The voice will guide you-will tell you what to do.

In order to do that, you must be quite sensitive with the instrument and accept this daily conversation with your voice.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

The tongue is the only instrument that gets sharper with use.

Prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped.

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The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.

Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.

You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.

No other acoustic instrument can match the piano's expressive range, and no electric instrument can match its mystery.

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.

A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument.

It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.

I started out really young, when I was four, five, six, writing poems, before I could play an instrument. I was writing about things when I was eight or 10 years old that I hadn't lived long enough to experience. That's why I also believe in reincarnation, that we were put here with ideas to pass around.

The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.

Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.

Place yourself as an instrument in the hands of God, who does his own work in his own way.

To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.

Reason transformed into prejudice is the worst form of prejudice, because reason is the only instrument for liberation from prejudice.

I pray without ceasing now. My personal prayer is: Make me an instrument which only truth can speak.

The method of political science is the interpretation of life;

its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong;

and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.

The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart.

The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.

I like to use the audience as my color palette, my instrument.

The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another - no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.

The law is not a light for you or any man to see by;

the law is not an instrument of any kind. The law is a causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it a citizen may walk safely.

The use of violence as an instrument of persuasion is therefore inviting and seems to the discontented to be the only effective protest.

I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better.

I am exceedingly anxious that this Union, the Constitution, and the liberties of the people shall be perpetuated in accordance with the original idea for which that struggle was made, and I shall be most happy indeed if I shall be an humble instrument in the hands of the Almighty, and of this, his almost chosen people, for perpetuating the object of that great struggle.

If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.

No power on earth or above the bottomless pit has such influence to terrorize and make cowards of men as the liquor power. Satan could not have fallen on a more potent instrument with which to thrall the world. Alcohol is king!

The Artist, the free-flyer, the person that dares to be mad can always go back to that madness. You cannot corner that person. That person has an instrument, has a piece of paper, has a pencil, has two dollars worth of dime store paint, has some sand on the beach... That person can always go for Truth. You cannot corner that person. You can lock them in solitary and they'll scratch it on the wall, and if you cut off their hands, they will scratch it in their mind.

I know nothing about pistols and revolvers, which is why I usually kill off my characters with a blunt instrument or better with poisons. Besides, poisons are neat and clean and really exciting... I do not think I could look a really ghastly mangled body in the face. It is the means that I am interested in. I do not usually describe the end, which is often a corpse.

Whoever has the luck to be born a character can laugh even at death.

Because a character will never die! A man will die, a writer, the instrument of creation: but what he has created will never die!

The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.

Sure the people are stupid: the human race is stupid.

Sure Congress is an inefficient instrument of government. But the people are not stupid enough to abandon representative government for any other kind, including government by the guy who knows.

Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procreates turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.

Culture is an instrument wielded by teachers to manufacture teachers, who, in their turn, will manufacture still more teachers.

Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well oiled in the closet, but unused.

It is an insult to God to believe in God.

For on the one hand it is to suppose that he has perpetrated acts of incalculable cruelty. On the other hand, it is to suppose that he has perversely given his human creatures an instrument -- their intellect -- which must inevitably lead them, if they are dispassionate and honest, to deny his existence. It is tempting to conclude that if he exists, it is the atheists and agnostics that he loves best, among those with any pretensions to education. For they are the ones who have taken him most seriously.

The right of bearing arms for a lawful purpose is not a right granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence.

Humor has been a fashioning instrument in America, cleaving its way through the national life, holding tenaciously to the spread elements of that life. Its mode has often been swift and coarse and ruthless, beyond art and beyond established civilization. It has engaged in warfare against the established heritage, against the bonds of pioneer existence. Its objective --the unconscious objective of a disunited people --has seemed to be that of creating fresh bonds, a new unity, the semblance of a society and the rounded completion of an American type.

Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change.

And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.

We forge gradually our greatest instrument for understanding the world -- introspection. We discover that humanity may resemble us very considerably -- that the best way of knowing the inwardness of our neighbors is to know ourselves.

A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations.

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.

Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey.

The intellect is not a serious thing, and never has been.

It is an instrument on which one plays, that is all.

Language is not only the vehicle of thought, it is a great and efficient instrument in thinking.

Language is only the instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas: I wish, however, that the instrument might be less apt to decay, and that signs might be permanent, like the things they denote.