I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Everything I have, my career, my success, my family, I owe to America.
We can practice tolerance while still holding true to cultural values that protect the institution of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman.
There is the fear that we shan't prove worthy in the eyes of someone who knows us at least as well as we know ourselves. That is the fear of God. And there is the fear of Man --fear that men won't understand us and we shall be cut of from them.
I went looking for dresses and realized there was a niche I could fill in the wedding dress market.
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
You know how it is with writing. You just write what you want to write. There's no way to predict what is good or bad. You just do what you think is funny, and either it works or you're finished. It's impossible to predict anything.
Friends make pretence of following to the grave but before one is in it, their minds are turned and making the best of their way back to life and living people and things they understand.
The only way around is through.
You can be a little ungrammatical if you come from the right part of the country.
Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader.
There is little much beyond the grave, but the strong are saying nothing until they see.
Heaven gives its glimpses only to those not in position to look too close.
I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
When you buy a gallon of gas, over 60 percent of the energy you pay for goes out the radiator in the form of waste heat? That's why you have a radiator in your car in the first place.
Hell is a half-filled auditorium.
An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.
Yeah, I've worked with a couple of female directors, now, and I think that they're amazing. As good or better than guy directors.
There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
The land was ours before we were the land s. She was our land more than a hundred years before we were her people.
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
A liberal man is too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.
The middle of the road is where the white line is -- and that's the worst place to drive.
I had a lovers quarrel with the world.
The qualities of an exceptional cook are akin to those of a successful tightrope walker: an abiding passion for the task, courage to go out on a limb and an impeccable sense of balance.
One aged man -- one man -- can't fill a house.
Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.
Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited.
Good fences make good neighbors.
So if we have anything original to offer, it's to speak from our own life about the society we're in.
Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they can talk sense.
I think directors should be confident in their leadership capabilities. I think directors should be confident in what they want to do.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father s. He's more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
I have had a love-hate relationship with my body.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.
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