To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Get that right, then- if you get the quality right, then the marketability or whatever; your ability to sell videos or your ability to earn money or whatever, will follow naturally. But try to be creatively lead rather than market lead. And that's important to me.
To get an Oscar would be an incredible moment in my career, there is no doubt about that. But the 'Lord of the Rings' films are not made for Oscars, they are made for the audience.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all.
I would like my architecture to inspire people to use their own resources, to move into the future.
It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.
When it comes to consideration of how to do well in running the city, which must proceed entirely through justice and soundness of mind.
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
In the Christian world... it is believed that angels were created at the beginning, and that heaven was formed of them; and that the Devil or Satan was an angel of light, who, becoming rebellions, was cast down with his crew, and that this was the origin of hell.
The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.
The atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I cannot put it into words.
The sum of all sums is eternity.
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
It is in fact agreed that I am the plague, the cholera of the benevolent and generous men who are interested in art and that, when I show myself with my plasters, even the Emperor of the Sahara would flee.
Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.
The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little.