With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
I think it's a great start. It's an opening for great science from our nation and hopefully for our neighbors in the Middle East.
The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.
The only history is a mere question of one's struggle inside oneself. But that is the joy of it. One need neither discover Americas nor conquer nations, and yet one has as great a work as Columbus or Alexander, to do.
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Verily, great grace may go with a little gift; and precious are all things that come from a friend.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.
I sometimes have a horrible fear of turning up a canvas of mine. I'm always afraid of finding a monster in place of the precious jewels I thought I had put there!
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Moral and spiritual decay have brought about the demise of more great nations (empires) than any invading enemy force, plague, famine and natural disasters combined.
Like a great poet, Nature knows how to produce the greatest effects with the most limited means.
Sweet are the uses of adversity which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
Great acting may be a turn-on, but it won't make me fantasize about the person for a week.
The power of daring anything their fancy suggest, as always been conceded to the painter and the poet.
There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
Truth is a great flirt.
Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle!
Annette, with great patience and good spirit, tolerated my many long absences when experiments were carried out at distant laboratories.
You can be great only if it is your destiny.