A collection of favorite quotes and personal insights
"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."
"At the opera in Milan with my daughter and me, Needleman leaned out of his box and fell into the orchestra pit. Too proud to admit it was a mistake, he attended the opera every night for a month and repeated it each time."
"A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."
"In the name of diversity we are being asked to accept perversity."
"Our culture must succumb to the culture of Christ."
"Never give a sword to a man who can't dance."
"We cannot break the Ten Commandments; we can only break ourselves against them."
-Cecille B. DeMille
"Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks."
-Roger Ebert (taken from his review of "Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo".)
"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure."
-Thomas Alva Edison
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
"Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labour in freedom."
"If you want to catch a butterfly, don't run around chasing it; stay where you are and it will find you."
-Vaughn J. Featherstone
"Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist, but the ability to start over."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
"We choose the thoughts we allow ourselves to think, the passions we allow ourselves to feel
"We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love."
"The reason Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins is because they have eaten nothing
but fish and rice for 2,000 years. If we eat McDonald¹s hamburgers and potatoes for a thousand years
we will become taller, our skin become white and our hair blond."
-Den Fujita, McDonalds Japan Pres.
"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."
"If I want your opinion, I'll give it to you."
"Good luck is when preparation meets opportunity."
-qtd. by Brad Hatch
"If this be treason, then let us make the most of it."
"Drama is life with the dull bits cut out."
"The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
"Tribulation is the paintbrush the Lord uses to create a masterpiece on the canvas of our lives."
"One great cause of failure is lack of concentration."
"Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys." (from "The Screwtape Letters")
"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible Gods and Goddesses."
"In my experience, there is no such thing as 'luck.'"
"Don't worry about the horse being blind; just load the wagon."
"Writer's block is a fancy term made up by whiner's as an excuse to drink alcohol."
"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
-Julius "Groucho" Marx
"Fasten your seatbelts and hold on to your principles."
-Neal Maxwell (General Conference, April 2004)
"A fella I know once stripped off all his clothes and jumped in a whole mess 'o cactus. When they ask him why, you know what he said? 'It seemed like a good idea at the time.'"
-Steve McQueen ("The Magnificent Seven")
Four Propositions in Defense of Free Expression
"An opinion may contain truth. Silencing the opinion may silence the truth."
"There may be a particle of truth within a wrong opinion. Silencing the opinion may silence the truth."
"Even if an accepted opinion is the truth, the public tends to hold it, not on rational grounds, but as a prejudice, unless forced to defend it."
"A commonly held opinion loses its vitality and its effect on conduct and character if it is not contested from time to time."
-John Stuart Mill, 1859
"Tragedy plus time equals comedy"
"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."
"I had never expected that the China initiative would come to fruition in the form of a Ping-Pong team."
-Richard Milhouse Nixon
"A fanatic is one who has lost sight of his goal and redoubled his efforts to get there."
-Dallin H. Oaks
"Learn to walk to the edge of the light. Then, a few steps into the darkness, the light will appear."
-Boyd K. Packer
"Don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff."
"This fellow's wise enough to play the fool, And to do that well craves a kind of wit."
"You see things that are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask why not."
-George Bernard Shaw
"Sometimes one must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been."
"The internet is just a world passing around notes in a classroom."
"You must learn to love the things you have to do."
"Life is a crash course in Godhood."
"Pray believing not only that God can answer you, but that he will answer you."
"Acknowledging to the Lord that you 'can't do it yourself' is not enough to do the trick. One must also acknowledge that you can do it with the Lord's help. One expresses defeat; the other hope."
"Don't make it complicated for the sake of making it complicated. Only make it complicated if that's the only way it will work."
"The concept of 'enduring to the end' is applied to the ends of building habit and character. These attributes cannot be developed if we are focused on a short period of time in which to follow a principle. We must follow it with the intent of ingraining the practice in ourselves permanently."
"Heroism lies not in accomplishing all of your lofty goals; it is what you become in the process of striving for them."
On the difference between virginity and virtue: "Once you get your certificate in hand, you can keep your virtue and still do what you want to do."
Mark Twain's Theory of Cornpone Opinions: "A man typically will not hold to opinions that conflict with what or whomever provides his bread and butter (livelihood)."
"Most think (public opinion) is the voice of God Himself."
"A man walking down the street holding a black cat by the tail whirling it over his head is going to have a lot more experience than the man sitting at home doing nothing."
"The ideal satirist keeps one eye on society's foibles, and another eye on it's potential."
"An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree, eating acorns but never looking up to see where they came from."
"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion... I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
"High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of."
"If the questions don't make sense, neither will the answers."
"The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn."
"Whenever I start to turn my head and look at something, and the pain comes, I keep turning my head anyway, because I know I am going to see something I'm not supposed to see."
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
"The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow."
-H G Wells
"Impatience is a repudiation of the omniscience of God. You never know when Peter is going to come (and release you from your trial)."
"Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible."