Best Quotes About Mean

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. -Thomas A. Edison

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

Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. -Muhammad Ali

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I'll say it. -John Lennon

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. -Erich Segal

Prudence and compromise are necessary means, but every man should have an impudent end which he will not compromise. -Charles Horton Cooley

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. -Aldous Huxley

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. -James M. Barrie

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. -Eric Hoffer

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. -Thomas Huxley

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -George Bernard Shaw

The ends must justify the means. -Matthew Prior

Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.' -Russell B. Long

San Francisco has always been my favorite booing city. I don't mean the people boo louder or longer, but there is a very special intimacy. When they boo you, you know they mean you. Music, that's what it is to me. One time in Kezar Stadium they gave me a standing boo. -George Halas

Just because you like my stuff doesn't mean I owe you anything. -Bob Dylan

The vote means nothing to women. We should be armed. -Edna O'Brien

I don't mean to be a diva, but some days you wake up and you're Barbara Streisand. -Courtney Love

I'm not so mean. I wouldn't ever go out to hurt anybody deliberately – unless it was, you know, important, like a league game or something. -Dick Butkus

I meant what I said and I said what I meant. -Dr. Seuss

My friend has a baby. I'm recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant. -Steven Wright

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century. -Dan Quayle

Creative ideas flourish best in a shop which preserves some spirit of fun. Nobody is in business for fun, but that does not mean there cannot be fun in business. -Leo Burnett

You now have to decide what 'image' you want for your brand. Image means personality. Products, like people, have personalities, and they can make or break them in the market place. -David Ogilvy

You know why Madison Avenue advertising has never done well in Harlem? We're the only ones who know what it means to be Brand X. -Dick Gregory

Advertising as the printed form of selling would seem… ultimately to be justified in so far as it serves as a means of increasing legitimate human wants, as an agency of fair and economic competition in the distribution of goods, and as a stimulant to social progress. -Daniel Starch

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means. -Clarence Darrow

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. -Aristotle Onassis

We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. -Winston Churchill

Ever consider what pets must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul – chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth! -Anne Tyler

The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. -James M. Barrie

Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

We cannot banish dangers, but we can banish fears. We must not demean life by standing in awe of death. -David Sarnoff

Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities. -Lewis Mumford

Understanding the laws of nature does not mean that we are immune to their operations. -David Gerrold

Failure doesn't mean you are a failure it just means you haven't succeeded yet. -Robert H. Schuller

To me faith means not worrying. -John Dewey

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. -Henri Nouwen

Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. -Marcelene Cox

You ask: what is the meaning or purpose of life? I can only answer with another question: do you think we are wise enough to read God's mind? -Freeman Dyson

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. -Albert Camus

Man – a being in search of meaning. -Plato

I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn't meant my answers literally. -Calvin Trillin

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right. -William Safire

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. -Henry Ford

If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state. -Leo Tolstoy

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties. -Doug Larson

Punishment is now unfashionable… because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility. -Thomas Szasz

No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. -Henry Adams

The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country. -Calvin Coolidge

The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. -William Shenstone

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn't mean he lacks vision. -Stevie Wonder

I didn't want to tell the tree or weed what it was. I wanted it to tell me something and through me express its meaning in nature. -Wynn Bullock

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure. -A. E. Housman

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. -T. S. Eliot

In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. -Stephen Jay Gould

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. -George Bernard Shaw

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. -Hans Hofmann

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. -John Lubbock

Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window – that is at once interesting. -Billy Wilder

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. -Andy Warhol

'Charm' – which means the power to effect work without employing brute force – is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm. -Havelock Ellis

Unjust. How many times I've used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don't have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice. -Lillian Hellman

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace. -Ulysses S. Grant

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. -Hannah Arendt

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. -Theodore Dreiser

Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books. -Dr. Seuss

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. -C. S. Lewis

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. -C. S. Lewis

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware. -Henry Miller

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom… Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical. -Jim Morrison

I try to keep in touch with the details… I also look at the product daily. That doesn't mean you interfere, but it's important occasionally to show the ability to be involved. It shows you understand what's happening. -Rupert Murdoch

Whenever anyone says, 'theoretically,' they really mean, 'not really.' -Dave Parnas

Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal. -Jean-Paul Sartre

Anyone who thinks they're important is usually just a pompous moron who can't deal with his or her own pathetic insignificance and the fact that what they do is meaningless and inconsequential. -William Thomas

Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. -Albert Einstein

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream. -Edgar Allan Poe

It is my intention to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. -Ansel Adams

While all deception requires secrecy, all secrecy is not meant to deceive. -Sissela Bok

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. -Hal Borland

Loving a child doesn't mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult. -Nadia Boulanger

We look to the history of the time of framing and to the intervening history of interpretation. But the ultimate question must be, what do the words of the text mean in our time. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

This is the first convention of the space age – where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. -David Brinkley

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it and give it expressive meaning. -Aaron Copland

A book is like a piece of rope; it takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together. -Norman Cousins

Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it. -Norman Douglas

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. -Jean Dubuffet

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein

The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later. -Harvey Fierstein

Acceptance of one's life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices. -Paul Tournier

I don't know whether I like it, but it is what I meant. -Ralph Vaughan Williams

Once you fully apprehend the vacuity of a life without struggle, you are equipped with the basic means of salvation. -Tennessee Williams

Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. It is meant to, and it couldn't do it better. Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition. -Florida Scott-Maxwell

Reading is a means of thinking with another person's mind; it forces you to stretch your own. -Charles Scribner, Jr.

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me. -George Bernard Shaw

Literature boils with the madcap careers of writers brought to the edge by the demands of living on their nerves, wringing out their memories and their nightmares to extract meaning, truth, beauty. -Herbert Gold

Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired. -Martha Graham

The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means. -Tom Stoppard

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. -Margaret Thatcher

Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt. -Paul Tillich

Faith consists in being vitally concerned with that ultimate reality to which I give the symbolical name of God. Whoever reflects earnestly on the meaning of life is on the verge of an act of faith. -Paul Tillich

It's a rather rude gesture, but at least it's clear what you mean. -Katharine Hepburn

The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning. -George F. Kennan

In everyone there sleeps. A sense of life lived according to love. To some it means the difference they could make. By loving others, but across most it sweeps. As all they might have done had they been loved. That nothing cures. -Philip Larkin

May the United Nations ever be vigilant and potent to defeat the swallowing up of any nation, at any time, by any means-by armies with banners, by force or by fraud, by tricks or by midnight treachery. -Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living. -Harold MacMillan

To choose art means to turn one's back on the world, or at least on certain of its distractions. -Melvin Maddocks

So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us, which is what they are meant to do. -Mother Maribel

It is only after years of preparation that the young artist should touch color – not color used descriptively, that is, but as a means of personal expression. -Henri Matisse

The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up. -Marilyn Monroe

If an individual wants to be a leader and isn't controversial, that means he never stood for anything. -Richard M. Nixon

To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems. A boxer does not have to get up. -Joyce Carol Oates

In view of the meaning given to this honor in the community to which I belong, I should abstain from the undeserved prize that has been awarded to me. Do not meet my voluntary refusal with ill will. -Boris Pasternak

Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means to the end of achieving a free society. -Felix Frankfurter

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. -Viktor E. Frankl

The simple tableau is so rich with meaning that whether represented on the mantelpiece or in the mind, it seems suspended, complete unto itself, somewhere in eternity. -Lucinda Franks

This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid. -Alfred Hitchcock

A lifetime contract for a coach means if you're ahead in the third quarter and moving the ball, they can't fire you. -Lou Holtz

Maybe you are the 'cool' generation If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration. -Kingman Brewster, Jr.

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life. -Robert Penn Warren

A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is – full of surprises. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God. -Martha Graham

Destiny is something not be to desired and not to be avoided. a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning. -Dag Hammarskjold

What does it mean when people applaud? Should I give 'em money? Say thank you? Lift my dress? The lack of applause – that I can respond to. -Barbra Streisand

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable. -Louis Kahn

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Heaven means to be one with God. -Confucius

Reasoning at every step he treads, Man yet mistakes his way, Whilst meaner things, whom instinct leads, Are rarely known to stray. -William Cowper

The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool. -Ovid

Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction. -Bertrand Russell

By all means use some time to be alone. -Edward Young

O! many a shaft, at random sent, Finds mark the archer little meant! And many a word, at random spoken, May soothe or wound a heart that's broken! -Walter Scott

Nobody was ever meant, To remember or invent, What he did with every cent. -Robert Frost

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give the enemy not only a road for flight, but also a means of defending it. -Thomas Hardy

A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance. -Alanis Morissette

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. -A. C. Benson

The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten. -George William Curtis

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more. -Georges Clemenceau

Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends. -Giorgos Seferis

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. -Henry Kissinger

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 Baldwin

Fresh activity is the only means of overcoming adversity. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry. -John Holmes

Once we have learned to read, meaning of words can somehow register without consciousness. -Katherine Mansfield

Being pretty on the inside means you don't hit your brother and you eat all your peas – that's what my grandma taught me. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

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

There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it. -Miguel de Cervantes

Art distills sensations and embodies it with enhanced meaning. -Miguel de Unamuno

The work of art, just like any fragment of human life considered in its deepest meaning, seems to me devoid of value if it does not offer the hardness, the rigidity, the regularity, the luster on every interior and exterior facet, of the crystal. -Pope Paul VI

Action without a name, a 'who' attached to it, is meaningless. -St. Jerome

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! -Stevie Wonder

When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings. -W. E. B. Du Bois

I am quite serious when I say that I do not believe there are, on the whole earth besides, so many intensified bores as in these United States. No man can form an adequate idea of the real meaning of the word, without coming here. -Warren Buffett

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices. -William Lyon Phelps

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them. -T. S. Eliot

We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power… the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. -Patrick Henry

Genius… means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. -William James

I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive. -Joseph Campbell

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. -John Stuart Mill

You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them. -Orison Swett Marden

