Quotes and Sayings about Self



"There are times in my life when I just want to be by myself."
- Aaliyah
(Related: Life, Want)

"I think it's important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. I want longevity. I don't want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin."
- Aaliyah
(Related: People, Chance, Eye, Longevity, Public, Want)

"I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original."
- Aaliyah
(Related: Style)

"I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing."
- Aaliyah
"I had never really pictured myself working in children's ministries. I always figured I would be more comfortable with maybe teens or adult ministries."
- Willie Aames
(Related: Children)

"I'm hoping someday that some kid, black or white, will hit more home runs than myself. Whoever it is, I'd be pulling for him."
- Hank Aaron
(Related: Home, Will)

"Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic."
- Nicola Abbagnano
(Related: Fallibility, Logic, Reason)

"We always have hoped that American diplomacy deploys itself in dialogue and persuasion rather than by ultimatums. That is the path we want in international relations."
- Mahmoud Abbas
(Related: American, Diplomacy, Persuasion, Want)

"I can certainly put myself in Israel's shoes. They are humans just like we are. They want peace and security inside their borders."
- Mahmoud Abbas
(Related: Peace, Israel, Security, Want)

"For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant!"
- Edward Abbey
(Related: Flowers)

"That which today calls itself science gives us more and more information, and indigestible glut of information, and less and less understanding."
- Edward Abbey
(Related: Science, Information, Today, Understanding)

"It took me about 12 years to reach my million-word mark. The challenge now is to continue to challenge myself."
- Lynn Abbey
(Related: Challenge, Now, Years)

"Photography can never grow up if it imitates some other medium. It has to walk alone; it has to be itself."
- Berenice Abbott
(Related: Photography)

"You can't defend the indefensible - anything you say sounds self-serving and hypocritical."
- Diane Abbott
(Related: Self)

"Everyone is your best friend when you are successful. Make sure that the people that you surround yourself with are also the people that you are not afraid of failing with."
- Paula Abdul
(Related: People, Successful, Friend)

"Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Related: College, Magic, Play)

"You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go... Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body."
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Related: Soul, Body, Emotions, Forget, Play)

"That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Poetry, Invention, Needs)

"Epic poetry exhibits life in some great symbolic attitude. It cannot strictly be said to symbolize life itself, but always some manner of life."
- Lascelles Abercrombie
(Related: Life, Poetry, Attitude)

"In other words, for every 10 enemy you kill you bring on 20 new recruits to their anti-coalition cause then essentially you are working against yourself."
- John Abizaid
(Related: Cause, Enemy, Words)

"With Shakespeare and poetry, a new world was born. New dreams, new desires, a self consciousness was born. I desired to know to know myself in terms of the new standards set by these books."
- Peter Abrahams
(Related: Dreams, Poetry, Books, Consciousness, Self, Shakespeare, World)

"I'm a small and normal girl, and stories like mine no one likes to tell. Fortunately so, because I wouldn't like to play myself."
- Victoria Abril
(Related: Play)

"A man who makes trouble for others is also making trouble for himself."
- Chinua Achebe
(Related: Man, Trouble)

"Art is man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him."
- Chinua Achebe
(Related: Art, Effort, Man, Order, Reality)

"Washington is like a self-sealing tank on a military aircraft. When a bullet passes through, it closes up."
- Dean Acheson
(Related: Military, Self, Washington)

"I just thought it was unconscionable for the Congress to insert itself into this debate. We are particularly unqualified to make that decision and to intrude ourselves into the lives of this family."
- Gary Ackerman
(Related: Family, Thought, Decision, Congress, Debate)

"I consider myself a non-denominational Christian. I grew up in a Bible church and still hold those beliefs very close to me."
- Jensen Ackles
(Related: Christian, Church, Bible, Beliefs)

"My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn't something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job."
- Jensen Ackles
(Related: Father, Actor, Job, Months, School, Theater)

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end."
- Lord Acton
(Related: End, Liberty)

"I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life - my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards."
- Amy Adams
(Related: Happiness, Life, Family, Success, Awards, Friends)

"As an actress people always tease me like: if there's anything you can do to make yourself unattractive you will do it."
- Amy Adams
(Related: People, Will)

"I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I'd seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it."
- Bryan Adams
(Related: Time, Police, Trouble)

"I only write music for myself, I don't try and appeal to anyone else."
- Bryan Adams
(Related: Music)

"The knack of flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Flying, Learning)

"Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."
- Douglas Adams
(Related: Flying, Learning)

"There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others."
- George Matthew Adams
(Related: Man)

"Your determination, selflessness and courage have brought the freedom struggle towards its fulfilment."
- Gerry Adams
(Related: Courage, Determination, Freedom, Struggle)

"The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Men, Power, Effect, Killing, Publicity, Self)

"Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Absence, Liberty, Responsibility, Restraint)

"Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Taste)

"No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Faith, Intelligence, Man)

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams
(Related: Democracy, Suicide)

"Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide."
- John Adams
(Related: Aristocracy, Democracy, Suicide)

"Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power."
- John Adams
(Related: Power, Thought, Choice, Liberty, Metaphysics, Self)

"I had very little confidence in myself as an actress."
- Maude Adams
(Related: Confidence)

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."
- Scott Adams
(Related: Art, Creativity, Mistakes)

"So that between the Cape of St. Maria and Japan we were four months and twenty-two days; at which time there were no more than six besides myself that could stand upon his feet."
- Will Adams
(Related: Time, Feet, Months)

"The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself."
- Jane Addams
"Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself."
- Jane Addams
(Related: Result)

"The stars shall fade away, the sun himself Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years, But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth, Unhurt amidst the wars of elements, The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Nature, Age, Stars, Sun, Years, Youth)

"True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Friendship, Happiness, Conversation, Enjoyment, First, Self)

"Men may change their climate, but they cannot change their nature. A man that goes out a fool cannot ride or sail himself into common sense."
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Change, Men, Nature, Climate, Common sense, Fool, Man, May)

"Do unto yourself as your neighbors do unto themselves and look pleasant."
- George Ade
(Related: Neighbors)

"I wouldn't compare myself to any past Idol contestant, because I don't feel like I am like any of them. Maybe stories are cool but my story is different from most people's story. I don't like to compare myself to other people, I like to just be me."
- Naima Adedapo
(Related: People, Past)

"An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured."
- Konrad Adenauer
"If I'm in danger then it's usually my fault and it's up to me to get myself out of it. I am not in it just to get an adrenalin rush. No way!"
- Kate Adie
(Related: Danger, Fault)

"I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of an interest in things and not to get so excited, but I still care a lot about liberty, freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism."
- Kate Adie
(Related: Care, Expression, Freedom, Interest, Journalism, Liberty, Speech)

"You must take the risk to disclose yourself in order to become more real, more human. And even if the price is high."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Order, Risk)

"But no one frees himself from being in love in three days."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Love, Being)

"I believe that when you work on yourself, you are attracted by different, more positive beings."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Work, Positive)

"You protect your being when you love yourself better. That's the secret."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Love, Being)

"Today I trust my instinct, I trust myself. Finally."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Trust, Instinct, Today)

"To leave in search of yourself, of your real needs, is easier when you don't have to justify yourself to anyone, when there are not too many people bestowing you their attention."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: People, Attention, Needs)

"One can not love without opening oneself, and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering. One does not have control."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Love, Control, Risk, Suffering)

"I've learned that to expose yourself, to reveal yourself is a test of your humanness."
- Isabelle Adjani
"Life has brought me work to do on myself these past two years."
- Isabelle Adjani
(Related: Life, Work, Past, Years)

"I got about 6037 songs I wrote myself and I'm trying to get them on the market and I just wish people could hear them and stuff but they'll do pretty good."
- Hasil Adkins
(Related: People, Pretty, Songs, Trying)

"Up to now I've done everything I've wanted to do the way I wanted to do myself."
- Hasil Adkins
(Related: Now)

"There is a law that man should love his neighbor as himself. In a few hundred years it should be as natural to mankind as breathing or the upright gait; but if he does not learn it he must perish."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: Love, Law, Man, Mankind, Years)

"God who is eternally complete, who directs the stars, who is the master of fates, who elevates man from his lowliness to Himself, who speaks from the cosmos to every single human soul, is the most brilliant manifestation of the goal of perfection."
- Alfred Adler
(Related: God, Soul, Goal, Cosmos, Man, Perfection, Stars)

"The platform of an Ethical Society is itself the altar; the address must be the fire that burns thereon."
- Felix Adler
(Related: Society, Fire)

"If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

"Erotic or sexual love can truly be love if it is not selfishly sexual or lustful."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love)

"Ask others about themselves, at the same time, be on guard not to talk too much about yourself."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Time, Talk)

"We are selfish when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good for ourselves. We are altruistic when we are exclusively or predominantly concerned with the good of others."
- Mortimer Adler
"If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Meaning, Questions)

"Love can be unselfish, in the sense of being benevolent and generous, without being selfless."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Being, Sense)

"One of the aims of sexual union is procreation - the creation by reproduction of an image of itself, of the union."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Creation)

"Love wishes to perpetuate itself. Love wishes for immortality."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Immortality, Wishes)

"It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure."
- Mortimer Adler
(Related: Love, Lust, Pleasure, Sexuality, Want)

"It is always self-defeating to pretend to a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history."
- Renata Adler
(Related: Experience, History, Self)

"I thank God, Jesus, and my Grandmother for being able to support myself and my family."
- Steven Adler
(Related: Family, God, Being, Support)

"Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Death, People, Humanity)

"Not only is the self entwined in society; it owes society its existence in the most literal sense."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Society, Existence, Self, Sense)

"Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Love, Strength, May, Will)

"The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Catastrophes, Past)

"Estrangement shows itself precisely in the elimination of distance between people."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: People)

"The most powerful person is he who is able to do least himself and burden others most with the things for which he lends his name and pockets the credit."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Burden, Credit, Name)

"Quality is decided by the depth at which the work incorporates the alternatives within itself, and so masters them."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Work, Quality)

"The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Power, Being, Man, Rules)

"Art is permitted to survive only if it renounces the right to be different, and integrates itself into the omnipotent realm of the profane."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Art, Right)

"A German is someone who cannot tell a lie without believing it himself."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Lie)

"Fascism is itself less 'ideological', in so far as it openly proclaims the principle of domination that is elsewhere concealed."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Fascism)

"He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Society, Ideology, Interest, Risk)

"He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Love, Harm, Past)

"Today self-consciousness no longer means anything but reflection on the ego as embarrassment, as realization of impotence: knowing that one is nothing."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Ego, Embarrassment, Nothing, Reflection, Self, Today)

"Work while you work, play while you play - this is a basic rule of repressive self-discipline."
- Theodor Adorno
(Related: Work, Play, Self)

"Everyone must correct his own self; this is something more difficult to cope with, but it is not impossible."
- Bhumibol Adulyadej
(Related: Self)

"God loves to help him who strives to help himself."
- Aeschylus
(Related: God, Help)

"Self-will in the man who does not reckon wisely is by itself the weakest of all things."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Man, Self)

"Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel."
- Aeschylus
(Related: Pride, Self, Will)

"Self-conceit may lead to self destruction."
- Aesop
(Related: Destruction, May, Self)

"When I look up at the screen and see myself I always have to laugh. Not because I think I'm doing a horrible job, quite the contrary, I just feel it's so surreal to feel like one person can entertain so many at one time."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Time, Job)

"I tricked myself into doing this movie."
- Casey Affleck
"Tennis was always sort of a - a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself. And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn't want to see it for myself but I certainly didn't want millions of people to see it."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: People, Learning, Tennis, Want)

"Sometimes it's just harder to remind yourself about what you're doing and why you're doing it... Other times, you have a great desire for it, but physically you're not responding the way you want. That presents other challenges. Then sometimes it all comes together."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Desire, Want)

"Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Time, Work, Day, Hard work, Nothing, Training)

"I had my moments for sure but I wasn't confrontational. And sometimes you get on the court and you'd find yourself very confrontational. It was all a discovery."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Court, Discovery, Moments)

"I question myself every day. That's what I still find motivating about this. I don't have the answers, I don't pretend that I do just because I won the match. Just keep fighting and maybe something good happens."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Answers, Day, Fighting, Question)

"I've been criticized for not having perspective in the past and I thought that of myself many times but not there."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Thought, Past, Perspective)

"We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child."
- James Agee
(Related: Time, Now, Summer, Talking)

"For myself, I am very small indeed in my own eyes."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Eyes)

"But always I regarded myself as one who was born in Jerusalem."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
"It's been quite a roller coaster ride, but I've grown and learned a lot about myself. The greatest thing is being able to interact with fans and touch people's lives... for that I give thanks."
- Christina Aguilera
(Related: People, Being, Fans)

"But John Landis wrote a good relationship which is really what the film's about. A very straightforward young woman who's very sure of herself and she meets a young man who needs some taking care of."
- Jenny Agutter
(Related: Care, Film, Man, Needs, Woman)

"The system of domination is founded on depriving nations of their true identity. It seeks to deprive nations of their culture, identity, self-confidence and in this way dominate them."
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Related: Culture, Identity, Nations, Self)

"I know that I've got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up. But I'm happy with myself. I'm not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Beauty, Hair, Trying)

"I kind of had my life planned out for me. I'd be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn't let provident direction guide my life."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Life, Children, Day, Direction)

"And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: God, Successful)

"The desire to economize time and mental effort in arithmetical computations, and to eliminate human liability to error is probably as old as the science of arithmetic itself."
- Howard Aiken
(Related: Science, Time, Arithmetic, Desire, Effort, Error, Old)

"Sometimes you feel bad about yourself when there's no reason to."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: Reason)

"My feelings about myself have been terrible."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: Feelings)

"If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let's face it."
- Alvin Ailey
(Related: Dance, Racism, World)

"Indulge not thyself in the passion of anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Anger, Friend, Murder, Passion)

"Be thou incapable of change in that which is right, and men will rely upon thee. Establish unto thyself principles of action; and see that thou ever act according to them. First know that thy principles are just, and then be thou."
- Akhenaton
(Related: Change, Men, Action, First, Principles, Right, Will)

"The advent of self-government for the Iraqi people is a watershed moment in their history."
- Todd Akin
(Related: History, People, Self)

"We have been filled with grief as we have witnessed the decline of the North American Church that was once filled with missionary zeal and yet now seems determined to bury itself in a deadly embrace with the spirit of the age."
- Peter Akinola
(Related: Age, Church, American, Grief, Now, Spirit, Zeal)

"Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it's so little known about it which surprised me."
- Moustapha Akkad
(Related: Religion, Truth, Islam, Muslim, Being, Duty, Obligation)

"I hope I'm exactly what America is looking for, I don't know, I'm just going to be myself and hope that they love it. That's all I can do."
- Lauren Alaina
(Related: Love, Hope, America)

"Today, the Iraqi citizen sees that America is coming and wants to occupy his country and kill him, and he is willing to experience for himself what happened in Palestine."
- Bashar al-Assad
(Related: Experience, America, Country, Palestine, Today)

"It's not like my old self - I'm not in character anymore, I'm me. I'm not hiding behind that anymore."
- Damon Albarn
(Related: Character, Old, Self)

"You can forgive yourself a great deal."
- Eddie Albert
"Sometimes you have to be selfish to be selfless."
- Edward Albert
"One single vision fills all minds: that of our independence endangered. One single duty imposes itself upon our wills: the duty of stubborn resistance."
- King Albert II
(Related: Vision, Duty, Independence)

"Buy groceries and feed yourself, even on the road."
- Steve Albini
(Related: Road)

"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
- Mitch Albom
(Related: Life, Purpose, Community, Meaning)

"First find the man in yourself if you will inspire manliness in others."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: First, Man, Will)

"While one finds company in himself and his pursuits, he cannot feel old, no matter what his years may be."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Company, May, Old, Years)

"The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-distrust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciple."
- Amos Bronson Alcott
(Related: Eyes, Influence, Self, Spirit, Will)

"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Comfort, Intuition, Wilderness, Will)

"It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Life, Impression, Interest, Trying)

"Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Doubt)

"You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Work, Hard work, Risk, Will)

"Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is really advice to myself, a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty, but to go with it, to surf into change."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Change, Advice, Uncertainty)

"Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta."
- Brian Aldiss
(Related: Civilization, Man)

"Chess for me is not a game, but an art. Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities which an art imposes on its adherents."
- Alexander Alekhine
(Related: Art, Chess)

"Do not for a moment suppose that you must make yourself better, or prepare your heart for a worthy reception of Christ, but come at once - come as you are."
- Archibald Alexander
(Related: Heart, Christ)

"All I want to do is make sure that art is available to all Americans in a participatory way, whether you engage in the art process yourself or you're an audience member."
- Jane Alexander
(Related: Art, Americans, Want)

"We are the only country in the world that has taken people from so many different backgrounds, which is a great achievement by itself, but an even greater achievement is that we have turned all of that variety and diversity into unity."
- Lamar Alexander
(Related: People, Achievement, Country, Diversity, Unity, Variety, World)

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."
- Lloyd Alexander
(Related: Learning, Question)

"I didn't want to engage in a campaign where I was defending myself on those issues at every turn, so I just decided that I'd switch and run as a Republican."
- Rodney Alexander
(Related: Republican, Want)

"Desire then is the invasion of the whole self by the wish, which, as it invades, sets going more and more of the psychical processes; but at the same time, so long as it remains desire, does not succeed in getting possession of the self."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Time, Desire, Possession, Self, Succeed)

"What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind, in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes it perceive not a star but a tree, and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Meaning, Mind, Philosophy)

"You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Appetite, Desire, Personality, Self)

"It may be added, to prevent misunderstanding, that when I speak of contemplated objects in this last phrase as objects of contemplation, the act of contemplation itself is of course an enjoyment."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Act, Contemplation, Enjoyment, May)

"Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life. Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall. Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone. Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring."
- William Alexander
(Related: Life, Courage, Earth, Forget, Resignation, Snow, Spring)

"The most important thing is God's blessing and if you believe in God and you believe in yourself, you have nothing to worry about."
- Mohamed Al-Fayed
(Related: God, Nothing, Worry)

"The candidate was required to prepare himself by confession, fasting, and passing the night in prayer."
- Horatio Alger
(Related: Confession, Night, Prayer)

"I confront the European elite's self-image as tolerant 'while under their noses women are living like slaves."
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
(Related: Women, Living, Noses, Self)

"Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Car, Life, People, Accidents, Day, Hurt, Will)

"It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: Faith, People, Meeting)

"In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost."
- Dante Alighieri
(Related: Life, Journey, Wood)

"The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself."
- Saul Alinsky
(Related: Enemy, Freedom)

"If I'm confirmed, I'll be myself."
- Samuel Alito
"You've got to push yourself harder. You've got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You've got to take the tools you have and probe deeper."
- William Albert Allard
(Related: Tools)

"We're obviously going to spend a lot in marketing because we think the product sells itself."
- Jim Allchin
(Related: Marketing)

"The hardest people to reach with the love of God are not the bad people. They know they are bad. They have no defense. The hardest ones to win for God are the self-righteous people."
- Charles L. Allen
(Related: Love, God, People, Defense, Self)

"I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Boston)

"We are living in the machine age. For the first time in history the comedian has been compelled to supply himself with jokes and comedy material to compete with the machine. Whether he knows it or not, the comedian is on a treadmill to oblivion."
- Fred Allen
(Related: History, Time, Age, Comedy, First, Jokes, Living, Machine)

"My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Father, Children, Self)

"Wilson thought in terms of the whole world; Harding was for America first. And, finally, whereas Wilson wanted America to exert itself nobly, Harding wanted to give it a rest."
- Frederick Lewis Allen
(Related: Thought, America, First, Rest, World)

"Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation."
- James Allen
(Related: Intelligence, Love, Power, Thoughts, Being, Choice, Key, Man, Right)

"For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?"
- James Allen
(Related: Success, Now)

"A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself."
- James Allen
(Related: Truth, People, Guidance, Man)

"Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it."
- James Allen
(Related: Purpose)

"I think that I do separate myself a fair amount. And I don't feel like I am representing women. That's up to however people interpret it once they sort of see it."
- Joan Allen
(Related: Women, People)

"I loved living and breathing theatre so much that I decided I had to find a way to bring my desire to act and my ability to support myself together. I'd run through the possibilities in Washington, so that meant moving to New York."
- Karen Allen
(Related: Ability, Act, Desire, Living, Possibilities, Support, Theatre, Washington)

"That's why, to experience that, you know for a fact that a human being is capable of so much more, because to go to that place and to step outside yourself and observe yourself do these things, while the rest of the world is moving in slow motion, is really incredible."
- Marcus Allen
(Related: Experience, Being, Fact, Rest, World)

"I was saying earlier that it's really strange - you can almost step outside yourself and observe yourself running, and that's what I was doing."
- Marcus Allen
(Related: Running, Saying)

"I just felt like reflecting on my junior year, when I didn't know what I was doing, I left a lot of stuff out there. Actually, I gained close to 700 yards more and I took myself out of a lot of games."
- Marcus Allen
(Related: Games)

"I think my perception of my own life is different and the fact that Lauren and myself are together. I've never felt this free or happy and so that permeates onto my onstage persona and to my working environment."
- Rick Allen
(Related: Life, Perception, Environment, Fact)

"At the end of the day, they're happy if you do the obvious songs towards the end of the set and you've got to try and make yourself happy by doing certain songs at the front end of the set."
- Rick Allen
(Related: Day, End, Obvious, Songs)

"Before my accident I was a little too... selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I'm blessed. I'm really blessed."
- Rick Allen
(Related: People, Accident, Now, Self)

"It's very important to me that people who are actual chefs and other professionals in the culinary world, understand that I'm not, and have never held myself out as being, like a CIA trained chef."
- Ted Allen
(Related: People, Being, professionals, World)

"I am the one who got myself fat, who did all the eating. So I had to take full responsibility for it."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Eating, Responsibility)

"But let's face it, I still have to look at my self and look at the things I've done down the stretch."
- Luther Allison
(Related: Self)

"At the Muddy Waters thing, I played the first song by myself on an acoustic guitar. I thought that was great that y'all did that tribute to Muddy Waters. I had a real good time."
- Gregg Allman
(Related: Time, Thought, First, Guitar, Song, Tribute)

"At first, I see pictures of a story in my mind. Then creating the story comes from asking questions of myself. I guess you might call it the 'what if - what then' approach to writing and illustration."
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Related: First, Mind, Questions, Writing)

"The analysis of the thing is not the thing itself."
- Aaron Allston
"The only competition worthy of a wise man is with himself."
- Washington Allston
(Related: Competition, Man)

"I have always been very calm on the outside. I'm not too stressed now just because I'm in formula one. For me, tomorrow will be another day whether I finish first or last. I have to do the maximum and I cannot ask any more from myself."
- Fernando Alonso
(Related: Day, First, Formula, Now, Tomorrow, Will)

"I look at myself as someone who has been very lucky - my job is also what I enjoy most in the world, and I can make my life doing it."
- Fernando Alonso
(Related: Life, Job, World)

"Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It's something I will always do."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Music, Musicians, Songs, Will)

"When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car, because it makes me feel a certain way, that's the time to try to let other people know about it."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Time, Car, People, Listening)

"I find that it's nice to work with somebody and spin off on someone else's feelings. You get a little jaded by yourself."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Work, Feelings, Jaded)

"Night was running ahead of itself."
- Jorge Amado
(Related: Night, Running)

"But to be self-obsessed is simply not o.k. for the most important country in the world, the United States, which affects every other country in the world."
- Christiane Amanpour
(Related: Country, Self, states, United, World)

"Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man's life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self."
- B. R. Ambedkar
(Related: Life, Society, Development, Being, Identity, Man, Ocean, Self, Water)

"The idea is that we're doing it just for the joy of the actual physical experience. We may record something just for the fun of it, but the idea is just to be truly joyful and truly fun, especially for me, because I take myself too seriously all the time."
- Lauren Ambrose
(Related: Time, Experience, Idea, Fun, Joy, May)

"Writing is not the easiest way to make a living. Your work long hours, usually all by yourself. It is not a way to make money."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Money, Work, Living, Writing)

"Nixon regarded himself as having been cheated by life. He never got my vote."
- Stephen Ambrose
(Related: Life, Nixon, Vote)

"I have to go someplace where I can soak myself in a creative atmosphere."
- Jeff Ament
"Every few years I'll party way too much to remind myself what an idiot I am."
- Jeff Ament
(Related: Party, Years)

"The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people."
- Aldrich Ames
(Related: People, Credit, Routine, Self)

"I'm a traitor, but I don't consider myself a traitor."
- Aldrich Ames
"There is no respect for others without humility in one's self."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Humility, Respect, Self)

"So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Being, Living, Self)

"Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Soul, Emotion, Self, Symbol, Tears)

"Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender."
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Related: Survival, Humanity, Self)

"Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure."
- Kingsley Amis
(Related: Action, Virtue, Criticism, First, Self)

"That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Change, Poetry, Friends, Today)

"The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance."
- A. R. Ammons
(Related: Poetry, Risk)

"Musically, I always allow myself to jump off of cliffs. At least that's what it feels like to me. Whether that's what it actually sounds like might depend on what the listener brings to the songs."
- Tori Amos
(Related: Songs)

"People out there must be told about the self-loathing that follows rape and how it's the greatest breakage in divine law to mutilate themselves, as I have done."
- Tori Amos
(Related: People, Law, Self)

"I usually get myself into situations that cause sparks. I mean I'm a girl that likes the storms. I love feeling alive, I love walking out in the cold in my bare feet and feeling the ice on my toes."
- Tori Amos
(Related: Love, Cause, Feeling, Feet, Storms, Walking)

"Give me life, give me pain, give me myself again."
- Tori Amos
(Related: Life, Pain)

"I had no choice in the decision to make myself available. I was not always doing things I wanted to do."
- Namie Amuro
(Related: Decision, Choice)

"No one told me about boys. I had to figure it out myself. The first thing I learned was that sometimes they grow slower than women mentally."
- Elena Anaya
(Related: Women, Boys, First)

"Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale."
- Hans Christian Andersen
(Related: Life)

"I threw myself into this artform because photography had given me a new sense of mission and identity."
- Bob Anderson
(Related: Identity, Mission, Photography, Sense)

"Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Time, Work, Friend, Being, Empowerment, Feeling, Nothing, Service)

"I mean the whole thing about meditation and yoga is about connecting to the higher part of yourself, and then seeing that every living thing is connected in some way."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Living, Meditation, Yoga)

"The first time, where Fox Mulder and Scully met, she stands up for herself. She stands right there and gives it to him and that was extremely attractive."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Time, First, Right)

"Over the years, I've trained myself to speak using the same language I would use if I were typing: meaning using full sentences in the way that paragraphs and scenes are arranged."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Language, Meaning, Years)

"If I could go back in time and tell my younger self that eventually that I'd become very successful writing Dune books after Frank Herbert's death, I would have laughed myself silly, I think, at how strange that prospect would be."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: Time, Death, Successful, Books, Self, Silly, Writing)

"I felt ashamed for what I had done. I don't have any excuses. I did what I did. I take full responsibility for myself and my actions. I wouldn't pawn this off on anybody. I'm sorry it happened. And I hurt people."
- Louie Anderson
(Related: People, Actions, Excuses, Hurt, Responsibility)

"You have to be funny about it and honest about it. You can't leave yourself out of that mix. You have to be honest enough to say, I'm that messed-up one in the family."
- Louie Anderson
(Related: Family, Funny)

"Self-preservation is the first responsibility."
- Margaret Anderson
(Related: First, Responsibility, Self)

"My ideal relaxation is working on upholstry. I spend hours in junk shops buying furniture. I do all the upholstery work myself, and it's like therapy."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: Work, Buying, Relaxation, Shops, Therapy)

"I have this phobia: I don't like mirrors. And I don't watch myself on television. If anything comes on, I make them shut it off, or I leave the room."
- Pamela Anderson
(Related: Television)

"That in the beginning when the world was young there were a great many thoughts but no such thing as truth. Man made the truths himself and each truth was a composite of a great many vague thoughts. All about in the world were truths and they were all beautiful."
- Sherwood Anderson
(Related: Truth, Thoughts, Beginning, Man, World)

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself."
- Walter Anderson
(Related: Life, Quality, Character, Gravity, Loss, Pain, Sadness, Treasure)

"Every time you work, you have to do it all over again, to rid yourself of this dross. I suppose for a person who is not an artist or not attempting art, it is not dross, because it is the common exchange of everyday life."
- Carl Andre
(Related: Life, Time, Art, Work, Artist)

"I wanted to be a decorator. I wanted to interior design homes and do everything myself."
- Ursula Andress
(Related: Design)

"I'm always shocked when I see myself because I don't recognize myself."
- Ursula Andress
"I hate to look at myself in a mirror, and I never go and see films."
- Ursula Andress
(Related: Hate)

"I have no problem with nudity. I can look at myself. I like walking around nude. It doesn't bother me. I see all the people walking around nude; it doesn't bother me."
- Ursula Andress
(Related: People, Nudity, Walking)

"Sometimes oppurtunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it."
- Julie Andrews
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Past, Right)

"Only when I came to America did I think of myself as British."
- Naveen Andrews
(Related: America)

"Let's just say I was really bad. Now I have grown into myself. I have changed."
- Naveen Andrews
(Related: Now)

"The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live."
- Ethel Percy Andrus
(Related: Giving)

"So don't think in reality I am a singer, I think I am a human being that has sung always all her life, and has learned a little to sing, and has found herself in the middle of a career."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Life, Being, Career, Reality)

"And finally I begin to have such a success in my examinations that I found myself in a career you see."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Success, Career)

"After that I won a prize, I was with a group of ancient music of Spain that they helped me a lot with a grant, you see, during three years. And so I made my debut in 1944 and I found myself helping my family, it was a very poor family."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Family, Music, Poor, Spain, Years)

"Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Women, Balance, Moments, Self, Solitude)

"No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Change, Happiness, Life, Power, Control, Want)

"If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself."
- Barbara de Angelis
(Related: Time, Energy, Giving, Will)

"God has made Canada one of those nations which cannot be conquered and cannot be destroyed, except by itself."
- Norman Angell
(Related: God, Canada, Nations)

"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: God, Creation)

"My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Life, Dance, Song)

"Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Self)

"If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Love, Respect, Self, Self respect)

"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Home, Being)

"I don't know what it means to be a sex symbol. When I look myself on a magazine cover I don't see it as me, but as someone painted, fluffed, puffed and done up."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Sex, Symbol)

"Look I eat really well and I work out, but I also indulge when I want to. I don't starve myself in an extremist way. You're not taking away my coffee or my dairy or my glass of wine because I'd be devastated."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Work, Coffee, Want, Wine)

"Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place."
- Jennifer Aniston
(Related: Love)

"For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels, and not the words of one who kneels."
- Paul Anka
(Related: Man, Words)

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."
- Kofi Annan
(Related: Equality, Development, Goal, Building, Challenge, Gender, Gender equality, Meeting, Poverty)

"It is not easy to find something that will intrigue and bind your interest and enthusiasm. This you must seek for yourself."
- Walter Annenberg
(Related: Enthusiasm, Interest, Will)

"You have to be careful not to let your fear stop you doing things. It's very exciting to test yourself."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Fear)

"I don't need a piece of paper to suggest that I can commit myself."
- Francesca Annis
"I am pretty self-indulgent."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Pretty, Self)

"I can feel the 60S looming. In my profession, I've just moved along with my age. By thinking in decades, rather than whether someone's 42 or 47, you can give yourself a whole 10 years to turn yourself around in."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Age, Profession, Thinking, Years)

"Love is, above all, the gift of oneself."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Love)

"A genius knows how to make himself easily understood without being obvious about it."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Genius, Being, Obvious)

"A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Love, Actor)

"When one person makes an accusation, check to be sure he himself is not the guilty one. Sometimes it is those whose case is weak who make the most clamour."
- Piers Anthony
"I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com."
- Piers Anthony
(Related: Internet, Now, Publishing, Self, Writer)

"I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand."
- Susan B. Anthony
(Related: Man, Protection, Woman)

