Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.
I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.
Life it is not just a series of calculations and a sum total of statistics, it's about experience, it's about participation, it is something more complex and more interesting than what is obvious.
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
Dad almost died of a heart attack in the middle of making Apocalypse Now, the biggest movie of his life. It doesn't make you want to jump into that business.
There is an ancient saying among men that you cannot thoroughly understand the life of mortals before the man has died, then only can you call it good or bad.
Work is the order of the day, just as it was at one time, with our first starts and our best efforts. Do you remember? Therein lies its delight. It brings back the forgotten; one's stores of energy, seemingly exhausted, come back to life.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
In bed at night, I could be reading some book, and I'll come across a sentence that's totally unrelated to some scene I did years ago. But I'll play the scene back in my mind and think, I did that wrong - I should've opened the door more slowly.
Only through acknowledgment of the erasure and void of Jewish life can the history of Berlin and Europe have a human future.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
Everything was going my way. I was happily marching into the history books. Then it all just fell apart.
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.
The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke; it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months.
Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.
Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.
Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.
The reader of these Memoirs will discover that I never had any fixed aim before my eyes, and that my system, if it can be called a system, has been to glide away unconcernedly on the stream of life, trusting to the wind wherever it led.