- Charlie Chaplin (English comic actor, film director)
"Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself."
"Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot."
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."
"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles."
"It seems our laws are always telling us what not to do - are always keeping us from enjoying ourselves. Human beings are made just as much for having fun as goose-stepping and sweating in factories."
"That's what all we are. Amateurs. We don't live long enough to be anything else."
- Anais Nin (French-cuban author)
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."
"There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do."
"My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living."
- Peter Ustinov (English actor and writer)
"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."
"Intelligent or not, we all make mistakes and perhaps the intelligent mistakes are the worst, because so much careful thought has gone into them."
- Angela Carter (English novelist and journalist)
"I don’t really think that writers, even great writers, are prophets, or sages, or Messiah-like figures; writing is a lonely, sedentary occupation and a touch of megalomania can be comforting around five on a November afternoon when you haven’t seen anybody all day."
"Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us."
"Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody."
"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms."