The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual. That is why the revolutionary spiritual movements that declare all former things worthless are in the right, for nothing has yet happened.
In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.
No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years.
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
The reason people like to watch ball games is because they don't really know exactly what's going to happen from moment to moment. That's why you watch the entire thing.
If it is nothingness that awaits us, let us make an injustice of it; let us fight against destiny, even though without hope of victory.
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
It is perhaps a more fortunate destiny to have a taste for collecting shells than to be born a millionaire.
Once you have made the decision to do the film, once you have identified the desire and all the deep and personal, intimate, artistic reasons why you want to do the film, then it's more a matter of how to do things.
At the moment I am a little bit politician, yes. I think that could be my next step. It is not because I want power, it is because of what I think I could do for the people.
I leave to others the decision as to the good or evil tendencies of my character, but such as it is it shines upon my countenance, and there it can easily be detected by any physiognomist.
I like the evening in India, the one magic moment when the sun balances on the rim of the world, and the hush descends, and ten thousand civil servants drift homeward on a river of bicycles, brooding on the Lord Krishna and the cost of living.
Smooth shapes are very rare in the wild but extremely important in the ivory tower and the factory.
What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space.
The pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy.
The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.
Now the decision to play a role is halfway towards understanding the character, because you empathize with it and that's why you want to play it.
But when it really happens I'm very fascinated, I'm waiting for the moment, because the moment where life abandons you and death steps in, that moment must be fantastic, no?
I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.