Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.
Passion is the evil in adultery. If a man has no opportunity of living with another man's wife, but if it is obvious for some reason that he would like to do so, and would do so if he could, he is no less guilty than if he was caught in the act.
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.
The best reason to make a film is that you feel passionately about it.
A man that is ashamed of passions that are natural and reasonable is generally proud of those that are shameful and silly.
Reason we call that faculty innate in us of discovering laws and applying them with thought.
All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.
Though I am still very vulnerable to audiences - and it happens all the time - where for some reason the energy doesn't connect and, since the film is very personal, obviously I am made to feel very vulnerable by that.
The fundamental laws necessary for the mathematical treatment of a large part of physics and the whole of chemistry are thus completely known, and the difficulty lies only in the fact that application of these laws leads to equations that are too complex to be solved.
In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
We can allow satellites, planets, suns, universe, nay whole systems of universes, to be governed by laws, but the smallest insect, we wish to be created at once by special act.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff.
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
The soul raised over passion beholds identity and eternal causation, perceives the self-existance of Truth and Right, and calms itself with knowing that all things go well.
How I wish we lived in a time when laws were not necessary to safeguard us from discrimination.
Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
There are certainly laws and elements that make a film more accessible to mainstream audiences. If you've got Tom Cruise as a strongman, I'm sure it would have larger audiences, but it wouldn't have the same substance.
There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.