To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.
The twenty-first century will be spiritual or it will not be.
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
In the realm of human destiny, the depth of man's questionings is more important than his answers.
The first duty of a leader is to make himself be loved without courting love. To be loved without 'playing up' to anyone - even to himself.
Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved
There's no such thing as a grown up person.
What is Man? A miserable little pile of secrets.
The terrible thing about death is that it transforms life into destiny.
To love a painting is to feel that this presence is ... not an object but a voice.
I don't argue with my enemies; I explain to their children.
There is always a need for intoxication: China has opium, Islam has hashish, the West has woman.
An artist discovers his genius the day he dares not to please.
A political leader is necessarily an imposter since he believes in solving life's problems without asking its question.
He who has dreamed for long resembles his dream.
And when man faces destiny, destiny ends and man comes into his own.
There are not fifty ways of fighting, there's only one, and that's to win. Neither revolution nor war consists in doing what one pleases.
The most important thing in life is to see to it that you are never beaten.
If you can't make art, make your life a work of art.
One cannot create an art that speaks to men when one has nothing to say.
Man knows that the world is not made on a human scale; and he wishes that it were.
The true painter strives to paint what can only be seen through his world.
Just as a musician loves music and not nightingales, and a poet loves poetry and not sunsets, a painter is not primarily a person who responds to figures and landscapes. He is primarily one who loves pictures.
Surely that little pseudo-gothic church on Broadway, hidden amongst the skyscrapers, is symbolic of the age! On the whole face of the globe the civilization that has conquered it has failed to build a temple or a tomb.
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