I planned to become a painter, so I studied painting. But at a certain point I realized I could not express some things through pictures alone.
Providence conceals itself in the details of human affairs, but becomes unveiled in the generalities of history.
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.
In spite of the opinions of certain narrow-minded people, who would shut up the human race upon this globe, as within some magic circle which it must never outstep, we shall one day travel to the moon, the planets, and the stars, with the same facility, rapidity, and certainty as we now make the voyage from Liverpool to New York!
For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
The best way to study is to go to the Cecchetti method for about a year and draw onto all the highest points and then put that into the general method.
Six months after that, I left Taiwan, first for Hong Kong and then for mainland China, where I spent another three months studying still more Chinese and generally kicking around the country.
I think every human being has a level of melancholy in life and in general.
Note too that a faithful study of the liberal arts humanizes character and permits it not to be cruel.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Every stage of human life, except the last, is marked out by certain and defined limits; old age alone has no precise and determinate boundary.
It may be true, that men, who are mere mathematicians, have certain specific shortcomings, but that is not the fault of mathematics, for it is equally true of every other exclusive occupation.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
To such idle talk it might further be added: that whenever a certain exclusive occupation is coupled with specific shortcomings, it is likewise almost certainly divorced from certain other shortcomings.
So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
There is small risk a general will be regarded with contempt by those he leads, if, whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform.
It's going to take a certain man for me to ever get involved with, because he'll have to realize I don't have two children, I have three. Tommy is always going to always be a part of my life.
Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft.
It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
The new spirituality is that it will produce an experience in human encounters in which we become a living demonstration of the basic spiritual teaching 'We are all one.'
Business is never so healthy as when, like a chicken, it must do a certain amount of scratching around for what it gets.
But, having a perfume and license, in general, is a financial necessity. A designer must, to reap back the money spent on prototypes and all that sort of thing.
I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown. I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie.