Best Quotes About Meaning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our lives are programmed at conception and are endowed with purpose and meaning. -Jeane Dixon

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

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

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

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

I've been to MTV and all of that worldly stuff. It's death. It's meaningless. -Stephen Baldwin

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

He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear, but then again he doesn't know the meaning of most words. -Bobby Bowden

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

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

Dreaming or awake, we perceive only events that have meaning to us. -Jane Roberts

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

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

'Battle For The Planet Of The Apes', was just a film for kids and didn't have any deep meaning. -J. Lee Thompson

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

Although we will both die, and life is utterly meaningless, my time is vastly more important than yours. -Stephen Evans

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

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

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

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

Writing for me is cutting out the fat and getting to the meaning. -James McBride

You must be absolutely honest and true in the depicting of a totem for meaning is attached to every line. You must be most particular about detail and proportion. -Emily Carr

My life has been a continuous fulfillment of dreams. It appears that everything I saw and did has a new, and perhaps, more significant meaning, every time I see it. The earth is good. It is a privilege to live thereon. -Liberty Hyde Bailey

Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose. -Herbie Hancock

Now multitudes of root words are identical in the American languages over vast areas some of them with precisely the same senses, and others with various shades of analogical meaning. -John W. Dawson

I'm more interested in the meaning of funerals and the mourning that people do. It's not a retail experience. It's an existential one. -Thomas Lynch

This, it may be said, is no more than a hypothesis… only of that force of precedent which in all times has been so strong to keep alive religious forms of which the original meaning is lost. -William Robertson Smith

There's almost a fear that if you understood too deeply the way you arrived at choices, you could become self-conscious. In any case, many ideas which are full of personal meaning seem rather banal when you put words to them. -Peter Weir

I had seen so many injustices done in the court by well-meaning people. I had lost fourteen clients to gang violence in only seven years. I was angry at a system I thought had failed my clients, and I was part of it. -Richard Helms

I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life. -Corazon Aquino

If indeed, as Hilbert asserted, mathematics is a meaningless game played with meaningless marks on paper, the only mathematical experience to which we can refer is the making of marks on paper. -E. T. Bell

I have a profound belief in the power of the Sacraments. I believe that in a Divine way the use of them teaches the teachable their inward meaning and therefore I think we need be in no hurry to attempt to teach new converts all that we think we know about them. -Roland Allen

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature. -Rudolf Steiner

Life may be not only meaningless but absurd. -Thomas Nagel

We are to introduce our people into the life of the Church, which is salvation, that they may grasp its meaning, its contents and purpose, to taste and see how good the Lord is. -Arthur Middleton

The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat. -Jacques Yves Cousteau

The phrase 'off with the crack of the bat', while romantic, is really meaningless, since the outfielder should be in motion long before he hears the sound of the ball meeting the bat. -Joe DiMaggio

Discipline? I don't know the meaning of the word. -Liam Gallagher

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me? -Saint Augustine

What Christ gives us is quite explicit if his own words are interpreted according to their Aramaic meaning. The expression 'This is my Body' means this is myself. -Karl Rahner

I am a hidden meaning made to defy. The grasp of words, and walk away With free will and destiny. As living, revolutionary clay. -Muhammad Iqbal

Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it. -Ray Kurzweil

Eccentric doesn't bother me. 'Eccentric' being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn't follow the lines – that's okay. -Crispin Glover

Have all the hopes of ages come to naught? Is life no more with noble meaning fraught? -Ada Cambridge

This would be a distortion of their meaning, since the pictures are intimate and intense, and are the opposite of what is decorative; and have been painted in a scale of normal living rather than an institutional scale. -Mark Rothko

I would consider all of the legislation which I have supported meaningless if I were to sit idly by, silent, during a period which may go down in history as an era when we permitted the curtailment of our liberties. -Dennis Chavez

The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain. -Fiona Shaw

I live a perfectly happy and comfortable life in Blair's Britain, but I can't work up much affection for the culture we've created for ourselves: it's too cynical, too knowing, too ironic, too empty of real value and meaning. -Jonathan Coe

Language is not merely a set of unrelated sounds, clauses, rules, and meanings; it is a total coherent system of these integrating with each other, and with behavior, context, universe of discourse, and observer perspective. -Kenneth L. Pike

If language did not affect behavior, it could have no meaning. -Kenneth L. Pike

Without a possibility of change in meanings human communication could not perform its present functions. -Kenneth L. Pike

Does a black person make them an African American? No. There are Hispanics that are very, very dark skinned so the word has lost its meaning, it's not a very concise or proper word to use even today and it wasn't then. -Pam Grier

A situation is always comic if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings. -Henri Bergson

The notion that Congress can change the meaning given a constitutional provision by the Court is subversive of the function of judicial review; and it is not the less so because the Court promises to allow it only when the Constitution is moved to the left. -Robert Bork

If you never ask yourself any questions about the meaning of a passage, you cannot expect the book to give you any insight you do not already possess. -Mortimer Adler

My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning. -Huey Newton

The fountain of youth with the youthful young musician is one meaning, and the fountain of youth with the youthful energy of the leader is another meaning. -Roy Haynes

In talking, shyness and timidity distort the very meaning of my words. I don't pretend to know anybody well. People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow. -Gwen John

These are my friends, my family. It would be hell on earth to spend the rest of my life leading them into situations where some of them are going to get killed… but it would be worse watching someone well-meaning but incompetent or untrained double those deaths. -Mercedes Lackey

Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams of sound that penetrate the world. -Toru Takemitsu

We're thinking about printing the lyrics with the next record so that people can find their own meaning in them. But then they would start having a life of their own, and I think the Portishead music should stay a whole in which the lyrics come second, actually. -Beth Gibbons

The worst thing is always thinking of titles for records, with some reason behind them, and she just came out with the word, which she thought was a good word, a hard word, and since then we've sort of attached loads of meaning to it. -Emma Anderson

Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life. -Paul Scofield

It shows the truth – that the real meaning of a word is only as powerful or harmless as the emotion behind it. -Sarah Silverman

They're desperately searching for meaning in their lives but they will not crack the Bible open. -Victoria Jackson

Movies without meaningful dialogue play well all over the world. The Apostle is probably the best movie of the year, but it won't do squat in Korea. -Robert Benton

Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees. -Robert Indiana

My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education. -Ronnie James Dio

Because of recent improvements in the accuracy of theoretical predictions based on large scale ab initio quantum mechanical calculations, meaningful comparisons between theoretical and experimental findings have become possible. -Yuan T. Lee

All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire. -Donald Kagan

The committee's work is not about whether or how we should pay reparations. That was never the intent nor will the payment of reparations be the outcome. This is an effort designed to involve the campus community in a discovery of the meaning of our past. -Ruth J. Simmons

Nevertheless the meaning is not that the blessed bread which is divided, which is offered, and which the apostles received from the hand of Christ was not the body of Christ but becomes the body of Christ when the eating of it is begun. -Martin Chemnitz

Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful. -Martin Yan

Sitting by the chimney corner as we grow old, the commonest things around us take on live meanings and hint at the difference between these driving times and the calm, slow moving days when we were young. -Rebecca Harding Davis

Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the myth in their own traditions, so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning. -Joan D. Vinge

She made the decision that her existence had lost its meaning. And you cannot judge that. -Jack Kevorkian

I'd find it demeaning to be cleaning toilets. -Jack Kevorkian

We're teaching our kids that attributes as vague and relatively meaningless as a toothy smile or a fine head of hair make a fine statement about a person. -Neil Cavuto

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

This is a basic requirement the meaning of globalization is that we should admit that the economy of each country is dependent on the economy of all the others. -Richard Grasso

You know I was curious – I was interested in all kinds of mystery or deeper meanings in the paintings because I myself have not analyzed why they have turned out like this or like that. -H. R. Giger

So, we need to delegitimize the nuclear weapon, and by de-legitimizing… meaning trying to develop a different system of security that does not depend on nuclear deterrence. -Mohamed ElBaradei

We must have a relentless commitment to producing a meaningful, comprehensive energy package aimed at conservation, alleviating the burden of energy prices on consumers, decreasing our country's dependency on foreign oil, and increasing electricity grid reliability. -Paul Gillmor

It will always be the same possibilities, in sum or on the average, that go on repeating themselves until a man comes along who does not value the actuality above idea. It is he who first gives the new possibilities their meaning, their direction, and he awakens them. -Robert Musil

This awareness instills a fierce desire to protect that heritage and – in doing so – to educate Americans in the meaning and importance of our pivotal documents. -Allen Weinstein

Indeed, in the present climate of mistrust of institutions, many people who yearn for a more meaningful and fulfilling life would regard the church as an unlikely place to go for guidance. -Hugh Mackay

There has been a great gulf in psychological thought between the perception of space and objects on one hand and the perception of meaning on the other. -James J. Gibson

Hence it is that the shape of something is especially meaningful. -James J. Gibson

The meaning or value of a thing consists of what it affords. -James J. Gibson

Now between the meanings of words and their sounds there is ordinarily no discoverable relation except one of accident; and it is therefore miraculous, to the mystic, when words which make sense can also make a uniform objective structure of accents and rhymes. -John Crowe Ransom

Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant. -Michael Shermer

In the first period religious life appears as a form of discipline which the individual or a whole people must accept as an unconditional command without any rational understanding of the ultimate meaning and purpose of that command. -Muhammad Iqbal

The old saying that war is a racket has taken on an even more shameful meaning. -David Hackworth

I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise structure in which both meaning and form are important. -Jeffery Deaver

It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups. -Henry A. Wallace

I want to buy them, because historically these have been great engines of enrichment for the middle class, 'historically' meaning now for a good ten years. -Jim Cramer

I think things can have more than one meaning and still connect with people. There's a lot of meaning to the title 'Music For People' and they're all true and they're all accurate. -Jon Crosby

I'm satisfied it's very black, meaning 'in the black'. -Robert Conrad

A very considerable body of the German people live in America and propose to fight that Government. Bourke in his great speech last week welcoming the Belgian mission to Boston worked out the President's meaning with care. -Shane Leslie

In English, the sounds and melodies I created were an inspiration to me, and words came to me as I explored the sounds, and from there I was able expand on the meaning. -Utada Hikaru

For the version of this CD released in Japan, a translation of the English lyrics is included, but there are lots of places where meanings are lost in the process of translation. -Utada Hikaru

Our responsibility for BLM lands is multiple-use, meaning a variety of needs and uses. -Gale Norton

But I have to add – and this answers your other question – this catholicity in time and in space is only meaningful for me if there is, at the same time, a concentration on the Gospel. -Hans Kung

It seems essential to try to find some meaning to life and I guess Jungian philosophy is the one that's helped me understand myself and the world more than anything else. -Noah Taylor

The essential meaning of perestroika for Gorbachev and his supporters was creating and acting on alternatives to failed and dangerous policies at home and abroad. -Stephen Cohen

The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy. -Atal Bihari Vajpayee

We've established a Washington State Academy of Sciences that will enable us to make decisions based on science about what is right for our state, meaning the quality of our lives will get better. -Christine Gregoire

Either your understanding of the meaning of music is there from the beginning or it is not. -Gordon Getty

Although my art work was heavily informed by my design work on a formal and visual level, as regards meaning and content the two practices parted ways. -Barbara Kruger

This occasion is personally very meaningful and I hope to visit Korea again if I have the chance. -Cathy Freeman

The Ancient Games are relatively obscure to most Olympians, but to understand just what the Games are about, it is really necessary to investigate the roots and the meaning that has transformed culture and society for so many years. -Bill Toomey

After one hundred years of federal rule, the United States House of Representatives has moved to provide for the first meaningful route to self-determination for the Puerto Rican people under our federal system. -Dick Thornburgh

Most importantly, the meaning of spirituality lays the seeds for our destiny and the path we must follow. -Dennis Banks

It's just that a lot of songs that are popular right now, they don't have any meaning. -Elliott Smith

The meaning of life… I think the meaning of life is, I think it's love. -Julie Benz

Alabama citizens, like the vast majority of Americans, respect and value the meaning of decency, and appreciate public institutions that reflect the common values of our society. -Mike Rogers

It's better for the listener to interpret their own meanings to the music. -Kelly Jones

If it awakens in us as a whole how important that is – the theme of how conquest and ambition are meaningless without contribution – I think then as a society we're in better shape. I hope people are inspired to be the best. -Rob Morrow

Also, as I lay there thinking of my vision, I could see it all again and feel the meaning with a part of me like a strange power glowing in my body; but when the part of me that talks would try to make words for the meaning, it would be like fog and get away from me. -Black Elk

But I think I have done right to save the vision in this way, even though I may die sooner because I did it; for I know the meaning of the vision is wise and beautiful and good; and you can see that I am only a pitiful old man after all. -Black Elk

There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves. -John M. Ford

On a cosmic scale, our life is insignificant, yet this brief period when we appear in the world is the time in which all meaningful questions arise. -Paul Ricoeur

Ordinary language carries with it conditions of meaning which it is easy to recognize by classifying the contexts in which the expression is employed in a meaningful manner. -Paul Ricoeur

Testimony demands to be interpreted because of the dialectic of meaning and event that traverses it. -Paul Ricoeur

This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job, the best example of wisdom. -Paul Ricoeur

The answer was that in Burundi, having a clean bill of health has taken on a very particular meaning: unless and until you have paid for your hospital treatment, you simply can't leave, you are in effect a captive. -Rowan Williams

When language was not transcendental enough to complete the meaning of a revelation, symbols were relied upon for heavenly teaching, and familiar images, chosen from the known, were made to mirror the unknown spiritual truth. -William H. Hunt

