If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
In this age of consumerism film criticism all over the world - in America first but also in Europe - has become something that caters for the movie industry instead of being a counterbalance.
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.
If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping.
It's easy to fall in love. The hard part is finding someone to catch you.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavour after a worthy manner of life.
I don't like to write like God. It is only because you never do it, though, that the critics think you can't do it.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
New Zealand is not a small country but a large village.
If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one - keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Either it works or it doesn't.
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write "very"; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
'Know thyself' is a good saying, but not in all situations. In many it is better to say 'know others.'
In heaven there are two distinct loves, love to the Lord and love towards the neighbor, in the inmost or third heaven love to the Lord, in the second or middle heaven love towards the neighbor.
I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself.
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Do not grieve yourself too much for those you hate, nor yet forget them utterly.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
No one is so old as to think he cannot live one more year.
War puts its questions stupidly, peace mysteriously.
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.