As the daughter of a 25-year veteran of the armed forces, I am incredibly thankful for the sacrifices our women and men have made in Iraq, and continue to make in Afghanistan.
Most of me was glad when my mother died. She was a handful, but not in a cute, festive way. More in a life-threatening way, that had caused me a long time ago to give up all hope of ever feeling good about having had her as a mother.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Many people with physical disabilities have romantic lives and good marriages to partners who see past their disabilities and recognize all of the things they can do.
No poem is easily grasped so why should any reader expect fast results?
God not only plays dice, He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen.
The first mistake of art is to assume that it's serious.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
You have to be smart. The easy days are over.
I never wanted to do TV. I just did what I was trained to do through the Special Forces, and I've been doing that from a very young age.
Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
It is this, at its most basic, that makes science a humane pursuit it acknowledges the commonality of people's experience.
John Charles Polanyi
The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.
H. L. Mencken
I could lie and say my wife cooks for me, but she doesn't. My wife has never learnt cooking but she has great cooks at home.
Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.
I don't think I could ever do a network sitcom because the humor is often based on some trite circumstance. I don't want to be a part of a show where it's mostly about coming up with the jokes.
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
I have a lot of nice Italian winter clothes that make me look like a sophisticated Lebanese professor, so my friend Robert and I go around pretending to be experts in Arabic politics. It doesn't work in the summer though. I don't have the right clothes.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
There are two kinds of women, those who want power in the world and those who want power in bed.
If you make a living, if you earn your own money, you're free - however free one can be on this planet.
They never fail who die in a great cause.
There's always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself - whether it's Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. - because that's the piece that they need to key in to. They want to dismiss everything else.
A person who is too nice an observer of the business of the crowd, like one who is too curious in observing the labor of bees, will often be stung for his curiosity.
I don't make the best movies in the world, but at times, I do feel like I'm adding something to the cinematic community.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
Mary Kay Ash
I like to read books and be alone I'm not social butterfly person.
We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.
Peace, of course, is different from divorce indeed, in essential respects, divorce is the opposite of peace.
It's learning how to negotiate to keep both sides happy - whether it's for a multi-million dollar contract or just which show to watch on TV, that determines the quality and enjoyment of our lives.
I'm French, so I'm quite lazy about exercising, and I smoke. But I do love going for a run in the morning with my dog. That's all.
Failure is an enigma. You worry about it, and it teaches you something.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings.
I was strongly encouraged by a science teacher who took an interest in me and presented me with a key to the laboratory to allow me to work whenever I wanted.
London is full of women who trust their husbands. One can always recognize them. They look so thoroughly unhappy.
If you're more interested in what you have achieved, or what you're financial position enables you to do than that thing that got those things, you're screwed.
Every woman is a rebel, and usually in wild revolt against herself.
I want a pit crew... I hate the procedure I currently have to go through when I have car problems.
There's something about the sound of a train that's very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
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