Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way. We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.
Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses or avoids.
More than any other setting - more than battlefields or boardrooms or a spaceship headed for intergalactic travel - I'll put my money on the family to provide an endless source of comedy, tragedy and intrigue.
It is easy to fly into a passion... anybody can do that, but to be angry with the right person to the right extent and at the right time and in the right way that is not easy.
The beauty of the soul shines out when a man bears with composure one heavy mischance after another, not because he does not feel them, but because he is a man of high and heroic temper.
As one gets older one sees many more paths that could be taken. Artists sense within their own work that kind of swelling of possibilities, which may seem a freedom or a confusion.
It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance... and I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.
After a fellow gets famous it doesn't take long for someone to bob up that used to sit by him in school.
Marriage may be the closest thing to Heaven or Hell any of us will know on this earth.
Edwin Louis Cole
Technical knowledge has now become an integral aspect of the Iranian psyche.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man.
Saint Francis of Assisi, (attrib
Human rights commissions, as they are evolving, are an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society... It is in fact totalitarianism. I find this is very scary stuff.
There is only one rule to become a good talker, learn how to listen.
Listening: A wise old owl sat in an oak. The longer he sat, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we be like that wise old bird?
Business is not just doing deals business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.
Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.
Since fantasy isn't about technology, the accelleration has no impact at all. But it's changed the lives of fantasy writers and editors. I get to live in England and work for a New York publisher!
Both conservatives and liberals watch 'Parks and Recreation,' and they each think the show is for them, which is really cool. 'SNL' was totally different. It was exciting because everyone was paying attention. Political humor works when people know what you're talking about.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived.
The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
Thomas a Kempis
Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic.
The medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium - that is, of any extension of ourselves - result from the new scale that is introduced into our affairs by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology.
I think you're working and learning until you die.
J. K. Rowling
When the newspapers have got nothing else to talk about, they cut loose on the young. The young are always news. If they are up to something, that's news. If they aren't, that's news too.
My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
It's funny, as you live through something you're not aware of it.
If God had an agent, the world wouldn't be built yet. It'd only be about Thursday.
Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late.
Mary Roberts Rhinehart
When my work gets crazy, I make sure to always have vitamins, water and proper food with me. That has helped me to lose 33 pounds.
All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough, that it removes tension and everyone feels free. If they feel free then behaviour happens, small moments happen and that's what ultimately works the best for me.
If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.
Edible, adj.: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm.
No woman marries for money they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.
Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
People like to do politics with me, and they like to do business.
My favorite characters are the ones that are the most successful movies.
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