Quotes

It was also my idea that the advisory committees of the Academy should replace the legal committees of the German Reichstag, which was gradually fading into the background in the Reich.

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.

You’ve got to honor your relationship with your audience – that they sit down because they want to be entertained. And that doesn’t mean you can’t provoke them and antagonize them and challenge them in the course of the entertainment as long as you keep the entertainment part of the equation alive.

There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself in no wise hath she need of an author.

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.

Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.

I’m always trying to perfect the romantic comedy, though.

I try to give people a different way of looking at their surroundings. That’s art to me.

In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change.

Fresh air is good if you do not take too much of it most of the achievements and pleasures of life are in bad air.

Every cliche about kids is true they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.

Much of today’s public anxiety about science is the apprehension that we may forever be overlooking the whole by an endless, obsessive preoccupation with the parts.

A man of knowledge chooses a path with a heart and follows it and then he looks and rejoices and laughs and then he sees and knows.

Whoever incites anger has a strong insurance against indifference.

The truth is, I wrote a novel when I was 23. It’s hideously bad. Truly rotten.

I try to cope with everything through humor.

Can someone within that society walk into the town square and say what they want without fear of being punished for his or her views? If so, then that society is a free society. If not, it is a fear society.

Politically, the world is so confused right now – there’s so much suffering caused by various movements by various parties and people in power in government.

With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child’s problems will never be important enough for a television movie.

The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation, but we haven’t gotten there yet.

Thank goodness I had a great family growing up, a great foundation. But I will say my faith, my parents, my family, all that stuff is very, very important. And I’ll say that until the day I die.

I could have made a fortune in cheeseburgers, but I finally chose politics.

If Bush, as I believe, has reliable information on the fact that Saddam Hussein is making weapons of mass destruction, I cannot not support the policies of his government.

For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.

Our pets rely on us entirely for their nutrition. So if you’re making your own judgments, that could lead to a mistake. At the same time, we have more control over our pet’s diet than we do with our children or with ourselves, so your vet can tell you what is appropriate for your dog and you can assign them that.

I’ve sort of escaped my background, as people often do, through art and culture.

A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

There really are three types of ‘religious’ movies: the ones that make fun of it, the ones that vilify it and the ones that literally preach to the converted.

I’m a big sports fan. Football. Cricket.

The government’s view is that the best time to announce bad news, news that it doesn’t want the public to dwell on is late on a Friday, when it will wind up in the Saturday papers, which if you were readers, then the week day editions. A holiday weekend is even better.

I’m so positive.

I never really studied business in school. I kind of wish I had, but how boring is that?

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.

For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history.

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.

Inside every working anarchy, there’s an Old Boy Network.

I’d like to one day be featured on a list of inspirational people who have made a difference in the world, whether it be helping underprivileged people or putting an end to the poaching of wildlife in Africa.

As I watched bookstores close, I began to wonder how that felt for the owners. Owning a bookstore was their dream and now they’re struggling and seeing those dreams fall apart.

Trust not yourself, but your defects to know, make use of every friend and every foe.

I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers.

My marriage had been impulsive. That marriage should have been short-lived instead of the 23 years it spanned.

People who read poetry, for example, like the feel, the heft and the smell of a book.

I hope we will not so characterize religious people as being so narrow and so biased towards people not of their own religion that they cannot even work with them in this common cause to which you say they are committed.

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.

I’ve had enough boyfriends and enough issues. I’d seen enough train wrecks.

Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.

Now I’m a wife and a mother of two. It’s a really different role. I always referred to No Doubt as a marriage, because that’s what it’s like to be together for so long and go through what we’ve been through. I can’t really have that relationship with them anymore.

And it is easy to believe you are not good enough if you listen to everybody else.

In France, we don’t yet have the craft that American TV does or big studios like Paramount. It was so cool going through those famous gates when you have your own little pass and picture on it. Woo hoo, I’m going to work!

I hope that seeing the excitement of solving this problem will make young mathematicians realize that there are lots and lots of other problems in mathematics which are going to be just as challenging in the future.

On ‘Van Halen,’ I was a young punk, and everything revolved around the fastest kid in town, gunslinger attitude. But I’d say that at the time of ‘Fair Warning,’ I started concentrating more on songwriting. But I guess in most people’s minds I’m just a gunslinger.