Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.
Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.
Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
A desire presupposes the possibility of action to achieve it; action presupposes a goal which is worth achieving.
A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you.
It is not enough to allow dissent.
We must demand it.
For there is much to dissent from.
If you’re not part of the answer, you’re part of the problem.
All of us lie in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.