Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.
I've been very fortunate to be able to jump around. I just did this really wonderful film called Map of the World. That was a real, amazing, dramatic story. Then I did a movie called Company Men, a little comedy about the Bay of Pigs.
Circumstances rule men and not men circumstances.
Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.
In the days of Moses and the prophets such a man would have been counted among the wise men of the land; in the Middle Ages he would have been burned at the stake.
There is no greater evil for men than the constraint of fortune.
I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous and very unhappy.
I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
Not many men have both good fortune and good sense.
Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
Men would live exceedingly quiet if these two words, mine and thine, were taken away.
The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.
Yeah, I wasn't chosen to be first. I was just chosen to command that flight. Circumstance put me in that particular role. That wasn't planned by anyone.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
In my ballets, woman is first. Men are consorts. God made men to sing the praises of women. They are not equal to men: They are better.
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
I shall never be a heretic; I may err in dispute, but I do not wish to decide anything finally; on the other hand, I am not bound by the opinions of men.
As for the men in power, they are so anxious to establish the myth of infallibility that they do their utmost to ignore truth.
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.