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Many speak the truth when they say that they despise riches, but they mean the riches possessed by others. -Charles Caleb Colton

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. -C. S. Lewis

What does it mean to pre-board? Do you get on before you get on? -George Carlin

None are so fond of secrets as those who do not mean to keep them. -Charles Caleb Colton

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. -Aristotle

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. -Socrates

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death. -Jean Anouilh

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. -George Orwell

An ignorance of means may minister to greatness, but an ignorance of aims make it impossible to be great at all. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time. -George W. Bush

It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless. -Lewis Mumford

The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. -Vaclav Havel

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control. -Denis Diderot

Whenever we seek to avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual or organization or entity. But this means we then give away our power to that entity. -M. Scott Peck

I swear to the Lord, I still can't see, why Democracy means, everybody but me. -Langston Hughes

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. -Oscar Wilde

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. -Edmund Burke

Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it all going to end? -Tom Stoppard

Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property. -Ayn Rand

Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

When a man says he had pleasure with a woman he does not mean conversation. -Samuel Johnson

The word 'happy' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. -Carl Jung

Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly. -Lawrence G. Lovasik

True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be. -Ralph W. Sockman

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them. -P. G. Wodehouse

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it. -Carl Jung

What's meant to be will always find a way. -Trisha Yearwood

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning. -Winston Churchill

Alas, I am dying beyond my means. -Oscar Wilde

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. -Louis D. Brandeis

It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives. -Tony Robbins

Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry. -Charles Osgood

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt. -Rollo May

I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything. -Agnetha Faltskog

Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that. -Aretha Franklin

To have ego means to believe in your own strength. And to also be open to other people's views. It is to be open, not closed. So, yes, my ego is big, but it's also very small in some areas. My ego is responsible for my doing what I do – bad or good. -Barbra Streisand

I don't think of myself as a character actress – that's become a phrase which means you've had it. -Bette Davis

Being a movie star, and this applies to all of them, means being looked at from every possible direction. You are never left at peace, you're just fair game. -Greta Garbo

The truth is, sex doesn't mean that much to me now. -Lana Turner

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity. -Lauren Bacall

Forgiveness means letting go of the past. -Gerald Jampolsky

I'll not listen to reason… reason always means what someone else has got to say. -Elizabeth Gaskell

I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory. -Lucy Lawless

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. -Edward R. Murrow

A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it. -Frank Lloyd Wright

'Think simple' as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Just because I look sexy on the cover of Rolling Stone doesn't mean I'm naughty. -Britney Spears

Does being a feminist mean that I believe that I'm as good as any man? Yes. -Yasmine Bleeth

I've always been spontaneous and outgoing… I've tried lots of things so I've got some good life experiences, which is great 'cause it means I've got lots of material to work with as an actor. -Leonardo DiCaprio

I prefer ordinary girls – you know, college students, waitresses, that sort of thing. Most of the girls I go out with are just good friends. Just because I go out to the cinema with a girl, it doesn't mean we are dating. -Leonardo DiCaprio

It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are? -Jakob Dylan

When you say you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. -Otto von Bismarck

When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal. -Richard M. Nixon

Doing love scenes is always awkward. I mean, it's just not a normal thing to go to work and lay in bed with your co-worker. -Denise Richards

Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Sexy at the millennium means having a solid sense of self but never taking yourself too seriously. -Rebecca Romijn

Kissing – and I mean like, yummy, smacking kissing – is the most delicious, most beautiful and passionate thing that two people can do, bar none. Better than sex, hands down. -Drew Barrymore

I would seriously question whether anybody is really foolish enough to really say what they mean. Sometimes I think that civilization as we know it would kind of break down if we all were completely honest. -Elizabeth Hurley

Just because society, and government, and whatever was different 100 years ago, doesn't mean that people didn't have sex, pick their nose, or swear. -Kate Winslet

Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with. -Charles Farrar Browne

Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin. -John von Neumann

For years Don Imus was just – boy, he was merciless in his criticism of me. Maybe it was justified, but that didn't mean it didn't hurt. -Dan Rather

Distance does not decide who is your brother and who is not. The church is going to have to become the conscience of the free market if it's to have any meaning in this world – and stop being its apologist. -Bono

Commitment means that it is possible for a man to yield the nerve center of his consent to a purpose or cause, a movement or an ideal, which may be more important to him than whether he lives or dies. -Howard Thurman

To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution. -Louis D. Brandeis

What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. -Jiddu Krishnamurti

When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that the old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had one before. -H. L. Mencken

Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself! -Confucius

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. -Immanuel Kant

There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. -Martin Buber

Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it. -Edward de Bono

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

We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will. -Kofi Annan

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. -Eric Hoffer

Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing. -Thomas A. Edison

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live. -Greg Anderson

It has meant a lot to me to challenge the best players in the world and to beat them. And it means a lot to me to be out here and fighting for the title and, you know, it hurts not to win it. -Andre Agassi

The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. -Tim Berners-Lee

Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end. -Walt Disney

Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation. -Walt Disney

Words mean nothing. Action is the only thing. Doing. That's the only thing. -Ernest Gaines

Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk. -Shirley Hufstedler

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might. -Marian Anderson

Big doesn't necessarily mean better. Sunflowers aren't better than violets. -Edna Ferber

As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest.' -Bill Cosby

We ask advice, but we mean approbation. -Charles Caleb Colton

Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning. -Katherine Anne Porter

I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. -Abraham Lincoln

A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. -Horace Mann

Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty. -Margot Asquith

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. -William Ellery Channing

Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them. -George Orwell

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. -C. S. Lewis

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day. -Dalai Lama

To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime. -Erich Fromm

Each of us is meant to have a character all our own, to be what no other can exactly be, and do what no other can exactly do. -William Ellery Channing

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. -Socrates

Weigh the meaning and look not at the words. -Ben Jonson

Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem. He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows.' -Cesare Lombroso

It's precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life. -Max Frisch

Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form – or else it is not art. -Jacques Barzun

There is a profound difference between information and meaning. -Warren Bennis

If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning. -Mae West

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy

For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment. -Viktor E. Frankl

Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning. -Joseph Campbell

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person. -Anais Nin

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? -Charles M. Schulz

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I'd like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph. -Annie Leibovitz

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

To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself. -William Inge

When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me. -W. Somerset Maugham

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. -Joan Didion

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life. -Joyce Brothers

The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline. -Jacob Bronowski

Jesus died to forgive our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? -Jules Feiffer

When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn't the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice. -Otto von Bismarck

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. -Benjamin Disraeli

Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. -Laura Schlessinger

Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap. -Ray Charles

Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day. -Friedrich Nietzsche

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us. -Julia Cameron

The great book for you is the book that has the most to say to you at the moment when you are reading. I do not mean the book that is most instructive, but the book that feeds your spirit. And that depends on your age, your experience, your psychological and spiritual need. -Robertson Davies

The garden is growth and change and that means loss as well as constant new treasures to make up for a few disasters. -May Sarton

Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods. -Denis Waitley

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. -Clement Attlee

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. -James Madison

Truth is meant to save you first, and the comfort comes afterward. -Georges Bernanos

Men who are engaged in public life must necessarily aim at reducing opposition to a minimum, and one of the most obvious means to that end is by misrepresenting, discrediting or ruining their opponents. -Frederick Scott Oliver

It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning. -George Orwell

Sometimes I wonder if we shall ever grow up in our politics and say definite things which mean something, or whether we shall always go on using generalities to which everyone can subscribe, and which mean very little. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Physicists and astronomers see their own implications in the world being round, but to me it means that only one-third of the world is asleep at any given time and the other two-thirds is up to something. -Dean Rusk

There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors… I mean it. -Margaret Thatcher

There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means or another that I am President of the United States. -Woodrow Wilson

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. -Albert Schweitzer

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by a mother who sees that the others get it. -Marcelene Cox

How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own? -Zsa Zsa Gabor

More socialism means more democracy, openness and collectivism in everyday life. -Mikhail Gorbachev

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. -Karl Marx

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president. -Johnny Carson

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' -Aaron Copland

God may be subtle, but he isn't plain mean. -Albert Einstein

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself. -Friedrich Nietzsche

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent. -Laurence J. Peter

You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look. -Terry Pratchett

Silence is better than unmeaning words. -Pythagoras

I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man's self-respect is a sin. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. -George Bernard Shaw

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route. -Charles Caleb Colton

Not everything has to mean something. Some things just are. -Charles de Lint

Always be sincere, even when you don't mean it. -Irene Peter

There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all. -Gore Vidal

The limits of my language means the limits of my world. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Don't worry, be crappy. Revolutionary means you ship and then test… Lots of things made the first Mac in 1984 a piece of crap – but it was a revolutionary piece of crap. -Guy Kawasaki

The political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and the means can never be considered in isolation from their purposes. -Carl von Clausewitz

For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. -Thomas Jefferson

While maintaining our nuclear potential at the proper level, we need to devote more attention to developing the entire range of means of information warfare. -Boris Yeltsin

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

Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict. -Saul Alinsky

Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter. -Paul Klee

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder. -Richard Bach

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. -Aristotle

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. -Helen Keller

Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives. -Bertrand Russell

Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top – or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things… Life is one crisis after another. -Richard M. Nixon

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion. -Matthew Arnold

We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose. -Charles Baudelaire

When we played, World Series checks meant something. Now all they do is screw your taxes. -Don Drysdale

Awards mean a lot, but they don't say it all. The people in baseball mean more to me than statistics. -Ernie Banks

Honestly, at one time I though Babe Ruth was a cartoon character. I really did, I mean I wasn't born until 1961 and I grew up in Indiana. -Don Mattingly

After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that. -Reggie Jackson

When you've played this game for ten years and gone to bat seven-thousand times and gotten two-thousand hits do you know what that really means? It means you've gone zero for five-thousand. -Reggie Jackson

I study pitchers. I visualize pitches. That gives me a better chance every time I step into the box. That doesn't mean I'm going to get a hit every game, but that's one of the reasons I've come a long way as a hitter. -Mark McGwire

