We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility
Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.
It is no longer my moral duty as a human being to achieve an integrated and unitary set of explanations for my thoughts and feelings
When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language
Peace comes from feelings of satisfaction when working with joy, living with hope, loving with abandonment
A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.
In the real world, those of us who are most productive, successful, and satisfied focus not on fixing feelings or manipulating thoughts, but on what needs to be done—and then doing it—no matter what thoughts or feelings arise.
Cowardice and courage are never without a measure of affectation. Nor is love. Feelings are never true. They play with their mirrors
At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal--be it a dog, a bird, or even a mouse--knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.
This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room.
Nine-tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be.
The agony of my feelings allowed me no respite; no incident occurred from which my rage and misery could not extract its food.
It is not enough to demand insight and informative images of reality from the theater. Our theater must stimulate a desire for understanding, a delight in changing reality. Our audience must experience not only the ways to free Prometheus, but be schooled in the very desire to free him. Theater must teach all the pleasures and joys of discovery, all the feelings of triumph associated with liberation.
Each bud flowers but once and each flower has but its minute of perfect beauty; so, in the garden of the soul each feeling has, as it were, its flowering instant, its one and only moment of expansive grace and radiant kingship. Each star passes but once in the night through the meridian over our heads and shines there but an instant; so, in the heaven of the mind each thought touches its zenith but once, and in that moment all its brilliancy and all its greatness culminate. Artist, poet, or thinker, if you want to fix and immortalize your ideas or your feelings, seize them at this precise and fleeting moment, for it is their highest point. Before it, you have but vague outlines or dim presentiments of them. After it you will have only weakened reminiscence or powerless regret; that moment is the moment of your ideal.
When we have 'second thoughts' about something, our first thoughts don't seem like thoughts at all - just feelings.
Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
The business of the dramatist is to keep himself out of sight, and to let nothing appear but his characters. As soon as he attracts notice to his personal feelings, the illusion is broken.
By whatever means it is accomplished, the prime business of a play is to arouse the passions of its audience so that by the route of passion may be opened up new relationships between a man and men, and between men and Man. Drama is akin to the other inventions of man in that it ought to help us to know more and not merely to spend our feelings.
A writer and nothing else: a man alone in a room with the English language, trying to get human feelings right.
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.