quote by Billie Joe Armstrong

Songs are like a form of chaos that you can control. It's a form of intelligence that maybe you only understand and you hope that someone else can understand. And you can be anyone you want: you can be as grandiose as you want or you can be as down in the gutter as you want. It's just sort of whatever emotional freeway you're on at the time.

— Billie Joe Armstrong

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It is the cult of self that is killing the United States.

This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity and self-importance ; a need for constant stimulation; a penchant for lying, deception and manipulation; and the incapacity for remorse or guilt.

You begin saving the world by saving one man at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.

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.

Working with Martin Scorsese was an absolute minute-by-minute education without him ever being grandiose about it.

Nowadays my brain no longer races compulsively in either elation, grandiosity, or depression. I have been given a quiet place in bright sunshine.

On the other hand, hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretension of the present, daring to announce that the present to which we have all made commitments is now called into question.

An individualism which has got beyond the stage of hedonism tends to yield to the lure of the grandiose. It was not man, the individual, nor even the Supreme Being, that Robespierre set up against Christ; it was that Leviathan, the Nation.

It never occurred to me that we would have as grandiose a program as the Marshall Plan, but I felt that we had to do something to save Europe from economic disaster which would encourage the Communist takeover.

The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.

Darkness always had its part to play.

Without it, how would we know when we walked in the light? It’s only when its ambitions become too grandiose that it must be opposed, disciplined, sometimes—if necessary—brought down for a time. Then it will rise again, as it must.

Don't just dream about grandiose acts of doing good.

Every day do small ones, that add up over time to positive patterns.

The goal...is not to change your desires and wishes but to persuade you to stop demanding that you absolutely must have what you wish-from yourself, from others, and from the world. You can by all means keep your wishes, preferences, and desires, but unless you prefer to remain needlessly anxious, not your grandiose demands.

Today, in American imperialism, the commodity has reached its most grandiose historical manifestation.

We need to dream big dreams, propose grandoise means if we are to recapture the excitement, the vibrancy, and pride we once had.

Without the fog, London would not be a beautiful city.

It is fog that gives it its magnificent amplitude...its regular and massive blocks become grandiose in that mysterious mantle.

By way of personal instinct, I have an inherent distaste for grandiose rhetorical statements, which don't have any substantive dimension to them

Do not try to paint the grandiose thing. Paint the commonplace so that it will be distinguished.

America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.

The grandiose person is never really free;

first because he is excessively dependent on admiration from others, and second, because his self-respect is dependent on qualities, functions, and achievements that can suddenly fail.

Lastly, there is bankruptcy, as the United States pours its economic resources into ever more grandiose military projects and shortchanges the education, health, and safety of its citizens.

I avoid grandiose plans. I start with a small piece that I can do. I go to the root of the problem and then work around it. It's building brick by brick.

A writer should never install himself before a panorama, however grandiose it may be.

Central Park is the grandiose symbol of the front yard each child in New York hasn't got.

This grandiose tragedy that we call modern art.

Arithmetic! Algebra! Geometry! Grandiose trinity! Luminous triangle! Whoever has not known you is without sense!

One of the most fashionable notions of our times is that social problems like poverty and oppression breed wars. Most wars, however, are started by well-fed people with the time on their hands to dream up half-baked ideologies or grandiose ambitions, and to nurse real or imagined grievances.

For me, cinema becomes grandiose when it imposes its own mythology and its own reality.

It might sound dramatic and a little grandiose, but as a Latina, I would like to be someone that gives a voice to my culture.

Utopians...consider individual freedom as the stumbling block on which the grandiose idea of mankind's totalization may flounder.

Where there had been only fearful emptiness or equally frightening grandiose fan­tasies, an unexpected wealth of vitality is now discovered. This is not a homecoming, since this home has never before existed. It is the creation of home.

I tried to instill a different motivation, to give them the security and the conviction that they were doing something good, something necessary, something useful - if you want to use a grandiose expression, that they were doing something for peace.

The idea of Socialism is at once grandiose and simple.

. .We may say, in fact, that it is one of the most ambitious creations of the human spirit, . . .so magnificent, so daring, that it has rightly aroused the greatest admiration. If we wish to save the world from barbarism we have to refute Socialism, but we cannot thrust it carelessly aside.

Without sounding too grandiose, the survival of the planet itself is at stake, you have rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, immigration sparked by climate change, droughts that are much more severe.

Business success is less a function of grandiose predictions than it is a result of being able to respond rapidly to real changes as they occur.

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