When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
— Jean Cocteau
Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.N.B.: This quote is commonly misquoted as savage beast.
— knotted quotation by William Congreve
We might knit that knot with our tongues that we shall never undo with our teeth.
There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.
The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure ... Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.
When the body sinks into death, the essence of man is revealed.
Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter. The body is an old crock that nobody will miss. I have never known a man to think of himself when dying. Never.
But you have to understand, American democracy is not like the system you have.
We're not an ocean liner that sails across the ocean from point A to point B at 30 knots. That's not American democracy. American democracy is kind of like a life raft that bobs around the ocean all the time. Your feet are always wet. Winds are always blowing. You're cold. You're wet. You're uncomfortable -- but you never sink.
I wonder, among all the tangles of this mortal coil, which one contains tighter knots to undo, and consequently suggests more tugging, and pain, and diversified elements of misery, than the marriage tie.
It was then that I began to look into the seams of your doctrine.
I wanted only to pick at a single knot; but when I had got that undone, the whole thing raveled out. And then I understood that it was all machine-sewn.
I wish my life could be like that, knotted up so that even if something broke, the whole thing wouldn't come apart.
If all hearts were open and all desires known -- as they would be if people showed their souls -- how many gapings, sighings, clenched fists, knotted brows, broad grins, and red eyes should we see in the market-place!
Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release,Th' indifferent judge between the high and low.
Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, the baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, the poor man's wealth, the prisoner's release, the indifferent judge between the high and low.
I always wanted to be an actor, but with a speech impediment it's kind of tough.
I decided to roll the dice and take an acting class, which was very, very nerve-wracking... my stomach would just be in knots.
It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles, smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose before her took on a sheen, like perfect caramel.
You only have a few years to play this game and you can't play it if you're all tied up in knots.
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
Music has charms to sooth a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
This tragic brow, these closed eyes, eyebrows raised and knotted.
Battle, n., A method of untying with the teeth a political knot that would not yield to the tongue.
If you look closely at a tree you'll notice it's knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.
Your first book is the only one that matters.
Perhaps a writer should write only that one. That is the one moment when you make the big leap; the opportunity to express yourself is offered that once, and you untie the knot within you then or never again.
It can't drag on this way much longer, she said to herself.
One evening he'll whistle under my window, I'll go down by a ladder or a knotted rope and he will carry me away on a motorcycle, off to a den where his subjects will be assembled. He'll say: 'Here is your new Queen.' And... and... it will be terrible!
viii. Their Queen is away and anarchy reigns! The Journal said so! How grand to be Queen, with a red ribbon and a revolver...
I had been doing plays in New York and on a whim we packed up and moved West, I started doing commercials and plays and guest star spots on TV and one thing led to another and I got Knots Landing.
Knots was about the relationships that were built over many years.
You know, when they called me about the role, I thought Knots Landing was a show about a houseboat with Andy Griffith!
One of the things I was so glad that happened to me on Knots was that I learned to relax.
Knots Landing is the best thing that ever happened to me.
Everything I have in life comes from Knots Landing.
A lot of student directors used to pick other students to be in their graduate films, so. I ended up doing a couple of them just for fun. Eventually, I got an agent through a friend and I did some commercials; then I got Knots Landing.
We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters. This was a unique situation.
When I saw 'The Player', I came out with knots in my stomach because it was so true to my experience.