When I was producing on my own, I was doing it in order to - in a very patriarchal entertainment industry, let alone planet - very much hell-bent on trying to prove to myself, if nothing else, that I could do it as a woman.
Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.
What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
Perhaps, all writers walk such a line. In general - as we all do in our dreams - I believe I put something of myself into all the characters in my novels, male as well as female.
Have the courage to act instead of react.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
I love those who do not know how to live for today.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.
Race hate isn't human nature race hate is the abandonment of human nature.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
The question is what will Mitt Romney do as president if his policy is simply to be hands off and let the government be made so small it can be drowned in a bathtub. In the 21st century global economy, no state alone has the ability to compete against China.
In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
H. L. Mencken
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
I know that the odds are against a marriage lasting 60 years.
If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
I am pretty fearless, and you know why? Because I don't handle fear very well I'm not a good terrified person.
I delight in men over seventy. They always offer one the devotion of a lifetime.
The one thing that offends me the most is when I walk by a bank and see ads trying to convince people to take out second mortgages on their home so they can go on vacation. That's approaching evil.
America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.
I don't know much about only children. I was the middle one of three, and if ever I was alone with mum and dad, it was a rare moment.
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America.
People sometimes inquire what form of government is most suitable for an artist to live under. To this question there is only one answer. The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is no government at all.
The word of God is full of sad and grave counsel, full of the knowledge of God, of examples of virtues, and of correction of vices, of the end of this life, and of the life to come.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
It is a horrible fact that we can read in the daily paper, without interrupting our breakfast, numerical reckonings of death and destruction that ought to break our hearts or scare us out of our wits.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
You should put time into learning your craft. It seems like people want success so quickly, way before they're ready.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
The role of art in society differs for every artist.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
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