In the digital age of 'overnight' success stories such as Facebook, the hard slog is easily overlooked.
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever...
God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
Do you know a cure for me? Why yes, he said, I know a cure for everything. Salt water.Salt water? I asked him. Yes, he said, in one form or another, sweat, tears or the salt sea.
We do not learn and what we call learning is only a process of recollection.
I have faith in the jury system.
My mom would give me a piece to play, but I wouldn't do any theory because when it came time to do it I would sneak back upstairs and watch TV. So, I had these kind of nonchalant lessons for years, then it just started soaking in.
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion it is a joy of every moment.
Honore de Balzac
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
For the last third of life there remains only work. It alone is always stimulating, rejuvenating, exciting and satisfying.
If I was invincible, maybe I would take up some extreme sports.
I grew up with classical music when I was a ballet dancer. Now when I have to prepare an emotional scene, to cry or whatever, I listen to sonatas. Vivaldi and stuff. It's just beautiful to me.
We are not the same persons this year as last nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
W. Somerset Maugham
Government does not have a revenue problem government has a spending problem. Government does not have a revenue problem government has a priority problem. It is time that we begin to fine tune our focus and decide what the priority of government ought to be.
In my dreams I am not crippled. In my dreams, I dance.
The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience.
Like it or not, in the end, it's one's body. It's literally what carries you through life. There's a reason for the saying, 'If you have your health, you have everything,' and it's true. Old age, disease - these are the great equalizers.
People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
A. R. Ammons
Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort.
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
Miguel de Cervantes
Hold you there, neither a strange hand nor my own, neither heavy nor light shall touch my bum.
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.
Well, now there's a remedy for everything except death.
One of the most considerable advantages the great have over their inferiors is to have servants as good as themselves.
No man is more than another unless he does more than another.
A private sin is not so prejudicial in this world, as a public indecency.
By such innovations are languages enriched, when the words are adopted by the multitude, and naturalized by custom.
Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.
Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.
Mere flimflam stories, and nothing but shams and lies.
Take away the cause, and the effect ceases.
Be slow of tongue and quick of eye.
I have always heard, Sancho, that doing good to base fellows is like throwing water into the sea.
My practicality consists in this, in the knowledge that if you beat your head against the wall it is your head which breaks and not the wall - that is my strength, my only strength.
During a trip to Iraq last fall, I visited our theater hospital at Balad Air Force Base and witnessed these skilled medical professionals in action and met the brave soldiers whose lives they saved.
If the white man wants to live in peace with the Indian he can live in peace.
It takes years for me to trust I know that about myself. A lot of it is because I am so private, and so reluctant to make myself vulnerable.
A man's kiss is his signature.
I had always loved John Ford's pictures. And I came to love him, too, but I was frightened to death working for him. He used the shock treatment while directing me.
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