Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own.
If there was an observer on Mars, they would probably be amazed that we have survived this long.
There is a vast world of work out there in this country, where at least 111 million people are employed in this country alone - many of whom are bored out of their minds. All day long.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
What matters is this: Being fearless of failure arms you to break the rules. In doing so, you may change the culture and just possibly, for a moment, change life itself.
I'm surrounded by nothing but great people. I've been blessed with that, so really, I've got no choice but to be an all-around good person.
Down on your knees, and thank heaven, fasting, for a good man's love.
Marriage is nature's way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.
I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.
The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
Affliction comes to us, not to make us sad but sober not to make us sorry but wise.
You can't be in politics unless you can walk in a room and know in a minute who's for you and who's against you.
Kindness goes a long ways lots of times when it ought to stay at home.
I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
No government fights fascism to destroy it. When the bourgeoisie sees that power is slipping out of its hands, it brings up fascism to hold onto their privileges.
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.
Life is a series of collisions with the future it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Work, look for peace and calm in work: you will find it nowhere else.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do.
Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.
Love is a portion of the soul itself, and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of paradise.
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.
Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government.
Always fall in with what you're asked to accept. Take what is given, and make it over your way. My aim in life has always been to hold my own with whatever's going. Not against: with.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Heroes are those who can somehow resist the power of the situation and act out of noble motives, or behave in ways that do not demean others when they easily can.
Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
That sense of failure, I don't know where people put it who don't write songs and aren't able to emote physically. It must go somewhere.
The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background, is that we all believe we are above-average drivers.
It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
At the bottom of not a little of the bravery that appears in the world, there lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they have not the courage to face public opinion.
I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.
I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known.
You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education all politics can do is keep us out of war.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.
Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
Go up close to your friend, but do not go over to him! We should also respect the enemy in our friend.
Water is the driving force of all nature.
If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
One of the evils of money is that it tempts us to look at it rather than at the things that it buys.
Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you?'
In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
Forgiveness is a funny thing. It warms the heart and cools the sting.
She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.
How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
A wonderful emotion to get things moving when one is stuck is anger. It was anger more than anything else that had set me off, roused me into productivity and creativity.
A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.
Many intelligence reports in war are contradictory even more are false, and most are uncertain.
I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.
Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.
From principles is derived probability, but truth or certainty is obtained only from facts.
Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication.
Give me liberty or give me death.
Too much of a good thing can be taxing.
Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.
Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.
And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
Those who won our independence... valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave, cries, 'Give, give.'
Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time.
Few people even scratch the surface, much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
To live for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
Doing linear scans over an associative array is like trying to club someone to death with a loaded Uzi.
Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.
The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
Humility is truth.
The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth.'
Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry.
It doesn't matter about money having it, not having it. Or having clothes, or not having them. You're still left alone with yourself in the end.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
The most effective way to do it, is to do it.
I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
The power of imagination makes us infinite.
Success is a science if you have the conditions, you get the result.
Anything that gets your heart racing is probably worth doing.
God will forgive me. It's his job.
The truth doesn't hurt unless it ought to.
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
The doer alone learneth.
It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
Y'know, you can't please all the people all the time... and last night, all those people were at my show.
Americans are in a cycle of fear which leads to people not wanting to spend and not wanting to make investments, and that leads to more fear. We'll break out of it. It takes time.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
There's no evidence whatsoever that men are more rational than women. Both sexes seem to be equally irrational.
It is difficult to discriminate the voice of truth from amid the clamor raised by heated partisans.
What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
I went to a football school, which meant that I went to a university that served up education and was simultaneously operating a sports franchise.
A country like Belgium, or socialist countries in central Europe spend more money on art education than the United States, which is a really puzzling thought.
People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
There is nothing in life but what one thinks of it.
Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Piecemeal social engineering resembles physical engineering in regarding the ends as beyond the province of technology.
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit.
Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other.
Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.
The heart never grows better by age I fear rather worse, always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.
All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.
Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
Recommend to your children virtue that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength.
When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration.
Design is about point of view, and there should be some sort of woman or lifestyle or attitude in one's head as a designer.
The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.
I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.
Dear God! how beauty varies in nature and art. In a woman the flesh must be like marble in a statue the marble must be like flesh.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.
One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches.
That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding.
Many believe - and I believe - that I have been designated for this work by God. In spite of my old age, I do not want to give it up I work out of love for God and I put all my hope in Him.
It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had the individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions.
Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.
Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who'll argue with you.
I'm a romantic a sentimental person thinks things will last, a romantic person hopes against hope that they won't.
Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.
Perhaps the surest test of an individual's integrity is his refusal to do or say anything that would damage his self-respect.
A hard man is good to find.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
For love would be love of the wrong thing there is yet faith, But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity These are its sign and note and character.
There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
The purpose of all wars, is peace.
I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say 'What are you doing here? You haven't worked a day in your life!'
Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice.
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too.
My wife and I have so much fun when we travel and find anything... like stray cats and squirrels.
I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
Failure has gone to his head.
The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.
Change is not merely necessary to life - it is life.
It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
Style used to be an interaction between the human soul and tools that were limiting. In the digital era, it will have to come from the soul alone.
All oppression creates a state of war.
I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live.
A good garden may have some weeds.
For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver.
Homesickness is nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time.
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
You never stop learning. If you have a teacher, you never stop being a student.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.
The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.
Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.
If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.
You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
I busted a mirror and got seven years bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five.
I am concerned for the security of our great Nation not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love - first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives.
Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.
Our character is not so much the product of race and heredity as of those circumstances by which nature forms our habits, by which we are nurtured and live.
The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Exuberance is beauty.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.
The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers.
Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.
I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.
He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grave.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Thunder is good, thunder is impressive but it is lightning that does the work.
Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature.
Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
The test of civilization is its estimate of women.
Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
There can be no failure to a man who has not lost his courage, his character, his self respect, or his self-confidence. He is still a King.
A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
Things past redress are now with me past care.
I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.
The best thing about giving of ourselves is that what we get is always better than what we give. The reaction is greater than the action.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature and the error is ineradicable.
I like a woman with a head on her shoulders. I hate necks.
Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
The savior who wants to turn men into angels is as much a hater of human nature as the totalitarian despot who wants to turn them into puppets.
The research rat of the future allows experimentation without manipulation of the real world. This is the cutting edge of modeling technology.
Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.
Communication works for those who work at it.
At best the family teaches the finest things human beings can learn from one another generosity and love. But it is also, all too often, where we learn nasty things like hate, rage and shame.
Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
Anoint, v.: To grease a king or other great functionary already sufficiently slippery.
Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.
When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.
It is strange that the years teach us patience that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
Sadness is also a kind of defence.
The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.
I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.
He who devotes sixteen hours a day to hard study may become at sixty as wise as he thought himself at twenty.
I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
You know there is a problem with the education system when you realize that out of the 3 R's only one begins with an R.