Supreme serenity still remains the Ideal of great Art. The shapes and transitory forms of life are but stages toward this Ideal, which Christ's religion illuminates with His divine light.
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter - a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.
One often calms one's grief by recounting it.
In this world without quiet corners, there can be no easy escapes from history, from hullabaloo, from terrible, unquiet fuss.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
And so we remained till the red of the dawn began to fall through the snow gloom. I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror. But when that beautiful sun began to climb the horizon life was to me again.
But if you ask what is the good of education in general, the answer is easy; that education makes good men, and that good men act nobly.
When a great change is effected in human affairs it brings on by degrees a corresponding change in human conceptions. After the discovery of the Indies and of America, after the invention of printing and the multiplication of books, after the restoration of classic antiquity and the Reformation of Luther, any conception of the world then formed could no longer remain monastic and mystic.
Learn to obey before you command.
The first lesson is that you can't lose a war if you have command of the air, and you can't win a war if you haven't.
The surest way to remain poor is to be honest.
The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.
The mystery of the beginning of all things is insoluble by us; and I for one must be content to remain an agnostic.
Spirituality is rebellion; religiousness is orthodoxy. Spirituality is individuality; religiousness is just remaining part of the crowd psychology. Religiousness keeps you a sheep, and spirituality is a lion's roar.
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be.
I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
Also, if you have an accident, you can't start to dance again at the top, you're too weak; you start with the easy things - the way you did them when you were young, and come up up up, the way you did then.
Learning to make films is very easy. Learning what to make films about is very hard.
I am always easy of belief when the creed pleases me.
Castles in the air - they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build too.
Those who know that the consensus of many centuries has sanctioned the conception that the earth remains at rest in the middle of the heavens as its center, would, I reflected, regard it as an insane pronouncement if I made the opposite assertion that the earth moves.
Whenever a new situation presented itself, you had to remain cool and distant.
Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm.
When you work with a director like this you don't have a real challenge because he makes the work very easy. He knows what he wants as a director.