There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.? Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.? In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
First of all, the most important, that is to learn everything good that has survived from other times, and carefully to watch the bad - and throw it out.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
Who can map out the various forces at play in one soul? Man is a great depth, O Lord. The hairs of his head are easier by far to count than his feeling, the movements of his heart.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.
Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.
I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.
Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
During the day I force myself to at least eat some salads rather than rubbish, and a steak in the evening. In fact, I eat to basically satisfy my hunger. I hardly have the time to appreciate a meal, and I'm everything, but a gourmet.
Every time you do a project, you learn something new.
What are we blaming? Is this Vietnam? We made a movie, it didn't make much money. I'm gonna be really happy if somebody watches it in 10 years' time and really enjoys it.
I really feel sorry for people who are, who divide their whole life up into 'things that I like' and 'things that I must do.' You're only here for a short time, mate. Learn to like it.
Yet there's a hunger in me still. I'm like only beginning. I feel like I still have so much to learn.
The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.
Blow the dust off the clock. Your watches are behind the times. Throw open the heavy curtains which are so dear to you - you do not even suspect that the day has already dawned outside.
I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
So foolish is the heart of man that he ever puts his hope in the future, learning nothing from his past errors and fancying that tomorrow must be better than today.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.