No prison can hold me; no hand or leg irons or steel locks can shackle me. No ropes or chains can keep me from my freedom.
I always said marriage should be a fifty-fifty proposition.
He should be at least fifty years old, and have at least fifty-million dollars.
My Brain is the key that sets me free.
Being jealous of a beautiful woman is not going to make you more beautiful.
How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?
A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished.
Our whole life is solving puzzles.
The Jews who will it shall achieve their State.
We shall live at last as free men on our own soil, and in our own homes peacefully die. The world will be liberated by our freedom, enriched by our wealth, magnified by our greatness. And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind.
Never try to fool children, they expect nothing, and therefore see everything.
I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?
What is really important for a woman, you know, even more than being beautiful or intelligent, is to be entertaining.
My husband said it was him or the cat. I miss him sometimes.
If you are curious, you'll find the puzzles around you. If you are determined, you will solve them.
I never hated a man enough to give him diamonds back.
Were I to sum up the Basle Congress in a word- which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly- it would be this: 'At Basle, I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. If not in 5 years, certainly in 50, everyone will know it.'
I call everyone 'Darling' because I can't remember their names.
Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.
With music, one's whole future life is brightened.
This is such a treasure in life that it helps us over many troubles and difficulties. Music is nourishment, a comforting elixir. Music multiplies all that is beautiful and of value in life.
I don't take gifts from perfect strangers — but then, nobody is perfect.
Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime.
My piano is to me what a ship is to the sailor, what a steed is to the Arab.
It is the intimate personal depository of everything that stirred wildly in my brain during the most impassioned days of my youth. It was there that all my wishes, all my dreams, all my joys, and all my sorrows lay.
Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.
If whole branches of Jews must be destroyed, it is worth it, as long as a Jewish state in Palestine is created.
Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.
My chief task has been to conquer fear.
The public sees only the thrill of the accomplished trick; they have no conception of the tortuous preliminary self-training that was necessary to conquer fear.
Music is a manifestation of the human spirit, similar to language.
Its greatest practitioners have conveyed to mankind things not possible to say in any other language. If we do not want these things to remain dead treasures, we must do our utmost to make the greatest possible number of people understand their idiom.
There is no complete spiritual life without music, for the human soul has regions which can be illuminated only by music.
It is true that we aspire to our ancient land.
But what we want in that ancient land is a new blossoming of the Jewish spirit.
For better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.
Keep up your enthusiasm! There is nothing more contagious than exuberant enthusiasm.
The greatest escape I ever made was when I left Appleton, Wisconsin.
There is nothing wrong with a woman welcoming all men's advances as long as they are in cash
I will give you my definition of a nation, and you can add the adjective 'Jewish.' A Nation is, in my mind, an historical group of men of a recognizable cohesion held together by a common enemy. Then, if you add to that the word 'Jewish' you have what I understand to be the Jewish nation.
An old trick well done is far better than a new trick with no effect.
Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.
The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.
But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.
Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic.
It would be wrong to assume that one must stay with a research programme until it has exhausted all its heuristic power, that one must not introduce a rival programme before everybody agrees that the point of degeneration has probably been reached.
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
If you are interested in something, you will focus on it, and if you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. Many of the things we find interesting are not so by nature, but because we took the trouble of paying attention to them.
The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies.
One must do no violence to nature, nor model it in conformity to any blindly formed chimera.
East Hampton happens to have been the first place in the world where I was a star, a real star with a star pasted above my name on the dressing-room door.
Why are numbers beautiful? It’s like asking why is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony beautiful. If you don’t see why, someone can’t tell you. I know numbers are beautiful. If they aren’t beautiful, nothing is.
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
I believe I understand anti-Semitism which is a very complex movement.
I see it as a Jew, but without hatred or fear. I recognize what is anti-Semitism is rude jesting, vulgar jealousy of métier, hereditary prejudice; but also what can be considered as in fact legitimate defence.
I'm not better than the next trader, just quicker at admitting my mistakes and moving on to the next opportunity.
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
A magician is only an actor - an actor pretending to be a magician.
The secret of showmanship consists not of what you really do, but what the mystery-loving public thinks you do.
I carry a deep sadness of the heart which must now and then break out in sound.