I've been to nudist beaches, like twice. But honestly, I just don't want to see these people naked. Most people look better with their clothes on, and the few that don't, look better than you, so why bother?

Almost all the fans I meet are pretty cool people. They're intelligent and tend to think about things a bit more than your average rock'n'roll fans: sensible people I wouldn't mind having a drink with.

We're the acceptable edge of the unacceptable stuff.

I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.

There should be a deep attachment, heart should be tied to heart between parent and child, for unless the child learns how to love a parent profoundly, I believe that he will never learn how to love anyone else profoundly, and not knowing how to love means the loss of the meaning of life and its fulfillment.

One faces the future with one's past.

I do not blame you, child, for growing up, she announced. But I teach you this: Whatever happens is always the woman's fault.

To take each day as a separate page, to be read carefully, savoring all of the details, this is best for me, I think.

To repay evil with kindness is the proof of a good man; a superior man blames himself, a common man blames others.

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

Times were chosen and appointed. If one forced them, they were wrong.

To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Wandering is never waste, dear boy,' he said. 'While you wander you will find much to wonder about, and wonder is the first step to creation.

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.

The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them ... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.

To belong to one was to deny himself the privilege of belonging to all.

What is the conscience? It is the most highly developed part of the human being, the core of the spirit, the most sensitive, the most tender.

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.

For generations fathers had watched earth and sea.

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Rennie was off again to go with his friends to a motion picture.

So Wang Lung sat, and so his age came on him day by day and year by year, and he slept fitfully in the sun as his father had done, and he said to himself that his life was done and he was satisfied with it.

It was strange how these poems came to him nowadays, the distillation of his private emotions, of his disillusionment, of his solitude, of his yearning for a future in which, nevertheless, he could not believe.

Attachment, Buddha had said, is the cause of grief.

Love changes, she replied. When the flame dies, the glow remains, but it no longer centers upon one human creature and it warms the whole soul. Then the soul looks at all human creatures with love diffused.

It is easy to destroy but hard to create. Remember that, when you want to destroy something.

You are right, he had said. Love is not the word. No one can love his neighbor. Say, rather, ‘Know thy neighbor as thyself. That is, comprehend his hardships and understand his position, deal with his faults as gently as with your own. Do not judge him where you do not judge yourself. Madame, this is the meaning of the word love.

His problem was the eternal question: What should he be? Inventor, scientist, artist—the energy he felt surging through him, an energy far more than physical and yet pervading the restlessness of his body, was a burden to him until he could find the path for its release.

If you start to revise before you've reached the end, you're likely to begin dawdling with the revisions and putting off the difficult task of writing.

Drive out the tiger by the front gate and let in the wolf by the back gate,...

All that had been was now no more.

The country she had taken for granted as her own, where she had been born, whose language alone she spoke, had rejected her and despised her.

Love cannot be forced, love cannot be coaxed and teased. It comes out of heaven, unasked and unsough

Then the good land did again its healing work and the sun shone on him and healed him and the warm winds of summer wrapped him about with peace.

For he came to perceive that since people were his study, his teachers, the objects through which he could satisfy his persistent wonder about life itself, his own being among others, wherever he lived for the moment, there was his home.

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

And then she grew uneasy and full of gloom and thought to herself that if the child were joy yet was it a new gate for sorrow to enter by, too, and so is every child...

Men and women should own the world as a mutual possession.

I am mentally bifocal.

Learn the good that you can of the foreign people and reject the unsuitable.

Old One," the tenant said apologetically. "It is none of my business and I ought to die, but after all they are the children of your elder brother's son who after all is the first in the next generation after you.

Oh, there is a loneliness which befalls me now and then and it is something more than death.

And as for equality, are the fingers on one hand equal in length? Each has its place.

If life were known one moment ahead, how could it be endured?

The mistakes of history bring relentless reprisals.

This anxiety to keep his father from anger was wearisome to him.

Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of the earth and the life upon it, that I cannot think of heaven and the angels.

I will spend the rest of my life assembling my own mind and my own soul. I will take care of my body carefully, not that it may any more please a man, but because it houses me and therefore I am dependent upon it.

Is man all man and is woman all woman? If so, they will never come together, since he lives for his own being and she lives for universal life, and these are opposites.