The experience of being in space didn't change my perspective of myself or of the planet or of life. I had no spiritual experience.
In Seattle, I soon found that my radical ideas and aesthetic explorations - ideas and explorations that in Richmond, Virginia, might have gotten me stoned to death with hush puppies - were not only accepted but occasionally applauded.
Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
I maintain that when I finally retire from my career in music, I will go and live back in Wales - when I am an old person, if I live to be an old person. The water I miss, and the air, there's something different about it. And I miss the simple life.
He who thinks he is raising a mound may only in reality be digging a pit.
Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future.
One learns to itch where one can scratch.
Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
My definition of success is control.
The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
John Stuart Mill
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell
If it's the Psychic Network why do they need a phone number?
God does say He will graciously entertain our prayers. He says that if we exercise faith, and if our request is in accordance with His will, He will hear us.
The function of art is to make that understood which in the form of argument would be incomprehensible.
When a fantasy turns you on, you're obligated to God and nature to start doing it right away.
Part of what I loved - and love - about being around older people is the tangible sense of history they embody. I'm interested in military history, for instance, because both my grandfathers fought in World War II. I'm interested in writing because one of those grandfathers wrote books.
So long as new ideas are created, sales will continue to reach new highs.
The Wright brothers flew through the smoke screen of impossibility.
Faith is important to me.
Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
Good politics starts with empathy, proceeds to analysis, then sets out values and establishes the vision, before getting to the nitty-gritty of policy solutions.
Man's mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.
Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.
The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.
To guarantee success, act as if it were impossible to fail.
I'll put it frankly - Britain has more influence in China than Norway or Switzerland, with all respect for the other countries.
Jose Manuel Barroso
There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.
Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.
Funny is only something that others know about you - you can't be funny by yourself.
For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.
To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self-esteem.
Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, 'I'm an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!' So here we stand. Americans have a choice.
Reason and emotion are not antagonists. What seems like a struggle between two opposing ideas or values, one of which, automatic and unconscious, manifests itself in the form of a feeling.
I do not bring forgiveness with me, nor forgetfulness. The only ones who can forgive are dead the living have no right to forget.
It is useless to send armies against ideas.
The stream of time sweeps away errors, and leaves the truth for the inheritance of humanity.
I have eyes like those of a dead pig.
I think it would be hard to go the distance in this business without a sense of humor.
The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
My dad was a high school teacher and made no money.
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