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.
No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water.
The poet gives us his essence, but prose takes the mold of the body and mind.
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.
If thou art able, O stranger, to find out all these things and gather them together in your mind, giving all the relations,thou shalt depart crowned with glory and knowing that thou hast been adjudged perfect in this species of wisdom.
To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
To give style to one's character - a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason, and even the weaknesses delight the eye.
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
Cinema is an old whore, like circus and variety, who knows how to give many kinds of pleasure. Besides, you can't teach old fleas new dogs.
A warrior-hunter knows that his death is waiting, and the very act he is performing now may well be his last battle on earth. He calls it a battle because it is a struggle. Most people move from act to act without any struggle or thought. A warrior-hunter, on the contrary, assesses every act; and since he has intimate knowledge of his death, he proceeds judiciously,as if every act were his last battle. Only a fool would fail to notice advantage a warrior-hunter has over his fellow men. A warrior-hunter gives his last battle its due respect. It's only natural that his last act on earth should be the best of himself. It's pleasurable that way. It dulls the edge of his fright.
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.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
The object of art is to give life a shape.
Work can be hard sometimes - acting - the arts can be hard sometimes in that way - hard to give yourself that inspiration if you don't have a job.
But now science, spurred on by its powerful delusion, hurtles inexorably towards its limits where the optimism hidden in the essence of logic founders. For the periphery of the circle of science has an infinite number of points and while there is no telling yet how the circle could ever be fully surveyed,the noble and gifted man, before he has reached the middle of his life, still inevitably encounters such peripheral limit points andfinds himself staring into an impenetrable darkness. If he at that moment sees to his horror how in these limits logic coils arounditself and finally bites its own tail - then the new form of knowledge breaks through, tragic knowledge, which in order to be tolerated,needs art as a protection and remedy.
There is indeed a certain sense of gratification when we do a good deed that gives us inward satisfaction,and a generous pride that accompanies a good conscience... These testimonies of a good conscience are pleasant; and such a natural pleasure isvery beneficial to us; it is the only payment that can never fail.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
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.
Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
Nightingales are put in cages because their songs give pleasure. Whoever heard of keeping a crow?
This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
The lecturer should give the audience full reason to believe that all his powers have been exerted for their pleasure and instruction.
Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.
The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it.