When fish experience something that would cause other animals physical pain, they behave in ways suggestive of pain, and the change in behaviour may last several hours.
Unlike Elise, who could discover parts of a person they didn't even know were absent, you specialized in tangible, but that, I feared, was only a matter of time.
I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls, so I had to beat them with my mind.
This is the fear that made fish crawl out onto dry land and evolve lungs, the fear that teaches us to run, the fear that makes us bury our dead.
It is advisable that a person know at least three things, where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances.
Memories which someday will become all beautiful when the last annoyance that encumbers them shall have faded out of our minds.
There is no wealth but life.
No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
For now I'm just enjoying being a mom. I don't want to be more famous and more rich. I want to be a good mom.
An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!
I seldom go into a natural history museum without feeling as if I were attending a funeral.
Was there a language of loss? Did everyone who suffered speak a different dialect?
Bologna is the best city in Italy for food and has the least number of tourists. With its medieval beauty, it has it all.
When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others.
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.
Their manners are more gentle, kind, than of our generation you shall find.
Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
I had a very funny family.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories.
One of the things I was taught in law school is that I'd never be able to think the same again - that being a lawyer is something that's part of who I am as an individual now.
Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself --my disgust at her barbarity --clumsiness --darkness --bitter mockery of herself --is the most desolating.
I don't know. I think it's funny! I think it's funny! I go, what? It's so absurd. I'm alone.
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.
And here you see me working out, as cheerfully and thankfully as I may, my doom of sharing in the glass a constant change of customers, and of lying down and rising up with the skeleton allotted to me for my mortal companion.
In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith, in later times they use the objects of faith to show their powers of painting.
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
I feel the older I get, the more I'm learning to handle life. Being on this quest for a long time, it's all about finding yourself.
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.
My family isn't really all that different from anyone else's. Well, maybe they're a bit more entertaining.
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
I preach there are all kinds of truth, your truth and somebody else's. But behind all of them there is only one truth and that is that there's no truth.
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