The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one. To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers. The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier. Go through your phone book, call people and ask them to drive you to the airport. The ones who will drive you are your true friends. The rest aren't bad people; they're just acquaintances. You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait. It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours.
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches. If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it; there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that. I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. Sorrow was like the wind. It came in gusts. Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. It is wonderful how quickly you get used to things, even the most astonishing.
The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated. All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. You need only claim the event of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality. You can go a long way with bad legs and a good head. Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
I used to believe that marriage would diminish me, reduce my options. That you had to be someone less to live with someone else when, of course, you have to be someone more. Good taste is the enemy of comedy. I don't like composers who think. It gets in the way of their plagiarism. I looked up and saw a bunch of military-looking guys in coveralls, holding big, bulky rifles and wearing hooded gas masks with tinted face-plates. Because we don't think about future generations, they will never forget us. At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote. My home is not a place, it is people.
Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful. If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all. People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news. History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. Van was screaming something and Jolu was shouting and I looked at them for a second and that was when someone put a coarse. See things as they are and write about them. Don?t waste your creative energy trying to make things up. Even if you are writing fiction, write the things you see and know.
I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure. Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. The crowd gives the leader new strength. I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
I'd never really believed in terrorists before. Reality is nothing but a collective hunch. The undertaking of a new action brings new strength. 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. Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do. Late to bed and late to wake will keep you long on money and short on mistakes. People fail forward to success.
You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand? He had learned over the years that poor people did not feel so poor when allowed to give occasionally. That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment. I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. The transfer is not paying off. Sure, muscles are unreliable, but they represent several million years of accumulated finesse. There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.' Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. Students achieving Oneness will move on to Twoness. In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours. He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave. Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath. You cannot make a man by standing a sheep on its hind legs. But by standing a flock of sheep in that position you can make a crowd of men. Look at all the sentences which seem true and question them. Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. There were millions of ways that the world could kill me. We bear the world and we make it... There was never a great man who had not a great mother - it is hardly an exaggeration.
One thing I've learned in all these years is not to make love when you really don't feel it; there's probably nothing worse you can do to yourself than that. When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote. We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought. Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. So quick and so fiercely I barely had time to gasp before it was locked on me.
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child. Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. They weren't wearing insignia. Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? We inhereit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted... Each of us contains within... this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages, containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promise. Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.
The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people. He who boasts of his ancestry is praising the deeds of another. Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. There is nothing more demoralizing than a small but adequate income. By learning to discover and value our ordinariness, we nurture a friendliness toward ourselves and the world that is the essence of a healthy soul.
Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise. When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. As I neared her, I bent to help her up, and was nearly knocked over her. Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist. All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.
My head rang like a gong. The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility. I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter. The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath. That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely. To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.