You can’t write about people out of textbooks, and you can’t use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence.
—Katherine Anne Porter (American Writer)
There’s two kinds of coaches, them that’s fired and them that’s gonna be fired.
—Bum Phillips (American Football Coach)
People who devote their lives to studying something often come to believe that the object of their fascination is the key to understanding everything.
—Jonathan Haidt (American Social Psychologist)
Whatever we call reality, it is revealed to us only through the active construction in which we participate.
—Ilya Prigogine (Belgian Chemist)
You can spend a lifetime, and, if you’re honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect.
—Charlton Heston (American Actor)
How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious apprehensions are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with the child!
—Samuel Griswold Goodrich (American Publisher)
Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.
—Hunter S. Thompson (American Journalist)
Only in the last moment of human history has the delusion arisen that people can flourish apart from the rest of the living world.
—E. O. Wilson (American Sociobiologist)
Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
—Emmet Fox (American New Thought Leader)
Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.
—Jackie Joyner-Kersee (American Athlete)
To succeed in life in today’s world, you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job.
—Chin-Ning Chu (Chinese-American Business Consultant)
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
—Leonard Nimoy (American Actor)
The behavior of an individual is determined not by his racial affiliation, but by the character of his ancestry and his cultural environment.
—Franz Boas (American Anthropologist)
To be free is not to be independent of any form, it is to be master of many forms.
—Sidney Lanier (American Poet)
The best thing that can come with success is the knowledge that it is nothing to long for.
—Liv Ullmann (Norwegian Actress)