When I was doing theater, I was very successful at believing that I was great, God's gift to the theater.
God, great principle of all minor principles, God, who is Himself without a principle, could not conceive Himself, if, in order to do it, He required to know His own principle.
At Princeton I gained a great deal of pleasure from success in my classes. knowing that I could accomplish those things, and I realized that my success was directly proportionate to the work I put in.
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.
One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake.
The reproduction of mankind is a great marvel and mystery. Had God consulted me in the matter, I should have advised him to continue the generation of the species by fashioning them out of clay.
To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.? But do your work and I shall know you.? Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.? A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.? If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.
Why has God given me such magnificent talent? It is a curse as well as a great blessing.
Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.
I mean, you know, actors lives - you're forgotten. Look at Barrymore, and look at all the great actors. They're forgotten after awhile.
To judge between good or bad, between successful and unsuccessful would take the eye of a God.
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.
I'll tell you what I did need to learn was tolerance, and I think I've been actually given a daily opportunity to practice that, and it's - it's - and I know that that sounds almost like a backhanded slap, and it is in a way because I haven't been successful at it every day.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.
Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there.
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.
My God, these folks don't know how to love - that's why they love so easily.
Even for the most difficult scenes, and there are difficult scenes in the film, and because Michael Haneke is such a great film-maker - I think a great film-maker is not only being inspired, but how to do it, how to make it as real as possible, knowing that it's not real.
I know these jokes aren't great, ladies and gentlemen, see this is the problem you run into when you're between impeachments.
Shakespeare was the great one before us. His place was between God and despair.
Great thoughts and a pure heart, that is what we should ask from God.
That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.