Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
When a film is created, it is created in a language, which is not only about words, but also the way that very language encodes our perception of the world, our understanding of it.
Someone told me that each equation I included in the book would halve the sales.
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened.
Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Character and fate are two words for the same thing.
The atheistic idea is so nonsensical that I cannot put it into words.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
For my wrap present, Colin Farrell gave me a first edition book. I got so involved with this character and I was so sad when the movie was over that when I got home and I tried to read the book I got really emotional and I started crying.
One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
I read the book of Job last night, I don't think God comes out well in it.
National film industries tend to move in cycles. In Australia right now, we're on a high, a feeling of potential, which as yet shows no sign of flagging. But the word "industry" is misleading. A small national cinema has no industry in the Hollywood sense.
I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
Perhaps they were right in putting love into books... Perhaps it could not live anywhere else.
Do not use that foreign word "ideals." We have that excellent native word "lies."
Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness,disregard in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.