I think the sense of community that exists with all the characters – that's the answer. The fact that they have found a family in their friends. It does give some depth and meaning to their lives. -Randy Harrison

I don't know for Justin; he's always looking for meaning out of his relationships with people. I don't think he's as trapped into the drug thing as a lot of the others are. -Randy Harrison

Banal words function as a feeble phenomena that fall into their own mental bogs of meaning. -Robert Smithson

The most meaningful engine of change, powerful enough to confront corporate power, may be not so much environmental quality, as the economic development and growth associated with the effort to improve it. -Barry Commoner

The principle of equity first came into evidence in Roman jurisprudence and was derived by analogy from the physical meaning of the word. -Herbert Read

If I were doing something that the Bible condemns, I have two choices. I can straighten up my act, or I can somehow distort and twist and change the meaning of the Bible. -Jerry Falwell

The miracle of light pours over the green and brown expanse of saw grass and of water, shining and slowly moving, the grass and water that is the meaning and the central fact of the Everglades. It is a river of grass. -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

The wealth of south Florida, but even more important, the meaning and significance of south Florida lies in the black muck of the Everglades and the inevitable development of this country to be the great tropic agricultural center of the world. -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

I get even more nervous singing when everyone's fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there's people there listening to that, and if they're moved by it, then I'm moved as well. -Namie Amuro

If it can affect me, if it has meaning to me, if I feel I can do it well, I will do it and record it and thats why I recorded these songs. -Neil Diamond

You cannot limit yourself to one area of specialized craft. Instead, regardless of craft, you have to charge all forms of expression that lead to the community, to other people, with meaning. -Alexander Kluge

My training in music and composition then led me to a kind of musical language process in which, for example, the sound of the words I play with has to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak. -Elfriede Jelinek

The famous saying 'God is love', it is generally assumed, means that God is like our immediate emotional indulgence, not that the meaning of love ought to have something of the 'otherness' and terror of God. -Charles Williams

Well, there's no question that the law passed in 1996 was flawed. It deregulated the wholesale market, meaning the price that the utilities had to pay energy companies for power, but not the retail market. -Gray Davis

Hardly any actor objects to press. It's a question of it being done in the way they like to see it done, meaning to get down to the serious interview what the profession is so we can reach out to the people to help them get along. -Harvey Keitel

Everyone's just extracting meaning and feeling and emotion from almost every aspect of music, and I think that for me, it's a huge antidote to that to have a concept album. -Aimee Mann

The Cube can seem alive as it heats up in your hand. The fact that each face of the Cube is made of three layers of three blocks has an important meaning. -Erno Rubik

I became aware that all sounds can make meaningful language. -Karlheinz Stockhausen

Making it big in this world is such a rip-off, you gotta keep your head together or it can be totally without meaning. -Shelley Duvall

To do art, one thing should always remember – subjects of people in misery have deep meanings. -Zhang Yimou

But even in the Christian religion, much of its real meaning is hidden by words that are misleading and symbols that but few understand. -Ernest Holmes

The development of the meaning attaching to the personal self, the conscious being, is the subject matter of the history of psychology. -James Mark Baldwin

I'm not against asking the audience to work, but I think what you have now is a sort of gratuitous deconstruction as a result of a fashion of literary deconstructionism indicating that there are no meanings. -Jonathan Miller

You can try to take sorrow and make it into something enduring, meaningful and beautiful. I always feel guilty that this is my job, that I get to do this. -Alice Hoffman

I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings. -Anne Stevenson

I'm not going to live my life unhappy and why should he and we talk about it and I think what's great about the film is that it shows is the meaning of family doesn't have to be as traditional as it once was, like you can make a family. -Nia Long

But whether a couple is a man and a woman has everything to do with the meaning of marriage. -Jack Kingston

I am very proud of this work because it is more about the meaning of the Easter Rising and its relationship to what this whole century has been about, people liberating themselves, freeing themselves. -Leon Uris

So without getting into the specifics, I can tell you that to the extent that investigation is a relatively important investigation and meaningful, the president would have been periodically briefed. -Robert Mueller

Biology, meaning the science of all life, is a late notion. -Leon Kass

It does not follow that the meaning must be given from above; that life and suffering must come neatly labeled; that nothing is worth while if the world is not governed by a purpose. -Walter Kaufmann

Life ceases to be so oppressive: we are free to give our own lives meaning and purpose, free to redeem our suffering by making something of it. -Walter Kaufmann

The landscape is like being there with a powerful personality and I'm searching for just the right angles to make that portrait come across as meaningfully as possible. -Galen Rowell

The point is, the political reporters are the ones who no longer understand the ritual they are covering. They keep searching for political meanings in the tepid events when a convention is now essentially a human drama and only that. -William Greider

Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. -Arvo Part

I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. -Charisma Carpenter

The audience has to understand that if the film is going to have any meaning for them. If they are going to empathize with the characters, they have to visualize the process of concentration involved in making every move. -Conrad Hall

The biological task of science is to provide the fully developed human individual with as perfect a means of orientating himself as possible. No other scientific ideal can be realised, and any other must be meaningless. -Ernst Mach

There is a deep question whether the possible meanings that emerge from an effort to explain the experience of art may not mask the real meanings of a work of art. -Jerome Bruner

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. -Morrie Schwartz

Because if you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. -Morrie Schwartz

But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed. -Lakhdar Brahimi

I wanted to write some lyrics that had some meaning to them, lyrics that were meaningful to me and hopefully people can take something from that. -Adam Rich

Hopefully people can look at our band and see that we're a heavy rock band. We're definitely not a metal band, but we're a band that focuses on meaningful lyrics and melody. -Adam Rich

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries. -Alex Campbell

But most Canadians have recognized to a greater or lesser extent that despite much of the so-called progress of the affluent society, essential ingredients to a meaningful life seem to be either entirely lacking, or at best, difficult to grasp. -Alex Campbell

The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power. -Carol P. Christ

The monopoly of science in the realm of knowledge explains why evolutionary biologists do not find it meaningful to address the question whether the Darwinian theory is true. -Phillip E. Johnson

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where a number of elements are brought together under test conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance. -John Barton

I have become intrigued with the combining of seemingly unrelated ideas or images, or the drawing upon the many, sometimes dissimilar, meanings a word might have. -John Barton

Democratic societies can no longer give religious fanatics a free hand to abuse and murder non believers. Such action betrays contempt for the basic human rights which animate any democracy with meaning. -Armstrong Williams

Even in this glowering age, morality animates our lives with meaning. -Armstrong Williams

There was a time when meanings were focused and reality could be fixed; when that sort of belief disappeared, things became uncertain and open to interpretation. -Bridget Riley

Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words and the nature of things, and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the dictum of learned authorities, but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us. -Frances Wright

The award is important in order to bring people to the movie theater. That's the only principle meaning of any award. -Javier Bardem

Cross cultural experience teaches us not simply that people have different beliefs, but that people seek meaning and understand themselves in some sense as members of a cosmos ruled by God. -Jeane Kirkpatrick

The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics. -Michael Pollan

Anybody can be very destructive in that position without at all meaning to be, and I know that I have been inadvertently destructive in the past for certain people on certain occasions. -Tobias Wolff

Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have. -Walter Pater

The delusion of entertainment is devoid of meaning. It may amuse us for a bit, but after the initial hit we are left with the dark feeling of desolation. -Arthur Erickson

People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words. -Brian Eno

I am atheist in a very religious mould. I'm always asking myself the big questions. Where did we come from? Is there a meaning to all of this? When I find myself in church, I edit the hymns as I sing them. -Mark Haddon

Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration. -Paracelsus

It's a matter of reducing the work to its very simplest possible state, eliminating all of the things that lead away from the guts of the work, the thing the work is really about. Anything that's there must build towards its over-all organization and meaning. -Paul Cullen

What is the meaning of the togetherness of the perceiving mind, in that peculiar modification of perceiving which makes it perceive not a star but a tree, and the tree itself, is a problem for philosophy. -Samuel Alexander

Sanctification is not to be understood here as a separation from ordinary use or consecration to some special use, although this meaning is often present in Scripture, sometimes referring to outward and sometimes to inward or effectual separation. -William Ames

Our perception of songs that we've written… the meaning changes from day to day… to whatever stage we're at in our life and careers. -Layne Staley

If you want me to sing this Christmas song with the feeling and the meaning, you better see if you can locate that check. -Mahalia Jackson

It seems we're always in transition and that it's more about trends than it is about what's meaningful. -Marlee Matlin

I remember those days with Bergman with great nostalgia. We were aware that the films were going to be quite important, and the work felt meaningful. -Max von Sydow

I think it's good if a song has more than one meaning. Maybe that kind of song can reach far more people. -Syd Barrett

But also, the guest workers program, it's quite often misused, meaning people could come in as part of a guest workers program and after two weeks in the fields, they'd run off to do every other kind of job that isn't covered by a guest workers program. -Dana Rohrabacher

These happy endings all express the weak and sly promise that the world is not rotten and out of joint but meaningful and ultimately in excellent condition. -Douglas Sirk

It would, of course, be hopeless to attempt to crowd into an international language all those local overtones of meaning which are so dear to the heart of the nationalist. -Edward Sapir

A careful analysis of the process of observation in atomic physics has shown that the subatomic particles have no meaning as isolated entities, but can only be understood as interconnections between the preparation of an experiment and the subsequent measurement. -Erwin Schrodinger

Love of man for woman – love of woman for man. That's the nature, the meaning, the best of life itself. -Zane Grey

I sometimes truly despair at ever being meaningfully altered and affected by the things I claim are so important to me. -Olympia Dukakis

Now whatever the origin of this apparently meaningless jumble of ideas may have been, it is really a perfect and very slightly allegorical expression of the actual present views we hold today. -Frederick Soddy

The secret of it is to read what you've got in front of you. Don't, if you suspect that something has a double meaning, don't pause. Don't put on a leery vocal expression if you know what I mean on radio. Don't sort of do anything other than read it. -Humphrey Lyttelton

My life had no meaning at all. I found only brief interludes of satisfaction. It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career. -Pete Maravich

Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I think viewers are hungry for shows in which people say something meaningful. -Michael Landon

I consider Bush's decision to call for a war against terrorism a serious mistake. He is elevating these criminals to the status of war enemies, and one cannot lead a war against a network if the term war is to retain any definite meaning. -Jurgen Habermas

In both pop and disco, the meaning of the lyrics is not too important. I have nothing I feel I particularly want to say. -Giorgio Moroder

Historians still often see the end of the war as meaning nothing more for Germany than lost territories, lost participation in colonization, and lost assets for the state and individuals. They frequently overlook the most serious loss that Germany suffered. -Gustav Stresemann

I have never been able to grasp the meaning of time. I don't believe it exists. I've felt this again and again, when alone and out in nature. On such occasions, time does not exist. Nor does the future exist. -Thor Heyerdahl

The acts of the human race on the world's stage have doubtless a coherent unity, but the meaning of the vast tragedy enacted will be visible only to the eye of God, until the end, which will reveal it perhaps to the last man. -Alfred de Vigny

All of us want to have meaning in our lives and want to feel like we're doing something that makes a difference. I believe we're doing that in the Justice Department. -John Ashcroft

Without consciousness and intelligence, the universe would lack meaning. -Clifford D. Simak

A corporation is organized as a system – it has this department, that department, that department… they don't have any meaning separately; they only can function together. And also the body is a system. Society is a system in some sense. And so on. -David Bohm

A new kind of mind thus beings to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning that is constantly transforming in the process of the dialogue. -David Bohm

But the way people commonly use the word nowadays it means something all of whose parts are mutually interdependent – not only for their mutual action, but for their meaning and for their existence. -David Bohm

People are no longer primarily in opposition, nor can they be said to be interacting, rather they are participating in this pool of common meaning which is capable of constant development and change. -David Bohm

A lot of the lyrical ideas do have a lot of meaning in a way, although it is somewhat abstracted. -Thurston Moore

Chance doesn't mean meaningless randomness, but historical contingency. This happens rather than that, and that's the way that novelty, new things, come about. -John Polkinghorne

The problem and privilege we all have is being alive in this century and able to read this language. It makes any list meaningless except the list of an illiterate. -John Sladek

Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped, while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to occupy the central place in the scientific study of language. -Roman Jakobson

It is true, there are many bad people; there are more of them than in the past, but that is because there are more people, meaning the population has tripled; there must be three times more bad people. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

The task is to investigate speech sounds in relation to the meanings with which they are invested, i.e., sounds viewed as signifiers, and above all to throw light on the structure of the relation between sounds and meaning. -Roman Jakobson

The work itself has a complete circle of meaning and counterpoint. And without your involvement as a viewer, there is no story. -Anish Kapoor

What one does in the studio is to pose a series of problems to oneself. I've got to look for some deeper meaning, for some reason for this thing to be in the world. There's enough stuff in the world. -Anish Kapoor

Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while. -Wally Schirra

The marvelous thing about a joke with a double meaning is that it can only mean one thing. -Ronnie Barker

People need meanings to everything. People want you to intellectualize every choice you make. -Juliana Hatfield

It's not surprising to see in my own work, looking back, and in the work of some of my peers, an attention to family. It's nice to write a book that does tend toward significance and meaning, and where else are you sure of finding it? -Jonathan Franzen

The rain began again. It fell heavily, easily, with no meaning or intention but the fulfilment of its own nature, which was to fall and fall. -Helen Garner

Everything I've done has been personally fun, important, and meaningful to me. -Ashley Judd

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall. -Stephen Sondheim

The United States must also continue to push the United Nations Security Council for strong action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In the meantime, it is our job to take meaningful steps to eliminate the threats posed by Iran. -Allyson Schwartz

