Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.
Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.
Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.
Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.
Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.
A mother takes twenty years to make a man of her boy, and another woman makes a fool of him in twenty minutes.
If man limits himself to a satisfied animal existence, and asks from life only what such an existence can give, the higher values of life at once disappear.
I don't mind living in a man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it.
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.
We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don't. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.
Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.
We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.
The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.
That's the trouble with the world. We all despise ourselves.
Last year I sang for the Queen of England, met the president of the United States, and got an Emmy and a star on The Walk of Fame. And what did I do? I was just being myself.
Life's a journey, not a destination.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those that got there first.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.