Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed.
Let him that is without stone among you cast the first thing he can lay his hands on.
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.
Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist.
For my future I have no concern, and as a true philosopher, I never would have any, for I know not what it may be: as a Christian, on the other hand, faith must believe without discussion, and the stronger it is, the more it keeps silent.
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
As I consider different ways of shooting a film, I draw images that come to me using the tools at hand.
When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.
It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.
On the one hand, you're the same person, but as you get older, you change somewhat, and you never know how it's going to affect your work.
It is much easier to try one's hand at many things than to concentrate one's powers on one thing.
A book is a fragile creature, it suffers the wear of time, it fears rodents, the elements and clumsy hands. so the librarian protects the books not only against mankind but also against nature and devotes his life to this war with the forces of oblivion.
Once a man worries, he clings to anything out of desperation; and once he clings he is bound to get exhausted or to exhaust whomever or whatever he is clinging to. A warrior-hunter, on the other hand, knows he will lure game into his traps over and over again, so he doesn't worry.
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
My fate has been that what I undertook was fully understood only after the fact.
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress.
Destiny is what you are supposed to do in life. Fate is what kicks you in the ass and makes you do it.
Ignorant men don't know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away.
One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
Severities should be dealt out all at once, so that their suddenness may give less offense; benefits ought to be handed ought drop by drop, so that they may be relished the more.
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.
Vadim was both my teacher and my husband. I placed myself entirely in his hands.