To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish
One of the things I had to learn as a writer was to trust the act of writing. To put myself in the position of writing to find out what I was writing.
E. L. Doctorow
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.
Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.
Go bow thy head in gentle spite, Thou lily white, For she who spies thee waving here, With thee in beauty can compare As day with night.
James Matthews LegarÃ©
The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it.
It's good that the first half of the speech emphasized freedom, because George W. Bush has been the global champion for freedom. As he said, if we don't fight tyranny it will not leave us alone in peace.
I love the line of Flaubert about observing things very intensely. I think our duty as writers begins not with our own feelings, but with the powers of observing.
In the ice of solitude man becomes most inexorably a question to himself, and just because the question pitilessly summons and draws into play his most secret life he becomes an experience to himself.
His name never appeared in the papers. The world maintained its traditional wall Round the dead with their gold sunk deep as a well, Whilst his life, intangible as a Stock Exchange rumour, drifted outside.
All creation necessarily ends in this: Creators, powerless, fleeing from the things they have wrought.
rain slowly slides down the glass as if the night is crying.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.
Jean Paul Sartre
Your children are a perfect example of your beauty, because it starts from within...
I'll have your heart, if not by gift my knife Shall carve it out. I'll have your heart, your life.
As much as I like it when a book I'm writing speeds along, the downside can be that an author becomes too eager to finish and rushes the end. The end is even more important than the first page, and rushing can damage it.
I would far rather have two or three lilies of the valley gathered for me by a person I like, than the most expensive bouquet that could be bought!
I tell you, you will not see the new beauty and the truth, until you make up your minds to spit.
Kazimir Severinovich Malevich
It is the blessing of dumb work done close to the earth-one gritty minute at a time, we move forward.
At the end of the day it's about how much you can bear, how much you can endure. Being together, we harm nobody; being apart, we extinguish ourselves.
When death speaks to me, it speaks only of the beauty of life.
I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.
As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all - the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
When forever becomes a place...when forever ceases to be just a word when it ceases to be a just a measurement of timebut instead becomes a place where soul mates can dance to the song in their hearts, that is a reflection of true love.
I thought it sounded a bit like Percy singing...maybe you've got to attack him while he's in the shower, Harry.
Follow the best way of life you possibly can, and habit will make this way suitable and pleasant to you.
We have less reason to be surprised or offended when we find others differ from us in opinion, because we very often differ from ourselves: how often we alter our minds, we do not always remark; because the change is sometimes made imperceptibly and
Common people do not pray, my lord: they only beg
George Bernard Shaw
I'd like to work with any actress from whom I can learn-one who has had many experiences with many directors and is willing to share some of her knowledge with me.
Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.
There are a lot of downsides to being male. We age faster and die younger. But give us this: we're lifetime baby-making machines. Women's reproductive abilities start to wane when they're as young as 35. Men? We're good to go pretty much till we're dead.
Forgiveness is indifference. Forgiveness is impossible while love lasts.
Don't underestimate questions from the crowd technology has made voters more informed than ever.
I tried acupuncture, the patch, and hypnosis, but found that I needed to do it alone - when the time was right for me.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
What appeals to me? There are things, points of view, uses of the language, habits of dress, ways of thought and believing that came to me from my grandparents and came to them from theirs. Things that are of good use in any situation, no matter what the future may hold.
Tommy Lee Jones
People haven't always been there for me, but music always has.
I don't think there's a date minimum or maximum. I don't get the whole 'All right, you've got to wait three days to call after the date.' If I got a number from a girl, I'd call that night. There's no science to it for me. You just do what it is that you feel like doing.
It is a waste of money to help those who show no desire to help themselves.
I took Spanish in high school and I didn't do too well in it. My Spanish teacher told me not to go on with Spanish anymore, so I was discouraged a little bit.
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