I love things that age well - things that don't date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best.
There are neither good nor bad subjects. From the point of view of pure Art, you could almost establish it as an axiom that the subject is irrelevant, style itself being an absolute manner of seeing things.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
It is a base thing for a man among the people not to obey those in command. Never in a state can the laws be well administered when fear does not stand firm.
I think the one thing that most stands out is that my father always did what he believed to be the right thing to do and he always told us that we had to go our own way even if he disagreed.
Everything, absolutely everything on this earth makes sense, and even the smallest things are worthy of our consideration.
What a delightful thing is the conversation of specialists! One understands absolutely nothing and it's charming.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
There is hardly such a thing as a war in which it makes no difference who wins. Nearly always one side stands more of less for progress, the other side more or less for reaction.
The outstanding reality is the sacred; for only the sacred is in an absolute fashion, acts effectively, creates things and makes them endure.
There's no such thing as a perfect guy. I think it would be strange if somebody was absolutely everything you always wanted, because then there'd be no challenge. Also, you'd feel inferior.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
I was never that much a focus of interest that I became a 'thing' at an earlier point in my career. I'm aware of having become a 'thing' now, which doesn't give me a lot of pleasure.
I got to read some writings by serial killers, and they got inside my head. They were quite disturbing. I read disturbing stuff about that very detached way of manipulating people to do things.
At Princeton I gained a great deal of pleasure from success in my classes. knowing that I could accomplish those things, and I realized that my success was directly proportionate to the work I put in.
But on the whole, nothing requires unbearable energy for me, it's just a normal thing.
People accuse me of being Methody, but I'm not at all. The one thing I don't want people to see is me. I don't want them to be able to recognize my faults and failures and qualities, and I won't use those things to spark off emotions or to illustrate.
And you must dare to do as many things as you dream of.
My father was always very interested in space. I watch Star Trek and all those things, but I always had a different picture in my mind... maybe closer to Alien. I don't see it in space as much as I do see it in different planets, with each having its own strange characters.
Of all the things which wisdom acquires to produce the blessedness of the complete life far the greatest is the possession of Friendship.
Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.
We must always take from nature what we paint and always choose the most beautiful things.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us.
There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.