1. 10

    Historically and politically, the petit-bourgeois is the key to the century. The bourgeois and proletariat classes have become abstractions: the petite-bourgeoisie, in contrast, is everywhere, you can see it everywhere, even in the areas of the bourgeois and the proletariat, what's left of them.

  2. 9

    Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece-by thought, choice, courage and determination.

  3. 8

    Painting is a magical process that I like, where you conjure something out of nothing; you get a little idea that leads you through ... You can go into a trance while you're doing it, so it's a nice contrast to real life.

  4. 7

    You don't merely give over your creativity to making a film -- you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night's washing-up.

  5. 6

    What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

  6. 5

    In Mozart and Salieri we see the contrast between the genius which does what it must and the talent which does what it can.

  7. 4

    In the small town each citizen had done something in his own way to build the community. The town booster had a vision of the future which he tried to fulfill. The suburb dweller by contrast started with the future

  8. 3

    All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.

  9. 2

    Contrast is what makes photography interesting.

  10. 1

    What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.