The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
Laughter can be more satisfying than honor; more precious than money; more heart-cleansing than prayer.
Truth is powerful and it prevails.
Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.
It is essential that we enable young people to see themselves as participants in one of the most exciting eras in history, and to have a sense of purpose in relation to it.
Reporters used to be blue-collar at the Globe now, it's practically required that you have a trust fund.
If you look deep enough you will see music the heart of nature being everywhere music.
There is no doubt that many expensive national projects may add to our prestige or serve science. But none of them must take precedence over human needs. As long as Congress does not revise its priorities, our crisis is not just material, it is a crisis of the spirit.
I had very strong feelings, so the chance to make a film that deals in an imaginative way with stuff you care tremendously about is a real high. It's a really amazing thing to be able to do.
If you're not confused, I don't think you understand.
I'm not a good father and they're not children any more the eldest is in his fifties. My relationship with their mothers broke down and, because of what the law was, they went with their mothers and were imbued with their mothers' morality in life and they were not my people any more.
A dream without ambition is like a car without gas... you're not going anywhere.
It's not what you are that holds you back, It's what you think
For me, triathlons were something that was down to me and my fitness. Now, I really enjoy the pain in the triathlon of chasing someone down. It's a bit like chasing down Nico Rosberg in the last few laps at Silverstone - it makes you feel alive.
The original crime of niggers and lesbians is that they prefer themselves.
Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
Expect nothing, live frugally on surprise.
I strongly support the call to greatly expand our human intelligence capability to penetrate al Qaeda and gather critical intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks on our homeland.
It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.
I never cut class. I loved getting A's, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God, is innate.
Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus hair was like lamb's wool, I say. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about they God is that his hair kinky.
The relevance for 9/11 is that what 9/11 marked was the beginning of a struggle in which the terrorists come at us and strike us here on our home territory. And it's a global operation. It doesn't know national boundaries or national borders.
The gift of loneliness is sometimes a radical vision of society or one's people that has not previously been taken into account.
I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
The sight of a Black nun strikes their sentimentality; and, as I am unalterably rooted in native ground, they consider me a work of primitive art, housed in a magical color; the incarnation of civilized, anti-heathenism, and the fruit of a triumphing idea.
It seems our fate to be incorrect (look where we live, for example), and in our incorrectness stand.
A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.
One often makes music to supplement one's world.
All partisan movements add to the fullness of our understanding of society as a whole. They never detract; or, in any case, one must not allow them to do so. Experience adds to experience.
Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God.
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's mature critics often are.
Every man dies. Not every man really lives. In the movie Braveheart
William Gordon Wallace
Old friends are the great blessings of one's later years. Half a word conveys one's meaning. They have a memory of the same events, have the same mode of thinking. I have young relations that may grow upon me, for my nature is affectionate, but can they grow To Be old friends?
This is like my dad's race team where we had one Legend car. If we wrecked it, we couldn't race the next week unless we had enough parts to put it back together again.
Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
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