Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it.
I was born out of due time in the sense that by temperament and talent I should have been more suited for the life of a small Bach, living in anonymity and composing regularly for an established service and for God.
But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.
Most were beginning to feel they had learned enough to last for the rest of their lives. They remained mathematicians, but largely went their own way.
An humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning.
The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
A spirit is, like, your mother, my dad, who've made it. They can come around, but they come around in a loving way because they've already made it to God. Most people make it.
God tells me how the music should sound, but you stand in the way.
The best way to know God is to love many things.
It graduates to 'our state is better than your state,' and 'our nation is better than your nation.' And it circles all the way around to where it started: 'Our God is better than your God.'
The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
There is only one thing that a man really wants to do, all his life; and that is, to find his way to his God, his Morning Star, salute his fellow man, and enjoy the woman who has come the long way with him.
Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
As to gods, I have no way of knowing either that they exist or do not exist, or what they are like.
There are people who never experience that, who remain closed until death, from fear of change.
I've been in this business for years and I'm still befuddled by the ways of this town.
God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.
Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad.
And I think that the environment is one very strong way to counterbalance the chaotic nature of our life.