"The self is an oral society in which the present is constantly running a dialogue with the past and the future inside of one skin."
- David Antin
(Related: Society, Future, Past, Present, Running, Self, Skin)

"There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly."
- Antisthenes
(Related: Truth, People, Friend, Enemy, Temper)

"I am neither a sociologist nor a politician. All I can do is imagine for myself what the future will be like."
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Related: Future, Will)

"To know one's self is wisdom, but not to know one's neighbors is genius."
- Minna Antrim
(Related: Wisdom, Genius, Neighbors, Self)

"It's difficult to see yourself up on screen without being a critic."
- Devon Aoki
(Related: Being)

"I got into therapy in the fifth grade because I said in a sarcastic way that I was going to kill myself, and they didn't get it then. Nothing's changed."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Nothing, Sarcastic, Therapy)

"When you're surrounded by all these people, it can be even lonelier than when you're by yourself. You can be in a huge crowd, but if you don't feel like you can trust anybody or talk to anybody, you feel like you're really alone."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Trust, People, Talk)

"I was so self-critical. I still am, but it's not as bad anymore."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Self)

"I have a very steadfast tendency to parent myself, to monitor my development into the person I want to be. I've tried to keep the corruption minimal."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Development, Corruption, Want)

"If I respect myself and believe in what I'm doing, no one can touch me."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Respect)

"I never got to the point of needing drugs or thinking about giving up myself."
- Stuart Appleby
(Related: Drugs, Giving, Thinking)

"I was slightly disappointed, but also encouraged, because I put myself in position to win a major, which is all even Tiger says he tries to do."
- Stuart Appleby
"If a cow walked into this room, I'd probably walk out. I could milk it, but my dad never forced me to do a lot of chores like that, mostly because he loved doing it himself."
- Stuart Appleby
(Related: Dad)

"It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: God, People, Cause, Necessity)

"It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: God, Man, Prayer, Will)

"If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Christ)

"Well-ordered self-love is right and natural."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Right, Self)

"Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Love, Force)

"To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Imperfection, Patience, Sin, Wrongs)

"I don't have any formula for ousting a dictator or building democracy. All I can suggest is to forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen."
- Corazon Aquino
(Related: People, Building, Democracy, Forget, Formula)

"It wasn't until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero."
- Corazon Aquino
(Related: Life, Christ, Man, Pity, Self, Suffering, Woman)

"O reason, reason, abstract phantom of the waking state, I had already expelled you from my dreams, now I have reached a point where those dreams are about to become fused with apparent realities: now there is only room here for myself."
- Louis Aragon
(Related: Dreams, Now, Reason, State, Waking)

"I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself."
- Diane Arbus
(Related: Work)

"King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France... settle your debt to the king of Heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: Debt, EnglFrance, Heaven)

"You say that you are my judge; I do not know if you are; but take good heed not to judge me ill, because you would put yourself in great peril."
- Joan Of Arc
"I learnt a lot about myself, I learnt a lot about other people and the problems they have. If I was lucky enough to live to a hundred, how I will feel about two per cent of my life being that way, I don't know."
- Jeffrey Archer
(Related: Life, People, Being, Problems, Will)

"There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Thoughts, Thinking)

"To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Age, Authority)

"Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Successful, Freedom, Man, Necessity)

"Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Peace, Delight, Desire, Mind)

"Only the mob and the elite can be attracted by the momentum of totalitarianism itself. The masses have to be won by propaganda."
- Hannah Arendt
(Related: Mob, Propaganda)

"I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself."
- Pietro Aretino
"Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself."
- Dario Argento
(Related: Writer)

"I think I went on a nice winning streak of about 20 fights until I fought Jorge Reyes and he stopped me in 6 rounds after I punched myself out."
- Alexis Arguello
(Related: Winning)

"With reference to other religions, the Church sees a great difference between them and herself. The other religions are expressions of the human soul seeking God, with some beautiful spiritual insights, but also not without errors. Christianity is rather God seeking humanity."
- Francis Arinze
(Related: God, Soul, Christianity, Church, Difference, Errors, Humanity, Spiritual)

"Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness."
- Aristotle
(Related: Happiness, Life, Power, Glory, Leisure, Politicians)

"The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live."
- Aristotle
(Related: Life, Danger, Man)

"A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold."
- Aristotle
(Related: Power, Gold, Sense)

"Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy."
- Aristotle
(Related: Men, Envy, Jealousy)

"He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god."
- Aristotle
(Related: God, Society)

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self."
- Aristotle
(Related: Victory, Enemies, Self)

"You're going through the horror of it, you're going through the isolation of it but you're being empowered by reminding yourself that you're connected to everybody else."
- Adam Arkin
(Related: Being, Horror, Isolation)

"One of the towering people in this industry said, why don't you go and make a five-year contract with somebody, make yourself several million dollars and put it away, then go and do whatever you want, work for public TV if you want."
- Roone Arledge
(Related: Work, People, Public, Want)

"I was an observer. I liked to listen rather than openly express myself. This trait is something that I've retained over the years."
- Giorgio Armani
(Related: Years)

"I've written what and when I want to. It's been about expressing myself. But with the degree, I had to learn to do everything in a very specific, disciplined way. I am very disciplined, but this demanded a totally different kind of discipline. A real challenge."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: Discipline, Challenge, Want)

"This band - because this is myself on electric and acoustic guitars - we've done three tours together now and I really, really like it which is why I did the DVD as well."
- Joan Armatrading
(Related: Now)

"My own view would be to let Saddam bluster, let him rant and rave all he wants. As long as he behaves himself within his own borders, we should not be addressing any attack or resources against him."
- Dick Armey
"When it comes to eating, you can sometimes help yourself more by helping yourself less."
- Richard Armour
(Related: Eating, Help)

"I don't want to limit myself musically. It would be really limiting if we'd neglect something we really want to do, like explore other styles of music."
- Billie Joe Armstrong
(Related: Music, Neglect, Want)

"It's great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you're all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It's quite liberating in a way."
- Dido Armstrong
(Related: People, Decisions)

"We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself."
- Louis Armstrong
"If you believe in yourself, if you are without fear, you will also be tolerant, non-aggressive and find love."
- Rollo Armstrong
(Related: Love, Fear, Will)

"The brave man, indeed, calls himself lord of the land, through his iron, through his blood."
- Ernst Moritz Arndt
(Related: Blood, Land, Man)

"This truth is a remedy against spiritual pride, namely, that none should account himself better before God than others, though perhaps adorned with greater gifts, and endowments."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: God, Truth, Gifts, Pride, Spiritual)

"It certainly is the duty of every true Christian, to esteem himself a stranger and pilgrim in this world; and as bound to use earthly blessings, not as means of satisfying lust or gratifying wantonness, but of supplying his absolute wants and necessities."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: Christian, Blessings, Duty, Lust, World)

"Yet, so far from laboring to know the forbidden tree of worldly pleasures and its various fruits, man gives himself up to a careless and thoughtless state of life, and yields to the lust of the flesh, not considering that this lust is really the forbidden tree."
- Johann Arndt
(Related: Life, Forbidden, Lust, Man, State)

"Well, yeah. At a certain point, you've got to be really honest with yourself. Like, 'Why am I doing this? What are my motivations?' Like, if you get into it because you want to be famous? Then you've got a long row to hoe. But if you really feel like it's a labour of love and it's something you're actually legitimately good at, then it's not that hard to keep plugging away."
- Will Arnett
(Related: Love, Famous, Want)

"The rehabilitation of order as a universal principle, however, suggested at the same time that orderliness by itself is not sufficient to account for the nature of organized systems in general or for those created by man in particular."
- Rudolf Arnheim
(Related: Nature, Time, Man, Order)

"Tell me about yourself - your struggles, your dreams, your telephone number."
- Peter Arno
(Related: Dreams)

"Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison."
- Edwin Arnold
(Related: Man, Prison)

"The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Love, Instinct, Liberty, Light, Man)

"Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Society, America)

"Resolve to be thyself: and know that he who finds himself, loses his misery."
- Matthew Arnold
(Related: Misery)

"I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Life, Blame, Choices, End, Passion, Road, Wrong)

"I'd like to do a lot of different stuff. I think it's important as a creative person to keep challenging yourself and keep doing new stuff. If you end up trying to repeat yourself it's death. It just becomes boring and takes the passion out of it. You gotta find stories and characters that you really want to hang out with."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Death, End, Passion, Trying, Want)

"So long as we have failed to eliminate any of the causes of human despair, we do not have the right to try to eliminate those means by which man tries to cleanse himself of despair."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Causes, Despair, Man, Right)

"Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Culture, Fatigue)

"Don't tire yourself more than need be, even at the price of founding a culture on the fatigue of your bones."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Culture, Fatigue, Founding)

"I myself spent nine years in an insane asylum and I never had the obsession of suicide, but I know that each conversation with a psychiatrist, every morning at the time of his visit, made me want to hang myself, realizing that I would not be able to cut his throat."
- Antonin Artaud
(Related: Time, Conversation, Obsession, Suicide, Visit, Want, Years)

"I'm not playing a role. I'm being myself, whatever the hell that is."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Being, Hell)

"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: People, Mind)

"Give yourself something to work toward - constantly."
- Mary Kay Ash
(Related: Work)

"It doesn't help to wait until something happens and then prosecute the offenders, especially if it's the idea of the offender to extinguish himself in the commission of the crime."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Idea, Crime, Help)

"Politics is about putting yourself in a state of grace."
- Paddy Ashdown
(Related: Politics, Grace, State)

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."
- Arthur Ashe
(Related: Success, Key, Preparation, Self)

"I enjoy the crafts on the show enormously, too, when we have experts in showing how to make things. You watch them thinking you'll go home and do the things yourself, which is fun. Some I have done myself later on."
- Jane Asher
(Related: Home, Experts, Fun, Thinking)

"I look at myself objectively and in a way I see myself as a commodity. Your name becomes somehow outside yourself. Now, when I'm at home being Mrs. Scarfe, that's when I'm most myself."
- Jane Asher
(Related: Home, Being, Name, Now)

"It's very easy for me to laugh at myself and laugh at life."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Life)

"I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future."
- Maurice Ashley
(Related: People, Hope, Chess, Events, Future, Profession, states, United)

"When I read about the way in which library funds are being cut and cut, I can only think that American society has found one more way to destroy itself."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Society, American, Being)

"Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Education, Self)

"And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Life, People, Belief, Man, Will)

"I like smart, funny, self-deprecating men."
- Jules Asner
(Related: Men, Funny, Self)

"It's like taking over This Is Your Life from Eamonn Andrews - you just open your mouth and hope you sound like yourself. That's all you can possibly do."
- Michael Aspel
(Related: Life, Hope, Open, Sound)

"I would be very happy to see 3.5 billion humans wiped out from the face of the earth within the next 150 or 200 years and I am quite prepared to go myself with this majority... let us all look forward to the day when the catastrophe strikes us down!"
- John Aspinall
(Related: Day, Earth, Majority, Years)

"I go out there and make a fool of myself. It's inevitable."
- Armand Assante
(Related: Fool)

"Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Christ, Gifts, Grace, Overcoming, Self)

"I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around."
- Fred Astaire
(Related: Dance, Dancing, Desire, Feet)

"To all the rest of his Absurdities, (for vice is always unreasonable,) he adds one more, who expects that Vertue from another which he won't practise himself."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Rest, Vice)

"The Soul debases her self, when she sets her affections on any thing but her creator."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Soul, Self)

"That Man indeed can never be good at heart, who is full of himself and his own Endowments."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Heart, Man)

"That which has not a real excellency and value in it self, entertains no longer than the giddy Humour which recommended it to us holds."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Self, Value)

"Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity."
- Nancy Astor
(Related: Education, Humanity, Self)

"I always wondered if I was supposed to be excellent at something or not. I think, because of that, I have a lot of insecurities about myself."
- Christopher Atkins
"I want to express myself in a different way. I have a performing inclination."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Want)

"The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what's it all about."
- David Attenborough
(Related: Life, Science, Man, Thinking, Trying, World)

"Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself."
- Margaret Atwood
(Related: Art, Dream, Society, Popular)

"I would hardly call myself an artist in that sense; I doodle, I draw, I'm not a trained artist, I couldn't sit down and do an accurate portrait of anyone."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Artist, Sense)

"I just wait for something to present itself, and then I consider it."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Present)

"Another thing that's pathetic is this rule that you have to look ugly to get respect as an actress. Jessica Lange had to make herself look really bad to prove that she had amazing talent."
- Kevyn Aucoin
(Related: Talent, Respect, Ugly)

"Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself. You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction."
- Kevyn Aucoin
(Related: Beauty, Perception, Beginning, Correction, Dress, Fun, Hair, Joy)

"Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Autobiography, Ego, Self)

"When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Mistake, Company, Scientists)

"It's frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: America, England, Murder)

"For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?"
- W. H. Auden
"Obama was 200 percent advertising. I promote myself to sell my brands. Because now I am a kind of celeb. I am in a different world than the fashion industry. I am with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Madonna. I build me as a celebrity."
- Christian Audigier
(Related: Advertising, Celebrity, Fashion, Now, World)

"In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests."
- John James Audubon
"On the 17th of May, the Delos put out to sea. I was immediately affected with sea-sickness, which, however, lasted but a short time. I remained on deck constantly, forcing myself to exercise."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Time, Exercise, May, Sea)

"I started writing to please myself, a story I would like to read, and that is still true."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Writing)

"And that's how I start myself. I usually go back a couple of pages, maybe to the beginning of the chapter, and I start reading. And as I'm reading, I'm tweaking - putting in a different word, changing the syntax, putting that clause over there, you know that sort of thing."
- Jean M. Auel
(Related: Beginning, Reading, Word)

"Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt."
- Berthold Auerbach
(Related: Self)

"The best way to forget ones self is to look at the world with attention and love."
- Red Auerbach
(Related: Love, Attention, Forget, Self, World)

"He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted."
- Red Auerbach
"I was mostly interested in it as a theatrical film. Personally, I am not so interested in television, simply because I don't watch television myself. I'm into movies."
- Bille August
(Related: Movies, Film, Television)

"Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Heart, Quiet)

"If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."
- Saint Augustine
"My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is."
- Saint Augustine
(Related: Experience, Thoughts, Vision, Light, Mind)

"Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Life, Thinking)

"The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Life, Majority)

"I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinions of himself than on the opinions of others."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Men, Man, Opinions, Rest, Value)

"Let it be your constant method to look into the design of people's actions, and see what they would be at, as often as it is practicable; and to make this custom the more significant, practice it first upon yourself."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Design, People, Actions, Custom, First, Practice)

"Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Change, Nature, Nothing, Universe)

"Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Injury, Sense)

"Adapt yourself to the things among which your lot has been cast and love sincerely the fellow creatures with whom destiny has ordained that you shall live."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Love, Destiny)

"Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Beauty, Nothing, Praise)

"Confine yourself to the present."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Present)

"And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Life, Act)

"A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Idea, Ambition, Man)

"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe."
- Marcus Aurelius
(Related: Harmony, Universe)

"She saw too that man has the power of exceeding himself, of becoming himself more entirely and profoundly than he is, truths which have only recently begun to be seen in Europe and seem even now too great for its common intelligence."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Intelligence, Power, Europe, Man, Now)

"India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Word)

"India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration."
- Sri Aurobindo
(Related: Religion, Thought, Hinduism, Meeting, Spiritual)

"Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself."
- Ausonius
(Related: Nothing)

"When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness."
- Ausonius
(Related: Deed, Respect)

"What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken!"
- Jane Austen
(Related: Self)

"An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Lady, Harm, May, Suspicion, Woman)

"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Life, Being, Practice)

"Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure."
- Jane Austen
(Related: Hope, Cure, Selfishness)

"All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children."
- Paul Auster
(Related: Money, Time, Ambition, Children, Poems, Prose)

"My mind started wandering. I started playing carefully, instead of playing the way that had gotten me to that point. I had to force myself to keep driving the ball."
- Tracy Austin
(Related: Driving, Force, Mind)

"Every city across the country that has successfully renewed and revitalized itself points to a robust education system as its fundamental key to success."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Education, Success, Country, Key)

