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A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved.
Immature love says: I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.
Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.
The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves. We cannot force love.
My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
Just do what you do best.
My reputation grew with every failure.
Others have done it before me. I can, too.
The question Who ought to be boss? is like as Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
Sincerity is the luxury allowed, like diadems and authority, only to the highest rank. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what you will, is the great high-road to his reason, and which, when once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing his judgment of the justice of your cause.
No one can write a best seller by trying to. He must write with complete sincerity; the clich?s that make you laugh, the hackneyed characters, the well-worn situations, the commonplace story that excites your derision, seem neither hackneyed, well worn nor commonplace to him. The conclusion is obvious: you cannot write anything that will convince unless you are yourself convinced. The best seller sells because he writes with his heart's blood.
Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.
Faith is: dead to doubts, dumb to discouragements, blind to impossibilities.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
The only true failure lies in failure to start.
Edison failed 10, 000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. that's not the place to become discouraged.
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
There is the falsely mystical view of art that assumes a kind of supernatural inspiration, a possession by universal forces unrelated to questions of power and privilege or the artist's relation to bread and blood. In this view, the channel of art can only become clogged and misdirected by the artist's concern with merely temporary and local disturbances. The song is higher than the struggle.
The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person.
It ought to be illegal for an artist to marry. If the artist must marry let him find someone more interested in art, or his art, or the artist part of him, than in him. After which let them take tea together three times a week.
The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
An artist is always alone -- if he is an artist. No, what the artist needs is loneliness.
Many bad artists will tell you that art is life. There's a subtle difference however. You can turn your back on art

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