Everybody likes the underdog, because everybody feels like the underdog. No matter how successful you are, you always think, No one's being nice enough to me!
My definition of success is to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure and very little pain - and because of your lifestyle, have the people around you feel a lot more pleasure than they do pain.
But with the right kind of coaching and determination you can accomplish anything and the biggest accomplishment that I feel I got from the film was overcoming that fear.
I do respect people's faith, but I don't respect their manipulation of that faith in order to create fear and control.
I don't feel the need to direct. I tried to get other people to direct Dances, but they wouldn't do it. They all thought it was too long. One director wanted to cut the Civil War sequence. Another thought the white woman was very cliched.
Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people.
Some people feel that what we're doing makes no sense, that it's just a waste of money. But it's working.
When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.
As an individual, I myself feel impelled to fancy a limitless succession of Universes. Each exists, apart and independently, in the bosom of its proper and particular God.
You want to have a critical success and you want people to go see it. It's disappointing if something's well reviewed and no one goes to see it.
People who are incapable of having any kind of intimate relationship have to turn to feeling this incredible hunger and void, have to turn to some quantifiable external product to make them feel whole.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
If you're feeling insecure and you need to feel special, the best place to go is somewhere foreign where people treat you as special because you're different.
One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government.
One of the reasons I loved working with Tom is people feel they know who he is... I think working with an actor who the audience already has a relationship with actually helps you in a film like this.
Although a skillful flatterer is a most delightful companion if you have him all to yourself, his taste becomes very doubtful when he takes to complimenting other people.
In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful.
Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
It's a very difficult thing losing a parent, but I think there's an added complication for me, because he was so well-loved and he had this very open charm that made people feel they had a personal relationship with him.
A film director has to get a shot, no matter what he does. We're desperate people.
The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.
That's a great feeling to know that I'm going into a project that I have no idea what will become of that movie, but I really trust Ang Lee. And I really trusted Ron. It's just really nice to work with people that you feel that way about.
The people only understand what they can feel; the only orators that can affect them are those who move them.
Happy people are ignoramuses and glory is nothing else but success, and to achieve it one only has to be cunning.
People need to realise what real happiness and success is, because success as an actor is fleeting. You can be up there one day and gone the next.