Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.
Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish.
At MIT, I had the good fortune for seven years to teach network theory, which is basic to many disciplines, to one-third of the undergraduate student body. It was an experiment to see how high we could bring their level of understanding, and it exceeded all of my expectations.
Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
I have a lack of fear, whereas in the past the fear of failure was a powerful motivator. Anyway, I have great expectations for the future, but I just don't know if I'm the monarch of all I survey.
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?
I felt the power of God as I'd never felt it before.
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
All business proceeds on beliefs, or judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties.
Well, I wouldn't say that this experience had any influence on my decision to do this film about Andy, because Andy was apolitical. Andy was never political.
I really enjoyed this experience, and it was these jobs, more than anything else, that persuaded me to pursue a career in scientific research.
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.
The expression of beauty is in direct ratio to the power of conception the artist has acquired.
Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.
To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
God is only a great imaginative experience.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.