Against Quotes

  • Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.
  • To write our constitution is for the past, the present, and the future to come together all at once in one single motion, in one single heave, one single cry. For we correct the errors of the past and chart a new course for the future, based on the experience of the present.
  • If you lose Heaven, you lose everything; if you gain Heaven, you gain everything.
  • She likes herself, yet others hates, For that which in herself she prizes; And while she laughs at them, forgets She is the thing that she despises.
  • I want people to be ecstatic but to cry at the same time.
  • I've always dreamed of an Olympic medal.
  • The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead.
  • Confession alone is not necessarily good for the soul.
  • In order to win the war on terrorism, we have to win the war of information. Information is so very, very valuable. This is an important tool in gathering up information.
  • The designated driver program, it's not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, drop them off at the wrong house.
  • Mint's business model became, 'We'll go for free, and then we'll find these savings opportunities for you.' You know, better interest rate on your credit cards, when should you consolidate your student loans, when does it mathematically make sense to refinance your mortgage, and Mint figures all that stuff out for you.
  • Even small cults are a serious cost on the world economy, to victims, their families, employers, friends, and credit-card companies.
  • Stories can bring alive the moral universe in a very vivid, useful, engaging way.
  • And I went to New York and died; for 10 years I walked those pavements. I can't think of New York without feeling uncomfortable and feeling like a failure.
  • If I'm shopping at the Gap or Old Navy, I'm saying that I'm an ordinary person: I don't want to be seen; I don't want to stand out. That's a statement. If I'm wearing a leather jacket, there's something about me that's kind of a rebel. So everybody says something, whether they want to or not.
  • Al Gore clearly has the vision... it's a much better vision than that of George W. Bush.
  • I want to get lean and mean, keep it minimalist.
  • In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor.
  • I'm not great at judging a career. Or planning one.
  • Chris Rock is a very funny man.
  • My sisters were going out with artists and poets, and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
  • I am convinced that when the history of international law comes to be written centuries hence, it will be divided into two periods: the first being from the earliest times to the end of the nineteenth century, and the second beginning with the Hague Conference.
  • Obedience is the primary object of all sound education.
  • Turkeys know their names, come when you call, and are totally affectionate. They're better than teenagers.
  • I'd like to get more bit-acting roles. I don't know if my talent would allow for a long dialogue, but I could definitely knock out three lines. I'd kill it.
  • Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.
  • An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything.
  • Stanford did a lot for me, and I've always felt indebted. It was a lenient and productive environment.
  • I studied secondary education.
  • It's great to get to make something in your own voice.
  • One of the reasons I'm on tour is to meet people. I consider it a reconnaissance. You know, I consider myself like in a military operation. I don't feel like a citizen.
  • The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.
  • I went to a rare live Van Dyke show and met him there. And then he came to a show of mine and we spoke back stage. The third time was at Brian Wilson's birthday party.
  • I strongly believe that many of the best decisions are made on gut instinct.
  • Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.
  • Forget about someone's resume or how they present themselves at a party. Can they blog or not? The blog doesn't lie.
  • Our marine terminals are invaluable commerce infrastructure, not only to our country but also for the many foreign manufacturers who sell primarily in the U.S. market.
  • The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded through your own endeavors without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.
  • I'm mad at Hank Aaron for deciding to play one more season. I threw him his last home run and thought I'd be remembered forever. Now, I'll have to throw him another.
  • Waiting and hoping are the whole of life, and as soon as a dream is realized it is destroyed.
  • For me, I really like the human drama embedded in a crime story, and I like the way European films do that.
  • People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.
  • I always say a tremendous amount of healing is in your own hands.
  • I have never stopped playing music.
  • There's nothing better for kids than a bucket and shovel at the beach.
  • Waste no time with revolutions that do not remove the causes of your complaints but simply change the faces of those in charge.
  • I'm just kind of odd. There are dark forces in the world, and if you pay attention to what's going on around you, you end up incorporating it into the storytelling. Maybe it's some aspect of myself that's coming through that people are seeing, that I am in fact a quiet psycho.
  • It's so rare that I get to do something in my own accent in my own hometown.