I never have been sick. I don't even know what it means to be sick. I hear other players say they have a cold. I just don't know what it would feel like to have a cold – I never had one. -Honus Wagner

I said to myself I've got to go up there and do it because the New York Mets keep winning every day. The game was on the line and I wanted to go out there and come through for my team. That win tonight means a lot for us. -Sammy Sosa

I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands. -Babe Ruth

When you play this game twenty years, go to bat ten-thousand times, and get three-thousand hits, do you know what that means? You've gone zero for seven-thousand. -Pete Rose

Thou shalt not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, indeed thou shall steal and thou must. -Branch Rickey

Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean. -Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm. -Graham Greene

What's a cult? It just means not enough people to make a minority. -Robert Altman

I used to be pretty reckless. When I was a runner for a production company, I drove a massive 16 seater van. I was only 18. I mean I look young now, but then I looked about 12. -Gail Porter

Holding an Olympic Games means evoking history. -Pierre de Coubertin

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. -Maya Angelou

The Olympic Games must not be an end in itself, they must be a means of creating a vast programme of physical education and sports competitions for all young people. -Avery Brundage

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end. -Henry David Thoreau

There is only one meaning of life: the act of living itself. -Erich Fromm

The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. -James Madison

To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful. -George Santayana

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. -Barbara Bush

Does not the very word 'creative' mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act – rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life – not death. -Berenice Abbott

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. -Ansel Adams

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense. -Carl Sagan

Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are. -Erica Jong

Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. -Harry S Truman

Music is the best means we have of digesting time. -W. H. Auden

Generation X is dead. It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old. -William Gibson

Today, one year after their divorce, Pamela and Tommy Lee announced they're getting back together. You know what that means? There's still hope for Ike and Tina Turner. -Jay Leno

Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal. Drugs, alcohol, or lies. Unable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort. -Jean Cocteau

The essential is to excite the spectators. If that means playing Hamlet on a flying trapeze or in an aquarium, you do it. -Orson Welles

If love means never having to say you're sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice. -Estelle Getty

You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy. -Charles Manson

In modelling, there is no point in trying to prove you have a brain, so why even bother? I'd sooner save the energy for something more meaningful. -Helena Christensen

Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and – here's the big curve – for your parents. -Wendy Wasserstein

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers. -Erich Fromm

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. -Paulo Freire

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. -Joseph Conrad

It is simply not true that war is solely a means to an end, nor do people necessarily fight in order to obtain this objective or that. In fact, the opposite is true: people very often take up one objective or another precisely in order that they may fight. -Martin Van Creveld

I'm very, very concerned about the Bush presidency. I'm worried about the kinds of cuts in domestic programs that mean something to a lot of people, including members of my family, who depend on certain things from the government. -Sarah Jessica Parker

The only defense is offense, which means that you have to kill more women and children more quickly than the enemy if you wish to save yourselves. -Stanley Baldwin

If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch. -Thurgood Marshall

To conquer the command of the air means victory; to be beaten in the air means defeat and acceptance of whatever terms the enemy may be pleased to impose. -Giulio Douhet

I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve. -George W. Bush

But meanwhile time flies; it flies never to be regained. -Virgil

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. -Simone de Beauvoir

Children are a house's enemy. They don't mean to be – they just can't help it. It's their enthusiasm, their energy, their naturally destructive tendencies. -Delia Ephron

Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language. -Gail Godwin

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. -W. H. Auden

To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. -Max Beerbohm

In our life there is a single color, as on an artist's palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love. -Marc Chagall

Just because your ratings are bigger doesn't mean you're better. -Ted Turner

For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Americans have an abiding belief in their ability to control reality by purely material means… airline insurance replaces the fear of death with the comforting prospect of cash. -Cecil Beaton

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. -George Washington

The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it. -George Washington

I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep. -Walt Whitman

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, something greater than yourself. -Denis Waitley

To me the meanest flower that blows can give thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears. -William Wordsworth

When the shriveled skin of the ordinary is stuffed out with meaning, it satisfies the senses amazingly. -Virginia Woolf

This soul, or life within us, by no means agrees with the life outside us. If one has the courage to ask her what she thinks, she is always saying the very opposite to what other people say. -Virginia Woolf

Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it. It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth. -Virginia Woolf

Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link. -Simone Weil

Every now and then, when you're on stage, you hear the best sound a player can hear. It's a sound you can't get in movies or in television. It is the sound of a wonderful, deep silence that means you've hit them where they live. -Shelley Winters

To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects. -Raoul Vaneigem

The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found. -Miguel de Unamuno

Two thousand years ago there was One here on this earth who lived the grandest life that ever has been lived yet – a life that every thinking man, with deeper or shallower meaning, has agreed to call divine. -Frederick William Robertson

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work. -John Ruskin

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. -John Ruskin

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives. -Tony Robbins

It's not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean. -Tony Robbins

You see, it's never the environment; it's never the events of our lives, but the meaning we attach to the events – how we interpret them – that shapes who we are today and who we'll become tomorrow. -Tony Robbins

Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them. -Leo Rosten

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past. -Theodore Roosevelt

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. -Theodore Roosevelt

I think if we are actually going to accept our generation's responsibility, that's going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents. -Carol Moseley Braun

No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning. -Barbara De Angelis

What allows us, as human beings, to psychologically survive life on earth, with all of its pain, drama, and challenges, is a sense of purpose and meaning. -Barbara De Angelis

Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it. -Louisa May Alcott

Weapons are like money; no one knows the meaning of enough. -Martin Amis

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

Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man. -Amos Bronson Alcott

Let men see, let them know, a real man, who lives as he was meant to live. -Marcus Aurelius

It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say. -Abba Eban

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy. -George Eliot

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. -Epictetus

The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps. -Havelock Ellis

Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world. -Walter Bagehot

The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. -Georges Bernanos

The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood. -Otto von Bismarck

To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them. -Jacob Bronowski

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

A judgment about life has no meaning except the truth of the one who speaks last, and the mind is at ease only at the moment when everyone is shouting at once and no one can hear a thing. -Georges Bataille

If egotism means a terrific interest in one's self, egotism is absolutely essential to efficient living. -Arnold Bennett

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. -William Blake

The great proof of madness is the disproportion of one's designs to one's means. -Napoleon Bonaparte

I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. -James A. Garfield

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. -Mahatma Gandhi

God created a number of possibilities in case some of his prototypes failed – that is the meaning of evolution. -Graham Greene

Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm. -Graham Greene

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism. -Graham Greene

The sight of women talking together has always made men uneasy; nowadays it means rank subversion. -Germaine Greer

In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Our conscience is not the vessel of eternal verities. It grows with our social life, and a new social condition means a radical change in conscience. -Walter Lippmann

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it? -John Lennon

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to gain leisure. -Benjamin Franklin

The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us – of becoming happy – is not attainable: yet we may not – nay, cannot – give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other. -Sigmund Freud

What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal. -Erich Fromm

My peers, lately, have found companionship through means of intoxication – it makes them sociable. I, however, cannot force myself to use drugs to cheat on my loneliness – it is all that I have – and when the drugs and alcohol dissipate, will be all that my peers have as well. -Franz Kafka

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means. -Charles Kingsley

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former. -Karl Kraus

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave. -Karl Kraus

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom. -Karl Kraus

Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them. -Immanuel Kant

As soon as man began considering himself the source of the highest meaning in the world and the measure of everything, the world began to lose its human dimension, and man began to lose control of it. -Vaclav Havel

Sometimes I wonder if suicides aren't in fact sad guardians of the meaning of life. -Vaclav Havel

We have perhaps a natural fear of ends. We would rather be always on the way than arrive. Given the means, we hang on to them and often forget the ends. -Eric Hoffer

Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash. -Louis Aragon

Believing: it means believing in our own lies. And I can say that I am grateful that I got this lesson very early. -Gunter Grass

George Foreman. A miracle. A mystery to myself. Who am I? The mirror says back. The George you was always meant to be. Wasn't always like that. Used to look in the mirror and cried a river. -George Foreman

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. -Viktor E. Frankl

All money means to me is a pride in accomplishment. -Ray Kroc

No one is rich whose expenditures exceed his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Discussion in America means dissent. -James Thurber

Love is the true means by which the world is enjoyed: our love to others, and others love to us. -Thomas Traherne

I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back. -Leo Tolstoy

I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure – that is all that agnosticism means. -Clarence Darrow

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning. -John Dewey

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. -Benjamin Disraeli

Money cannot buy peace of mind. It cannot heal ruptured relationships, or build meaning into a life that has none. -Richard M. DeVos

Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. -Wayne Dyer

Transformation literally means going beyond your form. -Wayne Dyer

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea. -Guy Debord

To perceive means to immobilize… we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. -Henri Bergson

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them. -Paul Gauguin

A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive short-wave facilities scattered; about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals. -Robert M. Hutchins

Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of a meaning of our life. -Paul Tillich

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end. -Leon Trotsky

Diplomacy means all the wicked devices of the Old World, spheres of influence, balances of power, secret treaties, triple alliances, and, during the interim period, appeasement of Fascism. -Barbara W. Tuchman

If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader! -William Makepeace Thackeray

Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Success, in a generally accepted sense of the term, means the opportunity to experience and to realize to the maximum the forces that are within us. -David Sarnoff

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays. -Friedrich Schiller

To keep oneself safe does not mean to bury oneself. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Why is it so painful to watch a person sink? Because there is something unnatural in it, for nature demands personal progress, evolution, and every backward step means wasted energy. -August Strindberg

Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries. -Marquis de Sade

The primary and most beautiful of Nature's qualities is motion, which agitates her at all times, but this motion is simply a perpetual consequence of crimes, she conserves it by means of crimes only. -Marquis de Sade

The imagination is the spur of delights… all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise? -Marquis de Sade

Economic progress, in capitalist society, means turmoil. -Joseph A. Schumpeter

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honor or observation. -Walter Scott

Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain. -Robert Southey

We mean by 'politics' the people's business – the most important business there is. -Adlai Stevenson I

Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence. -George Steiner

Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts. -Joseph Stalin

A fiction about soft or easy deaths is part of the mythology of most diseases that are not considered shameful or demeaning. -Susan Sontag

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on which we trample, are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

To know the right means of getting something done is virtually to have done it. -Mark Caine

When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured. -Anton Chekhov

Greatness and goodness are not means, but ends. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. -Norman Cousins

As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means. -Albert Camus

So far as discipline is concerned, freedom means not its absence but the use of higher and more rational forms as contrasted with those that are lower or less rational. -Charles Horton Cooley

There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be. -Emil Cioran

The fact that life has no meaning is a reason to live – moreover, the only one. -Emil Cioran

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Being 'contented' ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased. Being content with an attic ought not to mean being unable to move from it and resigned to living in it; it ought to mean appreciating all there is in such a position. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are justified in enforcing good morals, for they belong to all mankind; but we are not justified in enforcing good manners, for good manners always mean our own manners. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end. -Ben Jonson

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible. -William James

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. -Carl Jung

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition. -Carl Jung

I have always considered it as treason against the great republic of human nature, to make any man's virtues the means of deceiving him. -Samuel Johnson

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions. -Gerald Jampolsky

In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum. -Joseph de Maistre

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity. -Kate Millett

As the unity of the modern world becomes increasingly a technological rather than a social affair, the techniques of the arts provide the most valuable means of insight into the real direction of our own collective purposes. -Marshall McLuhan

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself. -Henry Miller

We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy. -Henry Miller

It hurts the spirit, somehow, to read the word environments, when the plural means that there are so many alternatives there to be sorted through, as in a market, and voted on. -Lewis Thomas

I think of horror films as art, as films of confrontation. Films that make you confront aspects of your own life that are difficult to face. Just because you're making a horror film doesn't mean you can't make an artful film. -David Cronenberg

You have to believe in God before you can say there are things that man was not meant to know. I don't think there's anything man wasn't meant to know. There are just some stupid things that people shouldn't do. -David Cronenberg

So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die. -William Morris

I pondered all these things, and how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. -William Morris

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. -Katherine Mansfield

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for 'finding himself.' If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence. -Thomas Merton

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. -John Erskine

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it. -William Golding

I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization. -Frantz Fanon

Radical simply means 'grasping things at the root.' -Angela Davis

Like I said, I've got too much respect for women to marry them, but that doesn't mean you can't support them emotionally and financially. -Sylvester Stallone

I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect. -June Jordan

People may or may not say what they mean… but they always say something designed to get what they want. -David Mamet

We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. -Earl Nightingale

Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life. -Novalis

For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child. -Friedrich Nietzsche

I love eulogies. They are the most moving kind of speech because they attempt to pluck meaning from the fog, and on short order, when the emotions are still ragged and raw and susceptible to leaps. -Peggy Noonan

After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts. -Aristotle Onassis

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation – what are they? They are the happiest people in the world. -William Lyon Phelps

Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life. -Luigi Pirandello

If my ship sails from sight, it doesn't mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends. -Enoch Powell

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings. -Octavio Paz

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. -Octavio Paz

The Law of Triviality… briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. -C. Northcote Parkinson

Expansion means complexity and complexity decay. -C. Northcote Parkinson

What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do. -Arnold Palmer

The 1990s, after the reign of terror of academic vandalism, will be a decade of restoration: restoration of meaning, value, beauty, pleasure, and emotion to art and restoration of art to its audience. -Camille Paglia

Purpose is what gives life a meaning. -Charles Henry Parkhurst

Living is like working out a long addition sum, and if you make a mistake in the first two totals you will never find the right answer. It means involving oneself in a complicated chain of circumstances. -Cesare Pavese

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture. -Pablo Picasso

Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can NOT be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise. -Ezra Pound

The basis on which good repute in any highly organized industrial community ultimately rests is pecuniary strength; and the means of showing pecuniary strength, and so of gaining or retaining a good name, are leisure and a conspicuous consumption of goods. -Thorstein Veblen

Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. -Johnny Unitas

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. -Johnny Unitas

You can't get much more liberal than John Kerry is. I mean, he's my candidate, but, I mean, come on. -Don Imus

Where I come from, deeds mean a lot more than words. -Zell Miller

There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint. -Georgia O'Keeffe

If liberty has any meaning it means freedom to improve. -Philip Wylie

When I go to hell, I mean to carry a bribe: for look you, good gifts evermore make way for the worst persons. -John Webster

Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself. -Mahatma Gandhi

My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him. -Mahatma Gandhi

Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place. -Alexander Pope

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later. -Stanley Kubrick

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall. -Frank Lloyd Wright

'He means well' is useless unless he does well. -Plautus

Silence is argument carried out by other means. -Che Guevara

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -e. e. cummings

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. -Irene Peter

The language of friendship is not words but meanings. -Henry David Thoreau

Do you know what it means to come home at night to a woman who'll give you a little love, a little affection, a little tenderness? It means you're in the wrong house, that's what it means. -Henny Youngman

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. -Andy Rooney

All that passes is raised to the dignity of expression; all that happens is raised to the dignity of meaning. Everything is either symbol or parable. -Paul Claudel

When they boo you, you know they mean you. -George Halas

A drama critic is a person who surprises the playwright by informing him what he meant. -Wilson Mizner

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. -Calvin Coolidge

I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours. -Salman Rushdie

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. -Aldous Huxley

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety. -Louis Kronenberger

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. -Philip K. Dick

Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law. -Ayn Rand

In the lexicon of the political class, the word 'sacrifice' means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it. -George Will

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. -D. Elton Trueblood

It's impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information. -William Gibson

If I want to go to a party with a few male friends, it doesn't mean I'm gay. -Leonardo DiCaprio

Being married means I can break wind and eat ice cream in bed. -Brad Pitt

So people think I'm lying about my age all the time? It's the records that are wrong. I've never told anyone how old I am. The minute they ask me, I say 'That's none of your business.' So that means I've never once lied about my age. Now that's true! -Calista Flockhart

I'm a gemini, and I get so bored so easily. I mean, I have moved six times in the last eight years. -Courteney Cox

The power to command has never meant the power to remain mysterious. -Ferdinand Foch

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers? -Victor Hugo

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it. -Anais Nin

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. -Socrates

Only work which is the product of inner compulsion can have spiritual meaning. -Walter Gropius

I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. -Hermann Hesse

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. -Harry Crews

People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be 'consistent'. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation. -George Eliot

The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it. -Mary Catherine Bateson

This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part of us lives on. -Oswald Spengler

You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it. That doesn't mean you do nothing, but it means that you do the things that need to be done according to priority. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space. -Douglas Adams

Men have to do some awfully mean things to keep up their respectability. -George Bernard Shaw

By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean. -Mark Twain

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning. -Thornton Wilder

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say. -Kurt Vonnegut

Suffrage, noun. Expression of opinion by means of a ballot. The right of suffrage (which is held to be both a privilege and a duty) means, as commonly interpreted, the right to vote for the man of another man's choice, and is highly prized. -Ambrose Bierce

Were women meant to do everything – work and have babies? -Candice Bergen

A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones. -Cher

I want to give the audience a hint of a scene. No more than that. Give them too much and they won't contribute anything themselves. Give them just a suggestion and you get them working with you. That's what gives the theater meaning: when it becomes a social act. -Orson Welles

Yet creeds mean very little, Coth answered the dark god, still speaking almost gently. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. -James Branch Cabell

We should preserve every scrap of biodiversity as priceless while we learn to use it and come to understand what it means to humanity. -E. O. Wilson

The Cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river. I mean here that over the past two days, we managed to shoot down 196 missiles before they hit their target. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe. -Miguel de Unamuno

No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart. -John Ruskin

Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means. -William S. Burroughs

The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing almost anything better, faster or more economically has his future and his fortune at his fingertips. -J. Paul Getty

Most people die before they are fully born. Creativeness means to be born before one dies. -Erich Fromm

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe. -John Berger

Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means. -Arthur Koestler

The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason. -Immanuel Kant

The deeper the experience of an absence of meaning – in other words, of absurdity – the more energetically meaning is sought. -Vaclav Havel

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. -Viktor E. Frankl

You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit. -Demosthenes

Divine right of kings means the divine right of anyone who can get uppermost. -Herbert Spencer

The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art – and, by analogy, our own experience – more, rather than less, real to us. The function of criticism should be to show how it is what it is, even that it is what it is, rather than to show what it means. -Susan Sontag

The world looks at preachers out of church to know what they mean in it. -Richard Cecil

It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. -William Cobbett

If love means that one person absorbs the other, then no real relationship exists any more. Love evaporates; there is nothing left to love. The integrity of self is gone. -Ann Oakley

To an ordinary human being, love means nothing if it does not mean loving some people more than others. -George Orwell

I believe that history has shape, order, and meaning; that exceptional men, as much as economic forces, produce change; and that passe abstractions like beauty, nobility, and greatness have a shifting but continuing validity. -Camille Paglia

Good God, do you mean to say this place is a club? -F. E. Smith

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. -Confucius

The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means. -Oscar Wilde

How oft the sight of means to do ill deeds makes ill deeds done! -William Shakespeare

If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them would reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals. -Lillian Gordy Carter

Punk is musical freedom. It's saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster's terms, 'nirvana' means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that's pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock. -Kurt Cobain

It's quite highly possible that I have peaked. I mean, I just can't imagine what else I could do beyond this. It's really a bittersweet kind of feeling. -Will Smith

I like someone who is a little crazy but coming from a good place. I think scars are sexy because it means you made a mistake that led to a mess. -Angelina Jolie

I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom. -Jim Morrison

When people wear shoes that don't fit them, it says something about their soul. Generally, I think it means they are good people. -Billy Bob Thornton

