Remember always that the ultimate value is meditation, so anything you do, do meditatively; and all things can be done in a meditative way.
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.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.
The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent.
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory.
Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.
A memory is a beautiful thing, it's almost a desire that you miss.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember.
The proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
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.
My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn't live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
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.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
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.
Relax, let go. But remember only one thing: You are a witness.