I think the whole question of meaning in music is difficult enough even if you hear me playing live right now in the same room! What I mean and what you take from it may be two quite different things anyway. -Evan Parker

The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art. -Jackson Pollock

I know who I am and can deal with the use of Indian mascots… But I know it can be demeaning to a group of people. Maybe it would be all right if they were truly honoring the people and are giving due respect to the people they are representing. -Leonard Little

But if Shakespeare himself is maybe about meaning and truth, I don't know, then he is certainly about pleasure and interest, we start with pleasure and interest, but maybe eventually it gets to meaning and truth. -Stephen Greenblatt

A book reaches a different crowd of people. There are 50 different stories of very different individuals participating in their communities either locally or nationally in meaningful ways. -Joan Blades

As a member of Congress, and a parent, I understand the importance of ensuring that families are able to provide a meaningful and proper burial for their loved ones. -Jon Porter

You know, funny is this weird word for me. I hear is so many times it has no meaning anymore. -Bruce McCulloch

I work from a personal place, and the work has personal meaning for me. -Jim Hodges

But they are not going to take on Big Oil because Big Oil is very generous at campaign time, and this is all about the elections. They want to pretend that they are doing something meaningful. -Peter DeFazio

And I seemed to discern a power and meaning in the old, which the more impassioned would not allow. -Frederick Henry Hedge

Fiction is socially meaningful. -David Guterson

To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it. -Daniel Libeskind

We must shift the energy policy debate in America with an increased focus on alternative and renewable fuels and Congress must pass meaningful alternative fuels and incentive programs to help move the U.S. away from dependence on foreign oil. -Rick Renzi

No, I see it as meaning very little at the moment because none of the groups are about anything. -Lester Bangs

Indian names were either characteristic nicknames given in a playful spirit, deed names, birth names, or such as have a religious and symbolic meaning. -Charles Eastman

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's quest for meaning in a godless world. He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask, What is the meaning of what we are? -Anne Rice

The richest most meaningful stories are found in small places: made, carried, crafted, told, and retold by apparently unimportant people. -Louise Brown

I do it because I want to exercise people's compassion and I do it because I really believe that for some reason what I do is important and meaningful. -Kyra Sedgwick

And to understand this, I think this is a most important point where I would like always to be understood what we do with the New York Philharmonic. That the meaning of the music is number one. -Kurt Masur

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves. -Kenneth Branagh

People are looking to have more meaning in their lives. It is a sign the technology community is coming of age. -John Doerr

My daughter is a good, caring, compassionate person. To me that's the true meaning of success, even though the marriages didn't work out. My success with my daughter is all that matters. -Charlene Tilton

The most mysterious feminine factor, the existence that we men, we don't know. It's woman. It's feminine. That's what the sword is about. That's the symbolic meaning of the sword. -Ang Lee

Sovereignty is a word that is used often but it has really no specific meaning. Sovereignty today is nominal. Any number of countries that are sovereign are sovereign only nominally and relatively. -Zbigniew Brzezinski

If, however, the success of a politician is to be measured by the degree in which he is able personally to influence the course of politics, and attach to himself a school of political thought, then Mr. Mill, in the best meaning of the words, has succeeded. -Millicent Fawcett

The second thing we did was said, OK, we've now identified the risk, but what do you want to do with the money? Because it's not enough to have risk; you've got to have a meaningful use for the money we give you. -Michael Chertoff

Truth implies meaning. -Lukas Foss

It is not new or unusual for the real Americans, meaning those immigrants who came to America a little bit longer ago, to fear the outsiders, the pretenders, the newcomers. -Luis Gutierrez

When man becomes reconciled to nature, when space becomes his true background, these words and concepts will have lost their meaning, and we will no longer have to use them. -Michelangelo Antonioni

It is important that the audience should understand every syllable of every word, for only then can they grasp the meaning of the song. -Kate Smith

In nearly all ballads, the words set the mood and meaning, while the music intensifies or enhances them. -Kate Smith

For the Absolute, as we now know, all life is individual, but is individual as expressing a meaning. -Josiah Royce

And just because God attains and wins and finds this uniqueness, all our lives win in our union with him the individuality which is essential to their true meaning. -Josiah Royce

The meaning of this observation is unclear, but it raises the unfortunate possibility of ambiguous triplets; that is, triplets which may code more than one amino acid. However one would certainly expect such triplets to be in a minority. -Francis Crick

First, we have to find a common vocabulary for energy security. This notion has a radically different meaning for different people. For Americans it is a geopolitical question. For the Europeans right now it is very much focused on the dependence on imported natural gas. -Daniel Yergin

I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me. -Kate Smith

For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death – the only certainty that life holds for us – must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life. -Stanislav Grof

There is, however, a change going on in the world. There's far more interest in drawing now than there has been in a long, long time. Schools are beginning to teach drawing again in a serious and meaningful way. -Leonard Baskin

The art schools… you get young kids doing the most vile and meaningless crap. I think they believe every bit of it. -Leonard Baskin

I think there is an element of nihilism about, but I don't think most artists feel their work is meaningless. -Leonard Baskin

The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning. -John Lee Hooker

I feel lucky. I think acting can help to keep you young. It does make you feel there's meaning in your life. -Jane Badler

Look at the Palestinians with the huge, huge percentage of unemployed. What does that breed? Anyone who's unemployed in the world, you feel there's no meaning and there's a risk that you drift over to something desperate. Yes, we have to tackle the social problems as well. -Hans Blix

From the throes of inspiration and the eddies of thought the poet may at last be able to arrive at, and convey the right admixture of words and meaning. -Eyvind Johnson

Oh, that all the things my father had told me about how disgusting Washington is are true. And again it's the system – there are lots of nice, well-meaning people there. But it's a sleazy place. And politics is all about doing favors. -Esther Dyson

During the '70s I was interested in words and meaning as a way of making art. -Sol LeWitt

It is a sign of the times that the absence of meaningful ID requirements in many states leaves our voting process vulnerable to fraud and allows legal votes to be cancelled out by illegally cast ballots. -Virgil Goode

These films however, have ambiguity built into them, because it's too easy in film to make a strident work of propaganda or advertising, which are really the same thing anyway, meaning the message is unmistakable. -Godfrey Reggio

I have never had a problem with people not being able to understand the words and the meanings in Titus. -Julie Taymor

Until we perceive the meaning of our past, we remain the mere carriers of ideas, like the Nomads. -Stephen Gardiner

I don't feel a lack of hope. It's just disappointment that after all these years we're still fighting meaningless wars for a handful of people. -Geezer Butler

A meaningless statement remains meaningless no matter how often it's heard. -Roy H. Williams

I learned enough Hebrew to stagger through a meaningless ceremony that I scarcely remember. -David Antin

Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying. -David Antin

I was a drama major also so it's cool to cuss for meaning, but for no apparent reason, no. -Kel Mitchell

I pretty much ignored politics all through my 20's and 30's… I had other things on my mind… the band, finding a meaningful relationship, getting enough money to eat and pay the rent. -Mark Edwards

Without question, the material world and your everyday needs distract you from living meaningfully. -Menachem Mendel Schneerson

The silent film has a lot of meanings. The first part of the film is comic. It represents the burlesque feel of those silent films. But I think that the second part of the film is full of tenderness and emotion. -Pedro Almodovar

Now, to describe the process of the Wrapped Reichstag, which went from 1971 to '95, there is an entire book about that, because each one of our projects has its own book. The book is not an art book, meaning it's not written by an art historian. -Christo

I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful. -Kim Novak

Jesus is an example. We have other examples, including many of our ancestors as role models who understood the inner meaning of our orientation. -Malcolm Boyd

All phenomena are real in some sense, unreal in some sense, meaningless in some sense, real and meaningless in some sense, unreal and meaningless in some sense, and real and unreal and meaningless in some sense. -Robert Anton Wilson

The web of life is a beautiful and meaningless dance. The web of life is a process with a moving goal. The web of life is a perfectly finished work of art right where I am sitting now. -Robert Anton Wilson

Another woman approached me while I was having lunch at the Russian Tea Room in New York and told me that the reason she had become a lawyer was because she had read 'Rage of Angels'. To me, that kind of feedback has more meaning than any sales figures. -Sidney Sheldon

In all my career, in my ups and downs, I've never had a beauty campaign. This was meaningful that at almost 41 years old, I could be getting my first beauty campaign. It made me feel really great. -Teri Hatcher

The crucial question one comes back to is the examination; without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres. -Peter Hammill

I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did – meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, 'cause you yourself hadn't shown up yet. -Robert Redford

Be able to describe anything visual, such as a street scene, in words that convey your meaning. -Marilyn vos Savant

I was suffering from a peculiar and persistent sense that I was being pursued, and also the conviction that under the political order of the times, our lives had no meaning. -Naguib Mahfouz

In a repressive society, a writer can be deeply influential, but in a society that's filled with glut and repetition and endless consumption, the act of terror may be the only meaningful act. -Don DeLillo

The modern meaning of life's end-when does it end? How does it end? How should it end? What is the value of life? How do we measure it? -Don DeLillo

If the work is going well and it's something that has value with some meaning to it, it gives back a lot. -Richard Gere

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan, and we are going to have to reach that in this debate at some time before we can find really meaningful reform. -Judy Biggert

Man, that record came out and was real big in Memphis. They started playing it, and it got real big. Don't know why-the lyrics had no meaning. -Elvis Presley

But in due course it became evident that not only a physical situation qua physics, but the meaning of that situation to people, was sometimes a factor, through the behavior of people, in the start of a fire. -Benjamin Whorf

But the moment you use an ordinary camera, you are not seeing the picture, remember, meaning, you had to remember what you've taken. Now you could see it of course, with a digital thing, but remember in 1982 you couldn't. -David Hockney

You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era. -David Hockney

Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless. -Norman Borlaug

The green revolution has an entirely different meaning to most people in the affluent nations of the privileged world than to those in the developing nations of the forgotten world. -Norman Borlaug

Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you. -Paul Tsongas

There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder and mutilation that can never be fixed, no matter what aid is brought in. -Nicholas Kristof

I think America understands that energy security is a very important part of our national security. But if we are going to address energy security in a meaningful way going forward, we need to do it in a new manner. We cannot just be doing the same old thing. -Chris Van Hollen

For me the meaning of my work is much more fluid. -Thom Mayne

I know some people say I can be funny. But there is always a deeper meaning to what I say. I am a socialist at heart and have the interests of the poor in mind. When people see how I manage to work my way out of tough situations, it gives them hope in their own life. -Lalu Prasad Yadav

I just had a baby. I'm not going to work unless it's something really special and meaningful, because I can't imagine missing all that time with my daughter. -Gwyneth Paltrow

Hell is full of good meanings and wishings. -George Herbert

Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it. -Philip Pullman

Jazz is rhythm and meaning. -Henri Matisse

Vegetarian – that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter. -Andy Rooney

If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. -Plato

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point. -Jean-Paul Sartre

What do you want a meaning for? Life is a desire, not a meaning. -Charlie Chaplin

If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless. -Robert H. Schuller

A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have. -Wallace Stevens

Life has to be given a meaning because of the obvious fact that it has no meaning. -Henry Miller

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know. -Maxim Gorky

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives. -Toni Morrison

God has put within our lives meanings and possibilities that quite outrun the limits of mortality. -Harry Emerson Fosdick

Our obligation is to give meaning to life and in doing so to overcome the passive, indifferent life. -Elie Wiesel

Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. -Thomas Merton

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. -Les Brown

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. -Benjamin Franklin

Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good. -Woody Allen

Meanings are not determined by situations, but we determine ourselves by the meanings we give to situations. -Alfred Adler

Myths can't be translated as they did in their ancient soil. We can only find our own meaning in our own time. -Margaret Atwood

Man lives in a world of meaning. -George Herbert Mead

The sea has neither meaning nor pity. -Anton Chekhov

Happiness will come from materialism, not from meaning. -Andrei Platonov

The hardest of all the arts to speak of is music, because music has no meaning to speak of. -Ned Rorem

The mind loves the unknown. It loves images whose meaning is unknown, since the meaning of the mind itself is unknown. -Rene Magritte

After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true. -H. G. Wells

The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly. -Vance Packard

You become a great composer when you win a Pulitzer. But I think that now it's a completely meaningless award. -John Corigliano

In common use almost every word has many shades of meaning, and therefore needs to be interpreted by the context. -Alfred Marshall

Time has lost all meaning in that nightmare alley of the Western world known as the American mind. -Florence King

Truth is something which can't be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning. -Anais Nin

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word. -Gilbert Murray

The trouble with Reason is that it becomes meaningless at the exact point where it refuses to act. -Bernard DeVoto

When you read and understand a poem, comprehending its rich and formal meanings, then you master chaos a little. -Stephen Spender

Hope is a feeling that life and work have meaning. You either have it or you don't, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you. -Vaclav Havel

I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful. -Pete Hamill

Any euphemism ceases to be euphemistic after a time and the true meaning begins to show through. It's a losing game, but we keep on trying. -Joseph Wood Krutch

It is while you are patiently toiling at the little tasks of life that the meaning and shape of the great whole of life dawn on you. -Phillips Brooks

I find it difficult to believe that words have no meaning in themselves, hard as I try. Habits of a lifetime are not lightly thrown aside. -Stuart Chase

To so enter into it in nature and art that the enjoyed meanings of life may become a part of living is the attitude of aesthetic appreciation. -George Herbert Mead

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two. -Marcel Proust

The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition… always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning. -Roland Barthes

Fill you mind with the meaningless stimuli of a world preoccupied with meaningless things, and it will not be easy to feel peace in your heart. -Marianne Williamson

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels. To switch languages is to change the labels. -Willard Van Orman Quine

Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word. -Eric Gill

I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine. -Henry Rollins

To help, to continually help and share, that is the sum of all knowledge; that is the meaning of art. -Eleonora Duse

In love, we worry more about the meaning of silences than the meaning of words. -Mason Cooley

Words can have no single fixed meaning. Like wayward electrons, they can spin away from their initial orbit and enter a wider magnetic field. No one owns them or has a proprietary right to dictate how they will be used. -David Lehman

It is necessary to get a lot of men together, for the show of the thing, otherwise the world will not believe. That is the meaning of committees. But the real work must always be done by one or two men. -Anthony Trollope

Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects. -Blaise Pascal

It is clear that every immediate object of our senses both exists and is real in the primary meaning of these terms so long as we remain aware of the object. -Charles D. Broad

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. -Henri Nouwen

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose. -John Stossel

If not for music, I would probably be a very frustrated scientist. It's one way to answer the question, 'What is the meaning of life?' I feel music answers it better. -Paula Cole

The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings. -George Santayana

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science. -Aldous Huxley

To know the laws is not to memorize their letter but to grasp their full force and meaning. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. -Ezra Pound

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. -John Ruskin

Sex is. There is nothing more to be done about it. Sex builds no roads, writes no novels and sex certainly gives no meaning to anything in life but itself. -Gore Vidal

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. -Michael Jackson

Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless. -Hannah Arendt

Make food a very incidental part of your life by filling your life so full of meaningful things that you'll hardly have time to think about food. -Peace Pilgrim

I believe that history might be, and ought to be, taught in a new fashion so as to make the meaning of it as a process of evolution intelligible to the young. -Thomas Huxley

Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters. -John Wooden

I think television has betrayed the meaning of democratic speech, adding visual chaos to the confusion of voices. What role does silence have in all this noise? -Federico Fellini

History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense by establishing strict causal connections. -Johan Huizinga

When we say that Philosophy tries to clear up the meanings of concepts we do not mean that it is simply concerned to substitute some long phrase for some familiar word. -Charles D. Broad

Fiction is a piece of truth that turns lies to meaning. -Dorothy Allison

It has been the acknowledged right of every Marxist scholar to read into Marx the particular meaning that he himself prefers and to treat all others with indignation. -John Kenneth Galbraith

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. -Erich Fromm

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life. -Voltaire

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. -Hermann Hesse

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays. -Friedrich Schiller

Our lives are the only meaningful expression of what we believe and in Whom we believe. And the only real wealth, for any of us, lies in our faith. -Gordon B. Hinckley

I've never been convinced that experience is linear, circular, or even random. It just is. I try to put it in some kind of order to extract meaning from it, to bring meaning to it. -Toni Cade Bambara

Practice without improvement is meaningless. -Chuck Knox

This was meaningful that at almost 41 years old, I could be getting my first beauty campaign. -Teri Hatcher

The drawing and the crafting of the story are fun, but it's the overall meaning that matters to me. It might escape some people who just want to read a comic, and that's fine. The overall meaning is what matters. -Brian Michael Bendis

A people and their religion must be judged by social standards based on social ethics. No other standard would have any meaning if religion is held to be necessary good for the well-being of the people. -B. R. Ambedkar

I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether. -Alfred North Whitehead

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all. -Bertrand Russell

I must stress here the point that I appreciate clarity, order, meaning, structure, rationality: they are necessary to whatever provisional stability we have, and they can be the agents of gradual and successful change. -A. R. Ammons

Academics act like they are important, but when something is academic it is meaningless. People say, 'It's academic, now let's get work done.' -Evan Sayet

To many, Homer may appear lazy and a loser, but he's just much misguided. He's boorish, sure, but well meaning and, I guess, the one thing we have in common is the pursuit of lousy diets. -Dan Castellaneta

Could I have worked under a system where there were Draconian controls on my creativity, meaning budget, time, script choices, etc.? Definitely not. I would have fared poorly under the old studio system that guys like Howard Hawks did so well in. I cannot. -Michael Mann

Awards are meaningless to me, and I have nothing but disdain for anyone who actively campaigns to get one. -Bill Murray

The truth is the Super Bowl long ago became more than just a football game. It's part of our culture like turkey at Thanksgiving and lights at Christmas, and like those holidays beyond their meaning, a factor in our economy. -Bob Schieffer

When the Senate ceases to engage nominees in meaningful discussion of legal issues, the confirmation process takes on an air of vacuity and farce, and the Senate becomes incapable of either properly evaluating nominees or appropriately educating the public. -Elena Kagan

But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. -Elizabeth Edwards

I'm not convinced about marriage. Divorce is so easy, and that fact that gay people are not allowed to marry takes much of the meaning out of it. Committing yourself to one person is sacred. -Natalie Portman

The principles that made this nation a great and powerful leader of the world, have not lost their meaning. They never will. We know we can bring this country back. I'm Mitt Romney. I believe in America. And I'm running for president of the United States. -Mitt Romney

I do love perusing the dictionary to find how many words I don't use – words that have specific, sharp, focused meaning. I also love the sound of certain words. I love the sound of the word pom-pom. -Geoffrey Rush

Unless there is meaningful change in Syria and an end to the crackdown, President Assad and those around him will find themselves isolated internationally and discredited within Syria. -William Hague

I wanted to be that quirky girl who writes funny songs that still have meaning. -Katy Perry

There's so much you can do with laying words on a bed of music. You can completely change their meaning with the type of music or the way they're sung. -P. J. Harvey

In most people's vocabularies, design means veneer. It's interior decorating. It's the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. -Steve Jobs

I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. This USO tour is especially meaningful because of the friends I have met and I am honored to be apart of it. -Karl Malone

To me, the job of the artist is to provide a useful and intelligent vocabulary for the world to be able to articulate feelings they experience everyday, and otherwise wouldn't have the means to express in a meaningful and useful way. -Mos Def

If you're just saying, hey, I'm doing this. I'm working to make money. I'm working to increase my status. If that's all there is, I think you will find out that it's meaningless. -Tony Dungy

I think most people live in a space where they are looking for meaning in life and good in the world and that is not necessarily reflected in straight news coverage right now. -Daryn Kagan

The term 'genre' eventually becomes pejorative because you're referring to something that's so codified and ritualised that it ceases to have the power and meaning it had when it first started. -Christopher Nolan

We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic. -Michael D. Higgins

There's a side that I want to do just like really retarded arty films like parody, pretentious art films that kind of are supposed to have some deep meaning. -Andy Milonakis

And we are never too old to study the Bible. Each time the lessons are studied comes some new meaning, some new thought which will make us better. -John D. Rockefeller

All the crap that we've encumbered our lives with, it's really meaningless. -Emilio Estevez

We all want merit to mean something, and we all may be tempted to reduce that meaning to something measurable and concrete like an SAT score. The reality, though, is that who deserves entry into an institution depends on what the institution exists to do. -Eric Liu

Americans need to call on Boomers, in their next act onstage, to behave like grown-ups. And there is no better way for them to do this than to guide young people to lives of greater meaning, effectiveness, and purpose. -Eric Liu

If half-black Barack Obama had decided years ago to call himself white – which his genes certainly entitled him to do – his story would have carried very different meaning. If millions of part-black people had followed him into whiteness, then the N.A.A.C.P. would be in true crisis. -Eric Liu

We tend to think of politics as bad, full of dirty tricks, negative ads, big campaigns, but I am here to explore the original meaning of politics, which is positive and has to do with balancing competing interests and looking for solutions. -Eric Liu

My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. As a world, we're doing a better job of that. My goal is for Google to lead, not follow that. -Larry Page

I'm someone who likes to keep busy, especially with projects that I find meaningful and fulfilling. -Niki Taylor

Work/life benefits allow companies meaningful ways for responding to their employees' needs; they can be a powerful tool for transforming a workforce and driving a business' success. -Anne M. Mulcahy

I'm so fascinated by the human longing for meaning. The way we relate romantically to each other is so much to do with our longing for meaning as well. -Kimbra

If we focus on the minuses, we go down the spiral. But if we are able to focus on the pluses, we can become stronger and put more meaning into our life. -Petra Nemcova

Everything was going for me, I didn't even know the meaning of the word insecurity and suddenly I am surrounded by words like operation, cancer, chemotherapy, radiation. -Delta Goodrem

I don't think that word – the word pirate – has any real meaning. Or it's something that's had meaning imposed on it. -Will Oldham

Um, 'Soul Food'… Another wonderful little movie that could. Here's a film that, I think our budget was maybe $6 million. We shot it in Chicago in six weeks. I was so proud of the film, because it showed America that an African-American film about family could sell, could do well, could cross over and have true meaning. -Vivica A. Fox

Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don't, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness. -Mark Hyman

The strong manly ones in life are those who understand the meaning of the word patience. -Tokugawa Ieyasu

I don't want to compare myself to him – I don't want people to see me as this great genius – but when I see Charlie Chaplin's movies there is a combination of drama, naivety and social meaning that I can see in myself, at a different level. -Michel Gondry

I don't feel I have to write deep and meaningful songs; they can be light and meaningless. It has to do with the place I am in my life, a really good place. -Neil Diamond

What is important is family, friends, giving back to your community and finding meaning in life. -Adrian Grenier

I enjoyed having a reputation as being wild, but these days I try not to worry about what people think in the privacy of their own brain or what they write in the bizarre publicity of their own newspapers, because all of those things are meaningless. -Russell Brand

Everything's connected, and everything has meaning if you look for it. -Michelle Williams

But I feel truly wowed by the architecture and the meaning of the architecture if you get lost in it and think about the man hours in the smallest little chapel, and the love involved. God it's fantastic. -Paul Bettany

To talk about balance, it's easier to talk about what's out of balance. And I think anytime that you have any disease, and disease meaning lack of ease, lack of flow… dis-ease. So any time there's disease, you're out of balance, whether it's jealousy, anger, greed, anxiety, fear. -Ricky Williams

It's something that I had been pushing down my whole life. The search for meaning, I guess, the whispering of the soul. -Ricky Williams

It was fun; you know, at this point in my life it's like, I want to do stuff that's meaningful. -Joan Cusack

Maybe I'm more drawn to those kind of parts because they are meaningful to me. I mean, more parent-y ones, I find them interesting to do. -Joan Cusack

I think it's fun to have work that you can relate to, that you can feel like is meaningful. -Joan Cusack

While I think storytelling is a meaningful way to spend your life… it does feel a little bit secondary or off-point. -David Simon

I don't think comedy is necessarily an attack. It's finding humour in life. I don't think if you're making a joke about something you're automatically demeaning it. -David Walliams

You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas. Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it's so worth it. -Caroline Kennedy

I hate a movie that will end by telling you that the first thing you should do is learn to love yourself. That is so insulting and condescending, and so meaningless. My characters don't learn to love each other or themselves. -Charlie Kaufman

I think of myself as a guy who tries to write screenplays and now has tried to direct one. Anything more than that is meaningless and it gets in the way of being a real human being. -Charlie Kaufman

I dropped out of high school when I was 16, after I had a huge argument with my English teacher over the meaning of the word 'existentialism.' -Craig Ferguson

We grew to know the meaning of love. That is what allowed me and my family to stay close together. -Martin Lawrence

Language in fiction is made up of equal parts meaning and music. The sentences should have rhythm and cadence, they should engage and delight the inner ear. -Michael Cunningham

And (cue music swell) motherhood turned out to be the most meaningful thing I've ever done with my life. Really. -Nia Vardalos

Moral certainty, clear standards, and a commitment to spiritual ideals will set you apart in a world that searches for meaning. -Mitt Romney

Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. -Allen West

There has to be so many other ways of approaching airline security than demeaning ourselves by giving up a lot of our dignities and our liberty to do this. -Quico Canseco

I can't design anything unless I'm excited by it, meaning I have an urge to wear it. -Rachel Roy

There is no clear sign that the economy is turning the corner in a meaningful way. -Charlie Dent

If Obamacare is allowed to stand – and Congress is allowed to make the purchase of government-endorsed health insurance compulsory – there will be no meaningful limit on Washington's reach into the lives of the American people. That is certainly not what the Founders intended. -John Cornyn

Memory works according to meaning, and when something is important to you, the Google in your brain brings it forward all of a sudden. -Stephen Tobolowsky

The culture used to move relatively slowly, so you could take aim. Now it moves so fast, and is so fluffy and meaningless, you feel like an idiot even complaining about it. -Susan Faludi

Most people I know that have work that is very meaningful to them pay the price of having to work all the time. -Terry Gross

I think a lot of people get so obsessed with the wedding and the expense of the wedding that they miss out on what the real purpose is. It's not about a production number, it's about a meaningful moment between two people that's witnessed by people that they actually really know and care about. -Jane Seymour

To look for some kind of insight or meaning in pop songs is not really – well there's plenty of other places where you should probably look first before you start looking for it in a pop song. -Jason Newsted

There's a fine line in being too specific so you can't be too flexible, and being too vague in being specific and people not thinking it's meaningful. -Jim Nussle

Real shapes and real patterns are things you would observe in nature, like the marks on the back of a cobra's hood or the markings on a fish or a lizard. Imaginary shapes are just that, symbols that come to a person in dreams or reveries and are charged with meaning. -Jim Woodring

Nowadays, people don't ask you how you are, they say, 'Are you busy?' meaning, 'Are you well?' If someone actually does ask you how you are, the most cheerful answer, of course, is a robust 'Busy!' to which the person will reply 'Good!' -Jo Ann Davis

A relationship is hard in and of itself. And having kids is really hard work, but I think it's really meaningful, as is a relationship. But they all take work. -Joan Cusack

When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional plus,' meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. -Doc Watson

That Happily Ever After is a great way to tell stories when you're young but eventually it loses its meaning because it's just not true. -Marc Webb

The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society. -Noam Chomsky

Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. -Stephen Hawking

I just wanted to make a record that wasn't escapism. Like, I didn't want to write another record that was devoid of meaningful content. -Dan Deacon

Conservatives who believe that the Constitution should be interpreted according to the plain meaning of its language and the original intent of the Framers have long been troubled by the court's decisions expanding the commerce clause to authorize Congress to regulate the most local of matters within a state's borders. -David Limbaugh

The voices of moral authority in the theatre demanded only punctuality and physical performance. In the light of continuing pressure and stress, the occasional lip service paid to moderation was meaningless. Starvation and poisoning were not excesses, but measures taken to stay within the norm. -Gelsey Kirkland

To me, the writer's main job is to just make the story unscroll in such a way that the reader is snared – she's right there, seeing things happen and caring about them. And if you dedicate yourself to this job, the meanings more or less take care of themselves. That's the theory, anyway. -George Saunders

Because we spoke so loudly, opponents of reproductive health access demonized and smeared me and others on the public airwaves. These smears are obvious attempts to distract from meaningful policy discussions and to silence women's voices regarding their own health care. -Sandra Fluke

I really want to move away from the old model in which you have to rely on people giving $10 after a humanitarian crisis to a newer model where people give money but also their time and their skills, whatever they have, to the causes that are personally meaningful to them well before the crisis moment presents itself. -Chris Hughes

Instead of telling the world what you're eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that's meaningful. -Edward Norton

I think it's important to get your surroundings as well as yourself into a positive state – meaning surround yourself with positive people, not the kind who are negative and jealous of everything you do. -Heidi Klum

If you had to pick the values that would be held dear to a broad number of Hispanic voters, access to opportunity would be a higher value than guarantee of security, particularly amongst the newly arrived, meaning the last 20 years. -Jeb Bush

I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it's not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that's not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you. -Jeff Bezos

I don't know about you, but most of my exchanges with cashiers are not that meaningful. -Jeff Bezos

You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from making extremely meaningful contributions in life. -Stephen Covey

Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own. -Michelle Obama

Liberal and conservative have lost their meaning in America. I represent the distracted center. -Jon Stewart

Tarots tell different sides of the various personalities that exist in all of us. I find it fascinating how they combine names, images, and numbers. You don't need to be able to read them, or know their real meaning, to be charmed. -Domenico Dolce

For some individuals – some soldiers, some contractors – combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison. -Kathryn Bigelow

So many struggled so that all of us could have a voice in this great democracy and live up to the first three words of our constitution: We the people. I love that phrase so much. Throughout our country's history, we've expanded the meaning of that phrase to include more and more of us. That's what it means to move forward. -Kerry Washington

So the universe is constantly moving in the direction of higher evolutionary impulses, creativity, abstraction, and meaning. -Deepak Chopra

You are free to give life meaning, whatever meaning you want to give it. -Robert Fulghum

If you go down as a comedian's comedian, that's basically meaning other comedians are hopefully feeling that you're doing okay. -Eddie Izzard

It's very easy to go through your whole life and never really get anything done or have any real meaningful interactions or relationships. All of a sudden you're dead, and I'm going to say that's got to be a letdown. -Demetri Martin

In some ways, I had a traditional 'old South' upbringing, meaning that I spent some time in a military school, and acquired an inoculum of the military ethic that is still with me today: honor, duty, loyalty. -E. O. Wilson

This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love. You know, where we have the sense that we can't live without love. That life has very little meaning without love. -Leonard Cohen

Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other. -bell hooks

It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It's better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it's a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else. -David Lynch

If you make money, you might not make meaning. -Guy Kawasaki

Smart, well-meaning people get it wrong when they start believing that the world owes them something and that the rules are different for them. -Guy Kawasaki

The pop musicians often leave meaning in the dust and substitute it for cartoons. The deeper artists – the grunge artists in the world and the emoticon people – tend to leave all of the happiness out of life like it just doesn't exist. -Hal Sparks

When there are tiers of meaning in an ad it intrigues the audience and they look for it again and again. -William Shatner

In places where marriage's core meaning has been altered through legal action, officials are beginning to target for punishment those believers and churches that refuse to adapt. -Salvatore J. Cordileone

No Government has the moral authority to dismantle the universally understood meaning of marriage. -Keith O'Brien

Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It's the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else's pain is as meaningful as your own. -Barbara Kingsolver

The true meaning of feminism is this: to use your strong womanly image to gain strong results in society. -Pamela Anderson

Like most meaningful activities, campaigns are team games. -Alastair Campbell

Several people have told me that one of the most meaningful events they could attend would be something at the White House with their children. -Hillary Clinton

I'm all about entertaining and keeping a reader on the edge of their seat, so to me, the social issues have to be meaningful and give the book what's really 'at stake,' but ultimately it's not about them – it's always a personal story of everyday people thrust into life-threatening situations and having to perform heroic acts. -Andrew Gross

There's no more place in the euro zone for well-meaning laxness when dealing with deficits and failings. If the demands on Greece aren't taken seriously, we'll get stuck in quicksand. In the worst case, this would make it acceptable for one tranche to not be paid out. It is in the Greeks own interest not to test that. -Peer Steinbruck

All records are riddles, and whatever you may want people to think it's about, it may just be throwing them off. And you don't want it to get in the way of what someone else's understanding is. It's not really about anything. At the same time, it will find some meaning. -Tom Waits

The fire in the belly is essential, otherwise you become Michael Buble – famous and meaningless. -Morrissey

The solo years have been more meaningful to the audiences than the Smiths years, but the press in England only write about me in relation to the Smiths era. -Morrissey

The word 'indie' is meaningless now. It's so over-used that people think it simply means green hair. -Morrissey

A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace. -Suze Orman

Look everywhere you can to cut a little bit from your expenses. It will all add up to a meaningful sum. -Suze Orman

If you write great songs with meaning and emotion, they will last for ever because songs are the key to everything. Songs will outlast the artist and they will go on for ever if they are good. -Elton John

That's mostly what the Internet is, just passing the time. But unfortunately you are dealing with words that can have meaning. -Tom Wolfe

At a certain point, what people mean when they use a word becomes its meaning. -William Safire

Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership's exquisite sensitivity. -William Safire

When I need to know the meaning of a word, I look it up in a dictionary. -William Safire

I never wanted to be a model. My modelling career was nothing but a stepping stone to my acting career and that's all I ever saw it as. A pointless rock in the river that has to be stepped on in order to get to the meaningful oasis of acting. -Halle Berry

Let me tell you something – being thought of as a beautiful woman has spared me nothing in life. No heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless and it is always transitory. -Halle Berry

Life is an accomplishment and each moment has a meaning and you must use it. -Jeanne Moreau

I have a more developed sense of my priorities. Life has so much more meaning now. -Mariska Hargitay

The Pulitzer is more useful than meaningful. -Annie Dillard

Your intuition will tell you where you need to go; it will connect you with people you should meet; it will guide you toward work that is meaningful for you – work that brings you joy, work that feels right for you. -Shakti Gawain

I was looking for what the meaning of life was. -Shakti Gawain

I've been working as an actress since I was very young, and I know a lot of people who are actors who don't have to deal with having a persona… You know, if you look up the word persona, it isn't even real. The whole meaning of the word is that it's made up, and it's like I didn't even get to make up my own. It can be annoying. -Kristen Stewart

Don't throw petals on the floor if they have no meaning. I would rather have a fun, casual relationship than have someone pretending they're completely in love with me. -Ashley Greene

Widespread state control over art and culture has left no room for freedom of expression in the country. For more than 60 years, anyone with a dissenting opinion has been suppressed. Chinese art is merely a product: it avoids any meaningful engagement. There is no larger context. Its only purpose is to charm viewers with its ambiguity. -Ai Weiwei

You're younger, you might want to go to clubs and kick it, but as you get older, you start seeing that life has more meaning to it. The people that you love are the people you want to start trusting and start wanting them to trust you and start respecting them. -R. Kelly

To be told that one can be dependent on one's parents until age 26 should strike a young person who wants to grow up as demeaning, not as something to celebrate. -Dennis Prager

We have a new generation of very rich people who want to do more with their money than buy a lot of expensive toys. They want to live meaningful lives. -Peter Singer

The term 'the American Left' is as near to being meaningless or nonsensical as any term could really be in politics. It isn't really a force in politics anymore. And it would do well to ask itself why that is. -Christopher Hitchens

Anger elicits anger, fear elicits fear, no matter how well meaning we may be. -Martha Beck

All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you. -Christopher McCandless

It is the experiences, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it's great to be alive! -Christopher McCandless

Gay activists claim that because I don't subscribe to their political agenda, I am a homophobe, meaning I have a mental disorder – because that is what phobias are. -Laura Schlessinger

I believe we can incentivize more affordable health care in general by better regulating insurance and creating meaningful competition for health care services. -Amy Klobuchar

What the Lib Dems have failed to do is offer any meaningful agenda for government or for power. -Lucy Powell

People always make that mistake when they talk about theatre – the notion of the 'theatrical' meaning something separate from life. If it doesn't relate to life, it doesn't relate to anything. -Brian Cox

There was a big drive when I was at art school to make you aware of the economy of meaning – after all, this was still during the tail end of minimalism. Being responsible for everything you put in your picture, and being able to defend it. Keeping everything clear around you so you know what is operating. To open the wound and keep it clean. -Jane Campion

The years after 50 can be a time of great productivity, meaningful work, pleasure, creativity, and innovation. It's a huge opportunity. -Jane Pauley

I envy people with dreams and passions, but I don't think that way. I still don't have a 'bliss' to follow. For people like me – I suspect that's most people – holding out for a 'dream' or a 'passion' is paralyzing. I just like having work I enjoy that feels meaningful. That's hard enough… but it's enough. -Jane Pauley

To look for some kind of insight or meaning in pop songs is not really – well there's plenty of other places where you should probably look first before you start looking for it in a pop song. I guess it was just because I was really into music as a child, and I wanted it to say more. It was the thing, wasn't it? And now it isn't. -Jarvis Cocker

In China anything less than 6% growth is a recession meaning that it also causes financial problems and it's disruptive and it's a problem. -Ray Dalio

It seems to me every one of us is doing something meaningful for this world. -Yani Tseng

We talk about Hollywood being pro-labor, yet about 70% of our industry has been farmed out to Canada, meaning we are losing jobs like crazy. Where's organized labor asking how we can allow such a thing to happen? -Danny Aiello

I'm single, I'm looking for something meaningful. -Brendan Coyle

Do I wear a helmet? Ugh. I do when I'm riding through a precarious part of town, meaning Midtown traffic. But when I'm riding on secure protected lanes or on the paths that run along the Hudson or through Central Park – no, I don't wear the dreaded helmet then. -David Byrne

Everyone faces the challenge of finding meaning to their suffering. -Phil McGraw

Being a mom makes me feel whole and like I understand the meaning of life. -Rebecca Romijn

Sometimes I feel I'm living a meaningless life, and I get frightened. -Shia LaBeouf

To get art nowadays, in cinema or books or anything, that grapples with the possibility of a meaningless universe… it just doesn't happen any more. In even the most indie of the indie films, everything has to come to some kind of neat conclusion. -Emily Mortimer

But human beings fall easily into despair, and from the very beginning we invented stories that enabled us to place our lives in a larger setting, that revealed an underlying pattern, and gave us a sense that, against all the depressing and chaotic evidence to the contrary, life had meaning and value. -Karen Armstrong

When people do things for you, it's because they want to – because you, in some way, give them something meaningful that makes them want to please you, not because anyone owes you anything. -Harry Browne

I grew up on the old EC comic books before the Comics Code in North American and with all sort of good-natured fun. I never had nightmares I think because all of the old horror stuff that I was exposed to was well meaning in a certain sense. -George A. Romero

So my son is very curious, which is fantastic. He loves school. So I don't have to encourage him too much, but I love to do it because I know it's meaningful and words are powerful. -Debra Messing

I never dreamt of being a musician for my livelihood. I certainly never would have wanted to be in the business that I'm in, meaning the fame and the glory, the glitter, the rock star, the famous part. -Eddie Van Halen

It comes back to the same old question people are always asking me: 'When are you going to do a solo record?' Well, if I did, it would probably be similar to 'Baluchitherium,' meaning it would be Van Halen music – which I write anyway – but without singing. -Eddie Van Halen

I guess I worry about weird existential things, like how do we spend our final act. This is a very emotional question. I can't answer it without crying. I think, You're 56 years old, what did you do? You raised two good kids. What am I going to do now that is as meaningful as that? I don't know the answer yet. -Ellen Barkin

The advantage of the gypsy language, even though I don't understand it that much, the language is perfect melody. So if you propose the movie the way I do, then the language is just one part of the melody. Orchestrating all inside, and the language is following the meaning of what they say, and it's never the same as written. -Emir Kusturica

People try to look for deep meanings in my work. I want to say, 'They're just cartoons, folks. You laugh or you don't.' Gee, I sound shallow. But I don't react to current events or other stimuli. I don't read or watch TV to get ideas. My work is basically sitting down at the drawing table and getting silly. -Gary Larson

There's something so wonderful about writing in rhyme where it isn't just the meaning of the words, it's the music to the words and the shape and the sound. -Gary Ross

As time goes by the memories of sitting on the edge of a bed and reading aloud with your kid are going to be very meaningful in your own mental scrapbook. -Gary Ross

Early on, a story's meaning and rationale seem pretty obvious, but then, as I write it, I realize that I know the meaning/rationale too well, which means that the reader will also know it – and so things have to be ramped up. -George Saunders

