Archives - August 2005
August 1, 2005
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
August 2, 2005
We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.
August 3, 2005
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
August 4, 2005
A strong egoism is a protection against disease, but in the last resort we must begin to love in order that we may not fall ill, and must fall ill if, in consequence of frustration, we cannot love.
August 5, 2005
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.
August 6, 2005
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
August 7, 2005
The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
August 8, 2005
I said to myself, I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me --- shapes and ideas so near to me --- so natural to my way of being and thinking that it hasn't occurred to me to put them down. I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught.
August 9, 2005
Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
August 10, 2005
A cynic is just a man who found out when he was about ten that there wasn't any Santa Claus, and he's still upset.
August 11, 2005
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
August 12, 2005
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
August 13, 2005
Where love rules, there is no will to power and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
August 14, 2005
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?
August 15, 2005
The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
August 16, 2005
A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.
August 17, 2005
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
August 18, 2005
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.
August 19, 2005
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
August 20, 2005
This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
August 21, 2005
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.
August 22, 2005
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them, and you have their shoes.
August 23, 2005
There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere...
August 24, 2005
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
August 25, 2005
What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.
August 26, 2005
I always knew looking back on my tears would bring me laughter, but I never knew looking back on my laughter would make me cry.
August 27, 2005
Unless you're ashamed of yourself now and then, you're not honest.
August 28, 2005
It is easier to be critical than correct.
August 29, 2005
Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
August 30, 2005
Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so slightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.
August 31, 2005
Never judge a work of art by its defects.