As a culture, we are not comfortable with mortality. We do not accept it the way other cultures do. We cling to youth, and we don't want to die. It's like, 'Well, too bad, we do.'
J. G. Ballard
The more you try to pin a word down, the more you realize that it has its own cape, sword and little hat.
Roy Blount, Jr.
The passionate controversies of one era are viewed as sterile preoccupations by another, for knowledge alters what we seek as well as what we find.
Cotton is my life.
The Moon and Mars were the two most likely candidates for life in the solar system; what exists beyond our solar system is mere guesswork.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
From every ancient source, we have testimony to Cleopatra's irresistible charm, as Plutarch has it, to her ability to speak many languages including, as he puts it, the language of flattery and essentially, to be able to turn people to her will - really a great political genius, in that respect.
Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness.
When you start out on a project as an actor, you know, you approach the character from the standpoint of maybe writing a list - even if it's a mental list that you make - of the adjectives that the character has or that character possesses.
Women will change the corporation more than we expect.
Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies.
The ineffable joy of forgiving and being forgiven forms an ecstasy that might well arouse the envy of the gods.
One forges one's style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.
There's nothing nicer than coming back to your village, where people like my mum's friends take the mick out of me. I prefer that to the craziness of Hollywood.
The number of stressors has multiplied exponentially: traffic, money, success, work/life balance, the economy, the environment, parenting, family conflict, relationships, disease. As the nature of human life has become far more complicated, our ancient stress response hasn't been able to keep up.
Email helps me keep in touch with my family. I wouldn't know what my extended family was doing every day if we weren't emailing each other.
Happiness does not consist in self-love.
Another cause of change, one less noticeable but fundamental, is the modern growth of population closely connected with scientific and medical discoveries. It is interesting that the United Nations has set up a special Commission to study this question.
Emily Greene Balch
If you're going to be an entertainer, entertain thoroughly. If you're going to make a scary movie, scare people well.
That taught me one lesson which is that you're naive to believe that bands can change the world. Bands are very naive to think that just if their audience thinks that they can change the world, that they can. That was quite a lesson for my career, really.