I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.
You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas.
In painting you must give the idea of the true by means of the false.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
And because we are, somehow, better than they, we get to go to heaven and they don't. Christians will tell you outright that they believe that.
None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?
I think that it's not as crazily different, my job, from anyone else's, as people let themselves believe. I think people get wrapped up in their own idea of what it is, but it's really not that.
To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
Because we believe that our ethnic group, our society, our political party, our God, is better than your God, we kill each other.
The sad part about our past is that religions, ironically enough, are responsible for creating the most destructive idea that has ever been visited upon the human race: the idea that there is such a thing as 'better.'
I went solo because I could do much better what I wanted to do. I didn't have to ask or discuss things and ideas that are already shaped in my head.
My ideas are always better. We have an understanding in place.
I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better that book or orator.
I've always had this idea that I wanted movies to make people better not worse.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.
They may not use the word better. But they certainly believe that they'll go to heaven and Jews will not.
We had this idea about a woman who you would see on the street and make a host of sexual assumptions, and they would all be wrong.
People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
The idea really came to me the day I got my new false teeth.
Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.