Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
A plague on eminence! I hardly dare cross the street anymore without a convoy, and I am stared at wherever I go like an idiot member of a royal family or an animal in a zoo; and zoo animals have been known to die from stares.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.
Ultimately, it is in fun. It is supposed to be highly entertaining.
My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It's laid out for you. It's just up to you to walk it.
Again, in Wag the Dog, war has to be declared by an act of congress. But if you go to war, you don't have to declare war. You're just at war and we did that, which is not legal.
First of all, whoever didn't want to be a member of this association or the other association, was branded, you know, like a dangerous individualist, you know, infected by the Western decadence, you know. So everybody joined.
The vast majority of English folk cannot and will not consider a picture as a picture, apart from any story which it may be supposed to tell.
I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board.
I suppose society is wonderfully delightful. To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it is simply a tragedy.
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.
That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best - make it all up - but make it up so truly that later it will happen that way.
The Secret Service is a strange group. They don't really have a leader. It's not set up like a military. Each one is supposed to be able to act like a leader when something comes up.
I remember in 1968 when we were in Cannes, in the festival, and we were supposed to be there 10 days, and the second day the festival collapsed because the French, you know, film-makers raised the red flag in the festival and ended the festival.
Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know - and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance.
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household.
If I decide to be an idiot, then I'll be an idiot on my own accord.
Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
I don't see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I'm skinny, as if that's supposed to make me happy.
But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature, of its being able to cut through time with editing.