A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn, tired of common sense and civilization.
F. L. Lucan
The mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.
I have a wife, I have sons; all these hostages have I given to fortune.
Civilization is just a slow process of learning to be kind.
Charles L. Lucas
I think we're very complicated and we're capable of all kinds of things, and movies don't reflect that.
I had seen people who had lost everything and everyone they loved to war, famine, and natural disasters.
One thing I've learned to appreciate as I've gotten a little older is direct forms of communication.
A teacher is a person who never says anything once.
As I've often said, Wisconsin's greatest strength continues to be the dedicated, hardworking people of our state. They go to work everyday, pay their taxes, and raise their kids with good, Midwestern values.
Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift.
A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
That which we call the Hindu religion is really the Eternal religion because it embraces all others.
With public figures involved in a relationship it seems that there is a machine behind their love so oftentimes.
Field of Dreams is the only movie - and I saw it in the theater - on an afternoon when I was on location somewhere, and there were like 12 people in the theater. I was just so devastated I couldn't get out of my seat. And I sat and watched it a second time.
Going to a concert is so overwhelming and the energy is amazing.
I don't know if there is a gene for comedy, but my dad was a very funny man. He just didn't know it. He was a naturally funny character, and when my brother and I would laugh at things he said and did, he would say, 'What do you think is so funny?'
But by taking the time away, getting myself off the treadmill, and just slowing down and learning, I felt I had so much more to give back. And maybe that was something that needed to happen for all of us.
Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
TS (Thomas Stearns) Eliot
If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.
Success is relative. It is what we can make of the mess we have made of things.
It cannot be inherited, and if you want it you must obtain it by great labor.
A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
War is not a life: it is a situation, one which may neither be ignored nor accepted.
For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.
Younger women have no problem in reconciling beauty with ambitions as a professional woman.
Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions.
I am in very good health. I've never felt better.
I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.
I started in this racket in the early '70s, and when I was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, of which I was like the sixth president, I was the first one nobody ever heard of.
I haven't been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future.
I've worn my share of leopard pink boots to premieres or belts the size of cars. I thought my pink leopard boots were so cool.
I don't mean to be funny.
Humor can be an incredible, lacerating and effective weapon.
Our failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq thus far has been deeply troubling, and our intelligence-gathering process needs thorough and unbiased investigation.
There are only so many movies you can direct. And yet there are movies that I want to make sure make it to the screen in as honest a way as possible.
The last time money left the art world, intrepid types maxed out their credit cards and opened galleries, and a few of them have become the best in the world.
It is a sad commentary that today we face a choice between having schools that are a monument to our past - or schools that will be the lifeblood of our future. But since that is our choice, let us resolve to choose wisely.
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