"Be gentle to all and stern with yourself."
- Saint Teresa of Avila
"We insist that the international community cannot depend on any country with weapons of mass destruction which has relations with terrorists, and which allows itself the luxury of not respecting the law and of defying the international community."
- Jose Maria Aznar
(Related: Community, Country, Destruction, Law, Luxury, Weapons)

"Even now, we make no apologies for the choice we made. The sacrifices we made were selfless. The options we offered were patriotic while the paths we chose were well thought out."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Thought, Apologies, Choice, Now, Options)

"The average Nigerian person has come to reconcile himself with the fact that his or her social progress remain essentially in his or her hands in collaboration with other fellow Nigerians and not merely relying on what government alone could provide for him or her."
- Ibrahim Babangida
(Related: Government, Progress, Collaboration, Fact)

"Whenever the work is itself light, it becomes necessary, in order to economize time, to increase the velocity."
- Charles Babbage
(Related: Work, Time, Light, Order)

"Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Happiness, Humility, Interest, Needs, Self, Will)

"The papacy again, representing the traditional unity of European civilization, has also shown itself unable to limit effectively the push of nationalism."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Civilization, Nationalism, Unity)

"A democracy, the realistic observer is forced to conclude, is likely to be idealistic in its feelings about itself, but imperialistic about its practice."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Feelings, Democracy, Practice)

"Act strenuously, would appear to be our faith, and right thinking will take care of itself."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Faith, Act, Care, Right, Thinking, Will)

"A man needs to look, not down, but up to standards set so much above his ordinary self as to make him feel that he is himself spiritually the underdog."
- Irving Babbitt
(Related: Man, Needs, Self)

"I dare suggest that the composer would do himself and his music an immediate and eventual service by total, resolute and voluntary withdrawal from this public world to one of private performance and electronic media."
- Milton Babbitt
(Related: Music, Performance, Media, Public, Service, World)

"Looking at yourself in a mirror isn't exactly a study of life."
- Lauren Bacall
(Related: Life, Study)

"According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Change, Work, Criticism, Praise, Principles, Value)

"It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself."
- Johannes Sebastian Bach
(Related: Time, Key, Play, Right, Will)

"Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Honesty, Conscience, Measure, Selfishness)

"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Being, Obligation)

"It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might somehow be happy. Until you make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Life, Thinking, Will)

"Ask yourself the secret of your success. Listen to your answer, and practice it."
- Richard Bach
(Related: Success, Practice)

"Allow the world to live as it chooses, and allow yourself to live as you choose."
- Richard Bach
(Related: World)

"Maybe one day I can have a reunion with myself."
- Sebastian Bach
(Related: Day)

"Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability."
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Related: Thought, Ability, Actor, Job)

"I have seen one shrike occupy himself for hours in sticking up on thorns, a number of small fishes that the fishermen had thrown on the shore. The fishes dried up and decayed."
- John Bachman
(Related: Fishermen)

"I come from a modest background. I put myself through college and law school and a postdoctorate program in tax law."
- Michele Bachmann
(Related: College, Tax, Law, School)

"Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Beauty, Infinite)

"It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Power, Desire, Liberty, Man, Self)

"There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Happiness, Difference, Fool, Man)

"There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Friend, Difference, Man, Self)

"I just let the work speak for itself. An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser. There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Work, People, Acting, Actor, World)

"I'm always happier and a better actor when I can really lose myself in a character and become somebody else."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Character, Actor)

"The Scoutmaster teaches boys to play the game by doing so himself."
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Related: Boys, Play)

"Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise."
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Related: Accident, Act, Meaning, Thinking)

"When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters."
- Robert Baden-Powell
(Related: Want)

"I find it very offensive when the government tells me what I can and cannot watch. Censor yourself."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Government)

"I believed in myself, and I've always worked very, very hard as an artist, and I am an artist in every sense of the word."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Artist, Sense, Word)

"Personally, I don't choose any particular religion or symbol or group of words or teachings to define me. That's between me and the most high. You know, my higher self. The Creator."
- Erykah Badu
(Related: Religion, Self, Symbol, Words)

"A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Being)

"Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits."
- Walter Bagehot
(Related: Men, Thoughts, Habits, Influence, Obedience, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Words)

"It is a sign of a dull nature to occupy oneself deeply in matters that concern the body; for instance, to be over much occupied about exercise, about eating and drinking, about easing oneself, about sexual intercourse."
- David Bailey
(Related: Nature, Body, Concern, Drinking, Eating, Exercise)

"Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that."
- David Bailey
(Related: Wife, Man, Smiles)

"Always educate yourself."
- Donovan Bailey
"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself."
- Gamaliel Bailey
(Related: First)

"When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
"The true purpose of education is to teach a man to carry himself triumphant to the sunset."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Education, Purpose, Man, Sunset)

"There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness."
- Liberty Hyde Bailey
(Related: Happiness, Dream, Excellence, Labor, Usefulness)

"You never find yourself until you face the truth."
- Pearl Bailey
(Related: Truth)

"You cannot belong to anyone else, until you belong to yourself."
- Pearl Bailey
"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that."
- Pearl Bailey
(Related: First, Self, Sin)

"Let each man think himself an act of God, His mind a thought, his life a breath of God; And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds, To show the most of Heaven he hath in him."
- Philip James Bailey
(Related: Life, God, Thought, Thoughts, Act, Deeds, Heaven, Man, Mind)

"I have seen the day, when, if a man made himself ridiculous, the world would laugh at him. But now, everything that is mean, disgusting, and absurd, pleases them but so much the better!"
- Joanna Baillie
(Related: Day, Man, Now, World)

"I'd like to consider myself a versatile skater and I like to skate to different kinds of music."
- Oksana Baiul
(Related: Music)

"I skate now for fun and to keep myself in shape."
- Oksana Baiul
(Related: Fun, Now)

"Acted drama requires surrender of one's self, sympathetic absorption in the play as it develops."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama, Play, Self, Surrender)

"In all the great periods of the drama perfect freedom of choice and subject, perfect freedom of individual treatment, and an audience eager to give itself to sympathetic listening, even if instruction be involved, have brought the great results."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Choice, Drama, Freedom, Listening, Results, Treatment)

"When the drama attains a characterization which makes the play a revelation of human conduct and a dialogue which characterizes yet pleases for itself, we reach dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama, Literature, Play)

"Drama read to oneself is never drama at its best, and is not even drama as it should be."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Drama)

"The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

"We must examine then the concerns of the Government of Japan about the language of the treaty itself - of SOFA - and of the interim and further arrangements that have been made since 1995, and see whether or not we need to make any changes. Those are decisions I cannot make."
- Howard Baker
(Related: Government, Decisions, Language)

"I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Poetry, Lonely, World, Years)

"In an age when the fashion is to be in love with yourself, confessing to be in love with somebody else is an admission of unfaithfulness to one's beloved."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Age, Love, Fashion)

"Of all the toys available, none is better designed than the owner himself. A large multipurpose plaything, its parts can be made to move in almost any direction. It comes completely assembled, and it makes a sound when you jump on it."
- Stephen Baker
(Related: Direction, Sound)

"You can educate yourself right out of a relationship with God."
- Tammy Faye Bakker
(Related: God, Right)

"If you want to control other people, first control yourself."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: People, Control, First, Want)

"To fight against the infidels is Jihad; but to fight against your evil self is greater Jihad."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Evil, Fight, Self)

"You can't second-guess yourself as a filmmaker."
- Ralph Bakshi
"Look at Christ, my dear friend: His life was divine through and through, full of self-denial, and He did everything for mankind, finding His satisfaction and His delight in the dissolution of His material being."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Life, Being, Christ, Delight, Mankind, Satisfaction, Self)

"The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Nature, Laws, Liberty, Man, Will)

"The desire for liberty has also made itself felt as struggle against domestic tyranny or arbitrary rule."
- Emily Greene Balch
(Related: Desire, Liberty, Struggle, Tyranny)

"All I know is that history repeats itself and people are going to want to experience the world. But I know then they are going to have a better appreciation for what is here in Maine."
- John Baldacci
(Related: Experience, History, People, Appreciation, Want, World)

"I just consider myself a piece of the puzzle and I'm lucky enough to be asked or invited to the party, if you will. I hope I can bring some laughs and grimaces to the fans."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: Hope, Fans, Party, Will)

"Let's face facts, this is visual medium, there's a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don't make a career out of that anymore as an actor."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: People, Actor, Career, Facts, Trouble)

"The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Love, Soul, Possibility, Conquest, Question, Surrender)

"You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: World)

"When a man asks himself what is meant by action he proves that he isn't a man of action. Action is a lack of balance. In order to act you must be somewhat insane. A reasonably sensible man is satisfied with thinking."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Action, Balance, Man, Order, Thinking)

"To be sensual, I think, is to respect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the making of bread."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Life, Effort, Force, Present, Respect)

"The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Experience, Key, Questions, World)

"The face of a lover is an unknown, precisely because it is invested with so much of oneself. It is a mystery, containing, like all mysteries, the possibility of torment."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Possibility, Mystery)

"Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Heart, Purity)

"The making of an American begins at the point where he himself rejects all other ties, any other history, and himself adopts the vesture of his adopted land."
- James Baldwin
(Related: History, American, Land)

"All along we find that social life - religion, politics, art - reflects the stages reached in the development of the knowledge of self; it shows the social uses made of this knowledge."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Art, Life, Politics, Religion, Knowledge, Development, Self)

"In Socrates' thought the two marks of individual self-consciousness appear; it is practical and it is social."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: Thought, Self)

"In conclusion we may say, in view of the confirmation that our study has given of the parallelism between individual and racial thought of the Self, that in the history of psychology we discern the great profile which the race has drawn on the pages of time."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: History, Time, Thought, May, Psychology, Race, Self, Study)

"The dualism itself becomes a sort of presupposition or datum; its terms condition the further problem."
- James M. Baldwin
"The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology."
- James M. Baldwin
(Related: History, Development, Being, Meaning, Psychology, Self)

"I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself... I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Control, Goal, Wealth, Class, Communism, Ownership, Property, Socialism, State)

"I cannot consistently, with self respect, do other than I have, namely, to deliberately violate an act which seems to me to be a denial of everything which ideally and in practice I hold sacred."
- Roger Nash Baldwin
(Related: Act, Denial, Practice, Respect, Self, Self respect)

"What is happening within Christianity is that it doesn't know it needs to promote itself."
- Stephen Baldwin
(Related: Christianity, Needs)

"It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting."
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Acting, Empathy)

"No, only disappointment in myself on those occasions I didn't manage to rise to the occasion as I felt I should've done. I can always see how to do it, and then the challenge is, Can I manage that each and every day?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: Challenge, Day, Disappointment)

"It's about pursuing it rather than waiting to see what comes along. That's partly because I found myself getting typecast, as everyone does unless they pursue roles that are very different from what they've done before."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Waiting)

"When it comes to films, people often don't differentiate between the message of a bad central character and the message of the film itself. They are two separate things."
- Christian Bale
(Related: People, Character, Film)

"I went backwards and forwards over it until I was 22. And then in the past few years I began to say to myself, OK, look, I'm not messing around. This is something I want to attack, instead of thinking, I'll just see what happens with it."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Past, Thinking, Want, Years)

"All of the muscles were gone, so that was a real tough time of rebuilding all of that. But you have a deadline, you have an obligation. You've said that you will commit to this part, and I just can't live with myself for not really giving it as much as I can."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Time, Giving, Obligation, Will)

"Essentially, I'm untrained, so I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I'm going to be playing."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Imagination)

"But I learned that there's a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there's not much else that can really get to ya."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Character, Embarrassment)

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Love, First, World)

"I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Love, Religion, First)

"One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn' t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself."
- Lucille Ball
(Related: Faith, Life, Optimism)

"The Titanic will protect itself."
- Robert D. Ballard
(Related: Will)

"Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Cancer, Linux, Property, Sense)

"So, I think the output of our innovation is great. We have a culture of self-improvement. I know we can continue to improve. There is no issue. But at the same time, our absolute level of output is fantastic."
- Steve Ballmer
(Related: Time, Culture, Innovation, Self)

"Hatred is self-punishment."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Hatred, Self)

"Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Virtue, Ambition, Vice)

"It is, finally, a word is untimely in three different senses, and bearing it as one's treasure will not win one anyone's favours; one rather risks finding oneself outside everyone's camp... Beauty is the word that shall be our first."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Related: Beauty, First, Senses, Treasure, Will, Word)

"Beauty is the disinterested one, without which the ancient world refused to understand itself, a word which both imperceptibly and yet unmistakably has bid farewell to our new world, a world of interests, leaving it to its own avarice and sadness."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Related: Beauty, Sadness, Word, World)

"Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance."
- Hans Urs von Balthasar
(Related: Beauty, Truth, Courage, Decision, Act, Goodness, Sisters, Today, Vengeance, Will)

"Painting what I experience, translating what I feel, is like a great liberation. But it is also work, self-examination, consciousness, criticism, struggle."
- Balthus
(Related: Experience, Work, Consciousness, Criticism, Painting, Self, Struggle)

"The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Art, Detail, Devotion, Motherhood, Self)

"Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!"
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Peace, Science, Fate, Tax, Gifts, Liberty, Nation)

"Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Being, Nothing)

"The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Genius, Action, Man, Mind)

"True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Love, Heart, Infinite)

"Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness."
- Honore De Balzac
(Related: Courtesy, Selfishness)

"A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: HusbFirst)

"Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Love, May)

"Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Men, Nature, Ideas, Cure, Human nature, Will)

"Revolution begins with the self, in the self."
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Related: Revolution, Self)

"When you dream, you dialogue with aspects of yourself that normally are not with you in the daytime and you discover that you know a great deal more than you thought you did."
- Toni Cade Bambara
(Related: Thought, Dream)

"If you marry the wrong person for the wrong reasons, then no matter how hard you work, it's never going to work, because then you have to completely change yourself, completely change them, completely - by that time, you're both dead."
- Anne Bancroft
(Related: Change, Time, Work, Wrong)

"There are always good parts. They may not pay what you want, and they may not have as many days' work as you want, they may not have the billing that you want, they may not have a lot of things, but - the content of the role itself - I find there are many roles."
- Anne Bancroft
(Related: Work, Content, May, Want)

"Dishonesty is so grasping it would deceive God himself, were it possible."
- George Bancroft
(Related: God, Dishonesty)

"In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequities of life."
- Albert Bandura
(Related: Life, People, Obstacles, Order, Self, Sense, Struggle, Succeed)

"And doing so you can recreate yourself and you can also come up with something that is not only original and creative and artistic, but also maybe even decent, or moral if I can use words like that, or something that's like basically good."
- Lester Bangs
(Related: Words)

"I am not afraid of much. I kill all the spiders in my house, and I'm planning to go skydiving. I am into girl power, and I'm very self-sufficient."
- Elizabeth Banks
(Related: Power, Planning, Self, Spiders)

"You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace."
- Ernie Banks
(Related: Happiness)

"O, how glorious would it be to set my heel upon the Pole and turn myself 360 degrees in a second!"
- Joseph Banks
"In all honesty, at that time, I never saw myself as an author... I was just a Mom in a state of panic, trying to enter a short story contest to win the prize money in order to keep the lights on in my home."
- Leslie Banks
(Related: Home, Mom, Money, Time, Honesty, Order, State, Trying)

"I don't want it to be all that self-conscious or artificial, but it really grows out of my having invented myself as a listener so that I could hear her voice."
- Russell Banks
(Related: Self, Voice, Want)

"I'm competitive with myself. I always try to push past my own borders."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Past)

"I enjoy doing fashion shows and transforming myself into different looks for photo shoots."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Fashion)

"I had had an extroverted personality with a lot of friends, but when I lost the weight and grew so tall, I withdrew within myself."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Friends, Personality, Weight)

"I look at myself and pick out the things I don't like. No matter how much I work out, I never get muscle tone in my butt and hip area."
- Tyra Banks
(Related: Work)

"The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Effort, Man, Will)

"I lived on the top of one hill and the school was at the top of another hill. Nobody ever went to school by car - we didn't have any cars during the war. So that to and from school was itself a training."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Car, War, School, Training)

