The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
The poets were not alone in sanctioning myths, for long before the poets the states and the lawmakers had sanctioned them as a useful expedient. They needed to control the people by superstitious fears, and these cannot be aroused without myths and marvels.
The more decisions that you are forced to make alone, the more you are aware of your freedom to choose.
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.
Oh! love!... That is to be two and to be but one. A man and a woman mingled into one angel. It is heaven.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upwards on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
We live as we dream - alone.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.
Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.
Once you consent to some concession, you can never cancel it and put things back the way they are.
Newspapers should have no friends.
Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.
All film directors, whether famous or obscure, regard themselves as misunderstood or underrated. Because of that, they all lie. They're obliged to overstate their own importance.
The cinema is truth twenty-four times a second.
So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.
For the skeptic there remains only one consolation if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.
All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.
Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
The lover says How beautiful you are, now that you love me.
Hollywood has always been a cage... a cage to catch our dreams.
Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve.
Most gentlemen don't like love, they just like to kick it around.
Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.
They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
Be curious, not judgmental.
Either define the moment or the moment will define you.
Your English style will no doubt put all the other gentlemen to bed. I speak figuratively, of course.
You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times. In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.
Sir Ralph Richardson
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
It is not down in any map, true places never are.
The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people.
Lucille S Harper
You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
As I've gone through life, I've found that your chances for happiness are increased if you wind up doing something that is a reflection of what you loved most when you were somewhere between nine and eleven years old.
Hunger is the best sauce in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes
A book should serve as the ax to break the frozen sea within us
I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cut-throat, competitive world in which I spent my life.
Success is like a liberation or the first phrase of a love story .
Death does determine life. Once life is finished it acquires a sense; up to that point it has not got a sense; its sense is suspended and therefore ambiguous. However, to be sincere I must add that for me death is important only if it is not justified and rationalized by reason. For me death is the maximum of epicness and death.
Pier Paolo Pasolini
When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't either.
Anytime four New Yorkers get into a cab together without arguing, a bank robbery has just taken place.
When Jerry Lewis and I were big, we used to go to parties, and everybody thought I was big-headed and stuck up, and I wasn't. It was because I didn't know how to speak good English, so I used to keep my mouth shut.
Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.
An aim in life is the only fortune worth the finding; and it is not to be found in foreign lands, but in the heart itself.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Every hardship; every joy; every temptation is a challenge of the spirit; that the human soul may prove itself. The great chain of necessity wherewith we are bound has divine significance; and nothing happens which has not some service in working out the sublime destiny of the human soul.
Elias A Ford
You dirty, double-crossing rat.
You want to hear about insanity? I was found running naked through the jungles in Mexico. At the Mexico City airport, I decided I was in the middle of a movie and walked out on the wing on takeoff. My body... my liver... okay, my brain... went.
My movies were the kind they show in prisons and airplanes, because nobody can leave.
Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It's like a conspiracy.
I dress for women and I undress for men.
A point of great importance would be first to know: what is the capacity of the earth? And what charge does it contain if electrified? Though we have no positive evidence of a charged body existing in space without other oppositely electrified bodies being near, there is a fair probability that the earth is such a body, for by whatever process it was separated from other bodies — and this is the accepted view of its origin — it must have retained a charge, as occurs in all processes of mechanical separation.
Perfect knowledge of such things cannot be acquired without divine inspiration, given that all prophetic inspiration derives its initial origin from God Almighty, then from chance and nature. Since all these portents are produced impartially, prophecy comes to pass partly as predicted. For understanding created by the intellect cannot be acquired by means of the occult, only by the aid of the zodiac, bringing forth that small flame by whose light part of the future may be discerned.
or Michel de Nostredame) Nostradamus (Michel de Notredame
We must have the courage to allow a little disorder in our lives.
No TV performance takes such careful preparation as an off-the-cuff talk.
Richard M Nixon
For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.
I've never met a genius. A genius to me is someone who does well at something he hates. Anybody can do well at something he loves
I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried — tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.
I am a cynical optimist. Big opening weekends are like cotton candy. The films you will remember over time are the films that stick in the consciousness of the audience in a good way.
Am I allowed to say I really wanted this?
It's funny, isn't it? How your best friend can just blow up like that?
Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.
Corruption is nature's way of restoring our faith in democracy.