Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
— Bernard Williams
Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters.
— material quotation by John Wooden
Reading furnishes the mind only with material for knowledge;
With both you are working with reality, a material just as hard as wood.
It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.
What are we to do about this space-age material, these plastics? It's far too valuable and far too abundant to keep putting back in the ground or send up in smoke.
If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.
Our guiding principle was that design is neither an intellectual nor a material affair, but simply an integral part of the stuff of life, necessary for everyone in a civilized society.
That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment.
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combination.
The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle; it stands for permanence and separation from the world.
Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.
What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant well-being, and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.
The English have all the material requisites for the revolution.
What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.
When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight.
Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.
Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.
We estimate that once Iraq acquires fissile material - whether from a foreign source or by securing the materials to build an indigenous fissile material capability - it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year.
What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives.
In a movie, you're raw material, just a hue of some color and the director makes the painting.
One farmer says to me, 'You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;' and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
The elephants are dancing on the graves of squeeling mice.
The good man is he who rules himself as he does his own property: his autonomous being is modelled on material power.
I don't think there's a shortage of material in the world.
Or in my head. I just pray for continued good health, because I've got other stories to tell.
When you have a godly husband, a godly wife, children who respect their parents and who are loved by their parents, who provide for those children their physical and spiritual and material needs, lovingly, you have the ideal unit.
I'm really happy that I was raised Catholic because it's given me years of material.
On the stage, you alone hold the key, and on the night you have to trust that the director has inspired you enough to take the material and run with it.
The material came bubbling up inside like a geyser or an oil gusher.
It streamed up of its own accord, down my arm and out of my fountain pen in a torrent of six thousand words a day.
The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
The point is to expand the scope of what a movie can possibly mean or be, to get people involved because they're artistic or understand the point of the material, not just because they fit a certain bill aesthetically.
I'm just having a wonderful time. It's an interesting thing that I'm very comfortable with this material and I don't know why. Maybe it's because I did MacBeth.