The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death... others through sheer inability to cross the street.
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them.
A lot of people just go to movies that feed into their preexisting and not so noble needs and desires: They just go to action pictures, and things like that.
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
I am imperfect in many things, nevertheless I want my brethren and kinsfolk to know my nature so that they may be able to perceive my soul's desire.
And trust, yes, which is important, but that is what I aim towards. Now that is difficult for some people, and with that desire to get things as good as possible, I would say that I'm probably regarded as quite prickly to work with.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
Once you have made the decision to do the film, once you have identified the desire and all the deep and personal, intimate, artistic reasons why you want to do the film, then it's more a matter of how to do things.
It is a shameful thing to be weary of inquiry when what we search for is excellent.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless.
I've always tried to kind of stretch my wings as an actor and do things that are different.
The important thing to me is that I'm not driven by people's praise and I'm not slowed down by people's criticism. I'm just trying to work at the highest level I can.