we would not be getting 30 million viewers a week....

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If I go into a relationship with an artist, which at most is going to last five years, we have a 100-page contract covering every eventuality. Whereas with marriage you go into it with no contract, with...

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If I said to most of the people who auditioned, 'Good job, awesome, well done,' it would have made me actually look and feel ridiculous. It's quite obvious most of the people who turned up for this audition...

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If I went to a psychiatrist, it would be a long session. I've always thought that I do have a number of issues that probably need dealing with, because I am quite odd in some ways.

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Money brings you security and choice. You can make decisions in a different way if you have a lot of money. But when you have nothing, you have a naivety, and a more fearless attitude because you have...

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Of course I have an ego, but you have to have an ego. You have to be incredibly competitive. I can get competitive at times, way too much, and it becomes a little bit obsessive.

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What I would argue in my defence is that shows like 'Britain's Got Talent' and 'The X Factor' have actually got people more interested in music again and are sending more people into record stores.

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When I think of invention, I always think of America. You're always seeing ads: 'Have you got the next big idea?' There seems to be that spirit in America of inventions and inventors.

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The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession.

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I was slightly cynical of the American mentality before I came over here, but now I preach it. Here, no one's going to tear you down if you buy yourself a $300,000 car. They're likely to say: "Well, you...

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My life honestly isn't as weird as people think it is. I work longer hours, maybe I have a bit more money, but fundamentally, I'm not really that different.

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Work hard, be patient, and be a sponge while learning your business. Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instincts and don't compromise.

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When someone asks, 'Does success make you into a monster?' I always say, 'No, it enables you to be a monster.'

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It simply works. You do it twice a year. Who cares? And it balances my smoking and drinking.

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We felt the time was right to open up the boundaries, and say to all of America, regardless of your age, whether you're 2, whether you're 100, regardless of what you believe your talent is - juggling,...

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Sincerity is romantic. I don't think you need gestures.

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My advice would be if you want to pursue a career in the music business, don't.

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As an actor, I really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. I think he's a genius.

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Women say hello and then put their hands down my trousers. I thought it was my hand they were supposed to shake.

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I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.

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Praise a stranger with a few nice words and he becomes a stranger that calls you a friend.

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It would hurt my feelings if I respected your opinions.

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I look at him [son Eric] and I think of my dad all the time.... I was born to be a dad.

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Good is not enough. You've got to be great.

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The biggest shock when I lost it all was the realization that so much of my life had been out of my control. When I started to make the money back, I vowed that it would never happen again. I bought things...

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You didn't beat the compotition you crushed the compotition!

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On one level, going bust didn't bother me. It was the 80s, and there wasn't the stigma about bankruptcy that you might think. My mates weren't bothered. My dad was in business.. he knew that it happened,...

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You sounded like Dolly parton on helium." (After kristy lee cook of season 7 on american idol,sang her country rendition of the Beatles'"Eight Days A Week.)

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It was like orderin a hamburger and getting only the buns" (After Brooke White of season 7 on american idol sang the song 'Hero' by Mariah Carey)

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