Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
For me, the moral difficulties lie in the continual pressure brought to bear on my friends and immediate family, pressure which is not directed against me personally but which at the same time is all around me.
These words dropped into my childish mind as if you should accidentally drop a ring into a deep well. I did not think of them much at the time, but there came a day in my life when the ring was fished up out of the well, good as new.
Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.
What a wee little part of a person's life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.
I have lost my seven best friends, which is to say God has had mercy on me seven times without realizing it. He lent a friendship, took it from me, sent me another.
I went first to France and then to England, where I studied and at the same time I tried to make a serious study of the bases of Marxist philosophy.
All my life I've looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.
You think that it is because I have3 an income which exempts me from your day-labour, that I waste (as you call it) my time in sun-gazing and star-gazing.? You do not know me.? If my debts, as they threaten, should consume what money I have, I should live just as I do now: I should eat worse food, and wear a courser coat, and should wander in a potato patch instead of in the wood?- but it is I, not my twelve hundred dollars a year that love God.
I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing.
There's almost a fear that if you understood too deeply the way you arrived at choices, you could become self-conscious. In any case, many ideas which are full of personal meaning seem rather banal when you put words to them.
If I ever woke up with a dead hooker in my hotel room, Matt would be the first person I'd call.
The reason it has relevance is because I, as a popular Arab personality - the Arab people like me and respect me - thought it was time for me to make an ever so tiny statement about what I thought about this whole thing.
To have a great man for an intimate friend seems pleasant to those who have never tried it; those who have, fear it.
Time is the only critic without ambition.
It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.
Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy.
When deeds and words are in accord, the whole world is transformed.
I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.
The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
Elvis and I continued to be friends, and I saw him once or twice a year. But he was a troubled person.
There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.