It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation.
I don't want to be an action star, an action star's life is so short. I want my life to get longer, I want my career to get longer.
We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.
Before I do a play I say that I hope it's going to be for as short a time as possible but, once you do it, it is a paradoxical pleasure. One evening out of two there are five minutes of a miracle and for those five minutes you want to do it again and again. It's like a drug.
In essence, if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.
Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour.
I can't stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.
Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
All our sweetest hours fly fastest.
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
In history as in human life, regret does not bring back a lost moment and a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour.
There is alwayas a gap between intention and action.
A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
'As soon as man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action'
Christina Ricci is amazing, the most professional actor I think I've ever met. You can be chatting with her and when they call action, she's right there.
The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.
Many great actions are committed in small struggles.
Give them pleasure - the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits.
Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment.
In the spiritual body moreover, man appears such as he is with respect to love and faith, for everyone in the spiritual world is the effigy of his own love, not only as to the face and the body, but also as to the speech and the actions.
The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust.
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor is any pleasure so lasting.