I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones.
You've just got to have a sense of respect for the person you have children with. Anger doesn't help anybody. Ultimately you have to say forgiveness is important, and honoring what you had together is important. But it's easy to say and harder to do.
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
To rule is easy, to govern difficult.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.
I think art education, especially in this country, which government pretty much ignores, is so important for young people.
When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back.
The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles in 1962. The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.
Everything goes by the board: honor, pride, decency to get the book written.
The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them.
That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.
The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if Rome doesn't want to become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.
They gave me away as a prize once - a Win Tony Curtis For A Weekend competition. The woman who won was disappointed. She'd hoped for second prize - a new stove.
I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome.
As told in Friendship with God, if we simply decided to believe and act as if first, we're all one, and second, life is eternal, it would render virtually everything we've done all our lives pointless.
Hype is the awkward and desperate attempt to convince journalists that what you've made is worth the misery of having to review it.
The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.
It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.