Human dignity consists in the role we must play in our own perfection. Taking a role in our own self-completion is the highest expression of our creativity.
Don?t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.
I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like.
How long should you try? Until.
You say I started out with practically nothing, but that isn't correct. We all start with all there is, it's how we use it that makes things possible.
Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.
When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.
I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities -- always see them, for they're always there.
Duty does not require any person to submit to the destruction of his personal ambitions and the right to live his own life in his own way.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
I will never be by violence constrained to do anything.
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.