Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations.
Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.
There's a drive in me that won't allow me to do certain things that are easy.
It didn't take long to recognise the shortcomings of the Soviet regime and to see the values of the free world.
Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way, their sense of language and their vision.
The very gradual character of the changes of the body also contributes to the stability of the ego, but in a much less degree than people imagine.
Sometimes my mother had difficulty communicating with me about certain topics.
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.
It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.
Every positive value has its price in negative terms... the genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
Among the letters my readers write me, there is a certain category which is continuously growing, and which I see as a symptom of the increasing intellectualization of the relationship between readers and literature.
I try not to do scenes a certain way, because then I become conscious of it, and it dosen't come off as realistic. I try to make it so that I'm not really aware of what I'm doing.
If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy.
Well, in 1947... in Europe and in Italy especially, we thought of America as all-powerful.
When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don't want to see black and white.
Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces.
Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.
Being the boss anywhere is lonely. Being a female boss in a world of mostly men is especially so.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time.
This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.
With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.
To play June, I had an immediate connect with her background and culture. We grew up with the same religion and shared a lot of the same values of family and spirituality. But I was really so inspired by what a modern woman she was.
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.