So for me the approach has become to go into a story not really sure of what I want to say, try to find some little seed crystal of interest, a sentence or an image or an idea, and as much as possible divest myself of any deep ideas about it. And then by this process of revision, mysteriously it starts to accrete meanings as you go. -George Saunders

I have to pick myself up every day and say, 'The show must go on,' meaning life as I know it must go on, whatever the obstacle is, I know I can handle it, and I can get through it. -Jennie Garth

When I consider the deeper meaning of yoga, I realize it's about a lot more than simply performing a variety of postures on a mat. -Carre Otis

While in Israel, Mitt Romney said something every sane person knows to be true: There is great cultural and political meaning in the fact that Israel has prospered while the Palestinians have festered. -John Podhoretz

These days, I like to think of sentences as workers. Only one of their jobs is to look and sound good. Sentences are the carriers of plot. They're the conjurers of images, the conveyors of tone and meaning and voice. The best sentences surprise us. -Karen Thompson Walker

I fell in love with Virginia Woolf in college. I especially admire how well she writes about daily life, how she captures so much meaning and consequence in the smallest details of a day. -Karen Thompson Walker

End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I've always been drawn to them, but as I wrote my own, I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed, yet where there's so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have, and take for granted: hot showers, enough food, friends, routines. -Karen Thompson Walker

The meaning of the universe lies outside the universe. -Jonathan Sacks

I like my name. My mom named me after a song by the 1970s group Bread. So, it's meaningful, and I like the song. It's a love song – kind of – but it's kind of depressing and dark. -Aubrey Plaza

One of the annoying things when you're in a movie is that gets talked about is everyone projects meaning onto everyone's intentions. -Heather Langenkamp

To inspire a singularity of focus, a challenge must be important to you and it must be something you feel you should do now in this moment. If it's trivial or not time-bound, you won't engage. So in selecting your next challenge in life, choose one that is meaningful and will demand your complete concentration. -Brendon Burchard

The right to a quality education is, I believe, the perfect path to bridge the gap between different cultures and to reconcile various civilizations. Without such a right, the values of liberty, justice and equality will have no meaning. Ignorance is by far the biggest danger and threat to humankind. -Moza bint Nasser

My goals are to tell meaningful stories through songs and touch people's lives… and hopefully make a living doing it. -Jordin Sparks

What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions. -Reid Hoffman

So writing became a way to get to act in things that I thought were meaningful, and hopefully write stronger roles for other women. -Brit Marling

I don't necessarily love the sports per se, I love the stories behind them. Also in a kind of perverse way I like to study what it does to us, why we care so much. It's caring about something that's utterly meaningless. -Harlan Coben

I aimlessly travel, meaning I have no agenda other than to get small in the world, be quiet and observe people. -Walton Goggins

Probably only an art-worlder like me could assign deeper meaning to something as simple and silly as Tebowing. But, to us, anytime people repeat a stance or a little dance, alone or together, we see that it can mean something. Imagistic and unspoken language is our thing. -Jerry Saltz

A metaphysical tour de force of untethered meaning and involuting interlocking contrapuntal rhythms, 'The Clock' is more than a movie or even a work of art. It is so strange and other-ish that it becomes a stream-of-consciousness algorithm unto itself – something almost inhuman. -Jerry Saltz

I've been meaning to write about the Rolling Stones, but I am the furthest thing from a hipster rock journalist. -Diablo Cody

Writing and creating, those things come to me on their own. I feel like… you sort of summon them and it's like allowing the universe to enter your heart in an entirely different way to what it normally does. It's like inviting that energy of the universe to enter into your craft in a way where it has a meaning. -Ryan Adams

There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that's really what gives life's true meaning. -Ben Carson

It's rare to have even half-meaningful conversations in the film industry. -Amber Heard

You don't need to be able to string a sentence together in a way that is elegant or even vaguely meaningful to produce a bestseller – as Dan Brown has demonstrated time and again. -Anthony Horowitz

To change criminal justice policy in any meaningful way means to propose changing a very longstanding system. It's not realistic to think you can do it overnight. -Kamala Harris

I think anybody who has had a long relationship and has had a really hard time letting go, wants to feel like it's not all for naught, and it's meaningful, because it makes you who you are. -Rashida Jones

I'm going to be 50 soon. I'm single, I'm looking for something meaningful. By the time you've been single for quite a long time, you can get quite specific about what you can and can't put up with. -Brendan Coyle

I don't actually like explaining the meanings of my songs, because I think people can take away more from it if they use their imagination. -Reeve Carney

The relationships I've had with my girl friends are so powerful and meaningful. Without them I truly don't know what I'd do. -Ellen Page

In fact, I believe the first companies that make an effort to develop an authentic, transparent, and meaningful social contract with their fans and customers will turn out to be the ones that are the most successful in the future. While brands that refuse to make the effort will lose stature and customer loyalty. -Simon Mainwaring

The simple act of saying 'thank you' is a demonstration of gratitude in response to an experience that was meaningful to a customer or citizen. -Simon Mainwaring

Brands are facing a new competitive landscape in which self-definition, core values and purpose will increasingly define their ability to reach customers that only allow what is meaningful in their lives to pass through their filter. -Simon Mainwaring

The social business marketplace is effectively forcing brands to engage with consumers on the basis of something that is meaningful to them. More often than not, this takes the form of some core value that finds expression in a non-profit cause. -Simon Mainwaring

The companies that make meaningful contributions while also listening to the voices of others are the ones that will genuinely engage their community, who will then go to work for them. -Simon Mainwaring

Companies and their brands need to reach out and speak directly to consumers, to honor their values, and to form meaningful relationships with them. They must become architects of community, consistently demonstrating the values that their customer community expects in exchange for their loyalty and purchases. -Simon Mainwaring

There is a growing awareness among brands that in order to participate in conversations that are taking place across social networks, they must join these discussions on the basis of something that is meaningful to their customers. -Simon Mainwaring

The most potentially transformative impact of social media is its ability to encourage brands to marry profit and purpose. The reason brands participate is that such outreach earns those companies social currency enabling them to start or participate in conversations that connect them to consumers in meaningful ways. -Simon Mainwaring

Let's hope brands recognize that the true power of this technology is not its reach but its ability to communicate substance that adds meaning to our lives. Otherwise, brands will be investing in technology that consumers simply won't buy. -Simon Mainwaring

Oddly, the meanings of books are defined for me much more by their beginnings and middles than they are by their endings. -Lev Grossman

'Brave' is one of those words that has been bleached of most of its meaning these days, thanks to far too many appearances in the glaring light of ad slogans and corporate public relations. I never thought about anything as brave anymore; it just seemed like a flabby, glib cliche. -Susan Orlean

Some songs you get. Some songs you may not. And I think that's the beauty of art: to question and to ask, to understand the deeper meaning after two or three or four listenings. -Janelle Monae

It doesn't matter if you have a D, or an I or an R after your name if you have a job – a J-O-B. It really matters to people that they have an opportunity to contribute to their economy in a very meaningful way, and this is outside party lines. So we believe that these are the solutions that America is craving. -Sher Valenzuela

The first thing, when I read the script, is that I need to care about what happens and feel compelled by the story and engaged by the characters. It needs to resonate with me, even if what the characters are going through is not something that I have experienced in my life. I have to feel like it has some sort of meaning to me. -Michael Sheen

'Hamlet' is one of the most dangerous things ever set down on paper. All the big, unknowable questions like what it is to be a human being; the difference between sanity and insanity; the meaning of life and death; what's real and not real. All these subjects can literally drive you mad. -Michael Sheen

I don't find the life in Hollywood all that meaningful or inspiring. -Michael Sheen

I guess I'm attracted to more archaic words because they can be imbued with more meaning, because their definition is elusive. -Andrew Bird

I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. -Charisma Carpenter

I could do an American accent, if I were immersed in the accent, meaning if I were living back in Los Angeles and rehearsing and auditioning the whole time. -Ioan Gruffudd

Rhyme patterns are nothing without meanings to the words. A lot of rappers can do those flows, but the raps aren't really about anything – which is cool sometimes, but to have the flow and the message is one of my favorite things. -J. Cole

We worry about appearing awkward in a presentation. But up to a point, most people seem to feel more comfortable with less-than-perfect speaking abilities. It makes the speaker more human – and more vulnerable, meaning he is less likely to attack our decisions or beliefs. -John P. Kotter

Before I write a novel, images float around in my head that work like icons – they are meaningless in themselves, but serve as reminders. -Jane Smiley

Being president of too many well-meaning organizations put my father into an early grave. The lesson in this was not lost on me. -Roy Blount, Jr.

According to scholars of linguistics, the relation between a word and its meaning is arbitrary. -Roy Blount, Jr.

The north-south line of 'the mountains,' meaning the Cascade Range, forty miles east of Seattle, is a rigid political frontier. -Jonathan Raban

Bob Dylan continues to release odd and unsettling records, and to do odd and unsettling things on stage. So the term 'still' seems meaningless to me. But the real answer is simple: I listen to Bob Dylan for pleasure more than I listen to anyone else for pleasure. -Greil Marcus

I'm just saying if you want to reach large audiences, then rely on professionals, meaning people who are in the industry and are trained for it, rather than just idiot savants. -Barry Diller

I oppose piracy and want to see intellectual property protected because that is what fosters and rewards innovation. But SOPA won't accomplish a meaningful reduction in piracy and causes massive collateral damage to the Internet ecosystem. -Jared Polis

The debate on healthcare was not done like most of our conferences are done – meaning it was not all on television. There was this procedural feeling that the bill wasn't done thoroughly and didn't reflect peoples' wishes. It's not coincidence that upwards of 60 percent of folks in my district are against it. -Tim Griffin

The most meaningless term in the English language is 'I take full responsibility.' When a politician utters those words it means absolutely nothing. -Bernard Goldberg

I have a lot of cultural references that have amassed in my brain like shrapnel over the years that are meaningful to me. -John Hodgman

I don't think individual achievement in business is the most meaningful way for it to operate. -Michael Eisner

I don't need to go onto Facebook and pretend to have friends I've never even met. To my mind, that kind of destroys the meaning of the word 'friend.' I take exception to that. Because I value and respect friendship. -Stefanie Powers

Christ is in all, meaning that the divine spark is in all things. -Tom Shadyac

So-called 'sustainable development'… is meaningless drivel. -James Lovelock

I don't think we're yet evolved to the point where we're clever enough to handle a complex a situation as climate change. The inertia of humans is so huge that you can't really do anything meaningful. -James Lovelock

I injured myself quite badly when I was seventeen. I broke my ankle, and it didn't heal in such a way that I could keep dancing at the level I wanted to. It wasn't like, 'Oh my god, I'll never play the violin again.' I could, but not at the level I wanted. So, I segued into acting, the other thing that was also meaningful to me. -Kristin Lehman

What makes things memorable is that they are meaningful, significant, colorful. -Joshua Foer

Zombies, vampires, Frankenstein's monster, robots, Wolfman – all of this stuff was really popular in the '50s. Robots are the only one of those make-believe monsters that have become real. They are really in our lives in a meaningful way. That's pretty fascinating to me. -Daniel H. Wilson

Just making the crowd laugh is not really doing things for me anymore. That's just knowing how to kill; I've learned how to kill – but also learned when a crowd's laughter is meaningful. -Patrice O'Neal

The greatest way for people to experience a comedy is to go in not knowing anything about it. But because of marketing, it's impossible. Marketing meaning that in order to get people to come you can't just go, 'Hey, there's a great movie – we're not going to show you anything from it but trust us!' -Paul Feig

I don't like doing movies that are meaningless or unrealistic. I like things with a lot of reality to them. I'm a pretty serious kind of person myself. Things affect me. -Ricky Schroder

I'm a lyric man – I'm always looking for meaningful songs. -Tom Jones

Ecstatic absurdity: it's the confrontation with meaninglessness. -Errol Morris

When we die our money, fame, and honors will be meaningless. We own nothing in this world. Everything we think we own is in reality only being loaned to us until we die. And on our deathbed at the moment of death, no one but God can save our souls. -Michael Huffington

When I was nine years old, I wrote a short story called 'How to Build a Snowman,' from which no practical snowperson-crafting techniques could be gleaned. The story was an assignment for class and it featured a series of careful but meaningless instructions. Of course, the building of the snowman was a red herring. -Sloane Crosley

As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a very specific way. Writing fiction, I never made use of experiences immediately as they happened. I needed to let things fester in my memory, mature and transmogrify into something meaningful. -Ayelet Waldman

I shall always be grateful for this curious love of history, allowing me to spend a lifetime looking back into the past, allowing me to learn from these large figures about the struggle for meaning for life. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

Cultural standards evolve. The meaning of the public interest also, of course, evolves. -Reed Hundt

The idea of stopping is not unmeaningful to me. I think there might be a time when, in theory at least, you'd say, 'Well I've mostly done what I want to do.' But how could you ever prevent a few years down the line some germ of an idea getting at you and you've got to do it again? -Graham Swift

I aim to be translucent, so you don't notice the words, just their meaning. I haven't much insight into people's motivations. -Ken Follett

I like to razz the Trekkies a little bit. Who doesn't? It's trainspotting, isn't it? But they are very well-meaning, actually. I've done a couple of Star Trek conventions, and they've only been really welcoming. -Malcolm McDowell

The job is trying to create movie shots that have depth, that have the meanings you need them to have, and then good enough so that they will add something to the final picture. They will make the picture; they'll get into the picture, and give them what they need. It's an interesting job. -Robert Forster

I spent a lot of time in London when I was growing up and I've always picked up accents without even really meaning to. It used to get me into trouble as a child. -Christopher Guest

