Whoever thinks that he alone has speech, or possesses speech or mind above others, when unfolded such men are seen to be empty.
The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.
I would love to spend all my time writing to you; I'd love to share with you all that goes through my mind, all that weighs on my heart, all that gives air to my soul; phantoms of art, dreams that would be so beautiful if they could come true.
At some point, I would like to write a book and other things, but I work best when there is some sort of deadline in my own mind, but not when fifty people or fifty million people are breathing down the back of my neck.
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
On the steps is a machine-gun ready for action. The square is empty; only the streets that lead into it are jammed with people. It would be madness to go farther - the machine-gun is covering the square.
I am partly not conscious of structure with my movies but this is when I am writing. I leave my mind very free and then I correct it after.
When you're working with a smaller budget I suppose one of the things that has to be in your mind when you are writing is that you have to keep the characters down to a minimum.
What we learn only through the ears makes less impression upon our minds than what is presented to the trustworthy eye.
Travelling expands the mind rarely.
A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.
If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies.
The extreme limit of wisdom, that's what the public calls madness.
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind.
The greatest minds, as they are capable of the highest excellencies, are open likewise to the greatest aberrations.
The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
The march of conquest through wild provinces, may be the march of Mind; but not the march of Love.
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.
Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
Everyone is more or less mad on one point.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem, or saying a prayer.
Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.