I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up - they have no holidays.
I've got an idea for a modern day faerie tale that I think would made a great short novel. But I just don't have the time to work on it right now. I'm way too busy with the 'Kingkiller Chronicles' and being a new dad.
There's a joy and a pain about directing where the dreams you have are becoming concrete but the attention to detail, the need for time is such that it's overwhelming at times, and the stream of responsibility.
All the characters in my films are fighting these problems, needing freedom, trying to find a way to cut themselves loose, but failing to rid themselves of conscience, a sense of sin, the whole bag of tricks.
My first holiday to San Francisco in 1998-99 was supposed to be a two-week vacation but I ended up staying five weeks and nearly didn't come home.
With gridlock the norm, Congress's approval rating is below 10 percent and the public has lost faith in its national leadership.
Al Qaeda is not the organization now that it was before. It is under stress organizationally. Its leadership spends more time trying to figure out how to keep from getting caught than they do trying to launch operations.
Religion is not going to come up with any new arguments.
The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
Peter De Vries
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas A. Edison
So there is a foreign intelligence purpose for every one of our FISA warrants.
There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write.
Henry R. Luce
Come forward as servants of Islam, organise the people economically, socially, educationally and politically and I am sure that you will be a power that will be accepted by everybody.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
I decided to run for governor because I got mad... I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
I learned that people everywhere are basically the same and have similar goals that we do. They want health and happiness and the opportunity to provide for their families.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not.
If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.
All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone.
Christian Lous Lange
There's only so far you can take a relationship before you got to get into things that are too serious or over the top.
And I can tell you that history will back up what I'm about to say and that is that there is no government run by conservatives, Republicans, put whoever you want there, if you give government the opportunity to spend more money than it has, it will do it. It will do it every time.
Opposition is true friendship.
I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
Mail your packages early so the post office can lose them in time for Christmas.
I thought to be feminine was to give in to straight culture, or the beauty standard, but in my heart I had a flair for fashion and style. They were passions I kept secret because I didn't understand I could love clothes and hair and makeup and still like girls.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think theatre is by far the most rewarding experience for an actor. You get 4 weeks to rehearse your character and then at 7:30 pm you start acting and nobody stops you, acting with your entire soul.
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but wise.
H. G. Wells
One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,' probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
Ah, lives of men! When prosperous they glitter - Like a fair picture when misfortune comes - A wet sponge at one blow has blurred the painting.
If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you.
The only service a friend can really render is to keep up your courage by holding up to you a mirror in which you can see a noble image of yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.
Science is not only a disciple of reason but, also, one of romance and passion.
Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.
The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed.
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