To give style to one's character - a great and rare art! He exercises it who surveys all that his nature presents in strength and weakness and then moulds it to an artistic plan until everything appears as art and reason, and even the weaknesses delight the eye.
I am often on guard over the Russians. In the darkness one sees their forms move like stick storks, like great birds. They come close up to the wire fence and lean their faces against it. Their fingers hook round the mesh.
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Produce great men, the rest follows.
Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought.
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
I was never a quick writer, but composed with great care and efforts.
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.
I will always remember this summer day in Paris, when I was to perform a great acrobatic move. I can still see myself stepping on the ring of a packed circus along real performers.
Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent.
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.
I think this, I think basically I'm not interested in people following my work or making work like my work.
Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories but it takes brave men and women to win them.
I had nearly finished school because I was making effort not that bad on that. But there was a law in Germany after the war. You could not make your final examination before 18, so lots of people who were late because of the way had to do it first.
When you are making the one you are doing, you think it is the greatest film going. And then you do another one and it is a great film.
Therefore, in the course of the work I have followed this plan: I describe in the first book all the positions of the orbits together with the movements which I ascribe to the Earth, in order that this book might contain, as it were, the general scheme of the universe.
I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
Zen is an effort to become alert and awake.
When preparing for a concert, I do lots of training. I work with a choreographer to create great moves and then I have to keep my voice strong with lessons.
I don't think there's anything more important than making peace before it's too late. And it almost always falls to the child to try to move toward the parent.
All great achievements require time.
If I am a cup maker, I'm interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it.