I believe strongly in inspiration, inspiration literally meaning 'full of the spirit.' I do believe that it comes to you. -Jimmy Webb

Increased revenues, meaning higher taxes, will be a central element of any successful long-term budget plan, and President Obama is right to insist that the wealthy – the slice of America that has come through the recession in by far the best financial health – should provide those funds. -Steven Rattner

I don't want to sing boring pop songs – I want to sing songs that are meaningful to me. -Victoria Justice

Well, there's just some universal truths in a way that I've just observed to be true. You read Voltaire. You read modern literature. Anywhere you go, there's these observations about romantic love and what it does people, and these rotten feelings that rarely are people meaning to do that to each other. -Feist

There have been times I've planted stuff in songs where four years later I'll be singing it from a subconscious, kind of chameleon little lizard mind… and at a certain moment, all of a sudden, I'll hear a line from a different vantage point and it'll change its meaning. It's something I wrote but it changed because I did. -Feist

The idea of suicide is of a very set narrative, as if killing yourself is a definitive statement. But it can be just as meaningless as throwing a stone in a river. -Denise Mina

Identical twins are ideal lab specimens for studying the difference between learned and inherited traits since they come from the womb preloaded with matching genetic operating systems. Any meaningful differences in their behaviors or personalities are thus likely to have been acquired, not innate. -Jeffrey Kluger

If I am not in love, nothing is meaningful to me. I have no energy. -Kevin Ayers

That's the great thing about the 'Sin City' movies. Each little slot is incredibly meaningful, and each character has their own moment. -Juno Temple

There is an established tradition of actors directing films that have a particular, personal meaning for them – Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Kevin Costner, and most recently George Clooney to name a few. Remarkably, their films share an unusually high percentage of being very good. -Steven Van Zandt

Obama and the Democrats' preposterous argument is that we are just one more big tax increase away from solving our economic problems. The inescapable conclusion, however, is that the primary driver of the short-term deficit is not tax cuts but the lack of any meaningful economic growth over the last half decade. -Bob Beauprez

I adore themes of hope and courage and the ways we find meaning through suffering. -Ruta Sepetys

I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and everything He stands for. I think that sums up everything that I want for my life, everything I want for my family, everything I want for my career. I want it to be entertaining. I want people to smile and tap their toes, but I want it to be meaningful when the day is done. -Josh Turner

There is this looking at the world as shapes and patterns and colors that have meaning, and you can't deny the superficial because the superficial is what meets the eye. -Wolfgang Tillmans

My parents had five children in six years and one week, meaning that my mom was pregnant for most of the '60s and driving carpools for most of the '70s. When we were young, she dressed us alike so she could pick us out in crowds: identical skirts for the four girls with the color-coordinated pants for my brother. -Christine Pelosi

As an observer of markets – whenever everyone focuses on one thing – like Greece and Europe – maybe they miss issues that are far more important – such as a meaningful slowdown in India and China. -Marc Faber

I've always said about awards that they're meaningless until you win one, and then they're best thing in the world. The other thing about awards is that they engender respect from areas where it might never have come from without it. -Jacki Weaver

Philanthropy is not about giving money but about solving problems. While well-meaning, the idea of writing a check and calling it 'philanthropy' is extremely short-sighted and unfortunately, extremely pervasive. -Naveen Jain

Evolution isn't just a story about where we came from. It's an epic at the center of life itself. Far from robbing our lives of meaning, it instills an appreciation for the beautiful, enduring, and ultimately triumphant fabric of life that covers our planet. Understanding that doesn't demean human life – it enhances it. -Kenneth R. Miller

I believe 'love' is very nice to hear, but it's used so much that it's come to a point where it's almost meaningless. -Park Chan-wook

I am always coming up with architectural metaphors when I think about writing. But I think one of the things that draw us to literature is that it gives us this very attractive illusion that there is meaning in the world – things connect. -Nicole Krauss

I think all the characters in 'American Horror Story,' which is why I love it, are looking for some sense of meaning, and also it's their form of happiness. -Denis O'Hare

Sometimes I do feel hopeless when I look out and scream out through my music, and I scream out through these interviews, and I scream out to people to kind of get their attention back on the things that are meaningful. There's people dying on the streets of Chicago – young people, young men and women who are losing their lives. -Lupe Fiasco

When our purpose is external, we may never find it. If we tie our purpose or meaning to our vocation, goal or an activity, we're more than likely setting ourselves up for suffering down the line. -Kris Carr

I never liked the idea of giving interviews. One says many things, but when they are published, they become shortened, condensed. The ideas lose their meaning. -Raul Castro

There are lots of jobs in search of talent. And there's lots of talent in search of meaningful work. -Maynard Webb

The most direct path to achievement whether you're an entrepreneur, a company executive, or a pro soccer player is to be a great performer and a great team member. This is also the secret to a meaningful career and self-fulfillment. -Maynard Webb

In no way am I demeaning writing or any other form of art because it's popular. What I'm saying is that anything fed into the industrial machinery to comply with rules of size and length and shelf-life has a hard time surviving as art. -Alberto Manguel

I'm much more interested in allowing a story to happen, and people find whatever meaning is in there. -Colum McCann

I consider myself a spiritual atheist. I certainly believe there are forces bigger than ourselves, and that we should be searching, individually, for meaning in our lives. But I don't believe there's a supreme being, an intelligence that created everything. -Alan Lightman

I know from my own experience that there is much more to 'intelligence' than an IQ number. In fact, I hesitate to believe that any system could really reflect the complexity and uniqueness of one person's mind, or meaningfully describe the nature of his or her potential. -Daniel Tammet

Someone who copies a Van Gogh does not therefore become Van Gogh, and the same would go for Mozart or anyone else who contributed something that was original. Certainly in the way that I described visualizing numbers in abstract, meaningful shapes. -Daniel Tammet

There is that lovely feeling of one reader telling another, 'You must read this.' I've always wanted to write a book like that, with the sense that you are contributing to the discourse in middle America, a discourse that begins at a book club in a living room, but then spreads. That is meaningful to me. -Abraham Verghese

When I was little and I was introduced to Led Zeppelin, I didn't know what a zeppelin was or who Zeppelin was or what the machine was. The real meaning is whatever feelings and memories you attach to the music. -Kyp Malone

Every human being is searching for a deep sense of meaning, and yet we're all chasing success. We've confused one for the other. -Donald Miller

Christians might say that you can't live a more meaningful life without Jesus. Well, that's absolutely not true. You can. You can enjoy a sunrise whether you know Jesus or not. -Donald Miller

In song the same rule applies as in dramatic verse: the meaning must yield itself, or yield itself sufficiently to arouse the attention and interest, in real time. -James Fenton

To watch King Lear is to approach the recognition that there is indeed no meaning in life, and that there are limits to human understanding. -Peter Ackroyd

Corney & Barrow are proud to have the royal warrant, meaning that they provide the Palace with some of the greatest – and necessarily most expensive – wines from around the world. I am pleased to say that they also hold my own warrant, for providing exceptional wines at – surprisingly – modest prices. -Simon Hoggart

In the Freudian age, parents say to their children, 'Don't be defensive,' meaning, 'You have no argument,' but I was born in the age of Rommel, when defense was considered an honorable thing. -Mark Helprin

Your humble critic confesses that he has been wrestling with 'weight issues' since leaving college lo these, uh, several years ago, so it's hard to be receptive to the moralistic scolding and patronizing encouragement offered endlessly by the allegedly well-meaning. -Tom Shales

The Keystone XL project has built strong safety measures into its design with the newest technology. Additionally, 80 percent of the new Canadian oil sands are being developed 'in situ,' meaning, it has a similar carbon footprint and emissions as conventional oil wells. -John Hoeven

Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community. -John O. Brennan

I just didn't know where I fit in – I didn't seem to fit in my parent's generation. I didn't seem to fit in my own generation. Little by little, this took me into a spiritual search for understanding; a search for meaning and fulfillment. -Radhanath Swami

My heroes and heroines are often unlikely people who are dragged into situations without meaning to become involved, or people with a past that has never quite left them. They are often isolated, introspective people, often confrontational or anarchic in some way, often damaged or secretly unhappy or incomplete. -Joanne Harris

Art is built on the deepest themes of human meaning: good and evil, beauty and ugliness, life and death, love and hate. No other story has incarnated those themes more than the story of Jesus. -John Ortberg

I wish I was the kind of writer who would go to a war zone and write about something that's meaningful and important to people, but that's not my area of coverage. -Jonathan Ames

One of my defining beliefs is that Jesus Christ has taken all of my guilt before God, and that he has been raised from the dead. That gives incredible hope and meaning to every day of my life – that nothing done in this world is wasted when it's done for him and his glory, and that there will be a day of justice and reward for the entire world. -Joshua Harris

A story is open-ended. A story invites you into it to make your own meaning. -Katherine Paterson

People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections. -Khaled Hosseini

We should provide the meaning of the universe in the meaning of our own lives. So I think science doesn't necessarily have to get in the way of kind of spiritual fulfillment. -Lawrence M. Krauss

If you define evolution as merely meaning change over time, then I don't see any problem with a person being a Christian and believing in evolution. But that's not how textbooks define evolution. They define evolution as being random and undirected without plan or purpose. -Lee Strobel

Your employer is the last person you should want to provide for your healthcare, from a privacy, financial, and value standpoint. Employees with families should get the family, meaning spouses and children, off the company plan. In most cases, that will save them money. -Paul Zane Pilzer

There's a lot of American kids think their food comes from the grocery store and the concept of seasonality has no meaning to them whatsoever. -Peter Senge

One is struck in the study of saints, angels and gods by a pattern that seems quaint and harmless. Yet, it is so common that I know there must be a deeper meaning. There always seem to be guardians and spirits of doors, bridges, exits and entranceways. -Richard Rohr

Often people, when they're confronted with a poem, it's like someone who keep saying 'what is the meaning of this? What is the meaning of this?' And that dulls us to the other pleasures poetry offers. -Billy Collins

It's not even a question of whether the universe is meaningful or meaningless. It's in what way could it be meaningful, or in what way, if it was meaningful, could that be even more meaningless than normal meaninglessness? -Scarlett Thomas

The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping born of believing there is something we can find, or buy, or cling to that will not change. And it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless. -Sharon Salzberg

I think we spend so much of our lives trying to pretend that we know what's going to happen next. In fact we don't. To recognize that we don't know even what will happen this afternoon and yet having the courage to move forward – that's one meaning of faith. -Sharon Salzberg

Dedicating some time to meditation is a meaningful expression of caring for yourself that can help you move through the mire of feeling unworthy of recovery. As your mind grows quieter and more spacious, you can begin to see self-defeating thought patterns for what they are, and open up to other, more positive options. -Sharon Salzberg

Being lazy does not mean that you do not create. In fact, lying around doing nothing is an important, nay crucial, part of the creative process. It is meaningless bustle that actually gets in the way of productivity. All we are really saying is, give peace a chance. -Tom Hodgkinson

Most believers struggle to really believe in the supernatural as a meaningful, deterministic reality except during moments when they are drawn to it, perhaps during a worship service or while reading a novel like 'Adam.' Being drawn to this truth is the first step to living a life in accordance to this truth. -Ted Dekker

Everyone – pantheist, atheist, skeptic, polytheist – has to answer these questions: 'Where did I come from? What is life's meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?' Those are the fulcrum points of our existence. -Ravi Zacharias

The usefulness of religion – the fact that it gives life meaning, that it makes people feel good – is not an argument for the truth of any religious doctrine. It's not an argument that it's reasonable to believe that Jesus really was born of a virgin or that the Bible is the perfect word of the creator of the universe. -Sam Harris

History can show you that it was one pile of bad stuff after another. It can also show you that there's been tremendous progress in knowledge, behaviour, laws, civilisation. It cannot show you that there was a meaning behind it. -Tony Judt

I was born accidentally. I lived accidentally in London. We nearly migrated to New Zealand. So much of my life has been a product of chance, I can't see a meaning in it at all. -Tony Judt

You experience your soul each time you sense yourself as more than a mind and body, your life as meaningful, or you feel that you have gifts to give and you long to give them. -Gary Zukav

I emphasize that virtually every engineering calculation is ultimately a failure calculation, because without a failure criterion against which to measure the calculated result, it is a meaningless number. -Henry Petroski

I describe management as arts, crafts and science. It is a practice that draws on arts, craft and science and there is a lot of craft – meaning experience – there is a certain amount of craft meaning insight, creativity and vision, and there is the use of science, technique or analysis. -Henry Mintzberg

I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness. -Ian K. Smith

Art is about play and about transcendent meanings, not reducible to politics. -Rachel Kushner

Reality does not easily give up meaning; it's the biographer's job to clobber it into submission. You're meant not only to tame it but to extract substance, to identify cause and axiomatic effect. You subsist on the tactical omissions, the hollow words, the oddly unconnected dots. -Stacy Schiff

For most people, life would be boring without meaningful work. -Tim Ferriss

Online I see people committing 'social media suicide' all the time by one of two ways. Firstly by responding to all criticism, meaning you're never going to find time to complete important milestones of your own, and by responding to things that don't warrant a response. This lends more credibility by driving traffic. -Tim Ferriss

I think there's a difference between having a bestselling book – meaning through marketing, PR and buying that first wave of customers – and writing a bestselling book. The second implies that the product propels itself to the best seller list. -Tim Ferriss

I have this vision of maybe going the way of Bill Kurtis and, I think, Tom Brokaw, to a certain extent – the ability to not be tied to the desk anymore, but to do projects that are meaningful to you. -Lester Holt