"I couldn't disappoint people. I did not want to fail and exhaust myself, because I was the kind of runner who trained so little that I couldn't race again within another 10 days."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: People, Race, Want)

"When I see myself on film it makes me smile, I mean making a good living doing what I enjoy is soo much fun. I just hope that everyone has the chance to enjoy life like I do."
- Adrienne Barbeau
(Related: Life, Hope, Chance, Film, Fun, Living, Smile)

"In America, life is introverted, self-absorbed - and so is their music."
- Chris Barber
(Related: Life, Music, America, Self)

"Ted Turner sailed into the meeting, and I mean sailed. He holds himself as if he were at the helm of his sailboat, in the process of winning the race."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Winning, Meeting, Race)

"I don't know that I spent any more time alone than any other kid, but being by myself never bothered me."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Time, Being)

"God himself took this human flesh upon him."
- William Barclay
(Related: God)

"When I see myself at 14 years old I can put my hands on my head and think: 'How could I have done that?' but at that time it had sense for me. You do the same when you're 20. And now, when you look at people who are 20 years old you ask yourself: 'Was I like that? Was I really like that?'"
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Time, People, Now, Old, Sense, Years)

"I look at myself, and I see a Spanish person who's trying to be understood by an English-speaking audience and is putting a lot of energy into that, instead of into expressing himself freely and feeling comfortable."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Energy, English, Feeling, Trying)

"Sometimes I say to myself, what are you doing in this absurd job? Why don't you go to Africa and help people? But I cannot help people, because I am a hypochondriac."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: People, Help, Job)

"I think we are living in selfish times. I'm the first one to say that I'm the most selfish. We live in the so-called 'first world,' and we may be first in a lot of things like technology, but we are behind in empathy."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Technology, Empathy, First, Living, May, World)

"Every time I wake up, I see myself like somebody beat me up."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Time)

"They may call me a sinner, but I am at peace with myself."
- Brigitte Bardot
(Related: Peace, May)

"Vadim was both my teacher and my husband. I placed myself entirely in his hands."
- Brigitte Bardot
(Related: Husband)

"There is a vast difference between games and play. Play is played for fun, but games are deadly serious and you do not play them to enjoy yourself."
- Maurice Baring
(Related: Difference, Fun, Games, Play)

"I submit all my plays to the National Theatre for rejection. To assure myself I am seeing clearly."
- Howard Barker
(Related: Rejection, Theatre)

"A leader is a person you will follow to a place you wouldn't go by yourself."
- Joel A. Barker
(Related: Leader, Will)

"I don't think of myself as giving interviews. I just have conversations. That gets me in trouble."
- Charles Barkley
(Related: Giving, Trouble)

"I always felt myself to be an unlucky person like Donald, who is a victim of so many circumstances. But there isn't a person in the United States who couldn't identify with him. He is everything, he is everybody; he makes the same mistakes that we all make."
- Carl Barks
(Related: Circumstances, Mistakes, states, United)

"Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Ethics, Order, Self, Will)

"But generally speaking, I felt to engage in the political process was to sully oneself to such a degree that whatever came out wasn't worth the trouble put in."
- John Perry Barlow
(Related: Trouble, Worth)

"What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance?"
- Djuna Barnes
(Related: Time, Endurance, Ruin)

"To be one's own master is to be the slave of self."
- Natalie Clifford Barney
(Related: Self)

"Women complain about PMS, but I think of it as the only time of the month when I can be myself."
- Roseanne Barr
(Related: Time, Women)

"I consider myself to be a pretty good judge of people... that's why I don't like any of them."
- Roseanne Barr
(Related: People, Pretty)

"It's ironic, but until you can free those final monsters within the jungle of yourself, your life, your soul is up for grabs."
- Rona Barrett
(Related: Life, Soul, Jungle)

"It may take practice to think more positively and more compassionately, but just as you must train a puppy to behave the way you want it to, you must train your mind to behave itself. Otherwise, like the puppy, your mind will just make a lot of messes."
- Tom Barrett
(Related: May, Mind, Practice, Want, Will)

"Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that. It's our only joke. Every woman knows that."
- J. M. Barrie
(Related: Wife, Man, Smiles, Woman)

"Every man who is high up likes to think that he has done it all himself, and the wife smiles and lets it go at that."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Wife, Man, Smiles)

"It was hard to make fun of him because he seemed to have so much fun making fun of himself."
- James Barron
(Related: Fun)

"Cartoonist was the weirdest name I finally let myself have. I would never say it. When I heard it I silently thought, what an awful word."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Thought, Name, Word)

"Only lately, like within the last few years, have I had people actually do an impression of me to me, which weirds me out to think of what they have picked up on, without ever realizing it myself."
- Todd Barry
(Related: People, Impression, Years)

"I basically did comedy there for about a year, and then moved to New York. If I had it to do over again, I would have booked myself on the road for at least a year."
- Todd Barry
(Related: Comedy, Road)

"There's something liberating about not pretending. Dare to embarrass yourself. Risk."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Risk)

"I've always said that one night, I'm going to find myself in some field somewhere, I'm standing on grass, and it's raining, and I'm with the person I love, and I know I'm at the very point I've been dreaming of getting to."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Love, Night)

"I used to look in the mirror and feel shame, I look in the mirror now and I absolutely love myself."
- Drew Barrymore
(Related: Love, Now, Shame)

"You grow up the day you have the first real laugh at yourself."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Day, First)

"You can't drown yourself in drink. I've tried, you float."
- John Barrymore
"Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the thing itself, by people."
- John Barth
(Related: People, Nothing, Value)

"The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself."
- Karl Barth
(Related: Theology)

"Jesus does not give recipes that show the way to God as other teachers of religion do. He is himself the way."
- Karl Barth
(Related: Religion, God, Teachers)

"The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man."
- Roland Barthes
(Related: Man)

"What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself."
- Roland Barthes
(Related: Passion, Public)

"We need to have a culture that says 'the less energy you can use to be comfortable, the better off you are and the better you should feel about yourself'."
- Roscoe Bartlett
(Related: Culture, Energy)

"I think, first of all, you need to love what you're doing, and then this helps in the comedian for its part in everything-but the moment you enjoy what you're doing, you try to express yourself, to find your way, and every time is different, of course."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Love, Time, First)

"As I walk'd by myself, I talk'd to myself, And myself replied to me; And the questions myself then put to myself, With their answers I give to thee."
- Bernard Barton
(Related: Answers, Questions, Talk)

"Many a man who pays rent all his life owns his own home; and many a family has successfully saved for a home only to find itself at last with nothing but a house."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Family, Home, Life, Man, Nothing)

"It would do the world good if every man would compel himself occasionally to be absolutely alone. Most of the world s progress has come out of such loneliness."
- Bruce Barton
(Related: Progress, Loneliness, Man, World)

"An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness."
- Clara Barton
(Related: Happiness, Evil, Reform, Suffering)

"I hold communications with saints and angels, even with satan himself."
- Elizabeth Barton
(Related: Angels, Saints, Satan)

"No man should think himself a zero, and think he can do nothing about the state of the world."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Man, Nothing, State, World)

"The ability to express an idea is well nigh as important as the idea itself."
- Bernard Baruch
(Related: Idea, Ability)

"Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see."
- Bernard Baruch
"The more a woman likes her job, the better her self-image and the more she enjoys her life."
- Grace Baruch
(Related: Life, Job, Self, Woman)

"People of art should never get married and have children, because it's a selfish experience."
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
(Related: Art, Experience, People, Children)

"I paint German artists whom I admire. I paint their pictures, their work as painters, and their portraits too. But oddly enough, each of these portraits ends up as a picture of a woman with blonde hair. I myself have never been able to work out why this happens."
- Georg Baselitz
(Related: Work, Artists, Hair, Portraits, Woman)

"I don't like things that can be reproduced. Wood isn't important in itself but rather in the fact that objects made in it are unique, simple, unpretentious."
- Georg Baselitz
(Related: Fact, Wood)

"The film was fair to his musical achievement and gave him every opportunity to explain himself."
- Martin Bashir
(Related: Opportunity, Achievement, Film)

"Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home."
- Matsuo Basho
(Related: Home, Day, Journey)

"Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them."
- Saint Basil
(Related: Comfort, Loss, Measure, Will)

"Works of art produced in the contemporary world are a further expression of that. But I don't think there is an active, ongoing nihilist self-consciousness in the artist."
- Leonard Baskin
(Related: Art, Artist, Expression, Self, World)

"I'm thinking about directing, but I know it's a lot of work and I appreciate what directors do and I would like to be good at it. The opportunity has presented itself four to five times, and I usually said no because of the script."
- Angela Bassett
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Thinking)

"Anyone who attempts to relate his life loses himself in the immediate. One can only speak of another."
- Augusto Roa Bastos
(Related: Life)

"To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them."
- Georges Bataille
(Related: God, Being, Existence, Harmony)

"In America, every female under fifty calls herself a girl."
- H. E. Bates
(Related: America)

"It was with deep interest that my companion and myself, both now about to see and examine the beauties of a tropical country for the first time, gazed on the land where I, at least, eventually spent eleven of the best years of my life."
- Henry Walter Bates
(Related: Life, Time, Country, Deep, First, Interest, Land, Now, Years)

"I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented."
- Kathy Bates
"The question is not... if art is enough to fulfill my life, but if I am true to the path I have set for myself, if I am the best I can be in the things I do. Am I living up to the reasons I became a singer in the first place?"
- Kathleen Battle
(Related: Art, Life, First, Living, Question)

"Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Work)

"The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be himself and others, as he wishes."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Being, Privilege, Wishes)

"To be a great man and a saint for oneself, that is the only important thing."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Man)

"Anybody, providing he knows how to be amusing, has the right to talk about himself."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Right, Talk)

"Nature... is nothing but the inner voice of self-interest."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Nature, Nothing, Self, Voice)

"Our religion is itself profoundly sad - a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language - so long as he knows anguish and is a painter."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Religion, Language, Liberty, Man)

"It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself."
- Charles Baudelaire
(Related: Work, Despair)

"There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Man, Nothing, Talking, Woman)

"We shall never resolve the enigma of the relation between the negative foundations of greatness and that greatness itself."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Greatness, Negative)

"Thus in Christianity the alienation had become total, and it was this total alienation that was the biggest obstacle to the progress of self-consciousness."
- Bruno Bauer
(Related: Progress, Christianity, Alienation, Self)

"What I look for in a script is something that challenges me, something that breaks new ground, something that allows me to flex my director muscle. You have got to think fast in this business, you've got to keep reinventing yourself to stay on top."
- Michael Bay
(Related: Business, Reinventing)

"I think we have a number of young people - like yourself - who want to make a difference. I'm not sure the numbers are as large because I think the burden of getting elected to public office at the national level has become astronomically expensive."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: People, Burden, Difference, Numbers, Office, Public, Want)

"The "Western" is the only genre whose origins are almost identical with those of the cinema itself."
- Andre Bazin
(Related: Cinema)

"I have to concentrate more intently when people speak. I always have to position myself on their right side so that I can hear out of my left ear. I sometimes get a crick in my neck from listening. But I don't there's too much else."
- Stephanie Beacham
(Related: People, Listening, Right)

"When you have to play a character that seems to be a relatively decent person and seems to be like yourself, I think the trick in that kind of character, so that you don't become a cliche, is to find where their weaknesses are."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Character, Play)

"You can make yourself feel better about yourself if you project your shadow side, if you project your own potential for evil onto someone else. By annihilating them and, therefore, your shadow, you bring yourself into some state of purity or reformation."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Evil, Potential, Project, Purity, Shadow, State)

"I don't think Roger Dodger is really about men. I think it is more about relationships and about how you present yourself, not only to the opposite sex, but to yourself. What lies are you going to tell yourself in order to get through the day?"
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Men, Sex, Day, Lies, Order, Present, Relationships)

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
- Charles A. Beard
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Independence, Reputation, Struggle)

"I just decided that I would not put my professional life on hold to raise children. I know that sounds selfish to a lot of people and I don't know if what I'm doing is the right thing. But that's the way I'm doing it."
- Emmanuelle Beart
(Related: Life, People, Children, Right)

"You have to figure out who the right person is to tell the story. And often, people who are very self-aware will only sound as if they are pontificating if they tell the story."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: People, Right, Self, Sound, Will)

"It's interesting, though, that in daily life, I think of myself as being relatively unobservant."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Life, Being)

"I've spent my life supporting myself."
- Ann Beattie
(Related: Life)

"When I saw Arnold say that he didn't need a union, because people in his position don't need it, I thought, this is a very naive way to present yourself. It's also kinda dumb about making movies. It doesn't realize how the union movement even helps the star."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Movies, Thought, People, Dumb, Present)

"Because you are a great lord, you believe yourself to be a great genius. You took the trouble to be born, but no more."
- Pierre Beaumarchais
(Related: Genius, Trouble)

"Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Work, Truth, Men, World)

"To make oneself an object, to make oneself passive, is a very different thing from being a passive object."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Being)

"Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Life, Man)

"The most mediocre of males feels himself a demigod as compared with women."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Women)

"Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Truth, Duty, Guilt, Reward, Sense)

"In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Fear, Being, Feeling, Homosexuality, Man, Obligation, Restraint, Woman)

"Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Life, Dying, Living)

"I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Love, Truth, Comfort)

"And partly, the worst thing you could do in my family was need something from someone. So physical strength represented an avenue of self-sufficiency to me."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Family, Strength, Self)

"I just have this sort of entrepreneurial spirit and I work really hard at promoting myself."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Work, Spirit)

"In the past it seemed like I was making fun of rap a little bit. But it was more me making fun of myself, since I'm not technically a rapper, whatever that means."
- Beck
(Related: Fun, Past, Rap)

"When did it something of shame or ridicule to be a self-made man in America?"
- Glenn Beck
(Related: America, Man, Ridicule, Self, Shame)

"And I've come to the place where I believe that there's no way to solve these problems, these issues - there's nothing that we can do that will solve the problems that we have and keep the peace, unless we solve it through God, unless we solve it in being our highest self. And that's a pretty tall order."
- Glenn Beck
(Related: God, Peace, Being, Nothing, Order, Pretty, Problems, Self, Will)

"Do whatever it takes to convey your essential self."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Self)

"No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone."
- Martha Beck
(Related: Death, Life, Self)

"I forced myself to think what is the new concept and it became clear to me that it was risk, not only in technology and ecology, but in life and employment, too."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Life, Technology, Ecology, Risk)

"Europe itself is an embodiment of this diversity."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Diversity, Europe)

"And therefore we must seek dialogue in this networked world. We must ask which voice was actually attempting to make itself heard and saw no other possibility of gaining a hearing. To that extent, for a while this also represented a forced opening of a cosmopolitan view."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Possibility, Hearing, Voice, World)

"And the terror itself is an example of the world's uncontrollability."
- Ulrich Beck
(Related: Example, Terror, World)

"I'm a self-taught musician aside from what I've been able to pick up from other players."
- Walter Becker
(Related: Self)

"I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning."
- Samuel Beckett
(Related: Life, Beginning, Exercise)

"I don't think I'm really in a situation to complain, because I consider myself to be privileged to be doing what I do."
- David Beckham
"I still look at myself and want to improve."
- David Beckham
(Related: Want)

"Height, width, and depth are the three phenomena which I must transfer into one plane to form the abstract surface of the picture, and thus to protect myself from the infinity of space."
- Max Beckmann
(Related: Infinity, Space)

"One of my problems is to find the self."
- Max Beckmann
(Related: Problems, Self)

"What I want to show in my work is the idea which hides itself behind so-called reality."
- Max Beckmann
(Related: Work, Idea, Reality, Want)

"I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself."
- Venerable Bede
"Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
"A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Power, Man, State)

"A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Purpose, Christian, Man, Nothing, School)

"To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
"The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Excuses, Man)

"Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Society, Effort, Law, Liberty, Man, Selfishness)

"Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Selfishness, Vice, Will)

"Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death."
- Lyman Beecher
(Related: Death, Lie, Will)

"No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt."
- Max Beerbohm
(Related: Work, Doubt, Self)

"Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors."
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Related: Errors, Nothing)

