Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.
All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind.
Ever since I began to compose, I have remained true to my starting principle: not to write a page because no matter what public, or what pretty girl wanted it to be thus or thus; but to write solely as I myself thought best, and as it gave me pleasure.
I've always said I want a farmer, not a hunter. Hunters go for the kill and they move on. A farmer nurtures; he watches things grow.
I wanted to see the debates and I believe in the quality of the argument. I don't vote party line. I vote for the best person. I am a purist.
There are always flowers for those who want to see them.
The Flower of My Secret is definitely more based in true emotions. I also wanted to make something more realistic, but not naturalistic or simple.
When I grow up, I still want to be a director.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
I would rather five people knew my work and thought it was good work than five million knew me and were indifferent.
I haven't found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going.
I keep getting these extraordinary letters, really weird ones from American sports stars - 'I've always thought you were one pretty lady and now that you're single I want to meet you for a drink.'
You know my dad pushed me to believe that I was going to be the best. I just never thought of life without tennis, even looking forward.
Want of pluck shows want of blood.
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
I got a role in this movie called Freeway playing this really angry, aggressive, violent young woman who believed wholeheartedly in the truth. I had such satisfaction afterward, and I thought, That's what I want to do.
I never said I wanted to be around for a long time. I always said I wanted to be here for a good time.
It is best to erase all personal history because that would make us free from the encumbering thoughts of other people.
Man was born to be rich, or grow rich by use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor.
Growing up, I wanted desperately to please, to be a good girl.
I want to work for a long, long time and keep growing in my work, and if I am very lucky and very blessed, maybe somewhere along the line there will be one movie in there that becomes a classic.
Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic.
I finally realized that yeah I did want to be an actor and it wasn't out of habit, but I needed to grow up for myself and then kind of re-enter the industry with a sound understanding of what my sensibilities and my values are as a relatively formed human being.
I knew I wanted to act, and I was really driven, so I kept going for it. We moved to L. A. full-time when I was 8 or 9.
Shirley MacLaine said, You're so funny, then gave me a hug. Everything went white. I couldn't hear, I couldn't see. I thought I was going to pass out.