„Like drawing a straight line – you draw a straight line and it's crooked and you draw another straight line on top of it and it's crooked a different way and then you draw another one and eventually you have a very rich thing on your hands which is not a straight line. If you can do that the it seems to me you are doing more than most people. The thing is, it is very difficult to know oneself whether one is doing that or not, whether you mean what you do; and there is the other problem of the way you do it and whether sometimes you do more than you mean or you do less than you mean. It's very good if you can establish a language where it's clear that that is what you are doing – that you do what you mean to do.“
„People who are having a love-sex relationship are continuously lying to each other because the very nature of the relationship demands that they do, because you have to make a love object of this person, which means that you editorialize about them. You know? You cut out what you don't want to see, you add this if it isn't there. And so therefore you're building a lie. But in a friendship you don't do that. You do exactly the reverse. You try more and more to be as completely pure and straight as you can be.“
— Truman Capote American author 1924 - 1984
From a 1970 interview
„All you have really to do is to keep your back as straight as you can; and not think about what is upon it. The real and essential meaning of "virtue" is that straightness of back.“
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
„Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. In fact, that's good taste.“
— Lucille Ball American actress and businesswoman 1911 - 1989
Quoted in Eleanor Harris, The Real Story of Lucille Ball, ch. 1 (1954)
„What greater thing can you do — besides for God — than good for other people? That goes for you mean people, too — I mean, really, what is your problem?“
— Ysabella Brave American singer 1979
"We Are a Powder Drink" (20 August 2008) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My7jqQx0mfo
„One of the cruelest things you can do to another person is pretend you care about them more than you really do.“
— Douglas Coupland Canadian novelist, short story writer, playwright, and graphic designer 1961
„If there is no joy, ease, or lightness in what you are doing, it does not necessarily mean that you need to change what you are doing. It may be sufficient to change the how. “How” is always more important than “what.” See if you can give much more attention to the doing than to the result that you want to achieve through it.“
— Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
„You're going to write straight and simple and good now. That's the start.'
'What if I'm not straight and simple and good? Do you think I can write that way?'
'Write how you are but make it straight.“
— Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
Pt. 1: Bimini, Section 10
„Freedom does not mean doing what you can get away with, doing what you please. It means, instead, having the opportunity to do what you ought to do--for family and for community and for humanity as a whole.“
— Alan Keyes American politician 1950
Speech at Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, March 4, 2000. http://renewamerica.us/archives/speeches/00_03_04fairmont.htm.
„Practice does not mean that whatever you do, even lying down, is zazen. When the restrictions you have do not limit you, this is what we mean by practice….
When you sit, you will sit. When you eat, you will eat…. If you say,”It doesn’t matter,” it means that you are making some excuse to do something in your own way with your small mind. It means that you are to some particular thing or way. That is not what we mean when we say, “Just to sit is enough,” or “Whatever you do is zazen.” Of course, everything you do is zazen, but if so, there is no need to say it.“
— Shunryu Suzuki Japanese Buddhist missionary 1904 - 1971
„Confusion is a good state to be in. It means you are looking, constantly looking. People ask me, "Why do you confuse us like this?" I want you to understand, if you can be confused by anybody, it means you do not know. If you are fanatical, you cannot be confused. Or if you are realized, you cannot be confused. Between ignorance and enlightenment is a very thin line. But they are worlds apart.“
— Sadhguru, Of Mystics & Mistakes
„If you love math, have a knack for numbers, study hard and become a successful accountant; who cares if you can't draw a straight line or sing on key?“
— Nick Carter, Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It
„If you love what you do, you can balance and you can juggle (work and family). You have to set your priorities straight. You can't just work, work, work.“
— Heidi Klum German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and actress 1973
Context: If you love what you do, you can balance and you can juggle (work and family). You have to set your priorities straight. You can't just work, work, work. Because then all of a sudden, you don't have a family... then why did you work so much when you're all by yourself in the end? So for me, I always wanted to have a family, for me that was the most important thing, and I found a man that wanted to have that with me. From an interview for Entertainment Tonight 5 November 2008 http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/11/67315/index.html
„"What you do is find your centre - can you do that?"
"My navel, you mean?" I said.
"No, no!" he howled. "You're not a woman! Or are you?"“
— Diana Wynne Jones English children's fantasy writer 1934 - 2011