I conclude that the Wagnerian operas which are already in the repertoire, and other masterworks as well, stand in no further need of my services.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create.
There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
I don't have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I'm left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
You can only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power-he's free again.
It's funny that there was so much disturbance about having a Catholic in the White House with Kennedy, and when we finally get a religion in the White House that's causing a lot of conflicts, and concerns, and disturbances for a lot of people, it's in the Bush Administration.
I am a citizen of the world.
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
I can say without affectation that I belong to the Russian convict world no less than I do to Russian literature. I got my education there, and it will last forever.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
It's not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.
The outer world, and everyone in it, is just a mirror of our inner world.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100% Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.
The real war will never get in the books.
But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
One never tires of what is well written, style is life! It is the very blood of thought!
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.