This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.
Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949
America, for me, has been the pursuit and catching of happiness.
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.
America is great because it has as much diversity in geographies as it does in peoples.
America is God’s crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming!… The real American has not yet arrived. He is only in the crucible, I tell you – he will be the fusion of all races.
America is a nation with many flaws, but hopes so vast that only the cowardly would refuse to acknowledge them.
When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.
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Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
By the work one knows the workman.
Jean de La Fontaine
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher
On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable.
One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
Honore de Balzac
One was never married, and that’s his hell; another is, and that’s his plague.
Only choose in marriage a man whom you would choose as a friend if he were a woman.
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows – marriage does.
Protecting the institution of marriage safeguards, I believe, the American family.
Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.
She’s been married so many times she has rice marks on her face.
Loss is not without its curious advantages for the artist. Major traumatic breaks are pretty common in the biographies of artists I respect.
There is a strong feeling in favour of cowardly and prudential proverbs. The sentiments of a man while he is full of ardour and hope are to be received, it is supposed, with some qualification. But when the same person has ignominiously failed and begins to eat up his words, he should be listened to like an oracle. Most of our pocket wisdom is conceived for the use of mediocre people, to discourage them from ambitious attempts, and generally console them in their mediocrity. And since mediocre people constitute the bulk of humanity, this is no doubt very properly so. But it does not follow that the one sort of proposition is any less true than the other, or that Icarus is not to be more praised, and perhaps more envied, than Mr. Samuel Budgett the Successful Merchant. The one is dead, to be sure, while the other is still in his counting-house counting out his money; and doubtless this is a consideration. But we have, on the other hand, some bold and magnanimous sayings common to high races and natures, which set forth the advantage of the losing side, and proclaim it better to be a dead lion than a living dog. It is difficult to fancy how the mediocrities reconcile such sayings with their proverbs. According to the latter, every lad who goes to sea is an egregious ass; never to forget your umbrella through a long life would seem a higher and wiser flight of achievement than to go smiling to the stake; and so long as you are a bit of a coward and inflexible in money matters, you fulfil the whole duty of man.
Property, whose original is from the right a man has to use any of the inferior creatures, for the subsistence and comfort of his life, is for the benefit and sole advantage of the proprietor.
If someone puts up the argument that King Louis gave the Romagna to Pope Alexander, and the kingdom of Naples to Spain, in order to avoid a war, I would answer as I did before: that you should never let things get out of hand in order to avoid war. You don’t avoid such a war, you merely postpone it, to your own disadvantage.
Not to be deficient in this particular, the author has provided himself with a moral, – the truth, namely, that the wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones, and, divesting itself of every temporary advantage, becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief; and he would feel it a singular gratification if this romance might effectually convince mankind – or, indeed, any one man – of the folly of tumbling down an avalanche of ill-gotten gold, or real estate, on the heads of an unfortunate posterity, thereby to maim and crush them, until the accumulated mass shall be scattered abroad in its original atoms. In good faith, however, he is not sufficiently imaginative to flatter himself with the slightest hope of this kind.
The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don’t just go away, they are only postponed to someone else’s advantage. Therefore, they made war with Philip and Antiochus in Greece, in order not to have to fight them in Italy… They never went by that saying which you constantly hear from the wiseacres of our day, that time heals all things. They trusted rather their own character and prudence- knowing perfectly well that time contains the seeds of all things, good as well as bad.
You don’t avoid such a war, you merely postpone it, to your own disadvantage.
It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek…. Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.
Resign, v. – To renounce an honor for an advantage. To renounce an advantage for a greater advantage.
The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)
Politics, n. – A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
The Devil’s Dictionary (1911)
I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
Defending our nation is just the beginning of our challenge. My third goal is to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity – given few nations in history – to extend the current peace into the far realm of the future. A chance to project America’s peaceful influence, not just across the world, but across the years.