I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job – I mean, since she's been grown up. -Teresa Heinz

If you have not taken the time to define what happiness means to you, what have your spent your whole life pursuing? -Bo Bennett

To me, living in the present means being aware of your conscious choice to focus on the past, present or future – it is not necessarily having to focus on the present. -Bo Bennett

We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandated of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and the means of delivering them. -Carl Levin

Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

The American people need to know the truth. The American people need to see the truth. In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is the essence of what it means to be free. -Barbara Boxer

What does it mean to be an American? While each of us may have our own specific answer to that question, we likely can agree on the basic principles of America: freedom, equal opportunity, and rights accompanied by responsibilities. -Ben Nelson

From slavery to segregation, we remember that America did not always live up to its ideals. In fact, we often fell far short of them. But we also learned that fundamental to our national character is the drive to live out the true meaning of our creed. -Bill Frist

Education is not solely about earning a great living. It means living a great life. -Brad Henry

If we have a chance of succeeding and bringing stability and democracy to Iraq, it will mean learning from our mistakes, not denying them and not ignoring them. -Carl Levin

A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually. -Abba Eban

They're talking about banning cigarette smoking now in any place that's used by ten or more people in a week, which, I guess, means that Madonna can't even smoke in bed. -Bill Maher

Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and, most of all, live within our means. That's the American way. It's not spending ourselves into prosperity or taxing ourselves into prosperity. -Mike Huckabee

I am satisfied that all politicians were meant to be journalists and all journalists meant to be politicians. -Owen Arthur

American society will never completely understand the true meaning of equality. -Bryant H. McGill

Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments. -Bryant H. McGill

It is better to have a meaningful life and make a difference than to merely have a long life. -Bryant H. McGill

Part of protecting our homeland means being less dependent on foreign countries for our energy. -Rod Blagojevich

Like working families all across the state, we must find a way to make government live within its means. -Ed Rendell

Parents with meager means have the same aspirations for their children as other parents. Children from poor families have the same needs as other children. -Mark Sanford

A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement. -James H. Douglas, Jr.

Real leadership means tackling tough problems ourselves and not leaving them to our children. -Jon Kyl

Community means engaging constructively with like-minded nations to build strong, sustaining institutions and alliances – and bringing emerging powers into this community so future conflict becomes less likely. -Joe Lieberman

Irregular contact with doctors means many men fail to receive any preventive care for potentially life-threatening conditions. In addition, when men do seek care, embarrassment can often prevent them from openly discussing health concerns with their physicians. -Mike Crapo

While our nation faces many challenges that must be met regarding homeland security and our military readiness, it is imperative that we live within our means and wisely spend taxpayer dollars. -Mike Crapo

It is vital that we provide North Dakota's children with nutritionally sound diets. That means ensuring that they are getting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and are developing good eating habits for their future. -Kent Conrad

Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power. -Chuck Hagel

I believe keeping our promises should be our highest priority and that means saving Social Security and Medicare while preserving the American dream for our children and grandchildren. -Tom Coburn

A country's adhering to the rule of law does not mean that its citizens will not do bad things. -Jim Inhofe

I'm not a slave to objectivity. I'm never quite sure what it means. And it means different things to different people. -Peter Jennings

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it. -Alexis de Tocqueville

War is not the continuation of politics with different means, it is the greatest mass-crime perpetrated on the community of man. -Alfred Adler

The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding. -Louis D. Brandeis

Men are fighting… because they are convinced that the extermination of adversaries is the only means of promoting their own well-being. -Ludwig von Mises

Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. -Ronald Reagan

Design, in its broadest sense, is the enabler of the digital era – it's a process that creates order out of chaos, that renders technology usable to business. Design means being good, not just looking good. -Clement Mok

Just because you're not famous, doesn't mean you're not good. -Laura Linney

Providing, meaning to a mass of unrelated needs, ideas, words and pictures – it is the designer's job to select and fit this material together and make it interesting. -Paul Rand

The Act of God designation on all insurance policies; which means, roughly, that you cannot be insured for the accidents that are most likely to happen to you. -Alan Coren

To an engineer, good enough means perfect. With an artist, there's no such thing as perfect. -Alexander Calder

I am really proud to be a part in whatever way of women becoming active in the political scene. I think it was the first time that people came to terms with the reality of what it meant to have a Senate made up of 98 men and two women. -Anita Hill

When a woman like that whom I've seen so much, All of a sudden drops out of touch; Is always busy and never can, Spare you a moment, it means a man. -Alice Duer Miller

To design is to communicate clearly by whatever means you can control or master. -Milton Glaser

To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest. The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge for conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation. -Alfred Adler

To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well. -John Marshall

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. -Octavia E. Butler

America is not just a power, it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning. -Nelson Rockefeller

No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means. -Garrett Hardin

The Bible contains six admonishments to homosexuals and 362 admonishments to heterosexuals. That doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals. It's just that they need more supervision. -Lynn Lavner

Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means. -Francis Hutcheson

War is the continuation of politics by other means. -Carl von Clausewitz

When people say 'let's do something about it', they mean 'let's get hold of the political machinery so that we can do something to somebody else.' And that somebody is invariably you. -Frank Chodorov

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other. -Bill Gates

I mean, there's no arguing. There is no anything. There is no beating around the bush. 'You're fired' is a very strong term. -Donald Trump

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while. -Jack Welch

The right to private property meant at the same time the right and duty to be personally concerned about your own well-being, to be personally concerned about your family's income, to be personally concerned about your future. This is hard work. -Mikhail Khodorkovsky

I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles. -Zig Ziglar

They had a hard time miking me in my loin cloth, I mean, where were they gonna tape it? -Brendan Fraser

I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life. -George Clooney

I've never done work for money ever. If your choices are based on grosses and the film doesn't do well, what does that mean? It leaves you with nothing. -Tom Cruise

You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning. -Barbara Sher

Doing films in Latin America is like an act of faith. I mean, you really have to believe in what you're doing because if not, you feel like it's a waste of time because you might as well be doing something that at least pays you the rent. -Gael Garcia Bernal

Every decision that you make you have to be incredible congruent. It doesn't mean that you have to starve. If you need money, you do something that gives you money, that's normal. -Gael Garcia Bernal

I always wanted to act, but I never thought it would be my profession. I thought that I'd end up doing other things, but that in the meantime I'd do plays. -Gael Garcia Bernal

Girls aren't mean to guys in high school. They are mean to each other. Girls were never mean to me. -Jonathan Bennett

I mean comedy is something that's very personal and people have strong opinions about. -Matt Lucas

I've sort of heard that 'it' girl thing, but not really. Hearing it from a few people doesn't solidify it in my mind and I wouldn't know how to solidify that title. It's so elusive and what does it mean, I don't know? -Rachel McAdams

I'm really keen to go back and do some theatre, but I can't afford to at the moment because we're getting married in September. And then I'm hoping to direct a film at the end of this year, and that means a year of your life without pay. -Richard Roxburgh

I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it's essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it's a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight. -Will Ferrell

I think reading is important for a variety of things. I mean, first of all, it's a way to get information and find out what's going on in the world. But also, it helps your imagination. -Breckin Meyer

I've been around horses, but I certainly wouldn't call myself a horseman by any means. It's a combination of being very aware of them, and not trusting them. -Chris Cooper

I've learned to take jobs as an actress that is meaningful to me because I've never taken a job for the money. -Emmy Rossum

I'm going to continue doing what I want to do. And if it means I want to go and make a big movie, if it has something to say, I will want to make it. I don't want to spend my life wasting my time. If it's a big movie, I want to do it. If it's a small movie, I want to do it. -Jake Gyllenhaal

I think being mean to people in high school is healthy. It's sort of like you're in this situation with all these other kids and sometimes you need to get your aggression out. And if you'd had people be mean to you before, it really does build character. -Lizzy Caplan

It is strange how your understanding of a play changes. It normally happens after a performance and you suddenly think, 'So that's what that line really means' – it's like a light going on. -Richard McCabe

I mean I think children love the idea that there are different viewpoints and different words for things and different worlds. And the more that they pretend to be other people, the harder it is for them to hate them and misunderstand them when they grow up. -Samuel West

I'm not very good at relaxing. Reading's the main thing. On the bus, on the tube, on the loo. Literally all the time. I mean, I don't think there's a moment of the day when I wouldn't be if I was left alone. -Samuel West

War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder. -Alexander Berkman

War is not an independent phenomenon, but the continuation of politics by different means. -Carl von Clausewitz

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful. -Dieter Rams

Life is like art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning. -Charles de Lint

The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. -Frederick William Robertson

I had to go to a mirror and look at it. I couldn't picture myself in my own head. I had no image beyond a stick figure. I wasn't a mean person as a kid, or dumb, and something has to be said to justify excluding you. -Uma Thurman

No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship. -Francis Marion Crawford

If we knew the meaning to everything that is happening to us, then there would be no meaning. -Idi Amin

Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated. -Brad Henry

More time on paperwork means less time spent with students or preparing lessons for students. It is as simple as that. The numerous reforms in the bill will go a long way to free our time of special educators. -Christopher Bond

Our alliances should be understood as a means to expand our influence, not as a constraint on our power. The expansion of democracy and freedom in the world should be a shared interest and value with all nations. -Chuck Hagel

In too many instances, the march to globalization has also meant the marginalization of women and girls. And that must change. -Hillary Clinton

I don't know what 'operational control' of the border means, but I do understand the English language. And as I understand that phrase, that's not true. We do not have operational control. -John Cornyn

Chronically homeless means constantly homeless; it means repeatedly homeless. -Linda Lingle

Indeed, we must foster cost-saving competition. And that means joining the marketplace of other industrialized countries – not just for the manufacturers who sell drugs, but for consumers as well. -Olympia Snowe

Good education means learning to read, write and most importantly learn how to learn so that you can be whatever you want to be when you grow up. -Patty Murray

