Quotes

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

I was at the end of the studio system so when I walked into movies, I had a magnificent suite in which I had a living room and a kitchen and a complete makeup room. I had everything just for me. With the independents, you’re kind of roughing it, literally.

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.

Fear of failure must never be a reason not to try something.

The beauty of ‘The Walking Dead’ and the beauty of being on a television show for a while, is that, it’s your backstory, it’s part of what you are, it’s what you carry with you every day.

The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without growing weary.

We are used to female writers who use their private lives as unmitigated material being somewhat hormonal this somehow ‘excuses’ what might be seen as a highly unfeminine ability to turn their personal upsets into money.

Our faith comes in moments our vice is habitual.

The assumption that nature is all there is, and that nature has been governed by the same rules at all times and places, makes it possible for natural science to be confident that it can explain such things as how life began.

Adam does most of the work when it comes to videos and he basically does the same as I do with the lyrics. The videos are his visual interpretations of our music.

Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.

I never think it’s right to chew gum in front of other people, but a lot of times I’ll come in for a meeting chewing gum and I’ll forget I’m chewing it. Then you don’t want to swallow it because it stays in your system for seven years or something, so I’ve asked to throw it away. I’ve started to wonder if that’s why I didn’t get certain movies.

Love shouldn’t be about jealousy or anything like that. It should be about commitment and being able to trust that person. If you can’t have that from the get-go, there’s a problem.

I miss my family, and I like being a tourist when I go back.

If one of my boys was asking me if they should go into politics, I’d say there’s only one reason to go into public life and that’s to help people.

I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.

I made a very conscious effort to finish ‘The Cypress House’ before ‘So Cold the River’ launched, because I thought that would help build a buffer between my writing and any impact that came from either the success or the failure of that first book.

Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.

I thought about how we need to make children feel that there are times in their lives when they need to be alone and quiet and to be able to accept their aloneness.

I think humor is important for all of us, and a great comedian is a great treasure.

To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.

An attitude to life which seeks fulfillment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth – in short, materialism – does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited.

I’d love to act more. I’ve had to turn down multiple movies because I was on tour, but it’s encouraging to know that someday there might be the right role, the right timing. And I’ve been writing a lot of music, so hopefully very soon I’ll have recorded a project of my own. I also want to get a boat and open a restaurant.

Profit is the most global aspect of a business, and it is cross-functional.

It’s great that New York has large spaces for art. But the enormous immaculate box has become a dated, even oppressive place. Many of these spaces were designed for sprawling installations, large paintings, and the Relational Aesthetics work of the past fifteen years.

If, then, faith widens the connections, it elevates the man.

I hate vacations. If you can build buildings, why sit on the beach?

It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.

Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can’t imagine ourselves living without.

Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.

It’s continuously humbling to work hard, you know? As long as you’ve got a good work ethic and a sense of humor, I don’t think anybody can become too much of an egoist under those circumstances.

I think one of the most pervasive evils in this world is greed and acquiring money for money’s sake. Once you have six houses and a plane, it’s just about a number. It’s never been anything I understood.

But in the end, in the end one is alone. We are all of us alone. I mean I’m told these days we have to consider ourselves as being in society… but in the end one knows one is alone, that one lives at the heart of a solitude.

A lot of parents never speak to their transgender kids again that’s not the case in my family.

It was a secular cathedral, dedicated to the rites of travel.

Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do.

There is in true beauty, as in courage, something which narrow souls cannot dare to admire.

But then I’m one of those guys that is still a bit afraid of the telephone, its implications for conversation. I still wonder if the jukebox might be the death of live music.

I think we have become obsessed with beauty and personally I’m really saddened by the way women mutilate their faces today in search of that.

Later, my father died up in Marysville. So, my mother and I got in the car and came down to Hollywood.

I think if there’s any difference between me and a traditional CEO, it’s that I’ve been unwilling to change myself or shape my personality around what’s expected.

Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.

Know how to garnish food so that it is more appealing to the eye and even more flavorful than before.

I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.

Plant thy foot firmly in the prints which His foot has made before thee.

Peace comes when you talk to the guy you most hate. And that’s where the courage of a leader comes, because when you sit down with your enemy, you as a leader must already have very considerable confidence from your own constituency.

I mean, anything that money can be made off will never be a problem to make, no matter what it is.

For me working on the marriage and not making the easy choice of cheating was something that I could not do.

When I started writing full time I had not long stopped being a teacher and when at last I had a full day to write, I would put music on and wonder to myself – am I allowed to do this? Then I thought: ‘I am control of this and no one is telling me what I can do.’

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

I’d go down to the end of my street, to a garage that had a certain feeling about it, or a particular light I’d take a picture of a friend who needed a head shot. That’s how I learned, instead of having school assignments and learning camera techniques.