Writing is like a lump of coal. Put it under enough pressure and polish it enough and you might just end up with a diamond. Otherwise, you can burn it to keep warm.
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Charles de Gaulle
In the tumult of men and events, solitude was my temptation; now it is my friend. What other satisfaction can be sought once you have confronted History?
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Also, I'm always learning better and better how to prioritize and how to leave certain things for the next day.
I said to the almond tree, 'Friend, speak to me of God,' and the almond tree blossomed.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no insurmountable barrier except our own inherent weakness of purpose.
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
I've thought hard about my psychological connections and I think I've managed to separate out the psychological from the legal, moral, and political.
Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end.
Children need guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.
I mean, technology is amoral. It has no morality.
Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
We may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.
I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
I have realized that I hate going to the premieres of the movies that I'm in. Because I feel this tension after the movie is over that everyone feels obligated to say something nice to you. It's so unnatural and uncomfortable.
The pursuit of truth will set you free even if you never catch up with it.
Developments in information technology and globalised media mean that the most powerful military in the history of the world can lose a war, not on the battlefield of dust and blood, but on the battlefield of world opinion.
Timothy Garton Ash
Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we make objects, giving them limit, symmetry, proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting flux of nature.
Camille Anna Paglia
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are.
Turns out, I couldn't catch them - or even get close to them. I realized that sharks are amazing, beautiful animals who have absolutely no interest in checking me out.
Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Abraham Lincoln, Cooper Union Ad
My dream car would be a Maserati. That would be amazing.
If I took over the 'Glamour' offices for a day, I would put Joe Pesci on the cover. I would say 'We've got to change all these magazines a little bit. We have to bring out a different version of what is, like, cool. You know, what's winning. Joe Pesci, Burt Reynolds.'
If you don't have a teacher you can't have a disciple.
The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, 'I was wrong'.
Sydney J. Harris
I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience - it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
People don't have fortunes left them in that style nowadays men have to work and women to marry for money. It's a dreadfully unjust world.
Louisa May Alcott
All I know is that history repeats itself and people are going to want to experience the world. But I know then they are going to have a better appreciation for what is here in Maine.
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'
Now I meditate twice a day for half an hour. In meditation, I can let go of everything. I'm not Hugh Jackman. I'm not a dad. I'm not a husband. I'm just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it.
When I was a kid going into the movies, you weren't force-fed information everywhere you looked about what the movie was going to be.
J. J. Abrams
Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.
Beware how you take away hope from another human being.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.
I firmly believe in marriage. It's a real important decision that takes a lot of dedication and time. If you're thinking about divorce. You shouldn't get married.
It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
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