In our film profession you may have Gable's looks, Tracy's art, Marlene's legs or Liz's violet eyes, but they don't mean a thing without that swinging thing called courage. -Frank Capra

The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness. -Nikos Kazantzakis

Everything in this world has a hidden meaning. -Nikos Kazantzakis

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything. -Norman Lear

Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential. -Will Cuppy

America is totally under control of the Jews, you know. I mean, look what they're doing in Yugoslavia. -Bobby Fischer

The complexity of things – the things within things – just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple. -Alice Munro

I just don't think I'm that interesting. I don't think what I have to say is that interesting. To hear me go blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I mean, who… cares? -James Gandolfini

I have learned not to read reviews. Period. And I hate reviewers. All of them, or at least all but two or three. Life is much simpler ignoring reviews and the nasty people who write them. Critics should find meaningful work. -John Grisham

Affirmative action has a negative effect on our society when it means counting us like so many beans and dividing us into separate piles. -John Kasich

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. -James Buchan

There's high, and there's high, and to get really high – I mean so high that you can walk on the water, that high-that's where I'm going. -George Harrison

At this point I've got a bit of a track record. So people realize that when 'Weird Al' wants to go parody, it's not meant to make them look bad… it's meant to be a tribute. -Al Yankovic

I can honestly say this industry hasn't made me neurotic about my looks, except maybe my weight. I hope my clothes kind of reflect that. They're meant to make you feel good. -Stella McCartney

I don't want to sound facetious, but humour is the key to the soul. You know what I mean? -Martin Lawrence

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble? -Alan Perlis

I always thought after 2002 that I'd hang up my skates and turn professional and just go on tour and do shows. But I don't know when it is enough. I mean, I still enjoy it. I'm the luckiest girl alive that I get to perform in front of thousands of people, do what I love doing. -Michelle Kwan

Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind. -Clive Bell

We all agree now – by 'we' I mean intelligent people under sixty – that a work of art is like a rose. A rose is not beautiful because it is like something else. Neither is a work of art. Roses and works of art are beautiful in themselves. -Clive Bell

We have no other means of recognising a work of art than our feeling for it. -Clive Bell

I don't think it's by any means an end to my career. -Mario Vazquez

It's not going to fill in the potholes. It's not going to put a roof over people's heads. What it does is it helps to address really fundamental questions of who we are, where we came from, by which I mean we can learn how life came about. -Steven Squyres

I found in one of the tombs an inscription saying, 'If you touch my tomb, you will be eaten by a crocodile and hippopotamus.' It doesn't mean the hippo will eat you, it means the person really wanted his tomb to be protected. -Zahi Hawass

I almost never set out to photograph a landscape, nor do I think of my camera as a means of recording a mountain or an animal unless I absolutely need a 'record shot'. My first thought is always of light. -Galen Rowell

You're an actor, are you? Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first reducing it to something personal, material, sensational – and probably sexual! -George Herman

The more we take the less we become, the fortune of one man means less for some. -Sarah McLachlan

Well, we won the war. You know what that means. In twenty years, we'll all be driving Iraqi cars. -Will Durst

I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy. -Ursula K. Le Guin

Civil Rights opened the windows. When you open the windows, it does not mean that everybody will get through. We must create our own opportunities. -Mary Frances Berry

Slowness to change usually means fear of the new. -Phil Crosby

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be. -George A. Sheehan

I can be pretty nasty. Not 'mean' nasty, but nasty by your parents' standards. But not by my parents' standards, because my parents were nasty for their day. -Bridget Fonda

Care less for your harvest than for how it is shared and your life will have meaning and your heart will have peace. -Kent Nerburn

Earth's dispossessed are vulnerable targets for extremists: those who teach that global justice is meaningless; that satisfaction can come only in violence, division, and intellectual isolation. -Abdullah II of Jordan

The teacher that I was for decades, and that I still am in a certain way, wondered what was meant by the word education. I was truly dumbfounded at the very thought of dealing with such an essential and extensive subject. -Abdoulaye Wade

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

To be complex does not mean to be fragmented. This is the paradox and the genius of our Canadian civilization. -Adrienne Clarkson

As New Zealanders, we've been in on the United Nations from the very beginning, played a role in the drafting of the charter – it means a lot to us that those processes are followed. -Helen Clark

Never again should Ghanaians have to resort to dubious means to get to, or live in, foreign lands, simply to make a living. -John Agyekum Kufuor

A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be tempered in the arduous struggle from his youth. As the saying goes, early training means more than late earning. -Kim Jong Il

The revolution is carried out by means of one's thought, not through one's family background. -Kim Jong Il

Independence did not mean chauvinism and narrow nationalism. -Said Musa

Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for an all-out war, a war which will last for generations. -Yasser Arafat

In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't have to think about someone else's needs. And this means the writing has to be fitted around it. -Alice Munro

I'm not sure I'm quite ready to have someone be a prospector of jobs for me, because I believe there's some kind of destiny involved with meeting people… some things are just meant to happen. -Audrey Tautou

I'm retarded – I mean I'm retired. -Frank Serpico

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

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

Life for rent means that my life isn't really my own, I only rented it for a while, but if I don't manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine. -Dido Armstrong

Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential. I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one. -Glen Campbell

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. -Henry Adams

I mean, money people are usually quite brisk, but mine aren't, and they keep on giving me spaces so that I've been able to go on and do plays and films. -Jeremy Brett

I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point. -Laurence Fishburne

Special effects are characters. Special effects are essential elements. Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there. -Laurence Fishburne

In my own work, I've tried to anticipate what's coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people's lives in a meaningful way. -Paul Allen

I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words. -Tim Burton

To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering. -Friedrich Nietzsche

The only people who have control over their careers are the ones you see on the covers of magazines. Everyone else is just plodding along making a living. The key is not to live over your means and overdo it. -Adam Baldwin

No doubt concentration camps were a means, a menace used to keep order. -Albert Speer

To be challenged means to strive. I'm almost certain that's true. -Alfred Molina

I don't think Jesus was an exclusivist. He said, and we believe, that He is the unique representation of God in the world. But that doesn't mean this is the only way God can work. -Andrew Greeley

I mean, I'm 48 years old and I've been through a lot in my life – you know, loss, whether it be death, illness, separation. I mean, the failed expectations… We all have dreams. -Annie Lennox

Rodgers and Hammerstein didn't mean anything to me. I just wanted to have a hit, I just wanted to be like those people on the radio. It was all of a case of the present tense with no projecting into the future, particularly. -Art Garfunkel

Our meaning is to make our little planet Earth a better place to live, to stop wars, disarm nuclear missiles, to stop diseases, AIDS, plague, cancer and to stop pollution. -Uri Geller

For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic. -Adam Duritz

Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible. -A. J. McLean

Moral justification is a powerful disengagement mechanism. Destructive conduct is made personally and socially acceptable by portraying it in the service of moral ends. This is why most appeals against violent means usually fall on deaf ears. -Albert Bandura

An Oscar means a lot of things because it's like the ultimate award for a filmmaker so it feels great. But I think you have to consider awards with some distance and not get obsessed with it. When you're creating you shouldn't think about it. -Alejandro Amenabar

What's really exciting for me is communicating to other people and not just going somewhere to make a movie. That's Hollywood to me and it would mean nothing. -Alejandro Amenabar

I mean, look, I love movies, not just the ones I make… In fact, I don't like the movies I make very much. -Alexander Payne

Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history. -Anita Baker

Let's put it this way: art house theaters are vanishing. They have almost disappeared completely, and that means there's a shift in what audiences want to see. And they have to be aware of that and be realistic. It's as simple as that. -Werner Herzog

This bloody past suggests to us that enemies cease hostilities only when they are battered enough to acknowledge that there is no hope in victory – and thus that further resistance means only useless sacrifice. -Victor Davis Hanson

I would like to thank the people who encouraged me to draw army cartoons at a time when the gag man's conception of the army was one of mean ole sergeants and jeeps which jump over mountains. -Bill Mauldin

I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don't have to be nice anymore. -Billy Idol

I think if people value democracy, they had damn well better get out and exercise their right to vote while their vote still means something. -Bob Weir

What we call 'evil' doesn't necessarily deserve any kind of respect or understanding, by any means; it just deserves an acknowledgement of its complexity so we can better understand it – so we can help prevent it. -Bryan Singer

'Handsome' means many things to many people. If people consider me handsome, I feel flattered – and have my parents to thank for it. Realistically, it doesn't hurt to be good-looking, especially in this business. -Richard Chamberlain

I actually feel sorry for people who have a lot of illusions in their head about what gay is. I mean, I know some gay people who are really wonderful people. -Richard Chamberlain

The object of this competition is not to be mean to the losers but to find a winner. The process makes you mean because you get frustrated. -Simon Cowell

I think you have to judge everything based on your personal taste. And if that means being critical, so be it. I hate political correctness. I absolutely loathe it. -Simon Cowell

What, do you think that feminism means you hate men? -Cyndi Lauper

Mathematics is a game played according to certain simple rules with meaningless marks on paper. -David Hilbert

I don't know the true meaning of happiness. -Jonathan Davis

I love to write. I love it. I mean there's nothin in the world I like better, and that includes sex, probably because I'm so very bad at it. -Joss Whedon

When you see somebody who's got a complaining personality, it usually means that they had some vision of what things could be, and they're constantly disappointed by that. I think that would be the camp that I would fall into – constantly horrified by the things people do. -Daniel Clowes

It's embarrassing to be involved in the same business as the mainstream comic thing. It's still very embarrassing to tell other adults that I draw comic books – their instant, preconceived notions of what that means. -Daniel Clowes

Alfred Nobel's discoveries are characteristic; powerful explosives can help men perform admirable tasks. They are also a means to terrible destruction in the hands of the great criminals who lead peoples to war. -Pierre Curie

But we live in a modern world, you know, and, and also it does seem to me that if you – that whatever talents you have, it… I mean it may sound a bit absurd but I, I think it's your, absolutely your duty to resolve them, you know? -Tim Curry

