What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world. Why don't I see a Frank Capra today? Because people aren't like this anymore? People haven't changed that much in 60 years.
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so.
The history of religions reaches down and makes contact with that which is essentially human: the relation of man to the sacred.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?
The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.
I'd also like to do a play. I've never done theater, and constantly changing and refining a performance is something I'd like to do, even though it may sound like work to some people - and it probably is work.
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.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Human history is a Gaian dream.
It is highly probable that the fortifications of inhabited places began by being magical defenses; for fortifications - tenches, labyrinths, ramparts, etc - were designed rather to repel invasions by demons and the souls of the dead than attacks by human beings.
If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind.
In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
I cling to the fantasy that I could have done something more creative. Like actually writing a script, or writing a book. But the awful truth is that I... probably can't!
No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it.
Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century.
Often the presence of mind and energy of a person remote from the spotlight decide the course of history for centuries to come.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.
Many people genuinely do not want to be saints, and it is probable that some who achieve or aspire to sainthood have never felt much temptation to be human beings.
I was very interested in art and art history. I probably would have pursued that somehow - working in a gallery or an auction house.