Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat;

the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.

You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers.

In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.

The best music, you can seek some shelter in it momentarily, but it's essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

Friendship is essentially a partnership.

Not sure which are the best ?
Try the Top 10 list of essentially quotes

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become

What most people in our culture mean by being lovable is essentially a mixture between being popular and having sex appeal.

Genius is essentially creative; it bears the stamp of the individual who possesses it.

In its function, the power to punish is not essentially different from that of curing or educating.

I am essentially a loner.

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become.

To express the same idea in still another way, I think that human knowledge is essentially active.

The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.

Under Obama, our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export.

Fighting is essentially a masculine idea; a woman's weapon is her tongue.

The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination;

it is essentially a part of it.

Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.

I spend my life essentially alone at a computer.

That doesn't change. I have the same challenges every day.

I write a story as if it were a letter to someone and essentially, that's what you do.

Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.

That's what the 'Doctor' is about, essentially - having that energy that you just can't understand.

Publishing is a business, but journalism never was and is not essentially a business. Nor is it a profession.

Government is essentially immoral.

The position of the artist if humble. He is essentially a channel.

Man's nature is not essentially evil.

Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.

I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result.

The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer.

.. He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.

Everybody has that thing where they need to look one way but they come out looking another way and that's what people observe. You see someone on the street and essentially what you notice about them is the flaw. It's just extraordinary that we should have been given these peculiarities. Something is ironic in the world and it has to do with the fact that what you intend never comes out like you intend it.

National Observer became my road gig out of San Francisco.

I was too much for them. I would wander in on off hours drunk and obviously on drugs, asking for my messages. Essentially, they were working for me. They liked me, ,but I was the Bull in the China Shop --- The more I wrote about politics the more they realized who they had on their hands. they knew I wouldn't change and neither would they.

Chance does not speak essentially through words nor can it be seen in their convolution. It is the eruption of language, its sudden appearance. It's not a night twinkle with stars, an illuminated sleep, nor a drowsy vigil. It is the very edge of consciousness.

As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.

All causes are essentially mental, and whosoever comes into daily contact with a high order of thinking must take on some of it.

What's great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good.

Creativity is essentially a lonely art.

An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

He would have liked his own funeral if he could have seen it.

It was small and quiet, and really not at all pompous, as Michael had feared it might be. 'The dead,' he had said once, 'need nothing from the living, and the living can give nothing to the dead.' At 22, it had sounded precocious; at 34, it sounded mature, and this pleased Michael very much. Essentially a romantic, he had put away the trappings of romance, although he had loved them deeply and never known.

Appetite is essentially insatiable, and where it operates as a criterion of both action and enjoyment (that is, everywhere in the Western world since the sixteenth century) it will infallibly discover congenial agencies (mechanical and political) of expression.

Dream is not a revelation. If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream --a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows --is essentially poetry.

As far as the filmmaking process is concerned, stars are essentially worthless -- and absolutely essential.

A dramatic experience concerned with the mundane may inform but it cannot release; and one concerned essentially with the aesthetic politics of its creators may divert or anger, but it cannot enlighten.

Unpretending mediocrity is good, and genius is glorious;

but a weak flavor of genius in an essentially common person is detestable. It spoils the grand neutrality of a commonplace character, as the rinsings of an unwashed wine-glass spoil a draught of fair water.

He was the product of an English public school and university.

He was, moreover, a modern product of those seats of athletic exercise. He had little education and highly developed muscles -- that is to say, he was no scholar, but essentially a gentleman.

When I hear the hypercritical quarreling about grammar and style, the position of the particles, etc., etc., stretching or contracting every speaker to certain rules of theirs. I see that they forget that the first requisite and rule is that expression shall be vital and natural, as much as the voice of a brute or an interjection: first of all, mother tongue; and last of all, artificial or father tongue. Essentially your truest poetic sentence is as free and lawless as a lamb's bleat.

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.

Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand, no matter what a man's frailties otherwise may be, if he be willing to risk death, and still more if he suffer it heroically, in the service he has chosen, the fact consecrates him forever.

Reason is man's faculty for grasping the world by thought, in contradiction to intelligence, which is man's ability to manipulate the world with the help of thought. Reason is man's instrument for arriving at the truth, intelligence is man's instrument for manipulating the world more successfully; the former is essentially human, the latter belongs to the animal part of man.

Everything has been said yet few have taken advantage of it.

Since all our knowledge is essentially banal, it can only be of value to minds that are not.

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years. But above this level, far above, separated by an abyss, is the level where the highest things are achieved. These things are essentially anonymous.

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat.

.. the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.

A commercial society whose members are essentially ascetic and indifferent in social ritual has to be provided with blueprints and specifications for evoking the right tone for every occasion.

Truth is one, but error proliferates.

Man tracks it down and cuts it up into little pieces hoping to turn it into grains of truth. But the ultimate atom will always essentially be an error, a miscalculation.