Ask a deeply religious Christian if he?d rather live next to a bearded Muslim that may or may not be plotting a terror attack, or an atheist that may or may not show him how to set up a wireless network in his house. On the scale of prejudice, atheists don?t seem so bad lately. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. Keep cool and you command everybody. I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming... suddenly you find - at the age of 50, say - that a whole new life has opened before you. Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve. Looks are part of business. A businessman should never stand out more than his customers. His mannerisms, his clothes, everything about him... Moderation is the key.
So little time and so little to do. Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall. Never read a book through merely because you have begun it. All movements go too far. The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too. The engine died and then the doors swung open. I'd never looked down the barrel of a gun before, but everything you've heard about the experience is true.
Depend not on fortune, but on conduct. Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. The people I distrust most are those who want to improve our lives but have only one course of action. Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived. There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money. The hands behind me gave me another shove. More movement, and the sense of bodies being shackled in alongside of me. You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play. There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy. I've gone into hundreds of fortune-teller's parlors, and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet. If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. The 'Net is a waste of time, and that's exactly what's right about it. Our patience will achieve more than our force. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. I wrote myself a check for ten million dollars for acting services rendered and dated it Thanksgiving 1995. I put it in my wallet and it deteriorated. And then, just before Thanksgiving 1995, I found out I was going to make ten million dollars for Dumb & Dumber. I put that check in the casket with my father because it was our dream together. Only some people get what they want. Those are the people who show up to get it. No one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. Make a decision, even if it's wrong.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. I don't generally feel anything until noon; then it's time for my nap. If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city. If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either. The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself. The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there. It's important to begin a search on a full stomach. Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way. The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving. When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
The better part of valor is discretion, in the which better part I have saved my life. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. If there's one thing I know it's God does love a good joke. No great improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of their modes of thought. Facts are the enemy of truth. I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get. Truth has beauty, power and necessity.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come. Up ahead, I saw someone, a middle-aged lady in a hippie dress, falter and fall. If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door. Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. I was sick of cars driving right past me. Speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood. When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. My head rang like a gong. The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think. It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. It is not enough to aim; you must hit. I was sick of cars driving right past me. If my mental map was right, we were heading down to Fisherman's Wharf.
Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment. In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from. The car rocked back and forth and tipped uphill. Like anyone else, there are days I feel beautiful and days I don't, and when I don't, I do something about it. I guess we'd be living in a boring, perfect world if everybody wished everybody else well. Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Memory feeds imagination.
Never rely on the glory of the morning nor the smiles of your mother-in-law. Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady. Now is the time for all good men to come to. As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. I mean, I knew that in the abstract there were terrorists somewhere in the world, but they didn't really represent any risk to me. Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings. While we have the gift of life, it seems to me that only tragedy is to allow part of us to die - whether it is our spirit, our creativity, or our glorious uniqueness. Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy. Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent. My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one. Over the years your bodies become walking autobiographies, telling friends and strangers alike of the minor and major stresses of your lives.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? Is there life before death? No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic. O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. At the mention of the word mace, the guy looked scared and kind of melted back, though the crowd kept him moving forward. I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer. Feeling grateful to or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.