True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
This is important! But you have to stay absolutely cool. I may be completely off-base, and panicking prematurely." "I don’t think so. I think you’re panicking post-maturely. In fact, if you were panicking any later it would be practically posthumously. I’ve been panicking for days.
Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
To work hard, to live hard, to die hard, and then go to hell after all would be too damned hard.
I stayed away from mathematics not so much because I knew it would be hard work as because of the amount of time I knew it would take, hours spent in a field where I was not a natural.
There would be more genuine rejoicing at the discovery of a complete new novel by Jane Austen than any other literary discovery, short of a new major play by Shakespeare.
I have really been fortunate, incredibly privileged, to have done so much editorial work, and I would love to do more. But just as my editions have tried to balance the familiar with the new, the commercial with the scholarly, so too I have to admit that I don’t want to do editing for the sake of it, and some possible projects would be of uncertain value to me.
When I would be myself, I was being big-headed. I was being egotistical. I was a megalomaniac, when it really was just having not to be a monkey for a few hours a day. And fulfilling the need to be a man.
The mug is a tool. My ace in the hole. To have looks is the bonus on top of what motivates me to be an actor. Not to realize they’re an asset would be counterproductive to the cause; they serve the common good.
If I could do something with Paul McCartney it would be just amazing. Or Eric Clapton.
Because if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place.
[On travel:] Who would be so besotted as to die without having made at least the round of this, his prison?
[Could you show us how Lana Del Rey dances in a club?] That would be illegal.
I would say my grandmother would be like my personal god.
If I were an animal, I would be an eagle.
Our life would be what we made of it–nothing more, nothing less.
Anger and violence in Gaza and among Gazans is completely predictable. In a situation like ours, the absence of violence and anger would be abnormal. All of of us feel angry at least occasionally.
A lot of geeks are pale, bespectacled, wear dark clothing and don’t get out much – the stereotype exists because it is very often true. I could pass for a non-geek but it would be inaccurate.
If language were liquid, it would be rushing in. Instead here we are in a silence more eloquent than any word could ever be.
I thought it would be weird having sex with short hair but then I kind of got into the mode.
I want Barack Obama for president. I love Obama. I call Palin the helicopter huntress from hell! I want my children to have a wonderful future, and it’s disturbing when I look around. Americans aren’t very well-liked. A likable president would be a great start.
I must have been a really tough kid to corral. I got disciplined quite frequently. I guess that would be the best way to say it. The rod, I wore out the rod. You know, Spare the rod and spoil the child? Well, I wore out the rod.
When I finished the juniors I felt, perhaps for about a year and a half, that everything was going to be the same and that I would be able to go out there and win any match. But it wasnt the case. I struggled.
Most of the people buying the Soviet paraphernalia were Americans and West Europeans. All would be sickened by the thought of wearing a swastika. None objected, however, to wearing the hammer and sickle on a T-shirt or a hat. It was a minor observation, but sometimes, it is through just such minor observations that a cultural mood is best observed. For here, the lesson could not have been clearer: while the symbol of one mass murder fills us with horror, the symbol of another mass murder makes us laugh.
When we died, no one would know, and that fraction of a moment that was so important to who we were would be gone.
If this were a simpler matter, I’d have eliminated everyone else by now. I know how I feel about you. Maybe it’s impulsive of me to think I could be so sure, but I’m certain I would be happy with you.
How did thie person-someone I’d imagined would be my polar opposite-always seem to find the things that would make me the happiest?
I would be the best of us, the highest of the lows.
I’ve always thought that we, as human beings, would be naive and arrogant to pretend that we’re the only life form in the galaxy.
I think living to be one hundred would be great, but living to fifty twice would be so much better.
I was going to talk about Nicholas Parsons’ ignorance, but 18 seconds would be a wholly insufficient time.
I know of no one who would be a good High Commissioner of Palestine except God.
I’ve been to Nepal, but I’d like to go to Tibet. It must be a wonderful place to go. I don’t think there’s anything there, but it would be a nice place to visit.
If I can make programmes when I’m 95, that would be fine. But I would think I’ll have had enough by then.