[I]n a place with absolutely no private or personal life, with the incessant worship of a mediocre career-sadist as the only culture, where all citizens are the permanent property of the state, the highest form of pointlessness has been achieved.
The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.
My sisters like cooking at my place. It has a bit more room, and the food tastes a little bit better. A big pot of spaghetti and sauce, some warm French bread - works all the time. I think I've been eating pasta for 26 years.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
Lenin said that people vote with their feet. Well, that's what's happening. They either go, or they don't go. It's all politics. It's all demographics.
Don't talk to me about a man's being able to talk sense; everyone can talk sense. Can he talk nonsense?
Before 'Schindler's List,' I wouldn't have believed movies had a lot of power for social change.
Poverty, of course, is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying.
I've been very, very lucky in my career, in my life - from day one. When aspiring directors say, 'What's your advice?' first I say, 'Be born the son of a famous director. It's invaluable.'
Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.
Theoretical principals must sometimes give way for the sake of practical advantages.
Everyone knows in the industry that when these great roles come up, every two years, there's a huge number of people up for them. I'm not one of those top five females that can personally finance any film.
Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged heart.
I return you many thanks for the honour you have done me; but Europe is not to be saved by any single man. England has saved herself by her exertions, and will, as I trust, save Europe by her example.
That state is best ordered when the wicked have no command, and the good have.
The nightmare is you spend the rest of your life being funny at parties and then people say, 'Why didn't you do that when you were on television?'
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
The boy was as useless as rubber lips on a woodpecker.
Procrastination is my sin. It brings me naught but sorrow. I know that I should stop it. In fact, I will--tomorrow!
Hateful is the power, and pitiable is the life, of those who wish to be feared rather than loved.
Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.
Happiness is not that easy to achieve, but having a handsome husband, a beautiful baby, and a great job helps.
How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?
Joy has this in common with pain, that it robs people of reason.
Man values life as a sacred jewel in such a way that he reveres him most who haughtily scorns it.
A rare experience of a moment at daybreak, when something in nature seems to reveal all consciousness, cannot be explained at noon. Yet it is part of the day's unity.
To speak on without saying anything has always been the greatest gift of orators.
I went to dance classes from 9 in the morning until 1, then to school from 3 to 10 at night, always under the threat that if I failed a single course I could forget about dancing.
Where there is much to risk, there is much to consider.
Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.
I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hang the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, 'you are going to have to learn to do this,' and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother's life.
Like an arrow to its mark flies the word good man's word.
In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times.
The feeble tremble before opinion, the foolish defy it, the wise judge it, and the skillful direct it.
Never make predictions, especially about the future.
We can see a thousand miracles around us every day. What is more supernatural than an egg yolk turning into a chicken?
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared.
P. J. Plauger
I do enjoy animated movies.
Each shot is important.
The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.
Before I became a suspense novelist, I wrote romantic suspense as Alicia Scott.
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