Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves.
Confidence cannot find a place wherein to rest in safety.
The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.
You will go most safely in the middle.
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.
When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.
You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
And if you're a golfer and you watch a golf film and Matt Damon swing, and it's not great, then you're not going to believe in the golf story, you're not going to believe in the rest of the film. That's the whole movie, so if that swing looks like crap, the movie's crap.
Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.
I will perform My Heart Will Go On for the rest of my life and it will always remain a very emotional experience for me.
People with courage and character always seem sinister to the rest.
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Pain and foolishness lead to great bliss and complete knowledge, for Eternal Wisdom created nothing under the sun in vain.
Meanwhile the hours passed, the sun continued its journey towards the west, the sentries relieved each other punctually, the steppe gleamed, more solitary than ever.
I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature.
In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.
Only reality interests me now and I know I could spend the rest of my life in copying a chair.
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Second, there are so many magical places in books that you can't go to, like Hogwarts and Middle Earth, so I wanted to set a story in a place where children can actually go.
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Mind is just in the middle. You are nothing but a mess. If you can go beyond it, intelligence grows in you;if you go below it, any intelligence that you had disappears.