I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion.
Given a choice between grief and nothing, I'd choose grief.
The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow.
People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance.
A gentleman can live through anything.
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.
Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.
Our tragedy is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it... the basest of all things is to be afraid.
Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.
Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain
The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies.