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Born: 1903-02-21
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.

Tags: Free, Reality, Try

It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all.

Tags: Above, Human, Woman

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.

Tags: Art, Meaning, Perception

The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.

Tags: Knowledge, Sense, Wonder

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.

Tags: Dream, Miracle, Moment

I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.

Tags: Dad, Father, Time

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.

Tags: Beyond, Life, Personal

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.

Tags: Human, Precious, Rare

Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.

Tags: Dreams, Life, Together

When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make a world tolerable for others.

Tags: Others, Tolerable, Yourself

What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?

Tags: Friendship, Love, Real

Living never wore one out so much as the effort not to live.

Tags: Effort, Living, Wore

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

Tags: Ideas, Living, Writing

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

Tags: Truth, Universe, Words

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy.

Tags: Cannot, Joy, Love

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.

Tags: Act, Human, Poverty

The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.

Tags: Child, Father, Human

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.

Tags: Book, Give, Life

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Tags: Nature, Painful, Risk

I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.

Tags: Courage, Men, Strength

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

Tags: Friend, Friendship, Until

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

Tags: Brainy

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.

Tags: Dreams, Life, Love

How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.

Tags: Rather, Woman, Wrong

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish it's source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.

Tags: Death, Love, Natural

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

Tags: Courage, Life, Proportion
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Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.

Tags: Death, Life, Wish

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.

Tags: Art, Write, Writing

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

Tags: Age, Love, Protect

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.

Tags: Become, Political, Religion

Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.

Tags: Dreams, Living, Reality

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.

Tags: Adversity, Life, Lose

Good things happen to those who hustle.

Tags: Good, Happen, Hustle

Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.

Tags: Greatest, Him, Love

I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.

Tags: Death, Giving, Living

Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.

Tags: Love, Reason, Seek

Dreams are necessary to life.

Tags: Dreams, Life, Necessary

The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.

Tags: Incapacity, Love

People living deeply have no fear of death.

Tags: Death, Fear, Life

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.

Tags: Forever, Lives, Travel

The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.

Tags: Role, Unable, Writer

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.

Tags: Human, Small, Truth

A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked.

Tags: Fire, Joy, Morning

The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you.

Tags: Famous, Hardest, Nice

When I was 15, 16, I studied with Stella Adler at the Conservatory of Acting, then I stopped again and went to the Actors Studio when I was 18.

Tags: Acting, Again, Studio

You draw on whatever's relevant to the part you're playing; it makes it more personal.

Tags: Makes, Personal, Whatever

I didn't have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you're rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You're behind the eight ball when you go in there.

Tags: Behind, Problem, Rejection

I'll work with a director if I think I'm going to get into a comfortable situation, and if it's someone I respect and who respects me, even if they're not so well known. Movies are hard to make, and you have to work toward a common ethic and do your best.

Tags: Best, Respect, Work

Good directors can bring certain things out of you, with their intensity or gentleness or sensitivity or understanding. They can make an actor feel he can do no wrong.

Tags: Actor, Good, Wrong

I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality.

Tags: Actor, Human, Whether

If it's a very emotional scene, you're kind of relieved when you've done it, kind of spent. And there are times when you can be rattled, certain characters if they're hyper, that can carry over, the residue of that. But I try to leave it on the set.

Tags: Done, Emotional, Try

My mother worked for a woman, Maria Ley-Piscator, who with her husband founded the Dramatic Workshop, which was connected to the New School. My mother did proofreading and typing and stuff or her, and as part of her payment, I was able to take acting classes there on Saturdays when I was 10.

Tags: Husband, Mother, School

When you make a drama, you spend all day beating a guy to death with a hammer, or what have you. Or, you have to take a bite out of somebody's face. On the other hand, with a comedy, you yell at Billy Crystal for an hour, and you go home.

Tags: Comedy, Death, Home

Time goes on. So whatever you're going to do, do it. Do it now. Don't wait.

Tags: Time, Wait, Whatever

You learned the two greatest thing in life, never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.

Tags: Friends, Greatest, Life

It's important not to indicate. People don't try to show their feelings, they try to hide them.

Tags: Feelings, Show, Try

There's nothing more ironic or contradictory than life itself.

Tags: Ironic, Life

You'll have time to rest when you're dead.

Tags: Dead, Rest, Time

I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum.

Tags: Class, System, Truth

I always go back to how people behave. If you watch how people actually behave in a situation, it's very simple and honest and contained. You don't need to use as much expression, as much feeling. Some characters will boil over, and that's another thing, but a lot of times I think you can just do very, very little.

Tags: Another, Feeling, Simple

I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don't be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice.

Tags: Afraid, May, Tell

One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people's lives without having to pay the price.

Tags: Acting, Lives, Pay

The talent is in the choices.

Tags: Choices, Talent

My definition of a good hotel is a place I'd stay at.

Tags: Good, Place, Stay

I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say, 'There's no place like New York. It's the most exciting city in the world now. That's the way it is. That's it.'

Tags: City, Exciting, Place

There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.

Tags: Anarchy, Discipline, Work

I spent lunchtime in a grave during the filming of 'Bloody Mama.' When you're younger, you feel that's what you need to do to help you stay in character. When you get older, you become more confident and less intense about it - and you can achieve the same effect.

Tags: Become, Character, Help

I think it's important to have had at least a few years of obscurity, where people treat you like everybody else.

Tags: Else, Few, Treat

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.

Tags: Changed, Italy, Rome

I love to find new people. It's not for the sake of their being new; it's because if you find someone who perfectly fits a part, that's such a great thing.

Tags: Great, Love, Someone

I don't like to watch my own movies - I fall asleep in my own movies.

Tags: Fall, Movies, Watch

I like to visit L.A., but I wouldn't want to live there.

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I mean, the actors that I admired were Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, an actress named Barbara Harris. And Greta Garbo. They were great actors.

Tags: Actress, Great, Mean

If it's the right chair, it doesn't take too long to get comfortable in it.

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In acting, I always try to go back to what would actually be the real situation, the real human behavior in life.

Tags: Human, Life, Real

Leonardo DiCaprio is a very serious young actor.

Tags: Actor, Serious, Young

Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky.

Tags: Life, Makes, Money

Movies are hard work. The public doesn't see that. The critics don't see it. But they're a lot of work. A lot of work.

Tags: Hard, Movies, Work