Saturday, April 5, 2014
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
Oscar Wilde 1884-1898
“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of it’s good fortune”
Theodore Roosevelt 1858 – 1919
“You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.”
“A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.”
“There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering--a hell of boredom. ”
“To die for lack of love is horrible. The asphyxia of the soul.”
“Are you afraid of the good you might do?”
“Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves.”
“There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”
“For there are many great deeds done in the small struggles of life.”
“I was dying before you came into my life.”
“Whether true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and particularly on their destinies, as what they do.”
“Yes, the brutalities of progress are called revolutions”
“A smile is the same as sunshine; it banishes winter from the human countenance.”
“Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy. ”“To destroy abuses is not enough; Habits must also be changed. The windmill has gone, but the wind is still there."
“To lie a little is not possible: he who lies, lies the whole lie.”
“There is neither a foreign war nor a civil war; there is only just and unjust war.”
Friday, April 4, 2014
“I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.”
“I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw — the sky. I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and said to myself, what the hell am I grabbing this for? Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am! Why can't I say that, Willy?”
“I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person.”
“Will you let me go for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?”
“See, Biff, everybody around me is so false that I'm constantly lowering my ideals...”
“It's a measly manner of existence. To get on that subway on the hot mornings in summer. To devote your whole life to keeping stock, or making phone calls, or selling or buying. To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. And still-that's how you build a future.”
By Arthur Miller-Playright
Actor, Anthony Hopkins, 76, talking about the film Noah in which he appears in:
"I'm not wise, I don't know anything. I'm like Plato or Socrates - I know nothing. And I'm happier that way.
I don't watch the news, I don't read stuff. They say there's controversy about the film - it's none of my business.
"People say 'What are you going to do next?' I say, I don't know, I'm going to have a cup of tea. I don't go on beyond today, I don't care. I'm indifferent to it.
People say, 'Are you excited about this film?' I say 'Hmm, yeah,' just to show some kind of enthusiasm.
But basically this is it, this is who I am. And I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky they still employ me.
And I've had a great life, I've had a wonderful life, but I can't take any of it seriously.