The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid: the state of being alone.
If you do not believe in yourself... chances are nobody else will.
It takes these very simple-minded instructions - 'Go fetch a number, add it to this number, put the result there, perceive if it's greater than this other number' - but executes them at a rate of, let's say, 1,000,000 per second. At 1,000,000 per second, the results appear to be magic.
The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.
Hubert H. Humphrey
The human mind must believe in something, so why not let it believe what it does believe.
It's too late for me to get married before I'm famous. You never know people's intentions.
The very act of believing creates strength of its own.
It places value on experience versus intellectual understanding. I saw a lot of people contemplating things but it didn't seem to lead to too many places. I got very interested in people who had discovered something more significant than an intellectual, abstract understanding.
My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were all funny, and I felt that energy, that delivery, that timing, that sarcasm. All that stuff seeped into my brain.
There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.
Everything I do you blame on me.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance
It's sad that, in our blindness we gather thorns for flowers
Why do we spend years using up our bodies to nurture our minds with experience and find our minds turning then to our exhausted bodies for solace?
In vain we chisel, as best we can, the mysterious block of which our life is made, the black vein of destiny reappears continually.
The human body is a peculiar device, pat it on the back and the head swells.
Her body calculated to a millimeter to suggest a bud yet guarantee a flower.
Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot read.
Reading the Scriptures is an uplifting experience.
In any situation, ask yourself: What strengths do I possess that can contribute towards accomplishing something in this situation? Then follow through.
One should part from life as Odysseus parted from Nausicaa: with a blessing rather than in love
I wish I could write a beautiful book to break those hearts that are soon to cease to exist: a book of faith and small neat worlds and of people who live by the philosophies of popular songs.
Boredom is a disease of the mind and psyche, an insidious disease. It not only takes the joy out of life, but the creativity as well. No one of God's children should ever be bored with life.
I'm happy with my place in the firmament here. I like to produce movies and that's where I want to be.
A bore is a man who has nothing to say and says it anyway.
People think I'm crazy because I travel too much, but I haven't been doing any of that lately because I got a little sick this year and I've tried to take care of it.
Boredom is not an end-product, is comparatively rather an early stage in life and art. You've got to go by or past or through boredom, as through a filter, before the clear product emerges.
A journey by Sea and Land, Five Hundred Miles, is not undertaken without money.
Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return...
He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.
I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.
Pope John Paul II
The courts are using the First Amendment to attack religion, when they should be using it to protect religion.
It is always better to live the truth than to live a lie. And that lie would have kept him alone forever. He may have had nearly nothing for 5 years, but now he can have everything. A boy who looks like that... Magnus.
Most people have a passive relationship with music and clothes, with culture. But music was my first contact with anything creative. Music is it, as far as I'm concerned.
Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.
William Moulton Marston
She was so fat that after she sat on someone's lap we had to look for him in the crack of her ass.
There is no morality in war. Morality is the privilege of those judging from the distance. War is only death and destruction.
I'm fat, but I'm thin inside... there's a thin man inside every fat man.
There are a lot of things that fit on a bumper sticker in terms of either liberty or equality or progress that when made more concrete just don't pan out.
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