One of the best things that ever happened to me was Rocky Horror being a total flop in New York as a play. I mean, it was a disaster, and it was the night of the long knives as far as the critics were concerned. -Tim Curry

Our lives are programmed at conception and are endowed with purpose and meaning. -Jeane Dixon

There is no doubt that Iraqis, like Australians and Americans, love and desire freedom. However, if freedom doesn't mean the right to complete self-determination, unfettered by interests other than one's own, then that freedom is less than worthless – it's oppression. -Amir Butler

I do not envy the headache you will have when you awake. In the meantime, dream of large women. -Cary Elwes

I'm a promoter of the people for the people and by the people and my magic lies in my people ties. I'm a promoter of America. I'm American people. You know what I mean? So therefore, uh, do not send for who the bell tolls 'cause the bell tolls for thee. -Don King

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. -Don Miguel Ruiz

Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound. -Eduard Hanslick

It's getting better and better. You know, guys are feeling more comfortable and they are not afraid to speak up and be a leader. I mean, our team, we have 25 players, we have about 25 leaders, too. So whatever someone says, people listen. -Johnny Damon

I like Ireland because it means I'm near France. -Harry Harrison

Our senses are indeed our doors and windows on this world, in a very real sense the key to the unlocking of meaning and the wellspring of creativity. -Jean Houston

Honestly, I have had to live like a high priestess in this show. It is a very, very lonely life. When you work the way I work – that means hard – there's no time for play. -Ann Miller

There is a quality even meaner than outright ugliness or disorder, and this meaner quality is the dishonest mask of pretended order, achieved by ignoring or suppressing the real order that is struggling to exist and to be served. -Jane Jacobs

No architect troubled to design houses that suited people who were to live in them, because that would have meant building a whole range of different houses. It was far cheaper and, above all, timesaving to make them identical. -Michael Ende

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

There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within. -Morihei Ueshiba

The reason that a good citizen does not use such destructive means to become wealthier is that, if everyone did so, we would all become poorer from the mutual destructiveness. -Richard Stallman

I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete. -Ronald Reagan

Just because you know umpteen billion scales, it doesn't mean you have to use them all in a solo. -Kirk Hammett

What do you mean you don't believe in homosexuality? It's not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn't necessary. -Lea DeLaria

Gun control means being able to hit your target. If I have a 'hot button' issue, this is definitely it. Don't even think about taking my guns. My rights are not negotiable, and I am totally unwilling to compromise when it comes to the Second Amendment. -Michael Badnarik

People are only mean when they're threatened, and that's what our culture does. That's what our economy does. -Mitch Albom

It will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means. -Paul Virilio

There is nothing wrong with wanting pay for work, or seeking to maximize one's income, as long as one does not use means that are destructive. -Richard Stallman

Man is lost and is wandering in a jungle where real values have no meaning. Real values can have meaning to man only when he steps on to the spiritual path, a path where negative emotions have no use. -Sai Baba

Living is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel for example – I mean without looking for something beyond and above living, I mean living must be your whole occupation. -Nazim Hikmet

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

They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good. -J. D. Salinger

I don't get what my signature is supposed to mean if we haven't had some kind of exchange. -Nana Visitor

I probably have become more infamous from two misdemeanors than probably anyone I could think of. -Paul Reubens

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. -Daisaku Ikeda

I never smile unless I mean it. -Donny Osmond

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person. It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so. -Michael Ramsey

We are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through. So, all the people you haven't told you love lately, tell them, and live your days like you mean it. -Hal Sutton

Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it. -Antonio de Mendoza

By no means was it really teed up for him. -Donald T. Regan

Yeah, well my name is Bai Ling. That means white spirit, and I really feel like sometimes I'm not existing. -Bai Ling

I have been thinking about the notion of perfect love as being without fear, and what that means for us in a world that's becoming increasingly xenophobic, tortured by fundamentalism and nationalism. -bell hooks

You're surrounded by electronic music in New York. I mean New York is one of the few places in North America where electronic music is the prevalent form. -Bob Mould

I mean, it takes a large entourage to put on a tour. You can't have 'em sittin' around. -Clint Black

I love skating so much and I feel like every time I step out onto the ice, that's what I'm meant to do. -Clara Hughes

If atheism is to be used to express the state of mind in which God is identified with the unknowable, and theology is pronounced to be a collection of meaningless words about unintelligible chimeras, then I have no doubt, and I think few people doubt. -Leslie Stephen

A community is a group of people who have come together, and they work and they live to try and improve the standard of living and quality of life – and I don't mean money. -William Baldwin

I've been to MTV and all of that worldly stuff. It's death. It's meaningless. -Stephen Baldwin

We are now integrated into American society and I don't like the word fashionable, because fashionable means that it's going to pass. It's not like that anymore. -Antonio Banderas

I mean, the Constitution of this country was written 200 years ago. The house I was living in in Madrid is 350 years old! America is still a project, and you guys are working on it and bringing new things to it every day. That is beautiful to watch. -Antonio Banderas

My first interest was always music, and somehow that channelled itself into films and acting. I don't know what the natural transition of it was. I mean I acted a little bit when I was young and like any kid would in a community theatre. -Andy Garcia

I am rediscovering the whole sexual dimension of life at the age of 86, really. And that also means discovering the feminine. So the whole of this dimension, which I had been seeking for a very long time, is now sort of opening itself up to me. -Bede Griffiths

We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings. -Ben Okri

But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good. -Bill Walton

I have learned to love that which is meant to harm me, so that I can stand in the way of those who are less strong. I can take the bullets for those who aren't able to. -Margaret Cho

My boyfriend and I live together, which means we don't have sex – ever. Now that the milk is free, we've both become lactose intolerant. -Margaret Cho

Somebody said to me this morning, 'To what do you attribute your longevity?' I don't know. I mean, I couldn't have planned my life out better. By all accounts I should be dead! The abuse I put my body through: the drugs, the alcohol, the lifestyle I've lived the last 30 years! -Ozzy Osbourne

Labels only confuse people. The smarter people recognize artists who transcend categories. But I always try to entertain. It's in my nature; writers are born to entertain. If that means working ostensibly within a genre, fine. -John Shirley

I try to look at this music career thing as the means to an end. And really, at the end of it, I see myself on a sailboat, sailing off the edge of the world. -Michelle Shocked

I find Indian music very funky. I mean it's very soulful, with their own kind of blues. But it's the only other school on the planet that develops improvisation to the high degree that you find in jazz music. So we have a lot of common ground. -John McLaughlin

What is the best music is impossible to define. Just because it's played by a virtuoso player, doesn't mean it's great music. It might not reflect the soul of a people, which is really my criteria for great music. -Mickey Hart

Do not tell somebody how to vote, just go up to them and tell them what Fahrenheit 9/11 meant to you. Fahrenheit will probably not win an Academy Award, but if you put it first on your list, it will become a nominee. -Valerie Harper

Do it again on the next verse, and people think you meant it. -Chet Atkins

The meaning of life is not to be discovered only after death in some hidden, mysterious realm; on the contrary, it can be found by eating the succulent fruit of the Tree of Life and by living in the here and now as fully and creatively as we can. -Paul Kurtz

They played so good it was frightening. And I, of course, being young, was in awe of everything that was going on and rightly so. I mean, it was too good to believe. -Ray Brown

Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development – an insight came from that book. -Robert Reed

Curiously enough, it seems to be only in describing a mode of language which does not mean what it says that one can actually say what one means. -Paul de Man

From the age of six I wanted to be an artist. At that point I meant a painter, but it turned out what I really meant was I was someone who was very interested in watching the world and making copies of it. -Reynolds Price

He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words. -Bobby Bowden

I would do anything for a part, nearly anything. Being in movies doesn't mean being pretty. -Diane Kruger

I reckon this could mean another 10 million at the box office. -Blake Edwards

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. -Alan Cohen

The same Source that gave you the idea, will give you the means to see it through. -Alan Cohen

I cannot cure myself of that most woeful of youth's follies – thinking that those who care about us will care for the things that mean much to us. -D. H. Lawrence

My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect. -D. H. Lawrence

Oh the innocent girl in her maiden teens knows perfectly well what everything means. -D. H. Lawrence

Winning the Pulitzer is not that big a deal. I have seen hundreds of plays that have won the prize and you couldn't sit half way through it. The Pulitzer is a common prize that means very little. -Richard Harris

I've been wanting to go into music ever since I can remember. I mean even before I became an actor. I just thought it would be a tough field to break into, so I became an actor instead. -River Phoenix

I did my best work in The Mosquito Coast. I know it wasn't such a big hit, but for me it was more meaningful than anything else I'd ever done. -River Phoenix

Rich kids gave us their old clothes. They were the best clothes we ever had. We were these very pure, naive, poor children. The rich kids called us a lot of names but it never bothered us because we didn't know what the words meant. -River Phoenix

Dreaming or awake, we perceive only events that have meaning to us. -Jane Roberts

The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'. -Michael J. Fox

Equality means nothing unless incorporated into the institutions. -Slobodan Milosevic

Hard work – I mean, does anybody use that term anymore? Laziness doesn't fly. It's all in the practice. It does take work and it ain't easy – but man, the rewards! -Susan Powter

The more you achieve, the more interest it should spark to go further, because there's so much – and I don't mean monetarily and I don't mean in society. This whole experience of living is so rich! -Susan Powter

Very few people are original. There's very little original anything out there. Because to be original means you have to stand alone. -Susan Powter

We can't be guided – because we're so far from it. We've so destroyed it. We're so far from that that we can't use it. I mean, Jim Bakker heard from God. What a good job he did! -Susan Powter

Mankind: A quality of life upgrade is available to each and every one of you. It should give you a quality of life upgrade, which means no drugs, no alcohol, no fast food – unless, of course, it's a mallard. -Ted Nugent

This invisibility, however, means that the opportunities for creative research are infinite. -Barbara Smith