For me, 'Lamb' started out as a further exploration of the phenomenon of faith and the responsibility of a messiah that I touched on in 'Coyote Blue' and 'Island of the Sequined Love Nun,' but it ended up being an exploration of the true meaning of sacrifice, loyalty, and friendship. -Christopher Moore

Elections have to have at least a little meaning. Obama ran on income tax hikes for the wealthy. People knew they were voting for that. They 'want' that. And it's good policy. -Gail Collins

I tend to not discriminate when it comes to people I can learn from. Basically, if someone has built a meaningful business in software, technology or media, faced disruption and adversity, and overcame underdog status, I want to know how they did it. -Aaron Levie

I am someone who tweets about what I have for breakfast, what I have for lunch, what I have for dinner, and for 99.99999 percent of the world, it's useless. It's meaningless. But for my mother, she loves it. -Jack Dorsey

As a child and a teenager, my attitudes and actions assumed the superiority of my race in almost every way without knowing or wanting to know anybody who was black, except Lucy. Lucy came to our house on Saturdays to help my mother clean. I liked Lucy, but the whole structure of the relationship was demeaning. -John Piper

At the heart of any terror is the fear of losing what we find meaningful. -Mark Z. Danielewski

My interest is in how meaning is communicated via language, and I believe the shape, positioning, even the color of the language has an effect on meaning. -Mark Z. Danielewski

In the Tea Party narrative, victory at the polls means a new American revolution, one that will 'take our country back' from everyone they disapprove of. But what they don't realize is, there's a catch: This is America, and we have an entrenched oligarchical system in place that insulates us all from any meaningful political change. -Matt Taibbi

Interest-rate swaps are a tool used by big cities, major corporations and sovereign governments to manage their debt, and the scale of their use is almost unimaginably massive. It's about a $379 trillion market, meaning that any manipulation would affect a pile of assets about 100 times the size of the United States federal budget. -Matt Taibbi

I'd like to think life has improved since 1850, despite the long hours we all seem to spend slaving over hot computers, but the psychological journeys remain the same – the search for love, identity, a meaningful place in the world. -Meg Rosoff

Modern secular thought has its own dualism: It treats only the physical world as knowable and testable, while locking everything else – mind, spirit, morality, meaning – into the realm of private, subjective feelings. The so-called fact/value split. -Nancy Pearcey

As a direct line to human feeling, empathic experience, genuine language and detail, poetry is everything that headline news is not. It takes us inside situations, helps us imagine life from more than one perspective, honors imagery and metaphor – those great tools of thought – and deepens our confidence in a meaningful world. -Naomi Shihab Nye

Once you have an innovation culture, even those who are not scientists or engineers – poets, actors, journalists – they, as communities, embrace the meaning of what it is to be scientifically literate. They embrace the concept of an innovation culture. They vote in ways that promote it. They don't fight science and they don't fight technology. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Inner-life questions are the kind everyone asks, with or without benefit of God-talk: 'Does my life have meaning and purpose?' 'Do I have gifts that the world wants and needs?' 'Whom and what shall I serve?' 'Whom and what can I trust?' 'How can I rise above my fears?' -Parker Palmer

You don't have to spend much time in Shanghai before you start to get all existential about the meaning of authenticity. Did you know that Shanghai is building nine satellite towns, each designed to mimic the architecture and culture of a different country? -Patricia Marx

Cultures, along with the religions that shape and nurture them, are value systems, sets of traditions and habits clustered around one or several languages, producing meaning: for the self, for the here and now, for the community, for life. -Tariq Ramadan

The process of reclaiming the self is one of reconciliation with meaning. -Tariq Ramadan

Muslims must speak out and explain who they are, what they believe in, what they stand for, what is the meaning of their life. They must have the courage to denounce what is said and done by certain Muslims in the name of their religion. -Tariq Ramadan

Giving builds loyal customers and turns those customers into supporters… You can find passion and profit and meaning all at once, right now. -Blake Mycoskie

Traveling as much as I do, I get lonely sometimes. I have friends now in cities all over the world, so I get to be social, but it's hard to have the deep meaningful relationships, especially an intimate one. With my guy friends, I can show up once a month and go to dinner with them and they're happy. -Blake Mycoskie

The false pride of perennial celebration, of wearing flag lapel pins while betraying the values that the flag stands for, is like the self-esteem curriculum for toddlers, where everything is praised and no achievement ultimately has meaning. -Anne-Marie Slaughter

When Pinterest works well, it helps you find things that are meaningful to you. We want to build a system that helps you do that. -Ben Silbermann

When my father came over here penniless with $100 sewn into his underwear, thank God some well-meaning liberal didn't come put his arm around him and say, 'Let me take care of you.' -Ted Cruz

Fifty percent of all meaningful education takes place in the home. What do you share with your child? You share your interests. I was a book person. I read with my son. My wife is an artist. She dragged his little butt around to museums. He's an illustrator of children's books. -Walter Dean Myers

Malcolm X found the language that communicated across the board, from college professor to floor sweeper, all at the same time, without demeaning the intellect of either. -John Henrik Clarke

What is the meaning of 'gossip?' Doesn't it originate with sympathy, an interest in one's neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one's self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about? -Lucy Larcom

I seldom deal in symbolisms; if there be hidden meanings in my verse, they are there without my knowledge. -George Edward Woodberry

I was covering the Supreme Court when it decided Gideon v. Wainright, and the case has always had special meaning for me. -Anthony Lewis

I'm a bachelor in the old sense of the word, meaning I flirt, I have very many close relationships, but then I come home and like to read my book. -William Ivey Long

Mother Teresa was asked what was the meaning of life, and she said to help other people, and I thought, 'What a strange thing to say' – but maybe it's the right thing to say. -Jesse Eisenberg

The coming-of-age story has sort of become a joke. It's something to capitalize on, and that is painful because when you are coming of age – when you are going through something like that – the genre is so meaningful. -Mae Whitman

I will say that comic books are not the easiest things to translate to film, number one. Even the most well meaning of filmmakers find what's acceptable on the printed page is very difficult to bring to film. -Mark Hamill

'A League of Their Own' had some special meaning for me, I guess – it's about women joining together and being empowered, but also about sisters sticking together even when there's drama and struggles. I'm really close to my two sisters and my brother, so I liked that about it. -Rebel Wilson

People talk about method actors, meaning someone that's prepared very, very well, or whatever they mean when they talk about it. But the right method is whatever works for you. And what works for me on any given day is going to be different. -Viggo Mortensen

There are, after all, between seventy-five thousand and a hundred thousand descendants of the Ball-family slaves. If I were to begin apologizing to every one of these families, it would quickly become a meaningless act. -Edward Ball

All of us want to live, and that is absolutely natural. However, we should learn from childhood on to choose our best way to die. If we don't do that, we end up spending our days like a dog, only in search of harbour, food and expressing a blind loyalty to his owner in return. That isn't enough to make our lives have a meaning. -Yamamoto Tsunetomo

I think the end is endless. It's either a big black hole or a big white light or both together. But it's totally meaningless, because even if someone would explain it, I wouldn't understand it. -Yehuda Amichai

If falling into desperation worked to make things better, then I would say, 'Let's all jump into despair.' But it doesn't help. The only way to truly find meaning and fulfillment is to look at the disaster, the pain, the difficulty, and know with complete certainty that good can come from this. -Yehuda Berg

There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production. -Zygmunt Bauman

I can see a version of my life where it all becomes meaningless. On a good day, writing seems noble. Other times, it's narcissistic and pointless. -Hari Kunzru

Legally speaking, the term 'public rights' is as vague and indefinite as are the terms 'public health,' 'public good,' 'public welfare,' and the like. It has no legal meaning, except when used to describe the separate, private, individual rights of a greater or less number of individuals. -Lysander Spooner

Before the people at large, and for that matter, the artists themselves, understand what photography really means, as I understand that term, it is essential for them to be taught the real meaning of art. -Alfred Stieglitz

I find great beauty in songs with a creative interpretation, but most people generally don't get that, and go for the simple songs, but I prefer something a bit more complicated, which is more meaningful to the creator. -Irwin Thomas

I'm a novelist who read a lot as a kid. When you grow up on books and then grow up to write books, famous authors are a lot more meaningful to you than TV and movie stars. -Claire Scovell LaZebnik

My dog doesn't worry about the meaning of life. She may worry if she doesn't get her breakfast, but she doesn't sit around worrying about whether she will get fulfilled or liberated or enlightened. As long as she gets some food and a little affection, her life is fine. -Joko Beck

If anybody asks me where I'm from, my first inclination is to say, 'Washington,' because that's where I grew up meaningfully. -Ahmet Ertegun

School boards are, for the most part,made up of political wannabes who see a board seat as a stepping stone for political office, or well-meaning parents who represent an ethnic group or geography, or have some other narrow interests. Few people on them understand what governance is about. -Eli Broad

Unfortunately, the boards of art institutions tend to be populated with well-meaning supporters of the arts who often lack any business background or appetite for imposing appropriate discipline. -Eli Broad

It's so easy today to get swept up in celebrity fixation and materialism and searching for some validation outside of yourself when we know it's really found within and through meaningful connections with other people. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

Cinema for me only has meaning when it has a relationship with what I see outside on the street. -Jacques Audiard

When my father spoke, it was to say something meaningful. -Ken Venturi

'Culture' is a finite segment of the meaningless infinity of the world process, a segment on which human beings confer meaning and significance. -Max Weber

The Russian yearning for the meaning of life is the major theme of our literature, and this is the real point of our intelligentsia's existence. -Nikolai Berdyaev

War is a racket. It always has been… A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can't end it by disarmament conferences. You can't eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can't wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war. -Smedley Butler

My claim is simply that the literary approach is one necessary way to read and interpret the Bible, an approach that has been unjustifiably neglected. Despite that neglect, the literary approach builds at every turn on what biblical scholars have done to recover the original, intended meaning of the biblical text. -Leland Ryken

Literature incarnates its meanings as concretely as possible. The knowledge that literature gives of a subject is the kind of knowledge that is obtained by (vicariously) living through an experience. -Leland Ryken

We share our planet quite naturally with a permanent aeroplankton; a buoyant ecology too soft to hear, too small to see, but heavy with mood and meaning. Imagine being aware of all these airy inclusions – and you can begin to understand how it might feel to be able to smell really well. -Lyall Watson

I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words. -Ann Hood

Causes brings over 140 million people together to form the world's largest giving community. The belief that everyone has something to give is at the core of what we do; people just need a little inspiration, and to know that whoever they are, there is something meaningful they can do. -Joe Green

Americans have learned to trust free markets. Republican or Democrat, we believe the unimpeded exchange of goods and services will yield better solutions than five-year plans set by even the most well-meaning public servants. -John Katzman

As our values are the core to who we are as human beings, they are also the easiest way to identify and connect with others in meaningful ways. Think about it – most political campaigns are based around values. Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign galvanized millions of youth behind two very clear values – hope and change. -Adam Braun

Nuclear energy is a baseload – meaning it's power that you can run any time you want, day or night – and carbon-free. -Nathan Myhrvold

I turn my negatives into my positives because one of my mottos is, 'Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery,' meaning that you can't go back and change anything in the past. -Vanilla Ice

So many paintings have hidden meanings or need wall texts, but my work is not in that category. -Caio Fonseca

The Global Poverty Project's mission is to stand up for the world's poorest people. We fight for the full funding of Millennium Development Goals and advocate meaningful change to government and corporate policies that block progress and entrench injustice. -Hugh Evans

To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatize, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry. -Paul Rand

Without the aesthetic, the computer is but a mindless speed machine, producing effects without substance, form without relevant content, or content without meaningful form. -Paul Rand

Whether a plane to Singapore, a subway in Manhattan, or the streets of Cincinnati, I search for meaningful conversation wherever I may travel. Without it, I believe we lose the ability to not only understand others, but more importantly, ourselves. -Dhani Jones

I wasn't political enough to write articles about myself or go to cocktail parties, meaning that not only has my art been pirated and my intellectual property rights stolen, but my work has been misrepresented. -Michael Heizer

In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language. -Peter Zumthor

The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: 'grace.' -Max Lucado

I love sport as long as it's kept as an entertainment – not a meaning of life. -David Icke

I need to feel like the work I'm doing is not necessarily important, but meaningful, at least to me, because otherwise it just becomes a day job. It just becomes factory work and I get really frustrated. -Alan Ball

I was drawn to biology and history and, of course, art. And I loved languages. The biggest problem I had is that I wasn't taught about the connections between all these things. I think that would have given life a lot more meaning and it would be a lot more enjoyable. -Hussein Chalayan

When I was a little boy, I was reading Dante and I was saying to myself 'Bravo, Dante, Bravo.' It's so beautiful, the music, the sound, the meaning. I felt like calling him by phone, like a friend. -Roberto Benigni

One of the core ideas of the Bible is that meaning can be found in history. The sheer act of telling and retelling stories helps us to understand God's role in the world as well as our own position in a long line of ancestors who have wrestled with similar issues to the ones we wrestle with every day. -Bruce Feiler

Brand is not a product, that's for sure; it's not one item. It's an idea, it's a theory, it's a meaning, it's how you carry yourself. It's aspirational, it's inspirational. -Kevin Plank

Life is difficult. Not just for me or other ALS patients. Life is difficult for everyone. Finding ways to make life meaningful and purposeful and rewarding, doing the activities that you love and spending time with the people that you love – I think that's the meaning of this human experience. -Steve Gleason

I'm not a pop song lyric writer. I can't just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre. -Julian Casablancas

If we cannot come together to pause, to respect our dead and the heroic lives of meaning they led, then ours is truly a civilization lost. -Mark McKinnon

I think it's a part of us as human beings that we search outside of ourselves for meaning. -Nick Cave

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