Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
Seneca (Seneca the Elder)
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
It's become unfashionable to celebrate political achievement, and Labour achievement even less so. And it's positively uncouth to be proud of something that this Labour government is doing. So, slam me for saying so, but I'm really proud of the NHS.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.
Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.
It is very important to lead the field and innovate in game design.
As for old age, embrace and love it. It abounds with pleasure if you know how to use it. The gradually declining years are among the sweetest in a man's life, and I maintain that, even when they have reached the extreme limit, they have their pleasure still.
There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.
A punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.
When you go to war, both sides lose totally.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.
The final hour when we cease to exist does not itself bring death; it merely of itself completes the death-process. We reach death at that moment, but we have been a long time on the way.
I just think that the collective experience of going to see a film is something you can't recreate.
Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
Faith is an act of a finite being who is grasped by, and turned to, the infinite.
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may mot be subdued by discipline.
I think Serena Williams is the best tennis player of this generation, if not the best ever. It is amazing for her to be playing as well as she is at the age of 31.
Disease is not of the body but of the place.
Economy is too late when you are at the bottom of your purse.
Sovereignty over any foreign land is insecure.
I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world.
No evil is without its compensation. The less money, the less trouble; the less favor, the less envy. Even in those cases which put us out of wits, it is not the loss itself, but the estimate of the loss that troubles us.
I feel good in my own skin because I've accepted the fact that I'm me. That's what's so great about being alive and being on this planet: Everybody's different.
The road to learning by precept is long, but by example short and effective.
There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
It is quality rather than quantity that matters.
Trying to force creativity is never good.
Even if it is to be, what end do you serve by running to distress?
Do everything as in the eye of another.
Tell me I'm clever, Tell me I'm kind, Tell me I'm talented, Tell me I'm cute, Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise, Tell me I'm perfect - But tell me the truth.
I had a sense of what leadership meant and what it could do for you. So am I surprised that I am sitting up here on the 62nd floor of Rockefeller Plaza? No.
Fate leads the willing, and drags along the reluctant.
They gave each other a smile with a future in it.
Fate rules the affairs of men, with no recognizable order.
I always wanted to be a farmer. There is a tradition of that in my family.
The fates lead the willing, and drag the unwilling.
Truth be told, I'm not an easy man. I can be an entertaining one, though it's been my experience that most people don't want to be entertained. They want to be comforted.
A person's fears are lighter when the danger is at hand.
I have tried to preserve in my relationship to the film the same closeness and intimacy that exists between a painter and his canvas.
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