That a man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.
I've been very fortunate to be able to jump around. I just did this really wonderful film called Map of the World. That was a real, amazing, dramatic story. Then I did a movie called Company Men, a little comedy about the Bay of Pigs.
So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
The whole concept of 'grounding' children is utterly stupid - they just go off and rebel and don't like you. When my kids eventually come along, I don't want them to not like me.
An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists.
I ask constantly of all men whether life may not be poetic as well as stupid?
Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
Men do change, and change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass.
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?
Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.
No man who knows aught, can be so stupid to deny that all men naturally were born free.
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.
As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!
But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy; that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.
If I play a stupid girl and ask a stupid question, I've got to follow it through, what am I supposed to do, look intelligent?
I've always wanted to be a spy, and frankly I'm a little surprised that British intelligence has never approached me.