"What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven."
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Related: Accident, Will)

"Never interrupt your opponent when he's destroying himself."
- Paul Begala
"Again and again, I've seen Bush turn a blind eye as his henchmen have leveled zealous attacks against his political enemies - assaults which the president himself has sometimes directly encouraged."
- Paul Begala
(Related: Blind, Enemies, Eye, President)

"Shakespeare said pretty well everything and what he left out, James Joyce, with a judge from meself, put in."
- Brendan Behan
(Related: Pretty, Shakespeare)

"I say myself no depressed words just depressed minds."
- Brendan Behan
(Related: Words)

"It's not about finding a home so much as finding yourself."
- Jason Behr
(Related: Home)

"I think Bush has a very selfish, arrogant point of view. I think he is interested in power, I think he believes his truth is the only truth, and that he will do what he wants to do despite the people."
- Harry Belafonte
(Related: Power, Truth, People, Will)

"I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs."
- Adrian Belew
(Related: Age, Guitar, Play, Songs)

"My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort."
- Adrian Belew
(Related: Work, Effort, Favorite, Trying)

"A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with - a man is what he makes of himself."
- Alexander Graham Bell
(Related: Man)

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. I may be given credit for having blazed the trail, but when I look at the subsequent developments I feel the credit is due to others rather than to myself."
- Alexander Graham Bell
(Related: Cooperation, Credit, May)

"The American people expect public servants to be able to police themselves. But instead of designing a system to enforce ethical conduct, Tom Delay and his cohorts have implemented a self protection system. Obviously, it wasn't good for democracy."
- Chris Bell
(Related: People, American, Delay, Democracy, Police, Protection, Public, Self)

"The intellectual takes as a starting point his self and relates the world to his own sensibilities; the scientist accepts an existing field of knowledge and seeks to map out the unexplored terrain."
- Daniel Bell
(Related: Knowledge, Self, World)

"It is the perennial youthfulness of mathematics itself which marks it off with a disconcerting immortality from the other sciences."
- E. T. Bell
(Related: Immortality, Mathematics)

"I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I'll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It's not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least eight hours of sleep to feel balanced."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Bed, First, Friends, Fun, Now, Sleep)

"I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Home, Love, Clothes, Day)

"I pushed myself way too hard during the first year of Veronica Mars and I got moody and run-down. Now I'll go to bed early instead of going out with friends. It's not always the most fun option, but I know I need at least eight hours of sleep to feel balanced."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Bed, First, Friends, Fun, Now, Sleep)

"I rarely wear clothes when I'm home by myself. I love making breakfast naked. But you've got to make sure the gardener's not coming that day."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Home, Love, Clothes, Day)

"I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
"Because I was able to submerge myself into the character, I didn't have to go back and forth. You don't have to work hard to bring emotions. It all just comes naturally, you're there living it."
- Camilla Belle
(Related: Work, Character, Emotions, Living)

"There is always one person on the set who has a lot of anxiety, an actor who is really intense and has to stay in character and holds himself away from the rest of us."
- Maria Bello
(Related: Character, Actor, Anxiety, Rest)

"Hapiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions."
- Saul Bellow
"I feel fine and comfortable with myself, but not because I'm beautiful."
- Monica Bellucci
"I give so much pleasure to so many people. Why can I not get some pleasure for myself?"
- John Belushi
(Related: People, Pleasure)

"It's all false pressure; you put the heat on yourself, you get it from the networks and record companies and movie studios. You put more pressure on yourself to make everything that much harder."
- John Belushi
(Related: Pressure)

"I know I'm drinking myself to a slow death, but then I'm in no hurry."
- Robert Benchley
(Related: Death, Drinking)

"PLease, do not visualize that we exist above you such as in heaven. The concepts above and below are products of your mind. The soul does not swing upwards. It exists in the center and orients itself in every direction."
- Hans Bender
(Related: Soul, Direction, Heaven, Mind)

"Free yourself from the rigid conduct of tradition and open yourself to the new forms of probability."
- Hans Bender
(Related: Open, Tradition)

"I gambled on having the strength to live two lives, one for myself and one for the world."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Strength, World)

"A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Gratitude, Virtue, Job, Man)

"The fact that the Lord can work and act even with insufficient means consoles me, and above all I entrust myself to your prayers."
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Related: Work, Act, Fact)

"Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards."
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Related: Faith, Attitude, Church, Teaching, Today, Wind)

"Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it is more or less strong tendency ordered to an intrinsic moral evil, and thus the inclination itself must be seen as an objective disorder."
- Pope Benedict XVI
(Related: Disorder, Evil, Sin)

"Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity."
- Stephen Vincent Benet
(Related: Honesty, Man, Self)

"When I first saw a Fellini movie, I came out of the movie theatre and decided to become a lawyer! I thought to myself, it's impossible to make something so beautiful!"
- Roberto Benigni
(Related: Thought, First, Theatre)

"Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn't mean that I'll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: "Isn't that that Bening woman?""
- Annette Bening
(Related: Love, People, Fact, Now, Old, Right, Woman)

"I didn't picture myself as a movie actress. I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, "Well somebody has to be in them," so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise."
- Annette Bening
(Related: College, Thinking)

"I don't see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you're not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it's not like something you can win in that way."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Time, Competition, Trying)

"To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright."
- Walter Benjamin
"Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: People, Books, Poor, Writers, Writing)

"If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living."
- Arnold Bennett
(Related: Egotism, Interest, Living, Self)

"The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Achievement, Character, Discipline, Goal)

"Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Age, Power, Wisdom, Achievement, Growth, Purpose, Innocence, Personal growth, Self, Understanding, Youth)

"Never expect people to treat you any better than you treat yourself."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: People)

"If you are going to ask yourself life-changing questions, be sure to do something with the answers."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Life, Answers, Questions)

"A good leader is one who can tell another how to reach his or her potential; a great leader is one who can help another discover this potential for him or herself."
- Bo Bennett
(Related: Leader, Help, Potential)

"I want to make films that make a difference. I want to be out and hope that that will make things better for gay people and for myself. I hope one day I can start to make the kind of projects or be involved with kind of projects that can really make a difference."
- Jill Bennett
(Related: People, Hope, Day, Difference, Gay, Projects, Want, Will)

"I might as well have pulled the trigger myself."
- Joan Bennett
"Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself."
- Robert Foster Bennett
(Related: Life, Control, Being, Choices, Freedom, Result)

"Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty."
- William Bennett
(Related: Challenge, Difficulty, Trying, Will)

"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult."
- Warren G. Bennis
(Related: Leader)

"One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do."
- A. C. Benson
(Related: Mind)

"Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene."
- A. C. Benson
(Related: Change, Self)

"I decided that my means were sufficient to enable me to devote myself to botany, a determination which I never, during the long period of my subsequent career, had on any occasion any reason to repent of."
- George Bentham
(Related: Determination, Career, Reason)

"All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Evil, Punishment)

"He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong, so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn."
- Jeremy Bentham
(Related: Right, Will, Wrong)

"I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called 'slow'. It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' - it's horrible."
- Robert Benton
(Related: Feeling)

"You don't realize how much a part of your character is part of yourself until you are no longer playing that character."
- Julie Benz
(Related: Character)

"You really have to work hard and apply yourself and by applying yourself and working hard and being diligent, you can achieve success."
- Julie Benz
(Related: Success, Work, Being)

"Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one."
- Nikolai Berdyaev
(Related: Question, Spiritual)

"My list of things I never pictured myself saying when I pictured myself as a parent has grown over the years."
- Polly Berrien Berends
(Related: Saying, Years)

"Sometimes I think I'm real predictable to myself and other times... you always wonder, Is this really what I wanted to do? Did I make a mistake? Should I be doing something else?"
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Mistake, Wonder)

"We had training camp for a week, and we used the actual military drills of that period. We didn't have to work out much after hours, because going up and down hills all day was a good workout in itself."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Work, Day, Military, Training)

"A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die."
- Bernard Berenson
(Related: Life, Ending, May, Self)

"You might make a lot of money, but it's very hard to get out from under that rug. The more you can reinvent yourself, the better - and unfortunately TV is designed not to let you redesign yourself."
- Peter Berg
(Related: Money)

"Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love."
- Jose Bergamin
(Related: Dignity, Man, Pride, Self, Woman)

"Self-acceptance has been a blessed by-product of middle age."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Age, Middle age, Self)

"Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature."
- John Berger
(Related: Nature, Cruelty, Evil, Needs, Nothing, Talking)

"Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress."
- John Berger
(Related: Being, Dress, Nudity)

"Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death triumphant over all."
- John Berger
(Related: Death, Time, Thought, Character)

"Never chain your dogs together with sausages. One must accustom one's self to be bored."
- John Berger
(Related: Dogs, Self)

"What was it about Carolyn that made her so cautious about revealing herself?"
- Michael Bergin
"I like parties, but I'm shy, and I often find myself standing around, feeling awkward."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Feeling)

"I don't want to lose myself in football and that's what a coach has to do to be successful."
- Dennis Bergkamp
(Related: Successful, Coach, Football, Want)

"I have grown up alone. I've taken care of myself. I worked, earned money and was independent at 18."
- Ingrid Bergman
(Related: Money, Care)

"Be yourself. The world worships the original."
- Ingrid Bergman
(Related: World)

"There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Life, Creation, Feeling, Joy)

"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Change)

"To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Perception, Act)

"In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Past, Reality)

"In music, as I find myself forever saying, things don't get better or worse: they evolve and transform themselves."
- Luciano Berio
(Related: Music, Saying)

"A mind at liberty to reflect on its own observations, if it produce nothing useful to the world, seldom fails of entertainment to itself."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Entertainment, Liberty, Mind, Nothing, World)

"He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave."
- George Berkeley
(Related: Knave, Man, May)

"From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God."
- George Berkeley
(Related: God, Ideas, Act, Being, Existence, Mind, Reason)

"I had to make some drastic choices to avoid losing myself."
- Elizabeth Berkley
(Related: Choices, Losing)

"Achieving price stability is not only important in itself, it is also central to attaining the Federal Reserve's other mandate objectives of maximum sustainable employment and moderate long-term interest rates."
- Ben Bernanke
(Related: Interest, Objectives, Stability)

"The wish to pray is a prayer in itself. God can ask no more than that of us."
- Georges Bernanos
(Related: God, Prayer)

"A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes."
- Claude Bernard
(Related: Idea, Fact, Nothing, Proof)

"When you're constantly looking for things from other people, you're not looking within yourself."
- Sandra Bernhard
(Related: People)

"When you're watching the news, how many days in a row can you watch that and feel good about yourself and the world?"
- Sandra Bernhard
(Related: News, World)

"I don't consider myself a comic but a performer. A comic tells bad jokes."
- Sandra Bernhard
(Related: Jokes)

"Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Character, Actor, First, Public)

"It is in spending oneself that one becomes rich."
- Sarah Bernhardt
"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Life, Energy)

"What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is enamoured of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty?"
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Beauty, Art, Joy, Poverty)

"There's no way I can compete with someone who can write rap or rock and roll. Nor do I wish to. But I've always kept up to date with music changes. I worked very hard not to type myself."
- Elmer Bernstein
(Related: Music, Rap)

"I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer."
- Leonard Bernstein
(Related: Sound, Want)

"I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?"
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Change, Blame, Fault)

"The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry."
- Halle Berry
(Related: Man)

"It is very hard to separate one's self from a character. Sometimes the people closest to me have to be very understanding."
- Halle Berry
(Related: People, Character, Self, Understanding)

"People have criticised me because my security detail is larger than the president's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the president? I can assure you there are."
- Marion Berry
(Related: People, Detail, President, Security, Want)

"Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given, but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority, not a self-control which enhances our self-respect."
- Bruno Bettelheim
(Related: Authority, May, Obedience, Punishment, Self, Will)

"Obviously the biggest change is that it's me by myself. When you don't have another band interpreting your songs or playing them the way that they have, it's bound to sound different."
- Nuno Bettencourt
(Related: Change, Songs, Sound)

"I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time."
- Joseph Beuys
(Related: Time)

"Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born."
- Aneurin Bevan
(Related: Society, Fascism, Future, Order)

"Do not allow yourself to imagine that revolutionary thinking can be propagated by governmental power."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Power, Thinking)

"If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world."
- Vinoba Bhave
(Related: Power, Victory, Body, Exercise, Man, Rules, World)

"The United Nations charter gives every nation the right to self defence, therefore when the American embassies were bombed it was a matter of time before the Americans responded by going for what they suspected were the causes of the attack."
- Benazir Bhutto
(Related: Time, American, Americans, Causes, Nation, Nations, Right, Self, United)

"After a long, impartial enquiry of the truth, and after much and earnest calling upon God, to give unto me the spirit and revelation in the knowledge of Him, I find myself obliged, both by the principles of reason and Scripture, to embrace the opinion I now hold forth."
- John Biddle
(Related: God, Truth, Knowledge, Opinion, Principles, Reason, Scripture, Spirit)

"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me."
- Ambrose Bierce
"An egotist is a person of low taste - more interested in himself than in me."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Taste)

"Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Pleasure, Temptation)

"A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Failure, Being, Enemies, First, Man)

"Confidante: One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Secrets)

"Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Power, Country, Fool, Symbol)

"One should make morals judgements for oneself."
- Kathryn Bigelow
(Related: Morals)

"But I did have two months off between Loser and the start of Prozac Nation. So, it was supposed to be Jason time, right? My time to enjoy myself away from movies."
- Jason Biggs
(Related: Movies, Time, Months, Nation, Right)

"I was nervous and hesitant about putting myself out there for the pie scene. But I went for it and the results were wonderful."
- Jason Biggs
(Related: Results)

"Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being."
- Steven Biko
(Related: Being, Fight, Road)

"The Free State men, myself among them, took it for granted that Missouri was a slave state."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Men, State)

"As a good horse is not very apt to jump over a bank, if left to guide himself, I let mine pick his own way."
- Buffalo Bill
"Major North and myself went out in advance of the command several miles and killed a number of buffaloes."
- Buffalo Bill
"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Love, Earth)

"To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Travel)

"If a man should happen to reach perfection in this world, he would have to die immediately to enjoy himself."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Man, Perfection, World)

"It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient."
- Josh Billings
(Related: Self)

"It's great playing someone who is not like me at all. I'm really a nice girl, so it's fun to be a bitch, then come home and be myself again. When I meet people now, they're surprised that I'm a good person."
- Rachel Bilson
(Related: Home, People, Fun, Now)

"I think acting is about forgetting yourself in order to give the best of yourself. It's passing through you more than you're creating it. You're not the flower, but the vase which holds the flower."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Acting, Order)

"Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds."
- Larry Bird
"I love Dickens because it makes me chuckle to myself so. He has taken me to another world and out of so many earthly miseries."
- Jane Birkin
(Related: Love, World)

"Given Pounds and five years, and an ordinary man can in the ordinary course, without any undue haste or putting any pressure upon his taste, surround himself with books, all in his own language, and thence forward have at least one place in the world."
- Augustine Birrell
(Related: Books, Haste, Language, Man, Pressure, Taste, World, Years)

"An ordinary man can surround himself with two thousand books and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy."
- Augustine Birrell
(Related: Books, Man, World)

"Not everyone likes watching rushes, but it makes me work harder, and I don't feel I am watching myself, but watching the progression of the character."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Work, Character)

"Let me pose you a question. Can farm-raised salmon be organic when its feed has nothing to do with its natural diet, even if the feed itself is supposedly organic, and the fish themselves are packed tightly in pens, swimming in their own filth?"
- Mark Bittman
(Related: Diet, Fish, Nothing, Question)

"Now that rock is turning 50, it's become classical in itself. It's interesting to see that development."
- Bjork
(Related: Development, Now)

"Trust in yourself. Your perceptions are often far more accurate than you are willing to believe."
- Claudia Black
(Related: Trust, Perceptions)

"Bob Dylan is quite a songwriter, and a great singer and musician. I won't bother with comparing myself to him, but I will say that I heard his records at a very young age and I still listen to all his records."
- Frank Black
(Related: Age, Will)

"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

"I had found myself a new mission - and once more my recurring dilemma between corporate commercial needs and personal scientific ambitions was solved unexpectedly."
- James W. Black
(Related: Corporate, Mission, Needs)