If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted governmental intrusion. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Once vigorous measures appear to be the only means left of bringing the Americans to a due submission to the mother country, the colonies will submit. -George III of the United Kingdom

When people say 'love to hate', they actually mean 'love to be appalled by' – if they truly hated them, they'd never repeat a catch phrase. -Chris Morris

But wealth is a great means of refinement; and it is a security for gentleness, since it removes disturbing anxieties. -Donald G. Mitchell

I don't really look at myself as a role model. And I just am the way I am and if people want to look up to me, they do. By no means do I like to give a negative image either. -Jordan Knight

I want to be as honest as I can about the things I've been through – the sorrows and joys, victories and defeats – and to use those experiences as a well to draw from. Hopefully, the songs that result from that kind of writing will be songs that mean something to others. -Jim Cole

I know a lot of gay males who I work with that are fantastic people and I love hanging out with them. But because I hang out and bring gay men into my life, does that mean that I'm gay? I promise you that I very much love women. -Ryan Seacrest

Look, a lot of women would be turned off with hearing me say how hot I think Brad Pitt is! Know what I mean? So I probably don't help my cause. -Ryan Seacrest

But I do mean to say, I have heard her declare, When at the same moment she had on a dress Which cost five hundred dollars, and not a cent less, And jewelry worth ten times more, I should guess, That she had not a thing in the wide world to wear! -William Allen Butler

Do you realize that I have had five albums in the Top 30. Elvis and The Beatles have never done that. I had five singles in the Top 5, I mean, no one's ever done that. -Chubby Checker

One way of watering down the effects of violence is to approach it in a more lighthearted way. I don't mean to say that you laugh when somebody has their arm sawn off, but you can diffuse fear with humour. -Colin Baker

I know it's good when I see a smaller film get recognized because it means more publicity for them. When you start producing and directing the movies become a little more like your children. -Campbell Scott

I actually thought that it would be a little confusing during the same period of your life to be in one meeting when you're trying to make money, and then go to another meeting where you're giving it away. I mean is it gonna erode your ability, you know, to make money? Are you gonna somehow get confused about what you're trying to do? -Bill Gates

The Washington black community was able to succeed beyond his wildest dreams. I mean, we had our own newspapers, our own restaurants, our own theaters, our own small shops, our own clubs, our own Masonic lodges. -Ed Smith

When you say that you are a race man, it means that you embrace the entire black community regardless of the hue, whether somebody is very light and could pass for possibly white or someone is very dark. -Ed Smith

What do you say to your sister who poses in the nude? It's not like you are really itching to see photographs of your sister naked. I mean, it's just something that is not too exciting. -Ron Reagan

I mean, we've had all these awful pictures from the prison in Iraq and these sort of memos floating around about justifying torture, all this kind of stuff. And it makes you want to take a shower, you know? -Ron Reagan

I understand about this idea of terror and what it means to Americans and this idea that we can't just walk around free like we did; life has changed. -Johnnie Cochran

To put meaning in one's life may end in madness, But life without meaning is the torture Of restlessness and vague desire-It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid. -Edgar Lee Masters

There are powerful emotions that bring two people together in wonderful harmony in a marriage. Satan knows this, and would tempt you to try these emotions outside of marriage. Do not stir emotions meant to be used only in marriage. -Richard G. Scott

Power in America today is control of the means of communication. -Theodore White

My father was in the coal business in West Virginia. Both dad and mother were, however, originally from Massachusetts; New England, to them, meant the place to go if you really wanted an education. -John Knowles

I'm not ready to give you a clear answer on whether electoral politics holds any particular hope for progressives. It would mean that nothing I did ever mattered. -Tom Hayden

When you worked in a studio it was the studio system that you kind of missed because it was a big, big family. I mean MGM had 5,000 people working a day there. You miss it. -George Sidney

Sinatra was the biggest influence on my life, my singing career. And rightly so. I mean he was the best singer ever. -James Darren

This battle for 'common-sense' gun control laws pits emotion and passion against logic and reason. All too often in such a contest, logic loses. So, expect more meaningless, if not harmful, 'gun control' legislation. Good news – if you're a crook. -Larry Elder

It depends who the director is you know, I mean Ken Loach for instance. I've done up to 32 takes with him. -Robert Carlyle

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. -Thomas Aquinas

My books are very few, but then the world is before me – a library open to all – from which poverty of purse cannot exclude me – in which the meanest and most paltry volume is sure to furnish something to amuse, if not to instruct and improve. -Joseph Howe

They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, video tapes, but if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh? -Kanye West

I'm not about to go out and buy a snake for a pet. I mean, I may have faced a few fears but I'm not insane. -Kristin Davis

I know not what you believe of God, but I believe He gave yearnings and longings to be filled, and that He did not mean all our time should be devoted to feeding and clothing the body. -Lucy Stone

I expect to plead not for the slave only, but for suffering humanity everywhere. Especially do I mean to labor for the elevation of my sex. -Lucy Stone

I think art is the only thing that's spiritual in the world. And I refuse to forced to believe in other people's interpretations of God. I don't think anybody should be. No one person can own the copyright to what God means. -Marilyn Manson

Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body. -Susan Griffin

I have a simple life. I mean, you just give me a drum roll, they announce my name, and I come out and sing. In my job I have a contract that says I'm a singer. So I sing. -Tony Bennett

I have my own definition of minimalism, which is that which is created with a minimum of means. -La Monte Young

I'm not mean, just aggressive. -Harvey Martin

'Battle For The Planet Of The Apes', was just a film for kids and didn't have any deep meaning. -J. Lee Thompson

Politics is not perfect but it's the best available nonviolent means of changing how we live. -Maynard Jackson

Everything has a sort of double meaning for me, there's the ordinary everyday meaning of things, and the imaginary meaning about it all, and I wanted to bring these things together, and in this first big Resurrection of mine you have a good example of this sort of thing. -Stanley Spencer

I think there's a lot of naivete and hubris within our mix of personalities. That's probably our worst crime. I keep wondering what a 'mature' record means. -Ian Williams

The process of receiving information for me is seeing, hearing, and feeling their energy in my frame of reference. That doesn't mean I see the individual, unfortunately. -John Edward

I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene. -Peter Porter

What Bill O'Reilly says means nothing. What Stephen Bennett says means nothing. What God says means everything. -Stephen Bennett

I'm not good enough to be playin' much acoustic guitar onstage. Man, you gotta get so right; I mean, the tones, the feel, the sound. Plus, acoustic blues guitar is just that much harder on the fingers. -Johnny Winter

Although we will both die, and life is utterly meaningless, my time is vastly more important than yours. -Stephen Evans

Nature never makes any blunders, when she makes a fool she means it. -Archibald Alexander

It's not really that I didn't want to perform at all. What I didn't want to do was try to put together a band, rehearse, on my own. You know what I mean? -Jan Hammer

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

Love means to commit yourself without guarantee. -Anne Campbell

Suddenly life has new meaning to me, there's beauty up above and things we never take notice of, you wake up suddenly you're in love. -Billy Ocean

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall be protected in doing what he believes is his duty against the influence of authority and majorities, custom and opinion. -John Dalberg-Acton

Number one, I absolutely love making chocolate chip cookies. I mean, it's fun. It's exciting. Beyond the fact that I love making them, I love eating them. -Debbi Fields

Just the act of listening means more than you can imagine to most employees. -Bob Nelson

Celebrity – I don't even know what that means. Obviously it's the same basic word as celebration, but I don't know what's being celebrated. -James Woods

At the time I came along, Hollywood's idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity, usually involving boys in pursuit of sex, and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers! -John Hughes

If you treat with courtesy your equal, who is privileged to resent an impertinence, how much more cautious should you be to your dependents, from whom you demand a respectful demeanor. -Robert Chambers

Expression, to a great extent, is a matter of terms, and terms are anyone's. The meaning of 'God' may have a billion interpretations if there be that many souls in the world. -Charles Ives

I'm always looking for meaningful one-night stands. -Dudley Moore

A good government implies two things; first, fidelity to the objects of the government; secondly, a knowledge of the means, by which those objects can be best attained. -Joseph Story

We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. -Neville Chamberlain

The new meaning of soul is creativity and mysticism. These will become the foundation of the new psychological type and with him or her will come the new civilization. -Otto Rank

My wife, my family, my friends – they've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell, loving someone is about giving, not receiving. -Nicholas Sparks

For too many, to work means having less income. -Kim Campbell

All the signs were right. And when I mean all the sings were right, the only signs that we care about when we start a project of making a record is, do we have the songs – it's that simple. -Graham Nash

We seem to somewhat be behind an eight ball, and what I mean by that is we're constantly waiting for a call from Neil as to whether he wants to do CSNY. -Graham Nash

I mean, there's times to rock and roll, and I love that too. But I think my first love is acoustic music. -Graham Nash

When they write about real stuff like my custody battle, that's no fun. Some things have leaked out about accusations that have gone back and forth and that's just mean. It's a tactic. -Dean Cain

I mean, art for art's sake is ridiculous. Art is for the sake of one's needs. -Carl Andre

A good writer cannot avoid having social consciousness. I don't mean this about small pieces of writing, but about a big book. If it's a big book, there has to be more than one undertow. -Marguerite Young

People aren't quite sure what it means when a book is a Booker Prize winner. They're not quite sure what is being recommended, what literary values it stands for, because every year it stands for something different. -Kazuo Ishiguro

There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring. -Tim Roth

Most people are good at too many things. And when you say someone is focused, more often than not what you actually mean is they're very narrow. -Chuck Close

I think he will probably come round in time, I mean to renew the subject pretty often. -Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Just because I don't do bad things doesn't mean I don't have bad thoughts. -Kristin Kreuk

There is a Japanese proverb that literally goes 'Raise the sail with your stronger hand', meaning you must go after the opportunities that arise in life that you are best equipped to do. -Soichiro Honda

It's a hard job. It means giving up some things, but on the other hand they keep saying you can have it all. You can't really have it all so easy. You can do a little of this and little of that. -Garry Marshall

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