Many people resented my impatience and honesty, but I never cared about acceptance as much as I cared about respect.
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens -- and then everybody disagrees.
If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers.
Irvin S. Cobb
In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, and in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
The art of government is the organisation of idolatry.
George Bernard Shaw
There's one good kind of writer -- a dead one.
James T. Farrell
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop.
Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.
If you know how to read, you have a complete education about life, then you know how to vote within a democracy. But if you don't know how to read, you don't know how to decide. That's the great thing about our country - we're a democracy of readers, and we should keep it that way.
I grew up playing sports. There is a clear line between success and failure.
A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.
Freedom of expression - in particular, freedom of the press - guarantees popular participation in the decisions and actions of government, and popular participation is the essence of our democracy.
The amazing fact is that America is founded on a document. It's a work in progress. It can be tested by each generation.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Great art speaks a language which every intelligent person can understand. The people who call themselves modernists today speak a different language.
In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
I think we're the only jokeless show on television. I mean really, we have no setups and no punch lines. It's not a joke show. There are funny lines and funny moments but again the comedy is born of the human experience and awkward pauses are a great part of what it is to be human.
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
John M. Barrie
I'd rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that's it. Hopefully that's it.
What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.
Seneca (Seneca the Elder)
Stood off and on during the night, determining not to come to anchor till morning, fearing to meet with shoals continued our course in the morning and as the island was found to be six or seven leagues distant, and the tide was against us, it was noon when we arrived there.
The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to sharpen.
Eden Phillpotts, A Shadow Passes
For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.
Saint Teresa of Avila
When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
I used to eat because food tastes so good. I love food, it's one of the best things on this planet. But I changed the way I was thinking. I started asking myself, 'Hey, am I eating because it tastes good? Or because I really need some more? Am I really still hungry?'
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.
They say it's good but I didn't know what I was doing until I got into the suit and they put the moustache on me, and somehow, when I got all the drag on, it came out. It was the most amazing thing. I'm truly extraordinary.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.
J. William Fulbright
I became a Republican because I trust people more than I trust government.
Death is not natural for a state as it is for a human being, for whom death is not only necessary, but frequently even desirable.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a teacher, a history teacher. After all, teaching is very much like performing. A teacher is an actor, in a way. It takes a great deal to get, and hold, a class.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
Tom Wilson, Ziggy
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
We have always said that in our war with the Arabs we had a secret weapon - no alternative.
And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
You get a timeless cool card in New York.
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