"The outcome, the fourth in an issue of five boys born into a staunch Baptist home, meant that from the beginning I was taught to be respectful of others no less than myself, influencing ever since both my political and administrative attitudes."
- James W. Black
(Related: Home, Beginning, Boys)

"If you're working out in front of a mirror and watching your muscles grow, your ego has reached a point where it is now eating itself. That's why I believe there should be a psychiatrist at every health club, so that when they see you doing this, they will take you away for a little chat."
- Lewis Black
(Related: Health, Eating, Ego, Now, Will)

"Playing a Fender is an art itself. They're always going out of tune."
- Ritchie Blackmore
(Related: Art)

"I don't put myself on Jeff Beck's level, but I can relate to him when he says he'd rather be working on his car collection than playing the guitar."
- Ritchie Blackmore
(Related: Car, Guitar)

"I don't see myself as such an important guitarist."
- Ritchie Blackmore
"There have been many times when I've been asked to appear and I'd say to myself, what am I going to talk about? Early on, when I did interviews, I'd tell everyone, Don't ask me about dates. I don't even remember what I did yesterday."
- Otis Blackwell
(Related: Talk, Yesterday)

"I got behind that pencil and nothing happened for many years, but since they put me in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, I've turned around. I took a good look at myself and said, I think it's time to get back at work."
- Otis Blackwell
(Related: Time, Work, Fame, Nothing, Years)

"I have referred to myself as an accidental activist on more than one occasion."
- Joan Blades
"I just believe that the feeling of wonder is amazing. I am pushing myself as far as I can humanly push myself... I can only hope for the best and expect the worse."
- David Blaine
(Related: Hope, Feeling, Wonder)

"Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which."
- Gary Ryan Blair
(Related: Act, Actions, Results, Self, Today, Tomorrow)

"This marched was planned to be non violent and non confrontational, and gladly it stayed that way. What really impressed me was the self discipline of the Black Block."
- John Blair
(Related: Discipline, Self, Self discipline)

"I've lived through what seems to most - and myself - many lives."
- Linda Blair
"To ignore one's spiritual self is unsettling, to say the least. That's a very profound outlook on it."
- Linda Blair
(Related: Self, Spiritual)

"If I had children, I would be very selfish. I wouldn't be out doing things. But by not having kids, it makes me freer to travel the world and talk about things I feel are important."
- Linda Blair
(Related: Travel, Children, Kids, Talk, World)

"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself."
- Eubie Blake
(Related: Care)

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."
- William Blake
(Related: Imagination, Nature, Eyes, Joy, Man, Ridicule, Tears)

"He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise."
- William Blake
(Related: Life, Eternity, Flies, Joy, Kisses, Sun)

"Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair."
- William Blake
(Related: Love, Care, Despair, Heaven, Hell)

"Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look. That's not what life's about. If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel, you will never do good work. And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?"
- Cate Blanchett
(Related: Life, Work, Actor, Eye, Will, Wind)

"Yet, the Universe is real enough to the conscious beings in it, which are as unreal as it is itself."
- H. P. Blavatsky
(Related: Universe)

"I was modeling with an agency in New York and a manager with the agency introduced himself to me one day and he said he had auditions for someone my age. He asked if I would be interested in doing some."
- Alexis Bledel
(Related: Age, Manager, Day)

"I just want to live each moment, but it's kind of hard to do that when you are asked to analyze yourself constantly. But it's also good in that you are forced to think about things that you don't ordinarily think about. I think it's strange."
- Alexis Bledel
(Related: Want)

"I always considered myself very successful even before the success of Secrets and Lies."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Success, Successful, Lies, Secrets)

"One performer whose band played my music better than I could myself was Art Farmer. He recorded 'Sing Me Softly of the Blues' and 'Ad Infinitum'."
- Carla Bley
(Related: Art, Music)

"Life is amazing: and the teacher had better prepare himself to be a medium for that amazement."
- Edward Blishen
(Related: Life)

"The Iraqis are not threatened by the Turks or by the Iranians or by the Saudis and they tell me that these are not weapons of mass destruction, they are weapons of self-destruction."
- Hans Blix
(Related: Destruction, Self, Weapons)

"I don't know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It's more than talent and beauty. Maybe it's the audience seeing itself in you."
- Joan Blondell
(Related: Beauty, Talent, Longevity)

"I'll answer to none but the King himself."
- Thomas Blood
"The most important function of the university in an age of reason is to protect reason from itself."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Age, Reason, University)

"We read deeply for varied reasons, most of them familiar: that we cannot know enough people profoundly enough; that we need to know ourselves better; that we require knowledge, not just of self and others, but of the way things are."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: People, Knowledge, Self)

"What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism - which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people - is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: People, Beginning, End, First, Judaism, Present, Study, Tradition)

"The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic."
- Harold Bloom
(Related: Cause, Trying)

"I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Love, Movies)

"The truth is - I found myself doing these huge action-adventure movies, and um, and which are cool man. And I really love doing them. And thankfully I haven't had too much dialogue, because if I had I would have really made a mess of it. You know what I mean?"
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Love, Movies, Truth, Action, Man)

"I try to take the time to appreciate and I certainly do appreciate and I do feel proud but that is probably one of the things I need to work on, building a bit of time for myself."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Time, Work, Building)

"And because no matter who you are, if you believe in yourself and your dream, New York will always be the place for you."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Dream, Will)

"For a Christian, Jesus is the unique and only way that God has fully revealed himself. For a Jew this cannot be."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: God, Christian)

"I keep telling myself, don't get cocky. Give your services to the press and the media, be nice to the kids, throw a baseball into the stands once in a while."
- Vida Blue
(Related: Baseball, Kids, Media, Press)

"As I said, if you don't stand up for yourself, people aren't going to think that you can stand up for them."
- Sidney Blumenthal
(Related: People)

"Like any parents, mine wanted me to have a secure job with a regular wage and career prospects. And the one job my father knew of, that he'd had experience of himself, was the army, so he could help me in that direction."
- James Blunt
(Related: Experience, Father, Army, Career, Direction, Help, Job, Parents, Wage)

"It's taken a long time but eventually when I had the songs in place and demos right and I found myself a manager, that's when everything started happening quickly but I think that's always the way it is."
- James Blunt
(Related: Time, Manager, Right, Songs)

"I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow."
- Nellie Bly
(Related: Duty, Poor, Results)

"Death used to announce itself in the thick of life but now people drag on so long it sometimes seems that we are reaching the stage when we may have to announce ourselves to death. It is as though one needs a special strength to die, and not a final weakness."
- Ronald Blythe
(Related: Death, Life, People, Strength, May, Needs, Now, Weakness)

"Now I'm more sure and I feel myself more comfortable singing."
- Andrea Bocelli
(Related: Now, Singing)

"To give up yourself without regret is the greatest charity."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Charity, Regret)

"Worship means reverence and humility it means revering your real self and humbling delusions."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Humility, Self, Worship)

"You can't know your real mind as long as you deceive yourself."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Mind)

"Freeing oneself from words is liberation."
- Bodhidharma
(Related: Words)

"This resolution simply says Israel has the right to defend itself. This includes conducting operations both inside its borders and in the territory of nations that threaten it, which is in accordance with international law."
- John Boehner
(Related: Israel, Law, Nations, Resolution, Right)

"I started out mopping floors, waiting tables, and tending bar at my dad's tavern. I put myself through school working odd jobs and night shifts. I poured my heart and soul into a small business. And when I saw how out-of-touch Washington had become with the core values of this great nation, I put my name forward and ran for office."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Dad, Soul, Heart, Values, Jobs, Name, Nation, Night, Office, School, Waiting, Washington)

"The more you learn what to do with yourself, and the more you do for others, the more you will learn to enjoy the abundant life."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: Life, Will)

"That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: People, May, Right, Self, Wrong)

"Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record from day to day, and you are a success."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: Success, Day, Mind)

"Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself."
- William J. H. Boetcker
(Related: Success)

"Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law."
- Boethius
(Related: Love, Law, Lovers)

"The intellectual is a middle-class product; if he is not born into the class he must soon insert himself into it, in order to exist. He is the fine nervous flower of the bourgeoisie."
- Louise Bogan
(Related: Class, Order)

"I've always seen myself as sort of this funky, eclectic artist."
- Suzy Bogguss
(Related: Artist)

"It's a mental fake-out to myself. I make believe I'm making a new show so I forget the material I was working on and make up some fresh material."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: Forget)

"Well, the real Eric Bogosian is pretty self-conscious of himself."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: Pretty, Self)

"I do write about people who are complex and are striving with something and can't quite get past their own stuff, which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: People, Past)

"Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally."
- David Bohm
(Related: Thought, Saying)

"Then there is the further question of what is the relationship of thinking to reality. As careful attention shows, thought itself is in an actual process of movement."
- David Bohm
(Related: Thought, Attention, Question, Reality, Thinking)

"Suppose we were able to share meanings freely without a compulsive urge to impose our view or conform to those of others and without distortion and self-deception. Would this not constitute a real revolution in culture."
- David Bohm
(Related: Culture, Revolution, Self)

"He who knows himself best esteems himself least."
- H. G. Bohn
"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it."
- Niels Bohr
(Related: Change, Deep, Difficulty, Order, Solution, Thinking)

"Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think."
- Niels Bohr
"A physicist is just an atom's way of looking at itself."
- Niels Bohr
"The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass."
- Nicolas Boileau
(Related: Fools, World)

"No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write."
- Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
"It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity."
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Related: Soul, Contempt, Eyes, Pity, Self, Sense, World)

"I amused myself playing with the journalists."
- Brigitte Boisselier
"I'd like to do things to make money to save myself but right now I can't do nothing. If they want to put me in jail, they can do that. It's kind of tough."
- Manute Bol
(Related: Money, Nothing, Now, Right, Want)

"I would find myself, not necessarily always assigning these little bits of music for here or there, but all of a sudden something would fall into place and it would be exactly that."
- William Bolcom
(Related: Music)

"Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh."
- Robert Bolt
(Related: Death, Day, Will)

"Diplomacy is not an end in itself if it does not advance U.S. interests."
- John Bolton
(Related: Diplomacy, End)

"I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Time, Disappointment, Now)

"I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Love, Singing)

"Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Music, Ability, Enjoyment)

"I think repeating yourself is a sign of old age, telling the same joke again and again. Especially if they're jokes that don't make people laugh."
- Simon Le Bon
(Related: Age, People, Jokes, Old)

"The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided. It is sometimes better to abandon one's self to destiny."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Destiny, Self)

"If you want a thing done well, do it yourself."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Want)

"Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self interest."
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Related: Men, Fear, Interest, Self, Self interest)

"The human mind is a dramatic structure in itself and our society is absolutely saturated with drama."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Society, Drama, Mind)

"Whatever the economy needs to maintain itself, the government will do it."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Government, Economy, Needs, Will)

"Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness, just as Greek drama had once done."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Religion, Society, Debate, Drama, Goodness)

"I write plays not to make money, but to stop myself from going mad. Because it's my way of making the world rational to me."
- Edward Bond
(Related: Money, World)

"It's true that Blake was emotionally disturbed - always has been - but he doesn't have murder in his heart. If he was going to do any damage to anything or anyone, it would be to himself."
- Tommy Bond
(Related: Heart, Murder)

"I said to myself, where are we living? In the United States of America where you're innocent until proven guilty, or Nazi Germany with the Gestapo calling?"
- Tommy Bond
(Related: America, Germany, Living, states, United)

"I never stop looking for things to try and make myself better."
- Barry Bonds
"Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Society, Respect, Self)

"That industry expects you to prove yourself over and over again. Do I stay doing this, or do I raise my daughter and live surrounded by people who love me? Wasn't even really a choice."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Love, Daughter, People, Choice)

"Success made me self-sufficient, but it also took away my anonymity. I'm just this quiet nobody, and all of a sudden people are nervous around me. That was kind of weird."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Success, People, Quiet, Self)

"The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Related: Inspiration, Hope, Optimism, Enemy, Future, Man, Present, Vitality)

"You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself."
- Pierre Bonnard
(Related: Painting)

"It is during difficult times like this that the true American spirit reveals itself. I am not talking only of the response of local, state, and federal governments, although they will each play an extremely important role in this effort."
- Jo Bonner
(Related: American, Effort, Play, Spirit, State, Talking, Will)

"To be successful you have to be lucky, or a little mad, or very talented, or find yourself in a rapid growth field."
- Edward de Bono
(Related: Successful, Growth)

"I think what makes a good action film is a story that gets you involved. Just action, by itself, is not going to work."
- Jan de Bont
(Related: Work, Action, Film)

"Learn to adjust yourself to the conditions you have to endure, but make a point of trying to alter or correct conditions so that they are most favorable to you."
- William Frederick Book
(Related: Trying)

"Most of the memorable events I have myself been exercised in; and, for the satisfaction of the public, will briefly relate the circumstances of my adventures, and scenes of life, from my first movement to this country until this day."
- Daniel Boone
(Related: Life, Circumstances, Country, Day, Events, First, Public, Satisfaction, Will)

"I hate the idea of getting in a building that someone else has designed and having to do something to it yourself to sort of dress it up - it's like using presets in your tracks."
- Sean Booth
(Related: Idea, Building, Dress, Hate)

"Shooting a television show can be very difficult and at times can really wear on you. If you keep reminding yourself that it is a job and you show up together as a team and as a whole, you can prevail."
- David Boreanaz
(Related: Job, Television)

"I foresee that man will resign himself each day to new abominations, and soon that only bandits and soldiers will be left."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Day, Man, Soldiers, Will)

"Life itself is a quotation."
- Jorge Luis Borges
(Related: Life, Quotation)

"I've been to a number of places and seen for myself the caliber of people who are in the Navy today - in all the services for that matter. This is an altogether different bunch. These people of today are really bright, young, good people."
- Ernest Borgnine
(Related: People, Navy, Today)

"I don't think the Constitution is studied almost anywhere, including law schools. In law schools, what they study is what the court said about the Constitution. They study the opinions. They don't study the Constitution itself."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Constitution, Court, Law, Opinions, Schools, Study)

"There may be something good in silence. It's a brand new thing. You can hear the funniest little discussions, if you keep turning the volume down. Shut yourself up, and listen out loud."
- Wes Borland
(Related: May, Silence)

"For, behind the scenes, halfway around the world in Mexico, were two decades of aggressive research on wheat that not only enabled Mexico to become self-sufficient with respect to wheat production but also paved the way to rapid increase in its production in other countries."
- Norman Borlaug
(Related: Countries, Production, Research, Respect, Self, World)

"The belief that there is only one truth, and that oneself is in possession of it, is the root of all evil in the world."
- Max Born
(Related: Truth, Belief, Evil, Possession, World)

"There are no countries in the world less known by the British than those selfsame British Islands."
- George Borrow
(Related: Countries, Islands, World)

"It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness."
- George Borrow
(Related: Idleness)

"I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am."
- James Boswell
(Related: Hate, Mankind)

"A companion loves some agreeable qualities which a man may possess, but a friend loves the man himself."
- James Boswell
(Related: Friend, Man, May)

"Retiring for good wasn't difficult. I knew at the time it was right. I was no longer capable of achieving the standards I'd set myself and there was no light at the end of the tunnel."
- Ian Botham
(Related: Time, End, Light, Right)

"There are two ways of meeting difficulties: you alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them."
- Phyllis Bottome
(Related: Difficulties, Meeting)

"I defend peoples' right to do that in a lawful manner, but I have not undertaken that practice myself."
- Rick Boucher
(Related: Practice, Right)

"I have been involved in Internet-related policy for approximately one decade, and I have been using the Internet myself for almost that period of time."
- Rick Boucher
(Related: Time, Policy, Internet)

"I explained I wanted to descend as quickly as possible to camp IV in order to warm myself and gather a supply of hot drink and oxygen in the event I might need to go back up the mountain to assist descending climbers."
- Anatoli Boukreev
(Related: Order)

"Happy is the person who can laugh at himself. He will never cease to be amused."
- Habib Bourguiba
(Related: Will)

