Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
Where words fail, music speaks.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way.
The Bible is very easy to understand.
But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.
In a theatre it happened that a fire started off stage.
The clown came out to tell the audience. They thought it was a joke and applauded. He told them again, and they became still more hilarious. This is the way, I suppose, that the world will be destroyed-amid the universal hilarity of wits and wags who think it is all a joke.
The most common form of despair is not being who you are.
I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God
A good city is like a good party - people stay longer than really necessary, because they are enjoying themselves.
Once you label me you negate me.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love, and he who cannot love is the most unhappy of all.
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
How the little piglets would grunt if they knew how the old boar suffered.
Cities must urge urban planners and architects to reinforce pedestrianism as an integrated city policy to develop lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities. It is equally urgent to strengthen the social function of city space as a meeting place that contributes toward the aims of social sustainability and an open and democratic society.
Nothing in this world is more simple and more cheap than making cities that provide better for people.
Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are.
Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death.
It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.
If you believe in Odin and Thor, people laugh themselves to death.
While it's okay to believe in a man who turned water into wine, and walked on water
The greatest danger to Christianity is, I contend, not heresies, not heterodoxies, not atheists, not profane secularism - no, but the kind of orthodoxy which is cordial drivel, mediocrity served up sweet. There is nothing that so insidiously displaces the majestic as cordiality.
To be a woman is something so strange, so confusing and so complicated that only a woman could put up with it.
If quantum mechanics hasn't profoundly shocked you, you haven't understood it yet.
When we measure something we are forcing an undetermined, undefined world to assume an experimental value. We are not measuring the world, we are creating it.
If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old - somebody who takes good care of things and of people.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived.
C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot;
C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off.
Even the best designers produce successful products only if their designs solve the right problems. A wonderful interface to the wrong features will fail.
A good city is like a good party. People don't want to leave early.
One sits more comfortably on a colour that one likes.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Above all do not forget your duty to love yourself.
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.
Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.
The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things.
You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea.
The art of Mime encompasses all the feelings of the soul.
The Dance, on the other hand, is essentially an expression of joy, a desire to follow the rhythms of the music.
The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination.
Most people spend their lives in dreary, grey-beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colours. By experimenting with lighting, colours, textiles and furniture and utilizing the latest technologies, I try to show new ways to encourage people to use their phantasy and make their surroundings more exciting.
If you make more roads, you will have more traffic.
Having an experience is taking part in the world.
Taking part in the world is really about sharing responsibility.
A physicist visits a colleague and notices a horseshoe hanging on the wall above the entrance. 'Do you really believe that a horseshoe brings luck?' he asks. 'No,' replies the colleague, 'but I've been told that it works even if you don't believe in it.'
The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.
People inspire you or they drain you. Pick them wisely.
It has since been agreed that speeches given in English will be translated into French and vice versa, and even into German and Italian when necessary. No doubt translations into Esperanto will also soon be in demand.
I find it striking that the quality of the urban habitat of homo sapieans is so weakly researched compared to the habitats of gorillas, elephants, and Bengal tigers and panda bears in China…you hardly see anything on the habitat of man in the urban environment.
No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical.
Those who study the stars have God for a teacher.
My goal is to formulate a new color theory based on the full spectrum of visible light.
People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.
Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
The paradox is really the pathos of intellectual life and just as only great souls are exposed to passions it is only the great thinker who is exposed to what I call paradoxes, which are nothing else than grandiose thoughts in embryo.
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.