"Saturate yourself with your subject and the camera will all but take you by the hand."
- Margaret Bourke-White
(Related: Will)

"Everyone has egos, and you want to come out on top. You have to pick yourself up and go at it again."
- Caprice Bourret
(Related: Want)

"Men tend to be selfish."
- Caprice Bourret
(Related: Men)

"People are so docile right now. It is almost as if good government means when the politicians lie to us for our own good, for the public good, and bad government is when politicians lie for their own selfish interests."
- James Bovard
(Related: Government, Lie, People, Now, Politicians, Public, Right)

"Doubt whom you will, but never yourself."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Doubt, Will)

"Sensitiveness is closely allied to egotism; and excessive sensibility is only another name for morbid self-consciousness. The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of our selves."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Cure, Egotism, Name, Self, Sensibility)

"Our first and last love is self-love."
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Related: Love, First, Self)

"Many a man who has known himself at ten forgets himself utterly between ten and thirty."
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Related: Man)

"Writers seldom choose as friends those self-contained characters who are never in trouble, never unhappy or ill, never make mistakes and always count their change when it is handed to them."
- Catherine Drinker Bowen
(Related: Change, Friends, Mistakes, Self, Trouble, Writers)

"Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Hope, Pity, Selfishness)

"The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Feeling, Self)

"Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: Experience, Fact)

"Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique."
- Elizabeth Bowen
(Related: People, Idea, Meeting)

"It's a war of attrition. If you have patience and a modicum of faith in yourself your chances are not too bad."
- Julie Bowen
(Related: Faith, War, Patience)

"But I've got to think of myself as the luckiest guy. Robert Johnson only had one album's worth of work as his legacy. That's all that life allowed him."
- David Bowie
(Related: Life, Work, Worth)

"I had to resign myself, many years ago, that I'm not too articulate when it comes to explaining how I feel about things. But my music does it for me, it really does."
- David Bowie
(Related: Music, Years)

"I think it all comes back to being very selfish as an artist. I mean, I really do just write and record what interests me and I do approach the stage shows in much the same way."
- David Bowie
(Related: Artist, Being)

"My art and poetry is very political now. Because you've got to find that truth within you and express yourself. Somewhere out there, I know, there will be people who will listen."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Art, Poetry, Truth, People, Now, Will)

"I don't call myself a writer."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Writer)

"If you can't protect yourself with talk, you won't be alive to protect yourself with guns."
- Arthur Boyd
(Related: Talk)

"Speaking for myself, my very integrity as a human being needs to include my freedom to explore who I am both spiritually and sexually. Not just to explore - but to practice."
- Malcolm Boyd
(Related: Being, Freedom, Integrity, Needs, Practice)

"I love talking about myself."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Love, Talking)

"I still sweat bullets if I go on The Tonight Show, but I tell myself, You can either have fun tonight or you can be shy and miserable. You ask my friends or anyone I work with now - nobody would say I was shy."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Work, Friends, Fun, Now)

"I am a very selfish person."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
"And while I might not always agree with the viewpoint I have to portray, because I play a district attorney, as an actress I can always tell myself that my character is trying to take the moral high ground."
- Lara Flynn Boyle
(Related: Character, Play, Trying)

"I live myself with my cat Pebbles. She isn't enjoying the attention as much as me - she ran off up the stairs as soon as the film crew for the show came into the house. She didn't come down for hours. But I have the support of all my brothers and sisters and my neighbours and friends - everyone thinks it's just great."
- Susan Boyle
(Related: Attention, Brothers, Film, Friends, Sisters, Stairs, Support)

"He who receives a great many letters demanding answer, sees himself as if engaged in a hopeless struggle of one man against the rest of the world."
- Anna C. Brackett
(Related: Letters, Man, Rest, Struggle, World)

"We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Imagination, Life, Force, Universe, Will)

"I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it's better than college. People should educate themselves - you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library and I'd written a thousand stories."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Education, Money, People, College, End, Public, Years)

"Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Creativity, Enemy, Self, Thinking)

"I never believed that Nixon could fully resurrect himself. And the proof of that was in the obits."
- Ben Bradlee
(Related: Nixon, Proof)

"When Shakespeare begins his exposition thus he generally at first makes people talk about the hero, but keeps the hero himself for some time out of sight, so that we await his entrance with curiosity, and sometimes with anxiety."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Time, People, Anxiety, Curiosity, First, Shakespeare, Sight, Talk)

"We might not object to the statement that Lear deserved to suffer for his folly, selfishness and tyranny; but to assert that he deserved to suffer what he did suffer is to do violence not merely to language but to any healthy moral sense."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Folly, Language, Selfishness, Sense, Tyranny, Violence)

"Nor does the idea of a moral order asserting itself against attack or want of conformity answer in full to our feelings regarding the tragic character."
- Andrew Coyle Bradley
(Related: Feelings, Idea, Character, Conformity, Order, Want)

"I would listen to how they told the story, to what elements they used, to how it sounded, and that's who I patterned myself after, the people who were on CBS News."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: People, News)

"The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind."
- F. H. Bradley
(Related: Mind, Self, Worth)

"The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge."
- F. H. Bradley
(Related: Virtue, Self)

"It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself."
- F. H. Bradley
(Related: Man, World)

"Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight."
- John Bradshaw
(Related: Ego, Self)

"The way I write is that I'll actually have a conversation out loud with myself. In a weird way, I just kind of get schizophrenic and play two characters."
- Zach Braff
(Related: Conversation, Play)

"You can keep yourself alive. That's the magic of being an actor."
- Sonia Braga
(Related: Actor, Being, Magic)

"I conclude, therefore, that this star is not some kind of comet or a fiery meteor... but that it is a star shining in the firmament itself one that has never previously been seen before our time, in any age since the beginning of the world."
- Tycho Brahe
(Related: Age, Time, Beginning, World)

"I am an old sinner; and if God had designed mercy for me, he would have called me home to himself before now."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Home, God, Mercy, Now, Old)

"I bless God for this retirement: I never was more thankful for any thing than I have been of late for the necessity I am under of self-denial in many respects."
- David Brainerd
(Related: God, Necessity, Self)

"We're self obsessed and mad and stupid - not that other people can't be the same way - but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: People, Extremes, Self)

"I put myself into character for my songs."
- Michelle Branch
(Related: Character, Songs)

"Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things."
- Constantin Brancusi
(Related: Art, Self, Sense, Simplicity)

"I find it difficult to judge myself, but people say that I have become a bit more socially acceptable over the years in terms of my material; which apparently at the beginning - though I never really intended it to be - was man hating and now is just a bit more cuddly."
- Jo Brand
(Related: People, Beginning, Man, Now, Years)

"Again, with two small children it's incredibly hard to commit yourself to anything because you're just getting interested in it and someone comes along and goes I want Thomas The Tank Engine on, and screams the place down until you put it on."
- Jo Brand
(Related: Children, Want)

"No-one really feels self-confident deep down becuase it's an artifical idea. Really, people aren't that worried about what you're doing or what you're saying, so you can drift around the world relatively anonymously: you must not feel persucted and examined. Liberate yourself from that idea that people are watching you."
- Russell Brand
(Related: People, Idea, Deep, Saying, Self, World)

"It's difficult to believe in yourself because the idea of self is an artificial construction. You are, in fact, part of the glorious oneness of the universe. Everything beautiful in the world is within you."
- Russell Brand
(Related: Idea, Fact, Oneness, Self, Universe, World)

"There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow."
- Dorothea Brande
(Related: Self, Unhappiness, Will)

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Arguments, Man, Temper)

"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
- Louis D. Brandeis
(Related: Government, People, Anarchy, Contempt, Example, Law, Man)

"Self esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: Reputation, Self, Self esteem)

"There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: Generosity, Kindness, Respect, Self, Will)

"Productive achievement is a consequence and an expression of health and self-esteem, not its cause."
- Nathaniel Branden
(Related: Health, Achievement, Cause, Expression, Self)

"Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior, I had good use in real life for more strength, as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse, but instead had myself to protect my brother, two years my junior."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Imagination, Life, Time, Brother, Strength, School, Years)

"A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Love, Compassion, Humanity, Lying, World)

"I admired in others the strength that I lacked myself."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Strength)

"Because the series is situated in the next century, and for the most part under water, there are many innovative technical gadgets. It's a kind of StarTrek. When I first came there, I was really impressed myself."
- Jonathan Brandis
(Related: First, Water)

"And only the photographer himself knows the effect he wants. He should know by instinct, grounded in experience, what subjects are enhanced by hard or soft, light or dark treatment."
- Bill Brandt
(Related: Experience, Effect, Instinct, Light, Treatment)

"The kind of support encouraged by such modes of expression has always arisen basically from confusing the fatherland itself with the social conditions which happened to prevail in it."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Expression, Support)

"At Geneva, the neutral states were often in agreement concerning the preliminaries for Genoa, and Genoa itself was marked by a quite natural mutual exchange of ideas."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Ideas, Agreement, states)

"As long as the problem of world reconstruction remains the center of interest for all nations, blocs having similar attitudes will form and operate even within the League itself."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Interest, Nations, Will, World)

"Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry."
- Georges Braque
(Related: Poetry, Reality)

"To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself."
- Georges Braque
"I find myself enjoying a deeper love than I ever imagined was possible in the form of my daughter and certainly in the union with my wife. It makes everything else, including work, which is one of the things I'm most passionate about, pale by comparison."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Love, Work, Wife, Daughter)

"I don't really consider myself to be an actor of any particular style. My aim with every role I undertake is to be truthful and honest in that particular portrayal. I don't have a particular methodology from any one school of thought or training."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Thought, Actor, School, Style, Training)

"My family life and my ideals, my commitment to the community and to other people - all people - has been improved. I think less about myself and more about my community today."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Family, Life, People, Commitment, Community, Ideals, Today)

"I would find myself backing away from all of the "isms," all of the communities. I have always been able to be misused by every community But that is OK. I would rather be misused than neglected."
- Anthony Braxton
(Related: Community)

"This recognition of the earlier human background, now so obvious to us, did not come all at once, for the inclusion of history itself in university instruction is an event less than two centuries old."
- James H. Breasted
(Related: History, Now, Obvious, Old, University)

"The authentic self is the soul made visible."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
(Related: Soul, Self)

"I put myself and all the members of Congress in the same boat of things that could have been done better."
- John Breaux
(Related: Congress)

"No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself."
- Bertolt Brecht
(Related: Will)

"It is a weird thing, because most people tend to get more conservative as they get older, but I find myself going the opposite way. I am sure that by the end I will be selling Marxist pamphlets on the Holloway Road."
- Rory Bremner
(Related: People, Selling, Conservative, End, Road, Will)

"Everyone is a bore to someone. That is unimportant. The thing to avoid is being a bore to oneself."
- Gerald Brenan
(Related: Being)

"Model. Two mobile eyes in a mobile head, itself on a mobile body."
- Robert Bresson
(Related: Body, Eyes)

"What one hides is worth neither more nor less than what one finds. And what one hides from oneself is worth neither more nor less than what one allows others to find."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Worth)

"There is nothing with which it is so dangerous to take liberties as liberty itself."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Liberty, Nothing)

"Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself."
- Andre Breton
(Related: Love)

"The European organisation contemplated could not oppose any ethnic group, on other continents or in Europe itself, outside of the League of Nations, any more than it could oppose the League of Nations."
- Aristide Briand
(Related: Europe, Nations)

"Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself."
- Fanny Brice
(Related: Affectation, Word)

"You feel like a prisoner if you don't create. You're jailed up inside of yourself."
- Edie Brickell
"But I really love music, and having a creative outlet is really the best thing you can do for yourself."
- Edie Brickell
(Related: Love, Music)

"Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Father, Kings, Limits)

"Actually I consider myself a superficially normal looking person who has a vast collection of bizarre silly porn hidden in his basement, as all normal looking people do, and I'm keeping it hidden from everyone in the world except those few people with access to the Internet."
- Chris A. Bridges
(Related: People, Bizarre, Internet, Silly, World)

"What are the aspects of yourself that line up with the character? You magnify those, and the ones that don't match up you kind of kick to the curb."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Character)

"As time went on, I got envious and wanted to do a lot of stunts myself."
- Lloyd Bridges
(Related: Time)

"Each person's life is a story that is telling itself in the living."
- William Throsby Bridges
(Related: Life, Living)

"The franchise itself gives no real power, unless accompanied by the right on the part of all the possessors of it to elect something like an equal number of representatives."
- John Bright
(Related: Power, Right)

"You have to calendar time for yourself even if you have no idea what you're going to do with it."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Time, Idea)

"I think that you have to do everything you can do to empower girls when they are young, from their education, to their successful independence, to their sexual self-knowledge."
- Susie Bright
(Related: Education, Successful, Independence, Girls, Self)

"You do have to be fairly selfish when you have a gift. You cannot afford to let too many outside things get in the way."
- Sarah Brightman
"I think I've probably re-invented myself three or four times now, if that's what one calls it."
- Sarah Brightman
(Related: Now)

"I didn't go to high school. I think that after you learn to read and write and do your numbers and flush the toilet behind yourself, you don't need no more schoolin'. You need to get out in the water and swim."
- Wilford Brimley
(Related: Numbers, School, Water)

"Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us."
- David Brin
(Related: People, Civilization, Culture, Past, Self, Talk)

"In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens."
- David Brin
(Related: America, Being, Enemy, Glory, Nurses, Rest, Terror, Violence)

"I don't count that relationship with Ricky. It's just like a blip at this point. I had to fall in love with the devil himself to get this sweet angel, Jack."
- Christie Brinkley
(Related: Love, Devil)

"One secures the gold of the spirit when he finds himself."
- Claude M. Bristol
(Related: Gold, Spirit)

"Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are."
- Claude M. Bristol
(Related: Creation, Thinking)

"You put yourself on the line as a performer, and when people reject you, it's a personal rejection."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: People, Rejection)

"Once you sell yourself, it's over. You've got nothing left."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Nothing)

"It is like visiting one's funeral, like visiting loss in its purest and most monumental form, this wild darkness, which is not only unknown but which one cannot enter as oneself."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: Darkness, Loss)

"Being ill like this combines shock - this time I will die - with a pain and agony that are unfamiliar, that wrench me out of myself."
- Harold Brodkey
(Related: Time, Being, Pain, Will)

"I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside."
- Joseph Brodsky
(Related: Change, Soul, Man)

"The most wonderful discovery made by scientists is science itself."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Science, Discovery, Scientists)

"We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do."
- Jacob Bronowski
(Related: Nature, Imagination, Civilization, Confidence, Future, Man, World)

"The fear really hits you. That's what you feel first. And then it's the anger and frustration. Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself."
- Charles Bronson
(Related: Anger, Fear, Betrayal, Body, First, Frustration)

"Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself. You always worry about charlatans. We found that specialists did not know as much as we thought."
- Charles Bronson
(Related: Thought, Betrayal, Body, Worry)

"His heart was like a sensitive plant, that opens for a moment in the sunshine, but curls up and shrinks into itself at the slightest touch of the finger, or the lightest breath of wind."
- Anne Bronte
(Related: Heart, Wind)

"I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself ."
- Anne Bronte
(Related: Power, Poor, Self, Will, World)

"You had no right to be born; for you make no use of life. Instead of living for, in, and with yourself, as a reasonable being ought, you seek only to fasten your feebleness on some other person's strength."
- Charlotte Bronte
(Related: Life, Strength, Being, Living, Right)

"Give him enough rope and he will hang himself."
- Charlotte Bronte
(Related: Will)

"I am now quite cured of seeking pleasure in society, be it country or town. A sensible man ought to find sufficient company in himself."
- Emily Bronte
(Related: Society, Company, Country, Man, Now, Pleasure)

"You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Idea, Decisions, World)

"What is interesting about self-analysis is that it leads nowhere - it is an art form in itself."
- Anita Brookner
(Related: Art, Self)

"The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: People)

"I want to get within myself and write. I really, really want to write."
- Garth Brooks
(Related: Want)

"I've always thought of myself as a reporter."
- Gwendolyn Brooks
(Related: Thought)

"You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of yourself."
- Mel Brooks
"I only direct in self-defense."
- Mel Brooks
(Related: Self)